The past couple of weeks have been spent working on the new website for a local Gaelic Football team – www.odempseysgfc.ie.

This site is an upgrade of the previous site I bulit for the club.

The main reason for the upgrade was to migrate from the Joomla! CMS to Drupal.

Drupal provides the site’s maintainers with an easier interface to manage and update content.

Drupal is easily upgraded and requires no hacking of its core. This makes development a lot easier. Though I built the first site using Joomla! about three years ago, so was a bit more inexperienced, I find Drupal a lot easier to work with. Drupal also has a very active community and a library of very useful modules.

The biggest difference between this site and almost all other sites I have built is that this one was designed by a professional. I am now working closely with a web and graphic designer.

Over the years I have found design to be the hardest part of developing new websites. It has usually absorbed the most amount of time on projects, and I am never satisfied with the final result.

I think that the O’Dempsey’s site is a big step forward. The design is very nice, in my opinion, and being freed from design duties has allowed me to concentrate on the functionality of the site.

I’d love feedback on the site. Content is being managed by the club, but if anyone would like to send me suggestions for site features or issues with the site then I’d love to hear them.

Thanks for your time.

I’ve been sidetracked for the past few days.

I finally decided it was time to learn (properly) some PHP.

http://devzone.zend.com/node/view/id/627

I’ve tinkered with PHP in the past. Plus Visual Web Developer, Ruby on Rails, C++, etc… But as part of my New Year’s resolution I’ve committed to finishing what I start.

This tutorial has to be one of the best I’ve come across yet. It’s well written, informative and engaging.

I managed to go through it in about 4 days. I think I’ve grasped most of it fairly well. Even managed to put together a mind map of the core points covered in the series. If anyone wants a copy let me know.

I’ve a dilemma now – Where to next?

I feel I’ve got a handle on the basics but I’m not confident that I can develop my own web apps yet.

I suppose I’ll start with some simple widgets and the like, and gradually build towards some meatier projects.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.