New site on spiritual education

Northern Virginia parents and children alike have a new valuable resource dedicated to spiritual education based on the Baha’i Writings:

Spiritual-Education.net

The site features a beautiful Sakura theme of WordPress and quotes Baha’u’llah’s famous words:

“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.” – Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 260

And a beautiful new site for the Baha’is of Bulgaria

Bulgarian Baha'i websiteNickolai has outdone himself once again. This silent hero who introduced me to Dreamweaver way back in 1998 and has labored steadfastly on translating Baha’u’llah’s Writings into Bulgarian and establishing the first Baha’i website in Bulgarian has launched a beautiful new Bulgarian Baha’i website!

The content is based on “The Baha’is” publication and seems to be built on the Joomla content management system. That should free the hands of the small but enthusiastic Baha’i community of Bulgaria to do what it does the best — sharing with its compatriots the healing message of Baha’u’llah!

New Firefox and newly redesigned Baha’i Prayers site

Baha'i PrayersI just installed the new Firefox 3.0 and it is indeed very fast. I still need to get used to the changes but this is nothing new when you use new software.

What I am more excited is that the website which has been for a long time my homepage, BahaiPrayers.org, has been redesigned in a most beautiful — and standard-compliant — way. It is truly a joy to look at, not just to read it, and I highly recommend it to anyone whose eyes, or soul, are sorely desperate for spiritual beauty!

P.S. I just installed a new WordPress theme as well. Let’s see if this will motivate me to blog more.

New web site for the Baha’i International Community

Baha'i News Service web site screenshotA beautiful new web site has been launched during the Festival of Ridvan by the Baha’i International Community. In addition, a newly revamped news web site has been launched at news.bahai.org. Here is a direct quote from the press release:

The Bahá’í World News Service has launched a new Web site that includes an expanded home page and a section designed to meet the needs of journalists. The address remains the same – www.news.bahai.org.

The section for media representatives includes brief descriptions of the Bahá’í Faith and its beliefs and history; a list of Houses of Worship; a style guide with spellings and definitions of names and terms; photos for downloading; and contact information.

All the pages for BWNS news, features, photos, slide shows, and video have been redesigned.

The makeover is the first stage in a plan to redo all the sections on www.bahai.org, the international Web site of the Bahá’í Faith. The new home page for that site also appears today.

Also, nine countries have been added to a page that provides links to Web sites and contact information for many of the national Bahá’í communities around the world. The goal is to have a link for every country.

All the Web sites are maintained by the Bahá’í International Community’s Office of Public Information at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa.

Job well done to the Office of Public Information Internet team!

A photographic narrative of the life of Baha’u’llah

Baha'u'llahThe Baha’i World Center has launched a new website dedicated to the life of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. I am grateful for having had the honor of playing a tiny role in this project — mainly by assisting the very capable web team of the Baha’i International Community with the website’s search engine optimization — and humbled by the beautiful work the whole team has put together.

Photo of Baha’u’llah

What is unique about this site is that it presents in a very artistic yet search engine friendly way a rich photographic journey through the life of the most current messenger of God, and offers to the viewers a wealth of images of artifacts and writings of Baha’u’llah.

Great job to Brian Kurzius and the whole team, and my deep gratitude for having been allowed to play a small part in this exciting project.

One World Baha’i School website redesigned

One World Baha’i School logoI am pleased to announce that the One World Baha’i School website has been redesigned and launched on the WordPress platform. I am very greatful for the highly flexible WordPress theme from Semiologic and the help from numerous fellow web developers. The new site should enable to school managing staff to post and edit content independently in a user-friendly and search-engine friendly manner.

For those in the Northern Virginia area, seeking spiritual education for children and adults alike, I could not recommend a better place than the One World Baha’i School!

Demographic predictions on the web and the Baha’i Faith

Microsoft recently released a series of web analytics tools that dip into the database of MSN users and mashes demographics with predictive analysis. For example the following tool predicts the demographic distribution of U.S. users of the MSN Search engine.

I am a Baha’i and I was curious to see what this new tool has to say about Baha’i-related searches. I tried several different queries – you might find these results interesting (keep in mind the data comes from the U.S. only):

Among the teachings of the Baha’i Faith are the equality of women and men. Yet the searches for “Baha’i Faith” (note the correct use of apostrophe) on MSN got predominantly female audience:

Query: baha’i faith

Gender: Female-oriented, with the following confidence:
Male :0.27
Female :0.73

Searches for “Bahai Faith” (without the apostrophe) got a more balanced audience (probably, a proof that women are better spellers 🙂 :

Query: bahai faith

Gender: Female-oriented, with the following confidence:
Male :0.46
Female :0.54

Continuing with the principle of three onenesses: the oneness of God, oneness of religion and oneness of humanity, yield intriguing results: searches for one humanity, one world, one religion, one faith are all predominantly female but apparently the searches for one god are heavily male. You gotta love web analytics 🙂

Query: one humanity

Gender: Female-oriented, with the following confidence:
:0.35
:0.65

Query: one world

Gender: Female-oriented, with the following confidence:

Male :0.41
Female :0.59

Query: one religion

Gender: Female-oriented, with the following confidence:
Male :0.31
Female :0.69

Query: one faith

Gender: Female-oriented, with the following confidence:
Male :0.31
Female :0.69

but

Query: one god

Gender: Male-oriented, with the following confidence:
Male :0.73
Female :0.27

Here is for those curious to learn more about the Baha’i Faith