Kobus Answered: Does anyone have advice & cost approximations for website and app development?

Hi Alex,

From your description, the project could cost anything from $5K to $50K. It is just too vague. You need a more detailed plan. What about UX design, what about interaction with users,...

Kobus commented on: What are some ways to get lots of "virtual feet" to your website?

Hi David, thank you for the answer. The internet is not the only avenue we are trying, but it is one of them. They all have separate initiatives running to gather funds. My contribution to this is just...

Kobus commented on: What are some ways to get lots of "virtual feet" to your website?

Thank you, Mark. I am blogging in between, when I have time. Most of the charities have active social media pages, and I am busy setting up blogs for some of them who do not have any.

Kobus commented on: What are some ways to get lots of "virtual feet" to your website?

Thanks, Rob. With your tips, and Jeff's hard-talking truth, I will certainly get some traction. I will definitely investigate your suggestions further!

Kobus commented on: What are some ways to get lots of "virtual feet" to your website?

Hi Jeff, I hear you, thanks for the great advice. Me running the websites is my involvement in the charity, so I chose that responsibility for myself. Regarding fund raising, they all do some sort of fund...

Kobus Answered: What are some ways a small business can celebrate holidays?

And what exactly is wrong with getting more visibility? Of course, going over the top and become really flashy is probably not the best approach, but having a discreet celebration is not only fun for your...

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I would not buy a list at all. As Lisa says, it is not the first impression you want to make.

Kobus Answered: What are some good ways to use interns?

Hi Samantha,

My answer is a lot less scientific than Andy's answer below, but worked reasonably well for me so far. Having hired a few interns myself before, I found, first and foremost, that...

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Thanks - this is a little thing that people often forget... A fresh mind (and body) makes you so much more productive, even if the efforts of getting refreshed takes time out of your busy schedule! Thanks...

What are your best time management techniques?

Kobus Answered: How do I determine good content from bad content on the web?

One point that you could also consider is whether the content can be verified by multiple independent sources if authenticity is your definition of "good". Although not foolproof, as the link between sources...

Kobus Answered: What's the best way to wrap up web projects that won't end?

I agree with @Ed Drozda's answer, but I simply want to add the following point as well:

Being tied up in endless reverts, day in, day out, and scope creep beyond your wildest imagination,...

Kobus commented on: How can I find a happy atmosphere to work in?

Contributing. Yes. If no-one contributes to the happiness, then there will be none. Good point.

Kobus commented on: How can I find a happy atmosphere to work in?

Nice answer. These questions seem innocent enough not to be easily detected as a fishing expedition (well, except the last one, perhaps, but maybe it is good that the prospective employer knows you are...

Kobus Answered: How can I find a happy atmosphere to work in?

Hi Liz,

I am going to answer this from the perspective of my direct interpretation of your question: Before starting working there.

I have usually gotten a "vibe" from the people...

Kobus commented on: Online PDF magazine or online HTML5 based content?

Hi Sinisa, my demo site is particularly for our purpose. Hakim's version has its own navigation and such. It is fully customizable.

Kobus Answered: Online PDF magazine or online HTML5 based content?

I would also go for HTML5 content, and for that purpose, please check out Hakim El Hattab's brilliant Reveal.js: https://github.com/hakimel/reveal.js

For an example of what can be done with...

Kobus commented on: How do I create the ultimate PHP development stack?

Hi David, never taken that way at all - I do like how you're thinking. But should you not strive to get your development team to standardize? They might not work well with your stack RIGHT NOW, or with...

Kobus commented on: How do I create the ultimate PHP development stack?

Hi David,

I understand what you are saying. I guess my question may have been a bit ambiguous:

The language/scripting technologies that we do websites in are well known, and unless...

Kobus Answered: How do you make a website appealing to potential customers?

Hi Mark,

Most of the answers given at the time of my reply have various correct aspects, but some are not addressing the point that you ALREADY have some traffic - they are addressing why...

Kobus Answered: What is the best way to find good IT project management resources with offshore experience?

Hi Sandy.

I am sorry - cannot answer with regards to finding the project management resources, but my answer still is relevant to your question.

Please evaluate carefully whether...

Kobus Answered: Where should I set up my blog?

Hi Rachael, if your blog will most likely deal with news within your company, simply put it in the news section. But, with that said, your blog should contain a LOT more than just news articles. Articles...

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Hi Pradeep. I like #5 - keep Hard Stop as well as #4 - using Slack Time. Very valuable insights. Thank you!

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Doesn't it make more sense to do IMPORTANT items first, as opposed to be BIG items first?

I have had 47 answers to the question I have asked, and one of Walter's recommendations is unique - which shows not only knowledge in his field, but also shows that he looks at other answers and not merely repeating what others have said. There is nothing as irritating as "As So-and-so said, blah blah". Walter backed his answer with his own experience and expertise. Thanks for your input, Walter!

Kind regards,

Kobus Myburgh
Managing Director: Impero Consulting

Gil's knowledge in the topic that I needed help with is well-researched and backed with what I would consider most likely YEARS of experience.

Gil's answer is currently voted at the top of the question I have asked, and hence I believe that others are feeling the same.

Thanks for your detailed answer, Gil!

Kind regards,

Kobus Myburgh
Managing Director: Impero Consulting

I have asked a question on Mosaic HUB, and although I got many comments of what people's opinion is on what I asked, Bob was the only one following up to further explain what he was thinking and give me further advice on the matter, without actually doing a pitch for his products and services. I find that very commendable.

I have not done business with Bob yet, but I am sure that if I need any of his services, I will certainly give him a ring.

Kind regards,

Kobus Myburgh
Managing Director: Impero Consulting

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

I need to read up a bit on Six Sigma. Thanks for the hint, Ganesh!

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Thanks, Bob. Actually, my clients believe in phoning more than email. I wish I could actually switch my phone off from time to time, but not feasible :-)

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Hi George, Thanks for your comment on my (apparently) redundant question. :-) I like your point about being pro-active. Thanks!

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Hi Richard, I like the part where you mention to always tdo parts of the big tasks until it is completed. Big tasks are so often delayed for "urgent" but not necessarily "important" tasks...

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

I wish that was as easy in my industry. Development needs quiet time. But it also involves lots of phones and other distractions if development is not your only function. So that gives you a catch 22....

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Love it, John! Now - how do I make the paradigm shift from attempting to manage time to the Venturi effect? How do I actually manage to not get panic stricken if I procrastinate too long?

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Walter, thanks. I like the idea of a 50 minute dash. Why 50 minutes though? Why not one hour? Why not 45 minutes? In my industry (web development) 50 minutes is often not enough to get significant work...

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Thanks, Lois. In conjunction with Dana's comment, your #3 and #4 is what I need to work on most.

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Thanks, Dana. I struggle to delegate, but am getting better at it. I am constantly trying to improve my developers under me, and once they get closer to what I consider to be a "good" developer, I will...

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Thanks, Gil - DON'T SIT ON STUFF. ONe of my favourites (and also one of my flaws sometimes...).

Kobus commented on: What are your best time management techniques?

Thanks, Dana - that sums it up nicely, but I am particularly interested in other peoples' personal techniques - from what works for themselves. An individual's list of what works for them, not a panel...

Kobus Answered: How do you upgrade your skill set while working a full time job?

Hi Denise,

Very nice question indeed! It made me think back over my life on how I made my decisions at the time. As a person who switched careers completely 4 times in my life so far:

Kobus Answered: How should companies formalise a strategy for web design? Your thoughts?

Of course many of the answers given are correct already, so I am not going to repeat them, but there is something that I did not see anyone mention yet. They focused on the "what" but you can not really...

Kobus Answered: How involved is taking a HTML site and adding CMS, social media, SEO, shopping cart for US and Intl sales?

Todd, I guess it is safe to say you are not a developer. If you wanted to do this yourself though, I would echo Elaine's statements. A standard "out-of-the-box" Wordpress installation with SEO and shopping...

Kobus commented on: Our website is just a basic HTML site, should we host on a Linux or Windows platform website? Site will sell 3 products in US as well as Intl.

A simple site does not necessarily mean little traffic, but I believe this to be overkill. Shared hosting should be fine.

Kobus commented on: Our website is just a basic HTML site, should we host on a Linux or Windows platform website? Site will sell 3 products in US as well as Intl.

Todd, CMS systems are plentiful - even free ones. Some that come to mind are: Drupal, Wordpress, PyroCMS, CMSMS, FuelCMS, Joomla, Expression Engine. Most of these are free or have a free version. Of these...

Kobus Answered: Our website is just a basic HTML site, should we host on a Linux or Windows platform website? Site will sell 3 products in US as well as Intl.

Hi Todd,

It is well believed that Linux is more secure than Windows, but with that said - an incompetent server host on Linux will most likely be less secure than a competent one on Windows....

Kobus Answered: What would you consider to be the best web hosting company 2014?

I know you are from the USA, so my answer would not really help you, but I figured since you did not specify which country you want to host in, that you'd consider hosting in Europe. I have been with my...

Kobus commented on:

John, just one more thing about price - to add to Gil's answer. You do NOT have to be the cheapest out there. Cheapest prices are often associated with "bad quality" or "mass produced template sites"....

Kobus commented on:

@Dave, I am in agreement. If it was easy, everyone would've been millionaires. Everyone would be rich, and world hunger would be a non-issue. @Paul good comment about maintaining quality of life! Well...

Kobus commented on:

"Good" programming is a dying art, some say. The entry level into programming is so low that you often have to weed out 19 bad programmers before you get to 1 good one. Am I good? I would like to believe...

Kobus commented on:

I didn't know about Usability Hub. Nice tip, thanks! Will certainly use this myself.

Kobus commented on:

I like your answer a lot Andrew. I will definitely try some of what you've mentioned. Thanks!

Kobus commented on:

That I will not know for sure - besides that I am in what is considered a developing country (South Africa). I would not classify myself as a very good leader in all aspects of my life/business, but I...

Kobus commented on: How to prevent XSS in user input that need script tags (using PHP)?

We are also considering Google DFP, but at this moment in time the ads are pasted from ad providers such as Marimedia or Google into textboxes on the site. Nasty, I know - but it worked at the time when...

Kobus commented on: How to prevent XSS in user input that need script tags (using PHP)?

As per my question, I can whitelist the banner scripts that need to display. I currently have a blacklist, but thinking of converting to a whitelist approach, because the approved banners are more finite...

Kobus commented on:

I clearly said that I would not use native JavaScript. jQuery is not native JavaScript. Please read my response carefully.

What kind of business would you be interested in doing?

Kobus commented on:

Patrick, yes, HTML is strictly a scripting language, but will introduce kids to programming as a concept. That was what the question was asking: to teach kids "to write code" and "what languages do we...

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