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After having torn my hair out trying to get a smooth site transfers from a testing server to a live server, I've finally given up and just decided to write down the steps as they go and are completed correctly.  Some things to take note of are that I use cPanel for a live server, and MAMP on a Mac for my testing server.  Also I use CyberDuck or Filezilla for FTP (which ever decides to work better at the time).  These steps may still help you if you use different programs, but just be ware that things could also be quite different.

What are Content Management Systems and Why Do You Need One?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:04

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Content Management Systems

Content management systems (CMS) are the way of the future.  Generally speaking, CMS refers to a tool that allows one or many users to update, modify and delete stored information and data.  In the wild world of the web, CMS is used to create a websites in which certain users are granted access to the “backend” of the site.  This means that users are provided an interface that allows them to interact with the website in order to change their site’s content without having any programming experience. 

Web Design 101 - Part 4: Code - Client Side v. Server Side

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:00

Darkside of the web

As you explore the dark side of the web, you will find that most websites use some scripting other than HTML and CSS for an added boost.   Almost anytime a website asks for your interaction, you know that the site has been built with more than just HTML.  For example when you’re browsing the artwork gallery at JineenGriffith.com, you are seeing the results of some Javascript.  When you write a blog in your new CMS site you are seeing the results of PHP.  I’m not going to get into the technical

Web Design 101 - Part 3: Biting Off Some HTML

Submitted by admin on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 18:56

All websites are made up of at least some HTML code.  Think of it as the foundation for just about every web page out there.  Have you ever looked at the source of any webpages that you’ve used?  In Firefox use Command + U and you’ll see all the HTML code that was used to build this webpage that you are looking at. 

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets are what make the Web look great.  A little knowledge in CSS can take you  a long ways.  From background images to drop down menus, CSS is a key component to all websites with any sort of styling. 

All of the information that your browser receives about a web page is neatly written in words and symbols that mean something to the browser.  Most styling properties of a given web page are words and symbols that identify specific colors, spaces, shapes and images.  These are classified under CSS. 

Web Design 101 - Part 2: Web Pages From Server to Computer

Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/27/2011 - 16:40

Computer to Server and Back

Have you ever thought about how the information from this page, or any web page for that matter, ended up on your screen?  You probably Googled something like, “Web Design 101,” found related articles in the Google listing, and clicked.  There are thousands of millions of web pages out there, all that information certainly isn’t housed on your own machine.  In fact one source at http://www.worldwidewebsize.com/ said that the Indexed Web contains over 8 billion pages.  So how then, do any one

Site Planning

Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/17/2011 - 15:47

Planning a website can be one of the most challengeing aspects to creating a new site.  Information archeticuture and system design must be thought of carefully before any coding or development begins.  After a consultation, DBP will create a site map.  The idea behind the map is to develop an understanding of the order of pages, and overall archetecture of the website. 

SustainBlaine New Website Created by Dirt Bird Productions

Submitted by admin on Fri, 09/30/2011 - 17:50

Wow - up and running, take a peak at Dirt Bird Production's latest creation, www.sustainblaine.com.

We spent several months planning and designing in order to create a sophisticated site for SustainBlaine. The idea was to provide useful information to people interested in the Wood River Valley and act as a hub to showcase all that SustainBlaine has to offer to our community.

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