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Using Dreamweaver to Set Up Your Website

Using Dreamweaver to Set Up Your Website

There are many designing and website management tools available today and Dreamweaver is one of those. Dreamweaver not only lets you design your webpage but also track all the links and ensure that you are uploading your files to the correct location on the server. To help Dreamweaver to perform its job efficiently, you have to tell about each site and the location of the site on the server. With every web hosting you are provided cpanel to manage your site files on the server but when working in Dreamweaver, you can manage your sites from the Files panel group.

Every site is a collection of files on the server and you can manage these files by opening the dropdown menu and clicking the menu item “Edit Sites or Manage Sites”. Clicking this menu item will open the dialog box where you can select the site that you want to manage. If you are creating a new site then click on “New” and you will be presented the screen where you can create new files to place on your site. You should perform some tasks listed below to create new site or manage an existing site.

First of all confirm that you are in the basic tab or advanced tab and if you are in the basic tab then go to the advanced tab. A website requires a name so think a name for your website and create a folder with the same name. It would be better if the name of folder is same as the domain name that you registered with your web hosting site. This is to avoid any confusion when uploading your site to your server to be seen worldwide.

Now provide the information to Dreamweaver required to make connection to your server. This information includes the username and password to login to your server. If you can connect then start working on your site and if you can’t connect to your site then either you may need to login using a secured connection or some information is missing or incorrect. In such cases, you should call your webhost.

If you want to look at some more really great online art stuff, check out this enigin PLC design blog. It is written by one of the employees and is really insightful, well worth a look!

Painting Can Be Easy

Painting Can Be Easy

Learning to paint using watercolours can be a frustrating thing which doesn’t seem to get any easier, no matter how hard you try; first you need the right brushes, then you can’t decide on what paint to buy, and everyone has a different opinion on the weight of paper you should use…

In reality it doesn’t need to be so hard; here are some pointers for the beginner looking to just start without having to do hours of research first.

1) Choose a rough paper to begin with: paper comes either ‘rough’ or ‘not’; rough is self explanatory, not means very smooth. While it may allow more detail, smooth paper also lets your paint run riot, turning your creation into a total mess with one wrong move. Choose the rough variety at a medium weight; the pits in the paper will keep the paint where you want it

2) Don’t paint on a flat table: the beauty of watercolour is that the paint can fall down the page, cascading and exploding into different colours. If you don’t own an easel then simply lean your board against a table, tilting it slightly.

3) Don’t go straight out and spend crazy money on posh brushes: to begin with, a beginner set really will do. They will last longer than you think, providing you take good care of them.

4) Same goes for paints: the temptation is to buy the best available, because these paints are more light-fast (the colour will remain vivid for a long time). In fact, there’s nothing wrong with the amateur paints. They are much cheaper and chances are you may not keep all of your first paintings anyway.

Before I go, I have a couple of friends who are looking for Art Jobs in secondary education. If anyone knows of any places that are hiring now, it would be really useful information to pass along.

Compagnie Ieto

Compagnie Ieto

The auditorium is silent. Two men sit on a bench, spotlit and over the course of the next seventy minutes we are all subjected to a display of acrobatics that is in turns amusing, astounding, nerve-wracking, delightful and mind boggling. How does a body fly through the air like that, self-propelled? How did the two performers come up with this routine? What is going to happen next? These are just a few of the questions I found running through my mind as I watched the show.

Using nothing more than benches and ropes, their intelligence and humour, not to mention their unique skill at manipulating their dexterous bodies, this performance is seventy minutes of pure magic. The timing of the pair is all important and they pull this off unhesitatingly and unflinchingly, unlike those of us who are watching with baited breath. One wrong move or one nano-second out and they could end up seriously injured.

Of course, none of us are fooled by the “I’m a bit clumsy and not sure if I can do this,” fakery of Jonathan Guichard, one half of Compagnie Ieto, but his silent theatrics lends its charm to the show. He often reminded me of the stars of silent films with his exaggerated gestures and huge brown eyes that speak a million words without him uttering a single one. Fnico Feldmann on the other hand is the perfect companion, being solid and inscrutable and like all of the best double acts this one works perfectly.

Our audience gasps, laughs, holds its breath and views the action through screwed up eyes at times but Companie Ieto pulls out all of the stops and charms us, rightfully so, at the end of the performance, up and onto our feet.

I have thrilling news for you all, I was talking to my friend last week and he has just got a excellent new gig at an human resources software company. Well done Harry

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