New top level domains (TLD) available

New TLDs will change how we use the Web. New TLDs like .shop, .hotel, and .blog will reduce the challenge of finding a domain that’s easy to remember, stands out in search results, and clearly says what a website is all about.

What is a TLD?

TLD stands for Top Level Domain. It’s sometimes more simply referred to as the domain’s extension. The most famous example is .com. So for example, in google.com the TLD is .com. In google.net the TLD is .net.

What is the lifecycle of a new TLD?

New TLDs will go through a typical lifecycle such as this: TLD Application Approved by ICANN Sunrise Period Landrush Period General Availability You will be able to purchase domain names directly from Watchlist as registries begin taking orders for each TLD.

What is a TLD Application?

When a company wants to open a new TLD, they must submit a proposal to ICANN for review. The new TLD can be launched once ICANN approves the application.

What is sunrise?

Sunrise is the first phase of a TLD launch in which owners of trademarks may register domains containing their marks. Some TLDs may hold additional Sunrise phases targeting members of specific communities or organizations.

What is landrush?

Landrush is the phase of a TLD launch during which domain names are available for registration for non-trademark holders that wish to register generic terms like loan or car but cannot participate in the Sunrise period. Landrush comes after Sunrise but before General Availability.

What is Pre-registration?

Pre-registration is a phase of a TLD launch that allows for the placement of Pre-orders that are to be executed immediately upon the opening of the General Availability period. Pre-registration will be only supported for some TLDs.

What is General Availability?

General Availability is the phase of a TLD launch when domain names are publicly available for anyone to register as long as registrants adhere to the requirements established by that particular TLD’s registry.

How much will it cost to register domains in these new TLDs?

Once a registry has published its pricing for a TLD’s launch phases, we will be able to establish our pricing.

Who is ICANN?

The non-profit organization that regulates the domain naming system for the Internet. ICANN’s mission is to ensure the continued stability and security of the DNS (Domain Name System).
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Melbourne Basketball 613

We are now the proud sponsor of Basketball 613,

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Customers are sending big files into the cloud and safely back to your computer!

When we Implemented Dropbox functionality into the classi concepts website, not only did we ebable the handling of large user files but we did so for customers without a cloud storage account. Now users of the classiconcepts.com.au website transfer files directly to a staff members computer via the businesses website.

It’s a big tick for strengthening the corporate brand and it solves a problem with printing businesses that cannot handle the ever increasing file sizes customers are carrying. Calling all printers, expand your file transfer limits!!

 

Thank you to Artur Neumann from Individual IT for his great component & making it possible for Joomla! websites to interface with dropbox users.

It could help to increase this values in the php.ini

  • file_uploads
  • upload_max_filesize
  • memory_limit
  • post_max_size
  • max_input_time
  • max_execution_time
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Image Gallery with Usability!

RokGallery is a ground-up revolutionary gallery extension, developed to be hugely flexible, versatile and user friendly. Gallery ExtensionThe system itself is built on a custom tag-based architecture with the ability to have multiple tag-based galleries.

RokGallery uses design and concepts that have been traditionally reserved for platform-native applications and are for the first time making their way into a web environment.

 

 

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Why upgrade to Joomla! 2.5 or 3?

Upgrade joomla to 2.5 or 3

Content management systems (like Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, and hundreds of others) all have versions. Like all software, each version offers more features, but they also include important security updates! With open source software like Joomla, security updates are particularly critical to avoid having your website hacked.

New Joomla versions are continuously released – Joomla 2.5, Joomla 3.0 and so on.

Joomla 1.5 is no longer supported anymore.

Which the next version you should stick to? That should be a version with new useful features, long-term support and a lot of compatible Joomla templates and extensions. Joomla 2.5  is still supported until December 2013.

It is not Joomla 3.0 which is just supported until April, 2013. More reasons?

Please take a look at the infographic below:

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Joomla! Day Melbourne

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Harry Bosh will be walking the audience through a case study that shows how you can go about testing usability in Joomla!

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Google Apps Vs Microsoft O365

The Cloud

A balance exists for having your data safe & accessible, this largley depends on your internet connections reliability.

Before buying new server equipment and desktop software upgrades, many businesses are choosing to migrate services online. This document discusses the use of documents, mail and contact sharing.

 

 

 

 

Comparison

 

 

With SharePoint Workspace, you can sync data from Office 365 SharePoint Online for offline access. Although this will require additional setup time. From $6.30 per licence per month.

The biggest feature of Office 365 that is not available with Google Apps would be Microsoft Office. Because Office 365 replicates many of the features found on on-premises versions of Microsoft Office, documents can move from the cloud to the desktop and back without losing formatting. For companies that use complicated documents, this becomes extremely important.

Office 365 compensates for the lack of collaboration within documents via an online whiteboard session using its Lync Online service. With Lync Online, you can share and collaborate in real time on any item on your desktop From $3.20 per licence per month.

Costs considerably more than google

Office Web Apps utilize a three step approach before they can be edited anywhere through a web browser. One must: Create the initial documents in Office 2010 (on a desktop or laptop). Upload them through Office 365’s Sharepoint Online interface. Once uploaded, they can be accessed by given users through Office Web Apps. “Google can create in one step online”

For an extra From $26.90 per licence per month, Office 365 users can also get the license to download the desktop Office 2010 Professional suite. This path is significantly more costly than the Web-only options. It adds functionality lacking in the Office Web Apps, though, and it lets users be productive even in the absence of an Internet connection.

That $252 per user per year for Office 365 is a short-term savings. Office 365 will cost more when that amount adds up to $504 over two years, whereas the Office 2010 Professional suite has a street price of $410. The value of moving to the cloud depends on how long you plan to use the Office 2010 suite before upgrading, and how much value you will get from having the added functionality of the desktop suite.

No costs for less than 10 users

Google Apps made a name for itself with collaboration. Google Docs provides a real-time collaboration feature where multiple users can be editing a single document at the same time. Each collaborator can actually see the edits of others in real time. Office 365 simply provides a check-in/check-out approach to team collaboration. Additionally, Google Docs users can have a real-time instant message chat conversation within the context of their document

Google Apps is the best value. The annual pricing of $72 per user for business grade support per year makes it about a third less per user per year than Office 365, yet it delivers equivalent functionality sufficient for most small and medium-size organizations.

Google Apps, with its Box.net integration, can provide 5GB more data storage capacity.

Short video – Google explains how it integrates collaboration into office

Google has gone to great lengths to improve fidelity with Microsoft Office. Google Apps can capably open and work with Microsoft Office file formats, but many features–such as tables of contents, footnotes, or inserted images–end up being reformatted in Google terms, and they remain that way when you revert to the native Microsoft Office software. Within Office 365, you won’t necessarily be able to insert or edit many of the advanced formatting features from the desktop Office programs–such as footnotes, headers, or a table of contents–but you can view them, and at least they won’t screw up.

Using google apps to replace your exchange server is a viable option, your mail will be accessible through mobile devices and have access to the power of large corporation security and maintenance. Your calendars will be synchronised by your devices and outlook. Contacts are synchronised with your devices native methods and are shared via the web interface of gmail, which is an amazingly powerful and usable web app.

The prices in this document may be subject to change

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Introduction to Usability

How to define usability? How and where can you improve it? Why should you care?

Presenting a Framework of Tools to help you incorporate usability into your next web project. Held at the Advanced Technologies Centre at the Swinburne University of Technology. For the Melbourne Joomla Users Group (MJUG) August 2012.

Definition of Usability

Usability is a quality attribute that assesses how easy user interfaces are to use. The word “usability” also refers to methods for improving ease-of-use during the design process. Usability is defined by 5 quality components:

  • Learnability: How easy is it for users to accomplish basic tasks the first time they encounter the design?Efficiency: Once users have learned the design, how quickly can they perform tasks?
  • Memorability: When users return to the design after a period of not using it, how easily can they re-establish proficiency?
  • Errors: How many errors do users make, how severe are these errors, and how easily can they recover from the errors?
  • Satisfaction: How pleasant is it to use the design?

Functional refers to the design’s utility: Like a tool, does it do what users need?

Usability and function are equally important and together determine whether something is useful: It matters little that something is easy if it’s not what you want. It’s also no good if the system can hypothetically do what you want, but you can’t make it happen because the user interface is too difficult. To study a design’s functionality, you can use the same user research methods that improve usability.

Why Usability is Important

On the Web, usability is a necessary condition for survival.

  • If a website is difficult to use,
  • If users get lost on a website,
  • If the homepage fails to clearly state what a company offers and what users can do on the site and
  • If a website’s information is hard to read or doesn’t answer users’ key questions

People leave.

There are plenty of other websites available; leaving is the first line of defense when users encounter a difficulty.

The first law of e-commerce is that if users cannot find the product, they cannot buy it either.

Time users waste being lost on your intranet or pondering difficult instructions is money you waste by paying them to be at work without getting work done.

For internal design projects, increasing usability is cutting training budgets and productivity. For external designs, increasing sales, registered users or customer leads, or other desired goals motivating your design project.

How to Improve Usability

There are many methods for studying usability, but the most basic and useful is user testing. Here is the Usability framework that we use and suggest designers / developers use for a quick evaluation of your next website project.

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Website Usability Tools

Problem Solving

  1. Describe the problem which is blocking your goals. If the problem is abstract and hard to describe in a paragraph try using a mind map.
  2. Brainstorm why problems exists onto post-it notes, (remove your own judgement not to interfere with potential solutions)
  3. Affinity Diagram
    • Organise the post-it notes into groups
    • Give heading names (assign responsibility) to groups

    Affinity Diagram

  4. Card Sort – Solving taxonomy issues for menu navigation and category names
    • Give the shuffled cards to users to sort into groups
    • Open card sort requires users to sort cards into groups, the user creates the heading names themselves
    • Closed card sort requires users to sort cards into groups and they are given heading names on the cards

Usability Testing

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360° Virtual Tours

Adding an interactive 360° virtual tour, your site becomes unique and appealing, and you will gain a competitive advantage, improve exposure and increase sales.

Preview example

 

 

Contact us to organise a demonstration or find out more about the cost for virtual tour photography.

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