Basecamp's mobile platform subscribes everyone to messages, making it nearly useless. With up to 20 people on a single project, spanning design, programming, SEO and content, notifying everyone is a nightmare. That's an average of 2 minutes per person digesting notifications which are not relevant to him or her across 18 people who don't need the information.
I.e. every time a client posts a message from a smart phone Foliovision loses over half an hour of work time. Way to pick our pockets and/or steal our day, 37 Signals.
This post is a continuation from a recent post about Scientific Management and the Toyota Way.
Something we are working on is some additional capacity in peak periods (as auto manufacturers have additional suppliers they can bring online if a sudden surge in demand appears). Gradually we are getting there. In the meantime, I take great care not to take on more work than we can handle. There's at least a $100,000/month of business which I'm not seeking as we just couldn't maintain quality standards yet. We are working on increasing capacity first and then slowly adding those additional clients.
My girlfriend is shocked and horrified that we are leaving this kind of money on the table. Her shock diminished when I explained that every day Foliovision leaves millions on the table in Slovakia alone:
A new order for some advanced Basecamp features came in. I checked the weblog of the client to see where they are coming from and ran into a new term: neo-Taylorism. Taylorism apparently had very negative connotations. My only acquaintance with Taylor is with the sails manufacturer and the association is positive. I decided to go digging and in the process ran into the concepts of:
- scientific management
- human relations movement
- Toyota production system
Running a company is
a pain in the neck tremendously challenging.
If you are in the knowledge business, there are two major challenges:
- managing people
- managing process
You are spared the pain of managing inventory. In a sense, time becomes your inventory but it does at least take a third dimension out of the equation, in comparison to auto parts production where you really, really need to manage raw materials and parts.
What's cool about business theory is that it's all been invented before.
Scientific Management: neo-Taylorism
This Taylor is Frederick and he died in 1915, before Henry Ford's factories were built. Frederick Taylor came up with something called Scientific Management. The basic idea was to improve workflow (hey I need some of that) and labour output (work faster!).
The basic idea is that best practice methods should be documented and taught: all workers should produce quality work. A good start. The problem remains that with equal pay, there is no disincentive for workers not to dog it or goldbrick. Taylor called this slow working "soldiering". Many workers call it "getting through the day". I've got a friend like this. Once someone approaches work like this, that person is nearly unemployable at Foliovision or anywhere else where enthusiasm, productivity and quality of work are valued.
Foliopresss WYIWYG also includes SEO Images, an image manager with built-in advanced SEO features. SEO Images functions as a gallery-lite plugin, easily replacing NextGenGallery for instance.
We have some amazing new features for you in the latest version, including compatibility with WordPress's built in featured image too and WYSIWYG support for Impact Templates.
- WordPress Link to post dialog is integrated into the editor toolbar
- Support for Impact Page Template Builder plugin templates
- Better custom field support and image HTML template
- Featured Image support (beta)
How to use Featured Image feature?
It's easy to use, but due to some structural differences in how WordPress and SEO Images (the image manager used in Foliopress WYSIWYG) handle the images, there are some extra conditions to be fulfilled:
WordPress Upload directory has to be the same as Foliopress WYSIWYG/SEO Images upload directory.
If this is not done, then the feature won't appear in this version. In next version, we will try to automate the process.
Foliopress WYSIWYG Featured Image
If your Foliopress WYSIWYG upload directory is /images, this is what you have to use in wp-admin -> Settings -> Media:
WARNING: If you change these settings and you already have some images uploaded with WordPress Media/Image Manager, the images might stop appearing, as WordPress is not storing full URL for the images.
Due to the incomplete paths and its incompatibility with other CMS systems in case you ever move your site, we recommend getting your images out of the WordPress built-in image manager ASAP and keeping them out. SEO Images stores your images and paths in such a way that you could move to any other CMS tomorrow and have all your images show up.
You have to also move the images directory and update all references in posts, widgets and template if you change these paths.
If you'd like our help with moving your images and setting yourself up properly with SEO Images, just fill in a professional support request and we'll take care of you right away.
- If you are running your WordPress from the web root directory:
- Store uploads in this folder: images
- Full URL path to files: (leave empty)
- If your WordPress is located in a subdirectory
- Store uploads in this folder: ../images
- Full URL path to files: /images
Foliopress WYSIWYG Featured Image
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This week I had an interesting conversation with Dan Milward, the marketing guy and co-founder of the WP e-Commerce WordPress shopping cart plugin.
Let's start with the facts. WP eComm is now on version 3.8.4. Currently, the reports in from front line users are: 4 say it works, 12 say it's broken.
Why People Hate WP eCommerce so much
Dan told me that sources inside Automattic had revealed to him that in the past as soon as Instinct Entertainment publish a new version there are five reports of the plugin being broken on current WordPress. His sources then erased that feedback.
This is a very bad sign: when you need insider help to erase negative feedback. Not the first time I've seen this happen at Automattic: Mark Jacquith has had to warn plugin database maintainers off deleting plugins which compete with their friends plugins. Second bad sign: people who hate your plugins enough to wait for a new version to mark it as broken.
Dan manages it. There are three strategies he uses which bring Instinct Entertainment to such grief.
Every web marketer using social media on a daily basis needs a social media client. You simply can’t log in and out of dozen different Twitter or Facebook accounts manually several times a day. So the concern is not ‘if,’ but ‘which?’
Originally built as a social video sharing service by French entrepreneur Loic Le Meuron, Seesmic purchased Twitter client Twhirl soon after its inception and set its route as an ambitious social media client. After acquiring Ping.fm a year ago, Seesmic’s creators decided to try to climb to the leading position on the social media management market, and the slightly overblown statements on their site try to persuade visitors that they’ve already succeeded. So, what is Seesmic? A good solution for social media management? Maybe. Will it “take your online brand to the next level?” Not so sure about that.
Here's a preview of the pictures from the Distilled SEOmoz Link Building Seminar in London yesterday.
Out of order as I'm just off to catch my plane Now in order and with better captions. Thanks for a wonderful seminar, Will, Duncan, Lynsey and everyone.
Here are the photos with captions. I've written a separate more reflective post on link building and the role of SEO in a site's long term success, inspired by the day.
Distilled SEOmoz linkbuilding crowd. A huge turnout again afte Pro SEO.
Many returning faces from Pro SEO.
Wil Reynolds tells a cautionary fairy tale about big media links.
I.e. all those links you see on the board behind them, he got them
for a client in the course of two months but the client's rankings
did not rise next to black hat competition in that particular industry.
Playing by the book and going after high profile links will not
win the SEO race. I found this particularly useful as for one of
our own clients, these kinds of media links are something
that we've been actively seeking like a holy grail to finally
totally dominate his niche. There must be another path
to Xanadu. We will seek and find it.
Wil Reynolds suggests widgets are better than big media links.
The day of widgets is not done. Just do better widgets.
Radiant Jane Copland of Ayima.
Rand Fishkin first question breaks the ice.
Russ Jones of Virante.
Russ Jones: how to set your linkbait snares. Ross was interested in
links not content. Any trick to get a link will do. A strong balance
to Rand Fishkin's upcoming impassioned defence of white hat.
Distilled co-founder Duncan Morris did MC duties for the day.
Tom Critchlow talking about the SEOmoz project. Target:
SEO tools which currently belongs to Aaron Wall's SEO Book.
"Just links with anchor text won't do it. We've got 15,000
of them. We need to improve the focus of the site."
The solution involved 301ing now secondary pages of the
SEOmoz site from the weblog to the target page.
I would hesitate to do this as it means taking bricks out of the content
foundation to add an extra story. You make your site more fragile and
more vulnerable to a Google penalty by going so top-heavy. Ah, well the
Russian say, he who risks drinks champagne. Or nothing at all.
Tom Critchlow SEO Joel Test. Adapted from the famous Joel Test
for developers. For site owners, not SEO's.
Paddy Moogan, one of Distilled London's top SEO consultants.
Designer Leonie Wharton's amazing seminar graphics during the break
where the SEOs do their best to resemble her spider.
More women link building this year than every before:
the arrival of more women in the profession suggests that SEO
has gradually gone legit. SEO is now a career on the map and not just
a dark and arcane art practiced by strange wizards
Rand Fishkin's Mr Smartypants slide. After raining on every
dark tactic for fifteen uninterrupted minutes, Rand realises he
must make now a positive case for ethical SEO.
Rand Fishkin offers a link equity map. Everything you need to know
for great success online is in this small photo. Click to blow
it up and read it, even if you didn't attend London Linkbuilding 2011.
Who better than Martin MacDonald to open up the dark side of link building
Will Critchlow with Warren Buffet: setting the bar high for SEO
Mark Mitchell OMD CEO in quiet moment of remembrance
of fallen colleagues.
Tom Critchlow contributing to Wikipedia in a positive way.
I had my hand up too. And about three other people.
Rand Fishkin shoe shot: I'm very puzzled by this shot but it
was very important to Rand Fishkin who made a special request
for only one shot on 18 March: this one. If anyone else understands
this shot better than I do, please post in the comments.
Distilled lead designer Leonie Wharton and events coordintator Lynsey Little
bowling. The organisational masterminds behind the day's events
and the evening's festivities both beautiful in red.
Distilled founder Will Critchlow bowling: a perfect strike or nearly.
Will can bowl. Even in a suit.
Tom Critchlow with Leonie Wharton. Practicing the Hugh Grant look
for his upcoming successful stint as an Englishman in New York.
Distilled co-founder Duncan Morris with Lynsey Little
relaxing after a tough day at the conference.
Copyright to these pictures belong to Distilled and Foliovision. The photographs are freely licensed for use in connection with reviews or information about Distilled SEO events with attribution to Foliovision and Distilled. For other use don't hesitate to contact me.
We’ve been running into reliability issues on our main web hosting provider lately. They seem to have square thumbs and have had major data centre power issues over the last couple of months. Last time they touched our server it was to put in an extra backup drive. Managed to knock us offline for hours, despite our paying an extra $100/month for off site storage. The offsite storage totally inexplicably has the same limit for upload speed as we do from our own offices. I would have thought that our dedicated server host would have the foresight to have a fat pipe open to their offsite backup in order to be able to put clients back online faster.
I was happy that we’d already put in an automated backup routine to our own office. We have the bandwidth available for dailies and use it.
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Unlike our hosting provider, who is attempting to squirrel out of their SLA agreements, we gave 100% refunds for hosting in January as when Foliovision promises reliable service, we provide it.
Imagine my shock when exploring further backup options for servers, I learned that Jeff Atwood, author of Coding Horror and founder of Stackoverflow lost his entire Coding Horror archives one year ago:
If you upgraded you WordPress to latest version (3.1) already and you use Top Level Categories plugin, then probably all of your post and archive links stopped working.
Here's our fixed beta version of the plugin:
Click the link to get to our page about the plugin and find out about all the details.