How I Killed The      Webmaster...                ... and got away with it !                 Jang F.M. Graat              ...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”     TransAlpine - where is that ?! 52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle ...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”    In Europe...•   ... not everything is small•   ... TechCom is not big...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”     the website is our lifeline52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - Ma...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”   problems with org websites  • ... there is no commercial incentive  • ...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005        Jang F.M. Graat...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”          the webmaster’s job  • get other people’s input  • convert all ...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005        Jang F.M. Graat...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005        Jang F.M. Graat...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005        Jang F.M. Graat...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”            user requirements  • low-tech for the website users  • viewab...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”          technological pitfalls  • incompatible software   • special fea...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”        why not use a CMS ?52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, ...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”        all code is server-side  HTML server                             ...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005        Jang F.M. Graat...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”                posting an item  • open the appropriate list  • click on ...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”             validating an item  • open the “administration” section  • e...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”   website administrator’s role  • serve as back-up for validation   • cc...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”               adding a section  • create a directory to store the items ...
Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”             Questions ?                Jang F.M. Graat          presiden...
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This presentation was delivered at the STC Summit 2005 in Seattle. It shows how I implemented a website for the TransAlpine Chapter without a webmaster having to do all the stupid work (uploading stuff, taking it down, etc.). We received a Pacesetter Award for the coolest website in all of STC.

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  1. 1. How I Killed The Webmaster... ... and got away with it ! Jang F.M. Graat STC-TransAlpine Chapter52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  2. 2. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” TransAlpine - where is that ?! 52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”5 countries• Austria• Slovenia• Italy• Germany• Switzerland• (+ Netherlands ?) 52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  3. 3. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” In Europe...• ... not everything is small• ... TechCom is not big yet ~ 2000 km• ... we are few and far apart (1200 mi)• ... we don’t meet often• ... phone calls are expensive• ... everyone has internet52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” we are a global chapter • We have 104 members from 14 countries: • Germany (35), Italy (22), Austria (14), Switzerland (9), Slovenia (9) • United States (7), Canada (2), Netherlands (2), Finland (1), France (1), United Kingdom (1), Lebanon (1)52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  4. 4. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” the website is our lifeline52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” what we need in a website • information about upcoming events • leads to jobs, contracts or products • news about our profession • information about our organization • links to other interesting websites • space to express views, opinions52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  5. 5. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” problems with org websites • ... there is no commercial incentive • ... the webmaster has another job • ... no frequent changes are made • ... submitting items is not easy • ... hasty additions mess up the styling • ... obsolete items accumulate52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  6. 6. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  7. 7. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” the webmaster’s job • get other people’s input • convert all that stuff to web pages • get the files uploaded to the server • take the blame for errors and typos • update the information constantly • remove the outdated items - on time52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  8. 8. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  9. 9. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  10. 10. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” goals of STC-TAC redesign • make the website structure clearer • improve and enforce consistent styling • add much more dynamic content • allow easy posting of information • minimize the webmaster’s role • automate website updates where possible52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  11. 11. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” user requirements • low-tech for the website users • viewable in all browsers • independent of user-side software • safe against unwanted access • minimal interference by a webmaster • easy to handle as an administrator52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” available web technology web applications special clients HTML server web browser server-side code client-side code server OS local OS server computer local computer52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  12. 12. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” technological pitfalls • incompatible software • special features, new versions, bugs • safety restrictions • Java, cookies, ActiveX, JavaScript • corporate restrictions • firewalls, licenses, security policies52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” used web technology HTML server server-side code small XML files web browser server OS local OS server computer local computer52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  13. 13. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” why not use a CMS ?52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” so I wrote my own CMS • content stored in small XML files • coding in ASP - as low-tech as possible • standard procedures in a “toolbox” file • all items handled by the same code • parameters via URL and “post” method • website styling in a separate XML file52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  14. 14. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” all code is server-side HTML server HTML web browserasp code in page toolbox code small XML files52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  15. 15. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” www.stc-transalpine.org • homepage shows excerpts from sections • each item links to the full article in the list • color-coding shows you where you are • items are sorted automatically • latest news, next events, new members • expired items disappear automatically52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  16. 16. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” posting an item • open the appropriate list • click on “post your item” • fill out the form and click “preview” • check the result and click on “submit” • receive the ID and code (for changes) • wait until the item is validated52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” what happens next ?52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  17. 17. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” validating an item • open the “administration” section • enter the secret code to log on • read the item text, change if needed • contact the person who posted, if needed • check the “valid” box and click “submit” • the item is now visible on the website52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” no more “webmaster” • newsletter editor validates news flashes • employment manager validates jobs • president validates board messages • vice-president validates events • membership manager validates member info • info manager validates “treasures”52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  18. 18. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” website administrator’s role • serve as back-up for validation • cc. of each posting to administrator • change contact e-mail addresses & codes • changes are automatically notified • change “static” content on the website • extend the functionality & solve bugs52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” the future... • separate dynamic pages for LIGs ? • subcategories in the “treasure chest” ? • language filters for various item lists ? • pictures added to member info ? • members-only discussion forum ? • chatroom for members ?52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  19. 19. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” adding a section • create a directory to store the items • upload an image to use in the header • add a menu item to the XML config file • define header text, colors, image • upload the new XML config file • add a menu section to homepage (optional)52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005 Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” our new webmaster... • ... concentrates on the website structure • ... uses his time to make the site better • ... does not handle individual items • ... will survive a lot longer than the old one52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005
  20. 20. Jang F.M. Graat - “How I Killed The Webmaster...” Questions ? Jang F.M. Graat president@stc-transalpine.org52nd Annual STC Conference - Seattle - May 9, 2005

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