100: With Rachel Andrew

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This week we were joined by Rachel Andrew, author and purveyor of Perch, a lightweight PHP content management system.

We talked about (roughly in order):


Q & A:

  • 26:55 One thing that’s not very well known is that Perch actually pre-renders it’s PHP into static pages. How does Perch compare to static site generators like Jekyll?
  • 35:30 Do you have suggestions or best practices for creating a website search?
  • 41:24 I was wondering what ratio of new comers to Perch CMS are new to CMS (in general or migrating from another CMS)?
  • 44:00 Is it easier to start coding into static html files, or just start building the template files (includes, etc)?
  • 49:49 What are the best books for people who are thinking of starting up a small web shop or agency?
  • 50:55 I’ve been working for a few years now and I’m thinking about hiring some help. How do I go about making sites from a local computer, and start making websites as a team?
  • 54:10 If you have a big image carousel or just lots of images, do you ever think about implementing the webp image format in your site or is it really not worth the time?


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  • Must say i love these podcasts guys.
    Keep up the amazing work!

  • Hmm, for the guy who had the question about starting to transition from working locally to a more collaborative development environment, here’s my suggestion.

    You could start off with Source Control, and use something like Git. If you don’t have any experience using Git, you can get started here, https://www.codeschool.com/courses/try-git.

    Once you’re up and running with git, you can push your project to a private remote repository such as Github, or Atlassian’s http://bitbucket.org, which is free and private!

    You may still be confused about how you would go about deploying your projects to staging servers, and sharing your codebase with your team members. Thankfully, Smashing Magazine has a helpful article on the matter, http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2011/09/28/developing-wordpress-locally-with-mamp/ . Mark Jaquith’s talk on Scaling, Servers, and Deploys will shed a light to proper deployment.

    Let me know if this helped you in any way.

    Tweet me @code_awesome, if you need further assistance, will be more than glad to assist. 🙂