Category: News

The Sausage Tree Charity

The Sausage Tree Charity works to provide funding for three schools in the Luangwa Valley region in Zambia.  This unspoilt corner of Zambia is dominated by the South Luangwa National Park, a haven for african wildlife.  The park does provide employment, but most families in this area live in poverty and struggle to provide even the most basic education to children in the area.

Established in 2000 by husband and wife team,  Lu and Will Chignell, the charity was born out of their desire to help local children achieve an education despite the lack of government funding and the struggle for local families to meet even their most basic needs of food, clothes and medicines.

WordPress for Hampshire Primary School

uphamscreen01Upham Primary School is our local village school which our daughter Tessa attends. We recently offered to develop a website for the school and naturally turned to WordPress for our content management system. The staff at the school are not very computer literate, so we thought it would be interesting to see how they would cope with the WordPress UI.

The site makes extensive use of custom category pages to run the “From the Classroom” and “School News” sections. We were particularly excited about the “From the Classroom” section since it presented an opportunity for the students in the school to contribute to the site and use it as a showcase for their work.

Feedback from staff and parents on the design and functionality of the site has been very positive so far. We have dropped in to the school a number of times to check on progress and we’ve been very pleased with how the school has just been able to get on with posting content and updates. It is a testament to the excellent work done on the WordPress project that the first experience a group of primary teachers have had with a CMS has been so positive.

A special word of thanks to Rob Schlüter and his excellent “Archives by Category” plugin for WordPress. Our jQuery gallery is delivered via Christophe Beyls’s Slimbox 2.

Just “google” it

I love the debate over whether google can be used as a verb. I was given a great reminder of how pervasive the term has become this weekend.

UK spending on TV Adverts

If anyone still needs convincing about the importance of online marketing, a report on the BBC News site today bangs another nail into the coffin of traditional media.

Helvetica is 50 today

Where would we be without a great font like Helvetica? This classic typeface started life as Neue Haas Grotesk, but thankfully it was renamed in 1960 after the Latin name for Switzerland, Helvetia.