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. I will come and see you free of charge and explain the issues with government websites, how they can be addressed at a minimial cost and how to appoint a web manager/commissioner who understands the basics of the web.
Prime minister Brown recently proposed a dashboard that allows every citizen to personalise the explosive growth of government services on the web. Personally I think the government should stick to the basics.
Following on from a previous blog post UK Government IT incompetence: fco.gov.uk I'm sad to report another far from satisfying experience, this time with hmcourts-service.gov.uk
I tried to make a simple form submission on the site and received a message along the lines of "We
There was a very good web chat yesterday about the Umbraco 3.0 package repository.
Details are here. http://www.umbraco.org/10722.aspx
A web poll is a useful way of gathering opinions from your site users. It is also one of the most trivial pieces of web functionality that you could write.A friend who is a java developer and has never really used .net or Umbraco wanted to see a real world example, so I put this together for him real quick (he was impressed).http://darren-fergusoncom.site.securepod.com/development/polldemo.aspxI’ll look at releasing a package at some point. It is implemented as a Macro that takes a question and a delimited set of answers as parameters.
After several months waiting for approval the Intro website is live.
Umbraco feeds XML to a flash front end build by
web maestro Rich Salter.
Site design was done internally by Intro.
Believe it or not, despite all of my interest in Umbraco, this
is my first site to go live other than my own domain!
I get quite a few questions about Umbraco Backup licensing, so here is clarification about what each licensing model means.
Personal/Non-Profit: For any type of not for profit web site e.g. charities and blogs. The license is tied to a fully qualified domain name e.g. www.mysite.com.
Single Umbraco instance: For a single commercial site, tied to domain name in the same way as a non-profit license is.
Server license: Allows you to install Umbraco Backup within as many Umbraco instances as you like on a single physical web server. All domain names for these sites *must* resolve to the same IP address. If you have two web servers you need two licenses. Changing the server IP is fine, the license is based on a domain, as long as all
I've created an umbraco package that will cache XML feeds - or any other http URL - to disk on your web server. Click here to download the package
The idea came about as a lot of people are displaying feeds on their web pages - flickr feeds, twitter etc. In Umbraco you can cache marcos that read external URLs, but ultimately when the cache expires one user will have to take the hit of requesting this external URL as part of their page download. If the third party server is down - which twitter frequently is - then this can result in a hefty wait until the request times out.
Instructions for using the package are in the readme prior to installation so be sure to read this before proceeding with the install.
As a result of user feedback, it seems that a few people are
having an issue with failed backups as a result of using a backup
target directory under your web root. This is because Umbraco
backup tries to backup it's own target zip file, causing some
This issue will be fixed with the release of 1.1, however,
unless you have to,Do not backup under the webroot.
Google and other search engines can index zip files and their
contents. One user has already made me... will
not let you write anywhere other than your webroot, 1.1 is coming
soon, but please note that you should download your backups from
your server and remove them from the web root upon completion.
I've been digesting some of the information on day two of
codegarden and in particular this
post that contains a list of 'most wanted' packages.
I'm unsure who requested RSS feed aggregation but before anyone
were to dive in and start coding it may be worth having a look at
As yahoo say:
Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate,
manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.
I've been using pipes for some time to consolidate all of the
RSS output to your Umbraco web server, possibly using some kind of
Macro, but I'd recommend using a scheduled task and simply writing
the feed to the file system as pipes with multiple feeds may impair
your page load time - if for example one
I've been hearing a lot of buzz about Ruby on Rails, so I finally got down to running through the tutorial at: http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2005/01/20/rails.html
Pretty impressive I must say, but the jury will be out until I get to try and build something ‘real world’ with it. This might not be for a while, as all of my spare ‘geek’ spare time is being invested in Umbraco at the moment.
I am pretty sure it would handle any of the web projects that usually land at my feet, but it always comes down to whether I ‘like’ it or not.
Also, I did a brief search for UK based shared hosting packages that support ROR and only managed to find one.
I'd avoided looking at spell checking in Umbraco as I thought it would quite time consuming. I was wrong... Thanks to the excellent NetSpell and it's built in web ui demo, it only took about 30 minutes to hack something together.Check out the screencast.The checker works on dictionary files, so it will do languages other than English. I implemented it to check specific Umbraco fields, though it would be relatively simple to have it check all fields in a document type.I'm hoping Niels will snap this one up and integrate it, as I'm not known for my UI design!Next on the list is looking at NClassifier which Ismail found. I'm hoping that it will help me add some content intelligence to Umbraco - for example, auto suggesting keywords