[geeklog-devel] A few observations and ideas from our local Webmontag

Dan Stoner danstoner at gmail.com
Sun May 19 13:53:08 EDT 2013

I have been involved with a Web Content Management project for $EMPLOYER
and one of the differentiating features of the various commercial products
was inline editing.  It's apparently the cool new thing.

- Dan Stoner

On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM, Dirk Haun <dirk at haun-online.de> wrote:

> A few things I picked up at a local event yesterday that may be worth
> considering:
> 1) Inline editing
> One presenter claimed that pretty much all of the CMS are going to move to
> inline editing in the near future, i.e. the ability to edit content right
> where it is on the page. The main reasons he mentioned are having a "real"
> preview of what you're typing (complete with a nice demo of editing a
> tilted text, right there on the page). Plus it's supposed to be easier for
> non-technical users.
> Of course, when you start thinking about this, it's not as easy as it may
> sound at first. You could integrate, say, Aloha Editor into Geeklog in a
> few hours, but proper inline editing requires a whole new approach in a few
> places. Most notably: How do you add new content, e.g. an article, in the
> first place?
> 2) The big F (no, not that one ;-)
> A little theory/research, that I wasn't aware of: Apparently, most people
> scan a website in the shape of an uppercase F: They scan the top from left
> to right, then go down on the left side with occasional scanning into the
> middle of the page - but not as far as at the top. So this pattern vaguely
> looks like an F.
> The point is: If you have important stuff on the right, like a menu,
> people may not notice it. Something to consider, especially when going for
> a two-column layout with the navigation on the right side.
> 3) The role of usernames in website security
> One presenter suggested that people hide their username on their website,
> since it's part of the login. I.e. to log in, you need both the username
> and the password - but we usually give the username away. Now if you had a
> non-obvious, non-visible login name, that would increase security somewhat.
> Related: In the recent attacks againstWordPress blogs, it was pointed out
> that the attacks were targeting a default admin username (simply "admin", I
> think), but that WordPress has long had an option to choose a different
> username at install time. This obviously goes in the same direction.
> I see some potential here to improve our security. What do you think?
> bye, Dirk
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