I have started a new “job hunt blog” this evening using iWeb software included with iLife06. I have several reasons for starting this blog (which I posted about within it actually), but the main ones are to learn more about the capabilities of iWeb as well as document my own job hunt that is ongoing this spring.
Based on my experiments with the iWeb blogging interface this evening, I can offer the following observations:
- The interface is clean and intuitive, it is extremely easy to drop images from iPhoto libraries or directly from a web browser into pre-defined container spaces on blog pages.
- Publication of the blog couldn’t be easier with a 3rd party blogging software tool, especially since I have a .Mac account already configured in my computer’s system preferences. When minor changes are made to a page, the publication process seems fast, so it must not reupload all content in this case. That is good.
- I wish there was a keyboard shortcut for the hyperlink formatting command.
- There does not appear to be any way to use bulleted or numbered lists in blog entries.
- There does not appear to be any way to include interactive comments on the blog. This is a major shortcoming for a blog tool, but common (maybe even universal) for 3rd party software blogging tools that are not server-based. I’ll experiment later in the week with Haloscan to see if it can be integrated. That is the way I previously used comments when I was still blogging with iBlog.
I am a big advocate for server-based blogging systems like WordPress and Blogger. However, I notice that iWeb blogs lend themselves much more readily to including photos from other places. Including photos in WordPress or Blogger sites is a much more technical process, generally.
I love the podcast posting features of iWeb, which I explored last week and over the weekend. My initial reaction to the iWeb blogging interface is also positive, especially considering the year+ of experiences I have using a similar (but not as powerful) 3rd party blogging application: iBlog.
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- Initial Minecraft Competition World Created with MCEdit - 2014
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- Nice Cat (An amazing story of encouragement for artistic creativity) - 2013
- Going Mobile with WordPress and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - 2012
- StoryRobe + ReelDirector = Hybrid Mobile Video #edapps - 2011
- Schools pretend this world of publish at will media doesn't exist - 2010
- Digital Witness to President Obama's Inauguration - 2009
- Opening minds about cell phones for learning - 2008
- Vista is out, but do educators care? - 2007
- Oklahoma videoconferencing in USA Today - 2007