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Information for Developers

I decided to start this category in 2012 because over the years, especially when I first started web development, I learned so much from other developers who gave freely of their advice.

If I can help a new web developer get answers questions or find valuable information that they might not know about, then I feel that I will be giving something back - paying it forward, so to speak.
I was pretty lazy about updating my website from Joomla 2.5 to a newer version - I didn't get it done until August 2015. The layout of the back end's first page had changed quite a bit most notably a listing of the most popular articles, something I'd never taken much notice of before, was on display in the centre. I was completely surprised to find that my article entitled "Open Realty 2.5.8 and mobile sites" had over 450,000 hits! My first thought was if I'd just gotten a euro for each hit, I'd be able retire. Of course I had written the article as a public service in order to help others who might need the information and I was glad I could be of help but there was definitely a part of me which wished that somehow I could be getting something back from it as I know many people make money from their blogs and I hated to see the opportunity go to waste. But I did nothing about it.

I have just finished a new project but prior to that I had begun contacting many of my clients who had websites that were designed before the mobile revolution, telling them that it might be time to get mobile and tablet responsive.

It is difficult for me to tell clients that they need to do something which will mean money out of their pocket into mine, but I felt it would be remiss of me not to let them know that this was something I felt was important for their website and their business.

I have recently done two Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 migrations. Both were multilingual sites and both were a challenge to do not only due to the multilingual aspect but also the size of the sites, the amount of extensions and various other things. By far the most problematic aspect of the migration was the Joomfish multilingual part of it.

I go into this a little in my article about the update of an animal charity site. When I have more time I will go into the migration issue in detail. I am hoping that by the time I do, there will be a good resolution to the Joomfish migration issue.


UPDATE: 18 April 2019 - unbelievably this 6 year old article is still getting quite a few hits. As of today there have been 582,239 hits and still counting. I guess this means that a lot of people are still using Open Realty 2.5.8 but I can't imagine that most developers these days would not know how to use @media or other means to make a website mobile, so I'm really not sure why this is still of such interest to people. Just be aware before reading the whole thing that it IS a 6 year old article with little relevance today.
UPDATES (June 2014 and February 2016) AT BOTTOM but please don't skip to the end as the entire article gives useful information.

When a client recently asked me to make a mobile version of their website, I was faced with a dilemma because, although some of the existing pages were just static pages, the main portion of their website was done in the last open source version of Open Realty (version 2.5.8) and there seemed to be no easy solution for creating a mobile version of this portion of the site.

At first I thought that I'd just set up Joomla 2.5 with the Mobile Joomla extension and use the CMS Realty bridge to integrate the two. But then I realised that CMS Realty wasn't available for Joomla 2.5, so that choice was out. But I knew that I definitely wanted to set up the site - at least the non-Open Realty portion of the site - in Joomla 2.5, so I went ahead and set that up.

Experienced web designers know that they must check a new design in the major browsers to make sure that it looks as it should. This is because browsers interpret the page code slightly differently and what may look perfect in one browser may look seriously flawed in another.

This is more true in the case of Internet Explorer versus the other major browsers than of any other browser. I've never made up my mind as to whether this is the case because Microsoft doesn't think it's important to try to function like other browsers or if they just don't care that their browser causes additional bother for web designers and causes otherwise well laid out pages to look bad. Whichever it is, they have certainly never taken the trouble to try to standardize their browser with the others.

My first article in the Information for Web Developers blog, concerns web designers and their tendency to ignore the design and content of their own websites.

Over the years I have updated the design of my site many times but I have been woefully neglectful in keeping the content up-to-date. I have recently decided to change that and so, not only have I once again redesigned my website but am also making a determined effort to update my content and add to it on a regular basis (the last part I say hopefully as adding new content is not my favourite thing to do).