The Single Biggest Problem in Web Development Is…

By: Pietro Zanarini

… Remembering to update the page. Was asked today to take on additional web management duties at DSU (We’re making a push to have up-to-date contact information for everyone). Not a big deal – the contact system is very functional and takes very little time to update. It’s a push to de-centralize updating it, which makes a lot of sense, as long as people are on board. It is hard to find an organization with a “vibrant” web page that has decentralized administration of that page. Yet it’s even harder to find a large organization that can devote people solely to web updating. The classic conundrum: updating web pages tends to be a NIMBY issue (not in my back yard!) Everyone agrees it needs to be done, no one likes to do it. Hopefully as the bar gets lower and lower in terms of ‘hassle’ (i.e. modern CMS’s do a great job of making it easy to publish / update things), we’ll get rid of the 3 year old webpages that should have been updated last month.

Awesome Simple Tool: File Thingie

Hey, here’s a nice gem I found this morning. On a few servers of mine I keep files for each domain under one central tree (e.g., /web/domain1.com , /web/domain2.com, etc..). Most of these files are static HTML (just for quick domains or inside jokes), and whenever I need to edit them I fire up notepad or an HTML editor, download the page. Update it. Then upload it back. A lot of work! So last week I started exploring ways to manage multiple domains off of one CMS. However this was a bit complex when really all I needed was an online file manager that could edit things in a WYSIWYG editor.

File Thingie Default Screenshot

Today I found File Thingie, which offers just that. I installed it under the web root (/web/) and can now access all my static HTML files easily, making minor edits. It offers password protection, and TinyMCE support for editing. If you have a set up like mine and want a quick manager/editor, check it out!