ThielWx, Now An Award Winning Website!
Yes you read that title correct, the ThielWx site recently won an OU creaties, as one of two best student blog/portfolios on the OUCreate domain by the OU Office of Digital Learning. I actually nominated myself as a what if back in March, and forgot all about it until I got an email in late April saying that I had won, which was definitely a surprise! There’s a ton of awesome websites on the domain, and OUCreate makes it really easy to set up a website.
Funny story, this website is actually the SECOND version of the ThielWx website. Originally I had set up a free site on the wordpress platform (thielwx.wordpress.com), but found because it was free I didn’t have a lot of options in design or content. This fall I came across a site ran by Elizabeth Smith (http://ensmith.oucreate.com/) who is now a CIMMS post-doc, which is how I discovered the OUCreate domain. OUCreate is essentially free webspace for OU Students and Faculty, with the ability to install WordPress carrying expanded features that I couldn’t get before. Hence version two was created!
My past experience with websites is an interesting one. As an undergrad I jumped straight into a webmaster position for the atmospheric lab at Ohio University, Scalia Lab. The first year was definitely rough learning HTML, CSS, and a little Java on my own, but I was able to move the entire site off an old and unstable server, and onto one hosted by the physics department. After that things really took off when I was appointed for a second year, I made new products and design updates, increased security, rebuilt the AMS Chapter site from scratch, and helped a website-design company with the new wordpress site in use today, which debuted in July of 2018.
Wrapping it up, a big thank you to the Office of Digital Learning and John Stewart for setting up this award! If you are an OU student/faculty member interested in learning more about the OUCreate domain or anything website related, always feel free to let me know.
- https://scalialab.com/: Assisted in the building of current version. Created Technical Forecast, Climate Analysis, Hocking River, Winter Weather, Radar, and Satellite pages.
- https://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/ohiou/index.html: Built from two templates provided by W3Schools. Now a free, mobile friendly site that could be separated from the Scalia Lab site, and is hosted by the AMS.