About SME Pals
SME Pals was started in 2008 by David Mercer as a companion blog to the many technical books on Web development and programming (see below) he was writing at the time.
Later on it evolved into a blog/resource to help people (in particular entrepreneurs and small business owners) cope with the ever changing world of technology.
If there's a piece of technology out there, from website builders to cloud accounting software, that can be used to start or run a business you can be sure that we've tried it, played around with it, broken it, and reviewed it to help you make better decisions earlier.
SME Pals now boasts a huge range of information, articles and resources to help anyone startup and run their own home based or small business - regardless of whether it is a blog or a full-fledged eCommerce site.
SME Pals is based out of our offices in Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa, but like all modern businesses, employs a network of people distributed all over the globe in order to bring a high level of experience and insights straight to you.
About David Mercer
I help clients develop new applications (predominantly using PHP, Drupal, and any other Web technology or language that fits the problem), advise on technologies and solutions, and help grow businesses online using search optimization (SEO) and Internet marketing.
Companies use me to deliver solutions to unique and complex problems that they don't necessarily have the skills to manage in-house. For example, I am currently building a hybrid ACO (Ant Colony Optimization) solution to the mTSP (multiple Traveling Salesman Problem), with constraints, for a leading UK based satellite vehicle tracking firm.
I'm a bestselling author of programming, development, eCommerce and marketing books (see below) and a serial entrepreneur specializing in Web and eCommerce startups.
A bit more about me...
I am one of the most experienced technical authors in the world today, having contributed to in excess of 30 technical titles published by many of the world's major publishers, translated into many of the world's major languages.
I have been working in IT ever since I spent a month (in the late nineties) dismantling various old computers in order to construct a Beowulf cluster high performance computing system. Memories of which haunt me to this day (that's a reflection of my hardware mangling abilities).
After co-authoring several successful books on any number of programming topics, including shell scripting and PHP, I became interested in business and its online implementations.
I have founded several Internet startups, and continue to be involved in new startup web based projects, like ZAPlayGround.
When not writing or working on my own enterprises, I provide strategic, technical, analytical and marketing consulting to large businesses (and some SMEs) and organizations.
I founded SME Pals to help individuals and organizations fully leverage the power of the Internet. It has a dual mandate: to both educate and to alleviate the intellectual burden of entry into the online market.
I hold a cum laude science degree with a dual major in Applied Math and Math from the University of South Africa.
Some of my books...
Building powerful and robust websites with Drupal 6
"Excellent - Very helpful" by Scott Jenkins (5 stars)
"Easy to understand Drupal book" by R. Todd (5 stars)
"Comprehensive but easy to follow" by S. Wile (5 stars)
"Good Drupal 7 book for beginners" by Chris fontenot (4 stars)
Building Online Stores with osCommerce: Professional Edition
"Perfect introduction to osCommerce" by John Morehead (5 stars)
"All you need to set up an e-commerce store" by T. Fetcho (5 stars)
Building Online Stores with osCommerce: Beginner Edition
"Fantastic book for people wanting to explore the world of e-commerce" by Liam O'Shannessy (5 stars)
"Good osCommerce starter book" by Horizon Enterprises (5 stars)
"Perfect book to start PHP" by Massimo Ardito (5 stars)
"PHP5 a really really good review" by onetrap (5 stars)
Internet Marketing with WordPress
"Do It Right and Everyone Benefits" by Christine L. Goldman (5 stars)
"Solid advice: take your site seriously" by Jonathan Christopher (4 stars)
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