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#1 10-02-2008 00:20:09

WJV_2025
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About personal/professional websites....

How many have build your own website?

If so, what software and who is your server-host? Do you like your server,  do you pay and how much? Do they push ads on your site or is it your-your site.

Do you find a personal/professional site useful and to what extent?

-- Wayne


My Current Novel Commitment:
1) Silverstone by Aryanne started on Aug 14
2) Dance In The Rain  by Marilyn Johnson started August 28
3) Mascara Masquerade     by Sideman   Started Sept 6

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#2 10-02-2008 00:21:58

WJV_2025
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Re: About personal/professional websites....

I have been using 1and1.com for host.

My software I use is the Adobe Dreamweaver. I will probably expand to use other Adobe products as I expand my site to what I am looking to make it.

As a student in a public college, I managed to get the software for 1/4 full asking price.

-- Wayne


My Current Novel Commitment:
1) Silverstone by Aryanne started on Aug 14
2) Dance In The Rain  by Marilyn Johnson started August 28
3) Mascara Masquerade     by Sideman   Started Sept 6

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#3 10-02-2008 15:13:25

william short
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Registered: 10-30-2007
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Re: About personal/professional websites....

Good web page

Though you have a minor typing error on  line 5 of 'my current activities'.

http://wjvillines.com/

develop [wep] pages

Just thought I'd bring it to your attention before you go live.

Last edited by william short (10-02-2008 16:32:57)

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#4 10-26-2008 08:01:12

R A Keen
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Re: About personal/professional websites....

Hi Wayne - I like your site's design approach - clean and simple, along the lines of Google's. You may also wish to consider the idea of "accessible website design," for the thousands of visually impaired and totally blind web/PC users. One of NBW's own, Payge Turner, is totally blind and uses a voice navigation system to navigate the computer screen. Users like her never use the mouse and rely strictly on the keyboard to move around the screen. On a page displayed in a web browser, a functional tab key is very important.

Most often, a web designer is unaware that their site, with a few simple changes, may better accommodate the enlargement and speech navigation software used by those who are visually impaired.

For example:
- Non-cursive, slightly larger and higher contrast text (between the text and background colors) are very helpful for low vision users, as well as old timers like myself whose eye sight isn't bad, bad but sure ain't what it use to was smile
- Assuring that all the links and other screen objects (edit fields, drop down boxes, etc.) can be navigated to by using the Tab key, is a very hepful function for totally blind users who strictly use the keyboard and never the mouse.
- If pictures or graphics are on the page, whether as links or otherwise, embedding into their html code reference a brief text description of the picture or the name of the non-text link gives an idea what it is used for, etc.

Check out www.afb.org or www.aph.org to get an idea of a good website design for the visually impaired.

Also, below are several sites that can provide tips and design guidelines:
http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionI … entID=2176

http://aware.hwg.org/tips/

http://www.usableweb.com/

http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/un … 6.x.html#c (has html coding samples)

http://www.accessible.org/accessible-web-designs.html

Alas, a free web site (Bobby) that tested your site for accessibility is no longer free. If you want to spend a bit of money (not much in the single license version) for an accessibility testing software, one is available from IBM that actually incorporates Bobby:
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/awdtools … ssibility/

Good luck.

Write well and prosper - R A Keen

Last edited by R A Keen (10-26-2008 08:09:28)


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#5 01-30-2012 17:09:37

Chalice Divine
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Registered: 07-01-2010
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Re: About personal/professional websites....

I am constructing a website using Wordpress, which I am finding is fascinating application. You can have a peek at the skeleton here (I am really slow on the development, but I have built a few of them for friends). twilightfabulist.org/main

Thanks to plug-ins it is very versatile and the free software community is all over it. The learning curve is moderate however, and it takes a bit of reading. I have mine hosted with GoDaddy which can be a bit evil on the marketing and up sale end, but they offer some very reasonable packages.  I like the platform very much, the only concern being that you must keep things up to date to avoid code vulnerabilities. It seems the script kiddies in the world have nothing better to do then destroy other people's creativity, but I have never had a personal attack on my site, since I took the time to read and follow the clear security recommendations posted freely for anyone out there and I keep the site tight and secure. You can also get a free blog through Wordpress.com and forget all those headaches, though you lose the ability to make high end customizations. Accessibility, visual flow, and helpful plug-ins make SEO friendly content easy, and overall it is a very apt system for modern global net crowds.

It really is a doable thing for anyone as the software does all the heavy lifting code wise, and the owner is left to write articles and work on the networking aspects, after initial development. The degree of customization is up the the developer. I love the platform personally.

Regards,

Chalice


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