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YouTube Dragons Den Interview by Log Holder Company

The Log Holder Company

Name Seamus Connolly

Equity sought 20%

Investment sought €20,000

The Pitch

Seamus Connolly from Athy, Co Kildare from The Log Holder Company, he is looking for €20,000 for 20% in his company which designs a range of Victorian style log holders which allows your fuel to dry out.

The Outcome

The Dragons check out Seamus’ designs. Barry asks what the costs are to manufacture, Seamus tells him it costs €40 to make one and he sells it for €100. Gavin tells him the costs put him off and asks can he get it down, Seamus tells him he could if he was to produce in bulk. He has sold 70 units to date and hopes to sell 400 in year one with a net profit if €20,000. Barry tells Seamus he doesn’t think the company is scalable so opts out. Sean also tells him he thinks it doesn’t need an investor so opts out. Ramona is the last Dragon to opt out.

Irish Web Design created the Log Holder Company e-commerce website

YouTube Dragons Den Interview by Log Holder Company on RTE Television

Website Photography Training

Website Photography Training for e commerce web owners

photo showing good and bad website product photos

Learn the essentials of creating photos for your own web site or blog with Website Photography Training

Workshops to teach you how to create professional quality images for your Irish shop website

Quality internet photography at a low cost

Learn the basics of photography and advanced techniques to ensure top quality images for your website

For further details of one day, half day workshops and courses for individuals and groups Contact Irish Web Design

Courses include hands on seminars, workshops and all kinds of one to one training course.

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Protect Your WordPress Website

One of the most popular content management systems in use on modern websites is WordPress, found on more than 60 million websites around the world.

WordPress has been in the news recently as the subject of a large-scale attack from a huge number of computers from across the internet.  This automated botnet attack was attempting to take over servers that run WordPress websites.

Many experts believe that this current attack is a relatively small scale version of a botnet that will infect computers in the future. The next attack may be vastly stronger and more destructive than what we have seen recently.

Running on the servers that have bandwidth connections that are hundreds or even thousands of times faster than machines in homes and small businesses.

The enormous popularity of WordPress shows its vulnerability in a situation like this, as a result of it’s ease of use is weak security by users.

This typically means that users continue to use the word ‘admin’ as a user name, as this is the default administration account that’s created when you first install WordPress.

Weak passwords may be guessed by the ‘brute force’ attack of a botnet, able to try vast numbers of password combinations in a short space of  time.

For the moment every WordPress user should disabled the default ‘admin’ account in their installation,  and replace it with something else. This may take you out of the immediate danger from the current the attackers.

To create a strong password you need to use at least ten characters with a combination of upper and lower case letters along with some numbers and even some extended characters

The recent attack serves as a reminder to everyone that that security for your WordPress blog or website is something you do need to continue to work on.

What follows is Irish Web Design’s advice on what can you do to make your site more secure. These actions will help to deter such attacks in the future.

Update to the latest WordPress (currently version 3.5.1)

If there is an administrative user called ‘admin’.

Create a new account with a different name, unconnected with the name of your website. Give it administrative privileges.
Give it a strong password you have never used before.
Write these details down in at least two different places.
Sign out of the account.
Sign in as the new user.
Delete the old ‘admin’ user account.
During this procedure, you’ll be asked by  what account should you assign posts to created by ‘admin’ to.
Choose the new account name you just created.

You should also enable ‘two-step verification’ for each user in your WordPress account. As this is a more complex process with additional implications we will carry an article on the subject in the near future.

Irish Web Design would also recommend changing all passwords connected with access to the site, server and database on a regular basis.

As a matter of course Irish Web Design also recommend that all users should install a number of security programmes on all WordPress websites to prevent them being hacked.

In our view, if you adhere to minimum standards of security for your WordPress site it will give you a good level of security and will make it more difficult to hack into your site.

Don’t let the spammers, hackers or botnets destroy your presence on the web. Your site or blog can be secure with a little thought and effort.

Title of article: Protect Your WordPress Website published by Irish Web Design

Irish Web Design work on Dragons Den

At Irish Web Design we were delighted to have one of our long standing clients appear on the Dragon’s Den recently.

The original Log Holder Company website was purely an information site, and served the business well in its early days of trading.

When Seamus Connolly decided to step up a gear he decided to have an e-commerce website where customers would be able to choose and purchase their log holders online.

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Irish Web Design designed, printed and mounted the sign that appeared with Seamus in the Dragon’s Den, and featured prominently in the final film.

The Log Holder Company logo was created by Irish Web Design based on an idea by the client.

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Despite tight deadlines the website was ready to deal with orders as the show was screened, and was delivered on budget.

New ranges of Log Holders have been introduced and a photo shoot has been booked so that Irish Web Design can create a new set of professional standard photographs.

The new product photos will be used on the online shop and for other promotional purposes such as a new edition of the Log Holder Company’s electronic brochure or e-brochure as they are called.

The site has been well designed when it comes to Search Engine Optomisation, or SEO and began to feature highly on Google straight away.

It was very gratifying to see the Irish Web Design work on Dragons Den, and know that it would serve our client  well.

Visit the Log Holder Company Website Here

Irish websites attacked

A report from the BBC News website reported:

WordPress website targeted by hackers

Wordpress website
WordPress users are advised to change their user names

WordPress has been attacked by a botnet of “tens of thousands” of individual computers since last week, according to server hosters Cloudflare and Hostgator.

The botnet targets WordPress users with the username “admin”, trying thousands of possible passwords.

The attack began a week after WordPress beefed up its security with an optional two-step authentication log-in option.

The site currently powers 64m websites read by 371m people each month.

According to survey website W3Techs, around 17% of the world’s websites are powered by WordPress.

“Here’s what I would recommend: If you still use ‘admin’ as a username on your blog, change it, use a strong password,” wrote WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg on his blog.

He also advised adopting two-step authentication, which involves a personalised “secret number” allocated to users in addition to a username and password, and ensuring that the latest version of WordPress is installed.

“Most other advice isn’t great – supposedly this botnet has more than 90,000 IP addresses, so an IP-limiting or login-throttling plugin isn’t going to be great (they could try from a different IP [address] a second for 24 hours),” Mr Mullenweg added.

Matthew Prince, Chief Executive and co-founder of Cloudflare, said that the aim of the attack may have been to build a stronger botnet.

“One of the concerns of an attack like this is that the attacker is using a relatively weak botnet of home PCs in order to build a much larger botnet of beefy servers in preparation for a future attack,” he wrote in a blog post.

“These larger machines can cause much more damage in DDoS [Distributed Denial of Service] attacks because the servers have large network connections and are capable of generating significant amounts of traffic,” he added.

Hi-tech crime terms

  • Bot – one of the individual computers in a botnet; bots are also called drones or zombies
  • Botnet – a network of hijacked home computers, typically controlled by a criminal gang
  • Malware – an abbreviation for malicious software ie a virus, trojan or worm that infects a PC
  • DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) – an attack that knocks out a computer by overwhelming it with data; thousands of PCs can take part, hence the “distributed”
  • Drive-by download – a virus or trojan that starts to install as soon as a user visits a particular website
  • IP address – the numerical identifier every machine connected to the net needs to ensure data goes to the right place.

Many Irish websites attacked, and further information provided by Blacknight revealed that:

Last Tuesday they began to see high load on a small number of their shared hosting servers, upon investigation they saw the cause was an unusual number of login requests to the admin section of WordPress sites.

It quickly became obvious the scale of this attack was far greater than the usual attacks seen on self-hosted WordPress sites and was the work of a large botnet.

Our technical team work around the clock to ensure servers and services remain online and work as expected. While many hosting companies began reporting the attack and took action at a server level, including in some cases blocking access to wp-login, we worked to mitigate the issue at a network level. This was due mainly to the large number of servers involved.

The attack slowed down on occasions during the week and then increased again with some characteristics changing to overcome the defence mechanisms that were put in place.
By Friday afternoon the attack was no longer growing and the number of new IPs we were seeing had reduced greatly, the attack continued to slow at the weekend.

So here are some numbers and statistics that we are happy to share.

Over the week our Engineering team recorded over 10 million login attempts originating from over 190,000 IPs, of that we blocked 65,000 IPs from over 183 countries, from our network during the attack.

Top 30 – blocked IPs by country

13866 : BR, Brazil
6313 : TR, Turkey
2909 : MX, Mexico
2419 : IN, India
2252 : PL, Poland
2171 : ID, Indonesia
1862 : VN, Vietnam
1795 : AR, Argentina
1751 : KR, Korea, Republic of
1568 : RS, Serbia
1431 : GR, Greece
1392 : PT, Portugal
1366 : FR, France
1319 : TH, Thailand
1281 : EG, Egypt
1185 : VE, Venezuela
1118 : MA, Morocco
1035 : DZ, Algeria
907 : RU, Russian Federation
873 : CL, Chile
801 : BA, Bosnia and Herzegovina
796 : UA, Ukraine
775 : SA, Saudi Arabia
769 : ES, Spain
754 : RO, Romania
752 : IT, Italy
728 : CO, Colombia
569 : MY, Malaysia
527 : PE, Peru
475 : US, United States

 

Athy Tyre Service Website

Athy Tyre Services Home-Page

Athy Tyre Services Home-Page

Athy Tyre Service Website is now live.

Created in restful greens this project was recently completed for Brendan Loughman.

Brendan runs Athy Tyre Services along with M and L Autoparts on the outskirts of Athy at Bennetsbridge, on the Kilkenny Road leading to Ballylinan.

This long established business has a fine reputation for all things automotive.

Tyres from all major brands including Pirelli, Dunlop, Goodyear, Firestone, Michelin, Continental and Bridgestone are supplied, fitted and balanced for all makes of cars, commercials and agricultural vehicles.

The website also has a section on servicing and repairs.

Irish Web Design are responsible for the information website design, copyrighting, graphic design and original professional photography.

Link to the Athy Tyre Service Website

Athy Tyre Services Home Page in full

Athy Tyre Services Home Page in full

E-commerce

E-commerce is defined as being the buying and selling of goods and services by businesses and consumers through an electronic medium. It is most widely considered the buying and selling of products over the internet, but really any transaction that is completed solely through electronic means can be considered to be e-commerce.
There are three categories of E-commerce:
B2B or business to business for example Cisco.
B2C or business to consumer for example Amazon.
C2C or consumer to consumer for example eBay.

It is also called electronic commerce, and some people refer to the sites as shop sites.

Irish Web Design has experience of a wide variety of websites, and specialises in the website design and the Search Engine Optomisation SEO of E-commerce and other websites.

Recently websites have been completed for What Vitamin and Boom Nutrition.

Other websites that contain an element where purchases can be made include Fitness Extravaganza and What’s On Athy.

Follow the links to see how this company integrated the capacity to sell products on the websites.

In some cases the main purpose is sales, for example the What Vitamin site which serves all parts of the Republic of Ireland with a service delivering a wide range of vitamins and related products.

Boom Nutrition specialises in delivering Fitness Nutrition to all mainland addresses in Ireland.

Fitness Extravaganza, or FitEx for short, services competitors who want to enter Ireland’s Premier Fitness Modelling Competition.

Entry tickets for competitors and spectator tickets can be purchased on the website.

DVD’s of the competition can also be purchased online.

What’s On Athy is the website for the South Kildare monthly magazine. An innovation is the Athy Showcase Shop which allows local businesses to sell goods and services without having to invest in their own website.

Different Payment Gateways have been used from AIB Merchant Services, to SagePay and of course PayPal.

Athy Rowing – Canoeing Club

Athy Rowing – Canoeing Club Winners

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Athy Rowing & Canoeing (ARC) club have been selected as winners of our recent website competition held in conjunction with What’s On Athy magazine.

A large number of applications were received from all sectors of the community but ARC was unanimously picked by our judging panel.

What’s On Athy caught up with Chairman of ARC, Clifford Reid, upon receiving the news.

“We are extremely delighted that our application was selected. The website will open up a whole new avenue for us in terms of promoting not only our club but also advocating the use of Athy’s unique waterways system.

We established the club back in June and since then membership has exploded.
The website will further help us to develop and grow our organisation.

We now have over 60 members participating in the many various disciplines of Rowing or Canoeing and the Club continues to grow rapidly.

The Website will aid us greatly in attracting new members and help highlight what Athy has to offer in terms of outdoor pursuits and water based activities”.

Since its inception, ARC has placed a strong emphasis on safety, training and personal development. Currently, 16 members are training to receive their Level 3 Canoe Skills qualification with the assistance of Outdoor Tourism and Go With The Flow River Adventures.

“I’d like to thank Patricia Berry and the team in Outdoor Tourism for their help over the past few months.

Our club is not just about getting people on the water and having fun.

It is also involves providing people with technical skills, physical training and personal development.

Patricia and the team have recognised this and have been extremely helpful in assisting us”.

“By next summer we hope to have several of our members gaining a recognised Canoeing Instructor qualification from Canoeing Ireland.

This will not only be highly beneficial to our club but be of great benefit to them in their personal lives.

It will open up employment opportunities for them with the many Outdoor Adventure companies and centres spread throughout the country”.

Mr Reid continued to explain that the club also currently has members pursuing qualifications as Lifeguards and that a Kayaking skills course is commencing in December.

This will then be followed by a Sports First Aid course expected in the new year.

If you are interested in joining Athy Rowing & Canoeing, the club trains 3 times a week.

This consists of Saturday morning on the River at the Boat Slip form 10 am and two week-night sessions in the Gym and Pool.

“The Club is currently open to over 18’s only but it is hoped to extend this to under-age next summer when we have enough qualified people to facilitate it”.

Those interested in joining the can contact Cliff Reid on 087 206 1999 for more information.

Their club website is expected to be up and running within the coming weeks and we would like to wish Athy Rowing & Canoeing the very best for the future and congratulations once more from What’s On Athy.

Athy Rowing & Canoeing Club Athy County Kildare winners of the Irish Web Design ‘win a website competition’.

Visit the Athy Rowing Canoeing Club Website

The website has been constructed with Search Engine Optomisation SEO in mind.

What’s On Athy Magazine Website Relaunched

Whats On Athy magazine website under maintenance interactive web page

What’s On Athy magazine website relaunched

The What’s On Athy website relaunched recently. This was in time to showcase the August issue of the magazine.

An Athy business directory is now part of the website. Businesses and organisations in the area can create a free listing.

The business directory listing can include photographs and links to a website. There are the usual usual address, telephone and email contact details.

There is room for a full description of the business. This should show up well in Google and other search engine results.

A new look and new features for a popular website.

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