One of the great things about moving into my new studio space at the end of last year, was that I got to meet a whole new group of artists, designers, photographers and other creative types.
I wanted to get an idea of his workflow and design process so I asked him the following questions ...
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How long have you been a designer? Where did you study? What sort of work do you do?
Morning'. I've been a full-time freelancer for about 5 years now, originally in straight photo-manipulation artworks before venturing into Illustration & Animation about 2yrs ago. I did a very broad 2 year Diploma of Multimedia at RMIT TAFE, but essentially ended up self-teaching all of the skills I use today. Que obligatory reference to my online teaching class.
Server security, as you are probably aware, is an important but often misunderstood and overlooked part of running a website. There are a number of solutions out there for hardening a Joomla website and while most security experts will agree that making a Joomla website secure needs to be a multi-pronged process, nothing beats a secure hosting environment to begin with.
I recently had the chance to talk to Valeri from SiteGround to find out more about how SiteGround goes about securing their servers. Valeri was the key developer of the free SiteGround jHackGuard plugin which as you will read below is part of the SiteGround arsenal in their fight to keep your website secure.
We have played with a number of different online project management services over the last few years - Basecamp, Lighthouse, Apollo and Assembla to name a few. Each time we have changed project tools it's signified a maturing of our workflow. From the early days when we just used Basecamp as a collection of todo lists to our current platform Assembla, which integrates our svn, ticket system and bug tracking.
I've been keenly following the progress of the Hot Project task management software for the last few years and while it's functionality in the past hasn't matched our needs, I think all of that is about to change.
The new Hot Project platform features some killer features including a fast user interface (my main gripe with Assembla at the moment), advanced scheduling tools, proforma project creation, document management and more.
So on the eve of the release of Hot Project live I thought I would chat to fellow Melbourne based developer Richard Smallwood to get a bit of insight into what drives Hot Project and where it is headed in what seems like an already crowded marketplace.
RedShop is a relative new comer on the Joomla ecommerce scene but it's offerings are genuinely impressive. I had some direct contact with redShop when we built the Shop Ignition Joomla template back in March and I really liked what I saw.
The scale of the extension is incredible and the templating system has a good balance between separating the design from the code, which makes theming the shop a pleasure for the non coder.
The following interview with Ronni from Redcomponent has been on the back burner for a little longer than I would have liked but I hope you will agree that it makes for some good reading.
A few days ago I posted a preview of the icon that I commissioned Parth Mohanraj to make for our Zen Grid framework and today I thought Id post a small interview with Parth so that you can learn more about this amazing designer. If you haven't already checked out his folio its well worth it. Read on for the interview.
Yesterday I released our first Joomla template for the year decade and it was the first design since Vision2 that I have outsourced a template design to another designer. As I mentioned a few weeks ago when I gave the preview of the Avanti theme David is a Melbourne based designer with a wealth of top class designs under his belt and I thought that in order for me (and you) to get to know him a bit better Id ask him a few questions.
This is a repost of an interview I did with Orchida from Dry Icons over a year ago. It was originally posted on my now defunct custom design site so I thought I would repost it here on the renewed Joomlabamboo site. Reading through it I think its still relevant and certainly a worthwhile read if you are looking for free or custom icons.
A few years ago a site I hosted on a shared hosting server was deleted by someone who had gained entry via a hole on an unrelated site on the server. Being fairly new to web development and to Joomla I had no idea of where to start and what to look for. Steve from Alledia recommended Tom as the best in the Joomla security business and after my initial contact with him via skype it was only a matter of hours before my site was back up and running - fully loaded, locked down and ready for action.
That was a few years ago now, I've said "bye bye" to the server in question and now I thoroughly research servers that I use and tend to get a string of recommendations from people I trust before I commit to them. A lot has changed in the Joomla landscape as well - Joomla 1.0 is in the last few weeks before its official end of life, Joomla 1.5 is in its eleventh iteration and Joomla 1.6 is just around the corner - so I figured that now was a good time to catch up with Tom to get some idea of the challenges that face Joomla users in the present climate as well as some tips on how best to secure your Joomla site.