Anything I should know about Weebly? Or that I should ask about?
http://www.weebly.com/jobs.php => "Running 2% of all of the websites on the Internet presents some very interesting technical challenges."
I don't know for sure if Weebly uses this number to calculate the percentage. But probably not, since it only indicates ~2.8 million Weebly websites, and they claim 11 million (7.8% of that active domain number).
Do they count Facebook/Google, too?
Edit: Here it is - http://vimeo.com/10123713
I am a huge fan of David. He helped us in a moment of crisis purely in a pay it forward way.
I believe a lot of opportunities in the world of mobile computing are missed because many of us can't stop thinking about modern mobile devices as ‘phones’.
See also: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2012/03/welcome-to-the-post...
> Which is like being the easiest way to cook in the shower.
is a kind of response I think you'd get if about 30 years ago you say PCs could be used for publishing.
I tried scrambled eggs but the egg packet drop rate was worse than wi-fi.
In a hot IPO market you generate what Adam Smith(a pseudonym) called "Supermoney" in the late 1960s.
A company which catches public's fancy can generate market values hugely over what the company would be worth in a private sale(think NFLX, think AMZN, most likely Facebook shares and so on). The liquidity and with it coming diversification is a nice plus but not the sole reason.
Of course, the company can fall from grace at some point, but even then it retains a premium over what it would be worth as a private company. This is almost by definition, otherwise the company does get taken private.
The websites! They weebly and they wobble but they never fall down!
I'd love to jump ship to something a little more modern, that's been developed from scratch with today's tech instead of patched together over the years. Do you find Concrete5 a decent replacement for WordPress for relatively simple content sites?
With Wordpress, theming is very well documented, but there are a bunch of different files for the posts/categories/comments/etc. I know wordpress themes can be very simple too, but I'm convinced that to a newcomer it's more complicated than concrete5.
Areas in concrete are way more flexible (and easier to understand) than Widget areas. When I first started using Wordpress I couldn't believe I couldn't easily set up different sidebar areas for different pages - it took extra plugins and config.
There are so many things in concrete5 that I've found that solve typical development 'problems' that other systems don't handle well. In particular, the Composer, custom block types, page attributes and block template overrides. All these things come into play when you have a client that wants to adjust something or have an easy way to add content. They're things you might not see straight away with the system, but when you find them, you're really glad they are there.
If you are a programmer, it's an incredibly powerful and well designed system. You don't have to learn at all at once too, you can learn how to create 'block' templates to tweak up some output, move on to overriding block functionality and then on to creating your own blocks.
So I'm very happy using concrete5 - it's easy for clients, easy to theme and highly customisable.
It may have just been me but I came across a couple of problems that should have been trivial to fix, or at least document, and that I had to search through forum posts for the answer. For one I actually had to post in the forum (ie the location of the dashboard URL, I couldn't see it in any of their docs).
I recommend trying it out for now, but I personally wouldn't build a business around it (as a developer - it's pretty good for content admins and users).
Concrete5 is for WEBSITES. yes it can do blogs, but it can also do eCommerce, Brochure sites; you name it.
I think it suites single-users and SMEs rather than big corporates (who have teams/departments for this sort of thing anyway). There doesn't seem to be much support for multiple-sites for example..
Installation and setup is incredibly straight forward, templates are mindlessly simple, there's also a vast library of free and commercial extensions and add-on for most things I can think of.
My only complaint (as a developer) is that now I have to think more about STYLE (look and feel) and CONTENT that resolve technical issues, as an author isn't this exactly how its supposed to be?
I recommend it as its elegant, simple (not in a bad way) and works.
Given the ease of setup (and your obvious technical knowledge), you could have it running on your PC in an hour (get WAMP, then install C5 on top). so don't believe any of the comments here - try it for yourself :-)
As a user, I like it because it's smokin' easy to use!
My question about Weebly: how do I create my own widgets? I saw something on a page at developers.weebly.com that said something about emailing someone, I think his name is Chris?
I am working on my own system based on Node.js/HTML5 which will be totally open and make it easy for developers to create and publish their own widgets/plugins right in the interface with their github accounts. I am extremely early on but I am hoping by the 7th I can have a very basic demo ready. The code such as it is is at https://github.com/ithkuil/cureblog .. on the remote chance that anyone has any thoughts related to my project.
Actually to be honest, you could create a plugin/tool/widget that would make it easy to select NowSpot ads to drag onto their site or integrate the NowSpot Composer or something right into their site, because basically my plugin frontends are just whatever jQuery you want that will fit in with the tools panel somehow (and the backend is whatever Node.js you want), but I am not sure that would be that great to come out with this platform and have one of the first things people notice is that the blogs made with it are full of ads. Just to be honest.
Having said that, the goal is for this to be a totally open platform, ideally most widgets would be MIT licensed (the part they expose at least), and my goal is to only remove plugins from the database if they are completely junk, i.e. people were just testing something and the widget just says 'Hi there testing asdf' or whatever. And adding plugins with new widgets/tools/components is going to be just a matter of entering a github login and a name for a repo and pressing the publish button or something like that.
More templates. You just can't have too many.
A better undo when editing. It seems to not work sometimes. Also it would be great if it had versioning so if an employees totally goofs I can just revert.
1. No pricing information, other than “It’s Free”. Is everything in Weebly free? If it is, I assume there is not much it does, which makes me lose interest in it. If it is not, I want to know the details before signing up.
2. aboutus.php: Can Weebly not do clean URLs? If it can, then why do I see “.php” on the Weebly site itself?
Standard fare for the Hacker News crowd, of course, but complaining about a file extension? If you're even aware of that stuff then you're clearly not in Weebly's target market.
How do you know that? How does that follow from what I wrote?
Maybe I am a web designer, or maybe I am a web-publishing consultant looking for good services to recommend to people asking about something affordable.
If Weebly cannot entice me enough to get me past their sign-up form, then I will not try their offering and I will not be able to recommend it to others either.
As for “complaining about a file extension”, see alanh’s comment.
But lately I've decided to evaluate new products by downloading their mobile app, because I think that's how more and more people are being introduced to products and services.
If I had known before embarking that it was a blogging service I definitely wouldn't have done it this way. When I think blogs, I think of the past, I think of desktop browsers, and I definitely I don't think of mobile.
So, I downloaded their iphone app. Probably less than two minutes later I had a blog running on their site with its first post.
It is best practice to have well-thought-out URLs that do not have extensions. The reasons include:
- If your site’s back-end technology changes, all those URLs will either break, or need redirected, or be specially handled with have extra cruft forever.
- It takes longer to type and is harder to remember.
- It makes your technology obvious instead of receding into the background.
- It limits your ability to make awesome URLs, because now your URLs are dictated by how you name and organize your server-side scripts. (URLs are a user interface, just like GUIs, though they don’t get as much attention! http://alanhogan.com/url-as-ui)
- There is no benefit to outweigh the above negatives.
I think it revolves what your website actually is and how deeply invested you are in your URLs.
Or is that too long ago for anybody to remember? I worked for a startup that was racking up millions of hits a day and chewing through tens of millions of dollars in funding in 1999. Guess what? It's really hard to make money this way.
I'm starting to suspect Prince knew a lot more than he was saying when he wrote that song.
Prior HN Discussion on the Puzzle:
I just spent a solid 2.5 hours working on it... Fun stuff and I learned a lot about the Chrome Developer Tools!
This looks to be perfect for me to recommend to friends and family who want me to create them "a quick website", with minimal costs.
The iPhone app video looks pretty compelling. Congrats.