Category Archives: Web Works

What-the-font

What do you do when someone whines to you that your documents look like music sheets?

When communicating over the internet, your fonts may not appear the same at the other end. The best solution is not to use a font at all. Better than best, you can choose to selectively piss off a section of the receiving public. Here are six communication workarounds for sending content over the internet: Read on

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What the Blogosphere Wants – David Pollard

David Pollard figured this out and put it on his blog. You might want to keep a copy of this list.

WHAT THE BLOGOSPHERE WANTS MORE OF

Blog readers want to see more:

1. original research, surveys etc.
2. original, well-crafted fiction
3. great finds: resources, blogs, essays, artistic works
4. news not found anywhere else
5. category killers: aggregators that capture the best of many blogs/feeds, so they need not be read individually
6. clever, concise political opinion (most readers prefer these consistent with their own views)
7. benchmarks, quantitative analysis
8. personal stories, experiences, lessons learned
9. first-hand accounts
10. live reports from events
11. insight: leading-edge thinking & novel perspectives
12. short educational pieces
13. relevant “aha” graphics
14. great photos
15. useful tools and checklists
16. précis (summaries), reviews and other time-savers
17. fun stuff: quizzes, self-evaluations, other interactive content

Blog writers want to see more:

1. constructive criticism, reaction, feedback
2. ‘thank you’ comments, and why readers liked their post
3. requests for future posts on specific subjects
4. foundation articles: posts that writers can build on, on their own blogs
5. reading lists/aggregations of material on specific, leading-edge subjects that writers can use as resource material
6. wonderful examples of writing of a particular genre, that they can learn from
7. comments that engender lively discussion
8. guidance on how to write in the strange world of weblogs

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Drupal versus everybody. A CMS Software review

Blogs and Content management Systems

The year 2008 is the year of roll-your-own blogs. A year ago there were a couple dozen software packages for creating your own blog or content management system (CMS). Today there are hundreds of them. This review was written to help winnow down the choices.

Factors driving this revolution are competition between the open source and the pay-to-play community, adoption of open source CMS solutions by business and industry, and development of programs and CMS alternatives in other countries besides the one owned by Mr. Big in Redmond, Washington.

The climate of this software explosion resembles the way computer brands proliferated before the big shakedown. Once upon a time there were dozens of different computer manufacturers, but then came the big shakedown and they all died except Apple/Mac and maybe Compaq. Eventually Dell and Gateway rose from the ashes, at least until the death of Gateway. I predict a similar shakedown for CMS programs. Read on

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CMS explosion: Killer apps

(But we just don’t call them killer apps any more).

As the clock rolled around 2008, the web exploded with new internet software offerings in the Content Management System (CMS) category. These packages create a platform for web designers, developers and authors to collaborate in the creation of a web site. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call CMS applications the killer app of the moment, driving the cyber world toward new uncharted territory. Everyone has discovered that they simply cannot live without one. Read on

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What does “Syndicate this site” mean?

What does "Syndicate this site" mean?, by Elise Bauer. This blog site does a good job of explaining the details, starting with answering the question:

Syndicate this site means that the headlines, a link, and an entry description for each new weblog entry are made available for others to use on their websites or to access through a newsfeed reader program.

Elise also has lots of good information including a second tutorial on how to display live news feeds on your website. Cool. Way to go.

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O’Reilly on RSS

Making Your RSS Feed Look Pretty in a Browser by Ben Hammersley — As more and more non-techie websites offer syndication feeds, a growing number of non-technical readers are clicking on the links and filling their screens with confusing XML. But syndication content doesn’t have to look like geeky markup or malformed text in your readers’ browsers. You can make it look quite pretty, and give clues to what the feed is actually for. Ben Hammersley, author of Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom, shows you how.

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RSS feeds, WordPress and Firefox

I recently spent lots of time (about 12 hours but apparently not enough yet) searching the web trying to understand rss feeds and syndication. Read on

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Permalinks and Trackbacks

What is a Permalink, or better yet, why use permalinks?

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First WYSI-WordPress post

First post using WYSI-Wordpress html editor. Now if I could just fix that old truck… oldtruck.gif

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WordPress Site Mods

For those interested in following the blunders of other would-be web publishers. Here is a log of wordpress site modifications I made around here.

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Web Collaboration

Building a blog. Building a CMS (content management system). It has come to pass that I have a perceived need to manage a community website. Read on

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