Peter Knight

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My weekly Friday pub question :)

What are you all working on at the moment in PW? Tell us a bit about it, what it does, who it's for and how it works.

I'm currently building 2 sites for a UK company in the broadband performance/ analytics space.

The main corporate site is about 20+ pages. Nothing too fancy-pants happening but apart from looking great, it needs to be speed optimised to within an inch of its life due to the industry the company is in.

There'll be some integration with SalesForce, a blog and some login/registration areas connecting the two.

What about you?

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A website for a Swiss architect/photographer, one for a German dementia help association and one for a Portuguese small publisher (the one that published my small book  ;))

All very simple, mainly using the core capabilities of PW.

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A website for a Swiss architect/photographer, one for a German dementia help association and one for a Portuguese small publisher (the one that published my small book  ;))

All very simple, mainly using the core capabilities of PW.

Cool book. Really loved the illustrations and commentary :) 

Thats a very diverse bunch of clients. Architect project sounds great. Lots of nice, massive images?

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It's a nice project. The website is only for the photography work and the photos are not related with architecture at all. Only nice b/w—hight contrast—almost abstract images. But i won't spoil the fun, you can see it very soon :)

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I'm currently finalising a site for a local architecture agency. Not really fancy from the backend point, but it's the first time I did templating with mustache in the backend and on the client side. There is also a site for a former college lecturer of me, who works mainly as a coach. But it's currently on hold, as she's busy with projects.

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I'm on the last track for a "waldkindergarten" == kindergarten in the forrest without a warm and sheltered building....they almost in the nature...

Small project with really great people that leads this institution - it's a limited budget so i simply worked with a themeforest template on this one that, where i only made some individual changes that fits to the project.

Second it's a for a small saw mill with direct marketing to craftspeople and agriculture - will need some sort of productcatalog....i know i will love to craft one with PW the next few weeks!

Third is a big sideproject for the NGO i'm working - it would be some kind of accounting settlement system for mobile/web devices to get from our clients/partners the data for intern invoices/accounting (we do such stuff as a service for our farmers - they work and do there business / we get the things sorted and do accounting).

That "Kind of Tool" is a little bit tricky stuff (Clientsystem, a lot of handling CSV for export the data, import a lot of stuff from a local MSSQL db, handling the monitoring, deeper look for security and much more...) for me would be hard since i'm not a real coder - but with PW on my screen i've had the self-confidence to get on this topic.

Then i need a rest the next month's for me personally, since this year i've an important date to leaf the single side of life ( :-* ) so there is a lot to organize and plan beside my dailyjob and my other projects.....so i wish all a productive but almost a great time, too.

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Website for a Church in the Ontario, California Area

A website conversion and refresh from Joomla.  I did the original website about 5 years ago.  It will be a basic website where different people can easily update the ever changing church information.

An Urgent Notification Website for a Medical Practice with 2 Offices in Maryland and Washington, DC

A secured private access only system that enables the practice's physicians to be contacted on an 24 hour basis.  Allows designated users (internal staff, outside hospitals and a list of associated medical firms) the ability to use either a web based form, email message or Twilio telecommunications services to contact the medical practice.

Regardless of the input mechanism, each communication is converted into individual ProcessWire pages that can be easily downloaded or viewed as a pdf.  Each urgent notification can also be reviewed on the medical practitioner's email, customized VBX system (if called in)  or on any of the practice's iPad devices.

Internal Support Websites

Continued build-up of a variety of web-based tools (websites) to support my IT and Telecomm activities (Consulting, Tech Support and WebDev services).

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I'm busy with four at the moment, as part of building up my portfolio. The first is a simple site for a children's home here in SA - they urgently needed a site to bolster their online marketing. Will be live this weekend. The second is for a text-book producer and distributor in Cameroon. Their previous site was in WordPress, and was not build to perfection. The third, for which development starts today, is for a medium-sized auditing firm in Johannesburg. It's a migration from Joomla [no idea what version, but it's, dare I say, revolting - I don't know how people used the old Joomla], but there isn't a terribly large amount of content, so I'm porting it over manually, after editors have changed it up a bit. And, lastly, the fourth (brand new site) is for a diversified marine and oil gas supply and service company Nigeria.

So yeah, quite a bit on my plate. Must say that I'm glad PW swooped in - it's literally taken over my business.

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1. my personal website

2. A very large WordPress site which is gradually exported to Processwire ( Biggest Migration I've done )

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I've been working part-time, for several months, on an administration and attendance tracking system for a local trampoline and gymnastics club where I also do a little coaching. Been trying to build this up incrementally in the form of re-usable modules and I have already released some of these (FieldtypeTime, markup crossfade & google calendar embed) but a couple of new fieldtypes and the major module - which handles club sessions, members, scheduling and attendance tracking - are still being tweaked.

The system runs on the club intranet with the club administration being done via PW's admin interface and the homepage being displayed on the check-in kiosk at the front desk (a touch-enabled monitor in portrait orientation.) The athletes use the kiosk to check-in as they arrive and club information, signage and advertising can all be shown in the background on the kiosk thanks to the markup-crossfade module. Club staff can quickly and easily create new slides in the kiosk display sequence or modify what's already there (slides for fees-due, car blockages, session times etc) as well as seeing who is in attendance and for what. 

I don't yet have permission to post full screenshots of the athletes in public places (remember this is all internal to the club) but once I get permission I'll do a write-up of the site. In the meantime here's a few teasers. Firstly, on the check-in kiosk...

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...and some from the back-end...

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netcarver, 

I love that project — can't wait to see the fill write up!

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I'm building a series of Process Modules for internal business functions. We have several processes that require complex forms. More than would be feasible to create using pages. So I decided to use FormBuilder to allow the appropriate users create and maintain the forms.

There would be way too many fields required to send all these forms to pages using the built-in FormBuilder process. These are all lengthy forms (and this is a University), so think 10+ forms — some with up to 60 fields. Rather than save the form to a page, we hook into 'FormBuilderProcessor::saveForm' and create a page that references FormBuilder entry. (The page title is the same as the form entry, for example 1.817) I got a few tips from Ryan on that part.

There is one base module called "ProcessAdminForms" that has all the common functionality. The modules that extend it can get as specific as needed. The screenshots below are from the "ProcessAdminIPIFs" module. It is an internal HR process that is required to hire a new employee or setup a new vendor.

List of entries

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Show/hide columns (state saved per user via cookie)

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Viewing an entry
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Administrative comments & notifications

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I will likely reposition a few buttons, and tweak some of the layout a little, but this is pretty close to done.

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I'm migrating our corporate Intranet from Contenido to PW. ~8500 pages, 2 languages, 400+ users, about 20 modules and templates. I'm a little more than halfway there right now, most modules are working as planned and the first migration tests look promising, though I'm pretty sure a few headaches will be popping up when I start with bulk imports (though those won't be PW's fault...).

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I'm migrating our corporate Intranet from Contenido to PW. ~8500 pages, 2 languages, 400+ users, about 20 modules and templates. I'm a little more than halfway there right now, most modules are working as planned and the first migration tests look promising, though I'm pretty sure a few headaches will be popping up when I start with bulk imports (though those won't be PW's fault...).

it depends on what you are importing, I prefer to go the route of using PW in CLI to import contents. does Contenido allow bootstrap from CLI ?

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it depends on what you are importing, I prefer to go the route of using PW in CLI to import contents. does Contenido allow bootstrap from CLI ?

It does (with a little tweaking). I've basically set it up so I have a php class with all the neccessary functionality and created both a graphical interface in a backend page to do individual tests (simple source+target selection and optionally go one level deeper) and a cli wrapper for bulk migration and creating dumps for recalcitrant pages. The biggest problem will be tweaking the HTML contents and contained links so they don't get shredded in CKEditor. Some were created with older versions of TinyMCE (with some home-brewed tweaks that I'd now avoid like the plague), some bulk imported from centuries old pages created in Netscape Navigator and Frontpage as far back as the middle of the nineties, so it's quite a mess.

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Building my own portfolio site and figuring out if I should use snap.svg, Rafael or building my own svg-related functions...

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Building my own portfolio site and figuring out if I should use snap.svg, Rafael or building my own svg-related functions...

Two thumbs way up for anything SVG :)

Started using it on the web in 2004 (for server generated vector downloads) - it's been a long wait, but it's awesome to finally see it supported in all browsers!

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Two thumbs way up for anything SVG :)

Started using it on the web in 2004 (for server generated vector downloads) - it's been a long wait, but it's awesome to finally see it supported in all browsers!

I really like svg not only because they are scaleable but they allow me to interact relative easily with them. For example I'm currently working at the mess of my CV (which we call in Germany "Zickzack-Lebenslauf") and so I aim to built some scattered items connect them with lines and when you hover you get the relevant data.

SVG really rocks (nearly as much as Icon-Fonts) and I hope someday it will become common sense to use them.

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SVG really rocks (nearly as much as Icon-Fonts) and I hope someday it will become common sense to use them.

Actually, I think SVG rocks much more than icon-fonts :) I can almost bet that they will fade away as soon as there is full SVG inplementation

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I find that SVG renders better, at least on Windows. I just haven't seen what the file-size difference is between an icon-font, and a set of bundled SVG fonts for that same icon-font.

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The main reason for icon-fonts is that they are much easier to use than svg. On the other hand, the moment one understands the flexibility and power of svg, svg becomes the primary choice. 

In most projects I use a combination of both. If the customer is happy with the default style that fontawesome or icomoon provides (and most customers are), I use fonts, because I'm lazy. If the customer wants something more unique, I rely on svg. 

I don't know if it's a german phenomenon but many customers also demand that the site is working with IE8 and then icon fonts become an alternative. 

Mike Anthony, on 11 Feb 2015 - 05:34 AM, said:

I find that SVG renders better, at least on Windows. I just haven't seen what the file-size difference is between an icon-font, and a set of bundled SVG fonts for that same icon-font.

In most cases icon-fonts are much bigger, you have to provide four (or five) different font-types, which is grotesque when you compare it to a set of svg icons. 

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