Managing Content

Through the years I have learned a lot about HTML, CSS, Javascript and jQuery. And I've applied them all to front-end designs for web pages, web applications and portal pages and articles.

(You can see a lot of examples by clicking the links on the right side of my regular site: www.robertjcoe.com)

I have always been interested in using a content management system to control my sites.

At my job at Nielsen Audio (formerly Arbitron) we use a content management system (Liferay) for our customer portal. It's great for me because I can design components and articles for it, I can choose when to have content appear and disappear, and I can add content from anywhere I have an internet connection, from a computer, tablet or phone.

But because I am the front end guy, I don't have access to the back end to change structures and templates. I change the user interface by overriding the standard design and layout with CSS and Javascript. The resulting code can get pretty convoluted and ugly.

This site is built with Joomla 2.5. Using Joomla, and controlling my own web space I have the opportunity to mess with the structure. Using a lot of great online explanations and one book, I learned how to create the template from the ground up, then control look and feel with CSS and Javascript. Slowly I'm getting the hang of it.

As I learn new things I'll try to post them here. Hopefully I'll also be posting even more experiments as I research different ways of visual communication via  design, UI, UX, photography, typography and illustration.

Stay tuned!

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