Falx Trading sets up Shop

Falx Trading Rafe Axleson wanted to improve an outdated HTML website and incorporate an online catalogue of the various sailing products that he supplies through his business Falx Trading to the local yachting industry, with a view to selling products online at a later stage.

Slingshot setup a website for Falx Trading using the Joomla! Content Management System and the VirtueMart eCommerce extension, set in a Gavick template, one of our recommended sources of templates, that has enabled Rafe to load numerous products that he sells, with detailed information about the technical specifications of each one, including a leading image and image gallery to show prospective buyers exactly what they are buying.

The Store is mobile friendly and automatically displays a select list menu when viewed from a device with a smaller screen size, displaying the products on the website properly with a practical navigation system.

Slingshot converts Fish Media to Joomla!

Fish MediaAfter introducing Claire Attwood, the owner of Fish Media, to the Joomla! CMS via one of our weekly Joomla! Beginner courses in Cape Town, to help her to manage one of her clients websites, Claire contracted Slingshot to convert her own company's website to Joomla! 

After Claire chose a responsive template from JoomlaBamboo, one of our recommended sources, we set about making here website work the way she wanted, incorporating automatic resizing of images, and a switch from a full width menu to a toggle menu for mobile devices, which also remains visible when one scrolls below the fold.

Congratulations on your new website, Claire, which boast some of the images and text that have made Fish Media the custodian of publications for leading players in the marine industry like I&J, the FAO and the UNDP amongst many others.

Slingshot launches Boston Breweries new websites

Boston Breweries - Naturally brewed, naturally better...Congratulations to Boston Breweries who have a brand new website, having been contracted by Jolie360 to migrate their website from an aging Joomla! 1.5.x to 2.5.x (the stable version of the CMS at the time)

The site includes a number of interesting and effective technologies, including a Social Activity strea, from their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels, that automatically show the latest activity in the social media sites on the home page.

The website is completely mobile friendly, responding to various screen sizes and different devices such as desktop or tablet or smartphones using a responsive template.

For their Online Beer Store, we chose to use a home-brewed shopping cart solution called SomeAmmo, which enables online payment via PayFast, another local operator, so that loyal clients can order their tasty craft beer online, and have it delivered to their home, at no extra cost. 

2013 - A new year and a new season

ResolutionsSo many of you have probably set some New Year's resolutions.  Oh I know, it's tradition to make and break them - and they normally revolve around things like weight (lose the extra pounds, or maybe just stop eating altogether),  stop smoking (well stop smoking in public and just sneak a few here and there) and be nicer to your kids (or have kids).  The list is endless. 

FREE Webinar: How to launch an online business or get your business online

Launch-your-business-onlineIf you answer YES to any of the questions below, you should join us on Saturday evenings, as we explain how you can setup an online business, or get your existing business online.

  • Are you a home based entrepreneur?
  • Are you currently unemployed / underemployed?
  • Do you want to earn money from the comfort and safety of your home?
  • Do you have a few hours each day to build your business?

This will be a FIVE part series, covering;

- Strategy: How to get a great idea and work out your game plan.

- Platform: Blog or website, email or SMS, product or service?

- Social Media: Get visible on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google

- Billing: Charge clients in a professional and effective way

- Affiliates / Partners: Make money by referral and earn a residual income.

You will need a fast internet connection and a computer with a mic headset or speakers, to fully interact with us and others via this exciting web technology called a Webinar.

Find out more by joining us for the first session, or call us on +27 21 788 2809 for more information.

This Webinar is held every week on Saturday, from:  Sep 24, 2011 to Oct 8, 2011 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM CAT

Register Now at: http://www.webcoach.co.za/webinar.html

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.


Joomla! Web Developer Workshop from 30 Aug - 01 Sep 2011 in Pietermaritzbug

Web Developer Workshop in Pietermaritzburg, KANSlingshot is presenting a Joomla! Web Developer Workshop from 30 Aug - 01 Sep 2011 in Pietermaritzbug, KwaZulu Natal.

This three day workshop costs R9,000 per trainee.

Package includes training materials, post-training support and R3,000 worth of extras incl. 1 x JomSocial install, 1 x JoomlaBamboo template, 1 x domain registration and 1x year of website hosting.


Need a website developed by reliable service providers?


Since Web Content Management Systems (CMS) have become the most popular and widely used web publishing solutions, we are being inundated with requests for website development.  After nearly ten years in the Web CMS industry, we have partnered with the best Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress developers in South Africa.  While do not have a high opinion of ourselves,  we do know the best in the business, and would love to refer you to a handful of trustworthy, reliable, honest and friendly website service providers whom we have been priviledged to work with.

For those who do not know, Slingshot has come to specialise in Open Source Web Training and Suppport, and since there is no shortage of demand for training we simply do not have the time nor the inclination to develop websites ourselves, but prefer to manage entire projects for our clients, connecting them to the right people.  After all, it is not what you know, but who you know that makes all the difference.

get-a-free-quoteSo, if you are looking to get a Drupal, Joomla! or Wordpress website developed quickly and easily (relatively, that is!) without reinventing the thing three times over, head over to our Request a Quote facility, and submit your project scope / terms of reference, and let our handpicked team respond to you at will.



Google Apps for Business



Google Apps brings together essential services to help your business, school, group or family communicate and collaborate more effectively. These services are powerful, easy to set up, require no maintenance, and you can get them for free.

Everything is unified by the Start Page, a central place for your users to preview their inboxes and calendars, access your essential content, and search the web. Administrators can choose to deploy a mix of the communication and collaboration products listed below.

google-apps-in-the-cloudCommunicate and connect

GmailGmail -- Offer custom email addresses to your organization with up to 25 gigabytes of storage for each account, search tools to help people find information fast, plus instant messaging and calendar tools built right into the email interface. Learn more

Google TalkGoogle Talk -- Your users can call or send instant messages to their contacts for free -- anytime, anywhere in the world. File sharing and voicemail is included, too. Learn more

Google Calendar

Google Calendar -- Your users can organize their schedules and share events, meetings and entire calendars with others. Your organization can also publish calendars and events on the web. Learn more

Collaborate and publish

Google Docs and Spreadsheets Google Docs -- Your users can create documents, spreadsheets and presentations and collaborate with each other in real-time right inside a web browser window. Learn more

The Start PageThe Start Page -- A central place for your users to preview their inboxes and calendars, access your essential content, and search the web. Learn more

Google Sites

Google Sites -- Work together to keep related documents, web content and other information in one place, on one site. Learn more


Don't see something you want?

Google Docs and Spreadsheets Google App Engine -- Develop and test new apps for your users with a free preview of Google App Engine. Because it's a preview, Google App Engine is available on a limited-signup basis. As Google App Engine evolves you'll be able to build apps restricted to just your users, integrated with the admin console, served from custom URLs at your domain, and hosted on Google's infrastructure. Learn more

Getting help

Getting help24/7 support options -- Get answers to your questions from our comprehensive online knowledge base, or participate in our Google-moderated user-to-user support community. We also respond to support questions over email, and offer 24/7 assistance, including online and phone support, for administrators using Google Apps Premier and Education Editions. Learn more

Source: Google Apps 


Contact us to find out about Going Google today.

Google Enterprise Apps for Business



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Thanks again for your all your aid since day 1.

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EDS Engineering Design Services (Pty) Ltd

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