I have upgraded my authoring tools to design and create content and present it to you with style. I will be better able to maintain content and share information about the genealogy of the Roll and allied families.
Composition: one letter at a time
BULLETIN. RootsWeb.com suffered an irretrievable data loss after a "hardware failure" an the end of March, 2016. Later, Ancestry.com revealed that it had also failed to make backups. What negligence! Another stain on Ancestry's reputation. Ancestry had promised to preserve Rootsweb forever. Rootsweb was back online after several weeks. When I tried to restore Windmill, it was not possible. Windmill's location, the subdomain "homepages," was exclusively for persons who had made financial contributions to the original Rootsweb project. Windmill is now located on a server at a commercial webhost.
The Old Roll Family Windmill
My first online presence with The Roll Family Windmill (Windmill) website was at America Online, which no longer offers web hosting. By about 1997 I discovered Rootsweb.com (Rootsweb) and moved the Windmill there. Rootsweb was and is a place to research, and also to display and store family history permanently for public viewing. When Ancestry.com acquired Rootsweb, they promised Rootsweb would remain free forever. Of course, absolutely nothing is forever, but I hope the Windmill will be there for a long time.
The New Roll Family Windmill
For a number of years I haven't made updates to the Windmill, because it is too large to continue maintaining with a plain text editor. Beginning in 2013, I was free to spend time on the project, so I looked for an application that would make the task of composing and updating web pages easier.
Most web pages you see on your browser do not exist until you ask for them. The different elements of the page are thrown together from different files on the server and sent to you. It's much like ordering dinner at a classy restaurant. The chef does not put your dinner together until you order it. Server-side technologies such as PHP (a hypertext preprocessor) and ASP.NET (dynamic webpage creator) are the internet chefs.
The Template for the Roll Family Windmill
The layout dimensions can be adjusted.
Software I used to Develop the Roll Family Windmill
Windows 10 operating system runs on the computers I use for web authoring.
Expression Web 4, described above, is available free of charge from Microsoft and is component of the discontinued Expression Studio. I use Expression Web 4 for general web authoring.
Corel PaintShop Photo Pro x7 (64-bit) is a raster and vector graphics editor I use to create and manipulate images.
WS_FTP Pro transfers files between my local computer and the remote server at Rootsweb.
XAMPP is a free and open source cross-platform web server solution stack package, consisting mainly of the Apache HTTP Server, MySQL database, and interpreters for scripts written in the PHP and Perl programming languages. This package is a wonderful way to test new features on my private network before uploading to The Roll Family Windmill.
HTML Validator, a Firefox browser extension, adds HTML validation to the page source display. Validation is done by Tidy and OpenSP. Using this is much easier than using Expression Web 4's buggy validator, for which there is no hope of repair.