eBooks: iBooks Author or Pages

I am a big fan of eBooks. I have many eBooks in formats other than .epub so I wanted to convert them into the proper eBook format – ePub. How difficult can it be? It turns out that its easy to make your own eBooks as long as you know the basic rules and tools.

Tools to use:

Notes on the tools:

  • iBooks is an eBook reader. It’s not a perfect software but it enables me to read everywhere and from any of my iOS devices. The main feature that I enjoy the most is that I can read a book on one device and continue reading on another device in anther room, at exactly the page I was on last.
  • TextWrangler to me is equivalent to Notepad++, a text tool that recognise a lot of syntax from programming languages. I even use it to write instead of Word.

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Publish Razor to GoDaddy via Visual Studio

It’s not difficult to find a few discussion forums on How to Publish Razor to GoDaddy via Visual Studio 2013 on Google. In this post, I will attempt to write down my own experiences and summarise some issues that I’ve encountered:

Tools to use:

  1. GoDaddy Windows (Plesk) shared hosting account that supports .Net 4.0
  2. Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Enterprise

Publish an Razor Website:

If all goes well, its really straight forward:

  1. Login GoDaddy gateway godaddy-login
  2. Click on the “manage” button on the site you want to work ongodaddymanage1
  3. On the dashboard (if you do not see any items on the dashboard, click on a small button in the middle that says “show more”), then click on the link Web Deploy Publishing Settingswebdeploypublsihprofile
  4. It should prompt you to download a file. Save the file to local drive where your Visual Studio lives.
  5. Right click on your website project name in Visual Studio and click on “publish website”
  6. Chose to deploy it to website
  7. Browse to the file that was downloaded in step 4. This should automatically pre-fill all the information you need to publish the website.
  8. Click next then next again or just click on “publish”.

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