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Take a look at some of our recent work

By Alex / March 18, 2019

We wanted to show off a few of our recent projects. We’re proud and happy to be working with each of these fantastic clients, from Ballarat small businesses to international philanthropic foundations. At the end of last year, we helped the US-based Roddenberry Foundation migrate four websites into one, in a tight four week time-frame right before Christmas. Check out the case study to see what we did for them, or take a look at their new site. Karen Hovenga…

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Website Wednesday: Declutter Your Digital Life

By Alex / March 12, 2019

On April 3rd, Flax Digital will be holding its first Website Wednesday event. The topic will be “Declutter your digital life”. If you’ve watched Marie Kondo’s series on Netflix, or read her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” you’ll be familiar with the idea of looking at everything you have and considering which items “spark joy”.   For many website owners and small businesses, their online presence certainly doesn’t spark joy. Instead it can bring feelings of overwhelm, confusion, or…

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Announcing Website Wednesdays

By Alex / February 28, 2019

People have been asking us for a long time when we’re going to start offering website training or digital strategy workshops. Turns out the answer is: April, 2019! We’re pleased to announce a new series of intimate workshops for small businesses and nonprofits who want to get a better handle on their online presence. On the first Wednesday of each month, we’ll be gathering at the fabulous Platypus Coworking space on Lydiard Street, Ballarat, to share lunch and discuss topics…

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PHP 7.2 update for all WordPress maintenance clients

By Alex / December 5, 2018

PHP is the programming language that WordPress is written in. Every website we manage is built on PHP. The developers of this software have announced that as of today, versions of PHP older than 7.0 will not be receiving any updates, not even security patches. Old PHP versions mean your website could get hacked PHP 7.0 was released in December 2015 (3 years ago) and PHP 5.6, still used by many websites, was released in August 2014. If your website…

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Small Business Summer Special

By Alex / December 3, 2018

Summer can be a quiet time for a lot of small businesses as our customers take time off work and go away on holidays. This also makes it an excellent time for you to work ON your business rather than IN your business, so activities such as business development and general house-keeping can finally take centre stage. This is the perfect time to get your bookkeeping up to date, develop new products or services, or get your digital marketing sorted…

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WordPress 5.0: Big changes are coming!

By Alex / November 6, 2018

You might have heard that WordPress 5.0 is just around the corner. WordPress initially announced that the release date would  be November 19th, but after more beta testing that date has been pushed back a few weeks. WordPress 5.0 includes a new editing experience for WordPress, called Gutenberg. Gutenberg introduces a block-based way of editing WordPress pages and posts, so you insert blocks of content such as paragraphs, quotes, images, maps, and so on. Plugins can provide more complex blocks,…

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Flax Digital sponsors Ballarat's Frolic Festival

Flax Digital is proud to sponsor Ballarat’s Frolic Festival

By Alex / October 30, 2018

Ballarat’s Frolic Festival is an LGBTQ+ event running from November 8th-14th this year. Founded in 2017, it’s a fantastic community event bringing together a diverse selection of Ballarat’s queer community. This year, Flax Digital are proud to be Rainbow Sponsor of Frolic Festival. As part of our sponsorship, we’re providing web hosting, WordPress maintenance, email marketing, and other digital marketing services. We’re delighted to be working with Frolic Festival and we hope you’ll check out their website and attend their…

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WordPress Tips: Declutter Your Dashboard

By Alex / August 28, 2018

If you have a WordPress website, you might be overwhelmed each time you login and see everything on your dashboard. Welcome, Quick Post, At a Glance, WordPress events around the world… what is all this, and why are you seeing it? If you’re like most people, you probably just ignore it. I’m going to show you how to make your WordPress dashboard actually useful! It’s the simplest trick, but I guarantee it will improve your quality of life. How to…

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Web Design vs Web Development: What’s the Difference?

By Alex / August 22, 2018

A lot of people ask if Flax Digital does web design. The answer’s a little complicated, so here’s our explanation of the difference between website design and website development. What does a web designer do? A web designer has a background in graphic design. They may have studied visual arts, may have a background in design or marketing, or might be self-taught. A web designer specialises in: developing a “look” for your brand creating custom art such as logos making…

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