Live text streams for the National Care Service

We were approached by the Department of Health to further enhance their WordPress based website for the launch of the National Care Service. The launch was to have a live web video stream and The Department of Health wanted live text updates to accompany the video. The text updates would allow late comers to catch up, mean the launch team could provide annotations, links and accompanying materials as the launch progressed, and would provide a text record of the event afterwards. The projected maximum audience for this event reached well into the thousands, so the solution we provided would have to scale appropriately, while not consuming so many resources that the webserver could not fulfil it’s other duties (like serving other pages and so forth).

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Plugins in the DFID site

I’m chuffed to see Puffbox and the Department for International Development (DFID) launch the new DFID group blog. Naturally it’s always nice to see our government open up to us, the people of Britain, but I’m particularly gratified that they’re using some of my WordPress plugins to do it.

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