Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My experiences so far in P2PU: Webmaking 101

Well, I haven't really learned anything, I am doing this for badges and hoping to see some challenging in-depth courses at P2PU after this.

It has been fun and rewarding and earning badges makes me feel like I am playing a video game and unlocking achievements.

Hosting & DNS

I register my names at GoDaddy and host my websites at Bluehost.

How I set up my nameservers for my web host.

After you go through the domain purchase process at GoDaddy and after purchasing a hosting package at Bluehost you will want to set up the nameservers.

  1. Click All Products > Domains > Domain Management
  2. Click on your domain name in the list.
  3. Click on the Set Nameservers link.
  4. Enter the nameservers provided by your host. (usually two)
Step 1

Step 2

Step 4

How does DNS Work?

Well, we are doing Web 101 so I will keep it simplified.

You request a website, the nameserver will get the IP and connect you to the webserver to get the website you requested.

I made a chart using draw.io

HTML Tags in Real-world Structures

I think there are many examples in the world around us. I have included some captioned images of things around my home.

This is a drop-down <nav> menu. It could also be a <div> with <p> elements inside, that also contain <span> elements!

Here is an example of an ordered list <ol> (all the breakers are numbered and labeled).

Here is an unordered list <ul>!

<img> with an interesting border.

How about a <table>?

Browser waiting for JavaScript instructions.

My Text-editor of choice...

is Notepad++

I used to use Macromedia Homesite+, but it is hard to get now and kind of obsolete, I guess.

I've been using Notepad++ for a while now anyways.

I like the fact that it's free and open-source and fairly simple.

Handwritten Code for Challenge #2

Here is the beautiful masterpiece....

Monday, February 11, 2013

My Intro

This is my opening blog post for the P2PU School of Webcraft.

I am doing this to test and to further my knowledge of web development.

I am a contractor/carpenter who loves web development and have been playing around with it for year without ever getting very deep, until recently.

I've been reading everything I can about HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery, MYSQL, etc...

I can't get enough.

I love carpentry and contracting but looking more and more into really developing my skills in the web development and web application area and would love to start making some really cool things.