Website 101

I’ve given this “lesson” many times over the years, so it’s high time I post it here so it’s preserved and readily available. This begins with “the 3 things you need to have for a website” and then takes each of those a couple of steps further. The Basics: 3 things you need for website: Domain name: These tend to cost around $15/year, plus/minus a buck or two. If you want to go the totally free route, then several online web hosting companies offer you free websites with free subdomains. A subdomain is a domain “under” a domain, and appears as … Continue reading

An After School Class at EAHMS: Web Design Using WordPress

I am so very busy in my new job (Academic Coordinator, comparable to Ass’t. Principal) at E. A. Hall MS, I really should not add more to my plate… but I am a fool and I can’t resist, so I am teaching a 1 day/week class in the after school program, on Web Design Using WordPress.

10 Web Predictions for 2014

Another interesting post from Site Point: 2014 is the year of the smartphone HTML 5 web apps will go mainstream Client-side Flash, Silverlight and Java will die IE 12 will be released The browser market will be dominated by IE and Chrome Opera usage will fall Microsoft will abandon or rebrand Windows RT A responsive image standard won’t be available Page weight will steady or drop A renewed interest in machine-readable data feeds BTW, the same author (Craig Buckler) made similar predictions at the beginning of 2013, and recently “scored” his own predictions: Browser usage patterns will steady (Yes, … Continue reading

Best Frameworks 2014

SitePoint ( is one of the great sources of information on WordPress and other web design topics. They posted an article on the best current design frameworks (, and listed these frameworks: Twitter Bootstrap 3 ( There are scores of WP themes based on the Bootstrap framework Foundation Framework by Zurb ( As of today (1/3/14) there are 15 themes based on Foundation, at Compass ( Four WP themes found based on Compass Yahoo Pure CSS ( Two WP themes mention “YUI (Yahoo User Inter face) Grid layout support.” I’m guessing this might be similar to Pure CSS, perhaps … Continue reading