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Plugin Updated: F5 Sites Bar

In every Fnetwork site you can see a bar in the bottom, it has links to the main projects, and as the network grown, new links was updated. I never had comfortable time to work and with that bar was not different.

The idea arrived to get consistency to network, and make users navigate more well between all projects. Besides that, the linkage also could help get better position in search result engines.

One advantage is that we can check the whole network visits by checking the number of times that plugin bar displays. And also, in the right corner we show current user location.

But the design and appearance was not good, and even the position at the bottom make many users not saw it. So I am almost finishing the new design, the bar will go to the top, what made the original name change, now is only F5 Sites Bar. The design also changed a bit, many improvements was made and we are waiting another plugin of the network to be ready, F5 Sites Smart Language Filter.

When these twos plugins be ready, the Fnetwork will get to a new level. But it will take a time, many changes is being made in the background, the focus will be just one: get new costumers.

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F5 Sites Started a Renovation to Get New Clients in Brazil

Since our 2016 plan, I changed F5 Sites focus to a more global position, making efforts to exit Brazil and go to a country like USA. The path I figured out to reach was simple, I started by translate all content of the site (posts, menus) to English, make a USA section in the site and then delivered content especially made to that target.

For site banner I choosed images like California, Chinese traffic jam, everything was more global and ready to get clients from anywhere in the World.

But the internationalization never ended-up, F5 Sites was just translated and never finished the whole process. It is not just translate, make the site beautiful, change images and wait for new lead and costumers to contact. It was necessary to get to the clients, to start conversation, make jobs proposal, and that’s when things got difficulty.

I personally think I can make dozen of leads and reach new clients in a face-to-face talk, even knowing that is possible and usual to get clients only via internet, it is easier for me to get touch in meetings, events, lectures, workshops, make active visits and explore my personal network to reach new clients. So, while I am still in Brazil, my plan has to shift, need to allocate efforts to get new clients here.

If you are in Sao Paulo, SP, contact us right now to schedule a meeting.

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New Plugin in Development: F5 Sites Smart Language Filter

After tons of tests and experiences, with the most famous and updated language plugins for WordPress, I started one plugin for F5 Sites e Fnetwork. Based in a simple but efficient code I made for a project theme (Sistema Focalizador Javascript).All I had to do is to use tags in posts, like:

  • lang-en: english
  • lang-pt: portugues
  • lang-fr: french
  • lang-zn: chinese
  • And so on…

The “Smart” term in the name is because it use an algorythym based on WooCommerce Geocode and HTTP function to determine users location and provice the probably most correct language. So we will close our domains that start with br, like br.f5sites.com and br.franciscomat.com, because whenever location you are, the main domain will provide you content in your language.

The plugin will be present in all network, it will be attached to another plugin we use F5 Sites Footer Bar, so all sites will have translate options. The users will also have the option to change language anytime, and if it come in a link that does not have the language users spoke, a warn will be attached to change language anytime.

The plugin is under development and has no deadline to be finished, it is an effort I making to achieve best results in marketing and getting new clients.

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Docker: We Are Migration Our Services to New DevOps Paradigm

In the upfront of currently technological changes we saw Docker as a new optimization paradigm. Why we waited so long to adopt it? The answer is simple, we only need it now, we were in a very long stable development process, without needing to migrate server or change process development.

But recently we reached a point to make an intermediate server, a kind of homolog/backup of production, then we saw that task would be huge time consuming, make all configuration, clone of git repos, installation of services like apache, myql, wordpress, etc. So I had two options, go folder to folder and make sure everything was alright, or format and install docker in a fresh linux /docker environment.

I choosed the second and most challenge option, so now I am working in the complete migration of all our projects, sites and operations to Docker technology. After that, we could instantiate our homolog server by simple running a docker command to set everything up and running.

Docker is not hard to understand, but you need to be very experienced to understand all its power, and it is not the best solution for all scenarios, but after you start using it, will be very difficulty to step back.

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The First Semester of 2019 Was Very Busy

In the very end of 2018 I started a new position in a marketing company, working 9-18, so I had to leave a country side, small city, Itapetininga, and moved abruptly to Sao Paulo. In a day was in one small town with all time for me, the next I was in one of the ten biggest city of the World, without knowing nobody, moved to work in IT projects, a very intensive programming job, a very big challenge.

I moved to get a new income, I did not had choice, without funds and support, the only way I saw to get my plans done was to move to the capital. Besides work for money, I planned to launch my projects in a city of opportunities, besides Sao Paulo is the most expensive city to live in America Latina, it recompenses any one who is dedicated to work.

In and in parallel with it I started theater course in night, so basically had no time for blogging in my personal site. But after a period of adaptation, I am starting efforts to get back on trails of constantly post and commit in GitHub.

It was not in my planning to stop all my projects, that for me was going very well, besides it’s constantly late, without any funds, I was constantly strangling for low costs solutions to basic situations, even to make meals. But, after 6 months working hard, I am back to my personal site, all the work I did since end of 2016, will be the platform for my rocket launch.

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Become a Sponsor

Pomodoros is close to being released and you can help make this project a reality. We will be present in USA, UK and many english speak countries, we started searching users in theses countries to became global.

With your financial support your brand will always be visible on the site, reaching all our users. Your ad will be printed on the home page and app, site sidebar and footer. In addition to reaching select, highly intellectual audiences, you will still be supporting an innovative startup and will have your brand associated with a high-tech product.

USA/UK Quotas 2019

For USA and UK 2019 will have a monthly fee of US$2.000, which can be divided or purchased by a single master sponsor:

  • Master sponsor: buy the full quota of US$2.000 and have the exclusivity to your brand and products in the blog and app.
  • Split Sponsor: If there is no master, the quota can be divided into 4 of US$500, being printed in the same places as the master sponsor, but alternating between splits.
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Buenos Aires may be the first city out of Brazil with new users

The Spanish translation was a very important step for the future of the project, the Hispanic community is very large and representative. We do not know which Spanish language country will have our first user, but we bet all our chips that will be Argentina.

Within the Pomodoros global expansion project, we look at Buenos Aires to begin the expansion, we may be surprised by Spanish speakers from other countries, especially Spain, but soon the founder of the project will be in Buenos Aires to, among other things, do some technical visits related to the project.

You who are Spanish speakers can help us if you see any problems in the translation please let us know. Sign up for free and start focusing on your projects right now.

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French Language – Adding a Third Language

Updating the pomodoros source code to facilitate translation and installation of new languages, French was chosen as the third official translation due to the number of new visitors coming from France.

We are still very dependent on Google Translate to do the translations, so we know that the quality is impaired, but it is certain that the reception of new visitors is much better when they find the words and translations in their language.

With great pride we welcome the French.

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Pomodoros is Closest to Production

We started a silent revolution to speedup page load, resizing images, setting up cache and all stuff to get craziness page load speed ever. After it we will launch or official app on Google Play, then prepare the official global launch, for now is all we have to say, Portuguese version of blog is much more updated, but we are shifting our priorities and English version will soon become very updated too.

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Github Portfolio Updated

Launch new products is often good and make developers feel good, but when you did many launches things can become very messed. After long time I started opening codes from past works, since 2003 I developed apps, websites and games.

franciscof5
78 repositories, 1 followers.

I recently launched almost 30 old projects, most of then in Flash MX and Flash 8, in github. They are most for portfolio porpouse, but some of then have been re-released under 2018 fast adaptation, and they are becoming online.

In few weeks we will launch a new section in F5 Sites web site and my personal portfolio, making dozen of old projects live again, for public access and demo usage. Many of then will be avaiable for new investments to finish things up, and a few of it will be remake by myself with costs covered by me.

https://portfolio.franciscomat.com/ – Check my portfolio

 

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Spending time planning a perfect pre-launch stage

The recent rocket launch Falcon Heavy taught World the importance of get everything ready and well tested before press the launch button, because after it, there is no going back. And even if you have the best and well payed engineers, fail is a part of the process, like the fail of third rocket in getting back to soil.

We are a small and lean startup, but for us, our rocket’s have as many technology as Falcon 9, and it is even more important to us then any other rock lauch. We are focusing so much effort in testing and getting early feedback as we can, it is a hard and tedious task, nobody want to do it for many time and we are waiting for lauching for so long, since 2010, that maybe the anxiety was something to be care of nowadays.

We are not in a technology rush (for while) with any competitors, since we dont even have market yets, we dont care about market growth, we only focus on make the best technology for our target public, getting feedback on early stages and having many ways to get it.

So in our blog it is possible to see how many posts talking about launch expectations, as we get closer and closer to launch we also getting huge priorities shifting. But the official release of our first USA & Global product, with massive marketing campaign, will be near at the end of the year, before many tests in Brazilian market.

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F5 Sites Strategy For 2018: Expected Our First Product Release For USA and Europe

We are more than never focusing on USA and Europe market, there are tons of tests beside an official entrance. As a CEO I often repeat the same mistake, underestimate the time for long projects, I was expecting the first official F5 Sites products launches for 2017, but we did not released officially a single project, we focused more on IT infra-structure and primary code releases, and even exhaustive testing of new routines and process for backup and data synchronization in large data clusters.

I did not mean I did not worked well or I do not have capacity to preview, It just mean we must set some strategic milestones on initial planning, for products built up from zero it is impossible to address all uncertainties in the beginning.

For Brazilian market we make a great progress, besides it’s not our main focus, to make software in Portuguese, we just reprogrammed an old product, our principal product for Brazil in the period 2011-2015, the Pomodoros.com.br webapp. It is back online, after two years offline, but it is still in alpha stage, just for tests and costumers feedback, we will proceed in the next months with a small online campaign for getting new users and promote a donating campaign for support the project.

The webapp have an English version, but we will launch a different and much improved version for USA and Europe, a new software is being made, we started it in the last years and probably I will launch it in 2018, now we have well stabilized our servers and backup routines. That is why I am, in January 2018, thinking that this new year will finally be the most important year in F5 Sites history, our first Brazilian turtle is expecting to reach California sea or some Europe bay.

But some things can again late market entrance, we are passing trough our must difficulty founding moments, with few sources of founds and no costumers revenue, we are struggling in a mess state of priorities and expected that it become even more difficult for next months because of time-pressure. We are chasing the most relevant investors for the projects stages, it iss clear for me that the entrance of new interest parts can speed-up some parts of project, but in other hand it can rearrange our launch schedules.

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Contact us now

After putting our blogs and startups online, testing everything we was then ready to starting receive leads contacts for project development. We are growing up our service capacity, ramping up and scaling os customized customer service.

Putting contact forms on sites was an easy task years ago, but we are now surrounded by tons of bots, simple contact forms can receive a lot of spam, besides annoying it can make tedious for fast response receiving notifications of spams.

After testing the Google reCaptcha, with great results for spam control, we are moving for a new and simple solutions, Honey Pots, bots are dumb and putting an hide field for then is a trick way to prevent it. We are using 3 wordpress plugins for our contact form:

  • Contact Form 7
  • Contact Form 7 Honey Pot
  • Contact Form 7 Database
  • F5 Sites Bug & Correction Plugin

The last one was custom made to “unify” all contacts from multiple domains under the same table, now we can use the same contact form on multiple sites, speeding up development and launch of services, centralizing contacts from multiple sources.

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A huge problem emerged just a minute before our costumers tests our first WooCommerce virtual store

When we just finished up our local tests of our first online WooCommerce store, when it was online and ready for our first costumers to test it out a huge problem emerged. When we use native WordPress functions and the WooCoommerce plugin for quick attach an virtual store to our wp site, we must adapt the data managements to a mix of combined patterns of both, wp and woo, they are all good, but have problems for scalability.

WooCoommerce stores in the same table products and orders (side to side with WordPress blog posts, pages, menus…) it is quickly for deploys new stores, but in few moments everything can become a mess of data, stored mixed. The problem is when we have to update only certain product data, like stock quantity, and of course keep orders preserved, it is impossible to do (without temporary lock down live site for maintence) with bult-in WordPress, WooCommerce or even SQL commands, it is basic a lock-up.

To break that, the solution we take is a dirty little hack, that is only acceptable by expert users, who fully understand what we suggested and coded as a solution. We just released or fist hack plugin, it is avaiable on github and soons as we make a good documentation we will submit to wp plugins directory:

What F5 Sites | Woocommerce shop_order Tables does?

It creates a hack table on database called 9woo + wp prefix + shop_order + endpoint (posts or postmeta), and (by using hooks) whenever WordPress or WooCommerce asks for orders data it force $wpdb object to get if from another tables. It is a hack, you must have a deep understand about hook and wp core functions before you can take the most of our solution.