Just a quick post to share something cool. I was learning more about the difference between classes and ID’s in CSS and found a great article at CSS-Tricks and I just had to share it with everyone. The link is here http://css-tricks.com/the-difference-between-id-and-class/ so go check it out if that sounds like something of benefit to you. The author goes way beyond just the differences, and explains many extra tidbits as well, a good and informative article all the way around. Hope this helps! Thanks.
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Here we go, for anyone out there using Komodo IDE (and maybe Komodo Edit, not sure if this is available in the free version). Aside from being the coolest and best IDE I have found for editing PHP, PERL, SHELL and other scripts, the environment itself has lots of features. One cool thing is that you can create “snippets”, which are text files that you can insert into your code files with one click or assignable hot keys. When you create these snippets you can use variables to add to their functionality. Some variables get substituted with information at the time you submit them, and some will ask you for information so you can tailor your snippets to suit whatever need you have. Listed at the end of this post are the variables available for use in snippets, sometimes it’s hard to find them, so I thought I would post them all here. All snippets aside, I highly recommend that any developer out there working with the earlier mentioned PHP, PERL, and the like, go check out Komodo. You can start out with the free version, Komodo Edit and see what you think. Remember, I don’t get paid to tell you that, I am just a very happy user of the product and recommend it to anyone who needs something along those lines.
|[[%f]]:||file base name|
|[[%d]]:||directory base name of file|
|[[%D]]:||directory path of file|
|[[%P]]:||path of the active project|
|[[%p]]:||directory path of the active project|
|[[%L]]:||current line number|
|[[%w]]:||selection of word under cursor|
|[[%W]]:||URL-escaped selection or word under cursor|
|[[%guid]]:||A new GUID|
|[[%ask]]:||Ask when snippet is inserted|
Anyone who has developed a website hoping to quickly achieve a high ranking in the search engines, especially Google, has probably discovered that the task is much more daunting than they originally thought. That is because new websites and even existing websites must prove to Google, Yahoo, MSN and the other search engines that they are worthy of being ranked high.
There are many factors involved in getting a website ranked high in the search engines, including good, relevant content that gives visitors the information they are searching for along with strong link popularity.
What Exactly is Link Popularity?
Many people think link popularity equates to the number of incoming links a website has linking to it. In other words, how many other websites are linking to your website.
In this post, I’d like to do two things. First off, I want to plug a really cool site called PortableApps.com that has some really cool software in the form of … well, portable apps. What these are, are common widely used applications that have been transformed in such a way that they can run right off of your thumb drive, no install necessary, hence the term portable. They have lots of cool stuff that you can download, absolutely free, and use right off your thumb drive, or hard drive, or anywhere really. It’s nice being able to have firefox and open office (and much more) with you, no matter where you go, even with all of your own settings and customizations. That’s hard to beat! Go check it out, you won’t be disappointed I am sure. Read the rest of this entry »
I wanted to write up something about the latest WordPress release, version 2.5. I have updated all of the WordPress powered sites that I manage which is more than ten and the upgrade went flawlessly on all sites. Each upgrade was the same, no variances. Why do I mention this part of the process? Well, because I have seen many instances (*cough*Win*cough*dows*cough*) where the same upgrade went very differently (and sometimes even failed) on different computers, even though they had been built or imaged or the application installed off of the same baseline. So, when I can install all of the WordPress upgrades and every one of them not only works, but operates as expected, that’s a big deal to me. This has been the norm in the past as well, not just in this last upgrade. Read the rest of this entry »
Ok folks, I have decided to toss out some general tips for those of you who consider yourselves website designers. I have been seeing lots of poorly designed sites out there, and it has frustrated me enough that I have to mention a few of the top offenses. Read this and take heed, you might think you are cool and a super leet rumpshakin pimp webmaster dude but, you’re not. Follow me:
- Keep your audience in mind. Don’t forget that you are writing a website for a wide variety of users, not a small minority. Sites that don’t render in anything but IE and have the little button “Best Viewed in Internet Exporer” drive me insane, and in fact I won’t do business with sites like that. Most of what I am going to talk about in this post centers around this main issue.
- DON’T BASE THE WHOLE SITE ON FLASH! Did I stutter? Not only does it take way too long to load, especially for people on dial-up (yes, people are still using dial-up, in fact, the majority of web surfers still do), but we run into that whole client side thing again. Don’t alienate people because they don’t have the right plugin, I don’t care how widespread you think it is. I know, you are thinking that it’s only 5 or 10 percent of the visitors, but why throw away that many opportunities? Come on man, get with it.
- Don’t over do it with the gadgets. Yes, fly up pop out whirl around shout at you menus are cute, but they detract from the whole purpose of your site, to convey whatever information you have to the visitor. Now, if you have no content maybe you should have all that stuff.
- The same goes for too many graphics. Load that page up with too many pics and you are back to having it take too long to load and people getting fed up and moving on. From the research that I have read, you have about four seconds to get the page loaded and grab a visitors attention before you have lost them. Think about how fast you yourself move on when surfing. Uh huh, see?
I think that’s enough for now, it’s a good start anyway. At the very least you should get an idea of where I am going. Keep your sites clean, simple and easy to navigate. Great designs are fine and well, great even, but do it right!