Figure W blog on web development

Developing with Drupal, Facebook and WordPress.

How to migrate a large site to Drupal

I’ve worked on a few large site migration jobs now, so I thought I’d share some of my experiences and what I’ve learned along the way. I recently moved my hobby site Odd Books to Drupal, so that’s the one I’ll use as the prime example.

Have your say with Squidoo

Squidoo gives you the power to write simple web pages on any subject of your choosing. It’s free – and you can even earn money from it for yourself or for charity. Why would you want to do this? Well, increasing your online presence is generally good for business. You can add links back to… Read more »

Drupal 6.0, looking good

Drupal 6.0 was released a few days ago and I am very much looking forward to working with it. There are some great usability enhancements that’ll make using the CMS backend a lot easier, and there are many improvements to the API that promise to make module and theme development more productive. However, until the… Read more »

WordPress Advanced Theming with K2

K2 is a popular WordPress theme, noted for its sophisticated features. What’s more, it can be used as the basis for your own themes, giving you access to some great site tools.

Wireframes the free and easy way

What is a wireframe? From the web design point of view it’s a skeleton version of a page, just the layout without colour or graphical elements. Creating wireframes can be very helpful especially when you have many pieces to arrange on a page. There are many ways to create wireframes. You can use graphical tools… Read more »

Some favourite books

Just a few books related to website development that I’ve opened more than once …

Some favourite software tools

When you have nothing to say, make a list, as Wittgenstein might have said – had he been a blogger. This particular list is of some of my favourite tools for website development under Windows (XP Pro): some well known, others less so.

Cool by Design

“Design is a suite of web-design and development assistive tools which can be utilised on any web-page. Encompassing utilities for grid layout, measurement and alignment, Design is a uniquely powerful JavaScript bookmarklet.” — From Alan Jardine. You can add Design to your toolbar or list of bookmarks in a second, then with any web page… Read more »

Looking for help with SEO? Take steps!

How many steps? 299! 299 Steps to Website Heaven is the title of Nikki Pilkington’s excellent blog (and coming book), full of useful tips about search engine marketing and website optimisation. Add it to your list of favourites.

Drupal and Facebook are now friends

I’m working on a new Facebook application for a client and being a lazy programmer I wanted to do as little work as possible while producing a good result. I’d started building the app with the Zend Framework but while it is many ways an excellent library it is as yet only a starting point…. Read more »