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Ecomonkey – The Backend

For the very first time all is revealed from behind the scenes, well not exactly, but enough to get a flavour of the system complexity, which required a half time mechanic to keep it fed with fresh and up to the minute data and fresh looking. Naturally Drupal, even in primitive version 5, coped admirably […]

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Ecomonkey – the front end

We had to take the demo site down. So I spent an hour or so setting up a local version and snapping the main screens so that others could see how the reward scheme operated. There were a number of bespoke templates driving each of the views, but eventually both Drupal Panels and Drupal Views […]

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Ecomonkey Review

In case you were wondering what others thought of the concept, here is what our main partner reckoned – awarding the site a stonking 9/10. Site Review (2008) Content 23/25 Functionality 22/25 Originality 20/25 Creativity 23/25 Total 88/100

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Ecomonkey has had to be put down

After several years of leaving ecomonkey.co.uk on the web for demonstration purposes, mainly for others to copy, to emulate or simply do it better, we’ve reluctantly decided to put it to sleep. Ecomonkey.co.uk was officially dead by the end 2008, but still working from a technical POV. Maintaining the code base indefinitely was never really […]

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The Kiva legacy

For those not in the know, Kiva is a Micro Loans Programme. It specialises in loans to small family-owned or community businesses mainly in the developing world, but also in the USA and some of Eastern Europe. Ecomonkey started lending on Kiva a couple of years ago as Ecomonkey. We always lent out $25 amounts […]

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And what about weegreen.co.uk?

What about it? The idea for weegreen (wee small, and perhaps as in ‘we’ collectively; green – you know what that means don’t you?) was to marry the power of Google and its Co-op search engine  (a ‘collaborative’ search engine) and have real people filtering and categorising stuff, perhaps collaboratively – but not necessarily. People like […]

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Why clutter things with Google Adsense?

The short answer? We had already decided it was over. At the outset, being an affiliate based site, we resisted the temptation to run competing adverts (even for our own affiliate partners’ ads).  Google however kept pushing traffic our way long after we had decided the numbers were not stacking up. So we thought we […]

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Important Notice

Sadly we are closing down the Ecomonkey Shopping Channel to new users (and have written to all the current ones). Why? Basically too few people thought this was as good an idea as we did.