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If you seen the New Alert Box posted recently, you would have seen a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run this web site. At the same time, there is a lot involved with maintaining all the social media sites, video and photo management, and hosting this site.

Thanks to social media and content management systems, this web site wouldn’t be easy to maintain. WordPress powers this site along with MySQL for database management and DreamHost who is our hosting provider. WordPress is a blogging management tool, also known as a content management system, that was designed to easily maintain a blog. It is easy to set up, easy to work with, and the hardest thing is providing content.

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Antonio Edward, IT

Plugins allows web masters of WordPress to add extensions and functionality of the site. This site has a few.

  • Alert Box which is hidden MOST of the time but is used to give alerts to changes in schedule or locations of our events.
  • Newsletter management powered by MailChimp.
  • Visitor counter, to count visits to our site. The count is at the bottom of each page.
  • Article counter, to count visits to each page. The count is at the bottom of each article.
  • Calendar, so we can have a dynamic calendar on the right side of articles and pages.
  • Contact form, so you can contact us without using an Email client.
  • Podcast management, so you can subscribe to our video and audio podcast on iTunes or any podcast device.
  • Social Media postings, so you can share our articles to your friends.
  • Comments, using Disqus and Facebook Comments.
  • YouTube, so we do not have to put drag on the performance of the servers. We actually have the ability to go LIVE on YouTube, but that will be in the future.

These tools allows us to concentrate on content.

Antonio Edward, web host, page designer, social media strategist, and Microsoft Office 365 administrator is constantly working on the web site, maintaining the social media pages, monitoring the podcast feed, and administering the Office 365 account for high efficiency and productivity so we can provide entertainment and performing arts to the San Marcos community.

Stay tuned, more to come.

New Alert Box

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From Antonio Edward:

The Summer in the Park concert this past Thursday had to be relocated indoors because of an approaching storm that may have spoiled our fun in the park. How do we let the general public know about changes in location, schedule, and notices? Social Media is a good way to stay updated, but not everyone uses social media. Most business websites have an alert box at the top of the page to warn, alert, and inform visitors of any changes. A good way to alert people is a header alert box like the one in the picture above. This will add one more feature to our site. When there is no alert, the box disappears.

To see a list of our social media sites, tap here.

I need your help! In the comments below, what color do you feel is best for alert boxes. Right now, I am using a bright yellow. Do you feel that the color is too bright, a more subtle yellow is better, or a different color. I will leave the alert box in the header for about 3 days (from Saturday night, July 19, 2014 until Tuesday night, July 22, 2014). Any feedback will be appreciated by commenting below. Thank you in advanced.

Antonio Edward
IT, Social Media Strategist, and Web Site Administrator for SMPAA

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Summer in the Park 2014 Sponsorship Fans

Introducing the Summer in the Park 2014 Sponsorship Fans. Make sure you pick one up while supplies last during the concert at the Information Booth.

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Summer in the Park 2014 Sponsorship Fans List:
Peter Baen Family
Joan Nagel & Tracey Weinberg
Mark Maia & Anna Boling
Ted & Frances Breihan
Michael & Charlotte Caldwell
Christabel & David Jorgenson
Wilbon & Ginger Davis
Kim Jorgenson & Grant Mazak
Mary & Michael Price
Judy & Randall Aswell
Anna Boling
Shirley Robinson (Hill Country Humidor)
John David Carson & Sarah Simpson
Embassy Suites
2 Muses Fusing (Elissa Beach)
Yvette & Mike Foster
Christa & David Jorgensen
Gary S Pack
Jane G Hughson
Marsha Moore
Connie & Winston Haun
Victoria & Mark Lambdin
Mary & Michael Price
Charlotte & Mike Caldwell

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Summer in the Park 2013 Sponsorship Fans

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