June 2023

230601. 20 minutes: Enter data for two Wonderful Wednesday Workshops. Enter data for June and July Open Studio. 75 minutes. Photos for the Summer exhibit, the Scholarship exhibit, and additional photos for the artist of the month posted. Added the Kucera (scholarship) page and the shows_2023_summer page. Links and small photos on the Home page.

230602. 60 minutes. Fix Life Drawing EVENT listing. Create page for Wonderful Wednesday Workshop page and links. Add some historic pictures.

A Log of Changes Made to the Topeka Art Guild Website: May 2023

230501 Add the Artist of the Month page for May. Update the Home Page: change the Artist of the Month section, reduce the size of the Reflection section. Small modifications to the Classes page. Change the format of the Webmaster Log. Add a link to the Site Map and the phone number to the footer of both templates. Add a photo album for the Show 2023 Reflection page and a photo album for the Students_2305 page. Experiment with photo resolutions.

230505 Add the Open Studio page. Link it on the Home Page. Late in day: remove First Friday article on Home page. Make two-minute video.

230506 Add the Life Drawing class information on Home Page and Class Page.  Create as a three-session EVENT.

230507 Add the Member Questions Page and Discussion about the Back Room.

230509 Remove information about the Annual Meeting from the Home Page and the Template. Completely re-structure the "About" portion of the menu. It no longer has a drop-down. Instead: a list of "basic" links at the top. Add an alphabetical listing on the "Site Map" page.

230510 Add "Spotlight on Afternoon Events" to the  Home Page. 

230511 On the Home page, add an article about Adisyn Stoler's demonstration for the Open Studio group. Add addtional pictures on the Open Studio page.

230513. Post photo of Annual Meeting, with link to Webmaster's Photo Policy.

230515. Add new members of the Executive Committee, and change references to "Board" to "Committee."

230517  Create Artist of the Month page for Melanie Hutchinson, but do not link it. Make the Members button/page visible to the public, but not the "Child elements." Add photos of the Painting class to the home page and the Open studio page.

230518 Copy Scholarship information from Home page to Scholarship page, in preparation for its removal from Home when the newsletter is published. Add information about the Monthly Member Meeting. Create the Guest Speakers page and place additions information on that page. Update the home page and the Open Studio page.

230519. Post pictures of Dorethy and LuAnn on Executive Committee page. Clean up some old files and pictures.

230522. It was a BadNews/GoodNews kind of morning. The bad news 

The website looks TERRIBLE and UNPROFESSIONAL. That orange text looks horrible... I know about layout and colors and ... etc. etc. etc

The problem with the orange text was in the site "Theme."  Changing a site theme is a dangerous process. If you have never done web work, you will have a hard time understanding the details, so I won't to into it.

The BAD news: I decided I would change the theme ONE MORE TIME.

The even BADDER news: If it didn't work, TAG was going to lose another web master.

The MODERATELY BAD NEWS: I changed the theme. I was forced to rebuild the menu bar and the login bar on both templates. Then every page needed to be checked for theme inconsistencies. About an hour later, I had the main pages checked. Eventually I will get to the others.

The GOOD news: We no longer have orange text as a default.

So I am grateful for the nudge that caused me to try one more theme change. I DO like the new look.... mostly. But if you have comments such as "I don't like the new background color..." please understand that

  • The TAG website is built with an application that does NOT work like a word processor.
  • A membership website such as this must be hosted by a company
  • Our company does not have very good support for nonprofessional webmasters.
  • I am not a professional webmaster.
  • Constructive criticism of an unpaid volunteer should not include the words TERRIBLE or UNPROFESSIONAL.

Add First Friday poster to Home Page.

230524 THE DREADED Let's Encrypt SSL certificate issue

It was a technical issue that caused everyone who clicked on the PDF link to the newsletter to get a security warning. I didn't have time to deal with the problem until hours later. After a forty-minute wait on the "Help" chat, I got a message that they were working on it. Shortly after, members were able to get their newsletters.

This also brought up a matter of incorrect domain settings. As I write this on Thursday morning, these issues are still not resolved. How many hours are required of a volunteer webmaster in a two-day period? You don't really want to know....

230526 Added info about the Kilmer Bowls on the home page and added a Fundraiser page.

230530 Read a short article about "Branding" your website and added the logo on the orange_banner template and on the Open Studio template. I may just make a template for each of the main categories.... later....

230531. Add photos to the Open Studio page. Update the Class page. On the Home page, change the "What's Going On" column, the "Show" column, and the Artist of the month column. Delete the photo from the annual meeting.

Musings of An Ancient Webmaster:
The first month....

Day 1

Saturday, April 1. I  met with Cynthia Stotlar-Hedberg to try to figure out why the new logo was not working on the website.

The advertisements say the "anyone can do it." 

Perhaps we are not "anyone."

Day 12

Wednesday, April 12. Cynthia has spent hours and hours and hours going through all the training modules. I've done a few, and I am not impressed with the quality of the training materials.

The "support staff"  has changed our website theme and destroyed the old-fashioned printable calendar. We put that low on the list of priorities and discuss other plans for the website.

The new logo, designed by Sam Newcomb, looks really nice. The theme chosen by the "support staff" has orange text and it looks nice with the logo.

We have lots of ideas for the website. I'm excited and ready to jump into this new venture. Since I do have some experience with websites, Cynthia allows me to take the lead on the website. She'll be  doing the bigger job:  the monthly newsletter.

Day 13

Thursday, April 13. I  have a lot of fun playing with the web interface. There are a lot of fun things that can be done! I delete some old stuff, re-arrange the menus in a form that makes sense to me, and make changes that will probably bother some people.

Add about SIXTY images to the High School Artists page. The "Photo Gallery GADGET" is really easy to use!

 I add the "Meet Our Artists" page and a Discussion forum.

Day 14

Friday, April 14. I  play with some automated features and see some potential for errors. I send out an unclear email warning the others who have 'admin rights" and cause all kinds of confusion. I learn best by DOING.... but when the DOING involves a live website, one must DO things carefully.

Some people are confused. Some people are wondering why an unknown TAG member is sending out emails. 

Fortunately, no one fires the volunteer webmaster.

Day 15

Saturday, April 15. I've been trying to solve the "Calendar Problem."

I spent hours and hours trying.

Day 16

Sunday, April 16. I felt confident that I could fix "The Calendar Problem."

I couldn't.

Day 17

Monday, April 17. Added the History page, and linked a few old pages so that we don't lose information about older exhibits.

I tried contacting the "support staff." I waited over an hour, watching the queue of 18 people waiting for help slowly count down to zero. Then I spent 45 minutes trying to explain our problem, only to be told that we would need to hire a third party consultant to make the kind of calendar fixes we want.

I wrote a negative review of the hosting company.

I decided it would be best to hold on to it and cool down before posting.

Day 18

Tuesday, April 18. I continue to write a TAG webmaster manual, so no one else is ever forced to figure out this stuff using the help of "support staff" and "tutorials-that-maybe-worked-in-2018-but-don't-work-now."

Day 19

Wednesday, April 19. Cynthia is working on the monthly newsletter. I decide that I'll post both the traditional printable PDF that gets mailed each month and and HTML format that will be easier to scroll through on a phone or tablet.

It will be a good way to learn how to use the web interface.

Days 21-24


It's a long newsletter. TEN PAGES! Maybe it wasn't such a great idea to publish it in HTML... 

The PDF looks is colorful and beautiful. Yay Cynthia!

A LOT is going on at the TOPEKA ART GUILD!

Day 27

Thursday, April 27. Lin Fredericksen is the first person to send me her information for the "Meet Our Artists" page."

During the weekly Open Studio session, three TAG members experimented with alcohol ink . We took a picture for the website. I was able to post it right away. F-U-N! ! ! ! ! (It's on the "Meet Our Artists" page for now, but eventually I hope to have a page to report the events that occur during Open Studio.)

Day 23

Make a LOT of changes to the menu and the "About" pages. 
Easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

Add a site map and a search function.... but I don't find the search very accurate. NOTE TO SELF: do some research on this.

Day 28

Friday, April 28. I just fixed my first MAJOR ERROR:
I had the wrong date for the monthly member meeting.
Right on the Home Page.
About three lines down from the top.

Fortunately, the newsletter was correct. (You Go! Cynthia!)
Fortunately, the Events Calendar was correct. (Hurray for either Marie or Phyllis) 
Fortunately, some people made it to the meeting on Tuesday, April 25th.

Thanks to Dorethy Hancock for reporting the error. I wish I could promise that it will be the last....

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