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Date archive for: September 2006

The Greatest Failure of Web 2.0

Even though I love the Web 2.0 movement and applications, there is by far a shortcoming on this movement that keeps it from being adopted by many. That issue is one of interoperability.

Current Solutions

Let’s say I have a set up of Office 2.0 applications. I love all of them for specific reasons; some are stronger in some points than others. Now let’s say I want to integrate these applications together. In order to get my Zoho Word Processor to work my I only do one thing. Either I can use their respective APIs and try and create a mashup, but that still want provide the opportunity for them to talk together the way I want them to, but that will result in quite a mess as I add more applications. Or I could submit a request and wait for ever and a day until the “beta” stage clears and then maybe they’ll respond.

Even inside Zoho I cannot get the spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation application to talk together. Even though it is promised you would think that would be at the top of the list. Continue reading The Greatest Failure of Web 2.0

Utilizing WordPress As A Content Management System (CMS)

wplogo.pngWordPress I used originally only only as a blogging tool, but I learned that it was indeed quite a powerful content management system (CMS). This especially became true in version 2.0+ as additions were made that made it more conducive to the average user (such as integrating TinyMCE).

The following steps are the introductory steps I use in setting up websites using WordPress. In fact, for me web design is no longer done apart from WordPress; for me WordPress = Web Design. I am assuming a general knowledge of installing WordPress, but if you need help in this you can consult the Codex.

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Top Ten WordPress Plugins

logo.gifThere are currently so many “top 10 lists,” but I’ve decided that I’m vain enough to add one more to the pile. These are the plugins that have made my experience with WordPress all the more enjoyable. These are the plugins that save me time, energy, and heartache. They are listed in no particular order.

1. FAlbum

FAlbum is one that has made my Flickr experience even better. I can now pull my Flickr pictures through their API and display in my own blog. It continues to be developed, and it nows has the ability to change titles and description on your own blog without having to go to Flickr! >>

2. WP-Contact Form

So long tedious CGI programming! This is one of the few plugins that makes it onto every one of my WordPress projects. With a simple interface in the admin section I can receive feedback confidentially. >>

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