Cornflower Design Announcements

Taking a break

Posted within Announcements on by Ryan Ball

From September 1st, after nearly 20 years as a freelance developer (during which I’ve also been working full-time), I’ll be taking a well-deserved break and accepting no further web development commissions. I’m hoping this will allow me time to focus on other interests and explore new avenues. Many, many thanks to everyone I’ve worked with and who’ve supported me over the years.

I’m still here!

Posted within Announcements on by Cornflower Design

I haven’t had much news to post here in recent months, but I just wanted to add a quick note to say that I am still here and busy as ever – mainly working on WordPress themes in a third-party guise, but also managing a migration from SharePoint 2010 to 2013 (involving lots of user hand-holding and training, and development of PowerShell scripts to export and import existing content).

Kakapo Recovery

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To show my support for the Kakapo Recovery team and their vital efforts, I have adopted a small, female kakapo named Marama (after the Maori word for “moon”).

Oops! Twitter Feeds Now Working

Posted within Announcements Development on by Cornflower Design

I missed the June announcement from Twitter informing everyone that their API v1 was about to be retired – meaning that feeds on my homepage had been failing to update.

Along with the introduction of rate limits and ditching support for RSS as a response format, API v1.1 has implemented OAuth 2.0 for its authentication. Its not the most straight-forward thing to get your head around, but I found a useful post on CodeForest that helped me to update my own WordPress widgets.

A New Look

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Its taken far too long to get around to doing it, but I’ve finally developed a new WordPress theme for this website. Some aspects are still work-in-progress and I’m sure there will be a few tweaks to be made but I’m pleased with the outcome.

Research to Action

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I’ve just uploaded a new website, Research to Action. Commissioned by CommsConsult and designed by Liminal Design, this is one of the more in-depth WordPress-based sites that I’ve developed – requiring the creation of a new theme and several new plugins and widgets. There’s still a little tweaking and user-testing to do, but I’m happy with the result so far.