New Website For The Lost Words Dorset
We've been enthusiastic supporters of #TheLostWords project to present all Dorset primary and first schools with copies of The Lost Words, and now we have built a completely new website for the project.
Published on: 7th October 2007
Having taken care of the website for PSIGE for some time now we have begun to notice a rise in the spam generated through the site's formmail system. Although we've taken every precaution to ensure that the script is correctly set up to filter out submissions from other servers and the site form to deny comments with forbidden words in them (eg. viagra and casino), we have not been able to prevent the direct calls to the cgi script from forms that purport to be from the PSIGE site, but in fact aren't.
After a long and thorough search through the internet we drew a blank on finding patches for the formmail script that would perform a screening service to filter out the forbidden words before sending, and not being specialists in the Perl programming language that the script is written in, we have taken the bull by the horns and written an entirely new form-handling script in PHP which does everything we need it to. It allows us to use aliases instead of real email addresses on the form itself; it validates the form content, checking for a valid email and filtering out forbidden words; prevents "injection" attacks from malicious code being submitted through the form fields and in short works like a dream.
Once we've tidied it up into a library script we will then roll it out through all the sites that we manage where a contact form is used. We hope that this will finally give us the upper hand over the automated spam generators that have started to become the bane of our sites.
We're delighted to introduce our two new team members who are joining Alacrify this month. Lesley Smith is Alacrify's new Personal Assistant, and Lynne Pattison joins as a Project Assistant.
Green Union has been a client of Alacrify for many years now and this website was a kind of third generation build. We built the original website a few years back and it’s had some updates made to it over the years but this time the new owner wanted to put her own stamp on things and create something fresh and new.
This post will deliver administrative support to the business and help to increase the quality of communication between the business and our clients. It will also provide extra resource to help with content development and social media work and improve the pro-active support that is offered to our clients.