Replacing WordPress

Following up on the new tools and techniques I’ve picked up recently while putting my portfolio and blog live such as moving my hosting to Linode VPS, I’m just writing to outline my decision to stop using WordPress as my ‘go to’ CMS.

WordPress logo

I’ve been using WordPress almost exclusively for client brochure websites for nearly 3 years, and will continue to do so as its a great piece of software, but I’m now learning it’s not always the right tool for the job.

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I recently put my portfolio live and along the way embraced a lot of change and new tools and one of these changes was my recent decision to move my hosting from MediaTemple to Linode. (that’s my referral, please consider using it if this post is useful to you!)

Linode, if you’ve not heard, offer VPS hosting at varying levels, from 512mb to a staggering 20gb RAM. I won’t go into too much detail as you can find out more on their Features and Why Linode? pages.

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Google Plus +1

Google Plus +1 Buttons

Google this week have released their long talk about +1 button and much like the prominent Tweet This and Facebook Like buttons you will see all over the web. +1 buttons let people who love your content recommend it on Google.

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Prestashop 1.4.2 released

Over the weekend the Prestashop team released Prestashop 1.4.2, and the changelog suggests that the update is more focused upon fixes not features. This is great news in my opinion. Prestashop 1.4 has so far been a step in the right direction, with features such as the overrides and the MVC pattern which are big improvements on Prestashop 1.2.

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StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome by Transfusion Media.

“You sit down at the computer, and you swear you’ll be productive. Next thing you know, it’s twelve hours later.

You’ve checked your email, updated your Facebook status, browsed the trending topics on Twitter, read your RSS feeds, looked up your favorite band on Wikipedia, vanity googled yourself, cyber-stalked your ex, looked at all your high-school crushes’ Facebook photos, watered your plants on Farmville, and lost a week’s pay playing online poker. What you haven’t done is WORK.”

‐ Transfusion Media

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