A new look for my MPP web site
Some people like to do crossword puzzles, woodwork, or play golf. I am a weekend computer software code-jockey. Before I was elected, I was among the first Canadian Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs for Microsoft, and taught myself web development skills and the programming I need to make my sites do what I want, while I beta-tested Windows and Office and answered support questions on Microsoft’s newsgroups, which have always been the best free tech support source going.
It was time for a complete refresh of my old MPP web site, which was based on a user interface design more than ten years old. Browsers these days have dropped support for frames, and the old web site did not render properly on Google Chrome or Firefox, though it did work on all versions of Internet Explorer. After a suggestion from friends that I look at content management software, I tried out a package called WordPress on Andrea’s personal web site. For me, it is a departure from designing the user interface. WordPress grew on me. I liked its features, and am learning to work around its quirks. Some new features you will find on this site:
- Today, people look at web sites on many different platforms. This site works on your big-screen computer, on a tablet, and even on your cell phone web browser;
- The ability to link to the Ontario Legislative Assembly’s web site and watch live, streaming webcasts when the Legislature is in session is now on the menu. Click Information > Watch Legislature. It works great on Wi-Fi;
- You have the ability to register, and get updates from me (not incessant updates). Click Register at right, or click here. An inappropriate User Name won’t get contributor privileges. I suggest linking your first and last names, such as JohnDoe as a User Name. The software will e-mail you a password, which you can change. Nobody else will (or can) ever know your password. You can subscribe and unsubscribe at will;
- As an experiment, residents of Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville (i.e. within the riding) may request the ability to contribute to the content. Posts such as this one are open for comments for two weeks after going up. Read the ground rules first, though.
I hope you enjoy the new look, feel and functionality of my MPP web site.