Author - Paul Dickson

Joomla Case Study

Case Study: Generate more bookings on your Joomla website

IntroductionA few weeks ago we were contacted by Trans Genesis Yoga School of Meditation regarding their current Joomla website. Customers were reporting that they were having difficulties placing bookings on the current website. This case study highlights the current problems with the existing website and what can be done to make the experience more user friendly.ScenarioA customer visits your website to place a booking for a Yoga session. They click on “Book Online” only to realise there a no current booking [...]

MyShopping Website

MyShopping Prestashop Integration is Australia’s premier comparison shopping service. They collect information on products and their prices from thousands of online stores and then compile all these data in a single convenient and easy to use catalogue so that online shoppers could select the right product at the right price from millions of goods on offer and then click on the chosen product to be taken to the online merchant’s site where they can complete their purchase. Continuously operating since July 2005, [...]

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How to make a Promotion Banner in Prestashop V1.6 using HTML Box

INTRODUCTION: Today I’m going to show you how to customise a FREE Module within your Prestashop Website so that it appears as a Promotional Banner when a new customer visits your Ecommerce Site. The goal of this Promotional Banner is to get more Customers to sign up to your Ecommerce Website. SUMMARY: This is a short tutorial to illustrate how to edit a FREE Module called HTML Box using a small collection of Web Developer Tools. The aim of this blog post [...]

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How to override the Joomla template.css file

INTRODUCTION: Today I’m going to show you how to edit the template.css file within the Protostar template in Joomla. SUMMARY: This is a short tutorial to discuss how to edit the template.css file within the protostar template in Joomla. The purpose of this post is to educate web developers and designers on how to make custom CSS modifications to their templates. I found this to be quite helpful in converting a html website to joomla for my client Firedam Civil. 6 STEPS TO [...]

Hikvision Surveillance

How to Setup Hikvision Surveillance with Blue Iris on Windows 7, 8 or 10

INTRODUCTION: Today I’m going to show you how to setup your Hikvision & Foscam IP Cameras using a surveillance software program called BLUE IRIS. I will be installing Blue Iris on an affordable Custom Built NVR (Network Video Recorder) using a Micro ITX Intel i3 Haswell PC. Another great solution is an Intel NUCas shown by Network Camera Critic here. Most people will choose a pre-built NVR over a Custom NVR and that’s fine. Pre-Built NVR’s are best for set & [...]


Create your own Ubuntu Web Server

PC or MAC Computer VirtualBox: Download Link Ubuntu Server: Download Link Webmin: See website for more info phpMyAdmin: See website for more info ProFTPD: See website for more info This tutorial should take just under 90 minutes to complete. About 4 months ago I decided to move all my data to a Network Attached Storage device. This choice allows me the freedom to access my data on any device throughout the office, home or remote location. After researching the internet I discovered a popular, cost effective, [...]

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How to Setup Home Surveillance with Zoneminder on Linux OS

Today I’m going to show you how to setup a low cost home surveillance system using an old laptop running Ubuntu 12.04. I’m going to install Zoneminder which is a FREE Linux video camera security and surveillance solution. Then once we have Zoneminder setup for capturing events, I’m going to show you how to create a low cost hidden motion sensing camera using the Raspberry Pi and a Logitech C270 web camera. This will also be our hidden FTP/samba [...]

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STOP online advertisers following you

Have you ever wondered how websites know what you’re interested in buying? For example your browsing the internet looking for a new iPhone. The next minute you notice that there is a bunch of advertising recommending Apple iPhone or the latest Samsung’s Galaxy. Perhaps an advert pops up that is aimed directly at you. How does that web-page know you’re looking for a new Smart-phone? Something very creepy is going on. The invisible mechanism that makes this phenomenon possible has nothing [...]

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Create your own Network Attached Storage (NAS) Home Server with a HP Microserver N54L

This tutorial assumes that you own or are planning on purchasing a HP ProLiant N54L MicroServer. I recommend using Windows 8.1 Professional as your OS, however there are many different Operating Systems you can use. At the end of the day it’s what ever works for you. I tried a few and this is what worked for me. UPDATE 22/2/17: Windows 10 is now available and is recommended over Windows 8.1 HP Proliant Microserver N54L: from $229 1x 1TB Western Digital Green [...]

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Time Management

The best thing happened to me this week. I finally started a new role after 2 years of working away from home. I’m settling into a nice 7-4 office job which is guaranteed until April next year. This has given me a lot of spare time to focus on learning PHP/MySQL, brushing up on CSS3/HTML5 and researching/learning new technology topics which interest me. I get an hour to go to the gym everyday. It also means I am have [...]