Figure W blog on web development

Developing with Drupal, Facebook and WordPress.

A Simple Source Viewer to help with SEO

I’ve been involved for a while in teaching the basics of SEO to local business people here in North Devon. Recently, while revising my course notes I decided that to help my trainees get a better grasp of on-site SEO it would be useful to be able to show them the HTML source of pages,… Read more »

Correcting weird characters in MySQL

While working on web development projects I often need to copy the contents of one database to another. Consequently I’ve seen the problem described on Alex Kings’s blog a few times, and been able to deal with it using the technique he suggests. Today however I saw the same symptoms – apostrophes and some other… Read more »

News: tips for Drupal site owners and administrators

If you are have a Drupal site but are not especially technically-minded, it can be hard to find straightforward, concise advice about making the best use of your site. For that reason I’m starting a new email newsletter that will contain simple tips about Drupal aimed at site owners. Each week there’ll be new ideas… Read more »

News: tips for WordPress site owners and administrators

If you are have a WordPress site but are not especially technically-minded, it can be hard to find straightforward, concise advice about making the best use of your site. For that reason I’m starting a new email newsletter that will contain simple tips about WordPress aimed at site owners. Each week there’ll be new ideas… Read more »

Setting up MediaWiki

Over the weekend I created Limerickipedia as a bit of a joke and an exercise in working with MediaWiki. To get it running I had to overcome a number of obstacles so i thought I’d write them up briefly here.

Creating a Drupal node image gallery

A common requirement is to have a Flash-based image gallery associated with a particular content type, so users can upload images using a CCK image field and have them displayed as a gallery, with each node of the type having its own separate one. Here’s an example of the sort of thing, one I created… Read more »

Tweetake: Back up your Tweets – if you aren’t running Tweetdeck, that is

[Update: since Tweetake was “whitelisted” (granted higher request limits) by Twitter, this problem should no longer occur. You should be able to run Tweetake and Tweetdeck together now.] Tweetake is a new application I’ve been working on with Nikki Pilkington. It lets you back up data from Twitter: tweets, followers, favourites and friends. We think… Read more »

Whoops! Oh, Technorati! Can’t you even send an email?

Calling yourself Technorati is pretty brave, isn’t it? Every time you yourselves embark on anything vaguely technical, you’d better get it right, or you’ll look stupider than any ordinary mortal would. So if you were going to send an email out to a list with thousands of bloggers on it, you wouldn’t make the reply-to… Read more »

SEO Tools – the Ultimate Collection

Ann Smarty’s posts on Search Engine Journal are always worth a read, and this one is a great list of useful online tools for SEO. Online SEO Tools – the Ultimate Collection All tools listed below fall under the following criteria: they are all useful for SEOs; they are all web-based (no desk-top ones or… Read more »