* Fun and collaborative environment
* Part-time with flexible hours
* April start
I am a digital professional working alongside one of Melbourne’s top branding agencies. I am establishing a team and looking for an experienced and highly competent Front End Designer / Developer to become my first employee.
This part-time position 2-3 days a week comes with a highly-competitive salary package and can very quickly become a full-time position for the right candidate.
Beginning in April, you and I will work together 2-3 days a week on projects for some of Australia’s most recognisable brands, as well as servicing a large number of new and existing SME clients. We will work in Melbourne’s design capital – South Melbourne – in a fun and collaborative environment we’ll share with a leading branding agency.
This is a great opportunity to work on major projects for big brands and establish yourself as a true design professional.
To be considered for this role, you MUST have at least 2 years industry experience and a supporting folio.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Building new websites from scratch based on a design concept.
- Building new sections and features for existing client websites including website maintenance tasks.
- Providing creative ideas and solutions based on client briefs.
- Researching new technologies and industry developments.
To be successful in this role, you MUST be a PC user proficient in:
- Abode CS: Dream weaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash (bonus)
- Front end coding using PHP, especially CSS3, HTML5, jQuery and other technologies.
- WordPress V3.0+ (a must)
- Microsoft Office Suite
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 or 2008
- Strong written and verbal English skills
- Australian Resident
- High attention to detail and accuracy – this is a must
- Ability to think for yourself, and think outside the box.
- Ability to self-manage and lead others.
- Good eye and ability to create amazing designs while meeting client’s needs.
- Knowledge of developing websites on various platforms Word Press, Drupal (bonus), Joomla (bonus).
- Creating eDMs – experience with mailing platform such as Mail Chimp, Vision 6 or Campaign Monitor (bonus)
- Developing client briefs
- Being pixel perfect!
- An understanding of SEO and Social Media
- Easily able to adapt to change.
Please submit your resume and folio to email@example.com
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Microsoft’s latest version of Internet Explorer, due to be released in the US tomorrow, will include a do-not-track tool which will please many Internet users that feel concern about their online privacy.
Internet Explorer will be the first major Internet browser with such a tool, while Mozilla announced in January that its forthcoming release of Firefox will also offer provision for users to turn on do-not-track.
Both Google (Chrome) and Apple (Safari) Internet browsers have yet to declare support for the measure which may interfere with the targeting of their search-based advertising programs.
The do-not-track system is a recent idea, proposed just three months ago by the Federal Trade Commission in the US. It comes following growing consumer calls concerning the extent to which their online behaviour is tracked and targeted.
Read more at the Wall Street Journal.
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Got a blog and sick of comment spam?
You need Akismet, my favourite anti-spam warrior that automatically shoves comment spam into a junk box.
Look at the stats, over 23 billion spam comments stopped, more than 35 million in the last 24 hours.
(See larger image here.)
Every WordPress blog I build includes Akismet. You can see from the screenshot why I do.
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WordPress.com is a great platform for users who want to easily create a free website or blog. With more than 23 billion pageviews in 2010, the service is a hit with millions of users.
Even though premium themes are now available for WordPress.com, users of the system are limited to whatever the platform will support. There is a lot more freedom if you move your WordPress.com blog to the self-hosted WordPress.org software alternative.
Over at Mashable, the good folks there have created an easy-to-follow tutorial for people transitioning from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. Even if you have built lots of content and multimedia already hosted on WordPress.com, moving across is not that onerous as the video below attests.
Head over to Mashable for the rest of the story.
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“For all you bloggers out there, be be warned—WordPress can and will censor your blog. How do I know this? I know this because WordPress censored my blog, today actually, over one of my recent articles.”
The furore was caused after Todd attempted to publish his article about Lady Gaga. It is quite a read for anyone who wants to liven up a Friday.
“Politically, she’s an outspoken supporter of gay rights; gays and lesbians make up a large part of her fan base… But even more shocking is her explicit use of homosexuality, bestiality, sexual slavery, S&M, rape, pornography, and the occult—all themes woven throughout her hypnotic music videos…”
(After watching some of her videos) “While I had a basic understanding of the meaning and power of symbols (colors too), the occult, and Satanism and or Luciferianism, nothing could prepare me for what I was watching. Gaga wasn’t suggesting, she was literally reenacting occult and luciferian sacrifice rituals right in the video.”
Then he assigned his tags. You can take your pick from evil, gay, lesbian, luciferianism, the occult (etc), as to which one you think might have tripped the WordPress platform to freeze publication.
As Alan Kurtz replied in his blog post “Crying Wolf About WordPress“, there is an entirely alternate theory as to why Todd might have found his post placed on hold for a few hours. Without raining on anyone’s parade, sadly the alternate doesn’t involve any conspiracy whatsoever.
“The First Amendment has nothing whatever to do with this. The government did not censor Todd Fast. WordPress temporarily and correctly froze his homophobic smear in place until they could determine that it did not expose WordPress to legal liability. It was corporate prudence, not Big Brother at work.”
Please Note: This post relates to content posted on www.WordPress.com which is the third-party blogging platform that WordPress provides to anyone to create a blog. It is not www.WordPress.org where the WordPress software can be downloaded and installed in your own host environment.
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“I began by taking a sample of about 10 million pairs of friends from Apache Hive, our data warehouse,” he said in a post on Facebook.
“I combined that data with each user’s current city and summed the number of friends between each pair of cities. Then I merged the data with the longitude and latitude of each city.”
The global areas that shone most brightly were the eastern half of the US, Europe and parts of Indonesia. At the opposite end of the spectrum was China, Russia and central Africa.
Read more at the Herald Sun.
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If you’re thinking about a CMS for your website, you’d be hard-pressed to ignore WordPress, the world’s favourite blogging platform which is, of course, much more than a pure blogging platform.
Back in November, following head-to-head voting against Joomla and Drupal, WordPress won the 2010 Open Source CMS Hall of Fame award.
To give you a taste of just how many people know how great WordPress is, take a look at at the WordPress download counter. I just did and took the screengrab below.
It’s easy for me to say choose WordPress because I know how great it is – but here’s more proof of how great it is.
30 million people cannot all be wrong.
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A new Australian Communications and Media Authority study has found that Australian telcos have no choice but adapt to the consumer appetite for iPhones, Internet TV, iPads and downloadable applications.
Global sales of portable internet devices such as Apple’s iPad are predicted to reach 150m per year by 2015 with Google’s Android likely to be the most serious challenger to Apple’s current dominance.
According to the study, telecommunications companies had responded to the new digital age by:
- Bundling content with voice services.
- Increasing their data quotas in line with increased consumer consumption of content.
- Improving the generosity of mobile telephony capped plans and packages.
- Creating their own mobile applications.
- Increasing the incentives for Australians to retain a fixed line service in their homes.
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WordPress developer and all-around web geek Joost de Valk has just graced the Internet with a highly useful infographic.
For a medium that leans toward the amusing, infographics can occasionally be enlightening or even helpful for later reference.
This one serves as a sort of “cheat sheet for how your blog works” and takes the reader through the basics of a normal WordPress theme.
It’s a posts-to-plugins look at the anatomy of a typical WordPress theme.
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Automattic, the company behind popular blogging platform WordPress.com, reported 6 million new blogs and 23 billion pageviews for 2010. The latter figure represents a 53% increase from 2009.
These latest stats were reported by The Next Web, which added, “Media uploads also doubled to 94.5 terabytes of new photos and videos, while new posts were up 110% to 146 million” for the past year.
Just last month, Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg and CEO Toni Scheider disclosed that the company has around 30 million total publishers responsible for roughly 10% of all websites in the world. They also shared that WordPress.com receives 300 million unique visitors each month.
The five-year-old company may be experiencing remarkable growth, but it has yet to become a commercial success. The startup reportedly makes around $1 million per month from premium and hosting services, an inconsequential figure for a company that plays such a central role in web publishing.
Users can create their own blog using the platform located at WordPress.com or download the software at WordPress.org to use under their own domain name.
More at Mashable.
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