Create your own Wiki with MediaWiki

A wiki can be a useful tool for your NGO. Learn how to create it for free, using MediaWiki. Wikipedia has become the biggest encyclopedia in the world. Its main characteristic is that anyone, anywhere, can create, edit or suggest changes to its content. ...

How to create Django Data Migrations

Sometimes, you have a well defined structure in your database, but you have to refactor it . This refactor implies hard and sensitive changes that may break your database. that's where Data migration appears, to facilitate those changes. “As well as changing the database ...

We were on PyCon Colombia 2019!

When I was just starting to work as a developer, I had the opportunity to go to a software event organized by a big company on Bogotá with some other members from Swapps. It was the first time I experienced this type of event ...

How to implement a basic Facebook Messenger chatbot

Nowadays, communication channels are fundamental for a business. If your customer has a question or a requirement, it should be solved quickly. The internet, and the life in general, moves so fast these days that the classic email is not fast enough. For this ...

How to create a custom module for Beaver Builder

Nowadays, one of the most popular ways to create a wordpress site is to use a page builder. It is so popular that wordpress 5.0 comes with one by default, Gutenberg. With a page builder, you avoid coding several templates for your wordpress theme; ...

Is WordPress less secure than Drupal?

A question recently came in from a client... "At a board meeting today, one of our board members with some cyber background asked about security measures for our website. He contended Wordpress is more hackable than Drupal and wanted to know what measures had been ...

How to do a Wizard Form with Django

Many times, we have a form with a lot of fields and we need to use it, but we don't want users to get bored filling the form or that they stop at middle of the form and they end up leaving the website. ...

How to setup a Varnish cache server

Websites with high traffic need to serve the same content several times to different users. Depending on your application, It can be really expensive (resources talking) to process all the application logic every time a user requests web page. Here is where server caching comes, ...

Best practices for NGO websites

Let's face it. Websites have become the front desk of companies worldwide, even more, when you are an NGO that wants to share the world your story: what are you doing and, more important, why it is worth investing in you. It is not ...

Why many websites are simply not intuitive or usable

Most complex web applications and websites are built by highly technical developers. Developers, generally speaking, think in different ways than "normal" people. So, it should not be a surprise that these apps are built to work but not necessarily built to be intuitive. Indeed, ...

Website Maintenance for Drupal and WordPress

Surprisingly, many website developers, Drupal shops, and WordPress agencies hate the thought of fixing bugs and maintaining websites. It seems they demonstrate passive aggressive behavior in that they take a long time to respond to their client's issues, don't return phone calls or emails, ...

Search engine optimization (SEO) is like planting a mango tree

You pay for a developer to build your website and anticipate the day that it launches.  The site goes live and you wait for your phone to ring or an email to come in.  Then ... nothing. You ask your developer why it's not ...