- These notes are currently on NineDollarWebPage.com
site, links 15 & 16 in the right menu bar.
- I am sharing a few things I have learned while creating
the Brown Library's Susquehanna SeniorNet web page and
several others. (Hard to find info in Wmspt area?)
- Note that Google has an extensive Blog Help section at
to anawer all questions
- Definition: What's
A Blog ??
A blog is one of many types web pages -- generally
intended to be sort of an online diary or journal, but
can be "tweaked" to use as a fairly attractive web
- The source I use is Google,aka Blogger.com, aka
Blogspot.com. There are many others available.
- If you want a web page
for either business reasons or just to expand your
skills, there's no longer any reason for you not to have
- For organizations with no web page, even a simple 1
page site with schedule / overview / contact info would
be 1000% improvement over no web page.
- Note that pages you create may look BETTER than my
mine, as you likely may have more artistic talent
- The Two Main
- You can
create and maintain an inexpensive web page
of reasonably-nice appearance, at a cost of
about $9 per year, that you can easily update
yourself, by doing the following 2
- Create a
web page, by using a currently-free
blog from Google (Blogger.com) or
- Register a
"forwarding domain name" of the format
"YourName.com" from a low-cost Registrar like
GoDaddy.com, or 1and1.com, or
similar (~9/year), and then forward it to
your web page.
domain name is optional. You don't need a
domain name to have web page.
Of Using A Blog
You don't have to worry about finding a web hosting
company to host your domain, and all the accompanying
details. Google provides you a free, reliable hosting
service via a blog page.
You can update it YOURSELF.
- A blog is easy to update. It's almost like sending
an email -- except after you finish editing, you
click the 'Publish' button for a blog, instead of the
'Send' button as you would with email.
- Any family member, friend, or responsible high-school
student could be hired to handle updating.
Photos will display viewable size, but when
"clicked", will open FULL size. Blogger software
does this automatically.
- For best results, use a photo-editing program to
re-size appropriately before uploading -- like Photoshop
Elements, or free online Picnik.com
(free online PhotoShop Elements??).
- I usually reduce the full-size photo to 1500 pixels
wide max, and usually 30% - 60% "quality".
- Blogger will display the photo about 400 pixels wide,
and open it to the full 1500 pixels when you click on
- You can give (and remove) "Administrators"
privileges to people, so they can also update/add/remove
- You can also configure the blog to give a particular
user "Author" type "privileges", so they can edit only 1
or 2 pages, but cannot modify the rest of the blog.
- (Negative: Unfortunately, any "adm" can delete whole
blog; not like Yahoo groups where "owner" can assign
------------More Advantages Of A Blog
- Turnaround Time
This frees you from needing to write an elaborate
description of what you need changed, sending it off to a
web design company, then having to WAIT for it to get
- The only software required is a free web browser
like FireFox or Explorer or similar (either Mac or
- This frees you from needing complicated or expensive
web-authoring software, that requires continuous updating
- Any Computer:
You can update your website from ANY
internet-connected computer. (Because all data is stored
on Google's computers, not yours.)
You can easily change the whole color scheme by
changing to a different "Template", & then further
"tweak" that template.
Disadvantages Of Blogs
- Less Fancy:
You cannot create as fancy a web page using a blog,
compared to what can be created by hiring a professional
web designer using a professional web page program like
Dreamweaver or GoLive or similar.
- Limited Formatting
You can only do only relatively simple formatting; you
cannot (easily) have tables, or links to the middle of
- I put this
outline on my own website, rather than Blogger, because I
- Note there are "how to" blogs that deal with "souping
up" & customizing your blog.
A blog can become cumbersome if you're trying to build a
really large website.
- Backing Up:
Not as easy to "back up" as web site that resides on your
- I periodically use my Mac to save the whole blog as a
PDF file, as a backup method.
- If you cannot save in PDF format, you can use "save as
web page archive".
- Can't Store All
You can upload only JPG, GIF & PNG formats (photos).
Other file types you might need,such as PDF files or
Quicktime movies, have to be stored somewhere else.
- There is no easy way to tell how many visits to each
page of a blog. (Some ISPs include built-in statistics
that tell you this.)
- You can apparently add counters by inserting them into
the HTML, but seems sort of clumsy.
Of Local Blog-based Websites
('Tic-Tac' template, blue background, apparently
- In Greencastle Pa - no connection to me, just a nice
- Note the 'automatic para. numbering does not seem to
work with this template
- use "View Source" to see what blog template was
('Thisaway Blue' template, blue background)
- Show how this "connects" to Brown Library's main
It gives SeniorNet a way to operate its own "satellite
website", to update its own info, without having
to bother the Library's webmaster, or worry about
disturbing the main website.
- Allows a 2nd
person to update the 'Class Details' page.
- Links to YouTube
class overview videos.
- Some templates use black text on a white background,
others use colored text on a colored background.
('Rounders 2' template, gray background)
- The support page for this "Easy Web Page" project.
- The concept has been for me to do the initial setup of
web page and domain name registration, then "turn it
over" to the owner so they can maintain it.
- - The "weak spot" in the concept, is that owners tend
to procrastinate doing their updates, and they forget the
"training" I have given them.
- Can make title shorter (example $9web), so page numbers
or names show in multiple tabs.
('Minima Black' template, black background)
- This black template nice for displaying photos;
probably not so good if lots of text.
- Used logo and photos provided by Don Karaffa.
- "Masking" is turned on (hides actual
- Clicking on a photo, opens it full size.
- 'Back' button usually returns from photo back to web
page, but occasionally not.
('Minima Black' template, black background)
This site displays PHOTOS of unique, custom-made
products; an EXCELLENT use for a web page.
('Ms Moto' template, magenta background)
Allows multiple groups to post their dances.
('Rounders 3' template, dark blue background)
Hands-on model railroading program for community kids, a
volunteer effort run in Danville
- the YouTube video allows the organizer to show the
program to the whole world (talks 2:15)
RailNet Fall Train Shows
2' template, gray background)
A good example of how a blog works well, for listing a
modest-sized calendar of events
- Central Pa Mac Users
Web Sites' Page
('Rounders' template, green background)
- Uses small photos and automatic line numbering.
Some More Blog sites set
up by James Ingram
E. Overview -
Updating A Blog
- The image at right,
shows the 'key' part of the update steps.
- Step 7:
Verify the 'Compose' tab is selected (otherwise
see html code).
- Step 8: Type in your updates.
- Step 9: Click the 'Publish Post' button, and
your web page is updated.
Note you have
font style & size, boldface, alignment,
number and bullet controls.
outline of the complete editing process can be
viewed on NineDollarWebPage.com on
Page 13 'More
Types Of Simplified Web Pages
- - Verizon -
(local Wmpst Consistory dances).
- Comcast also offers them. Info
is here. (Could
not get them working with my Comcast account.)
- My personal opinion (based on using both) is that
Verizon is more reliable for both internet & web
pages, although I'm currently w/Comcast.
- Disadvantage - Your web page is now "married" to
- Registrars Web
- 1and1.com offers a free website up to about 5 pages as
part of the domain package
- Godaddy.com offers a website for about $5 or so per
month - example, SoundsOfMusic.Name
- - I don't recommend paying for this, when you can do
essentially the same thing using a blog for free.
- Google Pages -
& Jason's Wedding
by Kathy Scott (prev. Bus, Services Mgr)
- Drawback: Spammers can deduce her Gmail address from
the web page address
- Google has suspended new accounts for Pages
- Google now apparently is offering 'Google Sites',
Scott Family Site'
(Google example, no connection to Kathy Scott). A less
- Zoomshare.com -
- Credit Cards -
sometimes offer a web page as part of their package,
- Also Yahoo Geocities,
Freewebs.com, tons of others (Google search on "free web
G. Demo -
Creating A New Blog Page
YouTube video -
to create a blog with
Blogger support staff (2 min)
- - Also
a Google Gadget to your
- - Note main gadget of interest to us, is the 'Links
List' - used to list links in the right sidebar.
- Other video available - see NineDollarWebPage
3 VIDEO Overviews'
for more links.
- Create new blog page, use 'Rounders 2' template (gray
w/white text background)
- Title: 'October 9 Demo Page', URL 'jvbtest3'
- - Publish 1st post
(page) with the title 'All About Setting Up A Blog'.
- Publish 2nd post page with title 'bb'. (explanation on
10 Saving Posts For 1st
* Observe: Blogger uses the initial title ('bb') in the
URL, so better to publish 1st time with a short title,
then later rename it.
- ----> "Clean Up"
(declutter) the blog, by using the steps on
11 Settings For New Blog
<---- Return here when done on Page 11.
- - Upload a test
banner, and photo from the image directory
- Change template from 'Rounders' to 'Minima Blue'
- Add a links list, and link the two pages together.
* Observe - When logged in, pencil shows in Posts area,
and screwdriver/wrench shows in Links area. You can click
on these to edit these areas.
Putting page numbers in titles - considered "old school",
but makes it easier for me to find pages. (Church hymnal
This page created 9/26/2008
modified 10/07/08 by
JamesRobertIngram.com , Williamsport
Pa, Voice Mail 570-322-7597