Open-source software has made an enormous impact on the web. From operating systems to database software, open-source software has been a driving force behind the growth of the web. Despite all the benefits of open-source software, however, its advocates often underestimate its costs and fail to recognize the value of alternatives. For many applications, SaaS solutions—which typically are built upon an open-source foundation but include a substantial layer of proprietary software—better meet users' needs.
We recently worked with designer and project manager Tyler Wantulok to build a deal-of-the-day site, EponME, initially serving the Bozeman, Montana area. By leveraging three existing hosted systems—Webvanta, Foxycart, and MailChimp—Tyler was able to deliver his clients a very effective, custom deal-of-the-day site for a fraction of what a custom web app would have cost.
"Happy New Year" message from Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress: My last message to you this year is an important but unfortunate one: we've fixed a pretty critical vulnerability in WordPress' core HTML sanitation library, and because this library is used lots of places it's important that everyone update as soon as possible.
Membee provides a SaaS service for associations to manage and support their membership. In the past, they provided websites using an in-house CMS, but that system was aging. After evaluating all the options available, Membee chose Webvanta as the CMS to replace their in-house software for all new sites.
Many designers say they’re the most effective when they spend most of their time on design, not implementation. But your clients want working sites, not paintings (i.e., Photoshop files) of them. There’s a lot of technology involved in translating your design into a working, modern web site.
Once you have your site coded, you need to choose how those coded web pages are going to be delivered. The first fork in the road is to choose between static web site and a content management system (CMS).
During the past few days, there has been another batch of WordPress sites getting hacked, this time with malicious code that redirects visitors to the site to a fake virus scan page, which then tries to get the user to download an "anti-virus" program that is, in fact, a virus.
If you're like most web designers, you may use a hosted service, such as WordPress.com, when you need a quick, simple blog. But when you are building business sites and need full design control, you either build a static site or use a self-hosted CMS, such a downloaded copy of WordPress that you manage. And if you have the budget for a large implementation effort, you may use Drupal, Joomla!, or Expression Engine.