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Web-site Changes: My Memory Returns

August 10, 2017

In my previous post Web-Site Warning, I mentioned that I’m just this week returning to do some work on my web-site. It’s refreshing my memory on a number of issues.

While I won’t say that working on my web-site was the actual reason I looked for and took a W-2 job, having the web-site move hanging over my head might have been something of a motivator to procrastinate it by doing anything else, including taking a “permanent” job. Now that I’m back working on the web-site, I’m starting to remember how extremely tedious it is.

Even with all the templates and tools, the web-site still looks about like I personally put it together, and I don’t mean that in a good way. However, one good thing, is that I had to write very little code to get a couple things working the way I wanted them to, so I suppose I shouldn’t complain too much about it. In the end, though, at some point I’ll probably have to pay a designer to “fix it up” but I can possibly address some of the issues at WordPress events throughout this year, where I’ll likely meet plenty of people with design experience.

Side Note
When I was working at the U of M, they had needed some items added to the customer department’s web-site – just things like a few links and such, nothing that probably required any programming. They didn’t know how they’d get that accomplished so, trying to be helpful, I volunteered. They just plain insisted that they didn’t want that. At the time, I was puzzled that they’re rather let things go undone than have my help.

Now, looking at my own web-site, and knowing some of them might have seen the unfinished mess that I’d left my web-site in, I can imagine they were possibly afraid I’d mess-up the nice formatting they had and I think I now understand why they were hesitant. However, to anyone reading, I’ll just say that adding plain content, even if it’s in links, doesn’t tend to harm the formatting. That, plus the fact that you can always undo what you’ve done if you’re careful as most of us professional programmers are.

In any case, now, I can kind of laugh about it, as puzzled as I’d previously been. But if you think about it, people have their concerns about keeping things looking nice and it’s hard to allay their fears about that if their fears are strong-enough (and if your own web-site looks bad-enough).

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises
http://www.GeoMetrick.com/

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2017 9:12 pm

    I know how tedious it is to build sites. I have personally built all the sites that I own and operate. All of them are wordpress sites. WordPress is not just for blogging. If you choose the right theme and self host on a cloud server, you can really make some great sites. If you are able to, you might want to combine both your company site and your blog under one site. I know the arguments on both sides. I struggle with that myself but having to maintain more than one site is a real pain.

    This is not meant to self promote at all but I wanted to share with you a new site that I am currently working on. January of next year, we are planning on releasing sciCloud.net to the public at large. Until then you can see the sorts of things you can do with wordpress as this site: https://www.scicloud.net is made entirely with wordpress without any real coding. Mind you that is just the public facing website. The sciCloud.net product is on a completely different technology built with Node.js and hosted within a Docker Swarm across multiple cloud providers. I am working on building out the website so that I have it completed by end of December of this year so we can launch in January 2018. The website is a work in progress but it shows you the cool things you can do in wordpress.

  2. August 11, 2017 7:01 am

    My web-site is now in WordPress with just a little PHP and CSS added by me. I bought a plan that allows two sites to be hosted so my plan is to move this blog over to be hosted.

    However, I will probably leave the hplcnyou.com blog as a WordPress.com site (WordPress.org is where you host your own, WordPress.com where it’s free and hosted by WordPress).

  3. August 11, 2017 7:02 am

    I should add that many people like Joomla or Drupal. However, WordPress has more users, more templates and, when you have a question, you’re almost guaranteed to find an answer to it someone in someone’s blog or discussion group.

  4. August 11, 2017 9:18 pm

    Oh you know it about WordPress. It is the model for a fine CMS.

    I truly believe that WordPress is a great model for a LIMS as well. Mind you, I am not saying to build a LIMS in wordpress. That would be a very bad technical decision. What I mean is that we need a LIMS platform that is open source and allows for an ecosystem of add-ons and plugins and UX themes. All sorts of vendors could create plugins to solve all sorts of problems from sample login to batching samples to workflow to calcs to test libraries to packaged configs by industry to reporting, to interfacing and the list goes on and on. All of those add-ons could be monetized with license fees and service fees. Open Source does not mean you have to give your stuff away for free. You can build proprietary bits on top of an open source platform. WordPress folks do it all the time.

    I cannot think of a single LIMS product on the market today that has any sort of open ecosystem of value added plugins, let alone anything that comes close to the model of WordPress. I think there is a real opportunity here and with Open Source taking a great share of the software world everyday in the cloud, I think the time is ripe for LIMS to follow this model.

  5. August 12, 2017 9:43 am

    John, I agree that I don’t think WordPress is quite the right place to build a LIMS. With that said, I recently heard about something built using WordPress that was similar but I can’t remember what it was. But I mean that it was a system with security and features the the sense that the model was similar to what we would use in a LIMS.

    And people use all sorts of tools to build what they need. ELNs have been built with Lotus Notes and SharePoint, LIMS have been built in all sorts of tools – whatever someone has handy is usually what they use. Then, as it grows, there comes a point where that tool can’t even handle the load put on it.

    Hey, let’s just build everything in MS Excel, instead. Everyone knows it, right? Isn’t that the reason we over-use it? 😉 (Please don’t send me hate mail, anyone. I’m just kidding. Unfortunately, it’s a little too close to the truth, isn’t it?)

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