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WordPress is not the only great tool we use to develop Pressible. We also rely upon the jQuery Javascript framework as well as some other JS tools. Javascript allows us to control our design and user interaction more fluidly, and jQuery allows us to do it quickly. WordPress now ships with jQuery installed, not to mention a few other fine JS frameworks, so it's even easier to get our designs realized. The design area where jQuery plays the biggest role in the Pressible experience is in the sub-header. The sub-header deafults to displaying 3 topics each showing one post.
This is such a nice analogy, yet so easy to forget! Pressible likes tags. Lots of tags. In theory, you can't have enough tags in Pressible so long as they are descriptive, clear, and meaningful. They help site visitors find all the great content on your site. Think of it this way: if posts are your best shot at getting eyeballs on your site, tags are the best way to guide them to related content.
That was the question we were charged with answering at today's seminar at the EdLab. Each work-group was asked how they would want to be described to visitors to the Lab. With half of the Pressible team either ill or on vacation after the 1.3 release last week, Brian and I dared to represent the entire team with these idea-nuggets: a focus on web literacy...
We're up and running with a cool new homepage. We’ve begun adding features we see as essential to the future of the network model of publishing: up-to-date information on sites and users, data visualization of network activity, and links to the best content on Pressible. This includes: Links to the newest sites. Though these sites might have no content, is it fun to see them appear? We think so, but we'll probably create a better rubric for showing them in the future (i.e., wait ...
While we've posted a lot of information about our development of Pressible, there hasn't been much talk of research. Luckily, the Pressible team sits within earshot of the R&D team for EdLab. Pressible does and will generate a slew of data; but our team has not spent much time thinking about fully-developed research questions that will inform both the use and continued development of the network. Of course this is a priority, but we thought we could benefit from some guidance about where to start, what to look for, and what to track immediately. Today we had a great discussi...
Patrick, Eric, and i just had a great talk about this question. It arose (again) from an example case: the user that has a bunch of content (say, 100 posts), and a clear idea of how they should be interconnected. Now, it's not that Pressible doesn't already have a solution for that – we've got Topics, Tags, and Contributors that all act as interrelated metadata – but what if a user wants even more? For example, what if I want to not only give a set of posts a Topic description, but include HTML in it? Pressible doesn't allow that: Topic descriptions are plaintext onl...
What should be on the homepage of Pressible? That was the subject of a development meeting today. We talked about the balance between showing off content that's on the Pressible network, and giving a potential new user (author) an overview of how Pressible works. In the end, balancing these two goals seems like the way to go. So how might we do that? We're thinking that the top of the homepage will contain a large "this is what Pressible is" section and a "sign up" section. Then, below, there will be a grid of "featured network sites" along with editorial...
Today the team pushed (and de-bugged) a new release. There are some exciting incremental changes to design and functionality. Highlights: pagination for lists of posts (site-wide) related content plugin and templating (within a site) threaded comments "theme option" page on dashboard: homepage sidebar text, footer text, and google analytics option And everything else: social sharing buttons (twitter, facebook, etc.). but not too many. tag pages show off a post for a little more content add featured p...
We have fortified ourselves with Pringles and chocolate-covered pretzels, and we think we might ALMOST be done debugging 1.2. It's coming... momentarily!
We had a final meeting this afternoon to tie up the loose ends as we prepare to deploy Pressible 1.2 tomorrow afternoon. Still a bit left to do but spirits are high, even as Patrick fights with the HP touchscreen computer whilst performing browser testing on a certain cantankerous browser. But with the good news that YouTube is dropping IE6, there is hope that well-behaved browsers might be the norm, making for fewer emotional outbursts here at the Lab.