Ignoring standards in Web Development is like raising a child in the jungle. That child will not perform well in normal society when mature.
When you build anything, it must be adapted to the fundamental features of similar products. At least to some degree.
When I started building websites over 15 years ago, it was mostly by trial and error.
Like many Professional Web Developers who are self-taught, I didn’t know much about conversion optimization, typography, vertical spacing, and the countless other ingredients that make a great website.
These are some of the standards that are critical to the success of a modern site or application.
Design and programming best practices were developed mostly through testing, experimentation, and analytic reviews. This is what gives it strength.
Industry tested approaches and techniques that are proven to work should be fairly reliable, right?
Most big companies didn’t know much about this as well, and many still don’t. Back then there were no major college level programs focusing on website development.
One day just like any, you open your favorite browser and the screen goes blank. You press a bunch of buttons hoping it’s just a glitch, but nothing happens.
After several minutes of waiting, you decide to restart the computer. On startup, you get a blue screen displaying an error message. In short, your computer has crashed, taking thousands of family photos, videos, prized music, and even movie collections.
Even worse, your tax, other important documents, business-related data, shortcuts, favorites, bookmarks, applications, and software are all gone.
You can try a data recovery service, but there is no guarantee the files can be retrieved.
Google’s head of web spam, Matt Cutts, recently addressed the question of how social network pages are handled by the search engines in a video posted on YouTube. His answer was a bit misleading in my view.
179,000 plus impressions in Google Search and barely 500 clicks! That’s the worst I’ve seen.
It’s like tending a Gold Mine and coming up empty every day. This is the slow strangulation happening to a site I recently did some work on. I’m so unhappy about this, I decided to write this post to help other site owners avoid this problem.
At site launch, these basics must be addressed
Do you know how to access your Webmaster Tools Account (WMT)? Do you even have an account?
A standard inclusion on any new website that I develop is WMT setup, XML sitemap creation, sitemap submission to WMT and ongoing site monitoring through the platform.
Web Hosting is a term for the service of storing and serving up the files of a website. The service provider is referred to as a Web Host. Godaddy, Blue Host, and Hostgator are examples of website hosting service providers.
So how exactly does web hosting work?
Well it’s very simple. A website is a collection of files. These files need to be stored on a computer’s hard drive.
Would you build a house on land that was unstable? I’m guessing the answer is no.
This same principle applies when reviewing services and looking for the best web hosting company for your website business.
Think for a moment if a server has a hiccup and the entire website is wiped out. Will the host be able to help?
A few years ago websites went down constantly whenever they were promoted on Digg. This happened because of the sudden spike in traffic that came from this site.
How will the host handle a similar problem if it was your website?
These are just two common problems. But don’t underestimate them. Having an established site crash while money is being made and customers are using the site is the worst case scenario. And this alone can drive a person crazy.
When the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed, it powered the migration of thousands of people and the growth of countless towns and cities.
If you want to increase the traffic volumes your website is getting then consider these early railroads.
If there is a faster and easier way to get to a destination, people will use it. Even though they might not have thought to go there before. And if it cost nothing, the choice is almost a no-brainer.
These early migrants were already in America. Similarly, the pageviews you desire will be created by your site’s current user base, or your extended community.
More pageviews = more opportunities to convert sales.
There are lots of easy ways to improve a website’s pageviews. I will tell you what they are. These tips are not blackhat or unethical. These are simple solutions that are also force multipliers. They call this Growth Hacking today.
With the expense and time involved in driving new visitors to your site, you need one time fixes and updates that allow your site to capitalize on it’s current user base over time.
We all know there are countless work at home scams shamelessly being pedaled online and even offline. A legitimate home based business can seem like a pipe dream to someone who has never ran one before. Often seeding these ideas require a lot of connections, capital and ground work. But I can propose some options that don’t require a big network, large amounts of money or years of ground work.
I”ll share with you three jobs I’ve tried my self. And two others I firmly stand behind. They require little to no money to start. But please take note, they do require a little bit of skills and training. So if you decide to try any of these, expect to put in at least one month of training. Also, try to have Continue reading “5 legitimate home based business ideas”
Your website might be suffering with issues that need immediate attention. Let me shed some light on several areas often neglected by Webmasters. After these upgrades, you can expect a significant boost in readership, performance and overall growth of the site. Here they are;
1. Reduce the number of objects loaded
Then trash or combine some of them. Try to bring it to under 20 objects. The key is to improve latency and increase speed.
To create a WordPress template (theme) in 5 minuets you will not start from scratch. There is no need for that when you want to quickly develop themes. The purpose of this article is to outline the fast track to theme creation (Not theme design, that is a different thing).
The benefit is a new theme ready for styling within minuets. It’s a jump start for designers and folks with low tech skills or interests. In other words, if you don’t want to deal with complex code. And you just want to spend time designing or making minor changes.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what do you think a good logo is worth?
And if it’s worth anything, you can bet it will cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to create a logo.
This is a relatively small investment for something that may help catapult your business to success. But you don’t have to spend anything to make a good looking logo for your website.
Gimp is the freeway to a professional looking logo. You can do it yourself and it will cost nothing but your time.
If you’re interested in creating logos using Gimp, let me first introduce you to this program, then I will walk you through the basic steps.
Gimp is a free image editing software that runs on almost any computer and operating system.
This software can be used to retouch photos. It can be used to crop, re-size, or optimize images for use on the web.
Best of all it can be used to create custom text or graphic art.
I’ve used it for a number of edits on my own, and client projects.
It’s very effective in providing the features now considered standard for Graphic Software. If you don’t want to pay an outside person or company to do your logo, you will find this software very useful for creating professional looking artwork.
HTML5 is here and so is the long awaited Audio Tag. They said it would take a decade or more, but it’s quickly being adopted by popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
Although it’s not a W3C recommendation yet (at the time of this writing), there is enough support to start experimenting and developing websites and applications with the new elements. I’ll cover the HTML5 Audio Tag specifically in this article.
UPDATE: This article is no longer useful. Craigslist has disallowed embedded images in their posts and this tracking method is obsolete.
I’ve made thousands of dollars from leads generated by CraigsList Ads. At first I didn’t care how much views my ads received. I only cared about who called me or clicked on my website’s link because I can easily monitor that.
With a bad economy, it became harder to generate the same amount of leads.