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Flywheel – Local WordPress Development Made Easy

Local by Flywheel

Developing WordPress websites has become easier over the years but installing the software to develop locally on your own computer can be cumbersome. Deciding whether to use free software like Ampps, Mamp, Xampp, pay for commercial software or even setup vagrant and VVV. They can all be learning curves that require additional steps to debug and get your perfect server setup. Enter Local from Flywheel that aims to take the frustration out of installing a local development environment by replacing it with a fast and functional app.

Tips for Buying Your First HR Software

Woman in Office - HR

One of the most exciting aspects of owning and operating a business is when you’ve reached a point where you realise that you’ve actually hired more people than you ever expected to back in the early days when you were just starting out. However, as fulfilling as that is, it also creates a whole new set of issues you’ll need to deal with because keeping everything organised from hiring to firing can be more than a little time-consuming. Even if you have hired HR personnel, the bigger you grow, the more you will need HR software. Once you’ve seen just what is available in today’s market, you’ll understand why.

Fighting Malware – Neat Security Tools for the Security Conscious

Security Padlock

Malware and unwanted software goes hand-in-hand with the Internet.  As technology has advanced so have the techniques to gain access to your computer, network and your money.

With Adware, crapware, DoS, pharming, malware, ransomware, trojans and much more we can’t be far off filling the A-Z of glossary of cybercrime definitions.

However if you are a little security conscious here are a few tools that may be able to help you.

Infographic – State of Piracy Security Report

Infographic on the state of piracy

Arxan and iThreat Cyber Group have published The Application Security report detailing how the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material (piracy) on the web is growing rapidly. Over 1000 sites have been analyzed over the past 3.5 years are part of the dark web which is not indexed by standard search engines. 50 are in the business of distributing pirated releases.

Ampps For Mac – Update to 3.3 Manually Without Re-installing

Ampps for Mac

Ampps is a fantastic piece of software if you want to run a testing server but upgrading on the mac has always been pretty awkward. The first time I upgraded, back when I was a Mac newbie, I deleted all of my files by accident! Luckily I had created a backup first. The good news is Mac users can download and install the update from a compressed file so there is no need to install from the disk image again.

Import/Export Brackets Themes and Extensions

Brackets Tutorial

If you have, or want, brackets installed on multiple operating systems (OS) then it could be rather cumbersome having to manually install all your favourite extensions. Enter Brackets-ExtensionsBulkInstall a handy brackets extension which enables the bulk installation of extensions and themes on other platforms. In the following tutorial I will be exporting from a Mac to a Linux machine

Top 20 Brackets Extensions You Should Use

Brackets Extensions

As a big fan of open source software I was quite excited when Brackets, a code editor, founded by Adobe, was initially released in November 2014. Released for Mac, Windows and Linux and is guided by a community of fans, that are willing to improve and build upon it. Since it’s release I have tested many extensions but here are some of my favourites, for a bonus I’ll throw in the ones that will make Brackets more visually appealing. Star