Category Archives: CMS
Several More System Updates for Graphicline
A Public Holiday in South Africa today, and a good opportunity to undertake another Drupal system update for graphicline.co.za. Today’s updates included Drupal modules; panels, webform, options element, taxonomy menu trails, and the all important view module. Two theme updates were also completed during the process.
The entire update took less than 30 minutes, during which time the site was offline, in maintenance mode, for less than 7 minutes in total.
After completing the work on the system I took the opportunity to update the front page as well, adding “Find Out More” links using CSS classes for a better appearance. A few unnoticed spelling mistakes were fixed at the same time, and a few changes made to some wording.
Jetpack v1.2 WordPress Plugin Faulty
The latest update for the Jetpack Plugin for self hosted WordPress CMS installations (from Automattic /WordPpress.com) has several bugs. I updated the plugin used for tech.graphicline.co.za from v1.1.3 to 1.2 this morning.
The first thing was a list of error messages. After de-activating and re-activating the plugin twice, the error messages had gone. Going to the plugin settings page, where here there are several new features available, the connection to WordPress.com had to be re-activated. Configured the options, then noticed that ‘Site-Stats’ had disappeared from the admin menu.
Back to the plugin settings page, and click the link to view site-stats – just got returned to the settings page.
I still had another menu page open that had not been refreshed since activating the plugin, and clicked the ‘site-stats’ link from here – message returned, ‘you do not have sufficient permission to view the page’ (logged in as administrator).
Site Stats Gone Common Issue
NOTE: THIS BUG HAS BEEN FIXED – see comments below!
Panda 2.5 – Free Help for South African Bloggers
If you are a South African based Small business entrepreneur, and your wordpress.com blog site has taking a severe traffic drop as a result of Google Panda 2.5, I can possibly help.
To help these SME’s I am making the resources of my company Graphicline.co.za available with a PRO BONO offer to help move your blog to a self hosted domain.
The only way you have a realistic chance of recovering is to move your blog site to your own domain. I fully realise many of you do not have the technical skills to do this without help. The process of setting up a WordPress CMS is simple to us web people, but complicated for the uninitiated.
Transferring an existing site poses additional challenges. WordPres.com happines engineers will do this for you for a fee, to one of their partner hosting services. For South Africans, a .co.za domain is cheaper than a dot-com or other international domain, and not necessary for those of us conducting business in South Africa – When a visitor sees .co.za they know straight away this is a South African web site, a dot-com could be anywhere in the world.
Having a self hosted WordPress site gives the advantage of total control over the site structure, with the long-term benefits of making your site (blog) as Google friendly as possible.
Pro-Bono to Beat Google Discrimination
Choosing between custom or out of the box software applications can be confusing. Whether the choice is for an in-house software system or a content management system (CMS) for a website which is the better way to go.
Custom software has one advantage: It can be tailor-made to suit a set of exact requirements. Custom application developers may over-state the benefits of custom software – creating these custom apps are their livelihood. What may not be mentioned are the potential difficulties that may appear later… What happens if or when the application builder is no longer available to support the product?
Consider also the cost of developing custom applications. Developing, testing and debugging (fault-finding and fixing) software is time-consuming. any custom developer worth their salt will charge premium rates (be very wary of anyone offering to work well below established market rates – custom development is one of those areas where you get what you pay for). As the buyer of the custom app you will most likely bear the entire cost of this development. Read the rest of this entry