Wow, that was quick… You can download WordPress 2.6 “Tyner” from the usual location.

You can read more about this release from WordPress.org’s announcement post.

Update: And HTNet’s running it 🙂 Upgrade is smooth as you’d expect from any WordPress build.

Anyone can create web pages

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

I’ve been asked hundreds of times to quote for a web site project. Nothing strange about it, right? The thing is, the web site projectconsists of only one page!

So have I ever taken any of these one page web site projects? Not even once. So what do I normally do then? Well, I just informed the person that he can actually create a simple web page himself with software that might already be available on his computer.

Almost all of them are shocked to find out that they can actually create web pages using software that is normally already installed on a typical computer. They thought that creating web pages must be done by professional web developers or by using expensive web development software!

Well, if you’re among this group of people I’m going to tell you how you can create simple web pages using commonly available software.

Believe it or not, all of the commonly used Microsoft Office applications can create web pages from its native file format.

You can save Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and entire PowerPoint presentations as web pages by using the Save As function under the File drop down menu.

For Microsoft Word, I recommend that you save your document as Web Page, Filtered. It provides a cleaner output compared to the normal save as web page option.

I also found that quite a lot of PowerPoint presentations that’s exported as web pages can only be rendered properly using Internet Explorer. It probably uses a lot of IE-specific instructions that can’t be rendered perfectly by better web browsers.

If your computer doesn’t come with Microsoft Office and you aren’t particularly impressed by its price tag, don’t worry. There’s a perfectly suitable free alternative in the form of OpenOffice.org and it can save documents as web pages and PDFs as well. For those who spend most of their computing time online, then you can make use of Google Docs and later save your work as HTML.

If you’d like to have more web-specific features in your web page composing software without having to grapple with code you might want to check out KompoZer, a WYSIWYG web authoring tool. It’s free, open source software and there’s a version of KompoZer for the most common operating systems; Windows, Linux and MacOSX.

Web page composition is not just for professionals. Anyone can do it and it’s a pretty useful skill to have nowadays. With the right mindset (ie. eager to learn) and the proper tools, you can be creating beautiful web pages in no time at all.

Unfortunately, nobody guessed the correct price (RM2.70). Worse still, there were only eight participants. So by right, this contest should be nulled and voided.

However, being the good sport that I am, I’m going to give a reduced payout of $20 to the closest guess; RM2.53 by kadclow. Congratulations!

And the suckiest thing is that I’m in KL with only half a tank full and every petrol station I saw has a queue of at least 100 cars waiting to top up!

Sad Weekend For Me

Sorry for not posting for the past couple of days. I just didn’t have anything to write about. Worst still, I’ve gone through what probably was the saddest weekend of my life as a family man.

On Saturday, I brought my wife to the gynecologist. We’re expecting our second child. However, upon examination, the doctor said that there’s been no growth at all since the last check up. There’s also no foetal echo (ie. no heartbeat detected).

And today, my wife started bleeding. I took her to the clinic first thing in the morning. A “cleaning” procedure has been scheduled for her at 3:00pm today (Malaysian time).

Yes, I do feel saddened by this whole ordeal; but hey, this is life. We score some points and we take some hits as well. Some more significant than others. The most important thing is to move on positively.

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