The tech story behind the Trinidad Guardian - a newspaper website

  • Posted on: 4 February 2009
  • By: shivanj

Trinidad Guardian

The Trinidad Guardian, one of 3 popular newspapers in Trinidad, re-launched their website on New Years Day 2009 using Drupal. The site has a simplistic design done by their in-house graphics designer Ms. Maxie Navarro. The Drupal developer behind it, Shivan Jaikaran, would like to share his techniques as a tech case study.

The Homepage

The homepage has a different look from every other page on the website. This was done using a custom page-front.tpl.php and Panels. The main sections of the website (the same as their print edition) are the main menus (or the primary links). The colours corresponding to the menus correlate to the print editions as well. The colours (on hover and active) were done using simple CSS.

The Internet Editors needed to decide which articles go exactly where in the centre column of the homepage. For this, Nodequeues were used extensively.

Website upgraded - Now using Drupal 6 and a new theme!

  • Posted on: 3 February 2009
  • By: shivanj

ShivanJaikaran.com Snapshot
Well it has certainly been a while. My site has been neglected for far too long. It was running Drupal 5.9 (!!) for about a year now. So tonight I finally upgraded to Drupal 6 and installed some new spam fighting techniques and well as gave it a new theme.

The entire process took me about 2 hours. I made sure and took cautionary steps such as backuping up my site in case anything should go wrong.

My Frappr Map

  • Posted on: 13 March 2007
  • By: shivanj

A "Frappr" (it means “friend mapper”) map is like a guest book – it displays a map of the world on which users and listeners of this website can stick a virtual pin with their name and location. It is a way for all of us Trinis (and non-Trinis) to get to know each other just a little bit. There is no registration involved and it is free. You do not even need to use your real name if you do not wish to. Please consider checking out my Frappr map below and entering your name and location. I would love to know where my visitors/listeners are from! Thanks!


Free Lance Work

  • Posted on: 17 May 2006
  • By: shivanj

I do Drupal development in Trinidad and Tobago. Here are some websites that I did.

I am currently available for free lance work that involves a broad range of IT services that involves:

  • website design/maintenance
  • web/email hosting
  • website development with database integration
  • e-commerce applications
  • Help Desk Implentation
  • software development
  • intranet development/applications
  • open source support/consulting

Please contact me for a quote.

I offer advertising-free web and email hosting services.

So therefore, to check your personalized email, you can either use an email client such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozalla Thunderbird or check it through a web interface such as:

http://webmail.yourdomain.com

Web/Email hosting is a monthly fee. There is no "set up" required to be done by you.

There is also NO hardware to be purchased.

You simply pay a small monthly fee, and the rest is at my cost. You can also create any email addresses that you want using your very own personalized domain name.

I encourage you to contact me for a customized quote. Caribbean Resumes

Trini Word Press Theme

  • Posted on: 22 April 2006
  • By: shivanj

One night late at 2am (when my creative juices are flowing like a raging rapid), I decided to customize my own Word Press theme geared towards Trinidadians. The theme has all the colours of the National Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.

One user said it does not work properly in Word Press 1.5. I have not tested it in 1.5 but it works in versions before that. I have not had the time to upgrade it to 1.5 as yet. Sorry.

The theme is called Trini Press and it is mentioned on the Word Press theme list website.

You can download the Trini Press theme and freely customize it.

More on Trini Press on my blog.

New Face Lift

  • Posted on: 22 April 2006
  • By: shivanj

Well I gave my home page a face lift. It looks a bit more professional now....I finally got the time to do this....I am feeling somewhat accomplished.

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