In passing, I frequently discuss business ventures and startups with clients and prospects. I'm a fan of entrepreneurship in general, and I've been thinking of writing this post for a while now. My intention is to share my methods and provide suggestions to those who are looking to start their own business.
I've made a list of 7 things that every business should have: Logo Design, Business Cards, Fictitious Name / Registration, Incorporation, Business Checking, Accounting Software, and Business Liability Insurance.
Need to update your HOSTS file to point a domain to a different IP address? Below are instructions for both PC (Windows 7) and Mac (OS X Snow Leopard) platforms.
I've built many custom Joomla templates for clients over the years, both from existing sites (e.g. not yet a Joomla site) as well as from PSD's or other artwork files. I decided to put this download together as a contribution to the open-source community, hopefully someone else will be able to make use of it.
I've put this video together to showcase some of the newest and greatest features of K2, a popular extension for Joomla CMS. If you already have a Joomla site, watch this video to see how easy the K2 framework can make it for you to work with images, galleries, videos, custom fields, and attachments.
If you don't already have a Joomla site, you're really missing out! :-)
I recently built a "Make a Payment" form for my clients using the RSForm Joomla extension and a little custom scripting.
[R.I.P. Chase Covington 8/31/2009 - 4/21/2018]
We're on the move! Please welcome Chase as the newest member of the C2 team. Chase's primary responsibilities include security & patrolling, landscaping, and customer service.
Chase is a rescue we adopted from PetFinder:
I've used both JoomlaPack (AkeebaBackup it's now called) and Xcloner. JoomlaPack (Akeeba) is free, so you can't knock the price. It also has the ability to include an installer for loading the site onto the destination server, nice. I've used it many times.
However, my preference is Xcloner. It's a little more "programmer oriented," so its interface is s a little simpler and quicker, in my opinion. (Maybe that's just because I started with Xcloner.) Also, instead of a clunky installer package, Xcloner gives you a "restore" feature consisting of 2 files:
To restore, just include your Xcloner backup file alongside these "restore" files in your public directory, and point the browser to the "xcloner.php" file. It will ask you for database / ftp information, unzip the file, import the database, and adjust configuration.php accordingly. It also gives you the ability to extract the files directly (via PHP), or via FTP, depending on your server's particulars.
This is a base install of the infamous Joomla K2 component (http://www.getk2.org) with a few customizations already set up. I found myself repeating the same hacks, so I figured others might be facing similar issues:
Installation: Install this component via the standard Joomla Extension Installer.
Upgrading: This will override your existing K2 templates and settings. Be careful.
Enjoy! Comments / questions / requests welcome.
[Edit: Updated for K2 v2.3 - new download added!]
If you've familiar with WikiPedia, you know that the basic premise is that anyone can make changes to the site's content. There are obviously limitations - you cannot advertise yourself, you cannot defame anyone or anything, and they even "lock down" certain articles... for example, during the holiday season, they've been known to lock people out of making changes to the PlayStation articles. Makes sense.