Tumblr Pro

Having a good looking Tumblr will let your followers know that you mean business. The layout is important because you are mixing pictures and words throughout your page. Premium and free themes may exist that have the look and feel you want, but you just need to find them. There are plenty of themes you can pick and choose from if you please. Sometimes a theme will have just the structure you want, but it needs modification for the colors or branding you’d like to use.

If you know how to modify and replace graphics yourself, this can be easily done. The key difference that you must accept if you want to blog using Tumblr and not WordPress is that you won’t have the concept of “plug-ins” – they don’t exist on Tumblr. So anything “extra” added to a theme, will have to be added to your Tumblr theme code as raw code, meaning you should only then edit it if you know something about how to do it without erasing the style of your whole Tumblr. To import your HTML into your custom theme you will need to login and select the appropriate blog on the left sidebar inside the Settings section of the dashboard. Look for the Heading titled Theme and click the Customize button. And this can get very difficult, so make sure you look up how to HTML before hand.

When deciding on a URL, make sure it is a very easy to remember URL. You put it at the end of Tumblr dot com. If it’s easy, your followers will remember it, and it will make getting new users easy. Don’t use too many colors or different fonts. This could draw the unneeded attention to other parts of your layout that is not the main focus.

-RV

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Is Facebook Boring?

Why has Facebook looked almost the same throughout its existence? The blue header has been constant over the years, I guess you could say it’s their trademark. The blue and white F describes Facebook perfectly because they have been so popular. Eduardo Saverin, co-creator of Facebook, owns less than 10% of the company. But his net worth is more than I’ll ever make in my life time. His net worth is approximately $1.1 billion. I guess the creators of Facebook have done something right over the years. Facebook’s design has barely changed over the years. I think this is solely because it has worked and constantly brings in revenue.

Website designs shouldn’t change drastically because it could cause users to be unhappy and be lost. The Facebook design was pulled and then modified into the current version. The current version is more of a compromise. It has two sidebars to the experimental version’s one; its pictures are significantly smaller; and the search bar and other navigational tools (like the link to your profile) are much more prominent. Overall the current version is busier and less magazine-like than the experimental version. Either way, it’s a revealing look inside the design debate at Facebook. Facebook sees itself as needing to optimize its service for the lower-end, almost as if the social network were a utility (like Google Search) rather than a non-essential service (like, say, Netflix, which also won’t work well on low-end machines). Facebook values–or at least wants to be seen as valuing–access to everyone, over giving an optimal Facebook to the few.
Facebook Chat is on the right side and allows users to communicate to their friends instantly through a chat. Facebook has also now used video chat. Now you can video chat instantly to your friends through the Facebook page. Facebook will forever be popular.

-RV

Wanna be on my top 8? 16? 20?

HTML and MySpace

Who remembers copy and pasting HTML codes from websites into your MySpace profile to have cool backgrounds?  Well this used to be very popular when we all had MySpace and now most people don’t even know how to use HTML. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is written in the form of HTML elements consisting of tags enclosed in angle brackets. The purpose of a web browser is to read HTML documents and compose them into visible or audible web pages. The browser does not display the HTML tags, but uses the tags to interpret the content of the page. HTML describes the structure of a website semantically along with cues for presentation, making it a markup language rather than a programming language. HTML elements form the building blocks of all websites. HTML allows images and objects to be embedded and can be used to create interactive forms. It provides a means to create structured documents by denoting structural semantics for text such as headings, paragraphs, lists, links, quotes and other items. It can embed scripts written in languages such as JavaScript which affect the behavior of HTML web pages.

Inserting video links and songs onto your page was the newest and hip thing to do. But many have overlooked why they made it possible. The technology and code written is in depth and takes a good knowledge of how to write HTML code. I only personally know a few tricks and lines, but there are infinite things you can learn from writing HTML.

The top 8 debate was one of things that made or broke a friendship. I remember when MySpace made it an option to have more than 8 top friends. There was a way to make it up to 32. Now that’s a lot of code. I pressed ctrl-u while typing this blog, and there were more than 3600 lines of code alone. Talk about wow.

Congrats on reading this all the way through. Go Wizards!

-RV