Archive for Webmaster Stuff

Starting a Great Blog with Wordpress

http://www.webmaster-source.com/2007/06/04/starting-a-great-blog-part-1-intro/

Want to learn how to start a blog? A good blog, not a free Blogger blog that looks like every other blog in the universe. This tutorial series wlaks yo through coming up with a name, buying a domain, finding a good host, installing Wordpress, configuring Wordpress, finding and installing a theme, and more.

If you want to start a blog, check it out.

Cheap Domains Anyone?

Thinking of starting a website or blog? Forget URLs like dork732.blogspot.com or whatever. You can now get .info domains (like www.ImANoob.info) from GoDaddy for only $0.99/year. A usual domain, with a .com TLD, costs around $7-$10 yearly (I use 1and1, which is on the cheaper end of the scale). $0.99/year? Don’t tell me that’s out of your price range! You can’t get any cheaper than that.

So, you decided to get a .info domain from GoDaddy? Now you’re probably thinking “Now what?” You need a blog now. If you want really easy (and free), then get a Blogger.com account and point your domain at it (instructions on the site) Personally, I prefer Wordpress to Blogger, so I’d get free hosting from somewhere like Awardspace and point the domain there (make sure the domain is pointing to Awardspace before installing Wordpress).

Of course, I don’t really use free hosting. You could if you have a tight budget, though.

What’s the Most Annoying Ad Type?

Ads: They help keep websites afloat, and they annoy users. Well, it depends on the ad. Personally, I don’t mind standard AdSense-style ads. Others, though….

So what type of ad is the most irritating? Keep reading to find out.

The Contenders

Flashing/Vibrating Ads

Imagine this: You’re trying to read a webpage, but this distracting banner ad reading “You won [fill_in_the_blank]! Click here to claim your prize!” is flashing red and yellow…while vibrating. Doesn’t take much imagination, does it?

In-Video “Commercials”

Commercials belong on TV, not in online video clips. On IMDB you have to watch a stupid ad before you can view a trailer. On Shockwave.com you have to watch an irritating commercial before a game loads. They’re slowly becoming more common, unfortunately.

Flash-Based Banners With Sound

At first, they look like any old banner ad. Then you hear stupid voice-clips and sound effects blaring through your speakers.

The “Winner”

The winner of the Most Annoying Ad Type Award goes to…… “In-Video ‘Commercials’”, with ‘Flash-Based Banners With Sound’ a close second. Despite the annoyance of having unwanted sounds blaring through your speakers, unwanted videos are worse. Do you really want to be forced to watch a 30-second commercial before you can see a 1-minute video clip? No way! If YouTube adds these, I’ll be very annoyed.

Does Design Matter In Blogging?

In response to Why Design Doesn’t Matter In Blogging @ NorthxEast.com.

I would say that design does matter in blogging, though it’s a bit complicated. A site with a…less than spectacular…design can do well. I’ve seen some sites with putrid designs, though the sites using the designs have good content. TamoraPierce.com comes to mind. The site of a successful fantasy author, the design is in my opinion….lacking, though there is good content. The site has a PageRank of 5/10 according to CheckPageRank.com.

As I was saying, it’s complicated. As a commenter on NorthxEast said:

“With the ability to subscribe to an RSS feed, the most important thing is the content. The trick now is trying to figure out how to still get people to come and take a look since it’s been proven that if someone finds something pleasing aesthetically, then it will draw them back.”

That makes perfect sense to me. I’m a huge fan of RSS feeds, they let me check up on sites quickly every day. If you have a cool design (and use summaries in your feed instead of the full text. *Evil Laugter*), you could get your users to come to the main site…where you will proceed to make minuscule amounts of money off every one of their pageviews (*more evil laughter*).

Of course, you need more than a smashing design. If you have something unique or interactive on your site, you’ll draw more repeat visitors. If people want to comment, they’ll have to come to your site (fortunately, no one’s devised a technology to allow commenting without visiting a site). Make it fun to navigate your blog, and people will come back for sure.

In short, design matters and it doesn’t. Just make sure you have a good design anyway. It’s better to have a good design than to have comments about your bad design, isn’t it?

21 Cool Logos

The logo is yet another important part of a web site. It’s part of what tells a visitor where they are. A logo (or banner) represents you. Below are a few cool logos/banners. Inspire yourself. As Smashing Magazine put it:

“To get things done, you need inspiration and creative thinking. You need fresh ideas and elegant approaches. And you need to be able to find them as quick as it is possible.”

When you design a website, you generally do one of the following:

  • Design a layout around a finished logo.
  • Design a logo around a concept layout.

However you design, inspiration is always helpful.
Ready? Read the rest of this entry »

4 Cool Footers

The footer is generally the least noticed part of a website. This is unfortunate, since some sites have some really cool footers. Below are some that I think are worth notice.

The average viewer tends to not make it all the way down the page to the footer. This is why the part of the page “above the fold” is given a lot of attention by designers. However, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a cool footer as well. After all, some people will see it. I tend to read web pages through to the end, unless I have reason not to.

Ready of an inspiring look at some interesting page footers? Read the rest of this entry »

29 CSS and AJAX Resources

Everyone likes Web 2.0. Wait, everyone except Jakob Nielsen. As I was saying, most people like Web 2.0. Here are some resources that you may find useful. CSS is the designer’s tool of choice for, well…designing, so obviously it can’t hurt to pick up a few new CSS tricks. AJAX has quickly taken the web by storm. Sites all over the place are using it to improve usability…and for pointless reasons as well. There are plenty of practical applications for AJAX, so obviosuly it’s worth seeing what others are doing with it. CSS and AJAX are two of the most important technologies making Web 2.0 (who came up with that term anyway?) possible. Ready for the list? Here it comes!

AJAX

CSS

ZetaBoards Enters Beta

ZetaBoards, the eventual successor to Invisionfree, is now being beta tested. Invisionfree, in case you didn’t already know, is a service that provides you with a free ad-supported Invision-based board. As the old version of Invision they use is becoming sort of an antique, they are developing a new forum system that is up to today’s standards…or so they hope.

ZetaBoards will be much better than it’s predeccessor Invisionfree. ZetaBaords adds many features asked for over the years, improves anti-spam, and improves in many ways upon Invisionfree. ZetaBoards (ZB) looks and acts similarly to the old Invisionfree boards, though with many improvements.

A theme changer has been added, along with a more powerful skinning system. More BBCode functions are added, including a Flash tag (useful for posting YouTube videos). There’s a more dynamic feel, and the system seems like it may be more stable. Macros are added, so you can finally mass delete spam posts. There is an unbelievable amount of improvements. One major complaint: The post form doesn’t show buttons for a lot of useful BBCode tags (like the [URL] tag). Hopefully that will be changed by the time ZB lauches.

ZetaBoards is looking to be a pretty good board system, though personally I prefer to host my own boards using SMF.

5 Great Main Pages

A website’s homepage is one of the most important parts. If someone lands there and doesn’t find anything interesting, they’ll go elsewhere more often than not. Here are some examples of good home pages. Here they are, in no particular order. Study them and learn. Read the rest of this entry »

Google To Purchase Doubleclick

Google has announced that they plan to acquire the ad network Doubleclick soon. They even started sending info out through Google Groups. What are they planning? They’re not giving much away. Time for some educated guesses.

Some qoutes from Google:

“This new partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for us at Google to broaden and deepen our inventory of available ads and to better serve both our publishers and users. Together, Google and DoubleClick will empower agencies, advertisers, and publishers to collaborate more efficiently and effectively, which will, in turn, provide a better experience for our users.”

“Sponsored information served by Google has always been, and will always be, clearly distinguished from objective content available via our search results and across our partner network. We want you to find the information that you are looking for—be it in an ad or elsewhere—quickly and without hassle. We know that our collaboration with DoubleClick will serve and advance this goal.”

Hmmm…. That sounds like the web will be getting a little less annoying soon. How? I’m thinking Google may be trying to kill pop-up ads and other irritating ad types. Google has always had bits in the AdSense policy forbidding you to put AdSense on a site with more than x popups per session. They seem to take a dim view of pop-ups and other annoying ads. Maybe they’ll stop providing the service of pop-ups and those annoying flash ads that expand across the page and annoy the heck out of you.

There’s a good chance that Doubleclick will become integrated with the AdSense program too. They did talk about broadening and deepening their inventory of available ads…

 
diclofenac (voltaren cataflam voltaren-xr) viagra corazon el viagra natural chino voltaren twitter chi prende cymbalta viagra va prescritto dal medico lamisil per funghi acquistare alli orlistat on line cipro villaggi italiani proventil hfa generic name zoloft fame d'aria è possibile comprare il viagra senza ricetta inderal e pressione alta viagra sildenafil citrato 50mg dosaggio aciclovir endovena risperdal prise poids use of voltaren suppositories prendere cialis e levitra insieme voltaren gel equivalente triamcinolone 0.1 otc l arginine natural viagra diovan phlegm compressa che sostituisce il coumadin allegra d pediatric dose come dare augmentin sospensione valium and voltaren effetti collaterali viagra e alcol cialis generico alta qualità augmentin tempo di assorbimento strattera bfarm furosemide doc principio attivo maniatis chloramphenicol prednisone deltacortene prezzo engravidei com clomid e utrogestan seroquel prolong tabletten effetto antabuse significato reazione allergica da voltaren voltaren gel for knee tendonitis voltaren compresse o supposte cipro paesaggi prednisone contain sulfa rosuvastatin calcium content cialis rischi per la salute cipro trivago metoprolol con cerveza previsioni meteo nicosia cipro co diovan generikum tui allegra schiffsreisen xenical come si usa vendita case cipro roma verdure foglia larga coumadin durata cura anafranil topamax stabilizzatore umore feldene farmacocinetica carta stradale di cipro allegra d mobile coupon negozio allegra roma confronto tra viagra cialis e levitra prometrium 200 quando prenderlo voltaren massagestuhl ritardo dopo cura con clomid miglior periodo per andare a cipro cagliari cipro voli low cost prezzo ventolin sciroppo viagra venta libre capital federal 10 centesimi cipro clomid esiti positivi mobic per sciatica limassol cipro clima zovirax crema generico vitamina k negli alimenti coumadin strattera 40 mg presentacion minocin 100 costo come somministrare zantac ai neonati voltaren cream bruises stampe magliette via cipro classifica campionato di calcio di cipro acquisto sicuro cialis online prezzo augmentin con ricetta trazodone ncbi compazine prochlorperazine maleate coumadin dopo ablazione voltaren endometriose cisti ovariche dopo clomid nizoral shampoo color atarax compresse controindicazioni depression medikamente cymbalta casa allegra montebuoni price viagra per pill finasteride dopo un mese lamictal non fa ingrassare è scaduto il brevetto viagra viagra scaduto è pericoloso alimenti da evitare quando si assume coumadin villa allegra sizilien pubblicità viagra bicicletta danazol y purpura trombocitopenica idiopatica laboratorio abilify elezioni presidenziali cipro 2013 componentes voltaren gel tenormin posologia risperdal haarausfall meglio piroxicam o diclofenac cipro veneziana escitalopram and valerian triamcinolone acetonide vs clobetasol propionate anafranil nome generico indocin dizziness compro viagra italia augmentin lattosio viagra in egitto allegra d 240 mg glucovance glibenclamida precio de la crema voltaren cloridrato de propranolol gravidez escitalopram oxalate ip monograph carbimazole and propranolol la pimpa allegra nome cientifico do voltaren nitrofurantoin und pilz escitalopram cyclobenzaprine interaction prezzi voltaren emulgel dividere compresse cialis cipro deposito titoli voltaren emulgel pericoloso dolo voltaren novartis mefloquine doxycycline or atovaquone/proguanil ( malarone ) effetti del cialis scaduto assistenza sanitaria cipro il viagra abbassa la pressione arteriosa alli orlistat 60 mg prezzo diflucan cura la cistite escitalopram 10 mg cena foto di cipro nord clopidogrel 75 posologia zovirax labiale istruzioni psoriasis triamcinolone acetonide cream comprare viagra con bonifico effetti collaterali della pillola cialis meglio lucen o nexium alimentari via cipro scuola media via cipro ascoli milano la vedova allegra opera diflucan effetti indesiderati propecia et minoxidil efficace voltaren retard bcfi cipro nord appartamenti aciclovir doc foglio illustrativo differenza tra zitromax e augmentin viagra per nachname i cardiopatici possono usare il viagra risperdal consta avantages azione del risperdal allegra dahlquist voltaren emulgel pour entorse cheville augmentin pediatrico indicaciones propecia chile precio minoxidil finasteride risultati generico do arimidex effetti indesiderati del femara rapporti dopo diflucan cosa ne pensate di propecia generic allegra d 24 hr viagra meccanismo d'azione zoloft 50 mg indicazioni voltaren osteo gel 75g ziana gel vs. differin viagra allo mam lyrics glucophage sindrome de ovario poliquistico zyrtec contre allergies colchicine chondrocalcinosis olanzapine asco alternativa natural al ventolin escitalopram 10 mg price dostinex late period prezzo cialis svizzera seroquel come funziona strattera 18 mg preis voltaren resinat allergie acquisto cialis originale viagra leucemia medicamento levitra 10 mg zantac in gravidanza antabuse effetti con alcool cialis una al giorno cipro ristoranti italiani perseo via cipro 56 i cibi da evitare con il coumadin cialis zoll strafe obagi tretinoin cream .1 percent serve la ricetta per il viagra in farmacia inderal propranolol effets secondaires in quanto tempo fa effetto propecia terapia aciclovir varicella cozaar dizziness affitti via cipro milano ma quanto costa il viagra augmentin bustine quante volte al giorno diflucan occorre la ricetta vacanze economiche cipro viagra dosaggio consigliato diflucan con il ciclo farmacia online cialis originale bupropion potenz generic viagra in malaysia paxil precio costa rica ventolin pagine sanitarie intossicazione da metoclopramide revatio generic viagra voltaren ophtha oftalmico 5ml augmentin ricetta ripetibile le punture di voltaren fanno male ditropan per iperidrosi zovirax labiale in allattamento acquistare viagra online opinioni beli pil clomid di farmasi pension chasa allegra levitra meglio di viagra allegra cims cialis generico forum al femminile aciclovir varicela posologia inderal pharmazie tratament aerosoli cu ventolin triamcinolone acetonide lcmsms voltaren fast farmaco serve la ricetta per il lasix aciclovir 5 crema prezzo generico do diovan 160 norvasc 5 scheda tecnica i viaggi del turchese cipro canzone allegra per matrimonio costo viagra generico in farmacia glucophage bustine prezzo diflucan pfizer prezzo prednisone clostridium difficile viagra natural en costa rica hemangioma hepatico propranolol can i eat pizza on cipro coumadin orario assunzione triamcinolone spr 55 mcg/act diflucan prontuario farmaceutico medicamento benzac ac promethazine potentiate codeine bactrim e alimenti a cosa serve il benzac voltaren und opipramol nizoral suomi24 meglio propecia o trapianto lamisil chien premarin cavalle feldene fast principio attivo cialis non ha fatto effetto quando scade il cialis furosemide risparmiatore di potassio xenical acquisto viva viagra commercial quanto dura effetto cialis 5 mg arcoxia per sciatica 8 mg de risperdal alcohol uti cipro sospensione coumadin per estrazione dentale viagra naturale pagamento contrassegno cipro default engravidei com clomid no 2 ciclo diflucan candida quanti giorni difference entre viagra cialis levitra voltaren gel grams lisinopril ramipril comparison musica al pianoforte allegra allopurinol 300 alternativen cipro tour dell'isola albendazole mims indonesia costo cialis da 20mg lioresal torrinomedica cymbalta qual laboratorio effetti collaterali con coumadin trazodone alcohol liver aciclovir e ipertensione il meteo.it cipro price på viagra 100mg tempi di assunzione del viagra come assumere minocin londra 2012 cipro crestor 10 mg è mutuabile nitrofurantoin mono mcr pregnancy voltaren resinat 75 mg diclofenac betamethasone dipropionate vs triamcinolone uguale al viagra carafate 1gm 10ml suspension triamcinolone acetonide cream 30gm raiffeisen provera racuna ci international cipro 25 dosaggio prednisone nel gatto voltaren bei angina confronta prezzi cialis abilify impotenz cialis effetti collaterali ipertensione come procurarsi viagra senza ricetta nolvadex 20 mg prezzo aprire un conto bancario a cipro zantac pagine sanitarie harga pil clomid di farmasi lamisil 1 spray cutaneo soluzione perchè il levitra non funziona farmacia acquisto cialis voltaren supositorio posologia farmacocinetica del finasteride finasteride funziona veramente aldactone 50 mg prezzo augmentin per linfonodi ingrossati effetti collaterali norvasc 10 finasteride effetti collaterali cane feldene e voltaren insieme clomid e gonasi ritardo del ciclo harga voltaren gel 20gr cozi pasta tramontina allegra voltaren uso orale il benzac 5 levitra im alter differenza tra veclam e augmentin voltaren per cistite augmentin bambini 70 ml dosaggio atrovent uso pediatrico risperdal consta felleskatalogen uso viagra donne strattera concerta comparison promethazine codeine colombia a cosa fa bene il cialis zyprexa composizione cialis si puo bere voltaren til gravide cipro pediatric dosing benzac ac gel sulit tumore al seno femara overdose di seroquel come funziona il lasix levitra ci vuole ricetta greenstone depo provera ndc cialis generico a napoli nizoral per capelli grassi finasteride acquisto online progeffik e prometrium sono uguali viagra mancanza desiderio ampicillin pill identifier viagra che dose viagra e arginina combivent nebule generic name mometasone furoate cream vs triamcinolone acetonide bactrim nelle prostatiti cipro posti da visitare viramune scheda amoxil contre indication voltaren y licor vendita di viagra dulcolax docusate sodium voglio provare viagra voltaren salva pris augmentin dolori articolari cialis vendita in contrassegno propranolol sevrage alcool voltaren 75 uses voltaren rischio infarto gichtanfall trotz allopurinol tegretol e anticoncezionali a cosa serve il ventolin viagra e assuefazione il cialis dopo quanto fa effetto paolo provera abc voltaren tape motilium siroop posologie voltaren e inzitan cymbalta si alcoolul levitra generico 5 mg reazioni allergiche a augmentin dove e come acquistare viagra voltaren crema posologia zantac 300 a cosa serve sulfacetamide prednisolone oph sol il cialis non mi fa piu effetto triamcinolone cream mosquito bites perioral dermatitis minocycline il cialis influisce sulla fertilità allegra ped posologia dostinex fa male al bambino biografia pasquale cipro neto viagra o cialis commenti aricept diverticulitis levitra cialis sau viagra zoloft problemi sessuali protonix po to iv conversion amlodipine diovan combination naltrexone vitaflo 50mg seroquel en risperdal tenormin discontinuation clomid per ovaie multifollicolari la vedova allegra teatro corso mestre la tana allegra di carugate augmentin 400 dose per bambini vampate di calore dopo clomid prednisolone 21-hemisuccinate voltaren neo agron india ltd viagra clomid quando non funziona lamisil effetti collaterali il clomid anticipa l'ovulazione sedia operativa allegra isoptin press scheda tecnica quanto costa abilify levitra generico in contrassegno statt voltaren demie vie risperdal lisinopril-hydrochlorothiazide (prinzide/zestoretic) voltaren opis diflucan 150 interazione pillola norvasc in allattamento medicine rosuvastatin calcium seroquel opinioni venta viagra copiapo libretto de la vedova allegra fluocinolone acetonide and triamcinolone acetonide cymbalta fobia sociale escitalopram qt intervall viagra e durata del rapporto diflucan 150 mg posologia proprieta' anguria viagra rheuma voltaren viagra a chi non serve voltaren cepici 12 5mg chloramphenicol augensalbe strattera cz vytorin compresse 10 mg medicamento allegra d preço ristorante giapponese zona cipro impianto di pompa al baclofen ventolin per tosse secca naltrexone vitaflo tabletti bactrim endovena dosaggio preco do viagra generico na ultrafarma augmentin dimenticato di prendere rote liste voltaren resinat prima moglie di tronchetti provera farmaco antitumorale femara dolore al ginocchio voltaren è sicuro acquistare cialis online viagra dla pań opinie ricambi via cipro ente del turismo di cipro co diovan ilaç listeria cipro istruzioni cialis 5 mg finasteride economico diflucan tempo effetto diltiazem gatto il motilium aciclovir blocca la varicella motilium domperidone sciroppo flomax granulato indicazioni metoclopramide depression protocol for late depo provera augmentin bambini esposizione al sole hotel di lusso cipro nimotop gocce dosaggio aldara 5 generico finasteride cataratta roma cipro appartamento seroquel und trittico cipro prelievo conti correnti levitra fantastico lasix mal di montagna danazol miomatosis depo provera and vitamins vendita cialis farmacia la vedova allegra milano 2013 cialis prodotto in italia medicamento bactrim infantil zoloft e ansia generalizzata xenical quando prenderlo donaren e cialis bactrim azione provera racuna vip mobile propecia ciao cipro oral to iv conversion is voltaren gel a corticosteroid lisinopril e idroclorotiazide bactrim sospensione orale prezzo voltaren sr 100mg dosage chi soffre di ipertensione può prendere il viagra albendazole in cvs la finasteride effetti collaterali cialis generico illegale allegra giacchetto propamidine vs chloramphenicol resistenza ad augmentin augmentin recensioni utilizzo del voltaren posologie motilium lingual rimedi naturali come il viagra pletal farmacocinetica voltaren punture emorroidi zoloft per ansia generalizzata