Sites For CSS Design Themes

Mar 11, 2008

Don't pick a web site engine (blog, CMS, or other), unless you have the ability to customize the style. A web site should have the ability to change designs over time as personal preferences, and desired style and color preferences change.  Sites using a site builder tool require a lot of hand coding or a complete re-generation of the site.  This can add additional cost or time to customize.  Sites that use a theme engine can be modified or changed quickly with minimal cost or time.

For a better example of what theme switching can do, see Themes Galore. More...

BlogEngine.Net Secret Links

Mar 10, 2008

BlogEngine.Net provides quite a lot of very rich functionality, but the rich functionality is not documented as extensively.  I've tried to put together a list of all the types of links that BlogEngine.Net supports.  More...

Themes Galore

Feb 28, 2008

Web sites use templates called skins, themes, and styles to describe how web sites can be modified to change the look and layout of a web site without changing the content.  Wordpress, Blogspot, DotNetNuke and others all provide the ability to modify the color, layout and style with thousands of templates that are available.  Many are free, some cost only a small fee.  The ones that do cost something range from less than $50 to about $200 for a bundle.

One of the greatest sites to extol the virtues of using CSS to modify layout, colors, images, and style of a stie but using the the unchanged same content is the CSS Zen Garden.  A lot of significant design effort went into the styles used at the CSS Zen Garden, but they look great.

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How Do Google Gadgets Work

Aug 03, 2007

iGoogle allows you to customize your Google home page by adding gadgets which take content from other sites. These can be categorized with tabs and you can even customize your own web pages by adding gadgets developed by others.

I was curious how this worked and how to take advantage of it and this is a summary of what I found. More...

HTML Horizontal And Vertical Bar Charts

Apr 12, 2007

Displaying tabular information in a graphical form is helpful for a visual representation of the data. I've summarized a few simple techniques for displaying information in an HTML page in both horizontal and vertical form.

There are a few techniques I've used to make this simple. More...

How To Install a Web Application for a Site with a Specific Port

Apr 10, 2007

MSI installation projects created in Visual Studio 2003 allowed the setting of a PORT value. This port value would be used to search the IIS sites and install the web application by default on the first site that corresponded to the specific port.

Users migrating from Visual Studio 2003 to Visual Studio 2005 have found that support for the PORT property has been removed and there are few technical options available to solve this problem.

This article outlines how using Visual Studio 2005 SP1 and a command line and MSI custom actions to install a web application on a site configured for a specific port.

After an update to VS 2008, I see no options that resolves this in VS 2008 either.

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How To Get The Optimal Web Page Layout

Feb 14, 2007

If you are creating a web site with a consistent layout, there are a few very critical decisions that you must make now. If you don't make them correctly, and you want to change the layout in the future, you'll likely have to modify the design on all the pages on your web site.

Experience teaches you which decisions you have to make now that matter and which decisions you can postpone. This article shares some of the experiences I've learned and hopefully how to avoid some of the headaches of having to change the design for all pages on a site.

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