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January 6, 2015

Senior Drupal Web Developer – Itomic Perth

Itomic has an immediate opening for a permanent Senior Drupal Developer in our Perth headquarters. The focus of this position is more on the technical end of Drupal implementation, development, support and upgrading, but of course theming skills are also desirable.

Itomic is one of Australia’s most respected web development companies. We were established in 2000 in Perth, Western Australia, and opened our Melbourne office in 2008.

We have a growing portfolio of high-profile government and corporate clients and projects that include City of Perth, City of Albany, City of Fremantle, State Library of Victoria, State Library of WA, University of WA, Bunnings, St John Ambulance, and Department of Justice.

We are looking for someone with the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated Drupal development experience
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Comfortable chatting and consulting directly with clients when the need arises.
  • Ability to help set, guide, and check/review best practice policies and procedures.
  • Comfortable helping and guiding other less experienced developers – be they local or remote.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Preference for friendly small business over stuffy corporates!

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Formal IT or related qualifications.
  • Current and unrestricted availability to work in Australia.
  • 5+ years of commercial Drupal experience.

In responding, please be sure to supply:

  • Your resume
  • Your Drupal skills and experience
  • Why you are suited to this role
  • Your drupal.org username
  • Your salary expectations
  • Your availability to start work

Please note:
– Pay is negotiable according to skills and experience.
– Although we prefer to employ someone who is already entitled to live and work in Australia, Itomic is an approved “457 visa” employer (http://goo.gl/h3nX8) so sponsorship is an option. If you make it through to the interview stage, expect that we’ll give you a “quiz” to check how truly Drupal-knowledgeable you are!

All genuine expressions of interest that supply info for 1-6 (above) and meet our minimum criteria (above) will receive a response.

Please submit your application to jobs@itomic.com.au

Thanks – and good luck!

PS: No recruitment companies please.


December 30, 2014

Content Delivery Network [Explained]

By Izumi Mitsui

Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a network of servers set up in certain geographic locations that deliver up content to end-users more efficiently according to the location the request is made from.

Itomic_CDN
[Image source: wpbeginner.com]

Loosely speaking it’s like a business having franchise stores. Recently in Perth, we finally got our first Crispy Cremes store (woop!). The business can now deliver glazed goodness to their customers via the geographically closer Perth store instead of providing orders from the eastern states.

How does CDN impact your website?

Using CDN for your website will allow better overall performance and reliability by serving up content quicker for end-users. As a general rule of thumb, faster sites equate to better usability and user experience and therefore better ranking with search engines.

How do I get my website on a CDN?

Generally hosting companies offer their own CDN options. If you are interested on getting onto a CDN with Itomic please give us a bell and let us assist you further.

TAKEAWAY
All website owners should consider speed and performance seriously to ensure the end-users get the best experience possible. Content Delivery Network is a great tool to assist so why not give it a go?


December 29, 2014

Why SEO is like your garden

By Izumi Mitsui

It’s no secret, to keep a flourishing garden, regular attention and nourishment is required on a consistent basis.
If you leave the garden alone for a long time it quickly starts to dry and the colours fade.

The same mindset should be applied when looking at SEO, here are some key reasons why.

SEO should be ongoing because:

SEO Algorithms change

Major search engines are continually updating their algorithms to deliver relevant and helpful content to the end users. Just in 2014 there was over 12 major algorithm changes with Google alone!

End-users are always changing

As search engines evolve it alters the behaviour of your target audience online. Catering for this with optimisation efforts are crucial to keep up with the rhythm of change.

Competition is always moving

If you stay stagnant, it’s likely you are falling behind the pack. There are only certain amount of keywords and search engines that are available for the end-users.
e.g. If you currently rank 3rd for a specific keyword, you need to ensure ongoing SEO work is performed to make sure other optimised pages don’t outrank you.

THE TAKEAWAY; The more time you sow into your campaign the greater your momentum to achieve maximum impact on the search results.

If you’d like to know more or discuss in detail please contact us at anytime.


December 17, 2014

Drupal Web Developer (Itomic Melbourne)

By Ross Gerring

Itomic has an opening for a permanent Drupal Developer in our Melbourne office. The focus of this position is more on the technical end of Drupal implementation, development, support and upgrading, but of course theming skills are also desirable.

Itomic is one of Australia’s most respected web development companies. We were established in 2000 in Perth, Western Australia, and opened our Melbourne office in 2008.

We have a growing portfolio of high-profile government and corporate clients and projects that include City of Perth, City of Albany, City of Fremantle, State Library of Victoria, State Library of WA, University of WA, Bunnings, St John Ambulance, and Department of Justice.

We are looking for someone with the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated Drupal development experience
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Comfortable chatting and consulting directly with clients when the need arises.
  • Ability to help set, guide, and check/review best practice policies and procedures.
  • Comfortable helping and guiding other less experienced developers – be they local or remote.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Preference for friendly small business over stuffy corporates!

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Formal IT or related qualifications.
  • Current and unrestricted availability to work in Australia.
  • 5+ years of commercial Drupal experience.

In responding, please be sure to supply:

  • Your resume
  • Your Drupal skills and experience
  • Why you are suited to this role
  • Your drupal.org username
  • Your salary expectations
  • Your availability to start work

Please note:
– Pay is negotiable according to skills and experience.
– Although we prefer to employ someone who is already entitled to live and work in Australia, Itomic is an approved “457 visa” employer (http://goo.gl/h3nX8) so sponsorship is an option. If you make it through to the interview stage, expect that we’ll give you a “quiz” to check how truly Drupal-knowledgeable you are!

All genuine expressions of interest that supply info for the points above and meet our minimum criteria (above) will receive a response.

Please submit your application to jobs@itomic.com.au

Thanks – and good luck!

PS: No recruitment companies please.


November 19, 2014

Itomic official closing times for upcoming 2014-15 Xmas and New Year holidays

By Ross Gerring

In common with most other Australian businesses, please be advised of the following official closing times for Itomic for the upcoming holiday (hooray!) season:

Last working day: Friday Dec 19th 2014

First working date back: Mon Jan 5th 2015

Or if you prefer, we’re officially closed from Mon Dec 22nd 2014 – Friday Jan 2nd 2015 inclusive.

We do have some staff members (esp. in Melbourne!) taking extended annual leave beyond Jan 5th, so please bear with us as we come back up to full strength over the course of January 2015.

Itomic is of course a fully-fledged website hosting company, and websites don’t take holidays! Therefore we’ll have at least a skeleton staff on standby to respond over the holiday season in the unlikely event of any mission-critical website hosting issues. In the event that you do spot any such issues with your Itomic-hosted website, just call 1300 ITOMIC, 24/7/365.