Five steps to the best possible website design

Five steps to best website design

I recently wrote an article over at Robot Dwarf. My motivation was really just to help and guide users who are looking to take their business seriously and get started with a professional website. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the web design industry, it’s actually really difficult to know who to trust and who to choose. How much is good price and what you are actually getting for your money…

You can read the article here.

Start of a new era and the journey thus far…

My Journey so far

This is my first post on this platform in over 2 years! My time and energy has been so devoted to building and growing the business over at Robot Dwarf, that I’ve not had a single moment to consider writing a post here, let alone do so! So why then would I start now? Well, I feel that I have something to share…many¬† great stories of the ups and downs of being involved in a startup, some lessons learnt and some pretty keen insights into digital marketing (even if I do say so myself).

The Journey

In October 2010, I took a leap of faith and left my well-paying day job to start my own internet startup. Since then, I have seen the business grow to sustainable levels and a staff compliment of over 8 team members. It’s been an absolutely fantastic journey, that has had its fair share of ups and downs, but overall I believe I’ve grown tremendously and have acquired a number of new skills and expertise. Most importantly,¬† I love what I do!

The Plan

My plan is to use this platform as a sounding board to express my ideas, share my expertise and perhaps engage and build a community while I’m at it. Now you’ve heard me use the word platform twice already (instead of blog) and you might be wondering why…well my view is that this is a social media platform, but I will elaborate on this concept in another post. Suffice it to say that I’m going to attempt to write as much as possible and hopefully add some value to the readers of this site.

In Closing

You can look forward to plenty more from me and I would really encourage any comments or feedback. Please feel free to engage with me on the various social media platforms. Untill we meet again…

 

Mobile Renaissance Launches

One of the projects that I have been working on, for quick some time now, involves the development of a WordPress plugin that easily and automatically coverts your standard website into a smart phone optimized (iPhone , Android, and other smart phones) mobile site. This is pretty useful in that it does all the work for you! You simply download the plugin, install and activate it, and you’re on your way!

With the growth of the mobile web becoming exponential, it does seem that this is certainly the way to go. You get to publish your content as you always have, through WordPress, but when visitors interact with your site on a mobile phone, they experience it in a much more intuitive and interactive fashion!

Why not head over to Robot Dwarf to check out the Mobile Renaissance for yourself?

How to build a Content Delivery Network on a tiny budget!

With Robot Dwarf (my current web project) only weeks away from launch, I thought I would share some really useful information that I have pieced together and found through sheer luck, friends and some really good resource sites.

If you are thinking of building a website that will have high traffic, is image intensive, distributes products and is built on the WordPress framework, then you should pay attention right about now. All of the above is going to be putting some serious strain on your hosting server, whether it is a dedicated server or a simple shared environment (such as Hostgator or BlueHost , etc). As such, a really neat trick (and one that many of the big players have been using for quite some time) is to make use of of Amazon S3! What’s that you say, ” Don’t they sell books and stuff?”, well yes they do! But they have also got some unbelievable infrastructure that is available for anyone to use at extremely low cost! [Read more...]