When this site, which is WordPress based, was hacked in September 2009 I had a few offers of help from readers of the site who knew far more than me about securing sites and ensuring this doesn’ t happen again.
One very helpful guy was Cyril, a Frenchman who previously lived in Thailand for several years and is currently a Senior Developer for a very well known travel website in Europe.
He spent a lot of time offering advice, code snippets and battling with the hackers on my behalf, eventually winning.
He will be returning to live in Thailand at the end of 2009, so if you are looking for a reliable IT guy to either design and set up a site for you, help secure a current site, integrate a CMS, optimise your site for search engines or simply debug a site that isn’t working as it should, then you really should contact him. Note that during high Season he may be busy running his dive school.
His rates are very reasonable and he has previously done other work for several business owners on Koh Chang. But regardless of where you are located, if you have problems with your website and need someone to help out, Cyril is your man.
In Feb 2010 I used him to migrate my sites from one host to another more secure one. He took care of everything and the sites weren’t offline at all during the process and no email disappeared into a black hole either.
2011 Update. I see various wannabe web design companies come and go on Koh Chang. A couple run by people who know what they are doing, most just run by people looking to make some easy money by trading on the ignorance of many small business owners. They will make a site based on freely available template for Joomla or WordPress and will then add a few plugins to make it more user friendly. Zero coding or programming skill is required. I know as it is what I do myself with this site.
If you just want something cheap & functional then anyone with a basic knowledge of WordPress can bang out a website for you cheaply and within 24 hours if you provide the photos and content. The bit that takes the time is choosing the right template.
Or make your own Facebook page for your business and just get lots of people to click the ‘Like’ button. Good way to pretend to be Social Media savvy. (They will never look at your page again, won’t buy anything from you, but at least you will have lots of ‘Friends’ which looks good.)
So, if you want someone who knows what he is doing – but might be too busy to help, try contacting Cyril below: