Couponic Australia: Updated

Out with the old, in with the new.  Couponice.com.au is no more - instead we have re-branded to The Couponic by simply removing the e.

This update has been a long time coming so and here it is:

Couponic: Australian Promo Codes.

The Couponic still offers the same coupon only goodness you have come to expect albeit now with more responsiveness.

Web Features:

Mobile Friendly: The Couponic is now completely responsive and mobile ready.  This means that regardless what device you are browsing with, the Couponic will look great at all resolutions.

Simplified:  The whole design has been re-worked in order to provide visitors  with a slicker, unified and easy to navigate interface.

Community Centric: Couponic is completely human powered and is supported by its members.  The rating system is currently in development mode but should it definitely should help rank our codes more gracefully.

Store Representatives: In order to make the distinction between Community and Store Representatives, Merchants and Shops can now also submit their own coupons for a small fee, hopefully this helps the massive amount of irrelevant submissions we were getting without excluding actual Aussie shops.

Flash Coupon Click to Copy:  Flash is no longer supported on Android Tablets and mobile devices and has never been supported on any Apple IOS device.  Time to say goodbye to Adobe/Macromedia Flash.  In its place, A coupon window will pop up with the code displayed for easy reference.

Development Features:

The Couponic is built on the Responsive Coupon Framework by Mark Fail of Premiumpress fame albeit with some major edits.  I completely customised the gallerypage in order to create a solution for expired and deleted posts.  WordPress Taxonomy has been customised to prevent thin content and extend the user interface.

When WordPress finally decides to extend Taxonomy Meta to match the likes of Drupal, this will make life much easier creating websites like this.

 

Couponice: Aussie Coupon Website Update

This is probably more of an experiment but one of my Aussie sites, CouponIce has just undergone the latest update with some major changes.

The reason?  To simplify absolutely everything and make it easier for the visitor.

First and foremost, single coupon pages have gone, that's right - removed completely. They provide the visitor with no real value especially if it was an expired coupon referred by Google and as a plus, this should also make Googs happy too.

What has changed:

* Coupons are now only listed under their parent Stores. See http://www.couponice.com.au/store/green-man-gaming/ as an example

* All coupons are sortable between active and unreliable.

* Extra coupon information normally found via the single.php is now available as a simple drop down (no need for a single page for each coupon anymore)

* Comments have been enabled for every store page using Disqus. Log in via a social network and you are done.

There are a few resident bugs, mostly due to the current 301 redirection to a coupons store page for every single coupon listing, but for now it appears to be working. Permalink conflicts appear to cause a loop so I have spent a heap of time cleaning out garbage like tags.

There are also a couple of design bugs, but nothing major, the next step is finishing a responsive theme for this site. This theme will be then used as a template for my other sites in the future.

Australian Coupon Sites

It appears the recent influx of Australian coupon sites has unfortunately taken the US route of creating generic link directories of deals rather than showcasing actual real coupons, being a webmaster I can understand the sentiment that most users are just looking for a specific discount, if the coupon is a link or an actual code, this is irrelevant, as long as your site is easy to navigate it should not matter.  I have to disagree.

Offering a potential customer a unique code has massive advantages over the typical bargain link, not only can they use the code on whatever they would like, they are more inclined to buy more from your store.  Visit one of the big coupon sites in Australia and then compare it to a coupon only website - not many real coupons on offer are there.  From experience and statistics I can tell you for a fact legit coupon codes generate 4 times the sales compared to generic links.

Australia is currently enjoying a surge of online buying and and the value of internet shopping for Aussie consumers and business's is about to eclipse traditional retail growth.  I think we need to maintain quality coupon advertising and not bombard users with links passing off as real coupon or voucher codes - especially if it is a coupon dedicated website.

If you wanted an example of what I mean, do a search for Dell coupons in Australia, you will probably find pages of Dell coupon listings with only some of them being actual codes you can use.  Now look at a site that just displays Dell Discount codes, see the difference?

I admit I may be completely off track with this argument, though I did initially create CouponIce due to never actually finding real codes I could use at my favourite online shops.

Maybe a Poll should help settle the score? http://poll.fm/3l6nv

 

Muse Rod Laver Arena 14/12/2010

Muse at Rod Laver Arena 14/12/2010.  Sorry about the singing but it was an excellent gig - easy to get carried away.

Some Highlights:

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Muse 2010-12-14_2

Nintendo Wii price Drops for Australia

 Nintendo Wii Console+ Wii SportThe Wii console buying craze appears to be diminishing so in an effort to boost some sales, Nintendo has dropped the price on this incredibly popular console by $100.  The best price I have found for a really Cheap Nintendo Wii in Australia is for $269.95 available online from Fishpond and also comes with Wii Sports and all the accessories you need.  I  would highly recommend getting some component cables and upping the resolution to 480p as the supplied composite ones don't look great on a HD TV.

My Top 5 Wii games you must play

Cheapest Xbox 360 Elite Australia - $420.97

Online game shopping in Australia has never been simpler, or cheaper.  Fishpond again have an excellent deal on the Xbox 360 Elite package.  It is just $420.97 including delivery.

The Xbox 360 Elite is the premier Xbox 360 console package that includes a massive 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port, a high-definition cable, and a premium black finish. Xbox 360 Elite also includes a black wireless controller and black Xbox Live headset. Xbox 360 Elite has enough space for a whole library of Xbox Live Arcade games as well as downloadable high-definition TV shows, movies, music, and more available from Xbox Live Marketplace.

360 elite australia 365x512 Cheapest online xbox 360 Elite Australia.

Xbox 360 Console Elite (Black)

OzSource Australia Update

You may have noticed all the non Steam content has evaporated from the site ozsource.org, That's because I have split the site and moved the media aspect to www.OzSource.com.au

ozsource.org will now remain a Steam fan/info site just the way it has always really been.  Ozsource Australia will now be focused on alternative and future Media, something I have always had a passion for.

What's new at Ozsource AU?

Printable Home Theater signs and Logo’s

I came across this excellent resource of various Theater Signs whilst visiting AVS forums. What can you do with these? Checkout this AVS forum post and finish off your home theater room with some professional looking wall posters.  You can even create an impressive desktop background or Collage for your HTPC screen using these images.

HDMI cables and Versions, buying cheap is fine.

Is a more expensive HDMI cable better? In most real world cases, the answer is a definite no. As long as the cable you are buying conforms to the HDMI 1.3 spec you will be fine in today's consumer devices.  There is a common saying on the internet in regards to buying HDMI cables

What is ITC Processing: ATI

ITC Processing has been available on ATI graphics cards since Catalyst 9.2 though it can have a positive or negative impact depending on your display device.  I posted this on my blog at aaronwhittaker.com a while ago though I have yet to see any significant difference with having this option enabled.

Logitech Mini diNovo perfect for a HTPC

If you have a Windows based HTPC this little baby is an awesome addition to your Home theatre Centre. Offering two distinct operating modes: A media mode (see pic) and a cursor mode, this portable keyboard offers pretty much everything you require for a lounge room PC based perspective.

XBMC HTPC Windows Quick Setup guide

As highlighted with our previous XBMC introduction article,   I have been using XBMC since it's transformation from XBMP (Xbox Media Player) and was the sole reason I purchased the original xbox.  This day and age the focus is on High Definition formats and the original Xbox just doesn't cut it in terms of horsepower.

Cheapest online PS3 Slim Australia.

Available now for pre-ordering and finally arriving on the 3rd of September (Tomorrow) in Australia, the PS3 Slim is a hot piece of hardware.  At long last Sony have got the pricing almost perfect on their current generation console. From the vast majority of stores, it looks as if it will retail for around AU$500

Smokers to pay $20 for a pack of cigarettes

You have to give it to the Australian Government and its lopsided Health priorities and Freedom restrictions.  It appears to be all part of a dodgy stimulus plan to replenish the Governments coffers with complete disregard for the actual health of its people.
According to this news.com.au article:
CIGS could cost more than $20 for a packet of 30 and come in plain wrapping if radical proposals now under consideration by the federal government are accepted.

The government is considering a cigarette tax hike and a ban on all remaining tobacco advertising and sponsorship in response to its yet-to-be-released Preventative Health Taskforce report.

What the hell is the Preventative Health Taskforce and what are their priorities?

It seems targeting smokers is a sure fire way to bring in the dollars under the guise of better health.  Most smokers are of working age and earn enough to pay the excess tax and can put up with various price hikes.

Anti-smoking organisations such as the Public Health Association, the Cancer Council and the National Heart Foundation have backed the plan but fail to target the more fundamental issues present.  What about the hundreds of proven dangerous additives available in our food today - this is a simple example of dodgy $$ fuelled prioritising.

Artificial colours and flavours are allowed in my kids food in Australia - stuff that has been banned in the UK due to known health issues.

The government needs to get its priorities right and stop treating Australians like idiots.

Free Google Adwords for Australian Businesses

Google Australia is giving away their very own "Stimulus Offer": $75 dollars in free search based Google advertising via the Google Adwords programme.  To take up this offer you have to be a new Adwords customer and then need to fill out the form here:  Google Adwords

We're giving Australian businesses the opportunity to get $75 of free advertising on Google sites. In these challenging times, advertising on Google sites gives you a cost effective and measurable way of reaching prospective customers at the exact moment when they're searching online for your products or services.