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4Web Inc. creates highly customized websites using Joomla! and WordPress. We use open source software to meet our clients' online business goals and marketing objectives. Experience, honesty and ingenuity are the foundation of our approach for creating engaging, responsive and strategic online business solutions. We take being part of the Web community seriously so we make sure to time to share some our findings here.

Choosing and Installing WordPress Themes

Designing WordPress Theme

WordPress Themes do more than just determine how a website looks; they are also responsible for providing additional display options and functionality, as well as controlling the types of content that are displayed. Using one of the built-in themes (each named for a year, like twenty-fifteen) is a great way to get your WordPress site up and running, but it can leave something to be desired in terms of design. That's where choosing and installing a new theme becomes important.

Find Out About WP Themes

The True Cost of a Hacked Website

Can you afford to be without your website? If you don't have a backup then it could prove to be a costly mistake.

Have you ever uttered the words “my website got hacked” and then didn’t know what to do? Did you assume that if your website was hacked your host would be able to provide a backup that you could restore to? Guess again! Just like keeping your website up to date, disaster recovery planning for your website can be simple and painless but you really must take the steps to ensure you have what you need to restore your hacked site.

Learn How to Protect Yourself

Meeting Waters YMCA Website

Meeting Waters YMCA

Four years ago Steve and Sue Fortier from the Meeting Waters YMCA approached us to update their Joomla 1.5 site, built by 4Web years earlier. The national organization had recently revamped the Y's branding with exciting new color palettes and new logos and we needed to incorporate those changes into an entirely new design. We definitely enjoyed working with the bright colors while building them a custom-designed template for the new Joomla 2.5 site. Fast forward to April 2015, and they now need to ensure that their site is mobile-friendly so they can support their mobile viewers.

Why YMCA is Mobile-Friendly

Don't Leave the Door Open for Hackers

Open Source CMS (Content Management System) software revolutionized the Web world by making it possible for small business and non-profit organizations to create affordable websites. Popular CMSs such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are open source. Open source means you have access to the code that drives your website. You can modify the code however you'd like; you cannot do that with Microsoft software! But thinking this through a bit further, this also means anyone and everyone has access to the code that make up these CMS platforms. This means that hackers can see the code and develop ways to compromise many websites at once.

Read How to Lower Your Hacking Risk

Flash... Huh! What is it good for?

Some would say absolutely nothing. Others may believe it is the savior of the universe. In more relevant terms, we're referring to Adobe Flash (previously known as Macromedia Flash or Shockwave Flash). It is an animation platform that was extremely popular with websites in the early 2000s, capable of providing wonderful, fully animated visual experiences, or downright awful ones (your tax dollars at work!). As you can see, neither would be very enjoyable to view on a small screen. That's just one of the many reasons you will most likely not see Flash on modern websites.

Why Flash Doesn't show on Apple Devices