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Problems, Problems, Problems

July 17th, 2017 by Edward

Every website project that I have ever worked on has problems. Some years back I used to think that this was because of me. Now I have decided that it is just the ‘nature of the beast’ that brings with it little snares set deceptively along the path that leads to website perfection.

Where do these problems come from? Here are a few examples of problems I have had to deal with recently, most of which are nobodies fault particularly, they are just ‘how it is.’

Its stopped working… 

After a couple of years of gentle persuasion this client decided that at last, it was time to make her site responsive, and to update to the latest versions of joomla/wordpress. No biggie – until the image gallery stopped working. To be fair, this wasn’t a surprise – old versions of plugins often fail when software is updated. This time though, the new version was SO FLIPPING different that it meant some fiddling around to get it to look the close to the earlier versions. ‘Can we fix it’ – what do you think?

Can we just…

This is one my favourite sayings, along with ‘I want to make a small change’ or ‘It’s just a little thing’. In my experience clients (but especially designers!!!!) often do not appreciate what makes a small change. This client wanted a responsive image rotator – wait for it – that swapped out images and used different ones on mobiles screens – not different ‘squashes and squeezes’ of the one image, but real, genuine different images. After some more fiddling around we came up with a jQuery solution that ‘sniffs’ for the screen size, and then re-writes the code as appropriate to drop in the new images. I was pleased with how well this worked! If only all ‘can we justs….’ were really as ‘just’ as this one turned out to be.

I already have hosting…

Ugh. Shiver, shiver. This can be a biggie…  This client wanted me to build a pretty complex site on my dev space and then move it onto their buddies server. (ok – should have built it on his buddies server… there was some reason we didn’t, but I can’t remember…) And all seemed well when the site went live… then I began to notice that one of the pages we had made a fix for had stopped working as well as it had been, and just for fun, only on mobile screens. Here was an issue I could do nothing about – a feed from another site (in php) was not being rendered the same way on the ‘buddy’ server as it was on my development server. It took some time and careful inspection of the code to see this. Thankfully there was a solution…

 

So there you have it – three problems int he last couple of weeks.

If you’re a web designer – developer why not tell me that you have no problems like these at all! Go on – make my day.

 

 

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Edward owns and runs ee-web design and has been building websites for over 12 years. He is passionate about... most things really

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