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Drupal is a powerful Content Management System (CMS). In fact it’s power and flexibility would lead some people to more correctly describe it as a Content Management Framework (CMF). The power comes from a higher level of abstraction than is typically available to WordPress projects.

However, in some ways it is more time intensive than it’s rival open source system. Whereas WordPress performs minor version updates painlessly (and usually automatically) Drupal requires some “hands on” effort. The following is a simple cheat sheet of the steps to follow when performing a minor version upgrade e.g. 7.43 to 7.44.

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Line for Japanese marketing

The communication application LINE was launched in Japan in 2011 and subsequently taken the country by storm. Line became Japan’s largest social network in 2013, bigger than Facebook or Twitter. It is one of only 13 apps to have more than 1 million downloads from the Google Play store. According a survey, about 60% of Japanese college students use LINE every day.

The application offers users free text chat, group chat, phone calls, video calls, games, photo editing and a growing range of other services.

japan business mythsMost people who don’t live in Japan see the country from abroad through the filter of main stream media and pop culture. Japan might inspire images of Zen gardens, manic TV game shows or anime cos-play otaku. More often than not the stereotyped image of Japanese life is more fiction than reality.

The world of business is no different. Various myths and stereotypes exist about doing business in Japan that need to be re-examined.

bright-ideaSo you have an idea for a project but you need to hire a web designer to bring your dream to fruition. You’re not a web guru with intimate knowledge of design or programming so you need help. Maybe you’ve found somebody who seems knowledgeable, experienced and skillful enough for the role. You can communicate with them freely and they are eager to accept you as a client. So far, so good.


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Jeffrey Allen Consulting

"Tokyo Web Designs really provided us with great solutions for our website. Everything was explained to us along the way and at every step we were provided with creative options to choose from plus give our own input. We really felt like a partner from the start to the finish of the project. The thing that impressed us the most was the level of personalized service we received. Every request or question that we had throughout the process was handled quickly and professionally. We wholeheartedly recommend Tokyo Web Designs to anyone who is seeking help in developing a website." - Jeffrey Allen Consulting

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MacMillan LanguageHouse

"We were looking to give one of our best selling products a branded presence on the web and provide our customers with added support for the product. Tokyo Web Designs not only helped us with all our requests, but also provided us with some very good suggestions on how to improve the look and impact of the site. It was a pleasure working with them and we appreciate all the hard work they put into our project." - Darren Halliday, Sales & Marketing Manager

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Parts Agent Australia

"To have a successful business you need to have the right people and right associates to give you a competitive edge. Tokyo Web Designs have given our growing company that edge. They created exactly what we wanted. No fuss and no bother. They created clean, simple, Internet shop front that worked. Now we are able to give potential customers easy access to our business and information to generate sales." - Cliff Lugton, Director

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The Flying Pieman

"Starting online sales requires a high level of specialist knowledge and expertise. The feedback and suggestions we received from Tokyo Web Designs during this process were invaluable. From start to finish everything was very transparent and initial discussions of what we wanted and how best to achieve it were very free flowing in both directions. With all the other challenges we had in preparing for our transition into selling online, this was one area which was stress-free. For foreigners in Japan looking to start an online store, I would recommend looking no further than Tokyo Web Designs." - The Flying Pieman ミートパイ ストア

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