As time goes on, the number of mobile devices that are used to access the web just keeps on growing. It is showing no sign of slowing down.
With this, we are seeing more and more applications being developed for the now vast array of devices available to us, whether that’s on a mobile phone or a tablet – the list goes on!
Say you get that ‘big idea’ and you think that you can make an app for it, where do you start? The first thing you need to consider is what sort of app you would like it to be, a native application, or a web application (or both of course!). In this article I’ll be taking a look at the differences between the two and also their strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully it will help you choose the correct path on your app development journey with us.
If you want to change a WordPress site’s domain name (or base URL), which will often happen when you’re copying a site from staging to production, or from local to live, there are a number of steps to following, outlined at http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress.
However, here is a shortened summary of how I run this on non-multisite sites (multisite sites are a pain!):
Please see the following link for a summary of the new requirements for application icons for all apps submitted from July 2012 onwards:
- the key one is that now an additional application icon of 1024×1024 is required. The icon is for the app on the App Store.
One would almost certainly be forgiven for thinking that given the vast array of tools that web developers have at their disposal, there would be one single tool that would allow you to accurately test for all browsers.
Unfortunately this is not the case.
Modern browsers are being updated regularly, which increasingly makes for a more seamless testing experience. But at the time of writing, us developers and designers still have to cross swords with Internet Explorer and its older versions. Support for IE6 was dropped at the turn of the year and our main battle now lies with IE7. Although The Internet Explorer 7 Countdown currently reports that worldwide usage is now around the 4% mark, although different regions report higher figures than others which requires us to support IE7 for just that little bit longer, fingers crossed.
There are numerous tools that are available to test IE7 from simulators and web based solutions through to legacy versions and here I’m going to run through what I’ve used in the past and what I’m currently using now to get the best possible results.
I’ve been using the excellent WP-Members plugin, to extend the Swansea Community Church website, and have been pleased with its ability to offer all the membership/registration functionality that I need to add a membership section.
However there a couple of elements that I wanted to add to it to focus it for my needs.
- Firstly, to set a post as public or private (overriding the default ‘block all’ or ‘allow all’ settings), I needed to add a custom field to that post. This is fine for me as a developer, but as the admin of the site is not a developer, I wanted to make it more user friendly.
- Secondly, I want to be able to remove private posts from the loop (and this covers posts, podcasts, and things like the Recent Posts plugin, etc) when a visitor is not logged into the website, but then show everything to the logged-in user.
This blog article is the second of two articles. Find the first here: Extending WP-Members plugin: Add meta box for public/private