Third Website Design for Derek Brown’s Academy of Driving

One of our oldest and dearest clients, Derek Brown’s Academy of Driving, recently requested a redesign of their website.  They wanted an upgrade to a new generation website that filled the screen and would be more interactive with contact forms.  We at Ducktoes Webdesign were excited by this challenge.  We also wanted to make the site more personalized with real photos of their company and have some eye-catching visual movement that would create interest and keep users on the page longer. We also needed to make it more mobile responsive as sites need to be now since users are using smart phones and tablets more as well as laptops and desktops.

I created their first website in 2009 when I was solo and very new in my computer services business and the only one working for my company.   It looked like this (this is a screenshot from the WaybackMachine):

Then a previous Ducktoes web designer named Jody Gristwood designed this webdesign in 2013:


Now here is our newest web design just launched this week:


Here it is as a mobile site:

If you’d like a web design like this from Ducktoes, call 403-483-0105 or visit our Calgary Web Design page.


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5 Ways to Make your Website more Secure from Hackers


Oh baby, baby it’s a wild world. The internet is rife with hackers, fraud, and danger all around. It’s a maelstrom out there.  Most sites are subjected to brute force attacks with password guessing on a regular basis.  Many get hacked into and then injected with malware causing the site not to function well and to get blacklisted from Google. Sometimes all this is happening on hidden pages or code, and it is hard for site owners to even notice their site has been compromised. To help prevent this, you need make your website more secure.  Here are a few ways toward greater security.

1. Change the ftp and Cpanel passwords regularly.
2. Remove the admin user from WordPress sites or default user from other CMS sites. That way the hackers have to guess the user and the password. Before you remove the admin user, you’ll have to create a new user with administrator rights and a strong password.  Write this down and never lose it.
3. Use plugins like Securi and log the log in attempts to your site.  You’ll be astonished at how often someone or some bot tries to log in.  You’ll see the need to secure your website.
4. Backup your site regularly, both the files and the database.
5. Use strong passwords that are long, a mixture of numbers, letters, special characters, and upper case.

Ducktoes can help make your website more secure with our web design security services.

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How to Remove Viruses Manually

It takes a few weeks for antivirus companies to discover new viruses and develop defenses and definitions against them. In the meantime those viruses are running in the wild. There are ways to remove viruses manually without antivirus programs. One is using Process Explorer an application from Sysinternals. I learn new techniques for virus removal because viruses are constantly changing.

Here is an excellent talk by Mark Russinovich. Mark is co-creator of the Sysinternals tools and website and now, after Microsoft acquired Sysinternals, is a Tech Fellow for Microsoft.

This talk tells you how to use Process Explorer to remove viruses manually. It will be most helpful to virus removal and computer repair techs or more advanced computer enthusiasts.

If you have viruses or computer problems, Ducktoes can help.  We have a computer repair lab in Calgary, Alberta.  We also do onsite it support and remote support.

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