Airset; it's Free!

Building “fast and dirty” web publishing solutions has been exercising me of late. At the Paddock we invested in a lovely website; looks good, shows off who we are and what we have done, (www.paddockproductions.org.uk). It is professionally produced and maintained by a great local web designer, external to our company. I guess this is a common set up for many small firms.

We do a lot of work with emphasis on community projects & one-off participatory events. When we embark on a new project or event, we have a real need to have an online presence that is a fast, direct and convenient tool for us to relay and share information with potential audience & project participants. Aside from the cost of paying our web-mistress to keep content updated, I’m continually frustrated with the inevitable time delay of sending copy and images to update our site.

The time lag really bothers me.

In the fast moving environment of theatre or events, an ability to update and publish changing content quickly is important.

I decided I wanted to create project "micro-sites". assessable from our main web presence, but acting as a hub for our immediate project needs. Once the project has finished all the "good stuff" we upload to the micro-site will get re-edited and re-formatted into our main site. The main site becomes our permanent glossy archive / “brochure”, with sign posts to our “dynamic” ( I hope!) project pages.

I could have just used iWeb on my mac, or RapidWeaver that I use for my personal site. Crucially however I want a solution that puts the application "in the cloud" so that my colleagues can also update and upload new information as and when the need arises at a time and place that suits them, usieng software not located on any one machine.

I considered, and have used in the past, google sites. I find them OK as far as they go, but I don't much like the pre-packaged templates. I read loads of press about CMS options ( that I don't really understand!), and found I don't have the patience, or the desire to learn a whole new package like Wordpress, joomla, tumblr etc.

I've been using Airset primarily as a calendar app to run my life for some time now. The recent redesign came at a time that I was mulling over my web based options, and I have spent the last few weeks seeing if I can make the Web Publish application that is part of this incredible online suite of tools fit my needs.

So far, so good. Thats not to say I haven't had problems and issues, but, praise where praise is due, the Aiset team have quickly been answering my questions and giving real customer support.....another deciding factor for me. Whilst I might grumble about "counter intuitive design" and too much clicking to achieve "simple" things, I think it outstanding that a non-techie person like me can actually do so much within Airset.....and all for free!

In summary, a combination of no cost, immediate editing, multiple editors, and superlative customer support have made Airset Web Publish a really good choice for me.

I hope this little bit of feedback helps others in coming to grips with the minefield of web publishing options.
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Calendars and organisational stuff.

I have taken down the calendar pages, pending a re-think on how I want to publish my diary information.

Having become addicted to the Trumba.com site they decided to make it a pay service, so I have withdrawn my custom! I am now in the process of looking for a suitable alternative and playing around with embedding my dates here on the site.

I have discovered the fantastic Remember the Milk site however. If like me you like you to do lists on line this site is a really good way of keeping it in one place and has a great interface for mobiles. And of course there is the ever reliable Backpack for lists and project planning.
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Ive added a BackPack Link

BackPack, I just love it! Click the badge in the sidebar of my intro page to find out more. Along with trumba it a great organisational tool, especially for collaborating on shows and projects.

If you decide to join please consider doing so by clicking through my intro page , or here as this earns me some cash towards my monthly subscription!
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Calendar Page now added

Ive now added my availability diary to the site using a combination of my iCal application on my Mac, iCalPublish a very good way to get your calendars out there, and the excellent trumba site.

Do let me know if it all works, and any comments pro or con would be welcome
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New Website

Thanks for taking the time to have a look around my little web site. Built with my own fair hand in a few hours using the marvellous RapidWeaver 3.5 software from Realmac software . I haven't had a web presence for years and this software made the process as straight forward as typing a letter.

Ill hopefully add more photos and a my availability calendar in the near future. Im also planning on adapting my old lecture notes as a free resource for any would be stage managers out there.

Please feel free to comment with ideas and thoughts on how best to develop my little portion of the Interfret
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