July 31, 2015

Every now and then, some self proclaimed prophet of the Internet, will announce that Blogging is dead. Blogging is not dead and is possible the best way to get large chunks of information across.

Blogging allows anybody who has message or story they want to get across, to self publish and to do so at little or no cost.

Ghost is a Blogging platform that calls itself, “Just a Blogging Platform.” And the reason for this bold statement is because WordPress, possibly the most popular Blogging Platform, is not just a Blogging Platform. Even the free version has expanded beyond  blogging and so has Blogger, the other popular free platform.

Whilst these are very good Blogging Platforms, if you are just wanting to publish a Blog, you could consider Ghost.

Ghost has two options, a free version that you download the software and host yourself and a paid version starting from $8 a month. (approx R100.00 a month) This is less that I would charge to host and manage it for you, so it is worth considering.

Before you ask why you should pay when you can use it free, you can take the 14 day trial to see what you get and if you don’t feel it is worth it at the end off it, you do not renew.

Ghost features a split screen editor allowing you write and format on the fly. You see the changes immediately as you type. It also uses markdown syntax, which is simpler and easier to use that HTML.

I believe Ghost is a robust Blogging platform that, if that is all you need, deserves looking into.



June 19, 2015

I like to experiment with different ways of creating Websites. Most of the time i will try out Content Management Systems as I find my clients are motivated mainly by two important factors;

  • They want to spend as little as possible
  • They want more control

I run a small business, so I know these are very valid points.

I have not yet found one that can take the place of WordPress as far as my clients are concerned. let me tell you why;

This article is published at WordPress.WordPress DOT COM, a free hosted site. There is a premium version but the free version suits me just fine, as this is not my main Blog, but rather an add-on.

My main Blog – le Blog is published on my own server using WordPress as part of my Website. I have my own Domain Name and use a professional hosting company. The Software was downloaded free from WordPress DOT ORG. I can control the functionality of the Blog with plugins, I can download free or if need be I can find paid plugins. I can contol the layout of the Blog using either free or paid themes.

But the part that appeals to customers is the ease of use. The control panel will remind you of the one you use to write emails with or the one you use to write a document with. i have never had to spend more than an hour to show my customers how to use it – and that is why with all the new CMS out there, I keep using the old faithful – WordPress!


April 27, 2015

I love Tumblr, it is a cross between Facebook and Blogger.

Like Facebook, Tumblr is community driven with members posting anything from videos and photos to quick snippets of text. Then again it can be used to Blog, exactly like I am doing here on WordPress.

You can subscribe to other members’ Tumblrs and and view their postings in your newsfeed. You can write your Blog post, post movies, pictures, music or even chat.

The Tumblr community is about friendship and discovery, whereas Facebook is more about family and friends.

I would not really recommend Tumblr as your primary business Blog, but rather as a secondary one to push traffic through to you primary one.

I use mine – to post a summary of my Monthly posts, as a teaser to send traffic to my Blog at

Setting up your account is quick and easy – give it a try



February 15, 2015

You ask why I would publish an article about Blogger, Google’s online blogging platform, on  I believe Blogger is WordPress’s equal as a free online blogging platform and that the choice between the two comes down to personal taste.

WordPress offers the choice of downloading the software and using it on your server, which Blogger does not.  Both are community driven, both allow you to publish posts and pages. Blogger, as part of Google, allows you to use Ad words to create an income stream and use the power of Google + to promote yourself. But then again you can also promote articles from WordPress to Google +

I used Blogger to publish both my personal and business Blog before moving to WordPress. Recently I started using Blogger again, it has a clean and easy to use interface. It is ideal as a secondary Blog pushing traffic to my main Blog as well as my Website.

Take Blogger for a spin, you might be pleasantly surprised!


January 25, 2015

I have been around for some time and still find the term Blog difficult to get my mind around. This may sound strange, since I publish and manage several Blogs.

Growing up, computers were monsters that filled whole rooms. There were no PC’s, there was no Internet. We read newspapers for the news, magazines for interest. We went to the library to research our school projects and would take out books to read.

Some of kept journals or diaries to track events in our lives, or maybe write down our thoughts.

Today, Blogging takes the place of much of this, it can be a newspaper or a magazine, it could be a journal or a dairy. it could contain research data, even silly cartoons.

A Blog is really not just one thing. Business use Blog, Individuals use Blog. It can promote, inform or entertain.

Spring Clean your Web Site

January 16, 2014

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A new year, new opportunities – Make sure your Web Site is up to the challenge.

Solutions Web will look under the hood for you and sort out those small things that always get overlooked, until they become a problem.

We do the following;

• Copyright
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• About us page
• Staff Bios
• News
• Calendar of Events
• Newsletter archive
• Mail Forms
• Automatic responders
• eMail Sign up
• Social Media Widgets
• Internal Linkage
• Check for broken or dodgy links

• Check for out of date content
• Easy navigation
• The layout of each page is correct
• Pages load quickly
• No typos

What are you waiting for:-

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Good Open Source Alternative for Paid Software, that are Free.

March 25, 2013

No matter what you use your computer for, one of the most valuable programs on it will be an Office Suite. You can use it to write letters, catalogue your recipe collection, draw up a spreadsheet and even as an electronic diary. An the most popular off office suite is Microsoft Office. But even the least expensive version will cost you just under R1000 (Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student Edition – 1 User R949.95 on and the cheapest business version is R2400.00. Keep in mind, that the software licence will only allow you to load it on one PC, so if you have two PCs, you must buy two copies. Then you have the fact that you will need to upgrade every few years.

Expensive, especially if you only use it every so often. But, there is a solution that is FREE (your favourite new word!)

Read the full article at Solutions Web – le Blog


The Internet

March 4, 2013

Wikipedia defines the Internet as:

The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks…

but the ordinary man in the street will perceive the Internet based on how he uses it.

  • Some use the Internet for Entertainment, playing games online or possibly watch videos from YouTube or similar sites.
  • Some use the Internet to Communicate with family and friends using Facebook or even eMail
  • Some use the Internet to Write and Publish their work through Web Sites or Blogs
  • Some use the Internet to Sell their Services or Products through online Shops

The Internet is not easy to define because there is so much that you can do. It has evolved from a source of information to an interactive platform for both business and entertainment. It has changed how we communicate and stay in tough with Family and Friends. progress is inevitable and the Internet is bound to evolve further still.

Originally Published on Solutions Web:- le Blog

South African Small Business and the Internet

February 25, 2013

The Internet provides business with an inexpensive marketing platform. Whilst this is true for both Big and Small Business, it is in fact Small Business that will benefit more.

A chain store such as Edgars is well known and can be found in every major shopping mall in South Africa. Either you buy from them or you don’t buy from them. Their presence on the Internet serves to keep you aware of them and also allows you to communicate with them. If they has no presence on the Internet, they could still survive. by being visible on TV, billboards, fliers and print advertisement (all of which they use.)

But a Small Business, even if it has more than one location, does not have the luxury of being so visible. It will use the same tools to promote itself as Big Business, but it does not have the same marketing budget. And, this is where the Internet comes in. A Web Site can be seen by anyone even those outside of the area where the business is located. This is ideal for specialist operations as well as price comparisons.

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Why do you need a Web Site?

December 3, 2012

Why do you need a Web Site?.