Web performance expert Nicole Sullivan discusses a set of best practices in the creation of supremely fast, visually impactful web sites at Yahoo headquarters from Sunnyvale, California (video – 42 minutes).
Drupal, an open source server based content management system (CMS) and which we have mentioned here (built in PHP/MySQL technology), can support a wide range of web designing including blogs, community, promotional websites and many more.
Drupal provides easy tools with the help of which various sites can be easily developed. Its minimum requirement and easy installation makes it even more user friendly. Various modules available with Drupal.org further enhance the scope and usability.
Here we are presenting a few modules which can come extremely handy while building a college community website based on Drupal.
Enable users to create and manage their own ‘groups’. Each group can have subscribers, and maintains a group home page where subscribers communicate amongst themselves.
This module will be helpful in creating groups for members like teachers, students etc. You can even group students according to their class. The advantage of this module is that, we can have group posts that are only visible for those group members.
See the Organic Groups module in action here.
This module will display any views date field in calendar formats, including CCK date fields, node created or updated dates, etc. Switch between year, month, and day views. Back and next navigation is also provided for all views.
You might find it useful for posting college events and other stuff to be shown on the calendar.
JobberBase, which is an Open Source job board web software written in PHP/MySQL and which we have reviewed here is now out with a new version.
Apart from the release of JobberBase version 1.7, it is also coming up with a Pro/Premium version of jobberBase. It includes new features like,
- Employer Administration
- Resume Management
- Paypal Payment Integration.
And, it’s being planned to be sold at an affordable price.
If you haven’t tried out JobberBase yet, you can check out a live demo here.
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There’s a new player in the Content Delivery Network field and that is TinyCDN™, a company dedicated to optimizing the speed and reliability of content delivered over the Internet. TinyCDN is a Software as a Service (SaaS) that leverages the speed, scale and availability of Amazon Web Services. It makes it easy and economical for individuals and companies to distribute information over the Internet faster by using a Content Distribution Network (CDN).
Why do I need services like TinyCDN?
TinyCDN (and other services like that) can help you make your site faster. By offloading static files to a CDN your end users can experience a drastically faster site.
TinyCDN is delivered as Software as a Service and provides a quick, friendly, easy way to manage and optimize content on a CDN through a slick and intuitive user interface.
The company (a subsidiary of Quotient Solutions) is based in Austin, Texas and just launched yesterday (March 14). It doesn’t lack competitors in the area and we’ve compiled already a comprehensive list of CDN providers (and we just added TinyCDN to that list).
“People expect to view websites, videos, microsites, flash files, pictures and other content-rich applications in milliseconds. You will lose visitors if you make them wait,” said John Curtis, the CEO of the company. “With TinyCDN, users don’t have to wait. Files can be optimized and then delivered on the closest path. Visitors in Hong Kong, London, and Chicago will now be able to access information faster than ever before.”
TinyCDN does not require companies to make investments in their existing IT infrastructure. TinyCDN services range from $9.95 to $299.95 a month depending on the amount of bandwidth that will be needed to distribute content.
If you are interested in TinyCDN offer please visit www.tinycdn.com (they have prepared a FAQ just in case you might have more questions). They can also provide you with more general information on Content Delivery Networks.
VideoPress is a one-click WordPress.com upgrade that allows you to create streaming high definition videos on your blog or anywhere on the web. You can even create an instant video podcast right from your blog feed.
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JobberBase is an Open Source job board software written in PHP/MySQL. It’s a great web software for adding a simple job board to your existing website. You can check out a demo instance of JobberBase here. A couple of noted websites using JobberBase are jobjob and ecommjobs but you can check also www.jobber.ro out of which jobberBase was born (a popular Romanian IT job board).
jobberBase is a great solution for single-industry recruitment, for job boards focusing on one niche.
- Post jobs without creating an account.
- Search for jobs.
- Administration control panel.
- Supports RSS feeds.
- Site-widget to show jobs on other sites.
Step-by-Step Installation Guide
Note: Before starting, make sure you have PHP 5+ and MySQL 4.1+ installed on your server. Also, Apache module mod_rewrite has to be enabled and overriding default settings with .htaccess need to be allowed.
See the steps on the next page…
WordPress.com, one of the most used blog host, now allows users to post text and images by email. If you are at work with Outlook or on the move with a BlackBerry and wanted to publish at quick post, this feature can be extremely useful.
Post by Email, is simple to use.
From the new ‘My Blogs’ menu you can generate special email addresses. You can create as many email addresses as you need, one for each blog you have access to.
You can send email from any email client, whether in a browser, on your desktop, or from your cell phone and as much formatting will be retained as possible.
Your images will be included and automatically converted into thumbnails. If you include multiple images, they’ll be converted into a gallery.
Post by Email Features:
- Transcoding of any video files supported by the WordPress video player (mp4, mov, wmv, avi, mpg, and m4v).
- Add your email addresses directly into your address book using downloadable vCards. (You don’t even need to remember the address)
- Automatic notification of a published email post.
- Automatic removal of standard signature blocks, with support for manual removal of other signatures.
- Conversion of YouTube URLs into embedded videos.
WordPress, one of the top open source blogging platforms and which we have reviewed here, holds a vast directory of plugins and widgets to enhance your blog functionality and performance. Here we are presenting few handy WordPress plugins for images and graphics.
Picasna lets you create professional fullscreen flash galleries from your Picasaweb account. You can upload images directly to Picasa Web Albums and they will appear on your blog or web page in no time. You can even adjust the image and album cover sizes. This plugin is platform independent and requires a browser with Flash 7 or higher.
- Fullscreen browsing.
- Show albums from your Picasaweb Account.
- Adjust thumbnail and album cover sizes.
- Next image preloading.
- UTF-8 Unicode. Now supports all languages
- Light and dark color schemes.
- Browser and platform independent. Requires a browser with Flash 7 (or higher) installed.
Sometime ago we’ve introduced Seedling, a pre-configured Joomla package plus extensions and modules.
Now we have another tip for you: K2 (and that’s not the mountain).
What is K2 and for what can you use it?
K2 is a content construction component which lets you create custom content types (aka items) for your Joomla! website. Having this component installed on top of your Joomla! web software allows you to transform your website to a news site with author blogs, product catalogs, work portfolio, knowledge base, download/document manager, directory listing, event listing and more…all these packed together in one single component.
The component is very flexible, you can add as many content fields as you want and create category-specific content items, e.g. article, blog post, product page, directory listing.
The standard offer are nested-level categories, tags, comments, item image (useful for articles/catalogs), videos, galleries, user profiles, attachments, ajax-based frontend editing and more.
Here is a demo for you to try: http://k2.joomlaworks.gr/demo/
If you have already a Joomla! CMS website and want to use K2 you need to convert your content to K2. There’s no easy way to do it but Jeremy Wilken found a way and built a piece of software which does that. Checkout his K2 Converter.
K2 is a product of JoomlaWorks, a Greece-based web development company (since 2006) specialized in developoing Joomla and Mambo content management systems components.