New Site Added for Creative Multimedia Programming side of things…

I am on my fourth or fifth blog for the course in multimedia at LIT so far so good.

Below is an image featured in my latest installment. I am fond of the color and getting used to using the blogger tools provided by google. Wow the interesting world of google – it is very dense for sure learning about analytics, site verification etc.

Here is my latest blog post entitled:

Creative Multimedia Programming

creativemulti

Today as a matter of record Meta tags were added as a simple method over the google tag managers. Tag Managers were deployed last week and seem to be working but advice has been given that the meta tags are simple and easy to use. Google tag managers require registering or the site if there is trouble verifying the site – google forces you to get a container snippet by creating a google tag manager account, crating a container and then by copying and pasting the container code.

An easier way to do this is to use an alternative, the meta tags and paste them into the head for the site.

For the above site I also accessed this list to manage the account:

google analytics,

administration property settings.

Blogger generates a site map so this is taken care of.

 

News Website Final

The news website project is mostly finished but per the notes we still have the deployment and test & stage but it is dated March 22nd which is next week and there is a conflict as it is Mid-term break here at LIT for Easter. Below are screen shots of three of the screens for my project. There are still issues with:

Login & Register (could it be in upper navigation)

Search Bar (I cannot get the magnifying img to work with the search bar)

Linking Issues with navigation as I added a lot of pages in the past two days.

I have also uploaded to Bit Bucket using MINGW64 and it was unsuccessful for over a week. I got it working once yesterday and again today with my instructors help in class.

 

homepage

clare

south kerry

 

bitbucket2

bitbucket4

 

Development of News Site

I have spent the weekend developing a responsive site with breakpoints at these media queries (sizes):

1200

1000

825

760

625

425

I have been unsuccessful in my attempts at getting a hamburger menu to fully work so that was frustrating but my navigation is working on all sizes after targeting the parent and children in the navigation hierarchy thus,a step forward. This is a screen shot of my progress so far in a screen of 1200 px wide:

testMarch7th

Go West Newssite

The development is underway the  bootstrap framework will be implemented for building the site. This is my first image of getting a nav bar working and some simple cols.

bootstrap

I am excited to be using this technology – all code will be pushed up to the git and this is taking a bit of getting used to – our instructor has been aiding us with this. To keep this project organised I am working off a master folder on an external hard drive and using the mac side of the PC’s in the college to access terminal.

Research Delivered Yesterday

My news site project for Emerging Web technologies looked at lots of sites over the past 12 days to determine what features work, don’t work and what styles of responsive design is being used with more popular sites. I will add prototyping images here tomorrow but some more need to be considered for the site and I would like to keep them in one blog post. Looking back I am glad I did a task analysis on each site and I feel more confidant about what I am doing.

Yesterday we got our first lesson in Git and using the server to push our code up from the command line. What appeals to me most is the idea that once the code is up on Bit Bucket any changes from the previous commit can be seen and analized. This is exciting and I just got a glimpse of it on a classmates computer but it is great. No doubt there will be some learning the commands and getting into another habit on the mac side of the machines we use in college.

Below are images of my sign in to both Bit Bucket and Git Hub accounts.

bitbucketBLOG

GitHub_BLOG

News site research continues!

The research was in full swing this weekend for this project for a news website. I am still toying with names for the site: IrelandGoWest or GoWest Ireland? Comments welcomed! Websites looked at included for analysis:The The Huffington Post, New York TimesNew York Post  and The Sun were anaylsed for issues:

– Usability (including number of steps to get to content)

-Layout ( how they were built in bootstrap & what is the structure ie grid system)

– Content delivery including the balance between news articles, videos and images

-Navigation (easy of use between pages fyi the New York Times has no home page!)

-Use of social media icons / overuse of media icons

Other blog sites were looked at too to see what is being offered to someone interested in exlporing the West of Ireland including Ireland’s Hidden Gems, Blogging from the Bog and sites such as The Burren Centre.

SIte Map done but Balsamique is not working for me out of college :(.. and all articles outlined!

Critical Path analysis has to be done and a task analysis breakdown.

One full article has been finished (very exciting) and now unto another….

Skellig 8

Research online news sites

Today has been spent doing more research of web applications and websites that publish news. The news this week is that the Independent in England is going to stop printing of some of its weekly print run, here is the article outlining the cut of the Sunday edition edition so it is really apt that our first project in Evolving Web Technologies involves this subject matter.

Today I looked at traditional news sites like Reuters, CNN Yahoo and more traditional ones such as the Irish Independent. Task analysis are being carried out to determine the use of space, grid systems and use of columns with responsive designs. These are included here as research.

As a matter of statistical interest I am including a link to this site ebizmba that lists the numbers of readers of the 15 most popular sites monthly: http://www.ebizmba.com/

 

Reuters

Reuters American News Site

Huffington_post three_columns

Huffington Post  English News Site

yahoo

Yahoo News Site

This is being included as it is so popular, it is mostly sensationalist and includes a lot of advertising but is worth looking at nonetheless!

 

Research Responsive Website

First this process was started by doing a mind map. The concept is to do a newsletter based on the Wild Atlantic Way from a different point of view to give the whole take on it a more personal experience. One of the most enjoyable things to do in Ireland is to visit our local areas here in the West. The first impression of a mind map came up with phrases such as: The West, adventures, goals, food, scenery, summer evenings, frosty weekends walks, sharing, getting ill on boats, food, people, the experience of  something new, discovery of new places. This idea was discussed with my tutor this week and the general idea is to create a newsletter on these five key areas:

Aran Islands/West Clare

Ballyvaughan/ North Clare

Near Skellig/ West Kerry

Clifden / West Galway

Malin Head / Donegal

West Cork Possiblitly

These are places that have been visited and explored with friends from the United States and Canada. In the brainstorming stage it was worthwhile to see what sites pertaining to travel and adventure are out there to see what works and doesn’t work. A task analysis of each site mentioned below was carried out in a general way to take note of positive and negative features. There were some good choices after Googling adventure travel, some were compiled lists from companies such as Forbes. This aim of these searches was to bring up a variety from a wide spectrum and to find websites that are both responsive and offer quality on both sized screens.

So far travel sites and blogs are being looked at are:

Visit California

The Expeditioner

A Forbes best of List

and some promising ones that were dead ends, sadly these usually have  good titles like the ‘Infinity List’.

 

Moodboard-One-Expeditioner

Collections of screen shots of the Expeditioner Website 

Of course it should be mentioned that the Wild Atlantic Way website was looked at also.