• Mod_GoogPlus Feed

    Mod_GoogPlusFeed is a simple module designed to embed your (public) Google+ posts into a Joomla! site. It allows visitors and search-engines to see your latest posts.

    The core principles when building the module were

    • Shouldn't slow page loads
    • Shouldn't contain un-necessary chrome
    • Should display posts to Google+

    The documentation details the use and configuration of the module in more depth, however as a summary the module supports

    • Light and Dark themes
    • Customisable Date display formats
    • Direct link to Post
    • Direct link to Google+ profile
    • Support for caching
    • Display of posts within a Google Community

    The module comes with a pre-configured Google+ API key, however it is recommended that you follow the steps in the documentation to create your own.

    You can view Mod_GoogPlusFeed on my About Me page.


    New in Version 1.4

    • Version 1.4 merges the Joomla! 2.5 and Joomla! 3.x versions, so the same package works on either version
    • The module can now send a RPC Pingback to Google whenever your Google+ feed changes (see documentation for more information)


  • Mod_GoogPlusFeed

    mod_GoogPlusFeed logoGoogle+ Feed (Mod_GoogPlusFeed) is a module designed to embed your Google+ posts into a Joomla site in the way that mod_btwitter does for Twitter. The core principle of the design is that it shouldn't contain un-necessary chrome and shouldn't slow page load.

    The module can also display all posts within a Google Community - Simply specify the community ID instead of a user ID!

    This documentation details how to configure mod_GoogPlusFeed


  • The Importance of Provider Redundancy

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    Back in the days before cloud computing, it used to be accepted (if somewhat resented) by management types that having redundant systems in place was important if you cared - even a little - about uptime.

    In today's industry, those same management types generally understand that it's still important to have multi-region availability, with instances running in completely distinct provider regions, so that an outage in one area doesn't impact your ability to do business.

    What doesn't seem to be quite so widely understood, or accepted, though is the importance of ensuring that systems have redundancy across providers. It's not just management types who are making this mistake either, we've all encountered techies who are seemingly blind to the risk and view it as an un-necessary additional cost/hassle.

    Rather than typing "the provider" throughout this post, I'm going to pick on AWS, but the argument applies to all Cloud providers.