Anyone Can Build a Web Site!Written by Robin Sopko
Anyone Can Build a Web Site! by Robin Sopko
There are many levels of computer "savvy". I'd like to think I am quite experienced, but actually, considering vast knowledge that I have never been trained in, I'd have to consider myself to be just above beginner level. I know how to navigate, but I am untrained on the technical science of World Wide Web. Although I have spent thousands of hours in front of my keyboard and monitor, searching, absorbing and creating, I still have no scholarly knowledge of HTML (hyper text markup language), or things like CGI, Perl, Java script, or other computer programming languages. All I know is that I love to build and design websites, and I love idea of all of this vast knowledge, available at my fingertips. My father is curious about computing, but feels utterly overcome by thought of owning a personal computer. Being one who only types with three fingers, he is convinced that he would become frustrated by availability of virtually "everything" and his inability to obtain it fast enough. He thinks he is too old to learn "shorthand" for keyboard. One friend of mine can turn on computer, get online, get to her email, read and delete it, then becomes instantly lost. If she types anything into her browser window, she has no idea how she got to where she ended up or how to get out of it. Another example is my daughter, thirty years younger than I am, experienced enough to know technical computer terminology, and so fast with mouse that computer freezes up within minutes of her signing on. Just when I think I know something that she doesn't, she snickers with delight, and lets out a "Gees Mom, Duh!" that embarrasses me rest of day. Progress increases a hundredfold from our standpoint and throughout computer literate, certified, trained and accomplished. My point is, that anyone of us could build an elementary web site after an hour of dialing up, logging on, and getting to a free server or host to begin building process. Many URLs (web site addresses) offer free space and some offer design-ready templates; all you need to have is a plan. What will be your title? How many pages would you like to have? What are your sub-topics? The tutorials will frequently instruct you what to do from that point forward.
Choosing The Right Blog-ToolsWritten by Gunnar Berglund
Choosing The Right Blog-Tools Bloggers are constantly discovering new ways to express their ideas through new markup. There are bloggers who are using latest state-of-the-art “visual” web design programs, but few others consider using HTML code is not a bad idea altogether. The XHTML family can accommodate extensions through XHTML modules and techniques to develop new XHTML-conforming modules. These modules permit combination of existing and new feature sets when developing content and when designing new user agents. With so many different ways to access Internet, XHTML family is designed keeping in mind general user agent interoperability. Through document profiling mechanism, servers, proxies, and user agents are able to create best effort content transformation. This language is both RSS and XML conforming. The content can be readily viewed, edited, and validated with standard XML tools. XHTML documents can utilize applications (e.g. scripts and applets) that rely upon either HTML Document Object Model or XML Document Object Model. Bloggers may also use Movable Type for weblog. Movable Type is a powerful, customizable publishing system, which installs on web servers to enable bloggers to manage and update weblogs. This enables a blogger to hand edit other parts and pages, including Daily Links, in TextPad. Bloggers may use a date format string for individual entries, and for monthlies. Movable Type Installation is followed by Plugins. There are many to choose from. MT Plugin Directory and Movable Type Support Forums are two resources that can be referred to. Most of plugins make users typographically correct and enables them to properly use curly-quotes, ellipses, em-dashes, and en-dashes. A feature of pluggins combines trackbacks (comments on other articles from other blogs) and comments into one page. Another use is to create author comments and addendums in comments engine. Few plugins may allow bloggers to add additional fields, example: using keywords field to create additional fields. Few others create a collection of links at bottom of each individual entry page. Title attributes can be used with all links. Movable Type includes a default RSS Feed.