Feb 28
File Structure Fanatacism
February 28, 2007
Posted in: Webmastering, Site Management by D-Rex




Files. Billions of computer files. The entire computer world is composed of files. So are my websites. And your websites. All those files need to be organized. I’m going to share some of what I do and why. (more…)

 
Feb 27
Dedicated vs Shared Hosting
February 27, 2007
Posted in: Webmastering, Hosting Tips, Hosting, Dedicated, Shared by D-Rex




As a webmaster I have my hands full with the daily monitoring and maintenance of websites. It keeps me busy enough. But before any site can hit the big time I have a bunch of setup work that needs to get done and done right. Choosing the type of hosting environment is key to the site’s success and also key to keeping my workload reasonable. Making the wrong choice in hosting environment guarantees the investment of additional time to make it right. I’d like to explain how I go about making these choices. Just maybe I can save the reader some time in the long run. (more…)

 
Feb 22
Shared Hosting Support Showdown
February 22, 2007
Posted in: Shared by CSS-Hoster




UPDATE: As was pointed out by commenters, I apparently missed the live chat on startlogic, onewebhosting, and netfirms. I have updated them in the table but wont be able to send in a new request to them until 2 PM next tuesday (to stay true to the test). Sorry!

Shared Hosting Support Sucks. And by “sucks”, I mean that it is roughly on par with the type of service you would expect at Guantanamo Bay. I take that back. Staying at Camp Gitmo is free. If you had to pay for the torture, then that would be like shared hosting support. From long phone call waiting times, constant server updates, and off-shore support staff that, despite their best efforts, cannot understand a word you are saying, getting good support seemed impossible.

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I would call, email, and chat with as many different shared hosting companies as I could and put it on a stop watch. Every minute that ticked by without a response or an answer was a vote against my business. Of course, they didn’t know this was happening at all. (more…)

 
Feb 21
Windows vs. Linux
February 21, 2007
Posted in: Webmastering, Hosting, Windows, Linux by D-Rex




The intention of this article is not to start a flame war. My intention, instead, is to help the lesser experienced webmaster choose the best hosting environment for his or her needs. A side benefit may be that a webmaster who is well versed in one but not the other can get a better idea of what’s cooking in the other’s camp. (more…)

 
Feb 19
The Pros and Cons of a CMS
February 19, 2007
Posted in: Webmastering, Site Management by D-Rex




The concept has been around since the mid 90’s. Functioning CMS systems followed within a year. By year 2000 even clients with small to mid-sized websites were inquiring. And now you can’t throw a digital stick without hitting at least one Content Management System. Some of the popular names include Joomla, PostNuke, Drupal, and many others. Today I would like to discuss some of the concepts of a CMS. This discussion is designed to help folks decide if a CMS is the correct solution and, if so, start the education process that will be needed to choose the correct package. (more…)

 
Feb 19
SEO vs. PPC
February 19, 2007
Posted in: Site Promotion, SEO, PPC by CSS-Hoster




Most web site owners are familiar with the terms Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Pay Per Click Campaigns (PPC), regarding web site marketing and promotion.  The question isn’t necessarily WHAT these two methods of promotion are, but which is effective, and can they be used reasonably in unison?

What I suggest is to first look at where you want your future site visitors to be coming from.  Where they come from determines to a degree what kind of client they will be when they decide to use your web site services or products that you sell.  (more…)

 
Feb 14
7 Deadly Sins of Blogging
February 14, 2007
Posted in: Blogging by CSS-Hoster




Greed

Web users already have blinders to advertising on the web. If the majority of your above the fold display is relegated to advertisements, you might as well just show your users a blank screen. Just take a look at a comparison of two blog entries regarding the release of the iphone. Notice, in particular, the location and size of advertising blocks.

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Feb 13
Choosing a Stats Package
February 13, 2007
Posted in: Webmastering, Site Promotion by D-Rex




As a webmaster, I share a methodology with the folks who produce radio or television. I am using what is basically a one-way medium. Just like the local radio or television station that broadcasts it’s signal and hopes that everyone tunes in, I publish various content that is available for everyone or no one to view. Obviously I am hoping for the former over the latter, but reality is somewhere in the middle. And just where in the middle is what I need to know. Which content is generating traffic and which is just taking up space? Fortunately, this issue has been well addressed with use of a ‘Statistics Package’ to help me understand what is popular and what isn’t. (more…)

 
Feb 13
Guide to Securing Microsoft Vista
February 13, 2007
Posted in: Personal Computing by CSS-Hoster




A simple guide to securing Microsoft Vista from viruses, phishing, and spyware.

Securing Vista Guide

The Pros and Cons of a CMS
Guide to Securing Microsoft Vista
Choosing a Stats Package
Five Tips to ‘Hot-Rod’ Your Web Code
File Structure Fanatacism

 
Feb 13
Finding The RIGHT Hosting Provider
February 13, 2007
Posted in: Hosting by Irene




In your quest for knowledge and information you sit down at your computer and type in the URL of a web site you have been to before.  The magic that is the internet serves your expected web pages to you quicker than you can say “Jack Rabbit”.  What appears to be a modern-day miracle is actually a methodical process that happens lighting quick, each time you send a request for information.  Understanding these steps is easy, though they come off as steep and slippery on your first attempts at climbing them. (more…)

 
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