Archive for the ‘Web Strategy’ Category

WordPress Network Domain Mapping with Symlinks

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First a warning: this post is about to get as deep into tech talk as I ever like to get. If you’re looking for anything even remotely resembling the kind of conversation you’d typically have with me over coffee, you’ll be thoroughly disappointed! But if you’re a fan of WordPress with geekward leanings, this might be of interest. Ok, so now onto the post.

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DruPress

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This is a thought that has been mulling in the back of my mind for a while now. It first dated back to a time when I was involved in selecting a CMS platform for a friend’s project. As is often the case these days, two choices presented themselves: Drupal or WordPress. In the end, we opted to go with WordPress, but a thought lingered: what if there was a way to integrate the two?

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Pop Computing and Generativity – My thoughts on the Future and Solution to an Open Web

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About six years ago I wrapped up what I would consider to be my first full year of doing web work. Six years ago was also the inaugural year of Northern Voice, Canada’s first weblogging conference. And even though this year’s NV was the first I’ve attended, it almost feels as if I’ve been along for the ride through the years as the conference, and the web, has matured in this short time.

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Social Media Fundamentals

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Last week I attended my first class on Social Media Fundamentals, a course offered by UBC Continuing Studies and taught by Rob and Alex from Social Signal. Opening night covered the basics of social media, and our first assignment was to write a blog post. Given I’m a sporadic blogger at best, I can safely say this class has already helped me out by prompting me to write another post, so here it is!

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Graeme Menzies of VANOC on Planning Online Communications

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“The smartest planning for online communications has to include knowing that something else is going to happen four or two or three years from now that you don’t know about yet.” – Graeme Menzies, Director of Online Communications, VANOC

Drupal or WordPress: Why not both?

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There’s been some growing chatter lately about what’s in store with Drupal 7. Curious to learn more, I was reading up on the Drupal 7 User Experience Project and as I scanned through the pages, I noticed something: the Drupal 7 User Experience Project site is using WordPress! This may seem innocuous at first, but it signals something that is becoming a growing trend, a move away from earlier days when developers in different corners of the open source community would duke it out and take jabs at one another – we’re starting to see decisions made based on the sound judgement of common sense. And when it comes to selecting an open source tool, for example deciding between Drupal and WordPress, we’re seeing that you don’t always have to draw a hard line in the sand.
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Usability? Talent Trumps Testing.

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A friend and fellow highedweb colleague recently shared some thoughts about usability, questioning the value it brings to the overall web design process, ultimately proposing that usability is in fact not that important when it really comes down to it (you can read Rommil’s full article here: Useless Usability: Missing the Forest for the Trees) – and, somewhat reluctantly, I’d have to agree.

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