Web Design

Transfer Blogger FTP to WordPress MySQL Site

Yesterday I managed to successfully transfer a Google Blogger generated blog over to a WordPress platform. The blog (actually 3 blogs) are hosted on my own domain (like this) and not on Blogspot / WordPress.com. But you can transfer from Blogger blogspot to WordPress.com if you desire too. With WordPress it was actually very easy…

Upgrading a Drupal Installation

OK, I attempted a Drupal upgrade as soon as I made a test area for my Drupal CMS installation, and managed to get it wrong from the start. So, to recap, here are the upgrade instructions from Drupal (after backing up): Log on as the user with user ID 1 Place the site in “Off-line”…

Bluefish – Linux just gets better.

The first time I looked at Linux was when I used a Knoppix Live CD. The reason I used the CD was actually to rescue some files from my wife’s hard drive after her windows installation died. While browsing through the applications on Knoppix I was quite impressed with the Bluefish HTML/web designers editor. Ubuntu…

How to Build and Publish a Simple Website

UPDATE: This article was written in 2007 and is very out of date. If you want to build yourself a website for your business, club or as a personal blog, you cannot really do any better at the moment than to use WordPress. Find a good web host that will help (most will install WordPress…

The Drupal Content Management System

I have recently been playing around with Drupal, which is a free open source content management system. At first glance Drupal looks rather complicated, as there are many standard modules, even more optional modules that are developed by other users, plus a vast array of configuration settings, all of which make Drupal very customisable, but…

Chosing between an open source CMS and a home grown one

By Dick Stanley, software architect. There are so many open source CMS (content management systems) around these day, that a web designer no longer needs to build their own. However, building your own will have some advantages. Open source CMS’s include the likes of Joomla/Mambo, Drupal, Smarty and Pligg to name but a few. WordPress…

I am back

OK, been away from Webologist for a while, on other projects. I have learnt a lot more about websites over the last month or so, so will soon be ready to start providing some useful tips for all you budding web designers. I think I will try to cover the following topics (making no promises…

More grief from website building

Well, finally realised where I was going wrong with NVU and my pages. Needless to say, loads of work to do. I was building pages in Strict HTML which should have been transitional. Lots of faffing around, but getting them sorted. At least much fewer errors on each page.