- The Bare Bones Guide to HTML - in English and many other languages
- BoogieJack.com - free graphics, HTML tutorials
- A Guide to HTML and CGI Scripts
- HTML Code Tutorial
- HTML XHTML Tutorials
- Web Developer's Virtual Library
- WebReference.com - formerly known as "the Webmaster Reference Library"
- How to set Internet Explorer 8 View Source Tool/Editor - how to change from the view-only default tool to Notepad or other editor
- Change the Source Viewer in IE, Firefox and Opera
- Adobe Dreamweaver
- Microsoft Expression
- Microsoft SharePoint Designer - successor to FrontPage, download for FREE
- Microsoft FrontPage - product discontinued in 2006
GRAPHICS & DESIGN
- BACKGROUNDS, CLIP ART, STOCK PHOTOS:
- MySpace LAYOUTS:
- ElectricEarl.com Music Links: Music On the Internet: DIY Tools - links to download encorders for MP3, Windows Media, RealAudio, etc.
- AutoScripter.com - cut-and-paste scripts into your page free of charge
- Cascading Style Sheets - the official spec, also lots of useful links
- Dynamic HTML - explanation and examples
- Guide to HTML and CGI Scripts - also includes info on Perl code
- Matt's Script Archive - free CGI scripts for guestbook, random link generator, etc.
- Sun Microsystems:
WEB HOSTING & DOMAIN NAMES
- Whois - domain name lookup - see if the domain name you want is already taken
- ICANN - List of Accredited and Accreditation-Qualified Registrars
- American Association of Domain Names: Domain Name Information
- ICANN [The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers]
- Network Solutions (InterNIC) (homepage)
- igoldrush.com - free domain name news and info
- igoldrush.com - check domain name availability - like Whois but database includes UK domain names
- Web Hosting Stuff - a hosting directory site that lists and reviews thousands of Web hosting plans
- Budget Web - resource for finding inexpensive Web host services
- Tripod - your own free Web space here
GETTING YOUR WEB SITE LISTED ON SEARCH ENGINES
- The best way to drive traffic to your Website is to get listed on search engines. Some companies offer to do the job for you - for a fee - promising to submit your site to "hundreds" of search engines. But this is rather silly, considering that nearly everybody uses the same few search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc.). Better to save your money, and do the submitting yourself.
- Add your URL to Google
- Search Engines - each one on this list has a page on their site where your can submit your URL
- Nielsen NetRatings Search Engine Ratings - pie chart indicates which search engines were the most popular in 2006
SEO: SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION
- This refers to schemes to make your site appear higher in the search results. It helps to have appropriate keywords and META tags on your homepage. Also, Google and other search engines will rank your pages higher if a lot of other sites link to your site.
All of the above will happen naturally (over time) if your site has great CONTENT! That's how it's supposed to work. However, many so-called SEO companies cheat by filling up a site with popular keywords that have nothing to do with the actual content of the site. Also, they post links to their site on unrelated blogs and guestbook pages around the Internet, or they create a bunch of pages that do nothing but link to each other (a "link farm"). CAREFUL: This kind of stuff can get your site dropped by the search engines entirely!
- Google guidelines:
- 36 SEO Myths That Won’t Die But Need To
- Spamdexing: Link spam - Wikipedia article about search engine spamming
- Typosquatting - Wikipedia article about cybersquatters who register common misspellings of popular domain names
- What People Search For - Most Popular Keywords
- How To Use HTML Meta Tags (March 2007 article)
- Death Of A Meta Tag (October 2002 article)
- Revisiting Meta Tags (December 2002 article)
- Google Recommends Using Meta Description Tag (November 2006 article)
- Yahoo! Fond Of Keywords Meta Tag, Google Ignores Them For Search Rankings (October 2006 article)
EXCLUDING SEARCH ENGINE ROBOTS
- If you have a Web page that you do not want search engines to index, such as a "private" page meant only for your inner circle or a "place-holder" page at an obsolete URL, you can put a special META tag in the header of the page. This method is simple, but reportedly not recognized by all search robots. The more accepted, but complicated, way is to install a robots.txt file which lists the pages to be ignored.
- Wikipedia: Robots Exclusion Standard
- Robotstxt.org - all about the Robots Exclusion Standard
TRAFFIC ANALYSIS: general
- Digits Web Counter - hit counters
- WebTrends - detailed traffic analysis for your entire site
- SuperStats - Web traffic statistics service
TRAFFIC ANALYSIS: decoding IP addresses
There are programs (see above) that will analyze your server logs and compile a general report about your traffic. But if you just want to spot check certain entries (for example, to see who's looking at that new page you just added), you can use these databases to look up IP addresses manually. This will tell you where your traffic is coming from, or at least where their ISP is based.
- WHOIS: domain search - click "IP address" option
- ARIN WHOIS Database Search (American Registry for Internet Numbers)
- RIPE NCC: Whois Queries - European IP address database
- APNIC Whois Search - Asian IP address database
LINKS (good & bad)
- Find out who's linking to your pages:
- AltaVista - Enter "link:http...[your URL]" in the search window.
Try with and without "www" in your URL. You'll get different results.
- You should also check URL's for your graphics, because there are people who will plug your images into their page as if it's part of their own site, especially if you have a popular Webcam or comic strip.
- If there is a persistent problem, you may need to change your filenames on a regular basis (Dilbert changes filenames every day). You can also teach the thieves a lesson by leaving an embarrassing graphic at the old filename - use your imagination! (Here's my spoiler file.)
- Freeloaders will also drain your server by linking directly to your streaming audio and video files, making it look like they are hosting the clips, so check links to those URL's, too.
- Tinyurl.com - converts extremely long URL's to something short
- Alexa.com - find out how your site ranks in popularity
- Aquent Partners - temp jobs for Website designers (most assignments require high-tech programming credentials)
- FreeFind Search Engine - they claim you can "Add a search engine to your web site today, for free, in less than 10 minutes!"
- ISpy WebCam Software - a utility that automatically grabs images, connects to the Internet and FTPs them to a Web server
- SpyFu - search engine shows Google Adwords data, including the bid price of particular keywords
- 10 Big Myths about copyright explained - read this before you post somebody else's material!
- USNO Time On Your Page - how to put a clock on your Web page
- WS_FTP - download free version of FTP utility for Windows
- Domain counts - a calculation of how many Websites are on the Internet