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Tutorial: Using Two Copies of the Same Application on One Website

Posted on: 6/9/2008 9:27:53 AM under DMXReady » Product Tips 
 
Sometimes you want to use two or more instances of the same application on one website. For example, perhaps you want to use one instance News Manager to organize your internal press releases, and another to organize "in the media" mentions of your company.

The best way to do this is to simply duplicate all files and folders so that they do not conflict. The following example uses DMXReady News Manager, but the process will work with any DMXReady application:

1. Create a temp folder on your hard drive, but not within your Local Site (e.g. C:My Documentsdmxtemp)
2. Extract News Manager from its Zip file to the temp folder.
3. In Dreamweaver, create a new site called Temp Site.
4. Point the Local Root Folder to your temp folder. You don't need to worry about adding Remote Info or any other information for this temp site.
5. In Dreamweaver, change the following folder names, and click "Yes" when prompted to update files:
  • applications/NewsManager/ to applications/NewsManager2
  • admin/NewsManager to admin/NewsManager2
6. Open "Find and Replace" (Edit > Find and Replace)
7. Change "Find In:" to "Folder..." and select the /applications folder, change "Search for:" to "Source Code" and add /newsmanager in the text box, add /newsmanager2 in the "Replace With:" text box.
8. Check "Match Case".
9. Click on "Replace All" and "Yes" if prompted.
10. Expand the /Connections folder and Rename newsmanager.asp to newsmanager2.asp
11. Expand the /databases folder and Rename NewsManager.mdb to NewsManager2.mdb
12. Open /Connections/newsmanager2.asp and change the NewsManager.mdb to NewsManager2.mdb
13. Using Windows Explorer, transfer the contents of the /admin, /applications, /Connections, and /databases folder to their respective folders in your Local Site. Note: Do Not transfer the actual folders, just the contents, as you run the risk of overwriting existing files. For example, transfer the NewsManager2.mdb to the /databases folder, and not the whole folder.
14. Upload to your server.

The DMXReady Team
 
 

Keep Your Copyright Up to Date with This ASP Script

Posted on: 6/6/2008 10:04:38 AM under ASP » Scripts and Tips 
 
Ever get to a website, notice that the copyright year is 2004, and wonder if anyone is home? Perhaps this is even happening on your own websites!

Well, here's a way that you can keep your copyright statement up to date automatically using a little bit of ASP code. For this example, we assumed that you launched you website in 2007 -- replace this year with your actual launch date:

(Place the following within your HEAD tags)

<%
Function CopyrightStatement(YearWebsiteCreated)
If Year(Now) > YearWebsiteCreated
Then
CopyrightStatement = YearWebsiteCreated & "-" & Year(Now)
Else
CopyrightStatement = YearWebsiteCreated
End If
End Function
%>


(Place the following where you want to display your copyright statement)

Copyright YOURCOMPANY <%=CopyrightStatement(2007)%>.
This is how it will look on your screen:

Copyright YOURCOMPANY 2007-2008.

You can also modify this code with CSS or other attribute tags to match your website design. Just don't forget to save the file with a .asp extension. Now your website will automatically update its copyright statement no matter what year it is!

Happy Scripting,

The DMXReady Team

 
 

Adding Web 2.0 To Your DMXReady Apps

Posted on: 6/4/2008 9:10:20 AM under DMXReady » Product Tips 
 
The explosion of "social media" and other Web 2.0 applications has led to some nifty little shortcuts out there. For example, you can create a Google Presentation (similar to PowerPoint) and easily add it to your own website using any DMXReady content application -- no need for Dreamweaver!


To add your add your Google Presentation to your website:
  1. Create your presentation (docs.google.com)
  2. Click "Publish" and copy the script in the text box.
  3. In your DMXReady app, click on the "Edit Page" link (must be logged in).
  4. Scroll to the bottom to the WYSIWYG editor, and place your cursor to the location of the page you want to add your presentation.
  5. Click on the "View/Edit Source" icon on the WYSIWYG editor (looks like this: <>)
  6. Paste the script into the source (Ctrl "V") and click the "OK" button, bottom right
  7. Click the "SAVE" button on the WYSIWYG editor and view the page.
Whenever you update your presentation through Google Docs, your changes will automatically update on your web page!

Now this is also a great tip for you web designers out there that want to give clients an easy CMS solution. It is not too hard to imagine how useful it would be for someone to be able to update a Presentation and have it immediately viewable online -- without the hassles of "inviting" every single person to see it.

Best of all, once you install your DMXReady app of choice, your client can do all the rest using Google Docs and the DMXReady admin pages. A truly extended CMS experience!

What are your tips for improving client workflow? How have you used DMXReady and/or Web 2.0 to help your clients? Let us know by adding a comment!

The DMXReady Team
 
 

AddThis - Promote Your Site Around the Internet!

Posted on: 6/3/2008 9:30:34 AM under Web Design » Cool Tools 
 
Social bookmarking is a great alternative to the "My Favorites" button on your web browser. Rather than static links within your browser, you can access them from any computer and even share those links with friends, colleagues, and users around the world.

The only problem is, there are dozens of services -- Google, StumbleUpon, Del.ici.ous, and Facebook to name a few -- and everyone has their favorites. Adding every service to your website takes time, and takes up valuable real estate on your web page.

Enter AddThis. With just one button, your web visitors can bookmark or share your website with the world. This makes it easier for your readers, and in turn makes it more likely that your website will be shared and bookmarked. With 7,500 impressions per second a growing, it is quickly becoming the "librarian" of social bookmarking -- and easily recognizable to your readership.

The Classic ASP Garage Blog started using it this weekend. Click on the AddThis button in the top nav bar add us to your favorite social bookmarking service!

And don't forget to add it to your own site. Find out more at: http://www.addthis.com

The DMXReady Team


 
 

iStock Offers Deep Discounts!

Posted on: 5/30/2008 8:55:11 AM under Web Design » Resources 
 
Just found out from Danny Outlaw that iStockPhoto is now offering subscription plans. For all of you heavy users out there, this is a great way to save even more money on images.

Plus, their offering 20% off certain packages if you sign up before June 9, 2008.

Even if you don't use that many images per month, check out www.istockphoto.com anyway. It's a great resource for quality stock images at a great price!

The DMXReady Team
 
 
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