One of the benefits of not being famous is not being called to account for what you say. I write this blog not in the expectation of it being read by thousands, or hundreds, or even tens. I write it first as a writing exercise, and second to keep track of this information for my own purposes. Lastly, I suppose I am vain, and I pretend that I am beautiful by looking into a decorated mirror.
This post is coming to you via TextPattern, which I am hereby recommending for anyone in the ‘adapt open source technologies to your client’s needs’ category of web designers and developers. In brief, TextPattern is the best of both worlds: out of the box it does everything that you need in a website, especially considering the scenario where you will set up a website for an SME or non-profit organization which will want to make major or minor updates in the near or far future. Once you are up and running, it can be changed in any way that you require on the front end (visitor facing), while still retaining all the site-administration functions required on the back end (administrator facing).
TextPattern (wisely) does not aim to be all things to all people right out of the box, but as the kids are doing it these days relies on its community of designers and developers to extend the look and the functionality of TextPattern to meet any need. And for most of us this active community of contributors means that we will never have to write a line of code.
Leveraging this robust plug-in architecture is one developer in particular that I feel inclined to share with you: adi. Their plug-ins are tremendously useful, are bug free, and come with an unbeatable price tag. The unbeatable price tag, that is to say.
adi_mobile – Mobile browser detection
adi_menu also offers breadcrumb (top bar site navigation).
So, yeah. Now that’s out of my system.