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Josh Lyon

New Site Features

I recently added some new features to the website that will hopefully make your experience more enjoyable.  The main things I was looking to do were add a commenting system to the articles and make it easier to find interesting articles.  The comment system was a simple add-on of a module to the site, but increasing the navigability of the site is a constant activity.

If you’ve been reading my blog within the past few months, you’ve probably noticed I’ve been on a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) kick.  While a big part of this is to increase search engine ranking and traffic, the other part is to increase the quality of the site.  If google likes your site, people probably will too.  To some of you this may seem a little odd, but it’s true.  I won’t go into the details in this article, but google has a lot of features in its algorithms that make sure your site is as search engine popular as it is socially popular.

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Shiner – Test Video

I am trying to find a simple solution that will allow me to upload and play videos on my website in a format similar to google video or YouTube, but it doesn’t look like there’s really anything good out right now that does that.  The closest thing I’ve found is to convert the video to flash (flv) on a local computer, then upload the file to my webserver, then play that back with an FLV player.

I’ve attached a sample video below so you can see how Riva’s encoder performs.  It’s really crappy in my opinion, so I may just go back to using Google Video / YouTube.  The original video was taken with my Cell Phone at 640 x 480 resolution in 3G2 format. It was approximately 250kb in size.  I had the Riva encode shrink it down to 320 x 240 and somehow the video quality got worse (blockiness) and the size of the file went up to nearly 1 MB.

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LorieAndJesse.com

My brother recently proposed to his long time girlfriend (and now fiancée), Lorie.  I’m his best man, so I decided to make him a website.  Check out the photo gallery and sign the guestbook (on the right menu) while you are there.  As you might imagine, the theme is love based.  Their wedding colors are chocolate brown and pink, which was really interesting to work with when I was creating the template.  I was surprised how well gradient fades from pink to brown work and I think the little hearts have the perfect touch.

http://www.lorieandjesse.com

The site information is easily updateable by Lorie and Jesse – as it has a nice user friendly interface.  They can change / add text on the site using a simple WYSIWYG interface and photos can be uploaded directly from within Windows XP.

For technical purposes:
The main part of the site is simply informational using Joomla as the CMS. I have included a guestbook, which is powered by EasyBook and a photo gallery powered by Gallery2 and the Joomla g2 bridge.

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New Site

Welcome to the new website.  I’m still working on getting all the new modules installed and configured, but you can check out any of the items to the left.  I had a University of Texas theme, but I changed it out with a red theme with pictures of me in it. Laughing Currently, the following functionality is enabled:

  • Main Content Management
  • Forum
  • Personal Blog
  • Photo Gallery (NEW!)

You can register to post in the forum by clicking the Login/Logout link to the left, or by simply clicking this register link. E-mail me at [email protected] if you have questions.