Archive for February, 2008

So I’m A Bad Blogger

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Haven’t been to good at keeping on top of blogging over here. But my group mates have been doing a good job of talking about how the Historical Markers project is going.

We are being pretty ambitious with getting the main research done right away, which I think will help motivate us to get stuff done early.

I’ve been working a bit on the Simile timeline changing the code around to get things to come through right or even get the timeline to show up at all. Once you start tinkering around you begin to see how these things work and who doesn’t love the magic of when things start to work? If anyone else needs help I’ll be glad to help with my little bit of knowledge. Or if someone has done something really cool with their timeline, please do share the wealth!

Now on to WordPress. We have created a site on umwblogs, the URL is fredmarkers.umwblogs.org. There isn’t anything there right now, but I’ve been playing around with the setup and looking at themes.
I’ve got a WordPress tip for you guys (just in case you are using it). Say you don’t want the blog posts to be first thing that pops up when you put in the URL, but rather an about page. As it turns out you can change it so it is a static front page. In the backend of the blog:

– Go to the Options tab > then the Reading subtab
– You will see the option to change front page display from posts to a static page.
– Just click on the page you want to make the front page and save the changes.

That simple! Hope that is helpful to anyone tinkering around with WP for their project.

Tools, Tools, So Many Tools

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

There were a lot of interesting tools on the ehub site, but I had trouble finding something I thought might be useful for our project.

Amy pointed out an interesting site that could be useful for our project at mapwing.com. That would let us create a virtual tour.

In class we talked about SIMILE, I definitely am very interested in using this for the timeline. It has a nice clean and clear look.

I did find an interesting site called Footnote.com that gives you access to a lot of primary source documents. A fair amount of them are available for free and the rest are behind a gate. But it might be something to look at.

I think for our project we already have an idea of what direction we are headed in because we are working off of what the state has already created. I’m just throwing out ideas, but I think for our project I don’t want too many separate pieces going on. A lot of the sites on the ehub page would be another piece out there floating around. I’m certainly not against something that could be beneficial to making our site better. Perhaps I better do a search around the Internet to see what I can find outside the ehub site.