Web 2.0 is one of the latest crazes running amuck on the internet. It is cropping up in web sites and the topics of conversations from web designers - to site engineers - to user interface deconstructionists. It is powerful and useful, and it is anything but new.
According to Entomologists, ants and termites have been at war for the last 250,000 years. Spammers and those folks in charge to keeping spam out of your email inbox are locked into a similar battle. While it’s been less than 15 years since spam began to plague the Internet, the likelihood of a solution being just around the corner is slim. Let’s take a look at the current state of the anti-spam war machine. (more…)
Not many people like to be told what to do. I sure don’t. And if someone is telling me how to do my job, I am am likely to become that much more defensive. So I understand if I ruffle a few feathers with the following ideas/tips/guidelines. Go ahead; cuss me and insult my heritage. If you can get past my absolute arrogance and actually consider these five ideas, you may be able to improve your websites or decrease your website maintenance workload. (more…)
As a web site developer and amateur search engine optimist (right?) I am fully aware of the importance and ultimate need of giving Google’s butt a big old sloppy kiss. Place one hand on each of Google’s large round O’s and dive right in. It is understandable why many people feel this way, and are slighted by facing the fact that Google is playing a major role in a large percentage of web surfers and researchers. (more…)
Every once in a while I invite some friends to go boating. As a host I want to make sure my friends have an enjoyable time. As a webmaster, I face the same challenge when designing the usability of my site. I want my readers to enjoy their experience enough to stay on my site, make a sale if possible, and hopefully, return in the future. Today I will parallel some guidelines I use in both my boating excursions and website usability designs. (more…)
- 1. Separate code from html
I mix. I do. When the project or web page is minimal it makes a lot of sense to have a small amount of code in the same file as the .html. But when the project starts to grow or requires lots of code it is time to separate my code from the .html. I feel strongly about this probably due to my type ‘A’ personality that has a distaste for messiness. But I also have two ‘reasonable’ reasons for giving this advice. (more…)
Plenty of webmasters are making plenty of money from Goggle’s Adsense program. I certainly don’t claim I know how to get rich with Adsense. Google is tight lipped about many of the Adsense details. In addition, there are many folks out there who know much more about Adsense site optimization. What I do know, however, is that following a few guidelines can help webmasters make the most of their sites with a minimal time investment. Here are my three favorites. (more…)
I used to hate widgets. Truth is, I think they are cheap little toys, on par with filling a room with dolls or figurines or anything else that might make an otherwise appropriate looking room appear to be a playground for subjects of a Law & Order SVU plot.
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…)
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…)