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5 Important Things to follow while developing a website

Good and concise – saving for my Web Design students.

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With the evolution of Internet in 21st century, web development field has seen a tremendous amount of uprising. Websites what we are seeing today were used to look very different 17 years ago. Then people used web only for documentation and information. To get a clear idea, it’s better to visit the first website which was built by the creator of web, Tim Berners-Le. The website went live on August 6, 1991.

Websites developed at that time were just an HTML page with collection of text and links. CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) was also developed years after the first website was launched. With basic styling in web pages, websites began to have colors in it. Though, websites were still looking very plain. Wayback Machine shows how amazon website was looking in the year 2000. And we all know how the website looks now in 2017.

There are several factors a…

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Why don’t archivists digitize everything?

Fascinating. Inspiring and daunting.

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Today on the blog we’re tackling one of our most frequently asked questions: “Why don’t you digitize everything?” and its related runner-up, “When will you be putting all your records on the web?”

As archivists we like these questions because they tell us that people are eager for access to archival records. They also show that people realize that not everything is digitized. Indeed only a tiny fraction of the world’s primary resources are available digitally. This doesn’t mean that undigitized records are inaccessible or not worth consulting, but you will need to visit us archivists to use them.

In fact, archivists and librarians themselves are behind the abundance of primary sources already available on the internet. From rare books to official records and from diaries to sound recordings, digitized resources have spread the word (literally) that the past informs our present and our future. In the meantime, both non-profit and commercial organizations whose…

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Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017

VIDEO: Scenes from the Star Wars Celebration floor (4/24/2017) Droids, cosplay and LEGO creations were everywhere at Star Wars Celebration, April 13-16, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.

Star Wars Rebels’ Vanessa Marshall and Dave Filoni on Hera’s journey, Rogue One and general issues

(5/6/2017) Vanessa Marshall describes discovering her Star Wars Rebels character Hera Syndulla was name-checked on the big screen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Rex returns in Star Wars Rebels Season 4: ‘Now he can be something greater’

(5/6/2017) “Rex is like, in a very real way, the common man, the common soldier.”

Star Wars Rebels: Thrawn triumphant going into Season 4

(5/6/2017) Grand Admiral Thrawn stands to be more dangerous than ever in Star Wars Rebels’ fourth and final season.

Click here for more coverage of Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017

Award-winning videos from 2016

A video I shot and co-produced with Pueblo Chieftain reporter Peter Roper won second place in the multimedia category of the annual Better Newspaper Contest at the 2017 Colorado Press Association convention. “Remembering Hiroshima’s Empty Streets” featured World War II U.S. Army veteran Bruce Elson recounting his experiences in the Japanese city of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb explosion that helped end the war. The video was edited in Adobe Premiere CC.

I also edited “Columbus Day: Pride & protest in Pueblo,” which won second place in the breaking news video category and was shot by reporter Jon Pompia. The video was edited in iMovie for Mac.

I’m also proud to add that The Pueblo Chieftain was named Best Website-Daily in its category!

Now I Know: WordPress page template customization and more

I learned a lot about customizing WordPress Page templates over the past week while making some changes requested by our advertising team to their dedicated contact form.

We use a self-hosted WordPress site, with lots of help from the aptly named Formidable plugin, to give us flexible and powerful responsive contact forms, for everything from news tips to letters to the editor and more. (In the past, we’ve even used this to collect votes for the annual Best of Pueblo ballots, but our promotions team is using a third-party partner’s tool for that now. It’s OK … really.)

Back to the project at hand: Our business development manager wanted a more dynamic, and eye-pleasing, alternative to the functional but boxy form page they had before. A particular challenge was not only rotating between multiple photos, something I had to learn how to do (but has taught me a lot more about PHP, and storing and using variables, than I’ve managed to learn on my own impetus so far; can some programming progress be far behind?), but then using CSS to impose the form itself, generated by a Formidable shortcode, on top of the image.

The result (click for live example):

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The only actual content in the WordPress “Page” is the Formidable shortcode; everything else, from the headings and randomized background images to the promotional copy and “FAQ” links below, is hard-coded onto the custom Page template file. I may alter that eventually, but for now I was looking for maximum control to meet the “client’s” desired specifications — and I needed it fast. The content of the Page isn’t expected to change much, if at all, ever.

Fortunately, I’ve become quite familiar with child themes over the last year with my work on Nerdvana, so I know my new Page template customizations are safe from future parent theme updates. (I wish “child plugins” were a thing — I haven’t figured out the best way to update-proof plugin customizations, but that’s another matter entirely.)

Shout-out to my digital media/graphic design intern Severino Martinez from Pueblo Community College (soon to be Colorado State University-Pueblo) for help optimizing these beautiful background images in PhotoShop for this project.