Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Moving WordPress installations

You must check this out Search Replace DB if you're moving to a new server or especially URL...

Of course check the WordPress Codex - keeps you comforted all the way through the process.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

For Sale in Dumfries

Update: now that the Facebook timeline has been updated, Dumfries and Galloway For Sale Free and Wanted (DAGFSFAW) has now served its initial purpose of providing an alternative to the Facebook Group. The WordPress and BuddyPress website has had a recent purge of bogus spammy users so has been cleaned up with new security and moderation in place. Existing genuine users are still able to post and comment and the registration via Facebook is still operational. There are now some adsense ads from Google on the site as part of an experimental assessment of visitor behaviour.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Ebay Shop Customisation - lower expectations or spend loads of money

Great stuff - blogger has a new look! The minimal contribution for today is to allude to how non-straightforward it is to customise ebay shops. You need a custom page template but they only really work for custom pages and not the category or product display. For those you either need to totally disable all ebay page furniture so that the optional additional html on the product listing displays properly. As for using script or jquery - possible but awkward. As soon as you enable any ebay header/banner, category listing, boxes, etc it totally restricts your customisation options. Maybe via ebay developer tools or some pro software these things are more straightforward but suspect you'll end up with about 5 tabs open in your browser when 2 would do. Ebay navigation between the user account and the shop management system is heavy to say the least.

Friday, 6 April 2012

This sporting life - Dumfries and Galloway

Ross Wylie is another talented sportsman from Dumfries and Galloway. Following in the successful footsteps of racing drivers Allan McNish and David Coulthard, there must be something conducive to developing talents for racing cars in the south of Scotland.

The new Ross Wylie Racing website is to mark the start of Ross racing Mini's in the 2012 season. This is a progression from his successful kart racing years in the UK and Europe and he has had to work hard to show that being slightly older than his peers is not going to be a barrier to success.

Callisti is looking forward to developing the website and integrating some interesting in-car video footage showing what really happens during races...

Friday, 2 March 2012

Arts Events in Dumfries and Galloway 2012

The Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival kicks off on 25th May 2012 this year with the events now listed on the arts website.

A Calameo feature allows the print version of the event listings brochure to be viewed, downloaded and printed from the screen, and some recent Flickr images have been updated by the dgartsfest staff.

Tickets will be available to buy online on 16th March via ticketweb - this seems to change every year so the wordpress custom fields need tweaked to suit. In previous years it has used TheBooth and also the PatronBase ticketing system provided by the now defunct Dumfries and Galloway Arts.

Luckily the DG Arts Festival is forced to stay within a strict budget so isn't able to go bust or into administration every few years!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Pre-pack Wordpress Templates

Callisti is using the Platform template for WordPress but is re-considering this to allow full customisation of the desired Callisti theme. Currently some customisations would need to be made to the core Platform files to get everything just righ, which makes future updating more arduous as these changes could get overwritten.

Using the child-theme approach would allow for core WordPress and plug-in files to be automatically updated without causing conflict with the Callisti theme.

It's also been noticed that some plug-ins are starting to experience memory fails when executing certain processes but this could be in part a setting in php.ini or htaccess. Further consideration required.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Yum Yum - Free Italian Pizza Offers

A few quick tidy-ups for the Ivanos Italian website resulted in a WordPress MailChimp plugin being used to add a double opt-in registration widget for fans of Pizza in the Dumfries area.

Subscribers only will be eligible for the free pizza offers highlighted in the newsletter for menu and "special offer" updates.

Much cappuccino was imbibed during this process.