Into the New Year
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 09:44
- Written by Webmaster
What is LohseWorks?
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2012 09:35
- Written by Don Lohse
LohseWorks is the electronic home of author Joyce Lohse and technologist Don Lohse. Both have years of professional experience in their respective areas of expertise, and can provide services to a broad range of individuals and companies.
Joyce is an author of seven books (several of them award winning), an experienced and well-known presenter of Western history and genealogy topics, and has provided pre-publishing services to other authors.
Don has over twenty years of experience in electronic and print publishing, computer hardware and software, as well as providing technical education to large and small groups.
Joyce and Don are a complementary combination of right and left brain skills, making LohseWorks a prime source of information and consultation.
Building the Website
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2011 09:15
- Written by Webmaster
I had never built a website before, and I wanted the site to be up-to-date in terms of technology, so that meant, for example, no frames or tables (unless absolutely no other option), no hardcoding HTML, and using Cascading Style Sheets. I was also hoping not to explode my head since I had to learn Joomla!, HTML, CSS, and all the other web technologies I might need to use, and how everything worked together. How to begin . . .
After a lot of research, I chose to build LohseWorks.com on the foundation of Joomla! open-source content management software. Joomla! uses MySQL database software to hold all the content, and along with the Apache HTTP Server and PHP, dynamically creates the web pages when the user clicks on a menu or link. All the content created for pages is done in Joomla! using either a WYSIWYG text editor or a HTML editor. Joomla! has a large number of users around the world, and an active group of independent developers who create add-on extensions that greatly expand the capabilities of websites built with Joomla! All of the add-on software I have used is open-source, so it it essentially free to use. All of the developers accept donations to support their work. In addition to the core software, this website utilizes the following 3rd party products:
For the front end (what the user sees)
The wonderful AllRounder page template by Juergen Koller at LernVid.com
Single image placement on the Home page and others is done using Simple Image Holder.
The rotating book cover display uses the Ari Soft Cloud Carousel.
The image viewer for the Hubble pictures is the Ari Soft Image Slider
The "Contacting Us" page was done with Fox Contact Form
For all the weather related content, I used eWeather, which gets data from The Weather Channel.
The "Order from LohseWorks" form was created using the Custom HTML Advanced module.
"Find Joyce on Facebook" uses Find Us On Facebook but was modified a bit to replace "us" with Joyce.
The "Life is hard" quotes come from a www.brainyquote.com rss feed.
For the administrator back end (what helps me build and maintain the site).
The main core software is Joomla! 1.6.4, and it has a lot of features built in.
Gathering site usage statistics is done by j4age.
To create and edit text content, JCE is my WYSIWYG editor
Site backup (I did this every day during construction!) is done using Akeeba Backup.
Creating and sending newsletters is accomplished with AccyMailing.
I evaluated a lot of software while building this site. Did I make the perfect choices? I am sure some might disagree with my choices or how I designed the site. That's fine with me, since I encourage anyone to use Joomla! or a similar software to build their own site any way they would like. If you have questions about what you see, drop the webmaster a mail.
Joyce's New Articles
- Last Updated on Saturday, 19 May 2012 09:44
- Written by Webmaster
The April 2012 issue of The Writer (their 125th Anniversary issue) contains an article by Joyce B. Lohse entitled "10 Reasons You Can Attend a Writing Conference". The article appears on pages 28-29. Read more about this publication at: www.WriterMag.com.
Also, watch for Joyce's article, "Leadville's Favorite Unsinkable Titanic Survivor" in the April issue of Colorado Central magazine. Learn more about Colorado Central at: www.cozine.com.
Joyce wins Silver WILLA Award
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 14:07
- Written by Joyce Lohse
Women Writing the West, a national non-profit writers’ organization, announced winners of their annual WILLA Literary Awards this week. Centennial, Colorado author, Joyce B. Lohse, was honored to receive the Scholarly Nonfiction Finalist Award for her biography, Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen, published by Filter Press in 2011.
WILLA awards will be presented during celebrations at the Women Writing the West annual conference. This year, the conference is scheduled for October 19-21, 2012, and will be held at the Hotel Albuquerque in New Mexico.
Lohse, a longtime member and administrator for Women Writing the West, is thrilled and honored by the prestigious award, which is highly regarded in the writing community. She quipped that Baby Doe Tabor loved silver, and would be pleased with the new silver award emblem on the cover of her book, which also received the gold award from the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association EVVY award for Best Biography earlier in 2012.
2012 WILLA Winners and Finalists:
Winner: "Wrecker: A Novel" by Summer Wood
Finalist: "Fracture" by Susan Cummins Miller
Finalist: "Seance in Sepia" by Michelle Black
Winner: "Rightful Place" by Amy Hale Auker
Finalist: "Light on the Devils: Coming of Age on the Klamath" by Louise Wagenknecht
Finalist: "Bull Canyon: A Boat Builder, A Writer, and Other Wildlife" by Lin Pardey
Winner: "Recollecting: Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands", edited by Sarah Carter and Patricia McCormack
Finalist: "Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen" by Joyce B. Lohse
Winner: "The Bride's House" by Sandra Dallas
Finalist: "Mercury's Rise" by Ann Parker
Finalist: "A Race to Splendor" by Ciji Ware
Winner: "Married Into It" by Patricia Frolander
Finalist: "The Singing Bowl" by Joan Logghe
Finalist: "Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet" by Linda M. Hasselstrom and Twyla M. Hansen
ORIGINAL SOFTCOVER FICTION
Winner: "The American Cafe" by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe
Finalist: "Captive Trail" by Susan Page Davis
Finalist: "Unbridled" by Tammy Hinton
CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION AND NONFICTION
Winner: "The Year We Were Famous" by Carole Estby Dagg
Finalist: "Forgiven" by Janet Fox
Finalist: "A Book for Black-Eyed Susan" by Judy Young