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WordPress Security and WP Scan

WordPress has easily become one of, if not thee, most popular blogging platform in the world. Millions of websites (including our very own!) have been built on the ever popular Content Managed platform. With popularity comes heightened attention from hackers who endeavour to find flaws and weaknesses in WordPress based installations. WordPress regularly pushes updates to patch any newly found vulnerabilities, but that’s only protecting the core of the website. The main concern lays with third party themes and plugins and whether their developers keep them up to date with fixes for known weaknesses.

In the past couple of months one such example featuring a well known and common plugin was the SQL injection found in WordPress SEO by Yoast.

If you are using the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin (version 1.7.3.3), please ensure you have updated to the latest version…

Creative Easter Eggs

Easter is upon us.  The last few snowflakes are melting and the sun is hopefully going to start showing itself a bit more. Decorating eggs with the family is always a great source of fun.  Below are some cool and creative ideas on how to decorate your Easter eggs (I’m taking no credit!).  One thing is for sure, to create something really stunning all you need is your imagine. Scroll down to find some inspiring examples and just create your own awesome design…

Egg Wars

Dalek egg frontal view

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Top eCommerce Plugins For WordPress

WordPress has historically for many been seen purely as a blogging platform. The truth however is it has easily become one of the most accessible and commonly used Content Management Systems (CMS) across the web. The strength of WordPress is in its quick installation and the massive user and developer community that results in a vast array of plugins and enhancements for the platform, such as ecommerce plugins. Through researching ecommerce projects for prospective clients we’ve stumbled across these guys who extend the core WordPress features supporting online sales.

eShop



The best part about eShop is that it comes for free. Other than that, it has all the basic features you might expect from an ecommerce plugin and…

Which type of website?

Relative merits of static and dynamic websites

Static (brochure) sites – Plus Points

Flexibility is the main advantage of a static brochure website – every page can be different if desired, to match the layout to different content, and the designer is free to put in any special effects that a client may ask for in a unique way on different pages. This allows theming – for instance an author may want a different theme for a different book and associated pages or perhaps for a series of books, in order to match the cover designs or the context of the stories. Cost is generally lower up-front than a dynamic site.

Static (brochure) sites – Considerations

Updating the content on a static site requires HTML skill, and knowledge in the design methods used to develop the site, therefore you have to go back to…

Resources for Stock Photography

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I’m often asked the question by my clients – “Where can I find stock photos?”. There are a number of sites across the web offering stock photos. There are two main types of stock photo – Royality Free (unlicensed) and Rights Managed (licensed).

Below is a number of websites were you can find a number of categories of stock photos:

  1. stock.xchng
  2. Freerange Stock
  3. Morguefile
  4. Pixel Perfect Digital
  5. Free Media Goo
  6. openphoto.net
  7. Flickr
  8. Stockvault
  9. NASA
  10. deviantARTs Stock Images section
  11. Everystockphoto
  12. Creative Commons Search
  13. Dreamstimes Free Section
  14. Fotolias Free Section
  15. iStockphotos Free Images

30 Creative and Cool Bus Adverts

Trawling through the web as I do (a lot!) I stumbled across a great article on Demilked and could help but smile at some of the really cool and creative ways some of these designers have taken something a plain and simple as a bus and transformed them into a moving billboard for their clients. Enjoy!

1. AirportBus Bern

(Advertising Agency: Neue Lgk, Berne and Zurich, Switzerland)

2. Limo Bus: In An Absolut World

(Advertising Agency: TBWA\CHIAT\DAY, USA)

3. Garbage Bus

Advert for a Public Transport – “Keep Holland Clean Foundation” company. (Advertising Agency: GREY Amsterdam)

4. Just One Bite

(Advertising Agency: unknown)

5. Dr Best’s Flexible Toothbrush

(Ad: kim Sokola, Julia Neumann)