Attempting recognition

Why do firms, companies or other organisations create a website ? Most of them do not provided webbased services, so a direct ‘client – company’ connection can’t be made ! But still each and everyone of them would love to be ‘online’…

So why are they so eager to commit a part of there communication budget to the internet ? Well mainly to get a face, to get some recognition for the small part they ( could ) play in our day to day life !

Does it work ? Most of the time, I would think that it does… a good visual campaign helps people decide if they should apply their money to the companies service or trade ! I do most of my ‘window shopping’ online, so it makes a difference !

But it isn’t always easy to set up the correct architecture to have the rigth impact ! There is that ‘budget’ factor that has to be incorporated, it draws an invisible wall and sets the maximum reach.

Let me illustrate with a real life example, that involves my own little me 😉 !

I’m a proud member of the WingTsjun organistation, headquarters based in Germany, but with several schools around the world !
So assume you would be looking to have a go at this type of martial art, what would you do ? Well, a good guess would be to search the internet to find a school near to your own current location !

So you would most likely be expecting following thing :

  • A site for your own country ( if possible translated )
  • An overview of all schools ( sorted per region ) for the given country
  • A good information page of the current training hours and location
  • Overall information regarding the style, the teachers, the school infrastructure, etc…

But creating these items, involves manual labour, money and time ! Our current solution offers most of the expected items, but there is still room for improvement ( remember that invisible wall 😉 )…

We currently provide a specific translated site for each country, but they are not home based ! Meaning, not a domain URL for each country… let me be frank here, when I really want to find a website about some firm I need to locate, I use my country specific Google search engine !! So a country specific domain name would make sense !

But does this mean we don’t target the right people now ? No, that isn’t the problem… but the audiance could get bigger by changing some of the current architecture !
Does it mean we have a wrong architecture now ? No, we just have a different approach and use a central starting point, hereby creating a feeling of ‘one’ ! Coming out and saying, ‘we are a team’, not seperate groups…

So sometimes the corporate slogan could have an impact on the outline of the architectural design.

Currently it just fascinates me how I can look at the current end result and wonder why some choices were made and what could change… it just helps me decide for future projects !

Disable Theming and StyleSheet theme for one specific page in Asp.Net 2.0

I recently started using the new Theming features of asp.net 2.0 and I have to say it works like a charm !
Just putting one line inside the Web.Config file to enable a theme and change the look of the complete website is just fabulous…

But what to do when you want to disable everything for one page ? I searched the internet for a solution but found none ( maybe I didn’t look very good ? 😉 ) !

I know there are 2 page directives that help setting the themes, but to disable them I only found one !

<%@ Page Language="C#" Theme="OrangeTheme" StyleSheetTheme="GreenTheme" %>
<%@ Page Language="C#" EnableTheming="false" %>

But the EnableTheming will only effect the choosen theme and will not effect the StyleSheet theme !!

Even our friend the intellisence didn’t offer me any clues… When you type Theme=”, it will show you a list of available themes, so you can choose one from it.

So I was stuck and needed this feature for the default.aspx page of a small website I was building. But like many other solutions, this one also came by accident !

When I was trying every combination of theme and stylesheet, I just ( for the fun of it ) entered 2 empty string sequences, to see what the result would be… And tadaaaaa, what did I get, a default.aspx page ‘without a theme and stylesheet theme’ !!!

So people when you want NO theme and NO stylesheet theme just use following code :

<%@ Page Language="C#" Theme="" StyleSheetTheme="" %>