BNR Branding Support

BNR Branding Support

Brent Friar is the owner and chief web developer for BNR Branding Solutions. His development experience dates back to 1994 when he was a founding partner of Internextion Web Development in Orange County, CA.

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 10:34

Joomla 1.6 Alpha first look

Joomla 1.6 Alpha made its highly anticipated debut last week to the delight of many Joomlafiles including myself. The promise of user access levels and nested categories have site admins drooling for a look at the near future. Like the rest of the devs who have been itching for a test drive, I downloaded and installed 1.6 as soon as it was available.

If there is one weakness Joomla has is its simplicity. Yes, this is also its strength but it does make a developer's job a bit harder when trying to shoehorn a site's content in to Joomla's Section-Category-Article model. Sometimes a client needs a specific content type - job listing, employee directory, product descriptions, the list is endless. In the past this has been dealt with installing content specific components or by making the move to Drupal. Why Drupal? It's simple really. Drupal has an extension called Content Constrution Kit or CCK. It's one of those must have extensions that should be part of the core code. CCK is THAT good.

Monday, 23 March 2009 10:09

Charities and Google

I am not a rich man financially, but I have been blessed with a great family and an amazing group of friends that anyone would be thankful for. While this is very fortunate, it also means that I cannot contribute financially as much as I would like to the causes that I feel are worthy. Luckily I have been able to help several charities by providing them with free or very highly discounted web sites to help them build awareness and donations.

Wednesday, 08 April 2009 15:37

Put the pitchfork down for a minute

Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.  
-- Phaedrus

Earlier this week I followed a link on Twitter that took me to a story that made my blood boil. The link lead to a blog of a graphic artist who was being sued. The rub was that he was being sued for work that was his own by the people who stole the images from him to begin with! Can you believe the gall? I couldn't either, and apparently neither could the online community. The story reached the front page of several sites including Digg and Slashdot. The European media had picked up the story and a defense fund was started. Last I checked there was nearly $4000 collected.

Saturday, 30 May 2009 13:39

Joomla CCK Showdown - JoomlaWorks K2

I am a big fan of JoomlaWorks, so I figured I would start with K2. I will try to keep my bias to a minimum, but I did expect K2 to dazzle me from what I had already seen. The component is in beta at this time and available for free download. I got a copy and jumped right in.

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