BLOGs BLOGs are great as they are extremely easy and fast, and if you go
Blogspot, FREE! You can use a BLOG instead
of a website, or in addition too. From our boat we can send a text
email to our private blog email address, and the BLOG is then
automatically posted for us. This is a great way to keep “the
world” updated from your boat (assuming you have some type of email
onboard). If you so choose, later (when you reach a location with
faster internet access), you can easily add pictures. All your
postings are saved on your BLOG website, and can therefore be accessed
anytime. We highly recommend BLOGs, and think this is a much
better solution then email lists.
another blog option which is obviously more sail orientated. they charge
money but I really think it is worth the money. They also have a post
from email option which is critical if you want to update friends/family
from sea, when THEY are the most worried. Sailblog will also
geo-reference all you reports so people can see where you where or where
the journal/photo was located. It's similar to our site but without
having to know anything about Google Earth, html, kml.. yeah get the
picture, you don't want to have to know all that! A friend told me he
was bringing his HTML book home so he could start to build a website, I
showed him Sailblog and told him to throw the book away.
Host Site The big question is if you want to maintain a separate web site or
is a blog enough. You can add photos to a log once you get to port and
the website takes a lot of work and knowledge that isn't required if you
stick with a blog. You’ll need to find a spot to
host your website. There are a
number of hosting services out there, some free (with minimal disk
space) and some at cost (usually w/ more disk space and added services).
Or, if you are lucky like us, you might have a family member or friend
whose company can give you some free space. Neoscape hosts are
website via a sub domain:
www.neoscape.com/billabong we also redirect there from
Microsoft FrontPage Once you have a host site, you’ll probably need help creating the
website (unless you know html code). We use Microsoft FrontPage
2003. We’ve found this software extremely easy to use, and
there hasn’t been any functionality that we’ve wanted that hasn’t been
there. You don’t need to know an iota of html either … it is
pretty a much a WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get) … you
type, edit, add pictures, etc, and FrontPage creates the html code for
with Propriety / Built In Editors Many web hosting sites come
with their own software, in addition to allowing you to upload pages
created in other editors, such as FrontPage. Unless these editors
have a mechanism to be used off line (not connected to the internet) and
then have the files uploaded later, we recommend NOT uses these editors.
Assume that you will NOT be able to connect (to the internet) your
private computer/laptop when doing an upload.
Our Methodology & Tips for Uploading / Updating
Organization Always assume you will NOT be able to
connect your computer to the internet for an update. Unfortunately
this means that you will not be able to take advantage of the automated
publishing feature of FrontPage (or other programs) that automatically
update, upload, delete, and overwrite the appropriate files based on
your latest changes. To get around this and make life easier, we
organize our website into many, many folders. Essentially each new
update/addition is contained within one or more of these folders,
therefore I know exactly what files need to be added to the host for my
changes to take place. IMPORTANT: avoid using spaces
in file, image, and folder names – use “_” or “-“, but keep those spaces
Example using FrontPage Without being connected to the internet (ie
aboard our boat) we create an update, adding pictures and journal text.
When we’ve completed the update we use the “publish” feature of
FrontPage to publish the site locally … meaning it is only being
“published” or copied to a different file folder on our computer.
Then we use the “Publish Log File” to see what files were published …
these are the files we need to upload to the website host. Because
of our folder organization, the bulk of this update is contained in two
folders “journal_4-20-06” and “pictures_kirabati.
Keeping the folder/tree structure in place, we copy the necessary
files onto a USB stick, or CD-ROM. We then take this media into
the internet café and upload the files.
methodology is not as simple as using the Publish Feature directly, it
ALWAYS works. Many locations will not have connections for your
own computer, and/or that connection will not work correctly (plus it is
an added hassle and risk to carry your computer ashore).
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