I run web design courses in various shapes and sizes, using mostly Joomla and WordPress as the underlying framework. Students often ask me why they need to go the extra mile. Is a basic website not all they need?
My answer to this question often depends on the sophistication of the audience.
Before I answer this one let me clarify something quickly. I operate in George, which is in the Garden Route, where the typical web design student is a small business owner that sells to real people within the local area, and not to online customers.
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GARDEN ROUTE IT CONSORTIUM READY TO BECOME TECHNOLOGY HUB
A consortium of Garden Route based companies is ready to launch an IT technology hub in George which will create jobs and train up new skills.
George’s IT company owner Imel Rautenbach is currently drumming up support for the initiative at provincial and national level. The consortium aims to use the Western Cape Province’s business arm to market and develop in order to get launched nationally and internationally. IT technology and electronic centred businesses will be the engine that will drive this local initiative. “The idea behind pooling resources and skills is to keep all our software and hardware developmental work in the Garden Route. We already have around 30 businesses on our data base that have all the necessary skills and technology to form the nucleus. “
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Office Reliance is one year old! As part of the celebrations we decided to redo the website in line with our updated web 2.0 branding. The site has been simplified and streamlined along usability guidelines.
The new site uses lots more images and unfortunately the template is fairly bloated with icons, styles and scripts, but the overall load time should be manageable.
After burning lots of midnight oil the new site has finally gone live. Go visit the new Office Reliance website, then let me know what you think.