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Improving the speed of your Drupal website

If you're reading this post, you're probably a Drupal developer with a website that's about as speedy as a child eating brussel sprouts. If you were not the original developer on the project, finding the cause of your performance issues can be tricky. Here are a few things you can do to get your website running faster.

By | March 10th, 2011|Drupal, Tech Blog|0 Comments

Post Expiry

Post Expiry is a simple Wordpress plugin that allows you to set a category to move your post into at a specified date. It was initially created for use on Best Competitions to move competitions that had finished into the 'Previous Competitions category'. read more...

By | March 3rd, 2011|Tech Blog, Wordpress|3 Comments

WAMP not working

This conflict has already been well documented but if you don't know that Skype is the culprit, it's pretty hard to find in a Google Search. I've decided to post here and include a few key words that might help some people trying to search out the answer. The WAMP taskbar icon on my machine [...]

By | January 23rd, 2011|Drupal, General Internet, Tech Blog, Wordpress|0 Comments

Wedding Website

Our wedding website is now live. It's a simple hand-coded design providing only the essentials. As we move closer to the date I hope to introduce some new features that include Twitter & Flickr integration and the use of media queries to display mobile-friendly versions.

By | October 26th, 2010|Tech Blog|0 Comments

CBeebies is live!

It seems since arriving in London I've dropped off the grid a little bit. I was lucky to land a role at the BBC while in transit so have been working pretty solidly since. Today I'm excited to be able to announce what it is I've been doing, as the relaunch of CBeebies goes live. [...]

By | September 28th, 2010|Tech Blog|0 Comments

Backpacking Journalist

I've just finished a custom Wordpress theme for Chloe, Backpacking Journalist. Chloe was flexible in her requirements which gave me the opportunity to play with some new CSS3 features - adding text shadows and a few rounded corners. The logo uses the wonderful Lobster font and the theme was created from the WP Candy base [...]

By | August 23rd, 2010|Tech Blog, Wordpress|0 Comments

6 Essential WordPress Plugins

I've got a few sites running on Wordpress now and use most of the same plugins. Here are the plugins I consider the 'base plugins' for every blog I start: 1. Google XML Sitemaps What it does: Generates an xml sitemap and submits it to Ask.com, Google, Bing and Yahoo. Why you should use it: [...]

By | December 5th, 2009|Wordpress|1 Comment

Changing Simplenews to Export Subscribers to CSV in PHP

I'm currently using the Simplenews Drupal module for creating and sending newsletters. My client requested that the subscriber export function be changed to export all subscriber details to CSV. As the export option already retrieves all subscriber emails and generates a comma seperated string, exporting to CSV only requires a few extra lines of php. [...]

By | November 11th, 2009|Drupal|9 Comments

Drupal update.php returning blank page

I recently upgraded Drupal to version 6.14 and went to run the database update as the instructions stated. When clicking the link, update.php only showed a blank page. This is because errors on this page are hidden by default. In order to diagnose your problem, you'll need to edit update.php and change the following line: [...]

By | October 27th, 2009|Drupal|1 Comment

Configuring Drupal cron jobs in Parallels

If you're using Drupal, you should set cron to run automatically through your web host. I'm using Open Host for one of the New Zealand based websites I do work on - who run Parallels for their clients to make hosting set up changes. If you're using this system, here's what you need to do [...]

By | October 14th, 2009|Drupal|3 Comments