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Web Site : Bulding online again!
on 19.02.10 (927 reads)
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After deciding not to upgrade the cms behind this site to its latest version (lots of effort will be required for such a project), I found a nice challenge in order to start some online activity again. This time I chose a different cms, opensource, but much more simple and customizable. I wanted something totally foreign to "box driven" templates, something that would give me the freedom to play with the template without calculating spaces in columns.


Purchasing a nice and professional template, altering its html and css code, plus writing some code for the content (not complicated at all, static the most) gave me a nice result, a decent and good looking (or so I think) web site.


I haven't built another personal site; it was our Law Office's site this time... Sakellex.gr consists of static and semi-dynamic pages, delivers to the user an easy to browse environment and mostly differs from the most law offices' web sites. No pictures of hammers and endless bookshelves included... It will turn into multilingual in the future, only in Greek for the moment.


Regarding to my daily routine, nothing special to report; satisfied and happy.

Web Site : A few bugs...
on 25.10.09 (1704 reads)
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Well, it seems like this whole year of not upgrading the scripts of this website had its costs... The RSS and weather feeds wont display anymore, since there has been a problem in fetching xml files and storing the related information into the database. Unfortunately, even when I tried to change the php function that the system uses to some alternatives, I got the same errors. Seems like I have to backup everything and try a master upgrade or a clean install of the new core. But since this is too risky to carry out, I will stick to the current version...

Web Site : Image Bank
on 23.06.07 (1102 reads)
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Having some more ideas about this repository, I found out that 10 gigs of web space were just getting wasted, since only 25Mb were used till now for the files of this site. There could be no better idea than installing an image bank. That was a plan made long time ago, but the limited web space had always been a problem. I do not claim that I am a good photographer, so I should upload my photos, I know nothing about photographs. But it is enjoyable to take your camera and shoot landscapes or beautiful areas within cities or random nature scenes. The creation of a small selective collection of photographs is the goal for this gallery, since it is more preferable to host my own image bank than uploading to random servers; it gives a more personal feel to the pics and a better integration with the rest of the site. For the present there are only a few Edinburgh's pics, as a "showcase" mode for the image bank. Hope there will be time for more; back to Creative Commons licenses now...

Web Site : RSS Playground
on 19.06.07 (1034 reads)
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After having a long conversation with grammo about RSS feeds, I realized that apart from providing a "manual" link for all users who want to add the available feeds, a website should interact with the new generation of browsers that recognize the RSS compatibility feature and display a small icon next to the address bar (Opera and Firefox), or make a button to flash indicating that feeds are available, like Internet Explorer version 7. This means that users should always have two ways of subscribing to RSS feeds: Using the browser's compatibility engine by single clicking on the RSS icon, or manually for those who have older browsers or other software, via clicking on the link of the the feed. In this website I used only the latter, since I had no idea that I should do the coding in order to have a browser displaying the RSS availability. I actually thought that this would be done automatically; silly me. So viewing the source code of grammo's blog, I found out that there was some code within the header that did the trick. I felt like I discovered America again, and was ready to write an article - guide about it. Then I understood that I just found out something basic I did not know, but still in order to satisfy my joy I am writing this news blog entry! Being aware of the code, I found an exceptional article about RSS feeds and compatibility issues. Feeling a bit wiser I moved forward to add the code. The whole work is done within the "head" tag of the page. One can add as many feeds as one likes, all latest browsers are robust enough to display a little menu including all RSS syndication options. For the record, if anyone is interested in this, here is the added code within the "head" tag that made the difference and now the feeds are automatically recognized:

<link rel="alternate" 
    type="application/rss+xml" 
    title="News Blog RSS Feed" 
    href="http://gsake.info/backend.php" />
<link rel="alternate" 
    type="application/rss+xml" 
    title="Sections RSS Feed" 
    href="http://gsake.info/modules/smartsection/backend.php" />

or via FeedBurner (default)

<link rel="alternate" 
    type="application/rss+xml" 
    title="News Blog RSS Feed" 
    href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/gsakenews" />
<link rel="alternate" 
    type="application/rss+xml" 
    title="Sections RSS Feed" 
    href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/gsakesections" />


Web Site : News or Blog? Both!
on 11.06.07 (747 reads)
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Following the "wind of change" I thought that the "News" title for this section was too formal, closer to a news portal than a personal site. On the other hand, I don't think that typical blogging is what this section represents, it tends to be different than a typical blog. Thinking of combining these two categories, Guardian Unlimited provided the best solution: News with less formal style, approaching a blog-like model: News Blog! It is funny how internet and its new "tools" have added strange words to our vocabulary. Even today, most spelling software utilities that accompany document writers do not recognize "blog" as a correct word...

Web Site : New look, new slogan
on 10.06.07 (834 reads)
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The site's design has been updated after eleven months. I would call this a record! The previous design was totally custom, written in simple HTML and CSS. It mostly used a combination of borders and CSS functions, in order to achieve the best loading result. After sever updates of the hosting server, speeds were really improved, so there was no need for a "lite" version of design. Apart from that, a more "blog like" and "eye-candy" design was needed, just to give a more attractive character to the site. After all, updating the design makes the web site less boring! Apart from the graphics some other functional changes were made, anything that could improve the navigation in this page. The selected theme is originally designed by BCOOL, and tweaked in the appropriate way using Notepad for coding and COREL for graphics. The really well written code by its initial developer made it extremely easy to modify and customize. Apart from this, the site has also a new description slogan and a new main logo. In the web site's section there is more information provided about the new concept. Hope you like it!

Web Site : External feeds plugin
on 24.10.06 (751 reads)
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A feature which I wanted long time ago to implement to the web site is the RSS/ATOM feeds listing. This little plugin/module fetches feeds from the indicated sites and displays them all together, or categorized, by web site. I also added a block in the front page, so the most recent ones would be displayed there to, as short headlines. This feature is really useful and makes the web site more interesting and personalized, according to the selected feeds of course. This is another way of external linking, but the main purpose is not to recommend the web site, but to display the information provided. Of course all the feeds are licensed and can be used freely in any website or software that supports this feature. For the present I have selected to add the BBC news front page and the feeds from the University's LLM courses and program. Of course I intend to add more feeds that i find interesting or remarkable.

Web Site : ClustrMaps plugin
on 21.10.06 (786 reads)
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After searching the web I found a very interesting plugin, viewed in many web pages so far. Clustrmaps plugin is a really nice counter (you can see it in action right, beneath the counter) that locates the visitor on a world map, according to the IP of the ISP. It is not of a great importance and I actually thought that it would spoil the design of the site, but still I decided to use it. If they could provide a transparent sticker, it would have been much better. This service is absolutely free at this basic "counter-locator" indicator, but you one can still pay a symbolic price for getting some extra features, like zooming. The only problem is that I cannot synchronize it with the built-in counter i use in the website... I would recommend to take a look at their website here, and why not try it on your website. I think that it reminds us that no-one is absolutely anonymous in the internet, a fact that can prevent users from unauthorized use of the services provided by a web site, but also an important limitation of our rights in the digital millennium...

Web Site : Skyping around
on 09.10.06 (773 reads)
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Look what I have found! A skype status icon... Doh, it surely existed for years now, available for every user to use, but I felt the joy of exploring the service just a few minutes ago! Of course the next step was to integrate it to the web page, without turning the design into a real mess, placing a huge skype icon in the middle of nowhere. So I integrated it at the footer, it looks pretty neat and descent. So by clicking it you can call me directly, and of course according to its color you can see my skype status. Rubbish, I know, but sometimes these little snippets are fascinating!
So, take a look at the footer...

Web Site : Guestbook's problems...
on 19.09.06 (1025 reads)
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I am deeply sorry but I had to restrict the access to the guestbook. I had so many SPAM messages, that I find it better not to have a guestbook, than deleting messages all day. People are not using the internet, are abusing it. And still, I remember some "high class" students in the Athens' University claiming that internet is "free and open to everyone and anything, and so it should stay...". Freedom does not mean anarchy, it is a really complex legal term. So, God help the poor ones who think that internet is "a free playground"...

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