Late last week the Borders Scrap Store website was finally launched. I had fun designing and building it. Here are a few features that I’m proud about:
Dynamic site on a static host
The site is built using XHTML 1.0 Transitional, CSS 2 and hosted on a static hosting account. In order to allow the staff to update the news section more easily I set up a WordPress account: http://bordersscrapstore.wordpress.com/ and then used the Google AJAX Feed API to pull-in the latest news items into the static HTML page.
I discovered that a good way to ensure that Feedfetcher was picking up the new feed from the Borders Scrap Store WordPress account was to simply add the feed to my Google Reader account. That way it was in the system and guaranteed that Google will be watching this feed.
Microformats and Google Maps
Microformats are simply ways to mark-up existing XHTML code so that the data can be read equally by humans and machines. This means that on the contacts page if you have a browser add-on, such as Operator for Firefox, then you can automatically import the contact details into your contacts application (such as Microsoft Outlook) without having to manually type in the information.
I’m already working on my next project: a new website for the Christian Fellowship of Healing.