Joomla wins 2015 Best Free CMS Award

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Congratulations Joomla!

CMS Critic - a CMS directory and resource website - had very strong competition in the Best Free CMS category with 116 great products like Drupal, Joomla and WordPress in the running.

On January 12, 2016 they announced the winner for the 2015 Best Free CMS Award: Joomla! CMS

Joomla receives 2015 Best Free CMS Award


Call me biased, but I'm not surprised. A big congratulations to everyone in the Joomla Community for a job well done!

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In the Creative

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I hauled my drawing supplies out of the storage shed today - something I've been thinking about doing for a few months.

Back in 2003 I'd picked up the book Drawing for Dummies wondering if there was anything to my elementary school habit of doodling. After working through the first 88 pages, I couldn't wait to put what I'd learned to the test. Grabbing an old National Geographic, I found this photo of a Koala bear in a eucalyptus tree and gave it a shot. I'm pleased with how it turned out... I did embellish the smile a little.

Happy Koala Bear - 2004

Happy Koala Bear by Jen Duguay

As you can see I didn't quite did finish it. This was my first and only attempt at drawing. Life came knocking at my door as life often does, and along with a few other creative outlets, I temporarily put my new pencils and sketch pad aside to navigate through more pressing matters.

Fortunately, like the seasons, life moves on, we grow, and priorities shift. Today, I look forward to discovering myself anew in the creative - that mysterious quality which hints to the image of God we all bear - and finding a healthier balance between work and play.

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10 outdated web design trends

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web design

Website design trends move at neck-breaking speed. This is due to the rapid advancement of technology, and a new generation of users who are extremely web savvy, described by some as having short attention spans and evolved expectations of instant gratification. The truth is, we are all becoming conditioned to function this way in an attempt to keep up with our fast-paced world. This evolution has greatly influenced our website design strategies.

Additionally, as the eternally restless creative types, website designers like to try new things and go where no man has gone before. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

To better connect with our users, we've had to make a huge shift from "look at these cool effects" to masterfully blending technology, psychology, art and science. This new design strategy is at the core of "User Centered Design" and "User Experience". Both focus on the users' expectations and quality of website experience, and strive to come up with new and innovative methods for capturing and maintaining a visitor's interest and loyalty.

While much can be said about the myriad of design elements required to produce a compelling website, there are a few really easy tell-tale signs that your website is out-dated and ready for a refreshing makeover.

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The soul's secret signature

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While doing a study on 'desire' I came upon this quote by CS Lewis. Its depiction that we all share this deep longing - and it not being sated in this lifetime - completely seized my heart. Could this be the reason we are so driven, embracing many forms of distraction and substitutes - often at our own peril - and why many are now looking beyond the physical to the spiritual?

Perhaps this intense yearning is a gift that reminds us of a time and place where we were truly complete, full of love, joy, peace, lacking nothing, living life as it was intended: in Paradise conversing and walking along side the magnificence and brilliance of our great Creator. Perhaps it is intended to guide us back to that one thing we were made for all along, the glory of Eden, a new Jerusalem... home.

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HRC Construction

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Mark Reid from HRC Construction contacted JenTekk to build a new website for them. Their existing website had been built years ago, and since then, they'd changed their logo and brand, and wanted their new site to reflect these changes.

They also had been taking photos of their projects, and wanted to present them on the website.

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HRC Construction website - Before

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HRC Construction website - After

The final product uses: Joomla 3.3, Warp template framework, UIKit, has a sticky horizontal menu bar, is responsive / mobile-friendly back-end and front-end, and uses Widgetkit for the Home page slideshow and Projects photo gallery.

The new site reflects their new brand, renders beautifully on mobile devices, and serves as a great online resume for the company.

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2014 Kids SRC - Funny Business

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The 2014 Kids Summer Reading Club (SRC) - themed "Funny Business" - is in full swing now!

The Kids SRC is designed to get children reading, with the use of a fun theme, posters, stickers, a reading record, bookmarks, completion medals, and novelty items. In addition each year they have a new designed website offering 7 quizzes (1 for each week of the program) word puzzles, and fun games.

Kids Summer Reading Club 2014

This year's artist is Jeremy Tankard. Jeremy attended the Alberta College of Art & Design where he studied drawing and print-making. His early career focused on editorial illustrations for publications such as Time magazine, Fortune, The New York Times, Guitar Player, Royal Bank, and The Globe & Mail. However, when his daughter Hermione became a toddler, Jeremy found himself reading stacks of picture books and was reminded of the main reason he had wanted to attend art school in the first place - to create picture books!

Thank you!

A BIG thanks to BC Library Association for the opportunity, yet again. It's always a great experience working with you and so rewarding to be a part of helping our kids improve their reading skills.

The 2014 Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and your local public library with the assistance of Libraries and Literacy, Ministry of Education.

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Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism

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JenTekk has been assisting the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) with website support and consulting services since 2011. Last winter we determined it was time to upgrade their existing site.

CSEM's site was running on Joomla 1.0 which had reached its end-of-life years ago, leaving it completely outdated and vulnerable. We concluded it would be best to move CSEM to the latest stable release of Joomla 3.x - a fully Bootstrap responsive platform with enhanced functionality.

The update also included a more modern and polished look and feel for the CSEM website. The new site - built with Warp template framework - includes Font Awesome and UIkit, and is responsive / mobile-friendly back-end and front-end.

The new site retained CSEM's brand and colours, only with a cleaner & roomier feel, and updated content formatting. Oh and did we mention it also functions wonderfully on all mobile devices?!

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Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism website

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Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism website

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