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December 2008

SpotsKenya – Buddy Press & WordPress MU Vs WordPress OR From Scratch?

By Coding, Spots KenyaOne Comment

Basically i am not sure what i want to use a separate installation of wpmu and wordpress…

benifits well these are simple..




more stable and easier to use.  plugins and code is simple.

themes and design is simple.

editing and making my own theme is simple.


having two set up mean they are not nicely integrated

i will be working double time on each installation

it will just be a blog really.


Wordpress MU & Buddy Press


the ability to have multiple users

an already set up social networking system

less work and more time to work on Geo Tags and Mobile functions.

easy integrated design

theme design can have a widget enabled system to syndicate all sorts of content.


DNS wildcard settings means no sub-domain creation on a shared hosting package… (could be over come with VPS but i dont have the budget for a VPS)

Code and already created php would have to be learnt (not such a bad thing as learning will give me the best of the best in this field) more complex coding.

limited to what wordpress can do and buddy press ( Just means i can add and develop my own settings)


From Scratch I rather not…

Basically no i don’t want to waste all my time creating a CMS and social networking system as i want to focus on the main important aspects like the Spots and the Geo tagging and google maps integration and the Mobile site.

The questions that came out in my presentation were i cant just create an editorial blog that i spend all my time censoring and editing… i have to create something new and innovative that i am designing as i wont get marks for using wordpress MU except for “engaging with current issues” so what was recommended was exploring the new areas and utilising those and that is what i want to invest time in and on..

These new areas are the use of Geo Tags  and locations services using pin point gps tags and the google maps API … I want to integrate this by using the similar system that google use on there site or what Joe Flintham used for bournemouth sound seeing. So help in creating this type if php and mysql integration for google maps is needed.

As Kenya has a huge mobile network i want to explore and develop a simple mobile site that allows for spots to be submitted and spots to be searched for.. I want this to have a simple search feature a add spot and top spots by genre and location. Probably using a mobile optimised site eg with nice lard text tabs and also the possibility on how to use a text message service.

I also need to make sure i focus on a few key types of spots here in Nairobi. One definite will be eating or restaurant spots. The other may be hotel spots or maybe hospitals.

The main thing i am worried about is not having something set up and ready to go. This is why i want to launch buddy press quickly with spots Kenya to at least start getting people creating there own spots.. and to be honest i think generally people are sensible which means i wont have to worry about filtering and censoring content until it gets big and people do start creating silly stuff.

I would appreciate some feed back on all of this thanks so much.

above is an old post that has a bit of a synopsis of the idea.

Barn door and coke

By texture8 Comments


Coke manages to get everywhere especialy in third world countries. I do like and enjoy coke but did you know that if a kenyan had the choice of buying a shoelace that he needed or a coke he or she would buy a coke. i cant quote that but i was told by someone that that was the case. I think the problem is that they do make a huge amount of money but i cant see the money being put back in. Maybe i am wrong but that is the case at least from the outside.

I liked the barn door as it had some subtle detail that was quite catching.. also the contrast to that of the Coke ad.

A hole in the wall

By Uncategorized3 Comments


A cool shot that i took whilst watching my bro doing some horse riding it was at this cool old show ground and the buildings were pretty retro. There will be more so keep checking back every so often.
This is simple an overlay effect with a slight Gaussian blur and booted levels. A few more tweaks but that’s how i did it.
Do you like the processing and the texture?

Lovely little story

By loveNo Comments

My auntie sent this to my mum who sent it to me and although I usually find these things cheesy and tacky I was really moved but this simple story of kindness.

It will only take you a moment to read it so do click on the lilt link below.

Lovely little story

Le me know if you liked it?

Cool Clouds

By clouds4 Comments


So here we have it number two in the little cloud series.. as the last clouds image was a bit to stylised I decided to go for a simple yet still quite contrasty shot of clouds in the Rift Valley

Thanks to everyone who constructively criticised the last blog post i think this one is a bit better. Do you agree?

The main proccessing was just the cammera raw imput settings into PS.