How to build and host a website for free

Posted on October 5, 2009. Filed under: Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmo Richards at TechSupportAlert tells How to build and host a website for free.

This link is to part 1 — part 2 links from the bottom of this.

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MyStickies, Sticky Notes for the Web

Posted on October 5, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, searching, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

MyStickies, Sticky Notes for the Web “allows you to place little yellow squares of digital paper anywhere and everywhere you feel like in the whole wide web. Along with the ability to put sticky notes on webpages mystickies offers a powerful interface to browse, search, sort, edit and generally have a wonderfull time with your sticky notes from any computer that has internet access.”

“A part of the MyStickies service is an account area where you can go to quickly view all the notes you have placed. You can modify the text of the notes from there or delete old notes no longer needed. The account allows you to review your notes, go back to the sites you have “stickied,” and otherwise manage your notes.”

“MyStickies also gives each account an unlimited number of Sticky Pages. These are blank pages except for a title which you choose, which you may place your notes on. They are a scratch pad for you to organize thoughts, keep to-do lists, or write reminders to yourself.”

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Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview for Windows Internet Explorer

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview for Windows Internet Explorer is a free utility that lets you compare how a web page will look in IE 6 and 8.

Now that Internet Explorer 8 is trying to stick closer to the internationally-agreed standards for web pages, many older pages will not display properly in version 8.  Here’s a way for webmasters to check.

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Follow That Page web monitor

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Online Software, searching | Tags: , , , , , , |

Follow That Page – web monitor: we send you an email when your favorite page has changed.

A free service.

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My Internet Explorer Cannot Connect to Secure Web Sites

Posted on June 29, 2009. Filed under: Help, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Security | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

My Internet Explorer Cannot Connect to Secure Web Sites is an Internet Fixes post.

When your IE can’t seem to connect properly to a secure site (such as the Library’s databases, or a site with password protection, or a payment page), you can check here for possible solutions.

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PrintWhatYouLike lets you do just that

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: printing | Tags: , , , , , , |

“Ever print a web page only to find your printout is full of ads, empty space and other junk you don’t want? PrintWhatYouLike is a free web page editor that gives you control of how web pages look when printed.”

Enter a web page URL and get a printable page back without ads, widgets and other stuff. Or use the Bookmarklet. Free service, still beta testing.

This could be very useful for sites with lots of ads, or a distracting background.

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What sites do you trust?

Posted on October 7, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Help, Microsoft Internet Explorer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Internet Fixes has instructions on adding web sites you trust to the Internet Explorer Trusted Zone — or the Restricted Zone, if you’d rather keep away from them.

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Open Source Web Design makes it easy to look good

Posted on July 29, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Open Source Web Design (OSWD) “is a site to download free web design templates and share yours with others. We help make the internet a prettier place.”

Use their templates to jazz up your website’s appearance.

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MoFuse for mo’ versatile websites

Posted on April 21, 2008. Filed under: Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , |

MoFuse allows you to create a version of your website that works for mobile devices such as phones and other small screens. Interesting, free and pay services, depending on your needs.

Custom domain name* – Use your own domain name or sub domain.
SMS Widget – Place our SMS Widget onto your blog so your readers can get your mobile link via SMS message.
Automatic Redirect – Use our Automatic Redirect code to detect and redirect your mobile visitors to your mobile site.
Brand your mobile site – Upload your own image header/logo, grow your brands presence.
Generate revenue – Enroll in our revenue sharing program and earn 50% of all advertising profits using Google AdSense Mobile and AdMob!
Automatic Image Resizing – Got images? Too big for a mobile screen? No problem, we’ll shrink them down for you!
It’s affordable – By affordable we mean free. Yes we have a Professional level account, but all of our core features are available to everyone free of charge.
Fully Compliant – Your mobile site will render perfect on your visitors mobile devices as we’re 100% .mobi compliant!
Fully Hosted – No need to download anything! Just create your mobile site and we’ll do the rest!
Why use MoFuse?
Visit your website or blog on your mobile phone – That’s why. Your website is designed for screens 15″ or greater. MoFuse designs your mobile site for screens 3″ or less.

Another site that will help you do this is recommended by MakeUseOf and is called Feedm8. It will let you convert any website to a small screen and then forward it to your phone.

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A WYSIWYG editor for CSS, at last!

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: CSS, Freeware/Shareware, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Astyle is a CSS editor that lets you see the results of your changes in CSS immediately, side by side with the relevant code.

Sometimes it pays to have two views of something!

Astyle CSS editor is absolutely FREE software product. No adware, no spyware, no malware. You may use it free of charge for an unlimited time.”

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Yslow tells you why the site is slow

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Firefox, Freeware/Shareware, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Yslow for Firebug (a Firefox add-on) analyzes web sites and finds what is slowing them down.

A nice tool for developers trying to improve web site performance.  Y not?

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All My Faves link to the best on the web

Posted on April 14, 2008. Filed under: Fun | Tags: , , , , , |

All My Faves has links to what it considers the top 10% of every site on the web (in English, anyway).

They have weekly update sites, search engines, shopping sites, children’s sites, sports, weather, cellular, on and on and on and….

They have a lot of good sites listed.

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Comparing CMS software

Posted on March 22, 2008. Filed under: Content Management Systems, Web site creation, Wikis | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

CMS = Content Management System is defined by Wikipedia as “a program used to create a framework for the content of a Web site. CMSes are deployed primarily for interactive use by a potentially large number of contributors. For example, the software for the website Wikipedia is based on a wiki, which is a particular type of content management system.”

Wondering which one of many systems to use?

CMS Matrix allows you to compare up to 10 different systems at once. You can use the search function to narrow down the choices.

Another method is to actually try out a system.  You can do that at OpenSourceCMS by using one of the CMS systems offered there on for up to 3 months for free.

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Wigitize your RSS feeds

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: RSS, Web site creation, Widgets | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a review of Wigitize, which allows you to create a widget which turns RSS feeds to embeddable blog widgets.

“If you ever need to add some RSS feed to your website, Wigitize offers a quick and simple way to do that. No registration required, just enter the address of the website whose feed you want to use and click “Generate blog widget”. Once the widget is ready you can easily customize its style and visual appearance.”

Features

  • Convert any RSS feed to a web widget.
  • Embed widgets onto your blog or social networking profile.
  • Customize widget: choose visual style, show/hide title and date, set number of feeds to be shown etc.
  • No registration or sign up required.

Now, if we can only learn to agree on how to spell “widget”….

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Searching for web site hosts?

Posted on February 18, 2008. Filed under: Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a review of a service called WhoIsHostingThis which can be used to discover the hosts of your favorite web sites.

The theory is “The best way to find a reliable hosting service is to check who hosts popular websites. And WhoIsHostingThis is a free no-registration app that can help you with this. Enter the website adress and it will get you a link to its hosting company.”

This is also available as a plugin for Internet Explorer or Firefox.

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Web site marketing advice

Posted on February 12, 2008. Filed under: Help, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

For those who want to improve their web sites position (show up closer to the top/front) with the various search engines, there is free help.  Some of this would be useful for nonprofits as well as revenue-earning web sites.  One example (which requested a listing here) is:
Title: Free Search Engines Submission to Google, Yahoo, MSN
URL: http://www.plantinhamilton.com/b2evolutionblogs/index.php
Description: How to Get Large Websites Indexed by Listed in Google & Other
Top Search Engines.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • How to Get Large Websites Indexed by Listed in Google & Other Top Search Engines?
  • The Secret To Getting Listed In Google In Under 48 Hours.
  • How To Skyrocket Your Website To The Top Of Google With Properly Planned Offpage Optimization.
  • Optimize The Wrong Keywords. You’ll Likely Never See Results!
  • Are You Asking Google To Penalize Or Ban Your Website?
  • Don’t Get Your Website Banned By Google… By Accident.
  • Biggest Misconception About Ranking Well In The Search Engines.
  • Three Ways To Get Listed In Google!
  • How It’s Actually Possible To Rank Better Than #1 In Google And Yahoo – Overnight.
  • What In The World Is This Google Sandbox Theory Thing? And How Do I Beat It?
  • Get The Most Links To Your Website In The Least Amount Of Time.
  • The Secret To Optimize Your Website For Yahoo And MSN.
  • Yahoo Tips For Higher Rankings.
  • How To Please Your Website Visitors.
  • Difference between SEO and (Search engine optimization) and SEM ( search engine marketing)
  • How to fake PageRank and how to find websites with faked PR.
  • The importance of a page 1 listing and how to get it.
  • One-way links, reciprocal links, three-way-links. What’s best?
  • Why Can’t I Get All My Web Pages Indexed By The Search Engines?
  • How To Become An Internet Marketing Expert?
  • How To Get Instant Traffic To Your Website For Only A Nickel A Lead!
  • How to Beat the Search Engines and Get FREE Traffic to Your Site!
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Unspammable email link for your web site

Posted on February 5, 2008. Filed under: Email, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Email spammers use robot software to search web sites for email addresses, and then use those to send you all that worthless junk to fill your inbox.

But you have to have your email address out on your web site, don’t you?

Here’s one answer: an “unspammable” email trick.

“Here’s a script to prevent spammers and email harvesters from finding your email address on your website. The below email address link is unretrievable by spammer robots. Simply update the variables with your email information and replace your mailto: links with this script.”

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Color picky, picky, picky….

Posted on February 5, 2008. Filed under: Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ever have someone nitpick about your web site’s colors?

“I’d like it a little more bluish, like the Windows color, only down below, I don’t want it so yellowish… ”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just give me the hexadecimal value to plug in to the HTML.”

“The what?”

Try pic2color to see how graphics and such will look in different color schemes. There’s even a pop-up version (under the Palette tab) to put on your web site.

Another way to do this is the Color Palette Generator. “Enter the URL of an image to get a color palette that matches the image. This is useful for coming up with a website color palette that matches a key image a client wants to work with.”

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Cheat Sheet: RGB Hexadecimal Colors

Posted on February 5, 2008. Filed under: Everything | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I Love Jack Daniels” has a number of handy cheat sheets for programmers. There is no apparent requirement to share the same taste in drinks just to use the cheat sheet, however.

RGB Hex Colour Chart

Posted in Cheat Sheets, September 22, 2003

“A free, printer-friendly RGB Hex colour chart for web designers.”

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Cheat Sheet: PHP

Posted on February 5, 2008. Filed under: programming, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , |

[last updated 2009.7.17]

Added Bytes” has a number of handy cheat sheets for programmers.

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