Siskiyou Line Web Site Major Update - May 2006I've done a major update to my Siskiyou Line website, which now allows you to search the site, browse a full featured events calendar, post comments on pages, sign up to receive notification of site updates, and to more easily browse the photo sections. Plus I've added the ability for me to post mini-articles on various topics, and I've integrated my Siskiyou Line forum into the site. This is all done to make it easier for me to update pages on the fly using the new open source content management system, e107.
Drop down menus
I'm still using the drop down menus, because I like the way they give you back more space for page content. Each version of the drop down menus gets easier to use and works better across browsers. This version of the menus are the best yet.
The site now has search capability built in, in case you want to search the Siskiyou Line site for something specfic.
I've also implemented an official Siskiyou Line events calendar on which op sessions, work sessions and any other events related to the layout will be posted.
The photo sections on previous versions of this web site were not updated very often because of the work involved. The new site now uses the feature-rich Coppermine Photo album open source software, making it easy for me to post new photos with a minimum of effort. I'm hoping this means I'll be more inclined to throw some new photos up more often.
By opening the site up for the posting of comments, I've also implemented a free membership system so we can limit comments to just members if need be. I'm hoping the ability to post comments will make the web site more interactive and more useful to people. I'm also hoping we can allow visitors to post comments and that the comments feature does not get abused.
As a member, you can set yourself up to get notified of changes to the site -- which can be handy if you like to keep up on the latest with my web site and layout. Plus I will probably build a few members only pages now and then just to make it really worth while to take the few minutes to sign up.
I've included the ability to post mini-articles to the site so I can share more of my modeling tips with you. I hope to continually increase this library of hints and tips over time.
It's all driven by e107
All these tools are part of the e107 content management system which is free open source software and content can be administered over the internet without having to hand code web pages. This makes it very easy for me to add new content to the web site on the fly whenever I want.
Brief history of this site
I originally opened this site up in September of 1998, and kept expanding and adding to it, with major site updates occuring on these dates:
January 2000Redesigned the entire site to take advantage of the latest developments in web site presentation. Navigation used pull down menus, which leaves more room for web content, but it required a version 4.0 or greater web browser.
October 2002Updated the entire site with a fresh new look. Added many new photos of the layout and some new topics.
December 2004Brought the site up to current browser standards (CSS and XHTML) and gave it a significant face lift. The pull down menus now worked in all major browsers, version 5 and above.
list Tuesday 30 May 2006 by joef
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