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WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal – Which is the Best for Your Next Website Project?

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Content Management Systems (CMS) make it faster and easier than ever to design, develop, and manage modern websites. They also make it possible to add and remove advanced functionality to a website fairly quickly and contain many built-in benefits, such as SEO features and user administration. From personal blogs to e-Commerce websites, you can build almost any website imaginable using a CMS. This article walks through the features and usability of three of the most popular open source CMS platforms; WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.

 

WordPress – Much More Than Just a Blog

Wordpress logoWordPress offers the simplest and easiest solution for website development. The platform that started as a blogging platform has catapulted to the default answer for most modern website needs today. WordPress not only offers solutions for bloggers, it has also established itself as a leading CMS. WordPress is used for everything including personal websites, corporate websites, online magazines, professional blogs, and eCommerce sites. WordPress is the ideal solution for the vast majority of small to medium sized businesses looking for an affordable and capable internet marketing website.

 

The primary benefits of WordPress:

  • Easy to setup
  • Easy to manage
  • An endless selection of user contributed plugins
  • The widest range of available templates
  • Search engine friendliness
  • Strong security
  • Since it is the most popular platform, the support community is very large

 

The primary disadvantages of WordPress vs. Joomla and Drupal:

  • User management is less robust than other platforms
  • Very large websites can suffer performance issues

 

Joomla – Empowering Your Website

joomla logoJoomla is an award winning open source CMS. There is an impressive and long list of high-profile corporate websites and web applications built using the Joomla platform. It empowers websites with a great deal of scalability and extensibility, and is a hot favorite for developing news based websites, publications, and community based portals. Multiple eCommerce extensions for Joomla help setup e-Commerce websites and online reservation systems quickly. Joomla is the best choice for websites when a large number of active users need to actively publish content as a team.

 

The primary benefits of Joomla:

  • Exceptional user management
  • Improved handling of different types of multi-media
  • Improved multi-language support
  • Easy to create website sections that look different from one another
  • Easily powers large websites with a large amount of content

 

The primary disadvantages of Joomla vs. WordPress or Drupal:

  • Weak security with many recent high-profile exploits reported
  • Somewhat complicated management system that is difficult to learn
  • A smaller number of pre-built themes and plugins compared to WordPress

 

Drupal – The Answer to Every Web Application Need

Drupal logoDrupal is a CMS which can be used for almost every type of web application. Be it a very small personal blog website or a robust enterprise web application; Drupal can address the needs of both ends of the spectrum and everything in-between. Drupal offers excellent support to organize and manage pages of text content, rich media content (video, audio, and podcasts), blogs, and polls. Drupal is the best choice when a business is looking for a large-scale website with a lot of custom functionality.

 

The primary benefits of Drupal:

  • Exceptional user management
  • Improved handling of different types of multi-media
  • Built for programmers it is easy to customize Drupal to do virtually anything
  • Easily powers large websites with a large amount of content
  • Extremely robust content management configuration options
  • Strong security
  • A thriving community of programmers

 

The primary disadvantages of Drupal vs. WordPress or Joomla:

  • More complicated to setup and start using than the others
  • The management system is very sophisticated and can be overwhelming to some
  • A smaller number of pre-built themes and plugins compared to WordPress

 

Which is best for your project?

Since each platform has a unique set of advantages and disadvantages, the decision to use WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal mostly depends on the requirements for your next website and your own technical competency.

 

You should select WordPress if you have little technical know-how, need a highly effective and easy to use marketing website without many users, and want to take advantage of a large selection of user-created designs and functionality.

 

You should select Joomla if you have a medium level of technical know-how, need a website that will require a significant number of users, and plan to publish large amounts of content and pages.

 

You should select Drupal if you have a high level of technical know-how, need a platform that can be developed to process virtually any task with ease, and require a system that can perform flawlessly under extremely high levels of user demand.

 

No matter which of the three platforms you select it will be hard to make the wrong choice. All are open source and can be customized limitlessly by the right PHP programmers. The fact that they are all based on PHP is an added bonus, as it’s the most popular web programming language in the world. You will never need to travel very far before you find someone who can help you add to or customize a website built with PHP. In addition, any of the three platforms can be branded using a unique design for your business, configured for SEO, and used in a marketing capacity.

 

If you’re not sure which platform to use for your next business website, consult with an experienced website design and development company. They will be able to evaluate your goals and help you determine the most cost effective and capable platform to get the job done.

 

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Uploading Large Files on IIS7 via PHP

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

To those of you who have been struggling with timeout errors while uploading large files through a PHP application on an IIS 7 server, here’s some help. Specifically, you need to make changes in your php.ini file and your Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager to allow file uploads larger than 2MB (by default). This is helpful for many different types of applications including WordPress, Drupal, or other PHP CMS systems.

 

In this step by step example we configure a server to allow file uploads up to 100MB in size and lasting up to 10 minutes. For the below settings, 100M stands for 100MB and 600 is 600 seconds (10 minutes).

 

Locate your php.ini file and change the following settings:

  • upload_max_filesize = 100M
  • Post_Max_Size = 100M
  • max_input_time = 600
  • max_execution_time = 600
  • memory_limit = 256M
Open Your IIS 7 Manager and Change:
  • Click on the website and on the right side under configure click limits. In the Connection Time-Out field change to 600.
  • In the website screen double click CGI, then change the time-out for CGI to 10+ Minutes
  • In the website screen double click Request Filtering. On the right side click Edit Feature Settings, change maximum allowed content length to 100000000
  • At the server level, double click FastCGI settings, select PHP, click Edit on the right and update Activity Timeout and Request Timeout settings to 600

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Web Design Company Offers Job to Phoenix, Arizona

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Web design and online marketing company seenBEST Web Design offers new job to Phoenix, Arizona

seenBEST Web Design is a rapidly growing website design, web development, and online marketing company in Phoenix, Arizona looking to expand its team of experts. We are looking for a fresh and energetic internet guru who loves to code PHP, has a good understanding of web design methods, and is familiar with SEO, SEM, and social marketing concepts. You should be well rounded, with a good understanding of the following:

 

  • PHP, JQuery, HTML, JavaScript, AJAX, and CSS
  • Zen Cart, Magento
  • mySQL and Cpanel
  • Drupal, WordPress, Joomla
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Google Adwords
  • Dreamweaver, Photoshop
  • Knowledge of additional languages and architectures A+

 

We are located in beautiful Ahwatukee at 46th St. and Chandler, conveniently located just west of the I-10. This is a temporary contract to hire position with flexible working hours.

 

Why seenBEST Web Design?

 

  • Unlimited potential to grow your career
  • We value your creative and innovative solutions
  • Flexible working hours
  • Family owned, family friendly company
  • You WILL learn a lot! We are at the cutting edge of internet development and have many projects and ideas for new projects that will challenge your abilities

 

Do not send over project portfolios, there will be time to discuss your past projects and designs during our interview. To ensure the integrity of our work and the security of our clients’ data, a full background check will be performed prior to the hiring of any candidate. If you don’t feel that you can pass a criminal background check please DO NOT apply. This is a temporary contract to hire position and will be based out of our office. Interested? Send a detailed resume in Word or PDF to jobs@seenbest-web-design.com

 

***SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY! THIS IS AN IN-HOUSE POSITION, NO OUT OF STATE OR OVERSEAS CANDIDATES WILL BE CONSIDERED***

 

 

 


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PHP Developer Job Available

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

seenBEST Web Design is growing rapidly and is looking to add a PHP Developer to our team. We are located in beautiful Ahwatukee at 46th St. and Chandler, conveniently located just west of the I-10.

The right candidate is someone looking to be part of a fresh and energetic web team, loves code, and has at minimum a good understanding of web design concepts, SEO, SEM, and social networking. You will consider yourself more of a programmer than a designer. You should have experience in the following:

  • PHP, JQuery, HTML, JavaScript, AJAX, and CSS
  • Zen Cart
  • Magento
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Windows, Dreamweaver, Photoshop
  • Knowledge of additional languages and architectures

This is a temporary contract to hire position and will be based out of our Ahwatukee office, with flexible working hours!

Interested? Send a detailed resume in Word or PDF to [Click Here to Email Your Resume].

Do not send over project portfolios, there will be time to discuss your past projects and designs during our interview. To ensure the integrity of our work and the security of our clients’ data, a full background check will be performed prior to the hiring of any candidate. If you don’t feel that you can pass a criminal background check please DO NOT apply. Thank you!

***SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY! THIS IS AN IN-HOUSE POSITION, NO OUT OF STATE OR OVERSEAS CANDIDATES WILL BE CONSIDERED***

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Job Offer: Web Design, Website Development, SEO in Phoenix, Arizona

Friday, January 14th, 2011


seenBEST Web Design is a rapidly growing Phoenix Web Design, Online Marketing and SEO company in Phoenix, Arizona. Due to rapid acquisition of clients we are looking to add more talent to our team.

seenBEST Web Design, a division of my PC Techs, is a team of ‘tech people’ that does things differently – in ways that you will appreciate! Here are a few of the benefits you will enjoy:

  • Unlimited growth potential
  • The ability to apply creative and innovative solutions to problems
  • Complete and total control over your projects
  • Flexible working hours
  • Located in beautiful Ahwatukee at 46th St. and Chandler, conveniently located just off of the I-10 and Chandler
  • You WILL learn a lot! We have many projects and ideas for new projects that will challenge your abilities
  • Work for a tech company, with tech owners, and a team that understands YOU and YOUR needs

The right candidate is someone that has a well-rounded set of web skills. You should have experience with web design AND development, with at least basic knowledge of search engine marketing, search engine optimization, and social networking. If this is you, schedule your interview today! This position is contract to hire and will be based in our Ahwatukee office.

Interested? Send a detailed resume in Word or PDF to [Click Here to Email Your Resume]. Please do not send over design samples, there will be time to discuss your past projects and designs during our interview.

To ensure the integrity of our work and the security of our clients’ data, a full background check will be performed prior to the hiring of any candidate. If you don’t feel that you can pass a criminal background check please DO NOT apply. Thank you!

***SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY! THIS IS AN IN-HOUSE POSITION, NO OUT OF STATE OR OVERSEAS CANDIDATES WILL BE CONSIDERED***


 Requirements

  • Must have a good working knowledge of PHP, JQuery, HTML, JavaScript, AJAX, and CSS
  • Must know your way around mySQL and Cpanel
  • Must have Photoshop and Dreamweaver experience
  • Must keep good notes and be able to place clear and concise comments in code
  • Should have a good understanding of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Google Adwords, Google Analytics

Bonus Points:

  • WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, Zen Cart
  • Web Video, Video Editing
  • Illustrator and Flash
  • .NET, Actionscript, ColdFusion
  • Social networking, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Email Marketing


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Computer Repair and IT Support Company my PC Techs Announces New Web Design, SEO, and Online Marketing Division

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Phoenix, Arizona, September 06, 2010

my PC Techs, privately owned provider of expert computer repair and IT support solutions, today announced a new web design and online marketing division. The new division, “seenBEST Web Design,” will specialize in web design, website development, search engine optimization, and online marketing. my PC Techs has provided expert computer repair and website solutions for several years under the single brand my PC Techs. The decision was made to offer web site design, SEO and internet marketing solutions under a new product name, separate from computer repair services, due to rapid company growth in both areas. As a result, both companies are now in an even better position to continue building upon their reputation of exceptional customer service and affordable pricing to new and existing business clients.

With a complete range of website solutions, seenBEST Web Design seamlessly blends traditional website design and development services together with cutting-edge online marketing and website promotion technologies. The result provides clients with websites that not only look amazing, but also get found by prospective customers, resulting in increased sales and leads while drastically reducing advertising costs.

Here is an overview of services now provided by seenBEST Web Design:

Web Design and Development Solutions

  • New Website Design
  • Web Page Redesign
  • eCommerce and Online Shopping Carts
  • ColdFusion, PHP, .NET Programs
  • Blogs, Forums, Web Applications
  • Custom MS SQL and MySQL Database Solutions
  • Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Joomla, WordPress, and Magento Development
  • Web Hosting and Domains
  • Email Services
  • Flash, Animation, and Web Video

Search Engine Optimization and Online Marketing Solutions

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
  • Landing Pages
  • Usability and Site Analysis
  • Local Search, Targeted Search Solutions
  • Pay Per Click (PPC) Campaigns
  • Keyword Research and Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Email Campaigns

The Founder and co-owner of both my PC Techs and seenBEST Web Design, Andre Morris, explains the company change: “We are excited about the creation of our new division for web services. Whereas my PC Techs on site technology services are primarily offered to clients in the Phoenix metro area, and Arizona, seenBEST Web Design will allow us to open up our marketing efforts to a national audience. We believe that our new business structure will make it even easier for us to help business owners reduce costly and ineffective print, radio, and television marketing campaigns with low cost, highly effective website and online marketing solutions.”

Unlike traditional web design companies, seenBEST Web Design staffs a team of online marketing and social media experts and is more of an online marketing agency than just another design firm. Their positioning statement, “When you want the best website. When you need it to be seen.” is an accurate summation of the types of services they provide. They aim to educate business owners of one fact: A website is worthless if no one ever visits it. Unfortunately, many businesses fall into the trap of overpaying for website design and development and wind up with a fancy website and little else. This is due, largely in part, to the fact that most web site design companies know very little about online marketing. As a result, they fail to mention these important options to prospective clients.

seenBEST Web Design goes far beyond basic web design services and combines web site design packages with online marketing and search engine optimization. During an initial free consultation, clients will work with a seenBEST Web Specialist who will explain all of the various options available and will help put together a custom design and marketing package based specifically on company objectives and budget. The result is an amazing website complete with integrated online marketing solutions.

For information on web design and online marketing solutions provided by seenBEST Web Design, the company can be contacted by phone at (602)-456-0150 or visit the website at www.seenbest-web-design.com

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Contact Information:
Sabrina Pellegrino
602-456-0150
sabrina@mypctechs.com
http://www.mypctechs.com


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Top 15 Online Website Development Resources

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

As a website developer, I utilize several online resources on a daily basis to gather facts, check code syntax and share ideas. There are some resources that I just couldn’t live without. I use the following fifteen resources so often that I’ve dedicated an article to them and would like to share with you my thoughts on why they are important. I’m also hoping that others can read this and learn from it, or possibly even teach me a thing or two. Anyways, here’s the list of the top 15 online website development resources that I use, in order of importance:

GoogleGoogle: Google is my homepage. It should be everyone’s homepage. Isn’t it your homepage? There are very few questions in this world that Google can’t help you find an answer to.
 
AdobeAdobe Devnet: I do the majority of my web development using Adobe Dreamweaver CS3. I have the web premium suite that also includes Photoshop CS3, Flash CS3, and Fireworks CS3. The Adobe Devnet is an excellent resource not just for the tools I’ve just mentioned, but development in general. I get a lot of use out of the blogs, exchanges and forums there.
 
Dictionary.comDictionary.com: What webmaster is complete without a thesaurus and online dictionary? I often find myself beautifying text with the thesaurus on dictionary.com. Not only is it great to make sure you don’t use where instead of wear, it’s a hunky-dory way to utilize words like disgruntlement instead of anger.
 
BluehostBluehost: Do you design websites? Have you ever used Bluehost? These guys have excellent customer service, affordable prices, and a ton of hosting features. I use Bluehost for hosting whenever possible and have used them for several years now as a very happy customer. Their services also include a very useful support forum.
 
AdwordsGoogle Adwords: Let’s face it, if you’ve got a product to sell you’re going to need Google Adwords. Since we know that everyone has Google for their homepage (see above), we also know that the first thing they’re going to do when they want to buy something is search for it on Google. All bow before Google, the king of online advertising.
 
iStockPhotoiStockPhoto: Do you need an image for a website? Does it have to be high quality? Do you want to be able to search for it based on concept keywords? How about low cost? iStockPhoto does all of this and they do it well. iStockPhoto, for those times when you need to find an image of ‘goth nosering‘ for a company website.
 
FlashKitFlashkit: I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent digging through ActionScript code on this website to find ways to accomplish what I needed to do. Let’s be honest, the Flash CS3 software has really poor built-in actionscript3 reference material. No worries, we’ve got Flashkit, our savior! PS: They’re great for other things, too, like sound clips and example movies.
 
osCommerceosCommerce Forums: There’s a bit of irony here. You’re selling a product, trying to make a quick buck, and the tool you’re using to do it is completely free! Crazy world we live in, I know. Sure enough, osCommerce is a free shopping cart solution that works marvelously and it’s completely customizable via PHP.
 
Google Code SearchGoogle Code Search: I’ve always liked the word snippets. Why couldn’t they have called this Google Snippets? Maybe if Google hadn’t turned down my resume for a position in their company a few years ago, things would be different. Oh well, their loss, my gain! In any case, even though I don’t work for Google, and it isn’t called snippets, I still find their code search a useful tool when hunting down bits of PHP, ASP, ColdFusion or JavaScript.
 
SQL DialectsSQL Dialects Reference: A quality SQL reference, for times when ‘Select * from Widgets’ just doesn’t go deep enough to get the job done.
 
PHP ManualPHP: Manual Quick Reference: PHP is fun. This online PHP reference manual is a shining example of just how fun it really is.
 
VBScript ForumVBScript Forum: When you need a piece of VBScript code, chances are good that the crazy guys at VBScript Forum can help.
 
Web Design ForumWeb Design Forum: No mystery here, it’s all in the name.
 
Webdeveloper.comWebDeveloper.com: The ONLY thing I don’t like about this site is the bland appearance. Everything else rocks, especially the depth of topics and the history of information contained within.
 
Whois.netWhois.net: I used to be a big fan of the Network Solutions whois tool. Not anymore, I’ve tasted the glory of whois.net!

So there you are, 15 web design resources packaged nicely into this seenBEST Web Design blog. Develop until your fingers peel away my friends! Are there are resources that you use regularly for website development that you’d like to share? Let me know, I’d like to hear about them.



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