Taking a look at calendar display

June 15, 2015

I’ve been researching calendar widgets for the website. The one I’ve had the most success with is called Google Calendar Events. As the name implies, it allows you to embed your Google calendar into any post or page. There are two views. The first is a calendar grid

Calendar Grid View

The second is a list view

Calendar List View

November 1, 2021
  • PSEC Meeting

    Date: November 1, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: RAZZíS PIZZERíA – Greenwood, 8523 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA


December 6, 2021
  • PSEC Meeting

    Date: December 6, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: RAZZíS PIZZERíA – Greenwood, 8523 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA


January 3, 2022
  • PSEC Meeting

    Date: January 3, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: RAZZíS PIZZERíA – Greenwood, 8523 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA


February 7, 2022
  • PSEC Meeting

    Date: February 7, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: RAZZíS PIZZERíA – Greenwood, 8523 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA


March 7, 2022
  • PSEC Meeting

    Date: March 7, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: RAZZíS PIZZERíA – Greenwood, 8523 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA


April 4, 2022
  • PSEC Meeting

    Date: April 4, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: RAZZíS PIZZERíA – Greenwood, 8523 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA


May 2, 2022
  • PSEC Meeting

    Date: May 2, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: RAZZíS PIZZERíA – Greenwood, 8523 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA


I’d appreciate any feedback you’d care to give below.

Discussion

As I see it there are a couple of problems with this

  • I can’t overlay multiple calendars on the same grid or list
  • I can’t display calendars that aren’t hosted on Google.

These are both issues that we could work around if we really want to. What do people think?

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A Word About E-Mail Aliases

June 3, 2015

I have adjusted the email aliases to reflect the new slate of Council officers. They are as follows:

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Webmaster Report, June 2015

May 30, 2015

Site is Live!webmaster

The wordpress site at develop.pseconline.org has been moved. The main site at www.pseconline.org has been replaced with the software and content that was on the dev site. The content in the old site is saved but it is not currently publicly available. I am still debating whether to bring it back. If I do, I will probably put it at old.pseconline.org or somesuch.

One issue I’ve noticed with the site switch is that some links and images no longer work. They are easy to fix one I find them, so if you see a link that does not work, let me know by commenting below and I’ll fix it.

I turned off the self registration for the site for now. In the 12 hours since I moved the site I started to get spam registrations. That means there are automated programs out there that look for new WordPress sites and create bogus registrations for the purpose of creating links to their spam nonsense. I am looking into countermeasures and will report more at the meeting on the 1st of June.

Items Completed

  • Fixed issue with image alignment. You can now left or right align images.
  • Updated site software to version 2.2. Has been deployed to pseconline.org
  • ISOW reports in place
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Webmaster Report, May 2015

May 2, 2015

Not a lot of big changes this month. We are tentatively scheduled to switch the site over for good in June. That means that you should spend some time familiarizing yourself with how to create and edit Pages and Posts on the site. I hope to be able to do a short demonstration of this at the May meeting so stay tuned for that.

Another thing you might want to pass along is that I have been regularly updating the PSEC twitter account to make announcements. You should add @pseconline to your timeline and encourage others to do so as well.

Mail List Issues

I’ve had some issues this month with the mail list. A lot of emails have been flagged for approval because of the ruleset in place to prevent spamming. It is no problem for me to approve messages but please be aware that it may take longer for you message to get sent since I’m not always available to monitor the held messages queue. I would suggest a couple of things:

  1. Please do not copy my address if you are sending a message to the reps list. Several times I was unaware that an email was in the held queue because I was addressed directly. I am subscribed to the Reps mail list. If you are sending an email to that address you do not need to include my address separately. I will get it.
  2. Consider sending your message only to the Reps list. Messages get flagged if there are too many recipients. I’ve observed that often the addresses copied are also members of the Reps mail list making their inclusion redundant anyway.
  3. Reduce the use of attachments. These can be problematic, especially if they are large. Oftentimes, a document that you are attaching is better just entered directly into the body of your email. You might also consider just creating a post on this website and linking to it. This has the advantage of giving your message a wider reach and being more efficient on space and bandwidth requirements.

As always, if you have suggestions or comments, leave them in the comment box below.

Completed This Month

  • Upgraded wordpress to 4.1.1 and list-category-posts plugin
  • Changed the look of category posts in pages that use them
  • Adjusted the ordering of the landing pages
  • Added an Engineering Fair landing page which should be updated
  • Modified Mentor Nights landing page
  • Revamped the Council Meetings landing page to hold agendas and minutes.
  • Created a Member Society Announcements page to hold society-specific posts from PSEC Reps
  • Took a look at Events Manager plugin. I will report more at the Council meeting

Upcoming

  • Upgrade site software to version 4.2 after evaluation.
  • Prepare for switching site over in June (?)
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Webmaster Report, April 2015

April 2, 2015

webmaster

Greetings, I am Stan the PSEC Webmaster. This is my report. I am hoping to make these posts a regular feature of the site to let you know how things are progressing and how you can help contribute. I’ll try to keep them short. Click the link below to read the rest.

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Comments Welcome

September 25, 2014

One potentially nice thing about using this site is that it allows much more interaction with the readers than was possible before. The primary means for readers to interact is via comments. Comments allow any reader of you post to enter text and have it appear on the site. When used appropriately and judiciously they can be a lot of fun. How about we take a look.

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Placing Images in a Post

September 15, 2014

Most of your pages and posts will be better if they have some sort of multi-media content. That can be a photo, a screenshot or some other kind of graphic. Adding these items is not as easy as I would like it to be so you might need some instructions. Let’s go through the steps.

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Drafting and Publishing Posts

September 8, 2014

Say you have a group of people and you want to work together to put some content on the Site. Can you do that?

Why, yes it is possible to collaborate! When you create a post, you have the option to save it as a Draft. When a post is in draft form, it is not viewable by the general public, but it is still viewable by anyone that has an account. Take a look at this screen shot.

Draft Posts List

To see this on the site, log in and click the Posts link on the left. This shows every post on the site. If you click the Drafts link circled above, the list will be filtered to show only the posts that are drafts. You can click a post to bring it up for editing. As long as your post is in a draft state you can collaborate with any other site users. You should take care that only one person at a time attempts to edit a post though the site software will let you know more than one person tries to save the document.

When everyone is happy with the document, you can edit the document one more time and hit the Publish button. Once the document is published, it will appear on the site and will be viewable by anyone even if they don’t have an account.

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Selecting Your Category

July 3, 2014

Categories

There are a couple of things you need to remember to make sure that your posts will appear on the website in the proper place and are easy for people to find. Probably the most important is that you need to select a category.

Take a look at the image on the right. You can click on it if you want to see a larger version of it. This is a screen shot taken from the “Add New Post” page. This is where you type in the test that will appear in your post. Notice the Categories section over on the right side. We have created a bunch of categories for you to choose from. Before you hit the “Publish” button above, make sure that you select the category that most fits your post.

It is possible to select more than one category but there is probably only one situation where you will be doing that. Let’s say I am writing a post about the PSEC Awards Banquet. Perhaps I want to post some pictures from the 2014 event. Or maybe I’m the event organizer and I want to make an announcement that the nominations are open and perhaps provide links to the nomination forms. In this case, when I write the post, I’ll make sure to check the “Awards Banquet” category. By doing so, it will be assured of appearing.

Now let’s say, I want to write a post about the Awards Banquet; that is, a document that would explain some aspect of the Banquet that another organizer might like to know or perhaps to upload a registration form that you used to sign up for the banquet hall. In that case, I still want to check the “Awards Banquet” category, since it is about the Awards Banquet, but I also should click the “Admin” category. The Admin category is reserved for posts that provide administrative details as opposed to reports about a specific event.

I should say also that in case you forget to select a category for your post or if you want to change it after you have already published it, that is not a problem. Just go to the dashboard and select “All Posts.” Find your post and click the “Quick Edit” link. You should see a list of categories pop up. After your modifications, make sure to click the “Update” button so that you changes will get published.

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