Category Archives: Web development

A short word on innovation

Innovation in a business context is one of the most misunderstood concepts around. I have to admit that I’ve misunderstood it for most of my life too. I’ve grown to realise that ideas by themselves are pretty much worthless — and innovation really arises out of a process of execution of those ideas that tests […]

Web development: The great convergence myth

I’ve always learnt that converged systems are the best way to go. In theory they are: An integrated site should ultimately allow you to do more with your site’s content and resources. It should save you time because you are not going backwards and forwards trying to get one Content Management System (CMS)* to speak […]

Is SEO evil?

It’s an old debate, but always worth a good discussion: The Digital Edge podcast by Jarred Cinman and Saul Kropman is tackling the topic of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). It’s a contentious topic, around which there is still discussion, and a bit of obfuscation. The podcast sensationally interviews two “anonymous SEO practitioners” to see how […]

Ten elements for your website's success

Did this presentation a while back at the Highway Africa conference. (The big numbers were a bit chopped on Slideshare, but it’s still readable.) It’s essentially a talk I gave on the ten key elements for your website business’ success. Comments welcome. The Numbers Game View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: website strategy)

Where they're clicking: Heat map of 24.com homepage

Below is a heatmap of the 24.com homepage, as analysed by Tim Gregory who is production manager at 24.com. He ran the page through Click Density, with some interesting results…

Which CMS? WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal

It’s the big question. I’ve had the opportunity to work with all three of these Content Management Systems (CMS) in various guises, and in my view — from a online publishing perspective — there is a clear winner. Everyone has their favourite and there will no doubt people that vehemently disagree, but hear me out. […]

Navigation for your site: The case for new M&G Online

For the new Mail & Guardian Online that we are launching later next month we’ve had quite a few discussions and workshops about the navigation. It was a unanimous decision early on that we would opt for a top nav, discarding the left nav we currently have, which we feel is outdated and cluttered. We’ve […]

Powering your site: Technology choices

Making the wrong technology choice can cripple your online business. It can mean expensive maintenance and development costs down the line. It could mean downtime for your website and make the simple act of publishing an article a trapeze act. You don’t want this. A site’s Content Management System (CMS) is the engine of your […]

Redesigning & rebuilding the Mail & Guardian Online

Redesigning the M&G Online, the country’s oldest news website. Pics below of the first meeting with myself, Vincent Maher (Strategist), Riaan Wolmarans (Editor) and Matthew Burbidge (news editor). Absent at this particular meeting is Bryan Khumalo (Online Sales Manager). We’re essentially rebuilding the site and bringing the dev inhouse (previously outsourced) and we’re also changing […]