Wikimedia Foundation thinks I am wonderful

I visited the Wikimedia Foundation the other day to look up a reference. At the top of the screen was a yellow banner asking for a donation and it said “if everyone using Wikimedia gave £3 then we would be done in an hour”. Wikimedia do not have ads, however they do have costs, its all done by donation. I can afford £3, how about you? How many times have you used Wikimedia?

When I had done donating easily through PayPal, I got the *below email.

Its Christmas, spread a little karma and do your good deed for the day.

Happy Christmas everyone



*”Dear Tina,

Thank you for donating to the Wikimedia Foundation. You are wonderful!

It’s easy to ignore our fundraising banners, and I’m really glad you didn’t. This is how Wikipedia pays its bills — people like you giving us money, so we can keep the site freely available for everyone around the world.

People tell me they donate to Wikipedia because they find it useful, and they trust it because even though it’s not perfect, they know it’s written for them. Wikipedia isn’t meant to advance somebody’s PR agenda or push a particular ideology, or to persuade you to believe something that’s not true. We aim to tell the truth, and we can do that because of you. The fact that you fund the site keeps us independent and able to deliver what you need and want from Wikipedia. Exactly as it should be.

You should know: your donation isn’t just covering your own costs. The average donor is paying for his or her own use of Wikipedia, plus the costs of hundreds of other people. Your donation keeps Wikipedia available for an ambitious kid in Bangalore who’s teaching herself computer programming. A middle-aged homemaker in Vienna who’s just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A novelist researching 1850s Britain. A 10-year-old in San Salvador who’s just discovered Carl Sagan.

On behalf of those people, and the half-billion other readers of Wikipedia and its sister sites and projects, I thank you for joining us in our effort to make the sum of all human knowledge available for everyone. Your donation makes the world a better place. Thank you.

Most people don’t know Wikipedia’s run by a non-profit. Please consider sharing this e-mail with a few of your friends to encourage them to donate too. And if you’re interested, you should try adding some new information to Wikipedia. If you see a typo or other small mistake, please fix it, and if you find something missing, please add it. There are resources that can help you get started. Don’t worry about making a mistake: that’s normal when people first start editing and if it happens, other Wikipedians will be happy to fix it for you.

I appreciate your trust in us, and I promise you we’ll use your money well.



Sue Gardner
Executive Director,
Wikimedia Foundation

For your records: Your donation on 2012-12-13 was GBP 3.00.

You can follow us on Twitter, or Google+, like us on Facebook and read our blog. Here is the Wikimedia Foundation annual report for 2010-11, the Wikimedia Foundation annual plan for 2012-13 and the Wikimedia Foundation’s five-year strategic plan. You can also now buy Wikipedia merchandise at”

jQuery snippets in Expression Web v4 sp2 should be updated

jQuery snippets in Expression Web v4 sp2

Update jQuery Scripts in Snippets Panel

In the Snippets Panel which can be accessed under Panels on the menu, if you scroll down to jQuery – General you can update the outdated scripts.

Ian Haynes Microsoft MVP – Expression Web outlines the new scripts and where you can get them in his JQuery Snippets in Expression 4 can be updated post at Microsoft Expression Web Forum



Expression Web Facebook Group

We have just started a new Expression Web group on Facebook for those of you on Facebook.

Now more than ever its prudently financial to ‘do it yourself’, so the more you learn about Expression Web and web design in general for your business the better off you are.

Lately all Expression Web and design groups don’t seem to be attracting the questions they once did, however, there are still the same amount of people out there struggling to find help with the things they need to do.

Maintaining your site is more than learning how to use Expression Web, it’s about social media, SEO (search engine optimisation), accessibility and marketing plus much more.

So if you are on Facebook come join the new group, the more diverse the help you find in the subjects you are interested the better, so belonging to more than one group is the best way forward.

Come join us at

Tina and Pat




Expression Web Toolbar Pinterest

Expression Web Toolbar has just been updated (9th July 2012) with new links for the following:

  • Expression Web
  • Expression Blend
  • Expression Encoder
  • Expression Design
  • Web Design

We have also added a new button for Pinterest called ‘Pin it’. Its a bookmarklet that lets you pin things you want to share and organise.

Soon we will have collections to complement the Expression Web Toolbar in Pinterest, providing another free resource for Expression Web users, we find resources so you don’t have to!

Do you have tutorial or tip, or know of a great resource that deserves to be shouted about? Then please let us know.

Can find information on something you need to know how to do? Then please ask us.

New Free Content First Equal Height Expression Web Site Templates

With Christmas on the horizon, we have decided to gift the Expression Web community just that little bit early and help you prepare your websites all that little bit better for SEO and so increase your sales.

We now have Seven new  FREE Content First Equal Height Expression Web Site Templates available for you to download and use under Creative Commons Licence by the owners Tina Clarke and Pat Geary.

At this time we are only offering them from our FrontPage to Expression website. These Site Templates are for Intermediate and Advanced users only. Newbies might have problems coping with the restrictions caused by display issues due to how Expression Web (also FrontPage and SharePoint Designer 2007) cope with negative margins. Once you understand the restrictions the Site Templates are easy enough to work with.

Why should I bother with Content First Site Templates?

Simply SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and Accessbility are good enough reasons to perservere with the restrictions Expression Web puts on working with the Site Templates.

Presenting your CONTENT first (In the code) to the search engine increases your overall seo potential. Accessbility wise it means screen readers can get straight to the content.

What layouts are the Site Templates available in?

  • One column with top navigation, header, and footer
  • Two column with right sidebar, top navigation, header, and footer
  • Two column with left sidebar, top navigation, header, and footer
  • Three column with left and right sidebar, top navigation, header, and footer

One and Two column Site Templates are available in Liquid and Fixed (1024px) layouts
Three column Site Template is only available a Fixed 1024px layout because of restrictions with coding.

The Site Templates are available for download as either a Web Package or a Zipped Web.
There are FULL instructions on How to Work with Content First Site Templates

If you use one of the templates please email us and let us know your link and your experiance with the Site Template we will feature your link on the content first site template page if you do.

If you like these Site Templates you might like to know about our other Site Templates which are also equally Free.

Our Original 12 Site Templates and our 5 Equal height Site Templates

What is the difference between an ordinary template and a Site Template in Expression Web?

Templates can be used in any application and you have install them within your web. Site Templates are downloaded DIRECTLY into Expression WEB itself so that they are right to hand when you need them, no messing about looking for where you download the latest template, simply use the menu in Expression Web for direct access along side the Expression Web own’s generic Site Templates.

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Ebook v 4.0.2

New Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web 4.0.2 EBook

With the advent of Service Packs 1 and 2 for Expression Web 4.0 we have now updated our Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web EBook to reflect this. Inline with the numbering of EW our version number of the eBook is now v4.02.

We have not only updated the eBook, and appended three new tutorials we have also included Three NEW DWT templates for your use.

Plus EBook owners will now have available to them SIX Regular Expression Query bundles. These normally sell for small amounts at Any Expression Web Designs


Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Ebook Sale

With the advent of Service Packs 1 and 2 for Expression Web 4.0 this called for a major revision of our;

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Ebook

So in honour of this we have today launched a new sale at the lowest ever price we have sold the ebook. $20 giving you a discount of $9 on our usual standard price.

You may not know but we have always offered Free updates to ebook owners of the next version of the ebook. So if you buy the ebook NOW, whilst the sale is on, when our revision is published you will be entitled to get the new version free of charge and any further updates too.

What else do you get apart from the ebook?

There are three new templates, plus  new collection of Expression Web queries. All designed to make your life easier. There has never been a better time to upgrade from FrontPage to Expression Web so why not start now and

BUY the Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Ebook at the sale price of $20

Prerequisites for Using Microsoft Expression Web

Microsoft has written a small FAQ page entitled, Prerequisites for Using Microsoft Expression Web all the better to inform you of the leap from FrontPage to Expression Web, especially as we move further and further away from the older versions of FrontPage that many still use, and specifically the bots. The Prerequisites are repeated below with some further explanations.

Q. “Is Expression Web a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) tool?”

CSS pseudo-element styles are used to add special effects to selectors and these cannot be seen in Design View, however it is easy enough to preview in the browser with Expression Web and if you want to fine tune there is always SuperPreview.

Q. “Is Expression Web the same as Microsoft FrontPage? Is it a replacement for FrontPage?”

Expression Web is the successor to FrontPage rather than a replacement and well, it all depends on HOW you used FrontPage. If you didn’t use any of the bots or very little then the transition will be much easier for you. However, many of the fundamentals of the menus and toolbars from FrontPage are still with us even if they are in different locations. One of the bots DOES remain with us, that is Page Includes and they are special case. If you want to Migrate from FrontPage to Expression Web our handy ebook walks you through the process.

Q. “Can I use FrontPage Server Extensions and still get point-and-click design elements without learning new design technologies?”

I personally dropped FrontPage Bots many years ago, as soon as I understood the power of Page Includes which led me to want better things of the program. However, I always had a great deal of trouble with using FTP in FrontPage and other third party clients. (Until I encountered – which is a free FTP program). So I continued to use fpse for the ease of use that publishing with http gave me. When I first got EW however and discovered I could use FTP in Expression Web and STILL work live, I dropped the fpse. There are some restrictions on working with a DWT based site live, however I get around that by working on the local site and then ftping the site back to the server, even if I have to download the site firstly. (It depends on whose site I am working on.)

Q. “What skills do I need in order to use Expression Web? Do I need to be a professional Web designer?

In my opinion, Expression Web is a great teacher and if you set Expression Web up correctly it will TEACH you as you work. Then you just need to think of what you can replace the bots you used to use with new technology. There is plenty of help and advice on the net. You do not need to be a professional Web Designer, far from it. What you do need to do is focus on the help you receive from not only within the programme. The Help is a great source of information, but the tutorials and eBook’s and videos that are available from Microsoft and the wider Expression Web community, many of which are free.

Q. “How can I acquire the skills I need to use Expression Web?”

The Microsoft article goes onto list some resources, which I have replicated below and added a few of my own.