Any visitors to our Facebook page would realise that we've been following the development of the mobile Internet closely with the take-home message being that more and more, people are using their smart phones and tablets to visit websites. Some of those articles quote different statistics to illustrate this movement, but recently we decided to take a look at the stats for some of the websites that we've developed ourselves.
Here at Tyssen Design, we're big fans of ExpressionEngine and use it for a lot of our work, but it's not always the right fit for every project, so over the last year or so we've been testing out a few alternative content management systems, some of which we've reviewed before.
Today, we're going to look at Processwire, which has been on our radar for a while. It touts its main features as
all custom fields, an easy-to-use jQuery-inspired API, and a powerful selector engine. It was chosen as CMS Critic's best free CMS for 2012, and we know a few people who use it and swear by it, and it's also come up occasionally in comparisons with ExpressionEngine, all reasons which made us want to try it out.
Mobile Internet is massive in Australia; we have nearly 9 million smart phone users, approximately 37% of the population, making us the second most smart phone-friendly nation in the world. More than 2 million Australians use their mobile phone to access the Internet each month (Roy Morgan Research), with more than half doing product searches. In fact, research from Google indicates more than 40% of shopping-related enquiries come from mobile devices, but less than one third of small businesses have a mobile-friendly site.
As you may have noticed, this site has been redesigned recently, and I mentioned in the announcement that I'd talk about some of the work that went into the process. So in this first instalment of what might be a two or three-part series, I'm going to talk about some of what's going on under the hood in (the) ExpressionEngine. In the other parts, I'll cover topics relating to design in general, and aspects of the front-end development. In terms of how sites normally get built, that's a bit backwards, as integrating your design and content into the CMS usually comes last, but most of what I'm going to discuss here relates to Stash, which seems to be a bit of a hot topic at the moment.
To celebrate the relaunch of the site, we're running a special during September. Anyone who books any type of work, whether it be some site maintenance or updates, a redesign, or a completely new site (feel free to pass the message on to people you know as well) before the end of September will receive a 20% discount (up to a maximum of $500).*
Why yes we have, thanks for noticing. After about six years, several attempts including a couple of false starts, and some that only got part of the job done, this site has finally been redesigned. Tyssen Design is now in its third incarnation since having first launched in 2005 (you can see screenshots of the previous two versions below), and the biggest changes are making the site mobile friendly (which has come to be known as Responsive Web Design), completely overhauling and enhacing the portfolio, pushing the boundaries of what can be done with CSS instead of images, and finally making the whole thing run on ExpressionEngine (EE).
It's been a while since I wrote anything on this blog and it's possible that this may be the last post here because from now on I intend to do most of my writing at my new blog. This site is due for a redesign but the first part in that strategy involved setting up a new site. If that doesn't make much sense, please read the first post on the new site in which I explain my reasoning.
I'm not ruling out entirely ever writing articles on this site in the future, but it won't be until after the site has been redesigned and I don't have an exact timeline for that right now. So in the meantime, if you've bookmarked or subscribed to the feed for this site, you might like to do the same for the new one too.
Yesterday I was working on the planning of a new site to be built with ExpressionEngine and was wondering about the best way to let editors link to other entries from within the body of an entry they're creating or editing. ExpressionEngine doesn't have this sort of functionality built into it by default so I asked on Twitter to find out if anyone knew of any add-ons that had been created that might do this.
With ExpressionEngine you give your clients a lot of power and flexibility to update the content of their own site, but at some point in a site's life there's going to come a time when changes will be required that the site owner or his/her staff can't do themselves via the control panel. Changes to a logo or other graphical elements of the site, adding new sections or functionality, giving the site a new 'skin' or theme, or completely rebuilding from the ground up will require a designer of developer to get involved.
- Mobile browser usage almost set to overtake desktops
- CMS Review: Processwire
- Get yourself mobile — it’s not as difficult as you think
- More Stash examples
- The Redesign Details — ExpressionEngine
- Relaunch Special
- Have you done something different with the place?
- I’ve got a new blog!
- Adding a link list to TinyMCE with ExpressionEngine
- Redesigning ExpressionEngine sites