Wednesday, August 20, 2008

More Web

Now we have set up with Fluidhosting. The URL of does not have its "A" record set over to the new octet of the website hosting company. I will switch that on Network Solutions.

The way the records for DNS work on INTERNIC and Network Solutions is pretty interesting. Once you log into the editing tool on Network Solutions and you look at the mappings, you can see how your email and remote login could be done to your MS Exchange and SBS server WAN interface, while your website with the same ending of the Domain name ( could very well point elsewhere.

That is what we are going to do. I appear to have to edit the "A" record and change the OCTET that shows in only one area of the record. Then, the domain name lookups and propagation of the tables will occur allowing users of web browsers to hit and go to our new website.

Fascinating, really. . .

I've now got the pages set up for the main frontpage, the "about" page and all the locations maps. This is all set up with CSS so that you see a unified, floating, three-column layout with a widescreen picture of the buildings and yard at the Burbank facility. Menu is in upper right, and is totally CSS. This set of pages will really "pop" or "crack" onto screen. They are extreme in their compactness.

I still have the chore of creating web friendly reduced footprint images for use in a prototype picture gallery. The gallery will be the way to handle the subject of "lockup storage", or "storage", or "vehicles", or "trailers". The idea is to have a CSS based rollover gallery with bunches of text either before or below or as part of picture roll data, and then allow reasonably smallish jpg images to come up showing the good photos I got of all the facilities and types of rentals.

First I need to iron out the difficulties in getting a CSS based gallery to set right in the prototype page.

The Map thing went very well, and I would think that is harder. So I should be able to get the gallery done within a day or two or three.

Maybe I can look at how this is done on BLOGS. . .or Myspace or similar.

. . .hmmmmm.

Well, now I'm off to a rehearsal with Pierce College Jazz Band. Always busy.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Stay Tuned for Web Dev Stuff

I'm doing the build of into a "customer oriented" web site. That means I'm taking the same marketing oriented basic website and changing it into a modern CSS based site with a logon for designated customers (several at first. . .possibly more later) who will be able to access a secure area to see PDF versions of their current inventory as printed by Michael Brittain.

Michael's database is based upon Filemaker, which is currently at version 9. I can see there is a web section to the filemaker product. It is possible I will ultimately have to either migrate the database to a SQL type engine like SQL Server or MySQL and have Michael's database talk to that, or to have the Filemaker work through the net with remote logons managed through the website.

For a first run, I'm interested in getting Filemaker reports available on a logged on basis, then I'll attack the redesign necessary to allow for up-to-the-minute access of a database of inventory specifics with possible online control of various queries and reports.

Meanwhile the CSS part of the redesign seems to be going well. I've got a template and an image that is fixed for the front page. I've come up with a set of verbiage for the promotional part. I'm in process of getting Google Maps signed up (that is how I wound up here for a few minutes).

Anyway, back to the battle.

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