WordPress installed in seconds

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Blog, Web Development | No Comments

Most hosting companies provide some way to quickly install WordPress and other popular web software. Softaculous, Fantastico and Installatron come to mind. But these aren’t always available and you’re left with having to install manually. This involves: creating your database with a user and password downloading the latest WordPress from the wordpress.org website expanding (or […]

Long live App Themes! (The custom web application is dead)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Blog, Web Development | No Comments
Long live App Themes! (The custom web application is dead)

Yesterday’s news: “WordPress is no longer just a blogging platform, its also a very cool content management system”. Today, WordPress is being used, more and more, to drive serious web applications by using custom themes and plugins.

The OS is Irrelevant. Now its HTML5

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Blog, Web Development | No Comments
The OS is Irrelevant. Now its HTML5

The good news is that the Operating System wars are dead.  Long live HTML5 …and the browser wars. There was barely an audible buzz around this topic in the WordPress community last week at Wordcamp, Cape Town 2012. But earlier this year, at the Enterprise Mobility Forum 2012, I listened to a lineup of industry […]

Stand-Alone HTML5 Apps

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Blog, Web Development | No Comments
Stand-Alone HTML5 Apps

A few weeks ago I was challenged to find a countdown clock for the Enterprise Mobility Forum.   “No problem, this sort of thing must be common, we’ll just buy a good one.”  Hah! Fat chance!  I simply could not find a commercially available solution with the required features.   I decided to go open-source.  I knew […]

Theme my FLOSS

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Blog, Web Development | No Comments

FLOSS is an acronym for Free/Libre Open Source Software.  The “Libre” means free, as in feedom (Mandela), and not necessarily free, as in gratis (beer) (though it often is).  WordPress, Joomla and Drupal come to mind.    Chances are good that you’ve had a website runnning one of these apps for years, but now it’s time to […]

PYO Certificates

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Blog, Web Development | No Comments
PYO Certificates

A BYO Barbie is not the latest incarnation of a Mattel product, it’s a “Bring-Your-Own Barbeque”, Australia’s excuse for a convenient cheap get-together — what  South Africans call a “Bring-‘n-Braai”. BYOD is the latest buzz in mobility – Bring Your Own Data. PYO (Print-Your-Own) Certificates came about as a Potion solution for a convenient way […]

WordPress as a universal CMS

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Blog, Web Development | No Comments

WordPress has become the top open source CMS, not least of all because of its clean and simple back end.   More and more web content editors are asking developers to integrate WordPress managed content for display on other websites.  A company’s news page is a typical example.