dan lasota's masters in education portfolio for online innovation and design
What started as transferring a UA Google site over to a personal, external Google Site turned into a much larger exercise. Google Sites has a lot going for it, my favorite is the page content editor. It is quite adaptable in taking pasted content from word processors and giving WYSIWIG control of table manipulation directly in its editor. But it is lacking in so many ways. In order to streamline the process of web design, many customizations are not possible.
I desired more. Perhaps foolishly, but still. Part of this ONID degree is about online design, is it not?
So, I grabbed some WordPress code (nearly from scratch), made a new theme, revamped an old server with Apache, MySQL and php current versions and went to it. Along the way I learned quite a bit about fonts, layout and got a refresher on several aspects of CSS.
The big chunk of work involved moving my ED 655 content over to this blog. Much of the formatting had gotten mangled between original composition and multiple edits on Google Sites. I had to clean most of the pages up so my writing would satisfy APA 6 style.
There is more to do, I need to enable comments, design a more proper front page, deal with page file attachments and get a better dynamic sidebar.