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Selling digital downloads from your own website using Linklokipn

Posted on 21 December 2011 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

It was just over a year ago when I first published my first e-book, One Coast To Another, recounting the tales of walking Wainwright's Coast to Coast in the summer of 2010.

At the time I did two versions. One was for Kindle using Amazon's self-publishing platform, Kindle Direct Publishing. The second was a PDF available at no cost from my website - initially this one, and later from Rambling Man.

Over a pint, a friend asked me why I was giving the PDF away when I was selling the Kindle version. He could see no logic in it.

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Archiving web sites the Planet Bods way

Posted on 6 August 2010 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

As I mentioned yesterday, I've been having a bit of a spring clean of my website and archiving several areas of content. It took me quite a while to come up with my arching strategy so I thought I'd share what I decided to do.

When coming up with my archiving plan I eventually decided on a number of steps I'd go through.

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(Adobe) Flash! A-ah, Saviour of the Universe!

Posted on 1 April 2010 in Planet Bods, Web Development (7 comments)

Outragous I know, but the BBC recently sent me on a training course. No idea why - someone muttered something about “investing in staff” and then ran away. It was a training course in Flash, something the team is increasingly going to be using as it starts appearing in set top boxes and TVs.

Rules of Web Redirects

Posted on 9 February 2009 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

One of the legacies of a long lasting site is that you end up moving things around a bit. There are common themes why this can happen - and that means there are sometimes ways to avoid potential problems

It’s too wide! Or, the problems of not actually knowing how your users actually use web browsers

Posted on 7 March 2008 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Now I must say I do like the visual look and feel of the new BBC homepage, but it gives me yet again, another infuriating problem. It’s the browser window size. I just don’t want my browser window set that wide.

Tales of Merging Three Copies of Movable Type Into One

Posted on 2 February 2008 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Of course the sensible thing would have been not to have three different copies of Movable Type for one site in the first place. But then, there’s a lot that can be said for hindsight…

No more free CustomFields for Movable Type users.

Posted on 24 January 2008 in Web Development (1 comment)

Oh poop. It appears that, with the release of Movable Type 4.1, one of the most useful plugins I’ve ever found for Movable Type - CustomFields - has become part of the MT “Professional Pack”, which means buying a licence then. Especially annoying given in its pre-Six Apart ownership, it was essentially donation-ware for personal users.

Movable Type 4: are your entry screen text boxes greyed out?

Posted on 9 November 2007 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Two versions of this post. I’ll start with the executive summary. If you’ve moved to Movable Type 4 and find that when you get to edit an entry, the body and Extended fields are all greyed out, then I might have a cure for you!

Your granny won’t ever use ‘Second Life’

Posted on 18 January 2007 in BBC, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

The BBC’s Fifteen Web Principles

Changing minds - using Yahoo’s JavaScript event library in anger

Posted on 7 December 2006 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Over the last few weeks, I’ve slowly been migrating some of my JavaScript to use the Yahoo! JavaScript event library after discovering that my own attempts at event handling, weren’t working quite as well as I’d planned.

The battle of the Spam

Posted on 12 August 2006 in Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Over the last few weeks my humble email form has been getting a slowly increasing amount of spam emails sent through is - usually with Japanese email addresses for some reason. Now as the web form just gets sent to me and doesn’t go near the web site so I just sighed and put it with the rest of my spam.

myCommute

Posted on 22 December 2005 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Some time ago, I released myCommute out into the wild - a personalised way to view public transport travel updates from your PC, using the BBC’s Travel feeds.

No Spam Attacks Today

Posted on 27 November 2005 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

So the new web forms survived their first email injection attack. Should really get the new script rolled out on the rest of the site now I suppose.

New Email Form

Posted on 19 November 2005 in Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

It’s with a sense of trepidation that I today reactivated the first of my PHP built webforms since the email injection attack on my site nearly three weeks ago. Ever since then, I’ve had an ever increasing number attempts on the Hitoplive based forms which remained. None successful of course, but it’s meant that I’ve been a little cautious about unleashing my new script on the world.

Moving The Type

Posted on 20 October 2005 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

For well over a year or so, I’ve been working, in my spare time, on a content management project for the erstwhile Transdiffusion - a project which has, ultimately, resulted in the neglect of this blog, the upload of my photos and goodness knows what else.

myCommute Prototype

Posted on 5 July 2005 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Some time ago I mentioned backstage.bbc.co.uk and a couple of ideas I’d had around travel feeds. Well I’ve been messing around and I’m happy to announce that myCommute now has a working prototype.

backstage.bbc.co.uk has arrived

Posted on 11 May 2005 in BBC, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Well you didn’t have to wait long. Backstage.bbc.co.uk went into public beta today. Pretty much everything I said about opening up the News and Sport feeds to do cool things with, applies also for the plethora of feeds listed on backstage.bbc.co.uk - be it the extensive travel information available, or the Doctor Who RSS feed.

Go… Do Things with RSS

Posted on 10 May 2005 in BBC, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

A press release about RSS feeds isn’t going to set the world alight. One that starts off telling you to go off and reuse the feed in exciting ways might just.

Code Buzz

Posted on 10 April 2005 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

I spent most of the day messing with PHP, XML and Yahoo’s APIs to knock together a simple, pretty basic website search script for use on Catherine’s website. It’s not hugely complicated but it was all new stuff.

Bods Central v3 and Conditional Comments

Posted on 22 January 2005 in Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Well here it is, Bods Central v3.0. It’s only really a re-skin of the content but the old design had been in use since November 2002, and I’ve been itching for a change for a while.

CSS and Email Forms fixed, and some PHP

Posted on 18 September 2004 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Broken (and fixed) CSS, broken (and fixed) email forms and some PHP thrown in to boot! Yay!

The F-Word v3.0

Posted on 17 August 2004 in Internet, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

At long last, version 3.0 of The F-Word has gone live. Given I first started work on redesigning Catherine’s site back in December 2002, you might understand that its launch is somewhat of a relief to me.

Mozilla Firefox 0.9 and CSS problems

Posted on 16 August 2004 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

If you’re using Mozilla Firefox 0.9.x - and if you are, you’ll probably know it - you might be looking at a very plain webpage without any proper colours or styles on it.

More hits, RSS and Email Validation

Posted on 11 June 2004 in Internet, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

I was surprised to see the site hits go up 7000 last month, a large number of people hitting my post about my recent RSS changes, and a 1000 referrals from Mark Pilgrim’s Dive Into Mark site.

New Atom Full Post Feed

Posted on 3 April 2004 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

There’s a new full-stories feed for your pleasure. If you use an aggregator to view the site, feel free to give it a try.

Rant ‘n’ Rave Subcategories

Posted on 30 March 2004 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

I’ve been looking at the hierarchy for categories in this the site for some time and have been less than impressed with what I see.

Keywords Metadata

Posted on 24 March 2004 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

It’s taken me a long time to realise, but I finally have. The meta keywords tag in HTML is now very pointless.

CSS Hacked Off

Posted on 20 January 2004 in Internet, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

CSS hacks are on two levels - documented ‘features’ and undocumented browser bugs. And using the latter could be storing up a whole lodda trouble for the future.

The Swirling Mists of Time

Posted on 4 December 2003 in Internet, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

It was roundabout this time in 1996 that I started work on my first website.

Page Not Found

Posted on 28 October 2003 in Internet, Web Development, Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

One of my last tasks as a Client Side Developer at the BBC has now snook online.

More Theme Switcher Fun

Posted on 9 October 2003 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

The theme switcher now works properly. Honest. Believe me. Please?

Theme Chooser (and Konqueror’s handling of alternate stylesheets)

Posted on 4 October 2003 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

A new, and rather pointless theme chooser has been added to the site. Enjoy!

The Death of the Technical

Posted on 2 October 2003 in Computers, Internet, Web Development, Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

Today I struggled with some HTML. Does this set a worrying path to technical oblivion?

Wot no head (tag)?

Posted on 17 September 2003 in Internet, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Apparently in HTML documents, you don’t actually have to have HTML, HEAD or BODY tags. Well you learn something new every day…

Far Too Easy JavaScript

Posted on 25 July 2003 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

JavaScript that’s too easy? That’s a bit of a swizz isn’t it?

Cynthia Says.

Posted on 23 July 2003 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Cynthia Says is a web site accessibility validator, and this is some information on it.

Planet Bods and JavaScript.

Posted on 20 July 2003 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

New look Planet Bods out now - take a look and let me know what you think.

Hell hath no fury like a Today message board user annoyed

Posted on 9 June 2003 in Internet, Web Development (2 comments)

How a slight bug in a redesign affected one internet community.

Meeting the strictest accessibility standards

Posted on 11 May 2003 in Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

BodsCentral now meets the strictest web accessibility guidelines, as set by the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Must Use Correct Markup….

Posted on 26 April 2003 in Internet, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

How do you markup a script in HTML? Well where there is a will, there is a way.

Browsers Bugs (or how to ruin an OK site design.)

Posted on 30 January 2003 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

If you’re a Mac IE5 user, this site looks a bit rough. Sorry, but it’s not my fault! Honest!

Web Standards and Accessibility

Posted on 26 September 2002 in Internet, Planet Bods, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

About the Bods Central accessibility and web standards policies.

Not Best Viewed In…

Posted on 30 July 2002 in Internet, Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

The ‘best viewed in’ culture has taken to locking people with certain web browsers out of the site completely. Which is neither nice nor sensible.

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