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November 22, 2009

Pictures are a necessity for your website. Without them, any webpage looks boring. But suppose that your site has so many images that it would be too overcrowded to show tham all at once? In my website design business, I have several clients with this problem: an artist, a wedding consultant, a woodworking shop,… All of them need to exhibit lots of pictures of their work.

The Ultimate Fade-in Slideshow

A slideshow is one solution to this problem that lets you show as many images as you want without cluttering up your webpage. The first time I used one, the coding was done with Java, and this show is still running fine five years later. The only reason I’ve stopped incorporating it in my later websites is that they are now charging for its use, so I began to use other scripts to save my clients the additional expense. Read more …

October 20, 2009

I have been making and using favicons for my websites now for some time, and up to now, it hasn’t been a particularly easy process. The other day I found a wonderful website that has a favicon script to do it for you in one easy step!

Favicons for Google, MSN, PayPal, & Yahoo!

What is a Favicon? A favicon ( an abbreviation for favorites icon ) is a tiny image that is displayed next to the Address Bar in your browser. The image to the right shows how a well-designed favicon can be easily recognized, even though it is only 16px by 16px. Can you identify these four? Read more …

September 20, 2009

For years there has been a lot of debate and controversy over the issue of duplicate content.

  • Is there a penalty imposed by the search engines for having material on your website that is identical to material on another website?

  • If so, how much of the content can be duplicated without penalty?

  • What is the penalty?

Five days ago, Google addressed this issue by posting a video on their Webmaster Central Blog by Greg Grothaus entitled Duplicate content and multiple site issues. Greg dispels the “Duplicate Content Penalty Myth” by essentially repeating what Google has been saying for years: there is no penalty. Read more …

August 18, 2009

Question: Why would you want to hide your affiliate links? Don’t you want people to click on them?

Answer: I’m not talking about hiding the links themselves. You’re right — we DO want people to click on them. I mean you want to hide their destination. Here’s why:

  • Affiliate Link Theft: There are plenty of unscrupulous webmasters who will steal your commissions if they can see that it’s an affiliate link. All they have to do is substitute their own affiliate id for yours.

  • Ad Haters: Then there are those people who won’t click on such a link because it looks like an advertisement. Personally, I don’t understand this — if they’re interested in the product, why shouldn’t they look into it? Just about everything they buy is advertised somewhere! Read more …

July 20, 2009

Since WordPress is one of the most popular pieces of software on the internet, hackers are constantly looking for ways to exploit it. Googling “wordpress zero day exploit” returns 115,000 results, which shows a serious need for security measures.

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I was recently given access to a new WordPress plugin which claims to be very effective in protecting you from hackers. I discovered that the method used in this plugin was not only ridiculously simple, but actually inferior to a method I have been using for years. Read more …

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