Easter Salad Recipe

kleinermann web design wishes a Happy Easter to all it’s clients. Enjoy the long weekend with family, friends  and good food!

If you’re running out of ideas for recipes, have a look at www.lovemysalad.com for daily inspirations. Todays Salad Of The Day:

Panzanella with tricolor lettuce

The recipe for this delicious Italian bread salad is brought to you by Restaurant Rossio in Delft, the Netherlands. Happy Easter!

Ingredients

  • 1 fancy or Salanova lettuce head, preferably with bi-color leaves (or use a quality lettuce salad mix)
  • 20 cherry tomatoes (preferable super sweet honey cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 hands of basil
  • 1 hand of black olives, pitted
  • Firm ‘continental style’ bread for the croutons
  • Parmesan cheese

Dressing Ingredients

  • Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Pepper and salt
  • Preparation

Cut the bread in cubes, sprinkle them with a little bit of sugar and place them in a pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes (190 degrees)
Cut the leaves of the lettuce
Cut the cherry tomatoes
Cut the onion in thin rings
Add the basil leaves , do not cut them
Mix the ingredients in a bowl
Flavor with some oil and vinegar
The taste of vinegar should be really there, may taste a bit sour
Sprinkle with a bit of pepper, salt and grated Parmesan
You can use a peeler to create nice grated Parmesan
Mix the croutons through the salad

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How to Write Good Copy For the Web

Good web writing keeps users interested in what you have to offer, and is one of the determining factors in their decision to use your product. Most importantly, it will also determine whether they come back to your site.

Therefore, it’s important to know how to write good copy for the web and what pitfalls to avoid.

The first thing to consider is that the majority of people don’t read web content word for word. Instead, they scan; picking out individual words and sentences.

So, if you’re going to write copy that you want web users to pay attention to, you’ll need to write scannable text.

There are a few simple ways to do this:

  • Highlight your key words
  • Use meaningful sub-headings
  • Use bulleted lists
  • Only one idea per paragraph
  • Start with the conclusion (this is the “inverted pyramid” style of writing)
  • Keep your word count to half or less than if you were writing conventional copy
  • Where appropriate, use some high-quality graphics
  • Don’t use boastful language or subjective claims
  • Make sure your writing is polished and error-free
  • Web users are busy – they want to get the straight facts, so stay concise and stick to the point.
  • Credibility is key when writing good web copy, so don’t be afraid to use external hyperlinks – they show the reader you’re not afraid to reference your sources, even if it means leading them to other sites.

Good web writing is key to your site’s success. The use of scannable text as opposed to conventional writing can be a very effective way to ensure users will pay attention to what you have to say.

Add a custom menu in Drupal 6

Basic Menu

There are three default menus available in a fresh Drupal installation.

  • Primary links – Often used to present the main sections of the website, for example as tabs along the top
  • Secondary links – Often used for pages like legal notices and contact details along the bottom
  • Navigation – Often only visible for authenticated users, showing personalised links

These can be renamed, restructured and redesigned. For details on how to set up the basic menu structure of your Drupal website please see here: https://drupal.org/documentation/modules/menu

Custom Menu

In order to add a custom menu to your theme there are three steps to complete:

  • Create a new menu
  • Add the new menu to the theme’s template.php file
  • Call for the menu

All three steps are described in detail below.

Create a new menu:

Go to the administer page https://www.yoursite.com/admin and click on the menu link

Then click on the “Add menu” link

Give you new menu a machine-readable name, in my example it will be “custom”. You can choose your own. But remember the name for later. When you are finished, click save.

Now you can add some items to the list. If you don’t know how to do this, refer to the instructions here: https://drupal.org/documentation/modules/menu

Add the new menu to the theme’s template.php file
Find the template.php file within your theme folder (Themes are located in sites ‘/all/themes/’, in case there is no template file just create an empty file called template.php and place it in your themes root folder ‘sites/all/themes/yourtheme’).

Add the following lines below the last line in the document:

 

  • Replace “yourtheme” with the name of your theme (the name of your theme can be found here: https://www.yoursite.com/admin/build/themes).
  • Replace the two appearances of “custom” with the name of your menu

Call for the menu

Now, after we have created the theme in Drupal, and registered it in the theme, we have to let Drupal know where we want to show the menu on the website. This can be done by placing the following code snipped in a .tpl (example: node.tpl.php) file in your theme:

	

Now the menu shows up in the location you have chosen. If not, check if the names of your theme and your menu are correct (case sensitive). If it still doesn’t work, you may need to customise the code a little depending on your theme. See your themes documentation for more details or contact the theme developer. Or if you like, drop me a line below.

How To Put A Facebook Like Box On My Website

What can i do with the Facebook Like Box?

Given that you have previously set up a Facebook page to promote your business or project through Facebook, you can now show everybody how popular it is by connecting your website with your Facebook page. This is done by placing a box with people that like your Facebook page on your website.

How to place a Facebook Like Box on my website?

That’s very easy! The first thing you need to do is to go to the plugins section on the Facebook Developers pages: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/

There are currently a number of different plugins available, including “Like Button”, “Activity feed”, “Registration”, etc. You might find some of them being worth a closer look. But what we are looking for now is the “Like Box” plugin:https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like-box/

You can change some settings like the width of the box or whether to show a header or not, and then click the button “Get Code”. Just copy the iframe code (you don’t need the XFBML code in most cases).

The code looks like something like this:


Now you need to paste this code wherever you’d like the box to appear on your website.

Here are some common examples:

WordPress And The Facebook Like Box
Go to the backend area and click on the “Appearance” button in the left hand menu. Then select “Widgets”. Here you need to drag a new “Text” widget into the area on the right hand side were you’d like the box to appear.

The description of the areas varies, depeding on the theme you’re using for your WordPress blog/ website. But commonly this would be either the First or Second Sidebar, Left or Right Sidebar, Primary or Secondary. Then paste the iframe code in the text widget and save. That’s it.

Drual And The Facebook Like Box
Go to the backend area and find the “Administer” page, usually accessible via a menu in the sidebar. On the administer page you need to look for the “Block” link. If you can’t find it this way, look around a little or ask the website administrator. Drupal websites can vary in structure and design.

On the “Block” page, find and click the “Add Block” button. Here you need to give the block a title, insert the iframe code into the block body and choose “Full HTML” from the input formats list below the block body. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and save.

Now the new block appears in the “Disabled” section of the list. You need to place the new block in the region you would the Facebook Page Box to appear, usually this would be one of the sidebars.

Save and done.

General HTML Website
If you have a simple html website, just paste the code in your html file in the appropriate location, which will be somewhere between the opening < body > tag and the closing < /body > tag.

Customising The Facebook Like Box
To change the look of the box you can change the following attributes within the iframe code:

href – the URL of the Facebook Page for this Like Box
width – the width of the plugin in pixels. Default width: 300px.
height – the height of the plugin in pixels. The default height varies based on number of faces to display, and whether the stream is displayed. With the stream displayed, and 10 faces the default height is 556px. With no faces, and no stream the default height is 63px.
colorscheme – the color scheme for the plugin. Options: ‘light’, ‘dark’
show_faces – specifies whether or not to display profile photos in the plugin. Default value: true.
stream – specifies whether to display a stream of the latest posts from the Page’s wall
header – specifies whether to display the Facebook header at the top of the plugin.





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