Now Create Beautiful Websites without code – Mac

30 Mar 2017
Updated 15 April 2017

Abandoned this in favour of  WordPress 

www.tom-thornton.ca
& myblog.tom-thornton.ca

Screen shot of my Index Page

I have been wanting to create a custom website for my Family History for a long time . By custom I mean every thing how and where I want it not a predetermined one from a template . A long while ago I had Dreamweaver on a PC but have since lost those coding skills . Instead for this I have been looking for Mac WYSIWYG software to do the job .
Here is a list of those tried :

  • SeaMonkey Composer 2.46
  • BlueGriffon 2.3
Were the more successful ones Blue Griffon lacks video turorials for the upgraded version and SeaMonkey similarly.
In case you are wondering all the online web production places including Google Sites , offer only very limited choices and capabilities. Not suitable to my mind and the Genealogy sites all have high monthly fees and sell access to your to others 🙁
I created web pages with both in the WYSIWYG Blue Griffon uploaded correctly to my GoDaddy site whereas Seamonkey NOT . This may be a problem on my side with folder within folder for content 🙁
The site will have thousands of HTML pages generated by a GED to Web software to provide dynamically linked charts and lists for Genealogy data so I need to get it right !
Now the GOOD NEWS !, I found and have free trial of Quick & Easy Web Builder 4 running .
Download here:  http://www.quickandeasywebbuilder.com/index.htmlIt looked intimidating initially , but once I read the basic intro it soon began to make sense . I have graphical mind so laying out a test page to trey every conceivable “Tool” in its tool box and learning that much like Apple’s video editor FinalCutPro X every thing changes to suit your needs via the ” “Inspector” panel – just click on an object and then look at the inspector panel and change as needed – Pretty darn simple 🙂

There is a very good 225 page Manual available through the “Help”. I have found no YouTube Video Tutorials for this the current version . Personally , I think this is the missing ingredient, and that the developers are remiss in not providing this support for beginners , at $40 this a terrific piece of software . With video beginner support it would soon achieve a higher level of utilisation and Sales.

Now back to  Q&E Web Builder projects

I will blog again on how I went about planning the the site layout and will announce its launch when done .

Tomt

Is the Media playing for the Terrorists – THINK!

23 Mar 2017

Yesterday terror was inflicted upon London by one man seemingly acting alone. . This kind of event has become increasingly common but stop and ask why this is ? .
I feel that the media including the BBC has become “sensational” . The BBC broadcast continuously for over 24 hours the video footage repeatedly of this 20 minute event . This serves to give the assailant a victory to the cause amplified thousands of times over and above its merit. Yes, report it as a fact, but do not dramatise it. Saturation broadcasting these atrocities is not in the best public interest and serves the very people we are trying to eradicate for their extremist views.

The terrorist’s power lies in the ability to instill fear and terrorise in society . The way we choose to cover their assaults on our society either promotes their cause or dulls the impact . So let’s begin to campaign to defeat them and refuse to play their game by minimising their ability to get us to promote and recruit to their sick cause.

By reporting in this manner the lives of those who were killed or injured are devalued , that is wrong, very WRONG !

Teen suicide is no longer reported Front Page because it was soon notice that there was a noticeable rise in teen suicides, copy cat events , when reported in this manner , a practice which has now been discontinued.

So shall we learn and apply a similar strategy as one answer the the terrorist threat ?

tomt

Learning piano – Its all in the head with this guy !

3rd March 2017

I happened across Danthecomposer a few weeks ago and felt that his philosophical approach to playing the piano, although very different, had a lot of merit and deserved investigating. Here is an about link:   https://www.youtube.com/user/danthecomposer/about

I have watched his first 4 of his 10 videos and am now practicing according to his suggestion, briefly several times a day to implant the mind to fingers memory needed  . I have to say this has changed not just my playing, but perhaps more importantly, my feeling for the piano and what I am able to create .

Here is link to the suite of videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drO86DNI348&list=PL4cPpP-Ua6NWrn4SeCHHjMNMESg0qEZ-M

His idea is to quickly create the freedom and confidence to be able to play across the entire keyboard with fluidity and without sheet music – amazingly it works!

For those wanting to take this to the next level he continues with a series on playing Jazz piano;

tomt