Do you want more subscribers? Offering an incentive like a free PDF or photograph to new subscribers is a great way to attract interest in your business & subscriber list.

A great way to do this is with Mailchimp (which Webtiger can integrate into your website) & it works like this… Read more

Images can be found in many places. Please be careful when selecting images for your site. No you can’t use images you find on google search, well you can, it just depends no how much of a fine you want to pay for illegally using an image you don’t own.
One of the easiest ways to get website images is by buying stock photos. You can of course go hire a photographer and have images made for your site, this can be costly, so it would depend on your time & financial budgets.

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Joomla! CMS

It’s a content management system just like WordPress is. Some people like one more than the other in the same way that some people like Mac vs PC. It’s much of a muchness really. I like both.

Here are some common terms.

Extension | Extensions add functionality to Joomla. They extend the core functionality. Extensions come in different forms such as ‘Components, Modules, plugins + templates’. Some extensions are free and some require a payment.

Component | These are quite complex extensions. They can extend the functionality of Joomla quite significantly.

Module | These are little extensions to Joomla. They can be quite fun, simple, complex, functional etc.

Plugin | Found in ‘Extensions –> Plugin Manager’. These are more complex than modules and components. They usually do their job in the background.

Menu | This is the navigation of the system.

Front End | This is the website that the public see.

Back End | This is the administrator area of the website. The behind the scenes area.

Alias | These are used to make the search engine friendly URLs. They can be created manually or automatically by Joomla. They are the human readable end of the url. They can only be in lower case and each word separated by a hyphen. eg: www.homepage.com.au/this-is-the-alias.

Article | These are the pages of your website. They can have text, HTML, links, images, etc. Each article can be placed in a category. They are maintained by using the article manager.

Category | Categories are really great at keeping your site in order. Imagine this, you are building a website about cats. Your parent category would be ‘Cats’. Then you can have sub categories for things like ‘Breeds’, ‘Food’, ‘Bedding’ and so on.
Inside the categories you can put articles about each topic.

Search Engine Friendly URLs | These are also known as SEF URLS + SEF. They are more human readable than the URLs that are create by default.
EG: http://www.somesite.com.au/contact-us.html is a friendly url,
where as the default url would look like this:
http://www.somesite.com.au/index.php?option=some_content=section&id=67/

Template | A template is something that holds the look and feel of your site together. It’s the theme of the site. Your fonts, colours + layout are all defined in the template.

For website admins that don’t know how to use or don’t have Photoshop, it’s really hard to get image size & image effects completed without having to pay someone.  I’ve been on a mission to find some tools for website admins that will help them resize & edit their images. This is what I’ve found. And it’s a pretty impressive bunch of finds. Some free and some with paid upgrades.

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What is responsive web design?

Back in the olden days if  you wanted your website to work on mobile devices and desktop devices, you needed to have 2 website created. *yawn*.

These days websites respond to the users device. One site fits almost all.

Webtiger only designs responsive websites. You would have to specifically ask us not to, if for what ever reason, you didn’t want a responsive website.

Depending on our phones

These days most of us check our phones before our eyes have even had a chance to adjust to the light of the morning. And don’t get me started about looking at a phone during day light savings when it’s still dark at 6.30am. I wonder what the damage is to our eyes. Kids – tip – study to be an opthamologist, we are gunna need you soon enough.

So, as we are all so obsessed + dependent on our phones, it’s important that the the websites we create ‘work’ on mobile devices. If your primary audience is mobile users, we will design for mobile first and move onto the desktop version after.

Even though we aren’t making separate sites anymore. We still should take into consideration the amount of screen space that is available on different screen sizes and orientation.  Not everything that is on the desktop version needs to go on the mobile version. It can be a slightly different experience on each devices.

If you want to know how your users are using your website on different devices consider using Google Analytics.