An Avada Review

By |2018-08-21T09:06:48+10:00December 3rd, 2016|Categories: web design, WordPress|

There are literally tens of thousands of WordPress templates out there, both free and paid. Very few stick their head above the crowd. But Avada, from ThemeFusion, is definitely one that does. It is the most sold WordPres theme ever on ThemeForest, and there are many good reasons for that. I have been using Avada from almost the very start. I think I bought my first copy a few weeks after they launched. I liked the look of it, and I took the plunge. I now use it for virtually all of my sites, including this one. The last time I checked, I think they have sold over 350,000 copies, and it's still #1 on ThemeForest after 5 years! Choosing a theme for a new WordPress website is a difficult chore if you are not an experienced WordPress user. It's hard to know what to try and evaluate. The overall [...]

Resizing images for the web

By |2018-08-21T11:12:43+10:00December 13th, 2015|Categories: digital imaging, Photography, photography teaching, software discussion, web design|Tags: , , , , |

Updated: 16 Feb, 2018 The topic of resizing images for the web is a relatively simple, yet ridiculously complex one, at the same time. And it's also one where there is an awful lot of misinformation floating around, even from professionals. But a lot of people have a need for basic foundational skills when it comes to understanding and resizing digital images for various purposes. Hence this post... Huge caveat here: My primary field of knowledge is in photography. I have been fiddling with cameras my whole life, and have taught photography and digital imaging at local colleges and independently for the last ten years (visit iTeachphotographers for more on that), and I feel like I have a  reasonably authoritative voice on the topic. I also design, host and maintain WordPress websites. While I can read and write HMTL and CSS, I am more a designer than a coder, and I [...]

How to choose hosting and why I chose Siteground

By |2017-01-31T14:39:31+10:00March 9th, 2015|Categories: computers, web design, web sites|Tags: , , |

Hosting is the one thing that can make or break your website. Hosting is the link between your content and your readers, and it needs to be solid as a rock. Before I explain my own hosting choices, let's look at some of the most important attributes and features of a hosting company and the questions you need to ask. Cost C'mon. We all know this is important to everyone. If you're an SME, you can afford world class dedicated hosting, and this article is not for you, but individuals, solopreneurs and very small businesses are always running on a budget, and so they are looking for the best value hosting they can find. This is shared hosting of course, but it doesn't have to be rubbish at all. The range of prices you will pay for shared hosting is enormous, anywhere from $3-$50 a month. Finding that sweet spot [...]

How do I get a website?

By |2016-12-14T22:18:36+10:00February 27th, 2015|Categories: computers, internet, software discussion, web design|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Photografica - Web design Sunshine Coast The Internet is a great tool for communication, freedom of speech and democracy (as well as commerce and entertainment of course). On the Internet, everyone is equal (at least in theory) and everyone can have a voice! Getting heard is another issue, but for now, let’s look at how we get our own little patch of turf on the net. What’s involved in having a website? There are three main elements in getting a web site up and running. Let's take them one by one. Domain Name Registration The first is a domain name. An example of a domain name would be mywebsite.com. The first step then, towards a website, is registering a domain name. Fortunately this is very easy. There are many Licensed Registrars that sell domain names. Hosting companies often give away free domain names when you purchase a hosting package. And [...]