Is web publishing killing print publications

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Looking back to the days when I was a child, things were different in the process of allocating information.  We relied heavily on paper sources such as the encylopedia, dictionaries, newspapers and almanacs.  In grade school, we had to use these sources to reference in our papers and projects.  It required a bit of work, being that if you did have a specific book, you had to find a place where it existed.  This often meant borrowing a friend’s book or a trip to the local library in hopes of finding a book that covered it. Newspapers and other paid subscriptions such as magazines were essential in staying up to date with the latest happenings and trends of the world.

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Fast forward to today, and that issue rarely exists.  With the internet, almost anything and information on anything is available right at our fingertips.  We have smartphones that have web browser’s that are capable enough to access full webpages.  A lot of companies have added to their mantra, the availability of content via the internet.  Being that there’s less labor and costs involved in online development versus physical print, companies take benefit in such a model.  With that being said, there’s been a natural shift towards companies cutting off their print publications sectors.

In my observation, there has been a reduction in the amount of print publications available today.  I’ve also observed that with the shift to web publishing, there’s been an increase of people who create documents to be published.  Gone is the hurdle of obtaining industrial machinery, printing presses, etc to get your material to the eyes of consumers.  All it takes is creating an online presence of a sort, and delivering your information thru mediums such as this blog, or other web documents.  What do you think?  What have you noticed?  Feel free to leave a comment.  I hope this entry helps you.

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Ensuring the latest news with RSS

 

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RSS feed information  CNN.com

The primary reason to creating a web page is to serve as a medium where others can gather information about the content on that page.  Whether it be a business site, blog, or personal website of any sort, the idea is to inform the visitor on whatever content presented, in hopes that they’ll not only receive the information, but come back again for added content.  Would’t it be nice if there was a type of alert system that those interested could opt in for.  Well there is, and they’re called RSS and Atom.

Generally RSS stands for really simple syndication.  Syndication is the syncing/broadcasting of information from one site to another.  This information is collected and interpreted by software called an aggregation.  Most browsers have them built in so the functionality is basically baked in.  Most developers use RSS/ATOM to alert subscribers of the news content as it’s posted.  The subscriber receives the notification and at the developers discretion, the full content is displayed or either a snippet of it.  RSS/ATOM are commonly used throughout the web, but are more commonly found on news sources like CNN.  CNN hosts the ability to view their feeds for genre of the news they may cover.  You’re allowed to pick as many as you like.

 

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Nowadays, even social media accounts have implemented a sort of feed mechanism as a feature.  Most are called “post notifications.”  You receive direct notification when the desired source posts something new.  This is a relatively new feature that’s been rolling out across the various platforms.

Feeds are a great way to keep your other’s up to date on the latest news about your site, without the user having to check back daily for new content.  If you have diverse content, it also serves to be a great tool as to finding out what content users resource your page for, allowing you to focus on what to cover.

Trying Wix, for your webpage fix…

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Webpage I’ve created using Wix.com

In a previous post we took a look into various content management systems. If you haven’t checked that post out yet, feel free to head on over and check the link.  As we know by now, content management systems aid developers in website creation. The post today will cover my experience using Wix.

First off, Wix is great.  It’s very easy to use, and the templates are very attractive.  I’m not the most creative of the bunch, so seeing the many templates available helped jog my ideas of how I wanted my page to be.  The interface is simple and intuitive, which allowed me to design in a steady flow, in turn had me feeling like a design pro.

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Mobileview using Wix.com

Yes, Wix allows you to not only customize and design your page on how it’s to be viewed on desktop browsers but mobile browsers as well.  You can switch in between the two with the click of a button.  This allows seamless transitions in editing the two, promoting a steady workflow.

The verdict..

I feel my experience using Wix to be nothing short of amazing.  It boosted my confidence in my journey in web development.  I encourage you to give Wix a try.  I’m confident you’ll have a similar experience to what I have had.  Thanks for checking out my page.  I hope this helps you in your journey as well.  For your conveniece I’ve added a link to their site.    Wix.com

Dreamweaver, my conclusion..

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Adobe DreamWeaver @adobe.com

 

Hello, thanks for checking in for the my conclusion on my experience with Dreamweaver.  As I mentioned in my last post, I haven’t had much time coding with it, because I’ve been busy researching the in’s and out’s of web design.  Secondly, my trial version expired by the time I attempted to play around with it.

Conclusion

Dreamweaver is a great piece of software.  The fact that it is a WYSIWYG management system is a huge plus.  I believe it has great potential to be a useful tool for developers.  From my limited experience in toying with the interface, it seems pretty capable of assisting the developer in whatever needs.  Feel free to give the trial a swing for yourself.  It’s free and gives you a preview of what’s to be purchased.  I hope it works for you.. Enjoy!!

CSS3, What is it?

CSS, or Cascading style sheets, is a style language used to describe and define/format how the content of a HTML document will look.  CSS is great as it allows you to affect the styling of multiple documents with one sheet.  Simply create a reference or link to the desired CSS and it’ll be applied.  CSS allows very precise control over the styling of the elements in a document.  Through the years, CSS formatting has changed, and features more robust.  Today where using the 3rd iteration, or CSS3.

With CSS3, the developer is now able to create transitions, shadows gradients, animations, as well as multi-column and grid layouts.  CSS3 also allows some new selectors that allow matching and partial matching on attributes and  attribute values.  I also allows structural   such as applying styling to nth-child, first letter & first line pseudo classes and styling only on element targeted in URL.  CSS3 is simply an extension on the already great CSS2 and with it comes just that much more ability and flexibility to styling.  Here’s a link to a tutorial that you may find helpful to figuring the ins, and outs of CSS3.

I hope this entry helps.  Feel free to check out this link to another entry I’ve done on CSS. There’s addition info and examples on that entry that’ll further assist you in becoming more familiar with CSS.  Have a great day.

Not exactly fluent in web development, try a content management system (CMS)

So, you have a paid for your webpage or you’re new to web development.  You need to make changes to a webpage or create one.  What options do you have?  A sure fire way to do so is to choose a Content Management System, or CMS.  There are many CMS applications to choose from, that either allow offline systems or online system.  The online system is browser based and  allows more flexibility than the offline version.  So choosing the version is going to be dependent upon what your needs are.

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Adobe DreamWeaver @adobe.com

CMS’s  like Google Web Designer, and Adobe Dreamweaver are offline systems that have a helpful feature that shows the output/product of you code in real time, therefore they’re referred to as (WSYIWYG) or what you see is what you get management systems.  Here’s a link to some blogs I’ve created that covers my initial experience with both Dreamweaver and Google Web Designer.  These applications offer some great features and can prove to be very helpful in webpage development.  Looking at the differences between the two, they both have a bit of a learning curve or familiarization process to endure, but the latter of the two is open source and free.  Either way, in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with either of them.

 

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Looking at online CMS, we have WordPress and Wix as examples.  Both allow you to access pertinent development info on the fly, because it’s browser-based.  Both systems can be edited via smart phone or tablet with minimal effort or technical knowledge.  This gives them lots of flexibility to modern, on the go and aspiring web developers.  Wix uses a heavy GUI setup that boast extreme ease of us, but lacking in customization granularity.  Both are great choices in CMS, and are heavy used by businesses and consumers of today.

I hope this webpage helps to shed light on Content Management Systems.  Have a great day.