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What can Jesus teach us today?

Are you good at something? Maybe you have mechanical aptitude, are good with numbers, or music, writing, talking, business, sport, art, problem solving or something else? These are all gifts from God. I'm taking the position here that this is self evident. If you are having trouble believing that God exists, then there might be other things you need to look into first, but perhaps as you learn more about Jesus teaching and how you can learn to be a better person (not just a better person but the best person you can be), you might acknowledge the divine wisdom his teaching contains. Anyway, if you can accept that these gifts are from God, you will see it is from Him through Christ Jesus that we must learn how to master them - for the good of all and the glory of God. Jesus is the master of masters in all spheres of human attainment. This, I understand is a very bold claim to make, especially to the sceptical, but the more you learn from Jesus, the more you realise that it must be true.

Introducing Sparrow Creative

Introducing Sparrow Creative

Amy Kendall (amykendall.com) and myself have been working together in informal partnership on various website projects for the last 8 years. We have now formed an official business partnership and launched Sparrow Creative LLP

Sparrow Creative is a small design agency that offer graphic design and illustration for print and web and open-source website development using drupal and magento.

Please visit our website at: sparrowcreative.co.uk

Using GeoIP with Magento and Multiple Sites

The GeoIP database and API from MaxMind provide an easy way to determine country and region from an IP address. This can be used on a website to determine which country a site visitor is from, to provide them with a tailored experience, or to direct them to an alternative website.

Combined with Magento's multi-store capabilities, this can be used to provide the most suitable currency, language and product selection automatically.

One thing I wanted to be careful with, was to make sure that my implementation didn't have a negative effect on SEO. For example: redirecting to a country specific domain based on IP address might stop some domains from being indexed by search engines (Googlebot IP addresses are nearly always US based). Also, having the same domain to serve different countries might mean lower (or no) search ranking for country specific searches.

There are lots of different scenarios that are possible, and I can't cover them all, but hopefully you'll find something useful below. Let's get started...

Scarborough Walk for Water 2010

Scarborough Walk for Water 2010

What could be more basic for human existence than food and shelter? Clean safe drinking water! Unfortunately 884 million people around the world don’t have access to clean drinking water.

When I was confronted with this issue I decided to do something about it, that's why I'm organising the Scarborough Walk for Water.

Please support our Walk for Water either by donating, or by joining in and getting others to sponsor you.

Update: (Nov 2010)

Thank to those who took part and those who sponsored. We raised about £3000 (short of the £4000 target, but not a disappointing result).

Magento 1.3: PHP Developer's Guide

Magento 1.3: PHP Developer's Guide

Magento is a great ecommerce platform that is creating a revolution in the ecommerce world. It has been my pleasure to be involved with it from day 1, although I must admit that there has been a shortage of documentation for developers like me. As a result I'm very glad that there is a new Magento book published that is specifically aimed at developers - Magento 1.3: PHP Developer's Guide.

I'm hoping that my copy will arrive in the post today! As soon as I have had a chance to have a good look at it I will report back with my first impressions. After I have finished reading it I am planning to write up a full review.

Does anyone else have a copy? What were your impressions?

 

Peter James Jazz

Peter James Jazz

It has been my pleasure to develop the website for pianist and composer Peter James. If you have heard his music you will agree that he is an extremely talented musician.

The website was actually launched a few months ago, but I have just got around to adding it to my portfolio. The website is built using the Drupal content management system with the Ubercart additions for e-commerce functionality.

The great looking design was done by Amy Kendall, and was based on the original CD artwork.

Check out the website here:
www.peterjamesjazz.com

On Twitter

Well I feel like a bit of a luddite waiting this long to join the micro-blogging bandwagon, but I finally have. I guess I found all the hype a bit off-putting.

I am now on Twitter @rosskendall

Also, since I'm an Open Source (and open-data) fan, I have also signed up on Identi.ca - identi.ca/rosskendall
(the two accounts are linked, so all identi.ca posts end up on twitter)

Since I am usually short on time to write proper blog posts, I actually find micro-blogging suits me well. It is also a great way to keep up-to-date with things I am interested in - and pass helpful things on.

I'm going to keep my twitter posts focused on web-development, including: Magento, Drupal, programming (Perl and PHP), design, SEO, etc. I find trivial personal comments a bit distracting, especially if there are lots of them, so I won't be making them myself

An Open Source Alternative to Dreamweaver?

I just received an email asking me just that.

I see on your site you mention about open source software like open office etc, can you recommend an opensource web design software that competes with dream weaver etc?

Well, here's my thoughts...

The Cast Iron Bath Company

The Cast Iron Bath Company

The Cast Iron Bath Company is a leading supplier of quality new cast iron baths and accessories.

Launched today is a classy looking brochure website that is the first step towards a complete e-commerce site.

Stay tuned, as in the near future this site will be re-launched on the Magento e-commerce platform

View the site at: castironbath.com

Out of the Ark Music (on Magento)

Out of the Ark Music (on Magento)

It has been a lot of hard work, but I'm proud to announce the launch of a new Magento e-commerce website for Out of the Ark Music.

If you think it looks great, the credit for that goes to Amy Kendall who developed the design concept.

The clients are happy too: