Review of New Adventures in Web Design 2013

Posted in on 29 January 2013 | Comments

Last week, I attended the New Adventures in Web Design conference in Nottingham. This was the third and (probably) last New Adventures and the event lived up to my expectations. It was a day full of insightful and entertaining presentations. Here’s my short review of the best bits for me.

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Creating a Perch dashboard widget for Google Analytics

Posted in on 14 January 2013 | Comments [2]

Before Christmas, I added a news section to the CVW Web Design site because I wanted to write some articles there. As a result, I was also keen to get a quick snapshot of Google Analytics (GA) data every time an article was published. Perhaps I would get more visitors and page views for some articles and not others? With this information, I can tailor what I write. Of course, all this date is available via the GA system but I wanted a simple way of viewing a small subset of GA data in my website content management system (CMS).

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Reviewing 2012 and learning new stuff

Posted in on 9 December 2012 | Comments

About a year ago, I wrote about Learning New Things for 2012 and joining the 12412 project – which was intended to be a starting point for me to learn new things during the year that’s now coming to an end. So, how has that worked out? Well, not that great actually although I have started some new ‘learning subjects’ and increased my usage of some things that weren’t completely new (cheat!). Here’s my summary of the year in that respect.

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Trying out Audioboo and VoiceBo

Posted in on 12 November 2012 | Comments [1]

I’ve joined Audioboo and VoiceBo which are apps/websites that allow you to make short audiologs/recordings via your desktop or mobile phone. Part of the reason for joining was to try something new but also I wanted to take part in #audiomo for November.

Here I am on Audioboo and on VoiceBo. I’ve found pros and cons for each app, and I may write a post on this, but so far I’ve used Audioboo most. Not because I think it’s better but mainly because I started with it before VoiceBo.

It’s been quite a challenge and also an enjoyable experience to record something every day. Here’s one of my previous ‘boos’ where I talk about Horsham Coworking as well as Windows 8.

I wouldn’t say that I have a recording career in me (!) but I’m intending to complete the #audiomo challenge for November and will probably continue with Audioboo/VoiceBo after that as well.

Jetpack for WordPress

Posted in on 30 October 2012 | Comments

I’ve developed and managed a few WordPress websites for myself (and for clients) and recently I’ve been using the Jetpack plug-in. It’s actually a collection of plug-ins that provides additional functionality for your WordPress blog/website. I like it!

Jetpack supercharges your self‑hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of

Jetpack is made by Automattic, the company behind WordPress, and was orginally only available if your site was hosted on Now, it’s available for self-hosted sites as well. So, what does it provide? Here are some of the options in the Jetpack package.

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