Archive for the ‘Web Design’ Category
OK boys and girls, by now you all know that I don’t get paid to push a product or service (not yet anyway, call me!), so if I post about one up here it’s because I use it personally, or second hand through a customer or I have checked it out and have knowledge of it. I do not recommend things I don’t know about or haven’t tried. You also know that anything I promote I do so because I like it and feel that it does some good for people, is worth the cost, and overall is a good value.
All that being said, I cannot say enough good things about WP Remote, a service for managing WordPress websites. I know there is a debate going on out there in cyber land about what service is better than whatever and I am not going to get into that. I made my choice and I stand by it, I like WP Remote and I like the way they do things. I host a bunch of WordPress blogs among many other sites (Want me to host your blog? Contact me!), and it was kind of a pain keeping up with all of the updates for WordPress itself, plus all of the plugins, themes and whatnot. So I went out and checked out all of the different management and support services for WordPress and I decided that WP Remote was the best for me. So far I love the service and I have no desire whatsoever to go anywhere else.
I say all of this because hopefully I can help someone else out there decide what to do, I recommend WP Remote whole heartedly! It’s a great service, it’s free for the basic management and updating of your sites, and you can give them money if you want to go up a notch to the premium service which includes backups and automated updates and email alerts and all sorts of cool things. If you have more than one or two WordPress sites to take care of, you really ought to check it out. It won’t hurt anything and it’s free to try it out, I bet once you see how much time you save by using WP Remote, you’ll be hooked like me! Check em out!
I couldn’t have said it much better myself, so I decided to link to this article rather than write my own version of it. Although, I might write a follow up that gets a little more in depth or something. However, that’s for another day, for now check out this post on the site “Spice Up Your Blog” where the author goes over “5 Ways Your Blog’s Design Is Making You Susceptible To A Hacker”.
Now this isn’t just for server operators, it focuses on things that also make a difference to those that run their own blog too. This is because a “Hacker”, or maybe a visitor with malicious intent, can wreak havoc on your blog even without touching the rest of the server. If they can get access to your database for example, you can kiss all of your posts, pages and pretty much everything else goodbye if they are feeling especially destructive. Even if they don’t destroy your data, they can post things on your blog that you don’t want, like advertisements; porn; we own you messages; what have you. Even worse, is when your site gets compromised and no one knows it. In these cases the hackers can do all sorts of fun things. One especially nasty trick I have seen is when they plant a virus alongside your sites files and then append a small bit of code to your pages so that your visitors get infected, talk about your reputation plummeting faster than a stone tossed out a window.
With all this in mind, take a look at the following page and see if any of the things they talk about there sound like they might be up your alley. It pays to be careful, I hope this helps!
5 Ways Your Blog’s Design Is Making You Susceptible To A Hacker
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.
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.
||file base name
||directory base name of file
||directory path of file
||path of the active project
||directory path of the active project
||current line number
||selection of word under cursor
||URL-escaped selection or word under cursor
||A new GUID
||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.
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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 »