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Upgrading to ExpressionEngine 5

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It's only taken four and a bit years, but I finally got around to updating ExpressionEngine on this site. The site was running 2.11.9 and it's now on the latest version, 5.2.4. The main reason for the upgrade was because the way I had been dealing with images and code in blog posts wasn't ideal, it wasn't very flexible or user-friendly when creating content, and on the front end, the output wasn't responsive enough.

What’s the difference between a freelancer and an agency?

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So you're in the market for some creative services, whether it be a new or redesigned website, a marketing strategy, advertising or printed material. You may also have an idea about what sort of options you have to choose from: you could choose a creative agency or studio, or a freelancer.

But what exactly is the difference between the two?

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The hidden costs of ‘free’ website builders

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The claims sound great: "Create your stunning website. It's free." "Create a Free Website, Online Store, or Blog." "A simple & elegant website builder (and it's free)." And given that this is a blog about web design and development, and these sorts of companies are in direct competition with us, you might be thinking that all I'm trying to do is run down the competition to make us look better.

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Mobile browser usage almost set to overtake desktops

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Any visitors to our Facebook page would realise that we've been following the development of the mobile Internet closely with the take-home message being that more and more, people are using their smart phones and tablets to visit websites. Some of those articles quote different statistics to illustrate this movement, but recently we decided to take a look at the stats for some of the websites that we've developed ourselves.

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CMS Review: Processwire

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Here at Tyssen Design, we're big fans of ExpressionEngine and use it for a lot of our work, but it's not always the right fit for every project, so over the last year or so we've been testing out a few alternative content management systems, some of which we've reviewed before.

Today, we're going to look at Processwire, which has been on our radar for a while. It touts its main features as all custom fields, an easy-to-use jQuery-inspired API, and a powerful selector engine. It was chosen as CMS Critic's best free CMS for 2012, and we know a few people who use it and swear by it, and it's also come up occasionally in comparisons with ExpressionEngine, all reasons which made us want to try it out.

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Get yourself mobile — it’s not as difficult as you think

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Mobile Internet is massive in Australia; we have nearly 9 million smart phone users, approximately 37% of the population, making us the second most smart phone-friendly nation in the world. More than 2 million Australians use their mobile phone to access the Internet each month (Roy Morgan Research), with more than half doing product searches. In fact, research from Google indicates more than 40% of shopping-related enquiries come from mobile devices, but less than one third of small businesses have a mobile-friendly site.

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