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Experiments in URL design.

By : Shabda Raaj

Keeping url structure sane plays a major role in user experience, by making it easy to go to specific pages and navigate the site. Some real world urls and how they could have been better follow.


The Bad Urls:

  • http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1967820
  • http://area51.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewforum.php?f=99
  • http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/aa336522.aspx

The Good

  • Easy to develop for. The id referred is the Primary key

The Bad

  • Hard for users to select the correct page from a url bar dropdown
  • Bad for SEO

Neutral:

  • Easy to guess next and previous ...

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Topics : opinion web2.0 apps urls
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Wordpress and Django: best buddies

By : Shabda Raaj

Summary: How to integrate a non Django database system in your Django code, using Wordpress as example. The completed code is available at github or you can see some screnshots


Though there are quite a few good Django blog applications, our blog is based on Wordpress. A number of plugin's make moving to a Django based app a bad decision for us, and not in the spirit of "best tools for the job".

We moved the other way, and decided to use Django to admin the Wordpress database. The completed code is available on Github

It is not too ...

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django-forum

By : Shabda Raaj

twitter ready version:

We have released a Django forum application, with some cool features not in any other Django based forum. You can get it here or see it in action.

blog version

There are quite a few Django based forum applications, so why another? Its a bit of a rhetorical question, as the answer is "none of them met my needs exactly, so we created my own", as you might expect.

Without further ado here is a list of features. It is available on uswaretech.com/forum/.

  • Based on, inspired by and ripped from PunBB. (Thanks!)
  • PunBB like 3 ...

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Topics : django utilities apps
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