We have changed our Email Service Provider to Mail Chimp

After months of testing different systems we have finally taken the step of switching to Mail Chimp for our e-mail marketing needs, both for ourselves and our clients.

In the past we have used a combination of using the Acajoom component installed on our websites, together with hosted email provider Campaigner, but over the last year the cost of new licences for Acajoom has increased, and we felt that Campaigner has lost something of its competitive edge in both features and pricing and no longer fully met the needs of our clients

After trialling several different systems, including Aweber, iContact, Constant Contact, and Big Response (amongst others) we came to the conclusion that Mail Chimp offered the best value offering a great combination of pricing, features, usability, flexibility, and technical advance with the integration of new social media tools.

Want to see how autoresponders work? Try signing up on the left to receive our Free Hints and Tips...


Write comment (0 Comments)

New Joomla Plugins to fight Form Spam

Web form spam has been an increasing problem over the last couple of years, and in particular has been a problem for VirtueMart 1.1.x which features an "Ask about this product" enquiry form. Sites may have hundreds, or even thousands of product pages, so this form has been something of a big fat target for the form spam bots that inject spam messages through them.

Over the last few months we have tested a range of different anti spam solutions, with varying degrees of success. The security tools built into sh404SEF offer some protection, but the most effective been various captcha type plug ins. We have tested both image based captcha systems and mathematical types, and the clear winner for us has been EasyCalcCheck PLUS.

We have found the image based captchas have been far more susceptible to being bypassed or cracked, but where EasyCalcCheck PLUS has been deployed, spam has been very effectively stopped. It has a number of significant plus points over image captcha: legibility and no reliance on images being available being two. Additionally, it works well on all the core system components, plus a wide range of the most common additional components, including VirtueMart, so we are now making it a standard part of our installations.


Write comment (0 Comments)

New website for Free Green Electricity

Free Green ElectricityFree Green Electricity Corporation is a new company taking advantage of the latest government strategies in the development of electricity micro-generation installation.

The company provides for free installation and maintenance of PV (photovoltaic) solar panels for residential and commercial properties. The property owner gets the benefit of free solar energy for 25 years with no upfront or maintenance costs to worry about, with any surplus fed back into the National Grid.

The site is a custom design and is based on the Joomla CMS.


Write comment (0 Comments)

HuntsDVisions appointed to handle online marketing for Hunts Office Furniture

DVisions has been appointed to handle the online marketing for leading office furniture supplier Hunts Office Furniture and Interiors.

The project involves management of the company's paid search programme, together with a full programme of search engine optimisation.

Hunts are one of the UK’s leading independent office furniture and office interiors specialists delivering a diverse range of office furnishing solutions along with professional advice and support. As the largest UK supplier of the latest and most up to date office furniture designs and innovations, Hunts has the largest showroom in England at 22,000 sq ft.

Hunts Office Furniture and Interiors

Write comment (0 Comments)

SvajaNew website for Svaja

Svaja have recently launched their new website. Aimed primarily as a resource for their trade outlets, the new site provides information on the company and its ranges, together with a publicly accessible online catalogue.

For trade customers, once logged in, there are additional resources such as an image gallery and press area, plus the online catalogue becomes fully enabled for online ordering.

Write comment (0 Comments)