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Taking WordPress farther than your usual blog.
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) is an organization that seeks out and tests innovations in journalism to find the best solutions for use in the real world.
Their new Palantir-developed Drupal website replaces a custom PHP website and two WordPress.com blogs. Part of our assignment involved migrating content from RJI’s WordPress blogs into Drupal.
Initially, we intended to do this using the WordPress Import module. However WordPress Import is a stand-alone module that does not integrate with CCK fields, meaning that you cannot import WordPress post categories or authors as CCK text or node-reference fields. It also has limited options for importing files attached to WordPress posts.
New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.
One of the best parts about being a programmer is that there’s seemingly always a better way to do things. A simple code tweak can drastically improve the execution time of your web application. The faster your application executes the quicker you release precious server resources.
The first step in optimizing your existing PHP-based web application for speed is knowing which portions of your website need to be improved. Do your MySQL queries take too long? Are you using efficient functions? Are you using unnecessary server resources?
In my web applications I use a timer class to benchmark how long queries, functions, and entire pages are taking to complete.
I love HTML5 Boilerplate and use it a lot as a basis for web projects. Sometimes however, I find it still does a little bit too much for my needs and I end up removing a lot before I can get started.
So What’s Springboard Then?
It features a very useful ANT build file which, among other things, can:
- Refactor template files to match your project’s namespace so you’re ready to code in seconds
- Minify CSS using the YUI Compressor
- Sanitize HTML and inject variables at compile time
Hopefully No fluff – just the very basics you need to get a project or experiment started.