In 2018 the tradition of “Social touch Football in Melbourne’s heart” continues with PPT’s Winter season.
If you are interested in entering a team please visit the website, where you can find more information and the team entry process.
So you think you need an app for your phone and you were considering shelling out some cash to a developer to build you a native app. Before you waste your money (and time) paying a developer to deliver a native app the first thing you need to consider the advantages an app has over a traditional website.
The big three are:
- It is installable, ie it appears on the phone home screen, this gives it a massive advantage over a traditional website in ensuring ongoing user interraction.
- An app is fast, ie it is faster to load and interract with than a traditional website.
- It can send notifications, again this increases user interraction substantially.
Obviously these are not the only reasons but they are the major ones.
Now here is the kicker, you can get all the above features on a website on the majority of phones right now! Goodbye native apps and welcome to the world of progressive web apps.
What is a progressive web app (PWA), you may ask? Well at it is heart it is just a website with some additonal features. Those features enable all three of the adavntages I outlined above on the majority of smart phones worldwide, right now!! But being a website a PWA also has some massive advantages. They include:
- They are linkable, ie you can access them by opening a URL.
- They are much easier to build, after all they are just a website with some substntial enhancements.
- They are updatable, ie any changes can occurr as soon as the PWA is accessed (as opposed to waiting for a user to download a new version of a native app).
- Being on the web they are cross platform.
Lets look at the state of play on different phones:
On android phones which now constitute the majority of smart phones worldwide all of the above advantages are currently already available to progressive web apps. ie visitors will be prompted to install your website on the phone (provided it meets the PWA criteria) right now and that website if properly designed will be fast and be able to send notifications
For apple the situation is not quite so good. Yes you can install a web app but the experience sucks and there is no ability to send notifications. The good news is that but in the upcoming IOS version (IOS 12.2) there will be significant improvement. Onced installed on your phone a well built progressive web app will behave like its native counterpart, with the only issue that it will not be able to send notifications. But that functionality is coming.
So in conclusion is that unless you need certain hardware apis that are not supoorted by PWA´s yet or you desperately need notifications on Apple phones then you should find a web developer who can enhance your existing website to become a PWA. The future is PWA´s and he future (to a large extent) is already here.
Ryan Barrett does Bridgy support expanding the url shared to facebook.
Like so: https://www.facebook.com/princesparktouch/posts/1261989440544676
Ive been using briidgy but th url stay in plain format like this:
Dont get me wrong, I love javscript, and I think the rest api is one of the best things to happen to WordPress but every time I read about someone usea front end framework to build a theme I shake my head.
A wise man once said,
just because you can doesn’t mean you should
- HTML for content
- Css for presentation
This combination might seem old hat but it was created by smart people with good reasons.
When done properly it has three major strengths
- It conveys meaning
- It is robust
- It has a clear separation of concerns
However lets just compare how this compares to the traditional approach. Namely:
Finally I’d like to urge you that is you need speed work on the basics like http caching, or look to modern technologies like http/2 and service workers.
hopefully this works
LH Archived Post status is a WordPress extension that creates an additional posts status available for content that may no longer be relevant to most visitors but should be available publicly (perhaps for historical purposes).
I built this plugin as UI needed this flexibility whilst using WordPress as a CMS. The plugin adds a new post status that enables posts and pages (and custom post types) to be archived. Archiving in this context means that the content is still publicly available but is not published on the front page of the site or the feed. I was not satisfied with other archiving solutions which hid the content for all non logged in visitors and was not configurable.
Ben can I please have some free art?
There has been a lot of discussion that WordPress is becoming less user friendly and indeed it has got some traction as the recent WordPress 3.8 is certainly aimed (amongst other things) around making the dashboard more user friendly. Given this I don’t think wordpress is becoming less user friendly, however it’s never been friendly to newbies.
Instead I think the area where Worpress has dropped the ball is that sensible projects that could make its so much better are not being tackled, instead development seems to be based on UI improvements and quick wins. These are great but a better WordPress platform would make these sort of improvements easier. Indeed a better platform would enable people to build their own UI. Thus rendering the rolling MP6 (and similar initiatives) into the core moot (because developers would be rolling their own version of the dashboard through plugins). Continue reading
In reply to this analysis by original article.of my
Barnaby you wrote:
The evidence is against you here, as almost all known usage of webmention has been for short replies which don’t make sense without context.
Actually we aren’t disagreeing, maybe I didn’t express myself well when I wrote “At the moment of the method is built around a POSSE architecture. This works well for long form articles which can stand alone but address issues or ideas that are posted on an external website”. Continue reading
I recently installed Matthias Pfefferle’s . It is a great plugin and hopefully when he has polished it up further he will push it out to the wordpress.org plugin repository so it can enjoy a wider audience. I actually think the Jetpack team should look at including an extended set of this functionality in its plugins as the potential for distributed sharing that the indieweb provides could be a major distinguishing feature for WordPress, and certainly a better bet than trying to roll their own social networking ecosystem. Continue reading
LH Rdf is back!!
Yes development has started again and the first stop is to add additional formats to the output. Previously Lh Rdf only supported RDF-xml and has been designed almost exclusively around that. Therefore to add other formats I have bundled the Easyrdf library into the plugin. When the query string lhrdf is added to the feed URL the Easyrdf parser is invoked to parse the rdf xml output string and the output is then available in various triple formats.
See code extract:
$graph = new EasyRdf_Graph();
$data = $graph->serialise($_GET[lhrdf]);
The format chosen by value of the lhrdf variable E.G. http://localhero.biz/?feed=lhrdf&lhrdf=json
As well as simply being cool, having an option to output JSON is the main benefit as the triples are now no longer imprisoned by the same domain policy.