We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Friday, June 7. 2013
Pic: Exhibit A
I've received a handful of complimentary comments and emails since then, but this one kind of stood out. It's cutely done in something of an over-the-top manner, which I like. It also reminds me of a friend of mine who claims to have the most dysfunctional family in the country. Or did until this arrived.
And you're mighty welcome, big guy.
And he's right about the value of communication amongst family members. My middle brother and I went through about a decade of estrangement ages ago, but then we took a canoe out at a family reunion about ten years ago, spent the whole day talking and got it all hashed out. I thought of that a few weeks ago when we had a great chat on the phone. There's just something about getting family problems out in the open that's wonderfully cathartic.
My how-to site is here. If you're going to give it a spin, it's important to do the five steps in order. The link to the web hosting service I use pops up when you get to that part of the setup routine. There's a specific page on setting up a family blog and a Quick Reference Guide for the newbies.
When it comes to getting a blog or web site going, nothing beats WordPress, although how much you get out of it depends on how involved with the settings, plugins and widgets you get, hence the value of an in-depth how-to site. At 50,000 words spread over 81 pages, this monster is probably the biggest how-to WordPress site on the 'Net. It takes twice as long to get through the setup routine as the next site, but you'll learn four times as much.
Any questions, give a holler in the comments.
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Very interesting, and perfect timing with the weekend coming up. If I'm reading this right, the only fee is for the web hosting, and all you have to buy is a month to see if it works out?
I just glanced over the guide and everything looks fairly straightforward. I use WS_FTP instead of FileZilla, and it looks like that's the only program required. I've had a couple of websites in the past but always edited them locally, then uploaded the parts. Online editing should be an interesting experience. Any specific tips?
Yes, that's the only outlay. Most of the themes out there are free and the five or six additional programs on the site are all freeware. An FTP client is all you'll need for installation, although you might give FileZilla a spin and do some time tests. It does a 2-at-once routine that's pretty slick.
As for online editing tips, read the Firefox page. Otherwise, there's no real dif between an online program and a local program. The main benefit of doing an online PHP site is that the actual data on the web site isn't just sitting there, like an HTML site. It's all in a heavily-protected MySQL file on the company's own server. So they're much harder to hack. Lemme know how it works out.
FWIW, I set up a blog site (just me and friends) about a year ago using Doc's guide and it's been a blast. It's mostly just silly pics and links, but it's a nice change from the usually-depressing blog and news sites. T'anks, Doc!
U aren't pullin' Candidate Wiener's wiener R U? Considerin' he's married to "Humma" Weiner (aide-de-compress") Billery Rodman Crinton...jus' 'ad 2 axe...
No way Jose. I ain't talkin to them people. No way. Very, very bad idee.
I dood it! I dug in yesterday morning, got the domain, went through the guide and had a great time! I'm now playing with themes and can't pick between so many good ones. Do you use Theme Selector on any of your sites? Are there any drawbacks to it?
Much thanks for the inspiration,
There aren't any outright 'drawbacks", but it does mean you'll have to configure more than one theme. I don't use the plugin on any of my sites, but mainly because they're all "single-purpose" sites so they really don't merit a fancy cavalcade of themes. If I were designing a blog site that I expected to be semi-popular, I'd probably give them four or five themes, just for fun.
And glad you got the site going! Any questions, lemme know.