Guest post: May Roundup at SYWP

As any of you who follow me on twitter will know, I have become a proud member of the South Yorkshire WordPress community.

One Tuesday night a month, my twitter feed becomes an irritating and alienating place for my followers, with endless repetitions of #sywp, alongside jabbering about SSL, Custom Post Types and the many amorous moods of @mkjones.

Coming in First: 5 minutes on effective SEO

I was asked to talk about search engine optimisation at this month’s SYWP. It went down fairly well, so I’ve included the talk below: [iframe src=”http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/7609658″ width=”510″ height=”426″]

Wireframe me up

Just found an fun new webapp called Wirify. Basically, you save it to your bookmarks, load a page you would like to see in wireframe, and click the link. It then gives you a wireframed version of your site.

Sadly, it doesn’t get it quite right for most of my sites. It’s based on jquery, so there are a few issues in how it sees components placed. For example, http://allaboutchris.co.uk:

Just 1000 bytes A program is worth a thousand…?

For the last week or so I’ve been following the #JS1K competition. Short for “Javascript 1 kilobyte”, the competition is to see who can create a fully functioning javascript app in 1024 bytes or less.

Its hard to explain to the non geeks why this competition is impressive. Imagine trying to make a working bicycle, spending only 50p. Or building a house, but you are only allowed 27 bricks and a door. As a comparison, this little image on the right is 1000 bytes – but both the apps below have been made with the same amount of space!