Martin Ström
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Pluxemburg

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Pluxemburg is a record label I’m co-running with some friends. The site in its current form is almost two years old, but a lot of things have changed since it was first released. Since I just released some updates, I thought I’d write something about them and show how the CMS/administrative interface works.

Recent site updates

I won’t go through the whole site and tell you everything about it. Instead, go browse it by yourself. The shop has been improved with a smarter cart that doesn’t forget your items if you by accident reload your browser or hit the back button. Validation is more clear and better looking in the same style as the improved (and AJAX powered) guestbook and newsletter subscription.

Browser support

When the site launched almost two years ago, it fully supported Internet Explorer 5 (Mac), IE 5, 5.5 and 6 on PC and of course, old and new Firefox versions, Mozilla, Safari etc etc. It was a pain to fix the CSS especially for IE Mac and IE5, IE5.5 on Windows. Currently, I’ve dropped support for MacIE (it’is not even supported by Microsoft any more), IE5 and IE5.5 for Windows. I think the site should work more or less using outdated browsers, but it might not look exacly as intended.

CMS and site admin

The site is powered by an advanced CMS that helps us adding and editing news, products in the shop, guestbook spam and a lot of other things. When I first wrote it for this site, I had in mind to keep it so general I could, so it could be extended and used in other projects. Of course the administrative interface is password protected, but I’ve recorded two movies showing some parts of it. I’ll convert the movies to H.264 right after this is posted, so for now, the movies are pretty large in size. The movies are now in H.264 format and are 75% smaller (before: total 44.8 MB, now: 11.6 MB)

The first movie, shows a basic task such as adding some news items to specific part of the site and then view it. Pretty basic.

Watch the first movie (QuickTime 7, 20.9 3.1 MB)

The second show how easy it is to manage products in the shop, as well as track orders.

Watch the second movie (QuickTime 7, 23.9 8.5 MB)

To download them, hold the ⌥ (alt) key down and click the link or right click and choose “Download Linked File”

You’ll need QuickTime 7 to watch them.


Marie Frans

Website and CMS for swedish photographer’s agency I made together with Peter. We also did their graphic identity.

The frontend is optimized to be a fast, simple but effective way of browsing the photographers and their photos, check it out. The CMS makes it easy for the photographers to upload, edit and organize their photos and for the site editors to write news and edit information on the site. It’s a customized version of the administrative interface I coded for pluxemburg.com with added functionality such as image uploading and photo organization. I wanted to let the server handle the image resizing and creation of thumbnails as well, but found out that PHP’s image functions didn’t do as good work as expected. I tried all kind of different techniques but we ended up using Photoshop and manually make the thumbnails. Photoshop does a way better job and with this kind of client (working with photographs) we wanted as good quality as possible.

I’ve made a movie (QuickTime, 4.9 MB) showing how the admin interface works when uploading and reordering the photos, since it’s password protected. You’ll need QuickTime 7 to watch it.

Update 2006-03-13

Since the agency and the site was shut down some weeks ago, I’ve put up some screen shots to show how it was done. I might record a movie and/or a mirrored version for reference.

Index

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Photographers

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Photos

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Loading a photo

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Showing a photo

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Information

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CSS is in progress