WordPress has always been very popular because it can be used as a Content Management System (CMS). Wordpress gives you control of the content on the site.

We can create great looking sites and create the structure for you then you fill the site with your content.

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Bespoke .Net

Bespoke development simply means – we will build it to your specifications. When we say build it, we mean from the ground up. We start by discussing your needs with you and your team. We author a specification document that we all agree on, and then we get cracking.

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Mobile Apps

Not only can mobile devices be used for games, but they are great productivity tools too. We have a great team of mobile developers who can build you a mobile app that will deliver data to your workforce quickly and conveniently.

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DDoS Attack Crackdown – Countries Fear Being Attacked Like Australia

There is a flourishing, niche market for people who can (and choose to) attack websites for the purposes of denying service. Australia was recently attacked during the campaign to collect census data from the nation. It is very likely that other countries saw this and the resulting “tail-chasing” by the Prime Minister and other politicians and decided to chase down and bring DDoS hackers to justice.

Last week, the FBI requested that Israeli authorities arrest two 18 year olds for orchestrating a DDoS attack that earned more than $500,000 over two years. The two individuals were questioned and released after posting bond of US$10,000, but not before their passports were seized, they were placed under house arrest for 10 days and they were banned from using the internet or telecommunication equipment for 30 days.

This shows that the US are getting tough on this kind of internet behaviour and that they are monitoring it.

While DDoS attacks are not new, they are becoming more mainstream. There was a time when attacks were done on the dark web, but the attack on Australia shows that open websites are now targets and can cause considerable disruption and embarrassment.

The fact that businesses are moving their services into the cloud means there are more targets open to this kind of attack. And where there is demand, attackers can name their price and make a lucrative career.

So what can we do to protect ourselves against being a target?

Well, you can’t really stop someone targeting you. But you can put some safeguards in place to make it more difficult for attacks to be effective. Here is an article to describes some measures you can take, but here are a couple:

  1. Invest in good hardware and software that connects your data to the internet
  2. Invest in good people to install and maintain that hardware/software
  3. Consider “over-investing” in bandwidth so that if you are attacked there is still room in the “pipe” for your customers

Let’s not be naive. If you are connected to the internet, there is always a chance that you can be attacked. The best thing you can do is be educated about how you can affected. That way, you can make informed decisions about how to mitigate the effects on your equipment and data.

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Savvi Properties

Woolston Web Design is proud to announce the launch of the interim website for Savvi Properties.

Savvi Properties are rental property managers based in Toowong, Brisbane. They are currently managing luxury apartments for a beautiful new building being built in Toowong called “The Village On Archer”.

We spent some time talking in person about the goals that Savvi Properties wanted. We decided that the project should be done in two stages.

Firstly, try to get interest from people via a registration form. People will register their interest and then the Savvi team makes contact and completes the sale.

Secondly, the full site will include high quality, 360 degree images of the apartments and building outlook views and full vistas. Each apartment’s dimensions, fittings and appliances will be made available for investors’ consideration.

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One of the most important aspects of the design is the multi-lingual capability. Savvi Properties have many target markets including Europe, China, India, Japan and South East Asia. So the site needed to be multi-lingual and very easy to use. We incorporated automatic translation tools which are so easy to use. When a user arrives at the page written in English, they just click the icon in the header section for their preferred language and the contents of the page are translated. This translation is done automatically with the help of Google Translate. Feel free to ask for more information about how we did that.

We are very happy to have Savvi Properties as valued customers and we look forward to completing the project later this year. Click here to see the full site – http://www.savviproperties.com.au/

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WDWDNet Screencast #3 – Using SASS in Visual Studio MVC Projects

This video is a description of how to incorporate SASS into your Visual Studio projects. Using the application, Web Essentials, you can use SASS (CSS pre-processor) in your MVC and Web Forms projects. Web Essentials compiles the SASS into standard CSS so you can include the stylesheet in your project. All you need to do is reference the CSS file in your MVC bundle or Master File.


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Caboolture Sports Cricket Club

Woolston Web Design is proud to partner with the Caboolture Snakes Cricket Club in the design and launch of their new website. We met with committee members and discussed the goals for the club. Then we discussed how a new website will contribute to their marketing plans and strategy for bringing in new players and keeping existing ones.

Previously, the club had been relying on social media sites for communication and promotion. This was not getting the club where it wanted to go, so we decided on a WordPress driven website where club officials could manage content themselves. We also discussed social media integration so that we could continue to capture that audience. That means that someone could post a news link on the website and it will automatically be sent to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ etc.

The design needed to be bright and colourful because children are a large target demographic for the club. We also needed to build in support for publicizing game scores, allowing for registration and sign-on and general news involving the club.

We are proud to launch the Caboolture Sports Cricket Club’s new website. Go and have a look for yourself. You will find it at http://www.caboolturesportscricket.com.au.

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The Second Podcast From Web Design With .Net

This episode talks about how to structure your .Net solution and some tips and tricks for tools to use. You will find out things like:

  • How to limit data access by setting references correctly
  • How to use dependency injection with Unity
  • How to do object mapping with AutoMapper
  • How to use T4 templates to do repetitive work for you

These are just a few items. You can find out more by clicking the link and also subscribe to the YouTube or Itunes channel.

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