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Magento E-Commerce

I've been involved with Magento since version 1.3. *Edit - since I wrote this post I did some work on a fully operational 1.0 site - a grand old lady of the Magento world!* I deliver custom Magento builds with bespoke, standard implementations using themes, and also handle updates and rescues on existing Magento sites.   If you've been involved in e-commerce for a while then there's a chance you'll already have been introduced to Magento, or have heard a thing or two about it. If you are venturing into e-commerce for the first time then let me introduce you - Magento is an open source e-commerce platform which comes in three flavours....the free community version, the professional version and the enterprise ... Read more

WordPress CMS sites

I've been working with Wordpress for a few years now, and have developed considerable expertise delivering a surprisingly varied array of sites on the Wordpress platform.   It's a joy to work with. Wordpress was traditionally a pure blogging engine and not much else.  It was best suited as a bolt on blog, and not as a content management system.  Over time though, it has evolved into an incredibly scalable CMS.  It's strengths include the speed with which it can be deployed (the famous Wordpress 5 minute installation),  the vast array of themes, a huge library of free plugins available at the Wordpress plugin repository, and the ease with which clients can get to grips with the back-end administration system.  It's ... Read more

Joomla CMS Sites

Joomla is a long established CMS, and I've been around the Joomla block a few times ourselves.  It's not ideal for every job, but for certain applications it is unbeatable thanks to well produced system extensions. Joomla is a free, open source content management system built using PHP and the MVC framework.  There are three major releases - 1.0, 1.5 and, as of January 2011, 1.6.  All of my Joomla builds are based on 1.5 and I have made the decision to stick with that particular release for the moment, with a view to moving my Joomla sites to the 1.7 version when it is released.  Why?  One of the main benefits of Joomla is the vast scope and quality available ... Read more