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The Psychology of Color

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. - Oscar Wilde

If used effectively color theory is one of the most powerful tools a designer can wield. Colors are a form of non verbal communication that can speak volumes in a fraction of a second. They can instantly set a mood, convey an emotion, invoke a physiological reaction or inspire people to take action. When we harness the right color emotion to help tell a client's story it can have a powerful effect. Below is a list of MS colors and their associated moods.

the psycology of color

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Stupid things to annoy a graphic designer

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How to Secure A CMS Website?

Everyone hates security. Security means extra work. Lots of it. You need to monitor security announcements, apply tedious upgrades (even though they may break your site), and review plugins carefully before you install them. No fun.

But what's the alternative? A broken or compromised site. You want your homepage to stay the way you left it, right? Not get defaced by a Mongolian teenager? Then you'll need to learn about security.

Get Security Announcements

The first step to staying secure is staying informed. Any good CMS, and any good extension, will have regular security updates. But they won't do you any good if you don't hear about them. Learn how to find and subscribe to security announcements for every moving part in your website.

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Why is it important to update your CMS?

A CMS is not a book. You write a book, you publish it, and there it is, a lovely block of paper. It's done. It can endure for centuries.

By contrast, a CMS is never done. If you don't keep upgrading your CMS, you risk losing your site.

Websites, Like Cars, Need Maintenance

Many people think of websites as a one-time expense. They want to pay a developer, get a nice website "built," and then move on. But that's not how it works.

A website needs to be maintained.

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How to Deduct Your Website Costs Before Writing the Check

Having a good website can be the difference between staying in business or failure…Having an incredible website can be the difference in making significant profits rather than just keeping the doors open.

As such, we as business owners spend a lot of money purchasing, developing, modifying and updating our websites on a regular basis.

One may think that you simply put your website costs on a line item called “website expenses”, then file your tax return and forget about… regrettably it’s not that simple.

You may be surprised to learn that the IRS has still not yet issued formal guidance on when Internet website costs can be deducted.

Fortunately, established rules that apply to deducting business costs in general, and formal IRS guidance that applies to software costs in particular (the “software guidelines”), provide a taxpayer launching a business website with some guidance as to the proper treatment of the costs. Here are a few categories your website costs may fall within and a brief discussion of some relevant principles:

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Drupal drips out ten new patches, one worthy of immediate attention

Version 6.0 sent to code heaven, where old open source projects frolic among unicorns

Drupal has patched 10 holes in its platform that allow attackers to do things like access blocked resources and gain remote code execution.

The world's second-most-popular content management system also sent its sixth version to end-of-life status.

Six of the flaws are considered moderately severe and three minor for affected versions six, seven, and eight.

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Top daily DDoS attacks worldwide

 

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.

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Is the Cost of a Website Tax Deductible?

A website is a a necessity for any business today. However, having a website built or updated can be costly. This article is aimed at discussing if your website is or is not a tax deduction for your business.

As a website designer, I get asked this question all the time; especially in the months of October, November, & December. The response always starts off the same, "You need a tax guy for that, but how I understand it......" I do try and explain how I understand the IRS's rules on deductions when it comes to website design, but I always finish with, "Now, I am a web guy. I am not a tax professional. Consult a tax professional before doing anything, because I am juuuuust a 'web guy'."

Is my Website Tax Deductible? YES......ish

To my knowledge, the IRS has not, to date, issued guidelines about website development and maintenance costs. Because there is no FORMAL guidelines to if or if/not a website can be deducted as a tax write-off, we have to look for the write-off categories that best align with what a website is, what is does, and if it is considered an asset, etc.

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Joomla Security: Big Hits for New Vulnerability

According to US-CERT, Joomla has just released version 3.4.7 of its open-source content management system (CMS) in an effort to lock down two new vulnerabilities, one of which could grant attackers full control of an affected website. As noted by SecurityWeek, the severity of these flaws didn’t go unnoticed: Symantec tracked an average of 16,000 hits per day attempting to exploit the issue. Here’s a rundown of what’s at risk with an unpatched Joomla install.

JOOMLA SECURITY RISKS

For almost a decade, a critical remote command execution vulnerability has existed in Joomla; versions 1.5 through 3.4.5 are affected by CVE-2015-8562. According to Ars Technica, while Joomla security teams patched the vulnerability within two days, the bug was already being exploited in the wild on IP addresses 146.0.72.83, 74.3.170.33 and 194.28.174.106. In addition, any events using either “JDatabaseDriverMysqli” or “O:” in the user agent were likely attack vectors.

So what’s the big risk here? CVE-2015-8562 leverages an issue with poor filtering when Joomla saves browser session values. As detailed by Sucuri, exploiting this flaw and combining it with the result of MySQL meeting a UTF-8 character that isn’t supported by uft8_general_ci — which causes data truncation from a specific value — it’s possible to launch an attack that could fully compromise servers. Cybercriminals then use the servers as malware hosts or sell access to them for a fee on the Dark Web.

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Drupal vs Joomla vs WordPress: CMS Showdown

WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are the three most popular content management systems (CMS) online. All three are open source and built on PHP + MySQL. All three vary significantly in terms of features, capability, flexibility and ease of use. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of each of these CMS solutions:

 

Drupal: Pros and Cons

Drupal is the granddaddy of CMS systems on this list – it was first released in early 2001. Like WordPress and Joomla, Drupal too is open-source and based on PHP-MySQL. Drupal is extremely powerful and developer-friendly, which has made it a popular choice for feature rich, data-intensive websites like Whitehouse.gov and Data.gov.uk.

Let’s consider a few pros and cons of Drupal:

Advantages of Drupal

  • Extremely Flexible: Want a simple blog with a static front page? Drupal can handle that. Want a powerful backend that can support hundreds of thousands of pages and millions of users every month? Sure, Drupal can do that as well. The software is powerful and flexible – little wonder why it’s a favorite among developers.
  • Developer Friendly: The basic Drupal installation is fairly bare-bones. Developers are encouraged to create their own solutions. While this doesn’t make it very friendly for lay users, it promises a range of possibilities for developers.
  • Strong SEO Capabilities: Drupal was designed from the ground-up to be search engine friendly.
  • Enterprise Friendly: Strong version control and ACL capabilities make Drupal the CMS of choice for enterprise customers. The software can also handle hundreds of thousands of pages of content with ease.
  • Stability: Drupal scales effortlessly and is stable even when serving thousands of users simultaneously.

Disadvantages of Drupal

  • Steep Learning Curve: Moving from WordPress to Drupal can feel like walking from your car into a Boeing 747 cockpit – everything is just so complicated! Unless you have strong coding capabilities and like to read tons of technical papers, you’ll find Drupal extremely difficult to use for regular use.
  • Lack of Free Plugins: Plugins in Drupal are called ‘modules’. Because of its enterprise-first roots, most good modules are not free.
  • Lack of Themes: A barebones Drupal installation looks like a desert after a drought. The lack of themes doesn’t make things any better. You will have to find a good designer if you want your website to look anything other than a sad relic from 2002 when using Drupal.

Recommended Use

Drupal is a full-fledged, enterprise grade CMS. It’s recommended for large projects where stability, scalability and power are prioritized over ease of use and aesthetics.

Get an Introduction to Drupal with this course from Udemy!

Joomla: Pros and Cons

Joomla is an open-source content management software forked from Mambo. It is one of the most popular CMS solutions in the world and boasts over 30m downloads to date. Joomla powers such noteworthy sites as Cloud.com, Linux.com, etc.

Advantages of Joomla

  • User-Friendly: Joomla isn’t WordPress, but it’s still relatively easy to use. Those new to publishing will find its UI polished, flexible and powerful, although there is still a slight learning curve involved in figuring everything out.
  • Strong Developer Community: Like WordPress, Joomla too has a strong developer community. The plugin library (called ‘extensions’ in Joomla) is large with a ton of free to use, open source plugins.
  • Extension Variability: Joomla extensions are divided into five categories – components, plugins, templates, modules and languages. Each of these differs in function, power and capability. Components, for example, work as ‘mini-apps’ that can change the Joomla installation altogether. Modules, on the other hand, add minor capabilities like dynamic content, RSS feeds, and search function to a web page.
  • Strong Content Management Capabilities: Unlike WordPress, Joomla was originally designed as an enterprise-grade CMS. This makes it far more capable at handling a large volume of articles than WordPress.

Disadvantages of Joomla

  • Some Learning Involved: You can’t jump right into a Joomla installation and start hammering out new posts if you’re not familiar with the software. The learning curve isn’t steep, but it can be enough to intimidate casual users.
  • Lacks SEO Capabilities: Making WordPress SEO friendly is as easy as installing a free plugin. With Joomla, you’ll need a ton of work to get to the same level of search engine friendliness. Unless you have the budget to hire a SEO expert, you might want to look at alternative solutions.
  • Limited ACL Support: ACL (Access Control List) refers to a list of permissions that can be granted to specific users for specific pages. ACL is a vital component of any enterprise-grade CMS solution. Joomla started supporting ACL only after version 1.6. ACL support is still limited in the stable v2.5.1 release, making it unsuitable for enterprise customers.

Recommended use

Joomla enables you to build a site with more structural stability and content than WordPress, and has a fairly intuitive interface. If you want a standard website with standard capabilities – a blog, a static/dynamic front-end, a forum, etc. then use Joomla. Joomla is also a good option for small to mid-tier e-commerce stores. If you want something more powerful for enterprise use, consider Drupal.

Learn how to create a corporate website with Joomla in this course from Udemy!

WordPress: Pros and Cons

New York Times, CNN, Forbes and Reuters – the list of WordPress.com clients reads like publishing dream-team. More than 68 million websites use WordPress, making it the world’s favorite blogging software. It is flexible enough to power fortune 500 company blogs as well as sporadically updated personal journals.

Below, we take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of using WordPress:

Advantages of WordPress

  • Multiple Authors: WordPress was built from the ground-up to accommodate multiple authors – a crucial feature for any serious publication.
  • Huge Plugin Library: WordPress’ is the poster-child of the open-source developer community, which has developed hundreds of thousands of plugins for it. There are few things WordPress can’t do with its extensive library of plugins.
  • User-Friendly: WordPress’ UI is easy to use and highly intuitive, even for first-time bloggers. You can drop a theme, add a few plugins, and start blogging within minutes. This course will teach you how to install and set up a WordPress blog .
  • Strong SEO Capabilities: With plugins like All in One SEO, you can start blogging straight away without worrying about on-page SEO.
  • Easy Customization: WordPress’ theming system is designed for easy-customization. Anyone with a little grasp of HTML and CSS can customize WordPress themes to fit his/her needs.
  • Flexibility: WordPress can be made to do virtually anything – run an e-commerce store, host a video site, serve as a portfolio or work as a company blog – thanks to plugins and customized themes.

 Disadvantages of WordPress

  • Security: As the category leading software with millions of installations, WordPress is often the target of hackers. The software itself isn’t very secure out of the box and you will have to install third-party plugins to boost your WordPress installation’s security.
  • Incompatibility with Older Plugins: The WordPress team constantly releases new updates to fix security loopholes and patch problems. These updates are often incompatible with older plugins. If your site relies on older plugins, you may have to hold off on updating (which makes your site all the more susceptible to hack attacks).
  • Limited Design Options: Even though WordPress is infinitely customizable, most WordPress installations still look like WordPress installations. Although recent updates and improvements in plugins/themes have rectified this problem somewhat, WordPress is still hampered by limited design options.
  • Limited Content Management Capabilities: WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform. This has affected its ability to handle large amounts of content. If you plan to publish hundreds of blog posts per week (not uncommon for large publishers), you may find the default WordPress backend a little underwhelming for such high content volume.

Recommended Use

WordPress is often called a ‘mini CMS’. It isn’t nearly as powerful or capable as Drupal or Joomla, but is easy enough for any lay user. Use WordPress if you want a simple, easy to use blogging solution that looks good and can accommodate multiple authors easily.

Learn how to build a custom WordPress website from scratch in this amazing course!

Conclusion

Even though WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are built on the same technology stack, they vary heavily in features and capabilities. Hopefully, the above information will help you choose a CMS that fits your requirements.


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Vulnerable Joomla Site Owners (Servers) See 16,000 Daily Attacks

Symantec has detected up to 20,000 daily attempts to exploit a recently patched Joomla vulnerability that can be leveraged for remote code execution.

The vulnerability, identified as CVE-2015-8562, was patched in mid-December with the release of Joomla 3.4.6 and hotfixes for versions 1.5 and 2.5. The first attempts to exploit the flaw, which affects installations running Joomla 1.5.0 through 3.4.5, were spotted two days before the developers of the popular content management system (CMS) released patches.

Symantec has been monitoring attack attempts and detected, on average, 16,000 daily hits since the vulnerability was disclosed.

Attackers can leverage the Joomla security hole to compromise servers and use them for hosting malware and other malicious activities. They can also sell access to the targeted servers on the underground market, allowing others to abuse them for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Some of the compromised machines can also host valuable information.

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Joomla! 3.4.7 Version Fixes Security Flaws

Joomla! has released the latest version, 3.4.7, of its free content management system software to address two reported security vulnerabilities.

The new version of Joomla!, which is used to create websites and online applications, strengthened the security of the MySQLi driver to help prevent object injection attacks.

Joomla said its Security Strike team has been following up on the critical security vulnerability patched last week.

“Since the recent update it has become clear that the root cause is a bug in PHP itself,” Joomla! reported on its website. “This was fixed by PHP in September of 2015 with the releases of PHP 5.4.45, 5.5.29, 5.6.13.”

Joomla! pointed out the only Joomla sites affected by this bug are those that are hosted on vulnerable versions of PHP, and it corrected the flaw because not all hosts keep their PHP installations up to date.

Joomla! 3.4.7 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla which addresses a critical security vulnerability and one low level security vulnerabilities. We strongly recommend that you update your sites immediately.

This release only contains the security fixes; no other changes have been made compared to the Joomla 3.4.6 release.

WHAT'S IN 3.4.7

Version 3.4.7 is released to address two reported security vulnerabilities and includes security hardening of the MySQLi driver to help prevent object injection attacks.

The Joomla Security Strike team has been following up on the critical security vulnerability patched last week. Since the recent update it has become clear that the root cause is a bug in PHP itself. This was fixed by PHP in September of 2015 with the releases of PHP 5.4.45, 5.5.29, 5.6.13 (Note that this is fixed in all versions of PHP 7 and has been back-ported in some specific Linux LTS versions of PHP 5.3). The only Joomla sites affected by this bug are those which are hosted on vulnerable versions of PHP. We are aware that not all hosts keep their PHP installations up to date so we are making this release to deal with this issue on vulnerable PHP versions.

SECURITY ISSUES FIXED

  • High Priority - Core - Session Hardening (affecting Joomla 1.5 through 3.4.6) More information »
  • Low Priority - Core - SQL Injection (affecting Joomla 3.0.0 through 3.4.6) More information »

Please see the documentation wiki for FAQ’s regarding the 3.4.7 release. It is important to note that due to some session changes you will not be able to edit items until you log out and log back in again. Please note that there has been a backwards compatibility break regarding how session management is handled. If you are using the documented Joomla API you will have no issues. The changes are fully documented in the release documentation.


Sources:

  1. https://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5643-joomla-3-4-7-released.html
  2. https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/12/22/Joomla-Releases-Security-Update-CMS

 

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WARNING: Websites Running Joomla 1.5 Are at Risk

As of August this year, according to W3techs out of all the websites currently using Joomla, 44.6% of them are still on the unsupported Joomla 1.x series, support for which ended way back in September 2012.

Whilst the Joomla 1.x series was very robust and can still run reliably if well looked after, it's time is nearly up. Technologies are changing and security is being tightened up online, and the Joomla 1.x series is being left behind. So if you're running a Joomla 1.x website, now is the time to upgrade, and here are just a few reasons why;

1. Security

As of September 2012 support for Joomla 1.5 was officially dropped, meaning that no security patches will be released. This can be a big problem if you rely on third party code for any of your websites features, for example Google Maps or online payment gateways, or simply if an extension you are using becomes compromised by new hacking techniques. The longer you run a Joomla 1.x series website there is a growing risk of your website being hacked and your data compromised.

2. Changing server technologies

Like Wordpress and Concrete 5, Joomla is a PHP based CMS, which runs on a Linux based server and runs its databases via MySQL. These technologies are also constantly evolving to keep the nasty hackers away as they find new ways to be naughty and get into places they shouldn't.

Currently, there is no supported version of PHP compatible with Joomla 1.5! (http://php.net/eol.php)

As a result of this, we have noticed hosting companies are forcing their customers to upgrade their PHP versions to at least PHP 5.4 (The latest is 5.5). Joomla 1.5 sites are compatible with PHP versions up to 5.3, and so features of your Joomla 1.5 are almost certain to break if your host decides upgrades your PHP version.

At Channel we have mitigated against this for our customers by running Joomla 1.5 sites on the legacy versions of PHP to ensure your websites continue to run happily, but there will come a point in the very near future where we will be forced to upgrade to newer PHP versions, and those 1.x sites will no longer function.

3. Extensions Support and easiEr upgrades

Most extension developers have dropped their support for 1.5 versions of extensions to build extensions for the current Joomla versions. More than 65% of Joomla extensions are now available for Joomla 2.5, so it is likely that any functionality you had previously will still be available on the newer Joomla versions.

4. Future proofing

Joomla 2.5x has many great features compared to the 1.x series, the most cost effective of which is a more robust and easier upgrade system. Joomla 2.5x has an inbuilt upgrade engine, which give you upgrade notifications and 1 click upgrades. It has also been built with future version upgrades in mind and has been designed to make the jump between Joomla versions much easier than upgrading the 1.x series, saving you time and money in the long run.
But my website is fine, why do I need to upgrade?

This is a common question from our customers and it's logical to think "If it ain't broke don't fix it"!, but unfortunately that sentiment doesn't apply to well in the world of the web.

OTHER COMMON THINGS WE HEAR ARE:

  • We built our site only a few years ago and don't have the budget for upgrading.
  • It sounds like a lot of work, I can't be bothered with it
  • My site has never been hacked, so I don't need to upgrade
  • You're only telling me I need to upgrade because you want more business.

Whilst it is true there is a fair amount of work involved and you may have a perfectly healthy Joomla 1.x series website, it won't stay that way forever. The question to ask is if your website got hacked tomorrow, what would be the loss in revenue/reputation for your business?

If the monetary value of any disruption outweighs the cost of upgrading your site, then it's something you really should invest in. Otherwise, you will end up with a website that you cannot host, or if you do find a host who is willing to take it, it will end up repeatedly getting hacked and live a pretty sad life for the rest of its days!

SO HOW DO I UPGRADE AND WHAT'S INVOLVED?

Every website is different. The work involved depends on how many extensions you have, how many customisations you have done, the amount of content and functionality in your site, amongst other things. We have experience of reliably upgrading 1.x sites and would welcome you to contact us for a free audit of your website to find out the best method for you to upgrade.

FREE AUDIT

To help our customers running 1.x series sites and also in the interest of all of our other customers in regards to security, we are offering a free audit to help you find out what's involved in upgrading your Joomla 1.x series website to the latest Joomla! version.

We don't want to see our long standing members fall by the wayside and eventually have to remove them from our servers when they become untenable security risks, so we could encourage you to get in touch with us asap to plan for your upgrade.

So if you are running a Joomla 1.x series site, please get in touch with one of the team today who will be happy to do your free audit and quote for upgrading your Joomla site today.

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Why Outsourcing your Print Work is a Great Idea

  1. Cut your capital costs. Let’s face it, print equipment is expensive, and you likely require several different types of machinery to perform jobs. It’s also incredibly costly to maintain. Then you have costs associated with commercial office buildings, land, or simply space in general. Bringing a project to commercially operational status can be outlandishly pricey. By outsourcing, you don’t need to be financially responsible for any of that stuff.
  2. Reduce your labor costs. Outsourcing allows you to bypass the need for additional employees that your business can’t afford. It also enables you to direct your costs toward those with the experience that you require, rather than keeping folks on the payroll that aren’t fulfilling your company’s very specific needs at a given moment. Plus, you’ll eliminate additional insurance costs, hiring costs, etc.
  3. Increase your efficiency. This is a pretty obvious one. By keeping your core competencies in-house and outsourcing everything else, you enable your business to run more smoothly. As a result, you keep the focus on the things you do best, and let someone else handle the rest. Plus, you turn around more business, faster.
  4. Scale up your growth. At the end of the day, outsourcing print allows you to level the playing field. For example, if you’re a relatively small business in size, you’re still able to compete with larger businesses in the same industry when you outsource. Multiple employees and capital expenses can cause headaches. Without them, your efficiency, as mentioned, increases dramatically which enables you to grow faster than ever before.

In short, outsourcing allows someone else to do the heavy lifting while you and your business reap the rewards. It lets you to choose exactly what you need, when you need it, and how much you’re willing to spend. Think of it like an à la carte approach to business.

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Google's bug-hunting hacker team is infuriating Microsoft and Apple

Google's bug-hunting hacker team is infuriating Microsoft and Apple

Is Google being a bully?

Google is continuing to investigate potential security flaws in its competitors' software and threatening to publicly disclose these vulnerabilities if they are not patched within 90 days, despite a lukewarm response from targets like Microsoft and Apple, Bloomberg reports.

"Project Zero," which is made up of an all-star team of security researchers, has been running since July 2014. But the effort has become more of a hot button issue recently after Google revealed at least two high-profile security bugs in Microsoft's Windows, prompting a aggravated response from the software giant.

In the most recent instance, in January, Microsoft had actively been working on a patch for a bug in Windows 8.1, and asked Google to hold fast until "Patch Tuesday," Microsoft's established date for the roll-out of bug fixes. This gives companies time to test patches before deployment. But Google refused to bend on its standard 90-day deadline.

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Understanding Copyrights - What Every Designer Must Know

Copyright basics to help keep your royalty-free designs lawsuit-free.

We have all heard the story, the ‘selfie-taking monkey’ that is pitting the entire internet against itself. We are here to explain it all, and help you avoid all this ‘monkey business’. (Sorry, we had to!)

Royalty-free images exist for a number of reasons—chief among them, to keep designers (and the income they earn from designing) safe from copyright claims.
Still, it’s important to understand a few rough concepts surrounding ownership before sharing or selling your artwork.

How to Protect Your Designs: An Introduction to Copyright

As an overarching guideline, you own the sole right to works of art that you create. Just as strangers don’t have the right to enter your home and take possession of your family photos, they’re generally prohibited from taking possession of your digital artwork online (posting them to websites, using them to advertise products, etc.).

Draw a portrait of your dog and hang it over the couch in your living room, and no one has the right to just walk in and take it—regardless of how cute your dog is. Post a photo of your dog—or a photo of the portrait—to your website, and the same rules apply: if the image ends up in a magazine without your permission, you’ll have the right to claim damages for unauthorized use.

Of course, the reverse holds true. Use someone else’s imagery in your work without express license, and they’ll have the right to claim damages from you. This applies not just to people’s work, but to the mere “likeness” of their work—meaning you’ll still risk litigation for tracing someone else’s pet photo or turning it into a vector image.

Such is the reason we’ve done the work for you:

Expert Tip: You don’t have to actually register a copyright in order to establish ownership over your work—just like others don’t have to register their work in order to
block you from reproducing it; a copyright exists automatically the moment you or they create something. Registering a copyright just makes that ownership easier to prove and litigate, as it generates a public record.

You can register a piece of artwork through an attorney or through the U.S. Copyright Office for as low as $35—but save yourself the postage and ignore any advice to beat the system by employing what’s often called a “poor man’s copyright,” i.e., sending yourself a copy of your work via certified mail. It won’t hold up in court—no matter how well you seal your envelope.

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Hiring an Experienced and Professional Website Development Company

Hiring an Experienced and Professional Website Development Company

Deciding to hire a professional website development company or a freelancer is not an easy task. We'll provide you with useful information based on our experience which may help you make the right decision.

It is easy to hire website developers who not only promise great results, but may also have a great website portfolio of past projects. In such a case, what would make a business or individual settle for an experienced and professional website developer instead of a freelancer? Here are some profound reasons why.

1. Major Complex Projects

Some websites require specialized skill and support to manage. This is true with  solutions such as those offered to gaming clients, financial service providers and dynamic e-commerce online stores. As a result, it is important that such projects are outsourced to companies that can guarantee high levels of quality service and after sales support that in most instances is beyond the ability of modest freelance outfits.

2. Total Quality Management

A fully fledged web development company has the capacity of guaranteeing industry standard quality of work as compared to freelancers. Not only do they have a reputation that they need to maintain, but the fact that they have experience in the web development industry means that they have a workflow process that ensures they get their projects done in similar fashion, adhering to quality benchmarks and within the shortest optimal time.

3. Need for Vast Expertise

Teams in professional website development companies practice specialization and task distribution better that in freelance outfits where most tasks are handled by the same pair of hands. In the former case, the quality of work is higher and the teams are able to cover more aspects of website development that are sometimes overlooked such as search engine optimization, social media optimization and web copy writing and quality content creation.

4. Better Technical Support

Technical support is a big challenge even to well established professional firms. Freelance web developers mostly run their businesses on lean budgets, and since technical support is resource intensive, they may not be able to offer support round the clock especially if the website being developed is custom built and has specialized needs that cannot be handled by new technical persons.

5. Time and Money

Most decisions that settle for freelance developers over experienced professional developers cite cost savings. This is regularly discovered to be untrue when the cost of development, re-work and maintenance are considered. In most cases a professional web designer will submit high quality work within stipulated time limits, and the website may not need re-work over the long run because professional developers always work with quality benchmarks in mind.

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How to use your business cards

How to use your business cards

Your business card is one of the most valuable networking tools you have in your quest for increased referrals.

Can you envision a reality where 20 to 30 people in your word-of-mouth marketing circle carry your cards and have them ready to hand to prospects they're actually qualifying for you? I certainly can, and am excited every time I hear someone say, "Let me give you my friend's business card; oh, and by the way, may I have him (or her) give you a call?"

The business card is the most powerful single business tool--dollar for dollar--you can invest in. It's compact, energy-efficient, low-cost, low-tech, and keeps working for you hours, weeks and even years after it leaves your hands!

Some of the things your business card does is:

  • Tell people your name and the name of your business
  • Provide prospects with a way to contact you
  • Give others a taste of your work, style and personality
  • It can be so unusual or attractive or strange or charming or funny that it sticks in the memory like a great radio or television ad
  • It can be reused, as it passes from person to person, giving the same message to each person who comes in contact with it
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Has outsourcing affected your business?

The IT outsourcing experience

For many businesses considering IT outsourcing, the core worry that outsourcing will either fail to create value for their business or, worse, actually impact negatively, is still a huge barrier. We don't underestimate the anxiety of our customers – we know that for the dynamic mid-market, decisions of this scale affect every part of the organization.

IT Outsourcing - What's really holding you back?

Sometimes it's not enough to know the benefits of outsourcing on paper. Some questions can only be answered through first-hand experience. Things like: Who will be on hand when things go wrong? How much access will staff have to expertise when they need it? Will in-sourced team members fit in with the company culture? Will the business have to go through a stressful period of downtime and chaos as we transfer our IT across to our outsourcing partners? Will we end up losing out on the personal level of commitment you get from long-term staff?

Responsibility, not control

These are the concerns we encounter time and time again in our customers; we do everything we can to create a service that addresses these worries so our customers can commit with confidence. We've done our best to communicate what it really feels like to outsource your IT by speaking to customers and drawing on years of experience in order to cut to the heart of what really matters to you. We are passionate about ensuring that our services relieve responsibility without ever taking away control.

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WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg to Keynote Flagship Joomla! Conference

NEW YORK, NY(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2013) - Joomla, one of the world's most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to Intranets, today announced that Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of open source CMS WordPress, will give a keynote speech at the Joomla World Conference. Joomla's flagship annual conference runs November 8-10, 2013 in Boston at Harvard University's Joseph B. Martin Conference Center. Mullenweg is scheduled to give the conference's closing keynote on Sunday, November 10.

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