The importance of a specification and a budget!

Just had an interesting email exchange with a perspective client who wanted us to work on an unfinished WordPress website abandoned by the previous website developer… It appears that there is no brief or specification document to be found and no idea on budget, yet he was quite willing to have a chat and see Read more about The importance of a specification and a budget![…]

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Online Security and Hungry Caterpillars – they have a lot in common…

Websites or online services come under constant attack from hackers using automated scripts, if left unmanaged such attacks can consume sufficient resources to impact your quality of service, negatively impacting your brand. This article explains why this is a major problem and what the solution is. Online Security Matters, Dictionary Attacks are everywhere Every online Read more about Online Security and Hungry Caterpillars – they have a lot in common…[…]

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How Off The Shelf (OTS) Solutions ruin Data & Business Integration efforts

It is often the case that in an attempt to quickly set up business services and scale that people will turn right away to Off The Shelf (OTS) solutions, usually zeroing in what they have used before and just buying in and applying. The idea being to forego development costs of an in-house system in Read more about How Off The Shelf (OTS) Solutions ruin Data & Business Integration efforts[…]

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Security and Architecture – always consider both together

Software or Systems architecture is often undertaken from a very technical point of view, the main concerns being around reducing technical complexity and dependencies to make it easier to deal with change in the long run. This is fine for ‘standalone systems’ but in today’s highly interconnected world – the boundary of a system is often Read more about Security and Architecture – always consider both together[…]

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Software Architecture Really Matters to Business Success

Software Architect unfortunately is often seen as one of those ‘nice to do’ things by many businesses. Typically the architecture of a business system (especially in a start-up or online business) tends to ‘evolve’ (putting it nicely) over time – there is usually no unified attempt to create an architecture until you realise you have Read more about Software Architecture Really Matters to Business Success[…]

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SEO dangers of one box hosting…

Something we have noticed is that people seem to be very keen to try and minimise their hosting costs, by getting the cheapest plan available and then putting all their websites into the one account. On the one hand this can be very good strategy at reducing recurrent costs, but if done ‘blindly’ it can Read more about SEO dangers of one box hosting…[…]

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Setting up a new Website, the minimum you must do

When setting up a new website there are several key elements you need to get right from the start. 1. Setup Google Webmaster As soon as your website is live, you should really set it up to linked up to Google Webmaster, this will allow you to: Track what search terms on Google your website Read more about Setting up a new Website, the minimum you must do[…]

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Vagrant and Propel – external configuration and tabs

I’m currently using Vagrant with a client to help automate their development build processes. We want to try as much as possible to make the dev environment match the final production environment. So I can set up the provision.sh script to use environmental variable overrides so we can easily go from an ‘all-in-one’ development deployment Read more about Vagrant and Propel – external configuration and tabs[…]

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Growing your website traffic

Growing your website traffic is like any endeavour worth doing, it takes a certain degree of determination and focus combined with some knowledge and helpful tools & resources. You can grow your website traffic, it is possible – but you must understand this is not something that will occur overnight. There is no magic bullet Read more about Growing your website traffic[…]

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Software Development- remember the user but don’t forget the engineer…

If you have been involved for software engineering for any length of time, you soon realise that there is a lot more to software than just the end product. Despite the efforts of many to try and turn the development of software into a turn key process, there is still an evident ‘gap’ between those Read more about Software Development- remember the user but don’t forget the engineer…[…]

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Website Checker Soft Launch

We have just finished putting together an online tool for website owners or developers who are looking for a one stop place to check their websites. See https://webcheck.aykira.com.au/ The idea for the tool came from a core frustration with how bad most websites we came across were in terms of: Very Slow Performance – Taking absolutely Read more about Website Checker Soft Launch[…]

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Security Upgrades to Website Hosting

In response to attacks on WordPress sites worldwide that use 3 common plugins (which are often included in Commercial themes) we have been busy upgrading our website hosting to effectively guard against such attacks. We now provide as standard for all websites we host: Scanning every 30 minutes of web files looking for viruses, back-doors, Read more about Security Upgrades to Website Hosting[…]

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