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A shout out to Media Temple who hosts many of our websites. After a disaster with our server down for several days with a previous low-cost hosting provider, we are glad of Media Temple’s excellent technical support and proud to be affiliated with them since 2008.

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Why does a TYPO3 developer use WordPress?

Having developed websites with TYPO3 since 2005, why would I want to use WordPress for blogging?

TYPO3 is an enterprise content management system – it should easily handle something as simple as a blog. TYPO3 can, but when you are busy building websites for others it can be a challenge to find the time and resources to build your own things in any technology.

Here’s some reasons for making this in WordPress:

  1. WordPress is popular and simple to use.
  2. WordPress is fast to get blogging. TYPO3 does not yet have many high quality packages that provide the same “minutes out of the box and you can use it experience”.
  3. Many of our customers want WordPress or are already using it. If we use the same tools we can better support them.
  4. Using different tools can create a cross-pollination of ideas. There are many features of TYPO3 and WordPress that could be improved on by learning from other content management systems.
  5. WordPress like TYPO3 is Open Source so I can have full access to fix any problems in the software myself.

Design matters

Good design matters even when you are the only one using it.

A recent upgrade to Parallels Plesk on our main server added a lot of new features and solved some problems for our email users.

The upgrade changed the theme for the control panel and so our previous branding looked ugly with the new design. Even though I am the person who uses the control panel the most often, it was important to update our branding on the control panel to keep it looking professional and avoid the distraction of the ill-fitting logo.

Before:

Our logo in the top left corner had a transparent background.
Our logo in the top left corner had a transparent background.
Previous branding on Plesk detail
A closer view

After Plesk upgrade:

Branding on Plesk detail
With the background color change, the old branding is unreadable and ugly.

After uploading our standard logo:

New logo on Plesk detail
The new logo looks better, but the white background is uncomfortable.

After new branding:

Final branding on Plesk detail
With a transparent background and recoloring the text, the new branding fits much better.

I could have spent more time getting it pixel perfect, but I am pleased with this solution.

As you can see, design is often a process of making things fit for their purpose.

In this case, our design fits these purposes:

  • links this Plesk control panel with the rest of the services we offer
  • instant recognition of who is responsible for the control panel
  • not distracting from the main purpose of the control panel

What irks you about the design of the tools you use? Do you need some help to fix it?

Hello world!

Blogging with WordPress so far is very simple and you can do many things right out of the box. I have slightly adjusted the Twenty Fourteen theme that came as standard. I uploaded a header image, edited the CSS to center the blog on my large screen and edited this Hello world! post. My next post will be a screen shot of the current state of the blog to show what can be done from a  blank webserver folder to first blog post in 20 minutes.