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Ben Barden

Why an off-the-shelf CMS might not be the best choice

I’ll be writing more about bespoke CMS development in the future. For now, here’s a quote from a relevant BBC Academy article: The CMS software market is quite crowded, with a huge number of products competing with each other. Despite this, we struggled to find a CMS that met our requirements around flexibility, multi-tenant operation and integration with existing services. Read More

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The power of networks

Back in late 2000, I discovered ezboard – a message board network. A group of friends were organising an event in London (Intensity), and they set up the “Intensity board” – a¬†message board where people could¬†chat before and after the event. When I set up my own ezboard community in early 2001, I noticed that new members could find your… Read More

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Does everyone need a full website?

This week, my dad got in touch to say his two WordPress self-hosted sites had been suspended by his web host as they had been hacked. I cleaned things up and the web host reopened the sites. My dad then asked if he could manage without a website, and simply use social media. There are many things to consider, such… Read More

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Instapaper rocks

I’ve tried several ways of managing my bookmarks, saving links for later, and sharing links if I enjoy them. Tools such as Pocket, Evernote, Delicious, standard browser bookmarks, and a few others I can’t recall right now have been generally fine. But nothing has really worked out for me. Typically, I try a new tool, throw some links into it,… Read More

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