Shawn DeWolfe's blog

The Buy Cialis Problem

  • Posted on: 9 June 2018
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

WordPress is popular. As such, it’s a ripe target for those who want to exploit the largest number of web applications with the least amount of effort. Over the past two years, Web malware has grown around 140%. At the same time, WordPress has exploded in popularity as a blogging platform and CMS, powering close to 30% of websites today. But that popularity comes at a price; it makes WordPress a target for Web-based malware. When hackers find an exploit, they will work their black magic and add something malicious to a target website.

Upgrading from Drupal 6

  • Posted on: 8 January 2018
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

Drupal 6 made its debut in February 2008. For eight years, it was supported, upgraded and patched. In February 2016, support for that version of the Drupal content management system finally lapsed. Drupal 6.38 was the last version released.

The Drupal development community encouraged admins and site owners to upgrade from Drupal 6. Without code support, any new security vulnerabilities would go unaddressed. Drupal 6 sites would miss out on cool new features, new modules and new themes (including responsive themes).

Make Learning A Cinch

  • Posted on: 20 November 2017
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
Last Summer, we started working on Cinch Academy (https://cinchacademy.com): an online learning aggregator.

We are in changing times. While maybe automation will get rid of work in 20 years or so, people will need to play out their careers and incomes until that comes about. Jobs that rely on antiquated technology are going (newspapers, for instance). Jobs that are easy to automate (eg. some elements of food service can be automated). Sectors where economies of scale allow for survival (eg. Amazon in lieu of department store retailers).

Build Prototypes Fast with Drupal

  • Posted on: 28 June 2017
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

I worked for a start-up company. They pulled the trigger on seeking funding a little too fast. They were out there talking up their product while it was still vapourware. Most investors said, “I want to look at the prototype.” This created a crazy amount of pressure to develop an elaborate and almost impossible product with no time and no money; and, do it all from scratch.

SEO and Drupal: Five Modules To Make You Stand Out

  • Posted on: 3 October 2016
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

In the days before I worked with a content management system, I built pages by hand. It’s an exercise in consistency. One of the joys of a CMS like Drupal is that it repeatedly put all of your best practices into place. Having such a large open-source community really helps drive the development of newer and better SEO mousetraps. Drupal code is W3C compliant and search engine friendly.

 

Sorry Facebook, You Need A Website.

  • Posted on: 26 September 2016
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

My main beef with social vs. the web. (This is techie, but it's massive). The web is about agnostic protocols. Social is about posting data into owned spaces.
When I made my webpage, I could host it anywhere. When I sent an email it got to another other email user to whom I addressed it to. If something happened with the communication the protocol would try to make the connection "work." (aka the whole "nuclear war proof" communications medium).

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