Archive for the 'Web Development' Category

Miva Merchant and Google Analytics

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Why reinvent the wheel? If you have an online store based on Miva Merchant, you’ll probably want to know where your buyers are coming from. Miva Merchant 5 does not include this capability by default, and it can take a good working knowledge of both Miva and Google Analytics to create your own solution. Or, […]

Article Marketing Lives On – Part II: It’s All About The Title Stupid

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

A couple weeks ago we wrote a post on article marketing, providing a free directory list of the top 5 article marketing directories. The list isn’t long, because the fact of the matter is, there are lots of article directories out there that aren’t worth a dime. But the fact of the matter is, those […]

Firebug can slow Firefox to a crawl

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Firebug is a great tool for analyzing and debugging HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and more. I love it. But I also hate it. As of Version 1.3.2, it stores information about almost every resource downloaded as you browse the web, regardless of whether or not you have Firebug turned on. For someone like me that averages […]

800×600 is dead, almost

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

We were just revisiting an old client’s site, and we were struck by how narrow the design looks, having been designed to fit on 800 pixel screen widths. (My MacBook Pro’s “squat” 1440×900 screen definitely exaggerates this effect.) It used to be considered a best practice to design websites for 800×600 pixel displays. This width […]

Google Analytics can track Flash

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Google Analytics now can track activity in Flash. This means that Flash sites and components can be built in such a way as to provide visibility into user behavior. The Google Analytics Tracking for Adobe Flash component must be incorporated into your Flash content, thus you will need to make changes to your files, not […]

On-Demand Indexing for Google Site Search

Friday, November 14th, 2008

If you’re using Google Site Search to provide search functionality on your site, there’s some good news. They have just rolled out On-Demand Indexing: you can tell them that your content should be re-indexed whenever you want, such as after content additions or changes. NOTE: This indexing does not affect the main search engine index, […]

The number 1 design rule

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

The golden rule for good web design is simply: Don’t annoy users. They will leave. A lot of big, beautiful, and expensive web sites commit cardinal sins that result in higher bounce rates and lower sales. Most annoying behaviors are easy to avoid. These sins include: Splash pages Sound or music when the page loads […]

Dedicated vs. shared hosting for SEO

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Someone recently asked if it was better for SEO to have dedicated or shared hosting for their website. First, a little background: Your web address is translated into an IP address, a set of numbers that identifies the web server that hosts your website. Your web address has only one IP address. For instance, the […]

What to do with form spam

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

If you have a form on your website, you’ve almost certainly received meaningless form submissions that contain links to site that sell medication, cheap stocks, pyramid schemes, and other unwanted material. This “form spam” is often automatically generated by software that can quickly fill out thousands of forms. Sometimes real people fill them out quickly […]

10 free SEO tips

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Want to do SEO yourself? Or do you want to save time and money working with SEO consultants like us? Here are some free SEO tips to get your started: Write more — You can’t have too much content. Not only will it help with your most important keywords, it will also help acquire traffic […]