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Joomla Development Insights

Joomla Development Insights

Thoughts on development and Joomla from John Hooley, senior Blue Bridge developer.
Oct
23

Protect Your Website From Vendor Lock-in

Protect Your Website From Vendor Lock-in

One of our partners approached us recently about re-creating a client's site in Joomla. The original site was working fine, but they wanted to make it responsive. The problem was that the marketing agency who originally created the site wanted an arm and leg to make it responsive. On top of this, they were busy for several months and it could be a year before the work was completed. Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot the client could do. They had already paid an arm and leg to have the site developed and the platform that it was developed on was proprietary to the marketing agency. This is a form of vendor lock-in. In this post, we'll discuss why lock-in is terrible for your business and 3 common techniques that I've seen used to create it in web development.

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Sep
11

RFP's: Savvy or Stupid?

RFP's: Savvy or Stupid?

I receive a work inquiry in the form of an RFP every couple of months.  If you're unfamiliar with the abbreviation, an RFP is a request for proposal.  It's a document that a client will prepare and post publicly or send out to potential vendors with the aim of gathering proposals to accomplish a project.  In certain industries, and at certain business sizes, this approach is common.  For example, government projects will often be initiated with an RFP.  Without fail, the RFP's that are sent our way go directly to my garbage folder.  Its not that I'm ungrateful for the opportunity, just that I recognize a waste of time when I see it.  And, though it does have some merit, I don't think it's a great way for a client to get their project completed either.  In this post will take a look at the problems with RFP's and suggest an alternative.

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May
14

2 Common Mistakes for Joomla Component Development

2 Common Mistakes for Joomla Component Development

We are not often the first developers to work on a project. More often, we are the second or third developers hired. This is for a variety of reasons, but we're often called in to finish projects where other developers got stuck or couldn't deliver results. One of the key things that we offer our clients is code level expertise- we know how things work and do top notch development. Unfortunately, nearly all the Joomla component development projects we take over have serious code level issues. In this post, I'll cover two common mistakes we see and how they cost our clients time, money, and sanity if not addressed.

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