Drupal vs. Wordpress

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Sun, 11/30/2008 - 18:46.

A close relative of mine asked me to help him with choosing, installing and maintaining a blog for him. I am a big fan of Drupal (the software behind this blog, in case you were wondering) but just couldn't bring myself to recommend it. Don't get me wrong, Drupal is IMHO superior in almost all technical aspects but its user interface is just not as easy to use as WordPress. The person in question being a fairly inexperienced user of web technologies, usability was a major concern. The result can be admired at Hartwig Schmidt's blog.

( categories: Drupal | Webmaster )

Relaunch of Diary Products

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Tue, 02/28/2006 - 11:34.

[02/28/2005: Update - More Changes]
[03/02/2005: Update - Still Bugs in IE]

After this site has been using the old, boring, standard Drupal theme for two years, I am now proud to present my own creation: the new Diary Products theme. It uses the phptemplate engine and is a hybrid between table-based and CSS-based layouts as I am not a follower of the pure "Look Ma, No Tables" approach. There are still a few glitches here and there but overall I am quite happy with it.

( categories: Drupal | LightTPD | Geek | Webmaster )

Typo3 and CSS: Style Your Pages based on their Alias or UID

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Wed, 03/23/2005 - 12:46.

If you look at all the pages of a particular site, you will notice that most pages share common parts. These common parts typically include navigation, header, footer, styles and so on. Of course, you can duplicate the common part in every html file on that site. But as the site grows, making a change to one of the common parts ends up in a lot of tedious work: you need to apply the change to every single HTML file on the site. Now imagine your site has 1000 pages! You don't want to do that.

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Typo3: The Split Site Root Syndrome

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Wed, 01/05/2005 - 16:32.
The Split Site Root Syndrome

[continued from Typo3: Including the Home Page (Site Root) in Navigation]

The Problem

For months, my client's site was running fine using the above simple solution. Over time though, I noticed several oddities. These oddities were caused by the fact that the home page is accessible under two URLs, the canonical root and the non-canonical root as shown in the figure below.

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Typo3: Including the Home Page (Site Root) in Navigation

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Wed, 01/05/2005 - 14:30.

In modern web design, it is considered good practice to have a "Back To Home" link on every page so that users can easily return to the root of the site, i.e. the home page. Because of that I wanted a Home button on every page of my client's Typo3-based website. Although this seems like a very simple thing to do, it turned out to be quite a challenge in Typo3, especially when trying to avoid duplicate content penalties induced by major search engines.

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Typo3: Different CSS styles for internal and external links

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Mon, 12/27/2004 - 08:14.

It's often considered convenient to decorate external links in order to indicate the distinction between links that go to a page on the same site and links that leave the site. On one of my sites I use CSS to set a background bitmap for all links. Until today the bitmap was the same for internal as for external links. I used a little hack in order to set the class attribute of internal links to some value while leaving external links untouched.

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Single-Sign-On for Zope & Plone in Windows Domains

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Sat, 12/18/2004 - 14:22.
Single-Sign-On for Zope & Plone in Windows Domains: SSO
Single-Sign-On for Zope & Plone in Windows Domains: Remote User Folder

One of my clients runs his own intranet for his employees. The intranet currently consists of a bunch of static HTML pages which are written and maintained by a single editor. This approach might have been sufficient five years ago but as the intranet grew it became apparent that the static HTML would become unmanageable in the near future. I therefore suggested replacing the existing solution with a community-oriented CMS. Due to certain requirements the set of contestants was cut down to two: Drupal and Plone. I favored Plone because a) I am slightly disappointed with the direction and pace that Drupal’s development has recently taken and b) I wanted to learn Zope and Plone anyway.

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Typo3: Using Page Alias And Other Page Record Fields in TMENU Menus

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Sun, 11/28/2004 - 14:45.

Problem: Your web site uses the Typo3 CMS. Your typoscript templates contains TMENU objects for navigation menus. You want to use the page alias somewhere in the A tags of these TMENU menus. For example, you want to set the id of a menu item's A tag to the alias field of the page that the menu item stands for.

<a id="widgets" href="...">Buy Widgets</a>

Buy Widgets is the title of the page and widgets is its alias.

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Typo3: To Each Their Own - Site And Page Titles In Alternative Languages

Submitted by Hannes Schmidt on Wed, 09/08/2004 - 03:44.

Problem 1: The Site Title Is Global

Your site supports multiple languages using the "modern" single-tree aproach where one page has one or more translations in alternative languages. In Typo3 every page's title usually starts with the site title and the page title is appended to it. The page title can easily be translated by customizing the language-specific header fields. The site title, however, can only be set globally. Consider yourself lucky if your site title is universal across languages. Mine isn't. Furthermore, I like my site's title to contain main search engine keywords, i.e. the words I want my site to be found under in Google, Yahoo and so on.

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