Guest blogger Ryan Wachtl is an independent US-based web developer and experienced designer with a passion for the art of programming and the science of design. He has been building sites with SilverStripe since the early 2.2 release and organizes the SilverStripe user group in Madison, WI. You can stay in touch by following @ryanwachtl on Twitter.
There comes a time for just about every web designer when the requirements for a project call for some type of e-commerce functionality. The world of online commerce is full of extra considerations like: SSL certificates, PCI compliance, merchant accounts, payment gateways and charging the appropriate taxes, to name a few. Understanding your needs and constraints is the first step to getting a hold on e-commerce.Read full post
SilverStripe has always had a pretty elegant template language (the language used to describe how data from the application should be inserted into a document - be that of a web page or anything else). It was simple to learn and kept the designer insulated from complicated back-end code.Read full post
SilverStripe is an open source product and its success relies heavily on you, as the community, to build great stuff and to share your developments with other users. The company staff at SilverStripe Ltd is, apart from being a contributor, the frame holding it all together and making sure that your contributions tie into the overall architecture of the CMS and Framework.Read full post
As most of you might know we plan to release our framework Sapphire with SilverStripe 3.0 as its own entity. We have come a long way; many of you have already used the standalone framework to build great stuff, but it only came as part of the CMS. Sapphire has proved to work well as the basis for all kind of great applications, such as OB3, a web application for learning which was developed by OceanBrowser using the social media mechanism.Read full post
Thanks to everyone who came along to our August Wellington Meetup. We hope you enjoyed the chatter and presentations over drinks and nibbles. The evening kicked off with a brief introduction from our CEO Sam Minnee, followed by informative presentations by SilverStripe CTO Hamish Friedlander and community member Simon Welsh. For those of you who were unable to make it, or those that would like a refresher, we have included a video and slides below. See you all in October!Read full post
In order for websites to remain relevant and useful, we believe it's important to usability test them on a regular basis. We don't only recommend this to our clients, but we practice it too.
It's been just over a year since we redesigned silverstripe.com and the best way to check whether it's meeting the goals of our users is to usability test it. We're planning to do this over the next couple of months, initially via a short questionnaire and then with face-to-face interviews in Wellington.
In late July we'll be asking interested users the reasons why they visit both silverstripe.com and silverstripe.org and for details of what they're looking for when they're there. In August we'll be inviting test users to come into the SilverStripe office in Wellington, where we'll run through a series of scenarios to test how they navigate through our sites, and we'll then explore areas that could be improved.
After collating and reviewing all the results we're hoping to better understand exactly what our users (you guys!) want from our sites and how they should be structured to make them as user-friendly as possible.
We're interested in talking with a range of users, including developers, designers and clients. If you're keen on participating then please contact Julian (J) Meadow, our resident usability testing expert, and he'll send you more details. Those that participate in both stages will be rewarded with an iTunes or book voucher.
Of course, anytime you have feedback on our sites you are always more than welcome to let us know by filling in a feedback form, which can be accessed via the the footer on both sites. We really appreciate your comments, so keep them coming!
We'll keep you posted on progress over the next couple of months.
Thanks to everyone who came along to our June meetup in Wellington. We hope you enjoyed your well-deserved beer and learnt a thing or two! We were treated to two excellent talks from Sam Minnée and John Milmine. Here's a quick rundown of what they spoke about, with slides and videos for those of you who weren't able to make it.Read full post