4mation Staff Profile: Scott Morris, Ongoing Support and Development Leader

June 25, 2013 Posted in 4mation

The bloggers at 4mation Technologies are starting a new series of staff profiles to introduce you to the people behind your websites and development projects! First off the ranks we have Scott, who is not only our Ongoing Support and Development Leader, but is also one of our longest-serving employees.

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The Hidden Costs of Outsourcing Your Web Development Offshore

June 24, 2013 Posted in Project Planning and Management, Web Development

Have you ever been tempted to outsource your web development offshore?
The promise of cheap hourly rates from offshore developers in India, China and the Philippines is a lure that many find hard to ignore. But what are the true costs of offshoring?
Many companies have attempted offshoring, and returned to quality Australian developers

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Zend Framework 2.0 Training

June 20, 2013 Posted in Software Development, Web Development

Last Friday, the 4mation staff took part in some internal training on Zend Framework 2.0. Our new development team and their Leader, Ollie Brennan, shared some of their ideas and their passion with the ongoing support and development teams about their framework of choice.
Zend Framework 2.0, or ZF2 as it is better known,

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4mation Braves the Rain for a Picnic in the Park

May 20, 2013 Posted in 4mation

Last Saturday marked the first inaugural Family Picnic Day for the 4mation Nation and their loved ones, who braved the inclement weather to enjoy a relaxed afternoon in Centennial Park. An alternative to 4mation’s usual end-of-month celebrations, it was a great opportunity to catch up with work friends and their families and enjoy

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Why Dedicated Testing Makes All the Difference

May 16, 2013 Posted in 4mation, Web Development

A recent article published by MaltBlue has stated that over 50% of a developer’s time is spent on finding and fixing bugs, at a worldwide cost of over $312 billion.
Much like the author of the article, Matthew Setter, many developers only consider testing as an afterthought. Perhaps they are overconfident and think their

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How Icons Can Improve Your Website’s Performance

May 14, 2013 Posted in Web Design

Does your website have a great design and good content, but poor performance? Do you feel like there must be something more you can do to improve engagement with your site and increase conversions?
If so, it may be worth looking at the use of icons on your site.
Icons have always been present

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Should I Rebuild My Entire Website? Or Can I Simply Improve It?

May 9, 2013 Posted in Project Planning and Management

Many people seem to be under the impression that a costly, time-intensive rebuild is the only solution to an older website or an internal, web-based system that’s been lacking in some TLC. However it may surprise you to learn that this is simply not the case!
New? Or renew?
Whilst a complete rebuild of

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4mation Nation Amongst the Toughest on the Planet

April 16, 2013 Posted in 4mation

What were you doing at 10am on Saturday morning? Making breakfast? Thinking about mowing the lawn? Or were you were still in bed? Well whilst you were enjoying the start of your weekend, 8 members of the 4mation Nation and some of their friends competed in probably one of the toughest events on the

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Communicating Facts and Figures in an Interesting and Efficient Way

April 15, 2013 Posted in Web Design

Sometimes you need to communicate a lot of statistical information to get your point across, however giving someone a large slab of text full of facts and figures is often the quickest way to put them to sleep! So how do you get your message across in an interesting and efficient way without driving

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How Is Your Web Browser Affecting Your Online Experience?

April 12, 2013 Posted in Web Development

What web browser are you using? And better yet, does it really matter?
A quick check inside your browser (usually by navigating to Help > About) will allow you to see what browser version you have. Are you running Internet Explorer 10, Chrome 26, Firefox 20, Safari 6 (5 for Windows users) or Opera

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