My Incredibly Brief Windows 10 Review

Why brief?  You’re not here for an in depth analysis, you’re just here for an opinion, so here is mine. An operating system is designed to enable you to do what you want to do without getting n your way.  Windows 10 seems to do just that.  Here are my...

Magento cron.php not working

Sometimes on a Magento install the cron.php will not run as expected and various important automatic events do not occur.  In the latest version this even means that email are not sent. Magento doesn’t have an easy, built in way to see whether things are working...

Some Free Web Design Icons

Here are few icons that you’re free to use if you want. I knocked them up this morning for a web design project I’m working on and thought it would be nice to share....

Magento Contact Form Not Working

Recently I had a problem with a Magento installation with my Magento contact form was working. The symptoms were that the Magento Contact form was displayed correctly, but when submitted no email was sent. The Issue was traced to the form action which had nothing in...

Concrete5 Review – Open Source CMS’s

This is my Concrete5 review, the second of my content management system (CMS) reviews comparing alternatives to Wordpress.

The system can be found here:

I have never come across Concrete5 before and don’t have any preconceptions about the system.

So here is my Concrete5 review.

30 Day Challenge – Why it’s Turned into a 90 Day Challenge

My 30 day challenge was begun on 15 Feb, exactly 65 days ago. I’m now 74 days into a 30 day challenge and it’s not complete; not a good sign. In a previous post I did say that despite being a “30 day” challenge, the main aim was to use some of my spare time to do something useful to build a niche site.

With that in mind I’m going to briefly recap how far I’ve got with it and what the next steps are to make it start to get some good traffic and make a bit of money.

CMS Made Simple review – Open Source CMS’s

This is my CMS Made Simple review, the first of my content management system (CMS) reviews comparing alternatives to Wordpress.

CMS Made Simple (CMSMS) is an open source PHP based CMS first released in 2004.  It was designed primarily for editable static-ish websites rather than blogs.  However CMSMS has plugins which enable other implementations such as blogs and ecommerce.

Which is the Best Free CMS?

I’ve been building websites for several years now, and my default setting, like many others, has become to use Wordpress for nearly everything. Wordpress has such a wide user base now that it powers “over 60 million” websites (source

In reality the true number of Wordpress powered sites is probably far more than 60 million, but whatever the actual figure, it’s a large portion of the web.

It set me wondering whether we all use Wordpress so much because it’s the best, or just because of the internet herd mentality that says we need to do what others are doing.

Why I’ve switched (mostly) from ManageWP to InfiniteWP

Managing a lot of different Wordpress sites can be a daunting prospect. I don’t have nearly as many sites as lots of marketers and yet I still always used to struggle with keeping up to date with Wordpress, Plugin and Theme updates.

InfiniteWP and ManageWP [affiliate link] are both applications that take away a lot of the hard work of managing your Wordpress sites. You don’t have to log in to each admin to check for updates; with each service they’re all managed from central control panel.

In this article I’m going to discuss the similarities and differences between the 2 services and tell you why, while I’m signed up to both services, InfiniteWP is now my “go to” Wordpress utility.

Why running an online business is like a game of rugby

I was at rugby training the other day and I was struck by how similar the advice for rugby players is to the advice I’d give to people starting up and running an online business.

Whether you’re an expert or a novice, you can take the advice of a rugby coach and apply it to your online business.

The 4 Best Programs for Effortless Efficiency

Following on from my recent post about “The Tricks of Effortlessly Efficient People” I’m going to quickly detail the software I use to keep track of my ever growing list of tasks and how I use them to keep the important things to the fore, and distractions “forgotten but not gone”.

In that post I mentioned the four main types of task I encounter:

  • Events / Meetings
  • Single Tasks
  • Repeat Tasks
  • Things to Remember

I use a few different pieces of software to track different types of tasks.  I’ve tried a lot of different ones over the years, but these are my current favourites.

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