"Ensuring Your Web Presence Contributes"

web development


Multilingual websites

Currently the main language of the  Internet is English. However English is not the language spoken by most people on the planet. According to Wikipedia it comes in third place behind Chinese (Mandarin) and Spanish.

This site is multilingual, it can switch between English and Spanish. There is no "marketing" reason for this, I don't think I will gain clients from being multilingual. It is an example and quite affordable with any competent Content Management System, in this case Drupal 7.


Which CMS?

In the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySql and PHP) hosting arena where most websites begin life, there are several popular CMS's (Content management Systems) to choose from. In our opinion these are Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla and the upcoming Concrete5. Each has their strengths and weaknesses and the decision on which one to use will be based on several factors such as the user's intention and ability to edit content and what extra features are required. For e-commerce Magento is a strong product or there are commerce modules for the previously mentioned CMS's.


Purple Oar Software

Purple Oar Software is Paul Roper, previously a tutor at a provincial tertiary Institute of Technology, who is available to provide Information Technology consultancy. I work closely with other independent peers (such as copywriters and graphic artists) as required. The use of "we" throughout this web site means appropriate associates and myself. I have taught a range of Information Technology subjects at Diploma and Degree level and have a particular interest in web site development. Recently I have delivered dynamic web development courses in China.


Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is at term coined to describe the "second generation" of web sites. Although regarded as hype by some commentators, we agree with the general thrust of Web 2.0. Web sites are becoming more sophisticated, and to be competitive, a site needs to engage the visitor. This means a dynamic site with features such as polls, surveys, newsletters, and a discussion forum. It is also common now for the owner to maintain a "blog", a web log or diary. Briefly, Web 2.0 means:


Going Live!

For a web site to be accessible to the billions of surfers out there, several things must happen. You need:

  • a Domain Name
  • hosting
  • to transfer your site to the host
  • to get noticed by the search engines

We can do all of this for you, or you can do all or some yourself. You can pay upfront or pay a monthly amount, we are very flexible!


Website Redesign

Today, many websites need revamping. They were built years ago and don't compete very well. People browsing the web are using smaller mobile devices and larger monitors. An old "fixed width" layout of 760 - 800 pixels can appear ridiculous on these modern screens. We are happy to re-vitalise your web presence with new ideas and modern techniques.

If you answer "no" to any of the following, please get in touch with us.