If you aren’t a “developer” geek (to cool for school :P) like me – here are some free website applications that make it so easy to build your company website in minutes!

Here are some ideal tools Is stumbled across whilst building my sisters website. Of course being in Digital marketing for the past 6 odd years has allowed me the “luck” and sometimes “headache” of working the back-end (admin) side of what we in Digital circles call a CMS or Content Management Site.

In simple terms peeps this means you can use one of the tools/apps below and build your own CMS website. For us non developers, you work on the ” back-end”  and decide on what the “front end” i.e the website people will VIEW looks like   – this means you can add your own pages i.e Home, About Us, Products/Services as well as content/copy, Images, registration forms and maybe even  a shopping cart as easily as you put together  a 12 piece puzzle! Add to this the bonus of being able to change your own copy, images and links on a weekly basis to keep your Search Engine Optimisation tops, customers/visitors up to date on new products, sales or news as well as being able to add “connect to” buttons for Social Networks you have profile’s on e.g. Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin…oops lets not forget Google +.

One you have designed your website and are happy to publish (make visible on the web) you can either decide to keep the free version  and have the name of the app on your website address e.g. https://joannebayvel.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php or you can purchase your own domain and use just your company name as your website address e.g  www.joannebayvel.com. These apps offer hosting and registering of these domians so its basically a website in a box…  Easy as that….

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Google +: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

If you have a pulse, there is a good chance that you’ve heard the buzz about Google’s latest foray into the world of social networking. Their new offering is called Google + (that’s pronounced “Google Plus”) and at first blush, it seems to have hit the mark. Although the new social network is still in closed beta (invite only), It has already amassed north of 10 million users. More importantly, numerous online influencers like Chris BroganDavid Armano and Robert Scoble have spent dozens if not hundreds of hours kicking the tires. For anyone that follows social media, getting the “in” crowd to adopt a new technology or social media is key to greater adoption.

As someone that has spent time personally and professionally with social media for six plus years, I’ve been intrigued with the possibilities that Google + offers. This curiosity comes with a healthy dose of skepticism on my part given Google’s poor track record of building and acquiring companies and services such as Jaiku, Wave, Dodgeball and Buzz. In spite of that skepticism, I’ve spend the better part of the last few weeks watching, posting and commenting on Google +. During that time, I’ve had a chance to witness some of the good, the bad and the ugly with Google’s latest offering. 

The Good
One of the main reasons that Google + is taking off the way it is is because they seem to have gotten the friending/privacy/social graph right via a convention called Circles. Circles are powerful for a few different reasons:

  • The circles come pre-set (although you can customize) so right out of the gate you can start adding people to buckets titled, “Family, Friends, Acquaintances, Following and Work.” In order to connect with someone (the equivalent of following or friending), you need to put them in a circle.
  • As a result of the bucketing connections into circles requirement, all of your connections end up in pre-defined groups. This allows you to decide which circle or circles you want to share with every time you post. This is a big win on the privacy front.
  • Unlike Twitter lists or Facebook Groups, you can not only view your circles by different criteria including first name, last name, relevance and recently updated but users also have the option to see only a stream from a specific circle or to view that circle’s activity in a separate tab.

Although I haven’t tried them yet, I do like the concept of the Hangouts on Google + or the ability to spontaneously create group chats (text and video) with your connections. You can add and subtract people from these groups on the fly giving you flexibility.

Probably the biggest opportunity for Google + is its ability to meet the need of social for business. If you think about it, Facebook is much more for personal interactions than business interactions (although important for businesses to play a role). LinkedIn is for business but still isn’t particularly social. Twitter falls somewhere in between but doesn’t allow for the robust conversation threading and image/video sharing that Google + and Facebook do. Even better, Google + has the opportunity to be the social glue that sits between all of Google’s apps and tools (Docs, Maps, Blogger, Picasa, etc.) This creates all sorts of internal and external collaboration opportunities over time.

The Bad
Two of the biggest knocks on Google + so far are the lack of groups (one of the more valuable features of Facebook) and the awkwardness around multiple people mentioning a post (this would be the equivalent of re-tweeting on Twitter). In the first case, I’m guessing that Google will fix this soon by adding in a type of public or private circle that users can administer. On the latter, I’m also assuming that a solution like collapsing posts in one’s stream that share redundant information so that they take up less room makes sense.

Lack of business pages also falls into the “bad” category. Companies like Ford and NPR News have been allowed in to test the service but as of yet, Google + is not yet open for companies to sign up. While many consumers may consider this an actual plus, I know of a lot of companies that are champing at the bit to get in and start to test this shiny new tool. We all know that Google will eventually allow for business usage but hopefully they don’t wait too long.

The Ugly
I’m happy to report that there really isn’t that much ugly with Google +. The few things that would fall in this category are more nuisances than major flaws. For one, the mobile app (just made available to iPhone users today) still doesn’t allow for notifying one’s connections using the “+” sign (similar to the @ sign in Twitter and Facebook). This applies to both posts and comments. Instead, it looks up gmail addresses and other search garbage.

Another item in the “ugly” category is a feature that is near and dear to my heart i.e. Google +’s check-in functionality. My experience with the Web version is that it’s not that accurate. After downloading the iPhone version, it seems like the geotargeting there is better but it has a much narrower database of places (at least at present) to draw upon than those of Facebook or foursquare. With all the geo data that Google has via its Maps and Places services, I would think this would be stronger out of the gate. 

Are you using Google + yet? If so, what has your experience been? And will you plan to use it instead of Facebook and Twitter or as a complementary service?

Aaron Strout is a 17 year digital marketing veteran. He is currently the head of location based marketing at global agency, WCG. He is also the co-author of the book, Location Based Marketing for Dummies. Aaron does most of his blogging these days at The Common Sense Blog. You can also follow him on Twitter.


Rich Harris has been a web marketer for over 10 years, with over 14 years experience in high-tech, both in the consumer and enterprise spaces.

Source http://www.zdnet.com/blog/feeds/google-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/4018

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July 2011
22 Ford Pumas v The Sharks Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit 19:00
22 Platinum Leopards v DHL Western Province Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom 19:10
23 GWK Griquas v MTN Golden Lions GWK Park, Kimberley 15:00
23 Vodacom Blue Bulls v Toyota Free State Cheetahs Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 17:05
29 Ford Pumas v GWK Griquas Puma Stadium, Witbank 19:00
30 The Sharks v Toyota Free State Cheetahs Mr Price Kings Park, Durban 15:00
30 MTN Golden Lions v Platinum Leopards Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg 17:00
30 DHL Western Province v Vodacom Blue Bulls DHL Newlands, Cape Town 17:05
August 2011
5 Platinum Leopards v Ford Pumas Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom 19:00
5 GWK Griquas v The Sharks GWK Park, Kimberley 19:10
6 Toyota Free State Cheetahs v DHL Western Province Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein 15:00
6 Vodacom Blue Bulls v MTN Golden Lions Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 17:05
12 Ford Pumas v Vodacom Blue Bulls Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit 17:05
12 GWK Griquas v Platinum Leopards GWK Park, Kimberley 19:00
12 DHL Western Province v The Sharks DHL Newlands, Cape Town 19:10
13 MTN Golden Lions v Toyota Free State Cheetahs Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg 19:10
19 DHL Western Province v MTN Golden Lions DHL Newlands, Cape Town
19 The Sharks v Platinum Leopards Mr Price Kings Park, Durban 19:10
19 Vodacom Blue Bulls v GWK Griquas Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 19:10
20 Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Ford Pumas Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein 15:00
26 Platinum Leopards v Vodacom Blue Bulls Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:10
27 GWK Griquas v Toyota Free State Cheetahs GWK Park, Kimberley 15:00
27 MTN Golden Lions v The Sharks Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg 17:05
27 Ford Pumas v DHL Western Province Puma Stadium, Witbank 19:00
September 2011
2 Ford Pumas v MTN Golden Lions Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit 19:10
3 Platinum Leopards v Toyota Free State Cheetahs Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom
3 GWK Griquas v DHL Western Province GWK Park, Kimberley 15:00
3 Vodacom Blue Bulls v The Sharks Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 17:05
9 MTN Golden Lions v GWK Griquas Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg 19:10
10 DHL Western Province v Platinum Leopards DHL Newlands, Cape Town
10 The Sharks v Ford Pumas Mr Price Kings Park, Durban 15:00
10 Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Vodacom Blue Bulls Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein 17:05
16 Platinum Leopards v MTN Golden Lions Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom 19:10
17 GWK Griquas v Ford Pumas GWK Park, Kimberley 15:00
17 Toyota Free State Cheetahs v The Sharks Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein 15:00
17 Vodacom Blue Bulls v DHL Western Province Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 17:05
23 Ford Pumas v Platinum Leopards Puma Stadium, Witbank 15:00
23 The Sharks v GWK Griquas Mr Price Kings Park, Durban 19:10
24 MTN Golden Lions v Vodacom Blue Bulls Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg 15:00
24 DHL Western Province v Toyota Free State Cheetahs DHL Newlands, Cape Town 17:05
30 Vodacom Blue Bulls v Ford Pumas Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 19:10
October 2011
1 Platinum Leopards v GWK Griquas Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom 15:00
1 Toyota Free State Cheetahs v MTN Golden Lions Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein 15:00
1 The Sharks v DHL Western Province Mr Price Kings Park, Durban 17:05
8 Ford Pumas v Toyota Free State Cheetahs Puma Stadium, Witbank
8 GWK Griquas v Vodacom Blue Bulls GWK Park, Kimberley 15:00
8 Platinum Leopards v The Sharks Royal Bafokeng Stadium 16:00
8 MTN Golden Lions v DHL Western Province Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg 17:05
14 Vodacom Blue Bulls v Platinum Leopards Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 19:10
15 Toyota Free State Cheetahs v GWK Griquas Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein 15:00
15 DHL Western Province v Ford Pumas DHL Newlands, Cape Town 17:05
15 The Sharks v MTN Golden Lions Mr Price Kings Park, Durban 19:10
21 A1 v A4
22 A2 v A3
29 Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

Recipe for deliciously naughty choc brownies

choc brownies

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 3/4 cup cocoa, unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup melted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


Directions for chocolate brownies
In a large bowl, combine cocoa and baking soda; blend in 1/3 cup melted butter. Add boiling water; stir until well blended. Stir in sugar, beaten eggs and remaining 1/3 cup butter. Stir in flour and salt. Stir nuts and the chocolate chips into chocolate brownies batter. Pour chocolate brownie batter into a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until chocolate brownies are firm and begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool before cutting into squares.