Get CyberGuru to help with your Christmas shopping

Get CyberGuru to help with your Christmas shopping

Needing a few stocking fillers for Christmas presents? Look no further than CyberGuru for your technology buying needs. We can help Santa by understanding your specific requirements and aiding in the right purchases for your home or organisation.

Whether you are looking to purchase a new computer, or upgrade what you already have, we offer a range of products and services to meet your needs and budget. Through our computer solutions, we are able to identify the best hardware, software and peripherals for your needs, and then set up, configure and provide ongoing assistance as well as training as required.

We are working with our suppliers to provide great value purchases especially for the Christmas season. We have great prices on our most popular products including Microsoft Office 365 Home editions, Norton Security and Western Digital Elements portable hard drives, along with many other products. If you are looking for something in particular, please let us know and we’ll source it for you.

We are also affiliates with the Microsoft Store (link opens in new window), which allows you to purchase a range of Microsoft products, including Surface Pro 4, Xbox One and directly from their website.

Even Santa comes to CyberGuru to get his presents, so why not contact us today to source your technology needs.

Support for Windows 8 ends on 12 January 2016

Support for Windows 8 ends on 12 January 2016

Support for Windows 8 ends on 12 January 2016

Are you running Windows 8? In order to continue to receive security updates, you will need to update to Windows 8.1 to remain supported by Microsoft on 12 January 2016.

If you have a computer running Windows 8, and have not yet updated to Windows 8.1, it is important to do so in order to continue to receive security updates. In a similar way to Windows 7 required Service Pack 1 to be continue to be maintained, Microsoft has confirmed that you need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 by 12 January 2016 in order to remain supported.

Windows 8 is historically one of the least favourable operating systems, introduced at a time when Microsoft thought everyone had touch devices. The most significant change that Microsoft introduced however was the Start screen, replacing the Start menu.

Windows 8.1 provided a range of enhancements and features including the reintroduction of the Start button (but not the Start menu), as well as improved Windows Store. It also provided better ways to navigate with easier access to your programs, as well as allowing more methods to use the keyboard and mouse. There are some other changes worth noting, such as the removal of Windows Backup and which was replaced with File History.

The update can be downloaded from the Windows Store provided you have all of the prerequisite updates, however we recommend in the case of production machines a full backup is taken beforehand and to review that all of your programs remain working afterwards.

Once your computer has been updated, you can then also avail yourself to the Windows 10 upgrade if you choose to do so. Microsoft will continue to support Windows 8.1 through Mainstream Support until 9 January 2018 and Extended Support until 10 January 2023, so you don’t need to go there yet!

For more information, please visit the Windows Products Support Lifecycle FAQ (link opens in new window) and the What’s new in Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update? (link opens in new window).

CyberGuru can assist organisations upgrade to Windows 8.1. If you need any help, please contact us today to arrange an appointment.

Three-year construction plan for National Broadband Network released

Three-year construction plan for National Broadband Network released

Three-year construction plan for National Broadband Network released

The National Broadband Network (nbn), formally NBN Co, recently released its three-year construction for proposed construction work up until September 2018. It is understood that the nbn will provide an updated document every three months to review the status of new areas and variations.

The media announcement, released last month noted that 7.5 million homes and businesses across Australia were scheduled to start construction in next three years, and of which the estimate was 1,504,480 homes and businesses were are in plan to start construction by September 2018. Read more…

What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

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When we are consulting with clients by designing and developing a website for them, we recommend WordPress. According to W3Techs, WordPress is just used on 24.9% of the websites on the internet. Its popularity is predominately due to its ease of use, making it simple for anyone to maintain their own website. However, one of the confusing aspects of WordPress is that there is two different flavours – WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

WordPress.com is hosted on WordPress’ servers whereas WordPress.org is self-hosted is hosted on your own server. A WordPress.com site is suited towards more a personal or family website, rather than WordPress.org, which is better a business or organisation.

WordPress.org keeps things simple. It enables you to experiment with your own website without the cost of having a server. The hosting, as well as required maintenance, such as backups and security updates, are performed automatically for you. In WordPress.com, this is managed by the website designer/developer and we often perform this service on behalf of our clients to ensure their website is kept up-to-date and maintained.

WordPress.org also provides some pre-built themes which have been designed, features such as contact forms, as well as social media functionality. However, there is less flexibility in using only the supported plugins and themes. If your website requires some additional features it is recommended to use the self-hosted version where you can choose and install custom themes. It allows the use of plugins to help customise and extend the website’s features further.

Both WordPress.org and WordPress.com provide support forms to get help when you need it. If you are learning WordPress, we encourage you to set up a free account on WordPress.org. You’ll find what you learn can be adapted easily into knowledge that can be used when you move to your own self-hosted version. We can transfer websites from WordPress.org to self-hosted platforms.

If you’d like how to make the most out of WordPress and use it on your organisation’s website, please contact us for more information.