Lloyd Borrett's Blog
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Another busy month
March 2005 set another high point in the history of this web site.
* 41,342 unique visitors
* 57,045 visits
* 163,215 pages served
* 2,646,512 hits
which consumed 8.09 GB of bandwidth.
It looks like I'm going to be finding out how much my web hosting provider charges for extra bandwith soon.
It's been busy around here
February 2005 was another milestone in the history of this web site.
* 42,369 unique visitors
* 55,319 visits
* 153,160 pages served
* 2,580,379 hits
which consumed 7.92 GB of bandwidth.
That is a 25% increase in the number of hits, and a 50% increase in the number of unique visitors since the previous best month in September 2004.
I find that many people don't grasp how blogs get read. I personally use an RSS reader called Awasu (www.awasu.com). I find however that after I explain the concept of a blog, the person I am talking with is already a bit overwhelmed. Needless to say also explaining RSS really can loose some people. What are other people running into? Do you have a favorite RSS reader? Do you tell your associates about it? Are your associates jumping on the blogging wagon?
Deepdene Bears Cricket Club web site
A couple of weeks ago I finished building a new web site for a friend's cricket club. Check out the Deepdene Bears Cricket Club web site at www.deepdenebears.com.
For this web site I decided to use a content management system / community portal approach. After looking at quite a few open source solutions, I settled on CPG-Nuke as the best way forward (see www.cpgnuke.com). CPG-Nuke comes out of the box with a CMS framework, phpBB forums and Coppermine photo gallery already integrated, plus other modules for functions like News, FAQ, Encyclopedia, Surveys, Downloads and Web Links.
None of the available themes seemed appropriate for a cricket club with green and gold team colours, so I proceeded to build my own CPG-Nuke theme. I think it came out okay. Best of all, so far the club members seem happy with their new web site.
Melbourne BizTalk user group
A former colleague and Microsoft BizTalk MVP, Bill Chesnut, is looking to start up a Melbourne BizTalk User Group. He is currently the leader of the Melbourne .Net User Group and is very passionate on the importance of user groups.
Bill has the support of Microsoft in Melbourne, so if you're interested in BizTalk, check out http://melbiz.org/.
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