Posted on in Web and Social
Joomla! has changed how they do their versioning. STS and LTS are no longer relevant. Should you upgrade to Joomla! 3.3.x or higher? YES! There has been a lot of questions surrounding the recent release of Joomla 3.x regarding which version should be used to create a new website. It is recommended by the Joomla team, and Joomla professionals around the globe, that you do not use Joomla 3.0 for a production site for a multitude of reasons, the main one being that it's not a Long Term Support release and is still in active development. Currently, Joomla 2.5.x is a LTS (Long Term Support) release that is proven stable and has access to thousands of compatible extensions. The LTS releases are supported for 21 months, giving you/your clients a solution that can and should be used for longer stretches. While Joomla 3.x has some serious improvements under the hood,...

Posted on in Design and UX
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I know, I know, I say UX and everybody looks at me like it's some kind of STI or something. UX stands for User Experience and so incredibly important to web and app design these days. When users come to your website or downloads your app, they are looking for something that is a) easy to use, b) beautiful and c) easy to use! The user experience starts before a user has even selected your app, so you have to ensure everything from your marketing to the end use works well and gives people a reason to keep using it. Take a look at the top apps in the iOS App store, specifically the ones that have been in the top 100 apps since their release. Obviously, not ones that were JUST released as they don't have any historical significance, but look at the all time top sellers and see what...

Posted on in Misc
Wouldn't it be great if your small business could take credit cards without paying ridiculous fees and shrinking away your profit margin? Dream no more! Square is in Canada. Despite no pre-launch announcements, it was bound to happen. The lagest and hottest startup in the area of mobile payments (Headed by Jack Dorsey of Twitter fame) has broken the border and stepped into the game. The signup process takes all of 5 minutes (Have your GST and banking info handy) and is very straight forward. They will send you out a free credit card reader that you simply plug into your phone and there you have it, you can accept credit cards on the spot. Not only that, but if you're starting up a small retail or coffee shop, you can use the Square Register software as a POS system with a loyalty program built in! The features are many and...

Posted on in Web and Social
The web has come a LONG way since I spent my days skipping school and reading other peoples code. Back in the day, that was a great way to learn how to code as the web was just getting started and learning resources were not a Google away. These days, reading somebody else's code is likely to cause more confusion than anything else, since what you see is most likely generated from another piece of code. Don't get me wrong, it can still help you to understand formatting and usage, but it shouldn't be your go-to for learning. Designers have it too easy today. With a minimum knowledge of best practices for HTML/XHTML, almost anybody can build a killer wesite using freely available frameworks/toolkits that do all the heavy lifting for them. What is a framework/toolkit you ask? Basically, it's predefined sets of code that can be reused quickly and easily...
Two Factor Authentication
We have all been witness to the hi-jinx of Anonymous, the online Hacktivists that have mutilated websites, stolen data and hacked user accounts to distribute their messages. Over the past few years we have seen a large rise in the number of successful attacks on Fortune 500 companies and their users. With all the biggest tech companies asking us to trust them with all our information 'In the cloud', and the disturbingly low adherence to the most basic of password security protocols, the time for a higher level of security is in order. Even if you have a 12 digit password with full adherence to protocols, you are not safe. Earlier this year, a small lapse in judgment saw my wonderfully secure password get snagged by a keystroke logger and used to access my web hosting server. While I have always been paranoid about my security, I made a sleep induced mistake that caused...
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