This week we tackle the often thorny subject of SEO, with local dev and friend of the show Elliott Richmond. We intended this to be a bit of a potted guide to SEO, but we think it ended up being a far more interesting discussion.
My Toolstar this week is Instafeed.js, a really simple way to add Instagram images to your site. We also talked about Elliott’s own Insta Grabagram WordPress plugin.
My Jukebox pick this week is ‘REM Sleep Research’ by Ochre, Elliott picked ‘Melt’ by Leftfield, and Ben went for ‘Flow’ by Sun Glitters & Nadine Carina. They’ll be added to the original Relative Paths Playlist for you to code along to. The Relative Paths Alt Playlist is also available for your non-coding needs.
After a break at the end of 2016, we’ve start 2017 with a bit of a retrospective. Mark and I had a fairly busy year and we take a look at some of the things we did, didn’t do, tried and failed.
There’s no Toolstar as such this time, but we acknowledge Trello as being generally pretty good!
My Jukebox pick is the first 12″ single I bought, Future Sound of London’s ‘Papua New Guinea’. Mark’s pick is ‘Jed’s other poem’ by Grandaddy, in celebration of the band reforming! Both tracks will be added to the Relative Paths Alt Playlist.
This week Ben and I are joined by Front End (or is that Front-End) developer Clive Walker to talk about Perch CMS. We have a lot of positive things to say about it, it’s powerful and flexible, but easy to use. We also talk about Perch’s many free add-ons, including the recently added Perch Shop e-commerce platform. Just so you know, we’re not being sponsored by Perch, we just really like it. It’s become my CMS of choice, and I reckon it’s well worth trying out. Clive also tells us about the Perchology newsletter, which contains all sorts of goodies for Perch developers, and the Horsham Co-Working project.
Clive’s Toolstar is Curated, an app for putting together a digest newsletter, which Clive uses to create the Perchology newsletter.
My Jukebox choice this time is a solid gold classic, Teardrop by Massive Attack. Clive’s pick is Big Calm, the whole album, by Morcheeba (we’ll pick a track for the playlist). Ben didn’t have a track this week, bad Ben! Clive and my tracks will be added to the Relative Paths Alt Playlist.
Following Apple’s New MacBook announcement on Oct 27th 2016, we felt the need to discuss the matter of PC vs Mac again. Things have changed since last time (Relativepaths – 35-pc-versus-mac-versus-sandals). Then I was sure I was going to switch to Mac, but now I’m not so sure.
My Jukebox choice this time is ‘Rustling and Pure’ by Cass, a return to form from me after a few polarising picks. Ben’s choice is ‘Butterflies’ by Anchorsong. Both make their way onto the Relative Paths Playlist.
This week we spoke with designer and co-host of the Deeply Graphic Design CastMikelle Morrison about the sometimes tricky subject of designers and developers working together. Mikelle gives lots of insight into what developers and designers can do to cooperate successfully without too much drama.
We didn’t have an official Toolstar this week, but Mikelle and Ben talked about how much they liked Sketch (I’m a Windows user so I sat in the corner).
My track for the Relative Paths Playlist was ‘Eden Liquindi 2’ by the Baka Forest People of Southeast Cameroon. I really like it, but Ben might need a bit of time to make friends with it perhaps.
This episode we’re pleased to welcome back Mark Wilkinson, first interviewed in Episode 29. We quiz Mark about his leap from ‘sole-trading freelancer’ to the founder of Limited company ‘Highrise Digital’. Mark W provides lots of useful information for anyone considering a similar move: financial matters, VAT, partnering up, and employees.
Mark W’s picked the Toolstar, and chose QuickCast, a simple to use screencasting app, providing easy recording, publishing and sharing.
For the Relative Paths Playlist, my submission is ‘Eating Hooks’ (instrumental) by Moderat. It comes from the instrumental version of their 2016 Album ‘III’.
This episode we tackle HTTPS. What it is, what’s changed over the years, and why you should be using it now. We also touch on HTTP/2 where relevant and talk about some ways to make the jump to HTTPS if you’ve not done so already. We reference info from a lot of sites, links are down below.
Mark’s Toolstar is Why No Padlock, a web service for easily and quickly identifying insecure site content that might prohibit a browser from displaying a ‘secure’ padlock symbol in the address bar.
My track for the Relative Paths Playlist is the Dave Morley remix of ‘Kinetic’ by Golden Girls. Apollo Records, 1993. It’s cheesy and long. Sorry…
Mark’s track is ‘Decisions’ by Taylor McFerrin feat. Emily King, from the 2014 collaborative album ‘Early Riser’. This one’s going on our Alt playlist.
We had a recording go bad a little while ago and ended up losing a potentially very good episode and wasting a guests time. So this week we talked about what happened and what to do when things go wrong. It’s all fixed now though! We also talk a bit more about PC vs Mac and my second thoughts about making the switch, and limited edition Muse CD’s.
Our Toolstar and sponsor this week is Loopback, cable free audio routing by Rogue Amoeba. Loopback gives you the power of a high-end studio mixing board, right inside your computer! We use it to manage recording guest interview episodes with VoIP.
This episode we are supposed to be talking about personal websites… we don’t really. What we DO do (dodo! wahaha!) is go off-topic, then take a diversion from the off-topic which brings us neatly to an aside and the end of the show. Great. Please don’t leave us…
I talk about WordPress specific hosting and plug Manchester based 34SP.
Mark likes his new Siteground hosting and extolls some of its virtues.
We have no Jukebox, we thought it was too long. I’m so sorry *tears*. But the Alternative Jukebox and original Jukebox are still worth a listen.
We’re back after another pretty long break with an episode about the little details that make life as a webby type bearable.
Mark introduces us to ‘Input’, a font system for coders from Font Bureau.
There’s also an update on the status of Sublime Text.
Two new tracks for the Alternative Jukebox:
My pick is ‘Japanese Electronics’ by Commix, from the 2007 album ‘Call to Mind’.
Mark’s choice is ‘You’ from Gold Panda’s 2010 album ‘Lucky Shiner’.
The original Jukebox is also on Spotify