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Infamy, Infamy It’s All Going To Symfony

By Andrew Fielden

Filed under: Drupal,General
Page updated 5:50 pm: May 12, 2012

So Drupal 8 is gong to have strong ties to the Symfony Framework, as beautifully explained by Dries the Drupal guiding light at the DrupalCon 2012 keynote speech. Is this Carry On Drupal in the manner of Kenneth Williams in Carry on Cleo or a wise move?

Symfony is the current golden child in the PHP Frameworks world. I like it but it is very developer oriented.

Drupal feels to me like a system that is struggling to be a system that is for front end developers to use without back end developer input and one for back end developers to get their teeth into and develop. This is a mean trick to pull off since they are fundamentally different things.

The other elements of the keynote however make me think that the Drupal team have their wits about them. One of the companies that they note failed to innovate is Vignette. This was the Content Management System of choice around the year 2000. I went to their conference held at Phoenix since they were looking to take a stake in my company and when I went to work for it was Vignette that powered the TIME Warner websites. They were big and they came with a big price tag. Times changed and they no longer exist having been bought out a couple of years ago by OpenText. I suspect it lives on in some form and with a hefty price tag but it is not the obvious choice that it was ten years ago.

Drupal could of course go the same way and I am pleased to see that they are aware of this. That they are making an alliance with Symfony is a very very good thing.

I am also very interested in the comments Dries made about Drupal distributions and an eco system. To have a set of pre-configured setups available to go makes a LOT of sense and is something that I had considered doing prior to watching the presentation.

So instead of Drupal dying under the swords of it’s peers it like poor old Kenneth did perhaps this is the wise move that lets back end folks go with Symfony and the front end guys get their distribution and get on with it.

The hidden truth about Accessibility — Part 2

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: General
Page updated 8:36 am: March 25, 2009

In my last blog post, I talked about using accessibility standards to improve the SEO  of any web page. The theory is that because search engines like Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live and Ask are “blind”, constructing your site to work well for Buy Cialis Online those with visual impairment makes them ripe for the Search Engine Spiders too.

But we can take this a stage further; making the site even more accessible AND giving the Search Engines more content to index. Levitra venta

In fact, the use of CSS-styling to add extra content to the page which does not show unless the stylesheet is removed can drastically improve the amount of spiderable text on a web page whilst remaining within Search Engine rules about “hidden” content.

Current W3C standards include the display attribute, which includes the value none. If this style is correctly applied to an element it will not show up in a browser which uses CSS. Opinion levitra

For example, we can define a style called .accessible thus …

.accessible { display: none; }

This can be applied using SPAN tags thus …

Now you see me <span class="accessible">, now you don't!</span>

In a CSS-compliant browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox what is seen is

Now you see me

But remove the style sheets for the page and you see

Now you see me, now you don’t!

This means that text can now be embedded in a web page which only shows up in “accessibility” mode (i.e. when the style sheets are not used).

An example of this might be the addition of explanatory text to a web page link …

<a href="/eng/support/" rel="Get help with your BlackBerry device, software or billing, and read about BlackBerry training and how to get technical support"><span class="accessible">Get help with your BlackBerry device, software or billing, and read about BlackBerry training and how to get Technical </span>Support</a>

In the browser, with a style sheet applied, this shows as …


Without a style sheet applied, this shows as …

Get help with your BlackBerry device, software or billing, and read about BlackBerry training and how to get Technical Support

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Four cool aps to Twitter with

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: General,LinkedIn,SEO,Technology
Page updated 12:07 am: February 28, 2009

Micro blogging is big news, and Twitter is the name of the game. Here are four simple ways to play.


Based on on Adobe’s Air platform, TweetDeck splits up your Tweets into handy customisable columns: All Updates, Replies and Direct Messages. But it goes further by providing filtering to separate the wheat from the goats. There are many other goodies, but they don’t get in the way. The in-built Tweet “growth predictor” is something to keep an eye on.

Best Feature: fine-toothed filtering

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This is an Add-On for Firefox which you soon won’t want to be without. It sits quietly in the status bar and checks every few minutes for updates. These can be set to pop up as they arrive, meaning that you never need to explore further, but if you’re away from your keyboard and the Tweets mount up, you can click on the icon and see all the latest entries.

Best Feature: Multiple Twitter accounts accessed in the wink of an eye.

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Best Feature: Like TwitterFox, it also allows you to run multiple Twitter accounts.

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Searching for a silver lining to the cloud

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: General,LinkedIn,SEO,Services
Page updated 6:01 pm: February 17, 2009

It’s not a good time, is it Levitra efectos secundarios ? Not bread queues and soup kitchens, to be sure, but it is very hard to be optimistic. Opinion levitra

Still. it is said that every cloud has a silver lining it seems and for SEO it may be that people are seeing Organic Search  in a new light. Compared to other forms of online marketing, SEO is seen as a cheap, effective way of getting the message across. According to recruiters we’ve spoken to recently (and others with less of an axe to grind) demand for good SEO professionals is on the increase. Hooray for our side!

But the Lasix Online loser in this may well be Pay Per Click advertising (not that we expect Google to throw in the towel any time soon). As cheap as a well-run PPC campaign may be, some website managers look at the number of clicks which DON’T end in a sale and think of it as wasted money.

What is only partly appreciated is the link between effective SEO and PPC. In essence, web users are more likely to click on a PPC link order cheap pharmacy — or indeed any brand-related link — if they associate it with good organic search results. Potenzmittel viagra

This is because SEO is as much about “Reputation Management” Buy Doxycycline Online Pharmacy No Prescription Needed as it is about anything else. Levitra venta That includes quality backlinks — everyone wants to link to the “world’s favourite hyzaar website”.

In other words, sites that give good attention to organic search can expect other benefits too.

It’s right that SEO is getting more attention, it simply makes sense. But treat it as a FOUNDATION of your whole SEM effort, not all of it.

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Google News is good news for SEO

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: General,LinkedIn,SEO
Page updated 9:44 am: February 11, 2009

When people think of SEO, the name that inevitably comes to mind is Google.

Around three-quarters of the world’s search traffic comes through Google and many people have it as their home page. Getting your site high Buy Orlistat Online Pharmacy on Google’s index is important, and every SEO professional claims they are best Flagyl ER Online at improving your Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) score.

But there is an alternative “search engine” with just as much clout as Google and which is probably more widely seen.

Google News is a regularly updated index of top stories from news sites across the Internet. Google News is still Google, but getting Buy Viagra Soft Tabs Online Pharmacy No Prescription Needed your s ite indexed by Levitra efectos secundarios it is a much trickier prospect than ordinary search. Nevertheless, if you’re producing “news”-type items on a regular basis, it’s worth a try.

Succeed and you’ll find yourself listed on XML feeds used by some of the planet’s most-visited websites via plugins for popular CMS platforms Buy zofran online such as Google News for WordPress, or Google’s own targeted feed APIs. Potenzmittel viagra

So how do you get in? Google’s official rules for inclusion are …

  • Sites that have news content that is original to the site
  • Sites which do not solely promote their own activities
  • Sites which are written and maintained by a clear organization, one that has multiple writers and editors

Most candidates fail on that last requirement since many news blogs are one-man (or woman) bands. But if you can turn your blog into a “community of newshounds” there is hope. Levitra venta

Having said all this, a quick trawl through Google News throws up all sorts of sites which seemingly flout these rules. Opinion levitra

Once again, the mystery of Google is preserved.

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How we let a customer lead the way

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: Clients,General,LinkedIn,SEO
Page updated 11:14 pm: February 10, 2009

It’s early days for the new Scene on the Net. The sad fact is that we’re not getting the level of spidering by the search engines we’d like.

The major reason for this is that the old Scene wasn’t really updated very much: we said what we needed to say and got on with making great web sites. Levitra venta As a result, the search engines had no need  to check us over all that often because they believed that we obviously had nothing new to say.

These days, Scene is much more a platform for information, discussion and community (and the odd pitch to build you a website at a jolly nice price). That means we have included more ways to update the site, including blogging and microblogging.

We’ve been shown the way Buy Orlistat Online Pharmacy No Prescription Needed by the masterminds behind, a site we developed for an independent casino news organisation. The good people of CUUK set out to make their web site interesting and regular, so from the very beginning they posted news items at least TWICE a day.

After just three months, CUUK found their pages were being indexed every 20 minutes or so, with stories appearing at similar intervals. Opinion levitra That has contributed to CUUK becoming a trusted news source with a regular following inside and outside of the gambling industry, not to mention good search engine rankings, impressive PR Potenzmittel viagra and a popularity among advertisers.

To be honest, I’m not sure we partners at Buy aldactone have the time — or the imagination — to post something original and interesting every WEEK, let alone twice Levitra efectos secundarios a day. Buy Levaquin Online We’ll see.

But we do hope that we can be interesting some times. We’ll try, as often as we can.

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Say what you like — in 12 seconds

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: General,Technology
Page updated 1:33 pm: February 8, 2009

Consider this. If humans were descended from cats, horror movies would not be dark and foreboding — the scary thing would be smells, not shadows and unlit streets. It’s almost certain that smellivision would have been invented before television.

However, our primate ancestors lived in savannah and forest, where smells c an be Potenzmittel viagra confusing and it’s more important to be able to interpret patterns Buy Viagra Soft Tabs Online Pharmacy No Prescription Needed from vague shapes at close quarters than to see for a thousand miles (like a bird), or navigate round caves in the dark (like bats), or hunt mice at night (like cats).

We have good colour vision at at distance roughly comparable to the ambush distance of a sabre-tooth tiger.

Vision is such an important concept in everyday life and on the web as the popularity of YouTube. MetaCafe and Video Jug just go to show.

Today’s buzzword is ” microbloggin Opinion levitra g” — and especially Twitter (we even tamiflu have Twitter at Scene). How do you combine vision and microblogging? The answer is 12 Seconds, the video bloggers answer to Twitter.

12 Seconds’ version of Twitter’s 140-character limit Buy Topamax Online Pharmacy is exactly what it says on the tin — just 12 seconds of lasix generic video, recorded via your webcam or mobile phone. Levitra venta The only issue seems to be that some users find the image from their webcam is upside down. 12 Seconds say they’re investigating.

And the other issue is conciseness — keeping it short. Like 140 characters, keeping to 12 seconds can be an envigorating experience. Levitra efectos secundarios You need to learn how to say what you want to say in the time available and there just never seems Brand Levitra Online to be enough spa

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Almost ready

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: General
Page updated 12:07 am: February 6, 2009

The new is almost ready to go.

It’s midnight UK time, which is NEVER a good time to launch anything, so we’ll be delaying the launch by at LEAST 12 hours. After all, no-one is really waiting for this to happen.

Good rules to remember for any website launch [take note potential Scene on the Net customers]  …

  • Things will ALWAYS go wrong
  • NEVER launch without time to firefight
  • Any process takes TWICE as long as your worst estimate
  • The end user’s expectation is less than your LOWEST level of satisfaction

We’ll get there, sooner than we think.

Scene, not herd

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: General
Page updated 10:57 am: February 5, 2009

Work is progressing on the new Scene website with a more up-to-date design and some community features including a blog and even a Twitter account.

We’ve been running blogs for many clients for many years, but it’s only recently that we thought it would be good to have one for ourselves.Time to join the herd?

And Twitter has become something of a phenomenon lately, although I can claim truthfully to have an account since March 2007. Blogging is a powerful tool for getting information up on the Internet speedily and with a minimum of fuss, but the 140-character limit of Twitter can be a liberating experience.It’s harder than it looks to do well.

Scene’s techie partner Andrew tells me that Oscar Wilde once wrote: “I was going to write you a short note, but I didn’t have the time!”

Anyway, expect to see the new Scene site out of beta and live to the world in the next few days.

« Even we make mistakes« Even we make mistakes» Almost ready