New Forum in the works!

Discussion in 'NEW Forum Ideas' started by laughingbird, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. laughingbird

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    Greetings and Happy New Year forum members!

    I wanted to let you know about a few changes I have in store here for The Laughingbird Software forum.

    With the welcome of the forums' 13,000th member ... Its time to open up the forum to more helpful topics and networking abilities!

    We've decided to change the name of the forum to:
    "The Small Business Design Network"

    This name change will take effect sometime in February 2008, after the new look and feel of the forum has been completed. The forum will contain new features such as a social networking system that will allow you to find designers and bid on new jobs - as well as make new friends to network with.

    The updated forum will focus on it's current topics, and will also focus on getting your small business looking and feeling more professional, getting more traffic to your site and creating new ways for you to keep your visitors coming back to your site.

    We'll focus on SEO (Search Engine Marketing), site design, and we'll have articles on some great technology like Joomla (http://www.joomla.org). Joomla is the next wave in web site development.

    I'd like your thoughts and suggestions.
    If you have any ideas, or a 'wish list' of topics you'd like to see - please post them below!

    Here's wishing you a great 2008!
    Thanks again for being a part of The Laughingbird Software community!

    - Marc

    Marc Sylvester
    Laughingbird Software
  2. wacki56 Super Mod

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    .....Looking forward to the "Change(s)". Sounds like a step in the 'right' direction.........or at least a new one. Congrats' on this new phase in LB

    Bill
  3. daredd

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    Joomla

    Hmmm
    It's going to be tough.

    There are 4 to 5 Joomla sources online, that have hack codes written in, designed to compromise non secure servers and sites.

    The script kiddies have been busy.

    Joomla was removed from our servers, and permanently from our cPanel (fantastico deluxe) accounts Nov 2007 as a result.

    Good luck though.
  4. KidPastor

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    It sounds like a change for the better! I've been using Joomla for a while now and it's an excellent way to set up a site. I look forward to the discussions!

    KP
  5. Syrus XL

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    Joomla does have a reputation for being insecure... Only last month a friend of mine was running a business and using Joomla on the front-end, needless to say it was 'defaced' as in most cases. I wouldn't install Joomla on my server, even a clean version is not safe from the security holes, using silly 'kiddie scripts' that anyone can pickup. It's not really hacking as such, since these scripts are available from 'underground' sources. There are a number of scripts that are always being attacked, a majority of them are free - hence why they are attacked so often on a large scale.

    Joomla is well-known for its rewrite rules, which is why 'script kiddies' find them so easy, hiding copyright info on Joomla doesn't work since they search for specific words in the rewirte url.

    I used to use free scripts, but not anymore...unless you know someone that can secure the script for you.
  6. Rick67

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    This is a logo software website and the main and only product that I have see is logo creation software. So I am confused on why you are branching out into these unrelated topics.

    On the other hand, I do use Joomla and will be able to benefit from the Joomla discussion.

    As for Joomla security, please check the Joomla.org website for the latest version and their webpage on security. Like any other website, one needs to pay attention to security issues and if that is not done, one is left open to hacking.

    Rick
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    Hello all,

    I am a noob to all this, but I can't wait to learn and gain the knowledge here i need. However i have used php several times and most of my limited experiences are from Ravens PHP scripts site and a few others.

    I also remember the issues with fantastico and some of the security flaws. I am quite sure that they have made some improvements since i last used it in 2006. I am sure that Marc and his crew will pull this off with a bang!!

    I say bring it on...I can't wait.
    jayf1965
  8. daredd

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    I can see where Marc is going with this. It's a good direction.
    Awareness of a product or a service is the order of the day online. And if using a CMS is what it takes to get it done, then so be it. But there are other CMS apps out there that are so much more secure.

    Even in spite of the issues with regard to Joomla though, I'm sure he'll do alright.

    He may also consider looking into WordPress. I know, it's free too, but it isn't full of holes like the Joomla is, and, you can do some pretty neat stuff with the xhtml and web the 2.0 that WordPress grasps.

    Just a thought.
  9. laughingbird

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    Excellent.

    WordPress is also a great topic idea. I've been working with it for some time now, trying to get my feet wet with it.

    These are all the types of topics I'd like to put up on the new board.

    Flash is a big one as well.

    Rick67, you mention above that you're curious as to why I'm opening up the forum to more than just logo design topics.

    In a word: Expansion. :)

    Joomla, Flash, Wordpress, Job requests, Jobs wanted, Search Engine marketing and designing for your customers are all topics I'm highly interested in learning more about.

    Creative ideas in getting your site noticed are hard to find out there. For example; did you know that tagging your images so that Google picks them up and puts them into their Google image database is also great for your rankings? -- Check this out. I'm sure others would love to know this technique!

    With over 13,000 members, I'm sure we can get a great community going with it all.
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    I think this idea is excellent.. a step in the right direction to me. If possible it would be nice to see a blog on the site, especially anyone who has a small business and would like to share their knowledge of business management, brand management importance, etc.. It would be a good way to share knowledge and also those people who own graphic design business would be in direct contact with potential costumers. Besides, I'm always reading blogs to find out others perspective on business start-ups and stuff, so I will definetly read one in the forum if its started. But nontheless..I'm typing too much.. Good ideas..keep it up!
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    I have a desire to learn more about Joomla. So much on the forum is, frankly, over my head, though my friends who use it say it is really easy.

    I also would like to work more with WordPress. I have done some, but not enough.

    Thank you for the ideas, please don't let it happen at the expense of the Logo software, though.
  12. badman3670

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    I think it i also a great idea where marc is going. i have made graphics with logo creator to make a wrap for a mini van in south africa.

    if it gives us more exposure plus some business i am all for it.
    also those that need more info on business practices can shoot me an pm and i will be more than happy to help you out. i have been in business for more than 7 years now.

    i would like to pick up the slack in the winter months and this may be the way to do it.

    a section for jobs needing done for profit would be great. have a great one all.:image28:
  13. Randy... Guest

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    Wow --- great feedback and conversation!

    I see alot of good excitement amongst the members here on how to further make their business ventures a success. Don't ya thing Marc? There is certainly a buzz going on in the forum. Awesome!!

    I think the changes in store will be good for everyone. With over 13,000 members here, we know that there is a wealth of knowledge that can be tapped into. I'm positive there are members that may only visit now that can add a huge amount of personal experience know-how within our new topics.

    Keep watching and coming back -- I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised!
  14. Randy... Guest

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    I hope you guys don't waste all this Joomla knowledge before the new forum is up and running! hahahaha :)
  15. Wicked

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    Yes guys i think a few people have gotten off track of the topic.. This topic is not really for joomla but rather suggestion you may have that you would like to see included as a topic in the new business section of the forum..

    But the joomla conversation serves a good purpose though. Already you can see how such an expansion would help everyone.. For those who know nothing about joomla like myself reads these post above and figures maybe I do not want to go with Joomla as a serious business platform...

    Perhaps we could add OsCommerce to our business section... I think it will be important to also note to the users Marc that the topics will not be considered as support for any CMS but rather a pros and cons/ discussions type of deal. I think people should know that going to the script author's support website will be the best way for them to get technical help with installation and sorts..
  16. JWKessler

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    I create web sites for small mom & pop type businesses. These folks have low budgets and tend to have limited sales. Typical examples are a lady who makes mustard in her kitchen, a maple syrup producer, a women who makes soap products in her basement and a guy who carves goose eggs into art. They typically sell their products at art and craft fairs and county fairs in the summer months but would like to branch out a bit further.

    One common problem I have is getting these folks set up with affordable (no cost is good) e-commerce solutions. Most of these folks can accept credit card orders by phone, and for them Mal's e-commerce is a terrific option. Something more is needed for clients who can't take credit card orders however. I've used Pay Pal for this but find their system to be confusing to set up and hard to test.

    It would be nice to have a friendly forum to bounce questions on this topic off. Perhaps an e-commerce topic would be appropriate here?
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    I use the Subdreamer CMS, and I take orders through Paypal.

    You can test most scripts through Paypal using there 'sandbox', which is aimed at developers. I find it simple to setup and test scripts with Paypal IPN (Instant Payment Notification).
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    I use Joomla! so I'm lokking forward to that forum very much. :image28:
  19. Borpean

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    very nice Lamo one!!
  20. homesight <img src="images/ranks/mod.png" />

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    the bronze or gold color is sharp. I personally like the first one,,, but i think it needs a bit more color on the top and bottom gradient.

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