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Old Detroit Zoo Site VS New Detroit Zoo Site

Old Detroit Zoo Site VS New Detroit Zoo Site

detroit zoo new siteIt's been almost a year since my departure from the Detroit Zoo, the position of Web Developer and working on the Detroit Zoo site. Back then, I accomplished a great many things as an army of one with little corporate experience. Going through three major revisions of the website and through five different versions of Joomla as the Content Management System (Joomla 1.0, 1.5, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.x)

When I started at the Zoo, I knew enough to be dangerous, but I wasn't a coder. Rather, I was someone who was able to integrate code into the CMS that others had written. It was a great learning experience and taught me a great many things about Joomla, development and non-profit work environments, and I still appreciate the time I spent at the Zoo.


Dokuwiki .htaccess File - Sample

So it came about that I setup a wiki, but chose to use dokuwiki rather than mediawiki because it was a flat file system and installed easily. I needed a way to change the ugly urls to fancy SEO'ed ones. I created the .htaccess file, then dropped this in there:

RewriteEngine on

RewriteBase /

RewriteRule ^_media/(.*) lib/exe/fetch.php?media=$1 [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^_detail/(.*) lib/exe/detail.php?media=$1 [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^_export/([^/]+)/(.*) doku.php?do=export_$1&id=$2 [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^$ doku.php [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule (.*) doku.php?id=$1 [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^index.php$ doku.php


URL Shortening with YOURLS (Your Own URL Shortener)


bitly-logoAs of recently, I decided that using bitly was good, but I really wanted to have my own short URLs that I would use in posts and in Social Media. Bitly is good, but it really isn't that great when it comes to branding, so I began the search for a short URL that would work for me. 

The search began on Domainr shows you all the combinations of a given word beyond .com, .net and .org. When you search for a name, it gives you all the combinations, using different domain extensions, and that's how when I typed in "Koral", I got for my short domain. Pretty cool so far. After registering the short URL through Host.AL, as it was the only place that sold the .al domain cheaply enough, I then turned my attention to the actual service I'd be using to manage my short urls.