Many people reading this have no doubt been long time users of MapQuest, Google Maps, or Yahoo! Maps. Microsoft has worked hard at adding features and usability to its maps application, Bing Maps. The Microsoft mapping team has a new feature: Bing Destination Maps. These walk you through creating a map to share via e-mail, embed in a document, or print. There are three styles: European Style, American Style, Sketch Style, and Treasure Style. This being ECU, there’s only one choice for your stylish destination map: Treasure Style!
One important detail: this web application requires Microsoft Silverlight, so you’ll need to download and install that to try out this application. For the Linux desktop users out there, I don’t know if the current release of Moonlight will work.
A great collection of resources for WordPress:
If you wish to use these on ECU’s hosted WordPress MU site, you’ll need to have a customized theme. We’ve posted links and tutorials on creating themes before. Remember that the them collection is available to all users, so if you submit changes to be used at blog.ecu.edu, any and all blog owners can use them.
I have posted in my ECU blog a brief description and article link describing font stacks.
Have you wanted an easy way to make the little “favicons” that appear next to the URLs in your browser? No need for ICO programs, image editors, or even a magic lamp. Here’s a great website that turns your images into the ICO format for use as a favicon:
Simply upload the image you want converted to a favicon (note: it must be 100×100 pixels), and it will return you the ICO file, as well as HTML to add to your web pages that references that image.
Update: If you are an ECU faculty or staff member, you are eligible to get Expression Web from the ECU Download Center. If you are an ECU student, you can get the full Expression Web Suite (and many other pieces of software) for free directly from the Microsoft DreamSpark site.
In addition, there are additional tutorials (including video tutorials) at:
A common question I get is how to control commenting in your ECU Blog, so I’d like to devote this week’s edition of Web Wednesday to WordPress comments. There’s many options, so you should spend some time looking at them to determine what you should enable or disable on your own blog.
To access the comment settings, you can log into your WordPress Dashboard and go to Settings->Discussion.
The first major control is whether to enable commenting for any new posts you make. This is controlled by the Allow people to post comments on new articles setting. You can still override this for each post, so again, this is just a default setting.
Another major feature is Users must be registered and logged in to comment. This requires users to have an ECU PirateID to post comments, and also restricts commenting to users that have been added specifically to your blog via the Dashboard. This is great for group discussion when you don’t want outside viewers to participate.
Lastly I’d like to talk about comment moderation. This is very good to keep on to ensure only appropriate comments are shown on your blog. There’s two options, which are An administrator must always approve the comment and Comment author must have a previously approved comment. The first requires the blog administrator to approve all comments, regardless of the second setting. The other option is to only hold the comment for moderation if the commenter hasn’t had a comment approved before. Once a commenter has been approved one time on your blog, all of their comments will be automatically approved from then on. For blogs that have quite a bit of commenting, or situations where you’re too busy to handle approving comments from some of the same users, this second option will ease your troubles, provided that you have the first option turned OFF.
Those are just a few of the features on the commenting system, and there’s quite a bit of fine tuning that can be done. I encourage you all to get in there and tweak to perfection!
This week on Web Wednesday we’re talking some more about security on your MyWeb. Using PiratePanel you can customize the security on your main folder, and subfolders. What if you want to wipe out all the customized security settings and reset everything to one common setting? Well that’s easy to do! Log into PiratePanel via http://myweb.ecu.edu and after logging in and selecting your site to manage, go to Site Security. If you change your main folder’s security settings, it will automatically propagate to all subfolders also. That means that if you have “Public” folders underneath your main folder, and you switch the top-level folder to “Private”, all of your folders, including the previously public ones, are now private.
This is an excellent way to get back to a simpler security configuration, so that you can get things just the way you want them.
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