websites & programming

Journal

Flying with Pelican

Over the past two years, I have used either WordPress or a simple web application to generate the website for my consulting business. But I was always curious about static site generators, and recently switched over to a Python-based project called Pelican. The term “static site generator” is really just …

Trends in Website Themes

I recently assisted an NGO, Selamta Family Project, with refreshing their website. As part of the process, I worked with the client in selecting a new WordPress theme for the site. What was interesting about this is that we started out with one purchased theme, but ended up switching to …

WordPress on OpenShift

I had heard about Red Hat’s PaaS offering, OpenShift, and signed up for the free version of the service. OpenShift makes it very convenient to deploy applications that are written in Python, Java and other programming languages. After getting Red Hat’s command line client tools installed on my …

Choosing a Shopping Cart

Recently I worked with a client who needed a website to sell merchandise online. After learning about the intended purpose for the new website, I recommended using WordPress along with the WooCommerce plugin to handle the shopping cart functionality. But before implementing WordPress, we paused to discuss the broader issue …