Garrett St. John

I am a web developer and partner at Bold. This is where I share my thoughts, discoveries and other random bits.

Topic Archives: Open Source Software

Installing Google’s mod_pagespeed on a MediaTemple (dv)

November 3, 2010

The announcement of mod_pagespeed by Google couldn’t have been more perfectly timed. I’ve been working on a page load speed optimization project this week and this fits the bill perfectly. The goal of mod_pagespeed is to automate optimization processes by integrating them into an Apache 2.x module. I’ll go through the process of installing and [Keep Reading…]

Building E-commerce into WordPress

September 22, 2010

Jonathan Christoper of Monday by Noon has a great two part mini-series on building e-commerce into WordPress using PHPurchase. As he states in the series, shopping carts can be really tricky and can often become downright painful. After Jonathan’s positive review, I can’t wait to give PHPurchase a run myself. Check out Part 1 and [Keep Reading…]

4 Reasons Open Source Email Marketing Sucks

December 3, 2009

I’ve tried quite a few open source email marketing solutions from Mailman, to PHPMailer, to poMMo and they all suck for one reason or another. Here are my reasons why: 1. They are self hosted solutions In my experience, self hosting email marketing rarely works out well. Most hosting providers have tight limits on how [Keep Reading…]

poMMo: Open Source Email Marketing Software

August 12, 2009

Occasionally I have some smaller clients that want to use self-hosted email marketing software. Although not typically advisable, I have given in for some clients with small subscriber lists (the idea being that it will get them started and they can upgrade to a paid tool down the road). Up until last week, I was [Keep Reading…]