Expression Web DWT Ebook – REVISED

Tina Clarke, a fellow MVP – FrontPage has just revised and made available for F REE download, her Expression Web DWT Ebook. The EBook includes instructions on how to make DWTs and prepare your site for their use. Some of the topics included are:

  • Organizing your web in preparation
  • Removing Formatting
  • Shared Borders

Read a more detailed description and download Expression Web DWT Ebook Ver. 2.0

This would also be a good time to download her Setting up Expression Web Ebooks available for both versions 1.0 and 2.0.

Clean Messy HTML using Expression Web

Are you tying to clean up your old FrontPage site and move to Expression Web? Maybe you have been using Search and Replace to try and make this job easier. Have you tried EW queries? One of the newest members of the Expression Web team, Pad Gallagher, has posted on the Xweb blog, about cleaning messy code with Expression Web Queries.

If you are interested in learning more about Cleaning Messy Code and getting your site standards compliant, Tina Clarke and I will be teaching this in Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Class and Ebook which begins on August 30th.

Designing a WordPress Blog Theme Using Expression Web

This particular site use WordPress and is a Blog. I am not very knowledgeable where php is concerned so modifying the code to set up a blog is not easy for me. But I keep at it and hopefully get it done so the blog will continue to work and the code will validate. While browsing the Expression Web forum this morning, I noticed an interesting post Designing a WordPress Blog Theme Using Expression Web. Since Expression Web is my HTML editor I went to read this with a great deal of interest.

I’ve been working with Expression Web for about 6 months now and I’ve found that above all other things, what sets this program apart from the competition is it’s handling of CSS. More specifically how easy it is to not only write CSS from scratch but also to modify existing code for fantastic results. Case in point: The new look of this blog. If you’ve visited before you’ll notice that I recently upgraded it from the dull look of a standard WordPress blog to something altogether different. And what will (hopefully) surprise you is that once the design was conceived (which took some time) the actual coding only took a couple of hours! All this thanks to Expression Web and how it handles CSS code.

People often ask me how to make their WordPress blog look great. In the past I’ve always told them that it’s a lengthy process and you really need to know a lot of code to get to where you want to be. That’s just not the case any more. I am willing to go as far as saying that with some basic training and a rudimentary understanding of html, anyone can make significant and functional changes to their blog using Expression Web without ever knowing what CSS is and how it works (this technique will work on any blog or other website that uses CSS btw.)Rather than just blabbering on and on about how great this program is for designing and re-designing blogs (and no, I’m not on the Microsoft payroll even though I’d like to be – hint hint people!) I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make changes to your blog by tweaking the CSS code with Expression Web.

Interested in learning more? Visit the above link to read the complete post along with step-by-step instructions and screenshots. Now to go and try it out. Happy Blogging!

Creating a “content” snippet

This tutorial comes under the heading of “Why didn’t I think of that?” I design FREE CSS layout templates for use by the genealogy community or anyone for that matter. When I post them, I usually use filler content so you can see what the page would look like with content instead of just blank. Once the template is finished, I head on over to http://www.lipsum.com/ enter the number of paragraphs I want or the list items, press the Generate Lorem Ipsum button, copy the text in the browser window, and then paste it into my page in Expression Web template that I am using as the example. Time consuming but it works.

Then I came across Creating a “content” snippet, a tutorial by Anna Ullrich which gives step by step directions for creating a code snippet for inserting the dummy text in Expression Web. What a time-saver. Can you think of other things to use it for? Thank you Anna!

screenshot of content code snippet in Expression Web.

Interactive buttons – a better way using CSS

The Interactive Buttons feature in Expression Web generates simple button images and JavaScript for you, and lets you select the font properties, size, color, and interactive behavior for your buttons. Instead of fooling with images and all that script, you can get the same results with HTML and CSS? Read Interactive buttons – a better way using CSS. This is a step-by-step tutorial with screenshots.