happy new year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all.

Of course I'm not really so sad as to be sat typing this blog post at midnight on New Years Day. It's actualy 15:53 on the 29th and I'm using the "Start Publishing" feature of joomla.

This has to be one of the most underused or misunderstood features of joomla. Actualy I only say that because so many web sites have outdated information on their front pages. Information that they knew at the time of writing would be out of date at a specific time and date.

For news on important events I regularly end up creating three articles at once.

Publishing table
Article Title Example Content Start Publishing End Publishing
Come to the party! I'm having a party on January 8th at 6pm 2008-12-29 15:53:13 2009-01-08 17:59:59
The party rocks! Having a great time 2009-01-08 18:00:00 2009-01-08 23:29:59
What a success Photo's coming soon 2009-01-08 23:30:00 Never

Now no matter how drunk I get at the party I know the website is up to date and I can upload the photos and edit the "What a success" article when I am more sober.

Of course you could just make a note in your diary to update the website first thing on the morning of the 9th but you can guarantee that the one person you wouldn't want to see the outdated content is the only person who does see it.

 

The web was meant to be read, not squished.
This isn't the way to test a responsive design.