About Kathy

I love being involved in education because I am always learning something new and exciting. I have been teaching and helping students for over 25 years with computer applications and keyboarding classes. Before computers, I helped students learn how to use dedicated word processors. It was a long time ago! Currently, I work at MiraCosta College, a community college in California, where I teach computer applications for the Computer Applications Department and keyboarding classes for the Business Office Technology Department. I teach one- and two-day computer courses through Community Services, and work as an Instructional Assistant II for the Academic Information Services Department. I’ve been enjoying my jobs at MiraCosta for over 20 years! Prior to MiraCosta, I worked at Eldorado Business College teaching word processing and business courses. And, for about 15 years I’ve been teaching online courses (PowerPoint 2010, 2007, & 2003, and Keyboarding) through Education to Go, a division of Cengage Learning. I find teaching and learning online an awarding experience. I enjoy reading, learning, traveling, and spending time with my family. Kathy

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Creating a Favicon

One of my students asked how to create a favicon for his Web site, and I thought I would share the answer with you.

A favicon is the icon you see before a Web site address in the address bar of your browser. Here’s the one I created today for my 2EducateYou blog:

There a few ways to create a favicon:

  1. Build one from scratch with a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements.You’ll need to create a file that is 16 x 16 pixels and save it as an icon. I used Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is similar to PhotoShop, but much cheaper! It has all the features I need in a graphics program. In fact, it has way more than I need! If you have access to one of the PhotoShop products, use these directions from Tutorials by Jennifer to build your favicon.
  2. Use a Web site tool.I found the Favicon.cc Web site easy to use. You simply choose a color for your icon, then click on the squares to apply your color and build your favicon.

    Another handy Web site is FavIcon from Pics. If you have a company logo, this Web site can create your favicon from your logo. Pretty slick! I tested it with a graphic I created in PhotoShop Elements, and it worked great. Also try DynamicDrive, which does the same thing.

    While many of you will find this option easier, using a graphics program may give you a nicer looking favicon. I tried both methods, and found the graphics approach more difficult, but I liked the icon much better.

After saving your favicon, you’ll need to upload it to your Web hosting company. FTP is one method of transferring files from your computer to your hosting company. Each Web hosting company has its own set of rules which you’ll need to get familiar with so you can transfer your files to them. Network Solutions has three FTP options! If you’re using a  template from your hosting site, you’ll need to ask them which folder to upload your favicon to. If you’re using Network Solutions, you’ll upload to the htdocs folder.

You may also need to add this html code between the beginning and ending HEAD tags in your Web pages:

<link rel="shortcut icon" type="image/x-icon" href="/favicon.ico">

although I found I didn’t have to do this for a WordPress blog.

Good luck!

Kathy Van Pelt
2educateyou.com

 

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Web 2.0 Class

I’m taking a Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts class and learning so much!

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New to Windows 7?

New to Windows 7?  Check out this video for a overview of the new features:

Getting around your Windows 7 desktop

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Web-ready photos

A student asked me recently how to make photos web-ready.

You’ll need to use a photo editing program to get your photos web-ready. If you have access to PhotoShop, you might find the information at these links helpful:

http://graphicdesign.about.com/od/howto/ss/save_for_web_2.htm

http://tutorialblog.org/is-your-image-web-ready/

Here’s another link with more options that you might like if you don’t have PhotoShop installed on your computer. This article explains how to make photos web-ready with a variety of programs including PhotoShop Elements and Microsoft Photo Editor. Microsoft Photo Editor is probably the most basic and easiest to use for a beginner:

http://www.nvsd44.bc.ca/Staff/GH/Help/~/media/89AF0C9C89A947CDA6EB4B14018450A7.ashx

Hope this helps!

Kathy

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Amazon

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Looking for combo WordPress theme and Web site theme

Still in the process of building my Web site. I have tried using many of the Network Solution themes, but they just don’t seem to work for me. I feel I can create the Web site quicker using a program like Kompozer. (I wish I knew more about Dreamweaver!) Part of my dilemma is that I want my blog to blend with my Web site. I’ve played around with some of the WordPress themes, but haven’t found one I like yet.

I wish I could find a template package that includes a matching Web site/WordPress theme. I’ve read tutorials on how to create a WP theme from a Web page, so I would think a package like this would be available somewhere. If NS is offering a Web site/WP hosting package, why don’t they off a template package as well?

I really like how Lisa created her Web site (http://www.2createawebsite.com/index.html) and blog (http://blog.2createawebsite.com/create-a-website/) to match so well.

Any suggestions?

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My first day with Network Solutions and WordPress

Well, the other day I purchased a WordPress hosting package through Network Solutions (NS). I was contemplating whether I should use the free WordPress blog (wordpress.com), get the hosted WordPress package from NS, or purchase a Web site and blog through NS. I decided to go with the hosted WordPress (WP) package.

Good decision? I’m not sure. The first day I crashed WP by installing one of the templates. I contacted both WP and NS for help. WordPress.com told me I needed to contact WordPress.org…you think they could have forwarded the message to WordPress.org on my behalf. (There’s a learning curve involved here!) Anyway, NS suggested that I reinstall WP, which I had already done, but it didn’t work. It did work today though! So, here I am blogging about it.

I think I might prefer the hosting package with the blog combo. Does anybody have this package? With the Web site, I can have separate pages for the classes I teach at MiraCosta College and Education to Go. I’m thinking I’ll have more flexibility with the combo package because I can insert my own code. The truth is that I don’t know WordPress well enough to know if it’s enough for me. Comments about your experience with a hosted Web site/blog combo vs. a WordPress blog by itself would truly help!

Thanks,

Kathy

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