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WordCamp Auckland 2014

Apertura Designs recently attended WordCamp Auckland 2014 – the local (Auckland-based) gathering in the global series of conferences for WordPress customers, developers and enthusiasts. We heard from a fantastic series of speakers covering a variety of WordPress applications. Of particular interest were the sessions with a small business focus, some highlights of which we're covering in this blog entry.

Zero-cost business website management using your smartphone

In previous blog entries we've highlighted the incredible benefits of using an open source content management system for your business website. In particular, websites hosted on WordPress.com come with a tonne of great features—including automatic search engine optimisation. In this blog entry we'll take a look at another compelling advantage of using WordPress: easily managing your website for zero cost from your smartphone or tablet.

Optimising WordPress.com websites for search results

We've recently blogged about the benefits of basing your business website on an open source CMS such as WordPress—especially when compared to other closed source alternatives. While recently assisting business owners on getting their websites up and running, we've been asked about how well WordPress.com-hosted websites work with popular search engines—such as Google and DuckDuckGo.

Cool tools: Thunderbird Saved Search folders

Continuing our series of Thunderbird power tips, today we're going to highlight the Saved Search folders feature. This is especially useful for business owners wanting the same functionality offered by Microsoft Outlook—but without the cost, complexity, limited operating system support, and licensing hassles.

Adobe Creative Cloud outage costs businesses time, money

Small businesses paying to use Adobe's rental-only Creative Cloud product were left reeling after a recent outage resulted in their staff being locked out of the software.

Ubuntu running on Dell Latitude business laptops

We've recently been trying out Ubuntu running on Dell's next-generation Latitude range of business laptops. In particular, we've been using the Latitude 15 3000 model—an affordable device well-suited to small business use.

Adobe Muse vs. open source for business websites

We've recently been fielding queries from folks on the topic of building business websites using Adobe Muse, a web design application that is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

Cool tools: send huge email attachments with Thunderbird Filelink

As part of a continuing series of blog posts covering useful tips and tools for businesses, we are once again going to revisit the Thunderbird email client.

Cool tools: Ubuntu Workspaces

In previous blog entries we've looked at some of the unique productivity-enhancing features of the Ubuntu OS. Ubuntu comes packed with tricks for business power users, and today we're going to take a look at another: Ubuntu Workspaces.

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