Wednesday, July 22, 2009


  • Comment Options - Anonymous/Approval/Word Verification/Pop Up's/OpenID, etc.
  • Using Blogger software to create:, for example
  • WordPress - open source, inline blog - each host setup is different
  • Blogging Tools - directories, button creators, email scramble...

Community Tools:

Other Blogging Options:

Free Web Site Creation Software:

  • KompoZer - free, open source, multi-platform, web editing software
  • Easily publish up to your web host - KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.
  • can be used in conjunction with FTP
  • Download here
Google's Free Web Design Software:

Lemon Ice:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

GSAC - Blogging and Web Design - Class 4

  • Customizing Layout - Gagets
  • Privacy - Authors and Readers


  • Settings > Comments
  • OpenID - OpenID is growing quickly and becoming more popular as large organizations like AOL, Facebook, France Telecom, Google, LiveDoor, Microsoft, Mixi, MySpace, Novell, Sun, Telecom Italia, Yahoo!, etc. begin to accept and/or provide OpenIDs. Today, it is estimated that there are over one billion OpenID enabled user accounts with over 40,000 websites supporting OpenID for sign in.
  • Backlinks - Backlinks enable you to keep track of other pages on the web that link to your posts. For instance, suppose Alice writes a blog entry that Bob finds interesting. Bob then goes to his own blog and writes a post of his own about it, linking back to Alice's original post. Now Alice's post will automatically show that Bob has linked to it, and it will provide a short snippet of his text and a link to his post. What it all works out to is a way of expanding the comment feature such that related discussions on other sites can be included along with the regular comments on a post.
  • Comment Moderation - Always / email too!
  • Word Verification - stops robots
  • Show Profile Images

Putting Blogger on your Website:

Transitioning from to

Blogging Tools:

GSAC - Blogging and Web Design - Class 3

  • Adding images
  • Adding video (2 ways)
  • Adding blogroll

Customizing your layout:

Your template allows you to customize your blog. When creating a new blog, you're first asked to choose a default template, this is the basic initial design of your blog. Later, you can also customize your blog's design using a drag-and-drop interface. You can also add powerful gadgets such as slideshows, user polls, or even AdSense ads. Changing the fonts and colors on your blog is easy too. If you want more precise control over your blog's layout, you can also use the Edit HTML feature. To edit your blog's layout, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Layout link from your dashboard below the blog you would like to customize.
  2. From the Page Elements sub-tab, click Edit to edit existing gadgets, or Add a Gadget to add new ones.
  3. To add a new gadget after you've clicked Add a Gadget, simply click the plus sign next to your desired gadget. You can choose from gadgets by category, or search for a specific gadget in the top right of the pop-up window.

    gadget list

  4. Once you've added the necessary information to your selected gadget, click SAVE. Your layout changes will appear instantly.

    saving chnages to gadgets

Privacy and permissions:

By default, your blog is completely public, and can be read by anyone on the internet. However, if you want to keep it private, you can do that, too. You can change these settings on the Settings Permissions tab.

  1. Under the 'Blog Readers' heading, you'll probably see 'Anybody' selected as the default. When you change this to 'Only readers I choose,' you'll get an Add Readers button.
  2. Click the Add Readers button and then enter the email address of a person to whom you'd like to grant access to your blog. To add multiple people, separate their addresses with commas.
  3. For each address entered, the Google Account associated with that address will be given access to view your blog. If an address is not associated with an account, that person will receive an invitation email with a link allowing them do one of three things:
  • Sign in to an existing account.
  • Create a new account.
  • View your blog as a guest (no account required).
setting Blogger permissions

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Follow other blogs:

With the Blogger Following feature you can keep track of the blogs you follow via your Reading List on the Blogger dashboard. There are several ways to become a follower of a blog. One of the easiest ways is to visit a blog that has added the 'Following' widget, ad then follow these steps:

  1. Click the FOLLOW THIS BLOG link under the 'Followers' widget.

    following blogs

  2. You'll then see a pop-up window with the options to either follow publicly or anonymously.

    settings for following blogs

  3. Select how you'd like to follow the blog, then click the orange FOLLOW button. You're now a follower of the blog! If you chose to follow the blog publicly, your profile picture will be displayed on the blog with a link to your Blogger profile.
  4. When you become a follower of a blog, the blog will also be added to your Reading List on your Blogger dashboard. Additionally, you can become a follower of any blog or URL (even if the blog doesn't have the 'Followers' widget) by adding the blog to your Reading List on the dashboard.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

GSAC - Blogging and Web Design - Class 2


  • blogs/wikis/websites
  • commitment of time - regular postings - give the audience a reason to tune in routinely
  • Blogger - free, the power of Google, great to experiment with
  • Starting your first blog

Adding images:

  1. You can add an image from your computer or the Web to your blog. Click the image icon in the post editor toolbar.

  2. A window appears prompting you to browse for an image file on your computer, or enter the URL of an image on the Web.
  3. Once you've selected your image, you can then choose a layout to determine how your image will appear in your post. (The 'Left', 'Center', and 'Right' options allow you to customize the way your blog text will flow around your image. The 'Image size' options will determine how large the image will appear within your post.)

  4. Click UPLOAD IMAGES to add your image, and then click DONE when the notification window appears telling you that 'Your image has been added.' Blogger will then return you to the post editor, where you'll see your image ready to be published to your blog.
  5. Note that your image will come in the top of your Blog. If you want to move it down, drag it to a new location. I recommend that you insert images first, then build your text on top of them
  6. You can also publish images to your blog using your mobile device, Google's free photo software Picasa, or a third-party service like flickr. Learn more

Add a video (Part 1):

  1. To add a video to your blog post, click the film strip icon in the post editor toolbar above where you compose your blog text. A window appears prompting you to 'Add a video to your blog post.'
  2. Click Browse to select the video file from your computer that you'd like to upload. Note that Blogger accepts AVI, MPEG, QuickTime, Real and Windows Media files and that your video must be less than 100MB in size.
  3. Before uploading your video, add a title in the 'Video Title' box and agree to the Terms and Conditions (you'll only have to do this the first time that you upload a video with Blogger). Then click UPLOAD VIDEO.
  4. While your video uploads, you'll see a placeholder in the post editor showing where your video will appear. You'll also see a status message below the post editor letting you know that your upload is in progress. Depending on the size of your video, this usually takes about five minutes. When it is complete, your video will appear in the post editor.

  5. Want to see this in action? Click the link to watch a video on how to add a video to your blog post: Adding Video

Add a video (Part 2):
  1. Go to YouTube or other video hosting site
  2. Find a video you are interested in
  3. Note the "Embed" data in the top right hand side
  4. Click the "gear" icon to choose a frame, turn off cookies, or include related videos
  5. Copy the Embed data
  6. Paste this into your blog
  7. Choose Preview to look at the result

Linking to other Blogs:

Adding a BlogList:

  • Click the Layout link from your dashboard below the blog you would like to customize.
  • From the Page Elements sub-tab, click Add a Gadget
  • Find Blog List and click the "+" sign on the top right corner
  • Type in, or paste the URL of the blog you want to add
  • Click Save

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

GSAC - Blogging and Web Design - Class 1

Introductions and Basic Blogging

  1. Do you have a website or have you tried to build one?
  2. What do you want out of a website?
  3. Do you follow any blogs? -
  4. What could you blog about?
Blogs, Wikis, and Websites:
  1. Blogs (WebLog) are a series of thoughts/collaborations/discussions
  2. Blogs can use text/images/video relating to a topic or theme
  3. Blogs are displayed reverse-chronologically, and updated regularly -
  4. Visitors can add comments that can be moderated or unmoderated
  5. Wikis are community knowledge bases - each user can add or remove content - the wisdom of the crowd
  7. Websites are relatively static - the webmaster creates content
  8. All 3 are websites with varying degrees of visitor/community input possible
  9. You could blog about:
  • family events
  • diary
  • planning
  • hobbies
  • business
  • trips
  • opinions
  • classes
  1. Log into your gmail account
  2. Log into My Account (you can also skip going through your email, and go directly to the blogger page: Blogger homepage)
  3. Click on Blogger, and accept Blogger's Terms of Service
  4. Click on Create a Blog
  5. Pick a name and address (URL) for your blog. Note that this will have as the URL (eg:
  6. Choose your favorite template (this is how your blog will look when you publish it).
  7. Add information to your personal profile and customize how your blog looks

Starting to Write Your Blog

  1. Click the NEW POST button
  2. Start by giving your post a title, then enter the post itself:
  3. Creating a new post
  4. When you're done, click the Preview link to make sure it's ready to go:Previewing a post
  5. Once you're satisfied with your post, click the Publish button. This will publish your new post.