Design Development 3.0 upgrades

I’ve been so busy that I keep putting off upgrades to this very blog. But I’ve finally gotten some time to get this blog with a fancy responsive design and make it a bit friendlier on tablets and larger screens too.

I looked over many CSS grids and decided that Pure would work best for me. I was very much impressed with their minimal footprint and it’s responsiveness. It was extremely easy to work with and flexible. I was very much impressed. Plus their blog layout example was almost too perfect for what I was hoping to achieve! It saved me a ridiculous amount of time!

While I mostly use jQuery for my framework of choice in most projects, I wanted to give YUI3 a crack in this one as my early roots go back to mostly YUI. It was a great working with YUI3, and I was very impressed with their TabView module. It worked great.

I really think that the new layout makes my posts much easier to read on mobile, tablets, and traditional users as well. So I’m very excited for that.

I’m still cleaning up my work section though. I’ve let that fall behind a bit, even neglecting to add many recent projects. So, that’s next on my list of things to do!


‘corePHP’ WordPress MU

Just installed and am in the process of configuring the ‘corePHP’ WordPress MU component for Joomla! This nifty component allows a WordPress MU install to run within a Joomla! install.

This is great, you can have a great Joomla! based site that also hosts multiple user WordPress blogs. This is pretty much exactly with these folks were looking for, and it integrates very well with the built in user management as well.

I’m still tinkering with many customizations to get this just how we need it, but most of the difficult work is already done by the component.

Also very convenient are the modules that ‘corePHP’ makes available for this component too. There’s module to display recent blogs, recent posts, etc.

Very good stuff so far.


Jom Comment

I needed to incorporate a comment system for a client. Their site is powered by Joomla, so I was checking out what options were available. Instead of making this completely from scratch I figured I’d see what existing extensions were available.

After some research, Jom Comment turned out to be the best fit for the clients needs. Installation was fairly simple, and it gives the client a very user friendly admin interface to work with. I highly recommend this commenting solution if you are running a Joomla site.


Blog Redesign

I’m in the process of redesigning this blog.  The basic colors and layout are in place.  There’s still a couple of areas I need to finish up.  No amazing new features in this upgrade, just tried to make things a bit cleaner and easier to read.

  • Widened the layout of the site
  • Increased font size and spacing
  • New colors used sitewide
  • Plan to make my portfolio easier to navigate too, but haven’t gotten to that quite yet.

Upgraded to WordPress 2.5

Just upgraded to WordPress version 2.5 yesterday.  My host Dreamhost has a super easy 1 click upgrade, so it only took a few minutes for the upgrade.  Just had to update the database and I was all set.  My custom theme didn’t break, nor does there seem to be anything else broken (cross my fingers) since the upgrade.

From the user end not too much will probably change as a result of this upgrade.  But the admin upgrades with 2.5 are very impressive.  The whole look and feel has been overhauled in a good way.  It took a few minutes for me to adjust to some of the changes, but so far so good.  

The upgraded RTE (Rich Test Editor) is great, works so much better with Safari.  The Add media functions are a great addition, including a YouTube video in a post just got a whole lot easier.  Overall I’m very impressed with the upgrade and will begin moving my clients over to 2.5.