Archive of: Web stuff

Your CMS as curator of your design and content

Today I spoke at the Highland Fling Conference, on the subject of Choosing the Right Content Management System (slides are here on Slideshare). I was really thrilled to be asked to speak on this subject as essentially developing and deploying content managed websites is what I’ve been doing [...]

Future of Web Design 2011

Rachel Andrew

On 17th May 2011 I spoke at Future of Web Design London on the subject of 10 Web Development Tips a Designer Should Know. Speaking at conferences is a fairly weird thing. While I’m happy [...]

Stop turning contact form spam into a user problem

We put contact forms on websites quite a lot, and we check that the input data is valid and sanitized of all evilness, however after a few weeks the invariable contact form spam starts to filter in to the client’s inbox.

To the client the obvious answer is a

If all you have is a hammer...

I try and avoid discussing things on Twitter given that forming a coherent argument in 140 characters or less is almost impossible, however I was engaged in a short discussion today with @TJRLZ who couldn’t understand why this site is based on WordPress when my company develops custom [...]

The Ideas of March

The oldest post on this blog is from April 16th, 2001 – archive.org has older articles going back to the 12th of February that year from my first proper blog, which ran on a very basic platform I wrote myself in Classic ASP. So I’ve been speaking my [...]

Reselling web hosting to clients

With the rise in inexpensive virtual private server (VPS) packages, the web is full of hosting companies making web designers and developers the enticing sounding offer of “becoming their own web host”. This is one of those things that sounds a really great idea until you start to unpack [...]

Understanding your medium

“The UI is not just an interface between the browser and a human, it’s an interface between a human and a database. You can’t have an interface unless you can connect to both things. If you don’t know how your interface connects to a database, what are you interfacing to? [...]

Perch addon development and old PHP versions

One of our aims for Perch – the little CMS product developed by my company edgeofmyseat.com – is that the barrier to entry, to getting it installed is as low as possible.

We chose PHP because hosting is cheap and plentiful, and it is very easy to [...]

The week of many launches

The end of November went a bit crazy at edgeofmyseat.com – however rather than external deadlines, these were entirely of our own making.

An open source application for re-use networks

All Freegle groups and some Freecycle groups are currently based on the Yahoo Groups mailing list platform. This is not a custom platform for reuse groups and, as a moderator, using Yahoo groups is only made at all possible by the excellent work on the Firefox Moderation plugin. However while the plugin makes life less painful for moderators, our users are essentially treated to an experience more akin to 1999 than 2010. People don’t use the web in this way any more, users who are quite happy using Facebook, find Yahoo groups difficult to sign up to, then they start getting masses of email they didn’t expect and are nagged at by moderators to format their messages correctly.

Attempts to reframe re-use groups in the past have either focused on building on top of Yahoo Groups – which is problematic due to Yahoo terms and conditions and also because it doesn’t get round the joining Yahoo groups issue. Or, on building a big central system – which is problematic for reasons I will explore in more depth below. I have an alternate idea that I wanted to put out here for discussion.

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