Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December 7th Workshop

For this month's workshop we will continue building a website from scratch - not using templates.  We will demonstrate the following:
  • Continue building the layout of the site from last month
  • Build & style navigation buttons
  • Validating the html code
  • Creating a Dynamic Web Template which is used to automatically style other pages on this site

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

November 9 workshop

For this month's workshop we will have two demonstrations.

First, we will demonstrate editing & publishing posts to a WordPress blog/website. Then we will demonstrate how to add an RSS feed icon & widget to this site. The RSS Links Widget allows you to add a link to your blog’s post. This makes it easy for your readers to stay updated when you post new content as they are automatically notified whenever you post something new.
    Then we will demonstrate building a single page website from scratch.  Up to this point we've been using templates but this time we will start with a blank page & build from there.
    This demonstration will cover the following:
    • Create a Home page
    • Create a Webpage Layout using div tags
    • Styling the various sections of the webpage, which includes:
      • The banner, top navigation menu, the left column & the footer    
    • Adding Meta tags
    Then we will add navigation to the site for the following:
    • Horizontal top menu
    • Left side navigation menu

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    The June 8 workshop

    We will cover:

    CH8 - just a brief discussion since the subject of html code we try to avoid at all cost.

    CH9 Using Tables for Tabular Content
    How to create a table

    • Change the appearance of a table
    • How to use the Tables Toolbar
    • The history of tables used on the Web

    Then we'll see how far we can get into CH 10 - Cascading Style Sheets

    Up to this point we have learned to create & add content for a website.  A website without styling is boring & this is where CSS comes in.  The author of our book calls CSS the most powerful tool on the web.
    • What  are Cascading Style Sheets  
    • How to create new styles from scratch
    • How to modify existing styles using the styles tools
    • How to use styles to change the appearance of words, sections or whole pages

    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    May 4th Workshop - Hyperlinks

    In this workshop we will cover hyperlinks

    1. How to import a new page & link to it
    2. Create links between pages
    3. Links to other websites
    4. Links that open in new browser windows
    5. Creating Bookmarks

    Also, there will be a demonstration of SEGrader which is a free tool that allows you to measure the performance of your website.

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    March 23 Worshop

    In this workshop we will tie up loose ends for on the subject of online forms.  Followed by a demo of HTTrack which copies web sites from the Internet to your local directory.  Hoping that this software will add to our bag of tricks.

    Finally, we will return to the Sam's book - resuming at Hour 4 - Building a Home Page: A Look behind the curtain.

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Workshop name change

    We have decide to change the workshop name to: Website Design Workshop

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    March 2nd Workshop - Online Forms

    In this workshop we will continue building an online form that is part of a website.  The form gives a visitor the ability to input information and to communicate with the website owner.  We will design the form as well as set up the options of how the website will process the visitors input.  Be it just a simple email generation back to the site owner or direct the visitor's input data to a web server's database.

    An online form is an ideal way for visitors to communicate with the website owner & for the website owner to collect visitor information for whatever purpose the owner has in mind.

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    January 5th Workshop

    For this month's workshop, we will be continuing to follow the Sams book on Expression Web 4.  We will be starting chapter 4 - Building a Home Page.  This chapter will include the following subjects:
    • Setting up a new website
    • Importing Styled text from another document
    • Cleaning up imported text
    Then we will be continuing with chapter 5 - Hyperlinks. This chapter will include the following subjects:
    • How to create links between pages
    • How to create links to other websites
    • How to create links that open in new windows
    • How to create bookmark links within a page