Proper Website Design Resources
Or should I say:
Tips, Tricks and Traps
This is a proper website design page I will be working on constantly – whenever I come across something interesting or useful, I’ll update this page.
I’ll also include useful tips in building a website, wherever I find them (Yes! I’m still much “in the process” – if not with this site, then the next one I’ll undoubtedly build! The first “straight” on the track is just coming into sight . . .)
As these gems accumulate, a blueprint for extra categories/sub-pages will crystallize. It’s also possible (I hope!) that visitors to this webpage will contribute interesting tidbits, so that in time this will develop into a powerful Resource!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term "Internet fraud" generally refers to any type of fraud scheme that uses one or more online services to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to others connected with the scheme. Internet fraud can take place on computer programs such as chat rooms, e-mail, message boards, or Web sites. More info at this site Wikipedia
What's the saying? "Avoidence is better than cure?" While you are making up your mind about the (not so) big step to start your own income generating website, don't be tempted with an "easy out." To further avoid scams, here's some handy info:
How to Protect Yourself From Clever Scammers -- Online and Offline.
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1. Firefox vs MS IE
If you intend to get involved in building a website, I would advise you (quite) strongly to change your web browser to Firefox (a free Download). It is not so much that I love to hate MS Internet Explorer, but that I have found Firefox immeasurably better than MS IE when it comes to handling large, interactive databases. It was too many times that, after hours of work, IE displays a message such as: “To protect your computer, this program will be closed down. We apologize for the inconvenience. Any unsaved work will be lost.”
And if you intend getting involved in website design, AND using Site Build It’s BlockBuilder, you WILL be involving very large databases. Especially in such tasks as building your Master Keyword List.
The Firefox Web Browser is the faster, more secure, and fully customizable way to surf the web, and it’s free! It is developed by Mozilla Developer Network (MDN). The Mozilla project encompasses several technologies that, together, comprise the Mozilla platform, with an open source code repository on the Web – there is an open invitation to any developer wishing to contribute to this project. You can download Firefox.
2. HTML code
It is often quite handy to include your own HTML code into Site Build It’s BlockBuilder. There is a lot of information and tips to be found on their website, but I’m beginning to feel the need to get deeper into writing/using this code. Based on the Mozilla architecture, some developers have produced a freeware HTML Editor called KompoZer. One of its most important features is that editing take place in WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) mode allowing you full control of layout as you work with your web design. You can download it here
If you eventually become a habitual user of the Site Build It/SiteSell integrated system of building efficient, profitable websites (as most of their clients do!), you will probably be looking at flashy design tools like Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Paint Shop Pro. (A significant financial outlay . . .) You can always upload your generated code into SBI’s BlockBuilder, and profit from all the other integrated tools. Hmm, dreaming of that . . .
What is Web Hosting? Old-fashioned Web hosting companies (such as 1&1, Interland, Verio, Yahoo!, AOL, Google, often your own ISP) provide storage space on a hard disk and the necessary bandwidth and even throw in a few tools.
Their idea is to put you up with a Web site that is offered as cheap, quick, easy. And you spend the rest of your life waiting to get discovered by the Search Engines.
Those were the days . . . What was the subject of Web site number one in 1989?
"When the Web was started, it was started as a mechanism for sharing high energy particle physics data," (according to Professor Rebecca Grinter of Georgia Tech's College of Computing.)
The creator of that first Web site, Tim Berners-Lee, wanted experts to be able to share data on particle smashing, even if they weren't at CERN in Switzerland where he was doing research. CERN, in Geneva, is the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Even today CERN proudly proclaims on its home page, "The world's largest particle physics laboratory, where the Web was born!" But today a bit more is shared than particle physics data . . .
Today (2010) there are more than 250,000,000 sites (nobody can be quite sure – large earthquakes can take out half the sites in the affected country . . .) The number of sites grows at around 10% per year, but the “users” at more like 20%.
One can deduce from this that competition on the Web must be quite fierce! It is therefore crucial that the host for a website be very carefully chosen – life or death for a website depends absolutely on a host’s ability to deliver on its promises. As the large search engines become more and more wise to the high-jinx of so-called Search Engine Optimizers (SEO’s), their craft will go more into decline. I can’t stress this enough: Choose your host very carefully!
Because this is “sharing” kind of website, I can only strongly suggest suitable hosts (can’t resist this one example: 62% of SBI! sites end up in the top 3% of ALL Web sites on the Net). But I would urge you to do your own research, and then look at this site:
The Tip of the day:
• It looks quite professional if your webpage displays a FavIcon (from Favorites Icon): The little icon next to and to the left of the http:// in your browser title bar. Source:
Wikipedia - FavIcon
Options to create a FavIcon are:
* Create it from scratch - try DeGraeve's Favicon Editor
or Photoshop tutorial
* Use an existing image - try •FavIcon from Pics
or Dynamic Drive's FavIcon Generator
Here’s a friendly site to generate one:
This is probably one of the most handy hints I can pass on to you - at some or other time something does go wrong on your PC. It could be Windows that worked itself into a knot. Or it could be the most dreaded occurence - a crashed hard drive . . .
It is at such a time that you heartfully wish that you had a way out.
There are a number of solutions available, but only one of them (that I know of!) offers the complete range of solutions to get you out of a terrible jinx: You can even recover data from a formatted or totally crashed disk. (I've done this myself and it worked! More unsettling was the realization that anybody with this powerful tool can get personal info from your thrown out hard drive. Except, this package includes tools to prevent even that . . .)
I'm not going to list all the tools - check it out yourself. In my book this is one of those Must have tools:
Unique Article Wizard
One of the most common questions I get asked is how to get more free (organic) traffic. The answer is actually quite simple - a stealth marketing strategy as used by all the top internet marketers.
What it boils down to is basically: Write (and Publish!) as many articles as you can. This, of course, entails a lot of joining Directories, etc. – filling in applications, getting approval, whatever.
Quite a drag – each article must also be unique . . .
Or you could use Unique Article Wizard, which submits hundreds of unique articles for you.
The process is actually reasonably simple and elegant, but I can’t tell you about it – I signed a non-disclosure agreement.
Best would be to check it out for yourself. What I can tell you, though, is that UAW has reached no. 1 ranking with Google for their niche . . .