Sunday, August 4, 2013
If you have gone through our website a bit, you?ve probably noticed that we talk about WordPress a lot! It?s hard to fully explain the benefits of WordPress without showing someone first hand how amazing it really is, but we?ll do our best to explain it here in more detail to see if it?s a good fit for you.
WordPress and content management systems (CMS) like it are truely the future of web design. We personally use WordPress for our own site and suggest it to every Waukesha, Milwaukee, and Brookfield, WI Web Design client that walks through our door. Providing businesses with a way to update and manage their website is by far the most valuable marketing tool that money can buy these days.
What is a content management sysem (CMS)?
Content managament systems provide a way to easily manage text, images, and pages on a website at their core, yet work very similarly to smart phones in regards to apps, which I?ll explain later. Somewhere in between, companies like Lowcows are able to create website designs and tools that seamlessly integrate into WordPress allowing us to build sites with incredible functionality at a fraction of what it would have cost just five years ago.
WordPress uses ?Themes? for the website?s actual design. There are thousands of free and premium themes out there that look great to begin with, and can also be customized to more closely fit a company?s brand. The other option is to custom design a theme specifically for a company. It?s hard to use the word ?theme? without it sounding like a generic template site, but they couldn?t be any more different. WordPress is what makes these websites so powerful and the design is a reflection of who we are as businesses. Everything about a WordPress Theme is designed to be modified to reflect the individual or business.
Plugins for WordPress are very similar to apps for a smart phone. Different plugins can be installed on a WordPress site to perform various tasks. Example?s of plugins are photo galleries, social sharing buttons, email list signup forms, interactive maps, image sliders, polls and calendars just to begin with. There are literally thousands of plucins available for free. There are also thousands of great paid plugins as well that cost pennies on the dollar compared to hand coding the same feature. Having tools like these that are ready to be installed on a website saves business owners thousands compared to just five years ago. What we can complete in weeks these days would have taken us 6 months not that long ago. It?s truly a win, win for everyone!
WordPress makes it very easy to manage your websites content. Once we train you to work with WordPress, it?s about as difficult as sending an email to update your pages. Just a few minutes a day will allow you to communicate with your clients like never before. We often preach to our clients that they need to give people a reason to come back to their website. We blog about different resources available to businesses online for the same reason a restaurant would post their specials, or a shoe store would advertise a sale. People need a reason to come back to a website, and WordPress makes it a practical to do so without costing a lot of time or money.
Compared to large corporate websites, we?re able to duplicate 95% of what you see on those sites at a fraction of the cost, and without needing special software or a full time IT person. WordPress currently has just shy of 70 million people using their CMS to manage their website. It?s literally changing the Internet right before our eyes.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about WordPress. If you?re looking for web design in Brookfield, WI, Milwaukee, or? Waukesha, please feel free to give us a call. We?d love to give you a personal, no pressure tour of WordPress!
Randee Dawn TODAY contributor
Aug. 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM ET
Immediately after the sudden and tragic death of "Glee" star Cory Monteith in mid-July, there was a period of respectful silence as friends and family tried to absorb what had happened.?
"Glee" is now heading back into production, and on Thursday more former co-stars began to speak up, as the show posted a memorial card on YouTube and Monteith's mother tweeted for the first time since her son's death:
McGregor also sent out several tweets?denying that an individual who had been "releasing articles related to my feelings and thoughts on how to take care of Cory's ashes has never been in contact with me."?
It's unclear exactly who McGregor was referring to, but Life & Style quoted a supposed cousin of the actor last week that McGregor planned to "spread some of the ashes in the different places he loved."
Additionally on Thursday, co-star Darren Criss appeared on "Conan" and spoke about working with Monteith. He said "it's been a very rough time," but added, "he will be severely missed. But I'm just so happy a guy like him got to touch as many lives as he did while we were lucky enough to have him."
Monteith died on July 13 in a Vancouver hotel of a mixture of a mix of heroin and alcohol and was reportedly cremated.?
Monteith's girlfriend Lea Michele, who had tweeted a photo of herself with Monteith on July 29, returned to work on "Glee" on Thursday and tweeted:
And the "Glee" cast also posted a short tribute "Memorial Card" on YouTube Thursday, which has already racked up nearly 850,000 hits.?
"Glee" returns on Sept. 26, then will go on a three-week hiatus.?
Saturday, August 3, 2013
By Vanessa Wolf
Before becoming the MACC?s first artist-in-residence, Wes Bruce created an installation ? a giant fort ? at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.
The fort had an almost inexplicably profound impact on the artist as well as the community surrounding him.
A documentary about the piece, captured by award-winning filmmaker Bryan Bangerter, airs tonight at the MACC at 6 p.m. in the McCoy Studio Theater.
We talked to Bruce to learn a little bit more about his project, his art, and his experience here on Maui.
Maui Now: What got you interested in making forts as art?
Wes Bruce: I used to make a lot of paintings, but decided I wanted to put a hold on making art because I wasn?t enjoying it that much.
That summer I was part of the staff at a camp in Northern California near Yosemite National Park, and for our final staff meeting I build a huge cardboard igloo / honeycomb fort and we all spent the night in it. It was the most connective and true thing I had made. It felt worth making because of the human interaction that occurred within it.
After that summer I was asked to be in an art show in San Diego based on some paintings the curator had seen. I said that I didn?t want to make any more paintings, but I would be willing to make a fort. That was five years ago.
MN: What is the installation featured in the film about?
WB: I am working out of a metaphor I call an ?inner architecture.? Each one of us keeps who we are in these metaphorical rooms within us: all of our past, present and potential futures, hopes, fears, relationships, joy and mourning. Picture being able to enter into rooms within yourself and finding places and experiences you might not have recalled for years. That?s that short version.
MN: What do I hope the viewer gets out of watching the film?
WB: I hope they realize who and what is important to their life story. I hope they are more curious about the world around them. I hope that a sense of wonder leaves with them.
MN: The press release also mentions the ?emotional fallout of the project.? That sounds heavy. What are they talking about?
WB: My mom and dad had some tension as the project the film was about was deeply personal. It was about vulnerability and the risks that accompany it.
MN: How did you come to be MACC?s artist-in-residence?
WB: Neida Bangerter, the gallery director, asked if I would be interested in coming over and creating an exhibition with them. In order to do that logistically I realized I would have to be here for a few months because of the time it takes, and the labor-intensive nature of the art.
I have a background in education so we put that into the equation and figured out a calendar that would allow me to not only build the exhibition, but also get to hang out and empower some young artists and teach / learn from them.
MN: What are you enjoying the most about Maui?
WB: I love a lot about Maui. I love finding things the board of tourism wouldn?t want / expect me to see: the grungy corners of the Maui central base-yard, industrial back alleys in Wailuku, or the red-dusted Puunene church next to the sugar mill.
I find a lot to be curious about in these places. I love learning about the migration of different plants to Maui, and their journey through thousands of miles of open water.
I love conversations with folks who have lived here a long time and can recall old sugar camps, and villages and what life was like. And I love the wilder parts of Maui, as well: exploring steep gorges in Kipahulu, climbing trees, and witnessing the Pacific make its never ceasing approach to rocky shores.
MN: Are there any culinary surprises Maui introduced you to that you never knew about before living here?
WB: I love Opihi!
My friend Brook grew up in Haiku and introduced them to me when we were swimming in Makena. You can eat them straight off the rock (or so I?ve been told: haha). I love the salty flavor and interesting texture.
?A Film About a Fort? airs tonight at the MACC in the McCoy Studio Theater at 6 p.m.
The event is free to the public and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and the artist after the film.
Bruce?s exhibition ?Taken By Wonder? will be in the Schaefer International Gallery September 8- November 2, 2013.
Have an idea for a fun, funny or thought-provoking story or topic??Get in touch: we want to hear from you. ? Vanessa (@mauinow.com)
South China Sea Dispute
Deutsche Presse Agentur August 2, 2013 4:17 pmChina will host a senior ministerial meeting with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) on August 28-29 on establishing a Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea for handling the various territorial disputes between Beijing and the region that threaten another wise peaceful relationship.
"This step we are taking is a measure of our mutual partnership in managing our differences amicably as a member of one big family would do," Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul told a forum on the 10th anniversary of Asean-China strategic partnership.
"This is just the beginning of talks on the COC," Surapong said. "There are many details to work out so we may have to meet many times." China has in the past insisted that South China Sea disputes need to be handled bilaterally, and had refused to start negotiations with ASEAN on a Code of Conduct, arguing that a Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) had already been signed in2002.
"As far as the China side is concerned we wish to seriously discuss and steadily advance the COC process," said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, but, he cautioned, "it?s a gradual process from the DOC to the COC." Among the 10 members of Asean, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam have territorial disputes with China in the area, which claims oil reserves of up to 30 billion tonnes and 20 trillion cubic metres of gas reserves.
The South China Sea is one of the few bones of contention between China and Asean.
Chinese investment in ASEAN amounted to more than 4 billion dollars in 2012, when bilateral trade amounted to 400 billion, making China Asean?s largest trade partner.
Yi acknowledged that China?s tremendous growth over the past 30years had created "certain suspicions" among its ASEAN partners. "Anyone could feel uneasy about a close buddy who has all of a sudden grown in to a big fellow," Yi said.
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Friday, August 2, 2013
The reason for Skype as a preference is because my boyfriend and I are interested in doing a "Soul Eater" role-play since getting into the series recently (no spoilers please, as we haven't finished it) and he is not fond of forum-based RP. We'd like a small group of people who would be able to be available later at night (around midnight EST), or if you're interested at all, just send me a message to ask questions or pitch ideas for it if you are interested in joining.
We have barely planned anything yet beyond the fact that I'd like to play a meister and he wants to be her weapon. We're just considering our characters and planning them presently.
As a guideline, here are some things to consider for a character and what we vaguely have in mind for the RP:
- Meisters should have a unique "meister ability" (akin to Maka's ability to see souls). It can be something unique that is reasonable in power, or something canon in the show.
- Weapons should have a unique "hook" (like Tsubaki's ability to change "modes"), but shouldn't outright copy the ability of another weapon outright.
- Each meister/weapon pairing should have its own unique Soul Resonance ability.
- People can RP both their meister and weapon if they'd like.
- When things get planned, the idea is to have consistently available missions as in the series that lead to a deeper plot, perhaps directly related to what happens in the series, something separate, or something set sometime after the events of the series.
Ultimately, I would just like a couple more people to make the story interesting instead of this idea being outright one-on-one, which, with my boyfriend, I don't mind one-on-one RP with him, but it would be nice to invite more people along.
Respond or private message me as much as you want! I'll probably be unable to respond until a bit later, as I have to work in a few hours, but thank you in advance for any replies.