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  • WordPress Plugin Released – Flexi Quote Rotator

    I have made a WordPress plugin for displaying quotes, testimonials or other text snippets on a WordPress website/blog available for download on this website. In the past I have modified many plugins for my own purposes, but this is my first foray into releasing a WordPress plugin for public consumption. I had been looking for a plugin that would display testimonials on a client’s web site and came across Luke Howel’s quote rotator plugin. Luke’s plugin displays the quotes as a sidebar widget which was not suitable for my needs so I decided to have a go at expanding upon his plugin to offer other display options as well as add a settings admin menu and some styling features. The result is the Flexi Quote Rotator plugin. As with the original version that it is based on, it is licensed under GPL and free to download, use, modify, redistribute as you please.

    Getting video from a DVD onto your web site – easy if you know how!

    Ok, so you’ve got some video on a DVD that you want to put on your web site – should be easy enough to do you would imagine, right? Well it can be easy if you know what tools to use but if you’re trying to search on Google to find out what you need to accomplish this task you can end up chasing your tail or chasing up on many bogus leads. Read more »

    Our content management system of choice

    A content management system (abbreviated CMS) allows non-technical people to update and manage a web site without requiring technical knowledge.

    At Stellar Web Works we specialise in building web sites on content management systems. We have worked with a number of different content management systems and have come to favour using the popular WordPress platform as our CMS of choice. WordPress is well known as the most widely used blogging platform but what is less well known that it is also an excellent general purpose content management system that makes a great platform for building a wide variety of web sites. WordPress, built with the PHP programming language and MySQL database platform, is very extensible and can be customised to add any special functionality and features that a web site might require. Here are some of the reasons why we think WordPress is a great choice for a CMS:

    • Easy to use – the administration interface is logical and intuitive. Even a person with very limited computer skills will have no problem using WordPress to update and manage a web site.
    • Search engine friendly – WordPress provides the tools and features that can be used to build a web site that is well optimised for search engines
    • Powerful extendible platform – WordPress is designed to be customised and extended by means of building ‘plug-in’ components that can add functionality to cater for the specific needs of a particular web site
    • A mature stable platform – WordPress has undergone more than 5 years of active development with new and improved versions being released on a regular basis
    • Large active developer community – Many developers create and make available plugins that add new features to the platform so for many special web site requirements, chances are that a plugin has already been created to handle it
    • Full flexibility of design and layout of web site – WordPress has a very flexible templating system that allows the web developer complete freedom in designing the web site.
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