Webpage Template Connect Sessions

on Wednesday, December 30, 2009

We'll be conducting twice monthly Connect sessions on working with the CSU Extension webpage template, starting on the second Wednesday in January, and continuing on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month.

We'll work with every aspect of the webpage template, from downloading the files and defining the site in Dreamweaver to publishing the site working with Google Analytics to see who is visiting your site, and why.

The complete schedule is below. Each session will start at 9 a.m., and run approximately an hour. Mark your calenders!

  • Jan. 13 – Walkthrough of template components; Walkthrough of Dreamweaver workspace

  • Jan. 20 – Directory structure, defining the site

  • Feb. 3 – Metatags; Adding text, images, links to the home page

  • Feb. 17 –Working with Server Side Includes (SSIs)

  • March 3 – Named anchors

  • March 17 – Micro-content (headers, links, lists, data definition lists, buttons, block quotes, boxes)

  • April 7 – Working with tables on the main page

  • April 21 – 2nd level page content

  • May 5 – Writing your own CSS

  • May 19 – Using Google Analytics
  • Connect Session Archives

    on Friday, December 18, 2009

    The session archives for Connect trainings (http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/comptrain/co.shtml) have been redesigned to make topics easier to find. Everything is now on one easily searched page.

    Over 30 hours of computer Applications training are now archived there, including Connect sessions on CSS, Dreamweaver, Google Tools, Image Editing Using Photoshop and GIMP, Office 07, Online Collaborative Tools, Photoshop, and Writing HTML and CSS from the Ground Up. All sessions are between 30 and 90 minutes long. Please check them out!

    HTML 101 Tutorial

    on Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    Darrin Goodman has put together an excellent HTML 101 video that succinctly explains the basic structure of the HTML tags in a web page. It's a great introductory lesson if you are just learning about HTML and web design. Check it out!

    This video was created with free and open source software. The tools used: Ubuntu Linux, Firefox, Leafpad, and gtk-recordMyDesktop.

    Another excellent tutorial on HTML and CSS is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwQMnpUsj8I. It shows you how to create a webpage from scratch using only a text editor.

    The 25 Second Rule

    on Tuesday, December 1, 2009

    It is easy, if you have a fast internet connection, to be lured into the assumption that the rest of the world has one as well. But a significant percentage of the people looking at your website are using dial-up connections, and you need to keep them in mind when designing your web pages. The 25 second rule is a good one to keep in mind: make sure your web pages can be downloaded within 25 seconds on a 56 kbps (kilobytes per second) modem.

    If you are using Dreamweaver, this is easy to check. Look in the lower right-hand corner of the document window (see below; click to enlarge) and you will see the download time of whatever page you have up in the window.

    To change the connection speed, and see how quickly your page loads at different speeds, use the pull dowbn arrow just to the left of the download time (see below; click to enlarge). Click Edit Sizes. from, there you will be able to choose from a variety of different connection speeds.