New Hosting Services

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Deadline May 31, 2015. As I have announced earlier this year, we will abandon the servers at HSA in order to move to a more modern and appropriate solution. The deadline for the move is May 31, 2015. Our new environment will enhance services provided by YORGOO and offer cost-efficient products for self-hosted WP installs on…

YORGOO: SSL implementation

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YORGOO Work in Progress At present we are implementing an SSL layer to protect our members’ websites in line with Google’s best practices. What is protected with SSL? As per Google: “Encryption: encrypting the exchanged data to keep it secure from eavesdroppers. That means that while the user is browsing a website, nobody can “listen” to…

Ycademy Online Seminar April 2015

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YORGOO Themes and Mobile This month’s Ycademy Seminar will focus on additional Themes and features available on YORGOO, as well as on the options available for creating mobile apps on YORGOO based websites. According to recent reports over 60% of web traffic is generated from mobile devices. Also, Google is increasingly privileging mobile friendly websites in…

Ycademy Seminar March 2015

YORGOO Early Bird Ycademy March 2015 is designed for Ycademy Pros and YORGOO Shareholders. Having finalized the structural works on YORGOO we are now ready to invite our close friends to populate the YORGOO platform. Ycademy Pros on YORGOO Ycademy Pros and YORGOO Shareholders will get a special status: by signing up for a Developer Membership you will…

Ycademy Online Seminar February 2015

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Get the most flexible WP Theme Builder and Framework Building custom WordPress themes has become more complex over the years. New technology, features and design standards require a never ending learning process. Theme development and running a successful WP site becomes the longer the more a matter of Teamwork, unless we use some of the…

Ycademy online Seminar January 2015

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YORGOO Themes and Plugins The first 2015 seminar will focus on Themes and Plugins for developers. There is not much to say at this stage about the contents, except that we will learn how to use a top notch new editor and review about 20 premium themes during the two days. Please contact Bianca for…

Ycademy Online Seminar December 2014

WordPress Pro Themes and Plugins and the WP 2015 Theme It’s Christmas again and time for an exceptional seminar! As we are developing YORGOO, we would like to share with the December Seminar Participants the most valuable resource for WordPress developers, i.e. $1188 worth of goodies. More at our Tuesday and Thursday calls. The latest…

Ycademy Online Seminar November 2014

Calendar 2015 It has been some time since we have been focusing on editing tools. The upcoming new year gives us a good opportunity to review some editing tricks in Photoshop and InDesign. We will work with two basic templates, one for each editor, and modify them to taste. Information Architecture 2015 Based on the…

Ycademy Seminar September 2014

The almost unlimited possibilities of YORGOO In the past we have been exploring some of the basic features and membership levels of YORGOO, such as Profiling, eCommerce, blogging and so on. The September Seminar will focus on some of the more sophisticated features. Community Building with YORGOO Allows your users to create their own communities…

Ycademy Seminar July 2014

Photoshop CC 2014 and OneOne Tools 8.5   The Seminar will focus on important software updates namely on the latest release of Photoshop CC as well as on the OneOne Tools. Imagine getting Ansel Adams and Henry Cartier-Bresson in one box! In fact, new Photoshop features provide improvements in terms of workflow and better accessibility to complex…

Ycademy Seminar June 2014

Modern High End WordPress Custom Theme Slowly but surely our efforts to convert from traditional theme customization to editing modern advanced themes are paying off. After the XOO we will deal this month with XO6, probably the most advanced WP Theme out there after tuning by Semiomantics. Of course we remain in Boilerplate, HTML5, CSS3 waters;…

The Ultimate in WordPress Design It has been a while since we have come up with smashing new design; in fact, since the Evo sites which were flash based. The May Seminar will feature smashing design on the WordPress backbone. Or, from flash to html5, CSS3, JS, Paralax and, and … and …! Of course…

Ycademy Online Seminar April 2014

XOR for WordPress on YORGOO This month’s Ycademy Seminar will focus on YORGOO, the XOR Theme for WordPress and the future App Development based on YORGOO websites. Last Minute Changes Contrary to what we planned and after three weeks of relentless work on the App software, we have decided to make this a mini seminar as…

Ycademy Seminar March 2014

The 2 best WordPress Themes in 2014 [toc] The last 12 months have seen quite a few new WordPress developments and we had to get used to developments with Gridiculous Boilerplate based scripts. The main aim was to build and customize themes suitable for YORGOO, however, we continue to see strong demand for custom websites…

Ycademy Seminar February 2014

[toc] Marketing and SEO in 2014 with WordPress and Social Networks The upcoming Ycademy Seminar will focus on: How to build and  control your name or brand on Google Search How to market your brand or product on Google Search and Social Networks How to streamline your traditional web-content, SEO, social network publishing and your…

18 Steps to edit with Camera Raw

During our last Ycademy Seminar, Bianca asked for a more detailed approach to Adobe Camera Raw. For this reason we will have a close look at this immensely valuable tool at tonight’s call. ACR or Adobe Camera Raw for most any Photo Editing Since Camera Raw is well integrated and accessible as a filter in…

Ycademy Seminar January 2014

Photoshop – Camtasia – Social Networks [toc] The recent releases of important updates of Photoshop and Camtasia as well as the major changes YouTube and Twitter implemented in 2013 will be featured at this month’s Ycademy seminar. Photoshop CC 14.2 Remember when in May last year I highlighted Adobe’s Arrogance concerning their comments coming along with…

Google Plus Photo Editor works with Win 8.1 Now

How to make Google Photo Editor work on Windows 8.1? In as much as I am concerned, I have just updated my Google Chrome to Version 31.0.1650.57 m, relaunched Chrome and voila, it is working. May be the problem was with the integrated flash player? In any case, if you run Win 8.1 (updated) and the…

Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade for PC and Laptop

If you have bought it from a Microsoft Partner, such as the German arvato distribution GmbH , then you have to …. do the same as above: Go to the Windows Store and set up an account if you don’t have any. Then login and just follow the instructions. Once logged in, click on download and the site will check your system. As you have Windows 8 installed, the download will be free. Then just download, accept the terms and respond to a few questions about settings.

YorgoTalk August 15, 2013

Google Recommendations for Mobile Websites Tonight’s call will focus on Google’s Recommendations and Best Practices for Mobile Webs. We will look into: Markup, Validation and Emulation as well as resources.

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XR Editor for Media   A short call tonight, just to finish off with the XR Editor. We will focus on the different features to deal with media.

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XR Theme for WordPress Shortcodes

Tonight’s call will focus on shortcodes and when and how to use them.  The XR theme includes Bootstrap based shortcodes to provide advanced editing features.

Fix Super Admin in WordPress Multisite

Lost Network Admin Access – here s the Fix Recently one of our WPMS users complained about not being able to access Super Admin or the Network Admin options from the dashboard while seeing all sites set ip earlier. The Cause The most likely cause is that the Super Admin username has been changed (which…

Adobe Creative Cloud Arrogance

Adobe messes with users, customers and its shareholders When Adobe announced the exclusive creative cloud subscription model, yours truly felt like shouting against it during the daily call. In fact, Adobe’s arrogance will cost a heck of a lot of money: to the company, the shareholders, and to users who will get less for more money. While…

Octopus Greek Style

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Semiomantics XR – Responsive WordPress Theme

XR – New Responsive Universal WordPress Theme Semiomantics is releasing its new flagship theme, the XR for WordPress. The time is right to move on and to take advantage of the most recent WordPress and browser developments. Influenced by the broad acceptance of HTML5 and CSS3, boilerplate developments and bootstrap as well as easy outsourcing…

Good Bye XO Theme

XO has been created back in 2008 by Semiomantics and it has been developed to its latest version. The development has reached its ultimate limit with the experimental 3.5 version which has been abandoned. It is time to move on and to base Semiomantics’ new flagship theme on a new base, the XR. Semiomantics XO…

SEO and Speed for WordPress

Ycademy Seminar February 2013 [toc] The upcoming Ycademy Online Seminar will focus on Search Engine Optimization and Loading Speed of self-hosted WordPress based websites, and particularly on sites powered by Semiomantics developments. While WordPress remains one of the most popular platforms for online publishing, the way it needs to be configured for optimized impact has changed over…

How fast is your Website?

Test the Load Time of your Website Load Time and SEO Website Loading Speed is one of the criteria search engines are looking at when judging our web pages. Optimization of loading times is therefore a must for high performance websites, such as the commercial versions of Semiomantics XO for WordPress. Here below are some…

YORGOO Logo Design Drafts

Some ideas for a YORGOO Logo YORGOO is a platform where a multitude of inputs unite to a whole new entity. Inspired by this idea and in respect of the imposed color scheme I did the following sketch which can work out at very small  size for example as a favicon. The graphic represents well…

YORGOO Limited Branding

YORGOO Limited Logo Contest Last Friday, we announced the contest for the creation of the YORGOO Limited Logo and Name Branding.  The rules and expectations are as follows: YORGOO Limited Logo The logo should satisfy the following basic criteria: The logo should be: simple yet understandable memorable timeless Scalable and functional Relevant and appropriate What is YORGOO?…

Hosting South Africa News

New Servers and new IP Addresses During this week-end we have been preparing the migration of our hosting accounts to new servers which are now ready. There are multiple reasons for the move, above all the goal to provide continued high performance WordPress hosting. We take the opportunity to move towards new horizons by building a new,…

Ycademy Seminar January 2013

Mobile Apps Apps will be the big topic of 2013, mainly because there is a major shift of web traffic towards the mobile web and consequently traffic harvesting will be more efficient through apps than through browser based websites. The Ycademy January Seminar will focus on Apps Basics and different ways to convert WordPress blogs…

Glass and Gold Effect in Photoshop

How to create Gold and Glass effects in Photoshop The tutorial shows how to create a Glass and Gold effect in Photoshop CS6 in 3 steps. Create a background with vignette Create a Glass effect Create a Gold effect I have loaded this for those who missed the daily Ycademy call last night and who…

Color of the year 2013

Emerald is Color of the Year 2013 Pantone did it again: they selected Emerald as THE color of the year 2013. After Tangerine Tango and Honeysuckle we are back to colder tints this year, reminding us of the Turquoise from 2010.   Meaning of Emerald Green tones are frequently used in web design as they…

Ycademy Seminar December 2012

Application and Applications For the year end, we have a special idea summing up our work; 2012 has been a busy and intensive year indeed. Having learned to use important Applications, such as Illustrator and InDesign and having evolved in Photography and photo editing for web and print, we will look into some practical application…

Photoshop Print Preview Correction

How to correct Photoshop Print preview in CS5 and CS6 You may have noticed that the Print Preview in Photoshop does not reflect the real dimensions of the image in inches or centimeters. To test, just measure the image width on the screen with a ruler and compare it to image size under Image>Image Size.…

40 Steps to Windows 8 Pro Media Center

Free Windows 8 Media Center Pack [toc] So, you have just upgraded your windows to Windows 8 Pro taking advantage of the easy upgrade offer. Included in the offer is the free access to the Windows 8 Media Center which retails for about $70. This post takes you step by step through the Media center…

Windows 8 Online Seminar

Ycademy Seminar November 24-25, 2012 The recent release of Windows 8 triggers many questions and also some fears relating to switching from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Having followed the Win 8 developments since its early beta stage, we will be able to guide you through the installation and configuration of the new operating system.…

Ycademy Net Maintenance

Ycademy Net goes on Maintenance Tomorrow Subsequent to the Ycademy Seminar which took place this week-end we will perform a major maintenance session on Ycademy Net as from Tonight. Here are the sheduled tasks: 1. We will delete all user accounts belonging to inactive users The reason is, that inactive accounts and sites are not…

Ycademy Seminar October 2012

WordPress and Blurb Semiomantics is ready with an XO release candidate for WordPress 3.5. We will therefore look into the latest WP developments and the theme updates. Also Blurb has released the integration software for InDesign, which provides smashing professional editing features for off and on line book publishers. Here is the Schedule for the…

YQ³ Theme for WordPress

YQ³ Theme for WordPress It has been a while since the face of this website has changed. Today we have started with the conversion to a brand new theme, the YQ³, yet another Semiomantics development. I am sorry for the inconvenience this may cause temporarily, however the change will result in a faster, more user- and…

Tanner Line in Action

Tanner Line in Action Last night Gene Line shared the image of Tanner Line in Action for demo purposes. The image was heavily downsized and the JPEG quality was set to 5% of the original. Also the image had not been pulled through photoshop. Nice shot Gene! After the session I thought to give it…

Photokina 2012: The best Compact Camera Deal

Photokina: The Best Compact Camera So, you want to know, what’s the best Camera Deal resulting from the Photokina 2012 presentation? Here you go! First of all let’s make it clear: there is simply no best camera in absolute terms. The best camera is the one which suits your needs and desires best and there…

Photokina 2012: Leica M for R Lenses

Photokina: Leica M for R Lenses At last Leica made the long expected move to satisfy owners of R-Lenses who have been left out in the rain for years now as no Leica R DSLR body was available. Since Leica stopped the  R SLR development and never moved on to a DSLR R series there…

Vouliagmeni Rainbow

Rainbow over Vouliagmeni For the first time in weeks (or months) we have seen some raindrops  in Vouliagmeni yesterday morning. As the sky was partially covered with heavy clouds, a rainbow stretched over the town and the beautifull colors revieled nice contrasts. Using the widest angle possible on my point and shoot camera I could not fetch…

Small Figs Business in Greece

Greek Figs Business It’s always a joy to drive through the countryside of southern Attica where good soil produces some of the best fruits and vegetables around Athens. Here small business still means small business! Farmers offer their production from hand-built stalls along the often dusty roads. Greeks have their preferred farmer and will drive across Attica just…