Monthly Archives: October 2011

Websites made easy

For a long time now I’ve been recommending that website owners use a content management system (CMS) rather than have a series of linked static pages. The main advantage is that it makes the website content easy to maintain by non technical users for both changing and adding content. Regular updates to your website make it more interesting for visitors, encourage them to return and help in search engine rankings. If you’ve used MS Word or any other word processor then you can easily use a CMS.

CMS Made SimpleAll of my Touchline clients’ websites have been converted to use an open source CMS from Joomla!, CMS Made Simple or WordPress. The chosen solution depends on the type of website. For a very quick and simple CMS, WordPress is a good choice (now used for this website) and there are lots of good commercial and open source templates available. For a more bespoke look, that is still easy to use, I recommend CMS Made Simple which I find ideal for converting static websites as the templates are straightforward to develop. This is demonstrated in the Shotokan Worcester website and its sister (or should it be mother) website for the International Japan Karate-Do Association.

Joomla! is more suitable for content rich websites and is used for the colloborative group website for Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum.

JoomlaAny of these systems can be installed for you and if you’re interested you can develop your own look and feel or Touchline can provide recommendations and bespoke development.

Mouse Sans Frontières

If you use more than one computer at the same desk e.g a desktop PC and a laptop, then it’s annoying to have to use a separate mouse and keyboard for each. There are open source applications that can help such as Input Director or Synergy or you could use a KVM switch but there’s now a  new solution, for Windows OS only, from the Microsoft Garage.

Mouse Without Borders

The free application is called ‘Mouse Without Borders’ and it lets you share your mouse and keyboard with other Windows OS computers and even lets you drag and drop files between them.

Download it here

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Cheap domain names from Fasthosts

UKRegAlthough Domain Monster is my current favourite domain registrar (as they’re such nice and helpful people), I see that Fasthosts (via UKReg) is currently offering 12 months .com domain name registration for only £5.99 ex VAT (previously £9.49).

Note that renewals are not discounted and are priced at £10.49 exVAT, which is more than their previous registration price and probably set high to claw back the discount – swings and roundabouts.

So my advice is to register new domains with UKReg and transfer out to Domain Monster near to renewal.

See http://www.ukreg.com/

.co.uk.com.org.uk.net
Fasthost/ UKReg£2.95£5.99£2.95£9.49
Heart Internet£2.79£8.49£2.79£8.49
Domain Monster£2.99£8.49£2.99£8.49
123-Reg£2.99£9.99£3.29£9.99
Donhost£6.99£12.99£6.99£12.99
Prices are ex VAT.
*Standard registration is 2 years for .co.uk and .org.uk and 1 year for .com and .net