One of my cousins recently asked me to send him a playlist of about 5 to 10 (or more) tracks of new music that I like. But the original list I sent him was a little dated and I’ve been wondering why I couldn’t come up with more examples of songs produced in the last few years. This morning I finally figured it out. For the past few years, I’ve mostly been listening to online radio stations (while I’m working at the computer, driving in the car, waking up in the morning, etc.). So when I sat down to respond to his email, I looked through all the songs on my MP3 player (my iPhone) instead of looking at the playlists of the online radio stations I actually listen to. Continue Reading →
Archive for June, 2012
I recently worked on a web site that needed multiple “event calendars” for the organization’s various locations (chapters). We decided to use embedded Google Calendars. It worked out fine from a technology standpoint and the client seems to be enjoying the process of centrally managing all the events. But the designer and I weren’t completely happy with some of Google’s design decisions. As it turns out, as of the date when I worked on the site, Google hadn’t converted the look-and-feel of embedded calendars. The normal non-embedded Google Calendars have that clean red, white, and black design like the rest of the Google apps, but the embedded ones are a bit behind schedule for some reason.
Here’s another fun project, designed by Mark at Reeves Design House and built with WordPress. The “Gallery” page was built with the Photospace Gallery plugin. As the site explains, “Tyson Gardens has delivered upscale garden design and installation services to a broad range of clientele.” The photos of the garden designs are absolutely beautiful. The blog is just starting out, but I’m sure great things are on the way. Take a look at the Tyson Gardens web site.
Here’s another WordPress plugin that looks really exciting. It’s called SimpleMap Store Locator and would be a wonderful tool for building a web site for a company with multiple brick-and-mortar locations, like a home improvement center, restaurant, or similar business. I haven’t built a real site with it yet, but I hope I get the chance soon because I’m impressed with all the great features and how it’s so easily managed in the WordPress admin interface. I’ve installed it locally and have been playing around with it for a few days. Without any modification to the PHP templates or CSS files, I’ve been able to set up an entire web site for a fictitious restaurant. In addition to being very useful for site visitors, the plugin allows you to upload a CSV (comma-separated text) file containing a big list of “stores,” including details like address, phone and fax numbers, geographic location, and even page content. Like I said, I’m really looking forward to using this on a real project soon.
In an effort to keep track of a select number of high-quality WordPress plugins, I’m planning to write a few short blog posts. Mainly I’m doing this for personal use, but I’d also like to document some ways that I’ve implemented them on some websites I’ve developed over the past few years. The first type of plugin I’d like to write about is photo galleries.