Monthly Archives: October 2008

You Can’t Opt-In to Redesigns

There have been a lot of website redesigns this year, and more are on the way. With each one, there have been major complaints. Not just the usual “Eh, the old one was better,” but actual resistances. It’s fairly common knowledge among designers and operators of websites that a good portion of a given site’s users will complain about a redesign. It’s considered to be a major accomplishment to get through a design overhaul with very few complaints. People resist change, whether it’s for the better or not. But people lately have been going beyond the usual minor whining.

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Sideblogs: A Year Later

Around November 2007 (about a year ago), I added a “sideblog” to Webmaster-Source, where I could post “asides” — short updates that were, well, not long enough to merit an entire post. These little postings appear in the sidebar, as you can see (as…

Only 4.13% of the Web is Standards Compliant?

Browser maker Opera has conducted a recent study to see how much of the web is standards compliant. Using a specialized web crawler, dubbed “MAMA” for “Metadata Analysis and Mining Application,” that searches around 3.5 million pages, the company has determined that a mere…

Why You Should Avoid Forcing New Windows

Target=”_blank” tells a user’s browser to “open this link in a new window” (or a tab, if you’ve configured your browser to treat windows as tabs). Many people don’t like this behavior, and many usability “experts” have argued against it’s use. The W3C has…

BlogBuzz October 18, 2008

Google Tells You How to Get Free Links

Google recently added a useful new feature to their Webmaster Central portal, which Google employee Matt Cutts says can help you get some extra links. It allows you to see dead URLs that sites are linking to on your site (a.k.a. pages that don’t…

Easy PHP Reflections

Looking to create that cool reflection effect on an image? There are plenty of JavaScript solutions, such as Reflection.js, to handle the effect on the client side, but what if you want to do it on the server end, to ensure maximum compatibility or…

Scheduled Downtime October 23rd

First there was an unexplained downtime of half a day (!!!) last month, now my host is planning a scheduled downtime to upgrade their core switches in their datacenter. This will take approximately one hour on October 23rd “sometime between 12 am and 6…

Use WP125 as an Ad Rotator

I’ve received a few emails now asking for ad rotation features in WP125. Now, that’s not something I want to build into the plugin’s core files. Only a few people want it, and I don’t want to make the code needlessly bloated over something…

iBegin Share

Social media has really taken off in recent years. Few major blogs don’t have some sort of widget or icon on permalink pages to promote Digging, Stumbling, or whatever. Many blogs go nuts and have 26 different social bookmarking icons in a row beneath…

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