News & Updates
I feel starting out as a person who makes websites today is different than it was 12 years ago when I started. Back then I had literally no guide and I was a middle school student. Somehow, I pulled through and that experience is an interesting thing to look at now that I'm a little older. Compared to some I am still a beginning web developer, but I now do it professionally and make a living with it.
Here is a list of things I'd recommend to anyone starting out on the path of web development.
Recently, a user filed a dispute against one of my digital subscription-based websites. Having never dealt with a PayPal dispute before, I went in not knowing what to expect. I examined the user's account in Ubercart and they had definitely paid via PayPal and the IPN information was sent back to the site that the order had been successful. The user had also received the digital subscriber role. PayPal contacted me noting the user had filed a dispute against me that they did not receive the product. However, I could see that they very clearly had.
I wrote a blog post about Stewardship and Information Technolgy on the Acton PowerBlog. Be sure to check it out!
The upcoming WordPress 3.2 release will be thankfully dropping IE6 support. This is a welcome change and means themers and developers no longer have to take a step back 10 years when doing their job. I believe this change will hasten the removal of the browser since WordPress is a large chunk of the web.
Readwriteweb made a post about Wikipedia launching the "Wikilove" button that lets users show appreciation for each other. Apparently Wikipedia is trying to ride the wave of button popularity, what with Google launching their +1 button recently and the Facebook/Twitter buttons being featured on most websites around the Internet.
All through high school and college I was frustrated at the thought that Wikipedia was not a legitimate source of research information. Now that it's been a few years I finally see why that is. Wikipedia has strengths including a self-policing community. However, this community has taken their process to the extreme.
Disqus is likely the most widely used commenting system on the web today. It has many advantages. The one I find most convenient is that all of your Disqus comments are linked into one account and you don't have to enter credentials on 50 different sites when you want to comment. I even use it for the comments here.
If you have an older Wordpress blog you probably have thousands of comments with the built in comment system. The steps to migrating over to Disqus are as follows: