by cdwise 28. September 2009 16:27

Most of you know that I’ve been avoiding writing in my blog while in the process of migrating this site over (I just didn’t want to have more stuff to migrate and keep in sync) but this new offer from Microsoft is worth going ahead and writing up (twice since I’ve already exported posts from here). Take a look at ScottGu’s blog

If you are a small company (even a SOHO as long as there are less than 10 folks at your company) for $100 payable when you leave the program (max participation is 3 years) you get licenses for Expression Studio 1), Expression Web (2), Visual Studio.NET Pro (not Standard), 4 cpus license for Windows Web Server, SQL Web and an ASP.NET web hosting control panel that you can use in production. (So if you want to host your own sites/colocate you have a production license for that server) plus a listing on the MS site for potential customers to find you.

Sweet deal, especially since you get support – 2 telephone support incidents, free training and what they are calling “managed newsgroups”. I’m particularly interested in that last one since to me that means there will be actual MS support personnel who are paid to respond to posts there.

Beyond the max of 10 employees of the company the only other requirement that I could find is that you have to add the url of a website you create using the products that come with WebsiteSpark within 6 months of your enrollment application being approved.

I’ve already signed up (and been approved and even have invite codes I can send out) so we’ll see what happens next.

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by cdwise 3. August 2009 22:39

  Okay, I'm trying to figure out if this will work as a replacement for community Server. So far I've been able to migrate most of the tutorials but I still have to set up redirects.


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Expression 3 Trials Now Available

by cdwise 23. July 2009 02:54

For those who don’t follow me on twitter I figured I better post here what I posted there a couple of hours ago: Expression Web 3 trial now available

The full studio as well as individual trials of all the programs are available at


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Meta Data

by cdwise 22. July 2009 23:14

Today in my Google Alert on web design topics I saw reference to a post that made me think how clueless some “so called” experts can be. There was a post that lead me to a thread where one of the “experts” was ranting

“If the external css file already exists, you don't have to worry about it. I created one for him and he doesn't change it. He used Dreamweaver in the past and it added style code in the head of the page that was not consistent with other pages and would override the external css files. We got annoyed with that. Microsoft Expressions is just another Front Page with extra files that are not necessary. I still edit his files in Notepad and they work fine.”

The person hasn’t a clue, especially since the issue I see in this comment isn’t the application whether Dreamweaver or Expression Web but in failing to educate the person about how to use CSS – both external stylesheets and when to use head section or even inline styles.

The reason people use a program like Dreamweaver or Expression Web is so that they are more productive. One really good example of this is that when you change the name or file path of a page, image or other file in the site all of the links in the site are updated to reflect this change without you having to do a find/replace (and make sure that what you do doesn’t mess up any document relative paths. To do this both of the programs use meta data. Neither will publish the meta data to your server by default.  If you don’t use meta data (which you can choose not to do but is a dumb thing to do) then those links won’t update. You lose the advantage of using DWTs (Dreamweaver Web Templates or Dynamic Web Templates depending on which program you are using) so why would you want to turn off meta data?

Oh and another reason to use Dreamweaver, Expression Web or TopStyle – you write the CSS and choose where it goes BUT you get code completion/intellisense and you don’t get typos like you do (if you are anything like me) with notepad. Think about it.


Web Design

July Live Meeting – v3

by cdwise 14. July 2009 01:41

On Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 10:30 CDT (-6GMT) we will be hosting a live meeting on Expression Web v3. During this live meeting I will have Expression Web 3 running and will answer questions on it and demo the new features.

If you submit questions in advanced they will have priority over questions asked during the meeting. Connect using the following information:

Meeting Details

Subject: Expression Web 3
Start Time: Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009 10:30 AM CDT
End Time: Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009 11:30 PM CDT

Join the meeting. (Attendee URL:

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Computer Audio
To use computer audio, you need speakers and microphone, or a headset.

First Time Users:
To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

Unable to join the meeting? Follow these steps:

1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:

2. Copy and paste the required information:
Meeting ID: 85BS9Z
Entry Code: pF]gkH8Qd

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support

Microsoft Office Live Meeting can be used to record meetings. By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.


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