Advanced Cforms Techniques: Dynamically prepopulating a form field via URL

We use Oliver Seidel’s CForms plugin quite a bit around here, due to its robust functionality, and support for aggressive customization, such as posting to MethodCRM, and posting to a spreadsheet in Google Docs. Someone recently posted a question on their forums about how to prepopulate a form field using data passed in the URL. Since we’ve done that before, I figured I’d outline the steps below:

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Everything you know about social mobile web statistics is dead wrong.

Yes, I know that’s a provocative title, but it accurately reflects some of the realizations I’ve had over the last several months while researching social engagement systems. There are a hundred million people arguing about a thousand data points with massively conflicting data that results in a high level perspective which is about as accurate as the numbers in this sentence. The reason? None of the metrics being recorded are consistent measures of success across multiple platforms; each has their own KPI, and none of the measurement systems effectively address the nuances of the competing systems.

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It’s been a slamming first quarter at ImTheirWebGuy.com

That’s my clever way of saying “Wow, I haven’t updated the blog in a bit, huh?” Check out our portfolio to get a feel for some of the projects that have been keeping us busy. However, that’s just one part of the news around here.

First, as mentioned recently, I was selected to be a Google Glass Explorer. With that announcement, I partnered up with some awesome folks on Google+ to form LivingThruGlass, which has taken off as a premier news source for Glass Explorers.

Second, we’ve added a responsive Google+ and Facebook powered comments section. Let me know how it works for you.

Finally, we’re pleased to announce that Valerie Whitmore of CDKitchen.com has joined our development team. Valerie is a heavy duty PHP coder who’s honed her skills building a custom platform for recipe sharing, and has been helping take up some of the slack around here. Check out her site.

There’s tons more to announce soon, but that’s all for now. Thanks for being an ImTheirWebGuy.com fan.

The Web Guy will be a Google Glass Explorer!

Just a quick announcement to say, WOO-HOO! I was one of the folks picked in Google’s #ifIhadglass contest. We like to stay ahead of the curve around here, so getting an early chance to play with cutting edge technology is what the Web Guy is all about. If you’d like to follow along with my Glass adventure, check out our blog over on MyLifeInGlass.com.

Does Google Glass signify the end of privacy and the beginning of humans becoming the Borg?

Borg_Klingon_CloseupAs any good journalist knows, when there’s a question in the title, the answer is usually “of course not”. However, if one were to believe the wave of paranoid hyperbole circulating through the media, Google Glass will end privacy as we know it, turn us into drones, or at the very least, signify that we are assholes. Perrenial tech gadfly Adrien Chen notes:

“Google’s defenders will suggest that this is the ranting of a backwards luddite. They will point to cell phones, another relatively new technology. Would you call all cell phone users assholes? No, just the ones who talk in public restrooms when there’s a long line. But in the early days of cell phones, the loudmouth on his brick of a Motorola cell phone was very much shorthand for asshole.”

To which I reply, poppycock.

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CForms to MethodCRM: Getting dirty with SOAP.

MethodCRM integrated with GMailOne of our clients recently began using MethodCRM to handle their sales/coordination process. It’s a pretty slick web based CRM tool which comes with some nifty plugins like their GMail integration (shown here). The challenge was to redirect our CForms data gathering form (which previously posted to Google Docs) to now post to MethodCRM. There were a few obstacles here:
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A new look for ImTheirWebGuy.com

As you probably noticed, we’ve given the site a facelift. It was long overdue, and two things in particular prompted the change:

1. We’ve moved beyond just the single web guy concept, and needed to address that.

When ImTheirWebGuy.com started, it was just little old me doing everything, and the site was personally branded heavily because of that. Thanks to all of our amazing clients, we’ve had a ton of growth, and have brought a few new people on (more from them in the future). Since there are more people involved now, I wanted to move toward a brand that recognized the team effort that makes all of our projects happen.

screenshot2. WordPress released a Beta of their new Twenty Thirteen theme.

As many of you know, I like using the default WordPress themes as a base. Many of the sites we’ve made in the last twelve months began as Twenty Twelve. With the public release of the new theme, I wanted to get a head start working with it, as I have two clients right now that may benefit from it. This version is called Thirteen Business, and takes a muted professional approach to the theme.

So, how’d we do, and what do you think of the design?