It was bound to happen. Since mobile devices have been outselling desktops for two or three years now, it was only a matter of time before the search engines began penalizing websites that possess no mobile-friendly display method. And the first out of the gate, of course, is Google.
Starting Tuesday, Google's SE ranks will begin to favor mobile-friendly sites over non-mobile-friendly sites. If you don't have a responsive grid or alternate CSS handlers in place for smaller devices, you're gonna start dropping rank. Better get moving.
Last week I wrote a joint for the WorldFish Center which uses the REST protocol to interface with the WorldFish media repository at Widen.com. My responses are mixed, but hopeful.
The Widen API is just a bunch of remote functions for managing, querying and organizing media assets in many different ways. It can be seen as a transitional technology between what we web pros call "Web 2.0" (distributed services) and "Web 3.0" (semantic web).
The folks at WorldFish have a huge media repository including thousands of well-organized images from around the world, including metadata, and they wanted to give users searchable access to this repository via their website. But there's a complication: WorldFish is part of the nonprofit CGIAR consortium, and that entity has many other websites, all of which want searchable access to different subsets of these media collections.
Today the Drupal project reached the grand old age of fourteen. This is a great milestone for the community and the project, and in celebration, the Drupal association has released the results of their 2014 Community Survey. Among the insights:
80% of Drupal Users who responded say they have plans to adopt Drupal 8, and another 8% say they are planning to evaluate the new release.
Upgrading is an inevitability, because "the drop never stops" - i.e. there's no backward-compatibility in the Drupal universe. But personally, I've always waited about a year before recommending major upgrades for my Drupal-based clients.
As webmaster and Tech Team member for Occupy Las Vegas, I have decided to perform an autonomous action. The group cannot take tax-deductible donations without a 501(c)3 status, and this has prevented us from being able to receive online donations. As you can imagine, it's tough asking everyone to come down physically just to donate.
The California Council for Interior Design Certification wanted their website to automatically inform customers via email when their business listings were about to expire. AIP was brought onboard by site designers Mosser Design to build this custom notification email system.
FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS including security and scalability under heavy loads, more and more WordPress users these days are interested in migrating (or "converting") their sites over to the more powerful Drupal CMS. We applaud this decision, and we're here to help.
WordPress-to-Drupal Migrations typically involve 3 parts:
(1) Migrating the Theme (page design),
(2) Migrating the Data, and
(3) Adding/Tweaking the desired Functionality.
AIP did a live database and platform migration for the popular site dlisted.com when blogger Michael K decided to move from WordPress to Drupal. The customized theme is based on "Amadou" by Jay Wolf, with art by Mark Robinson.
Way back in 1999, this alluring interactive app, stocked with products from Henry & June Lingerie, was built using Flash content backed by a MySQL database and a neat set of original PHP pages for navigation. It was the first interactive viral catalog designed by AIP.