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CSS Optimization: Cleaning Up Your Stylesheet Analysis

Blogging Pro has an interesting analysis on CSS Optimization that is definitely helpful if you are considering your website’s design optimization as well as your Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Just be careful using these on WordPress Themes. I have been spending some time looking at CSS Optimization tools today. I wanted something free, online, and […]

Web Page Design and Styles: Let The One Who Has Never Hacked A Stylesheet Throw The First Stone At Me

I will have graphic details on the new design of this blog, as well as tips and tricks for working with the new CSS Editor on WordPress.com and Sandbox Theme shortly as life has gotten in the way. Until then, take a look at this brilliantly written, and perfectly descriptive, essay by Mandarin on “Stylesheet […]

Genealogy Blog: Choosing a Blog Title and Domain Name and URL

Deciding what your blog name and title should be might be easy for you. If your blog is about cats, then you can call it the “Cat Blog” or “About Cats Blog” and have the domain name/URL (address) be http://www.catblog.com or http://www.aboutcats.com. If your name is Sally Smith, you might want to call it http://www.sallysmith.com […]

WordPress.com Custom CSS – All The Styles for the Sandbox Theme

While not complete, here is my first attempt to put all the styles together from within the new WordPress.com Sandbox Theme stylesheet. You can copy the styles from this CSS file. This style sheet does not include the core layout architecture. You choose that from the “skins” after selecting the Sandbox Theme, setting the columns […]

Genealogy Blog: The Blog Budget – How Much Does a Blog Cost?

I’ve talked about making a plan and determining which features I will need for my family history blog. Are you overwhelmed yet? In order to determine what you want in your blog, you should start with a plan and that involves asking the easy and hard questions to determine what you want, as well as […]

Customize Your WordPress.com Blog’s Look and Theme

Hang onto your WordPress.com hats. You can now customize your own WordPress.com blog. I will be playing with this soon, but to get you started, here is the news. WordPress.com has announced release of a Sandbox Theme by Scott Allan Wallick and Andy Skelton. It allows you to customize your own WordPress.com blog’s look. This […]

Genealogy Blog: Determining What Features I Want in My Blog

Before I can figure out how much this is going to cost as part of my blog budget, I need to know what I want, how much it will cost, and what I’m willing to pay for. To start, I need to look at the features I want in my blog. While I might want […]

SEO Secret: Exploring How Search Engines Explore

Search Engine Optimization, aka SEO, is the technique of cleaning up your web page code to maximize your “search engine friendliness” and search engine coverage. The core purpose of search engine optimization is: Help search engines search your entire website or blog. Provide key words and phrases to help a search engine determine how to […]

Blogging Challenge: Top 10 Keywords for Your Blog

The next blogging challenge in the ongoing series of Lorelle on WordPress Blogging Challenges is on keywords and search engine optimization (SEO). List your top 10 keywords for your blog. Part One – List Your Top 10 Keywords for Your Blog This is a two-fold exercise. First, off the top of your head, write down […]

Creating Attention Getting Linkable Content

Internet Vibes offers “How to Create Content That Will Get You Loads of Links” by David Callan is an easy-to-read article with tips on how to get people to link to your blog and your blog’s content. When one is looking for links, the focus changes from your prospective clients out there to fellow bloggers […]

Digg: The Wisdom of the Crowd Debated

Recently, a WordPress.com blog, Evoling Trends, was smacked with a ton of traffic from Digg and elsewhere. The resulting hulabalu is discussed in Diggs Biggest Flaw Discovered, and while there are a few exagerations, it speaks well of the “wisdom of crowds” mentality that often concerns me with “Web 2.0″ thinking. The bigger problem, however, […]

Abuse: Keyword Spamming versus Tag Spamming

I met a person recently who stopped learning web page design in 1999 and still considers himself still an expert. You know the type. Dangerous with just a little bit of experience. He knows nothing of web standards, tableless web page design, or any modern techniques or technologies. He knows 1999 HTML and CSS 101 […]

See What Search Engines See When They Visit Your Website

As part of your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) efforts, take time to run your website or blog through a few tests to see how a search engine sees your website or blog when they visit. It’s a good learning experience. Things to look for are: What is seen first, second, and third. When the “meat” […]

Blogs That Stand Out

Recently, someone complimented this blog, saying “among all the blogs I’ve looked at this is one that really stood out”. I loved the compliment, but it also got me thinking. What makes a blog stand out from the blogging crowd for you? What is it about a blog that makes it stand out from the […]

Wikipedia – Comparison of Web Browsers

Wikipedia now has a Comparison of Web Browsers in its collection. It lists 34+ different browsers and includes information comparing the browsers, cost, release history, operating system support, features, accessibility issues and features, web technology support, protocol support, image format support, internationalization, vulnerabilities, and more. The titles of the browsers link to articles on Wikipedia […]

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