A Web Blog by People Who Care

4Web creates highly customized websites using Joomla! and WordPress. We use open source software to meet our clients' online business goals and marketing objectives. Experience, honesty and ingenuity are the foundation of our approach for creating engaging, responsive and strategic online business solutions. We take being part of the Web community seriously so we make sure to take the time to share some our findings here.

Wordpress child theme art

Getting Started with WordPress Child Themes

WordPress powers two thirds of the internet, and that sort of thing doesn’t happen by accident. WordPress is powerful, customizable, simple to learn and endless in possibilities. This means that there are lots of resources available to help you through the twists and turns of WordPress development. Here, we’ll focus on what Child Themes are, why you should care, and how to get your site up and running with a Child Theme.

New Website for Wooden Crosses

Woody Shook is a one-man business. Working from the shop in his New Hampshire home, he hand carves crosses, spoons, celtic knots and other beautiful items from wood.

Woody was a long-time 4Web hosting client with an outdated HTML site that didn’t adequately showcase his products, and we’d had several conversations with him over the past couple of years about updating the site. He diligently read our newsletters about the importance of Responsive Design and being Mobile-Friendly, and early this year he decided it was time to take the plunge. This was no small decision for him because as an entrepreneur he had to justify the cost against the perceived benefits. It was important to him that we find ways to keep his costs down while we improve his website.

Case Study

Relieved to have a Knowledgeable Resource : A Case Study

miEdge is a rapidly growing, high-tech software company that provides prospecting solutions to insurance and financial professionals. The miEdge website has to serve ever increasing marketing and sales, online subscription and billing requirements. And the old website could not keep up.

Mark Smith, founder and CEO, and Mary Weiss, Chief Marketing Officer, searched for a reliable Joomla! development team who would not only create a new website but also establish a long-term relationship with miEdge. They found 4Web and immediately recognized that this company could fulfill their wish list and more.

The secret to 4Web’s success? “They listened.”

Networking

Importance of Joomla Days and WordCamps

Joomla is Open Source software, as you may know, as are WordPress and literally thousands of other CMS platforms. Open source implies that sharing and volunteering are involved. Joomla Days and WordCamps are opportunities for people who have literally only interacted online to get out from behind their desks and meet in person. Meet, share and learn… I think everyone at these events can do all of these on some level.

Remember, you know more than you think and nobody knows everything. Meet someone you don’t know and share something they didn’t know. These types of events are one of a kind opportunities to meet the people behind the scenes of open source projects. You might even have the opportunity to meet and talk to the developer of your favorite extension—how cool would that be? Have you ever eaten lunch with any of the developers at Microsoft?

Joomla Day Boston is our next event and it’s approaching quickly. It begins on the ultimate Geek day, fondly known as Pi Day (3-14-15). You do remember Pi from high school, don’t you? 4Web is the Pi Day sponsor for Joomla Day Boston and we are bringing Pi Day t-shirts as giveaways. We have also been giving the event coordinator a hand in keeping up with the social media push. There is a LOT that goes into putting on one of these events. So it’s important to give to the greater good of the project, however you can (attending, time, money, support). We hope to see you @JoomlaDayBoston!

Secure Passwords

Password = 12345 (or: How to Create Secure Passwords)

Passwords are more than just a secure way to enter a website; they are a hacker’s key to a person’s identity. Many people use a single password for many websites, but with all the password leaks and hacks taking place around the world, if your password is accessed, any of your accounts (email, bank accounts) with the same password will open to the world.

What you really need is a unique, strong password for each and every website you visit. But that many passwords would be impossible to remember. Fortunately, there are other websites that will remember for you. There are several leading password managers, including Lastpass, Dashlane and 1Password. You can also use offline software such as KeePass.

Data Migration

WordPress Migration Made Easy with Akeeba Backup

One of the frustrating things about WordPress is that developing in one environment and launching in another is a hassle. There are many reasons why wordpress uses absolute urls in everything it does, and many, many heated discussions about why it shouldn’t (or should!) be that way, but all that doesn’t make moving the site to a new location very easy. However there is an easy way to back up and restore a WordPress site.

Akeeba-backupAkeeba Backup for WordPress is the greatest migration solution currently available for WordPress. Not only is it a fantastic backup tool, with multiple offsite backup capabilities such as Amazon S3 or Dropbox, and allows for the ultimate in automated backups through cron jobs, alternate cron jobs, and other supported methods, but it will also update the URLs in all of the content, custom fields, custom post types, and serialized data (widgets) without corrupting or losing any settings. It’s a marvelous advance in site migration.

Closing 2014

As 2014 Draws to a Close

It really seems like time goes faster with each passing year. We aren’t sure if it’s really happening or if it’s just that our time is filled with more options for interaction (human and electronic). Each year it’s fun to take a look back at what was accomplished the past twelve months. This year 4Web has welcomed new clients and assisted existing clients with their websites. We have upgraded 11 Joomla 1.5 websites to Joomla 3.0, created 11 new responsive WordPress websites and launched 15 brand new responsive Joomla 3 websites.