Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.


Topics for those who own, operate or manage a web site - personal or business, large or small.

How can I keep someone from executing malicious SQL code on my website?

SQL is a powerful language for accessing databases used by many web sites. Unfortuntely it's easy for hackers to exploit if used carelessly.

How can I list blog entries on my non-blog web page?

You often see recent blog entries listed on web pages. If those pages weren't generated by the original blogging software, it's a little tricky to do.

How do I automatically redirect one web page to another?

It's sometimes the case that you'll want one URL to automatically forward to another. We'll look at several approaches to redirecting URLs.

How do I backup a website?

Backing up a website is an important step in web development. The best method is to design locally.

How do I copy-protect the text on my website?

Copy protecting websites is difficult, and I believe there is no practical, technical solution.

How do I host my own web site?

You'll be in for an education if you want to host your own web site, but we'll walk through a couple of the basic things you'll need to get started.

How do I include one HTML file inside another?

Using "include files", you can more easily organize data and remove the need to repeat the same information in several different files on your web site.

How do I make a picture smaller?

Images from cameras are often too big to display on websites, they're often bigger than people's screens. We'll look at resizing and cropping photos.

How do I move my Moveable Type web log?

Moving an existing MovableType based blog to a new server can be a bit of work, especially if there are differences on the new server.

How do I post a picture on the web?

Getting images from your camera to your hard disk is fairly easy. Posting pictures on the web is a little more work and a photo sharing site.

How do I prevent my blog posts from being copied?

Internet content theft is rampant. Prevention is nearly impossible, but there are steps to control it, and perhaps even turn it to your advantage.

How do I protect myself from my IT consultant?

When you have someone who helps manage your IT needs, you often give them a surprising amount of access. What happens if they turn evil?

How do I stop comment spam in my blog?

"Comment Spam" places links to spammers websites in the comments of blogs around the internet. There are various techniques to combat it.

My website is being pounded by spiders, what can I do?

Spiders that scan web sites are an important part of today's internet. Sometimes, though, spiders can cause problems for web site owners.

Should I include the "www" when linking to my web site?

As the owner of a web site there are plenty of decisions to make. One of the first is whether to standardize on including "www" or not.

Web site spam: what can I do about it?

Spam is no longer just something in email. Web site spam, or "comment spam" is on the rise. If you've seen website spam on your site, we'll look at some of the things you can do.

What HTML Editor Should I Use?

Editing HTML can be done in anything from Notepad to extremely large and powerful programming packages. What's right for you depends on your needs.

What alternatives are there to FrontPage?

FrontPage is a popular web page design tool, but there are many alternatives depending on exactly how you want to write and design web pages.

What is 'whois' protection, and do I need it?

When purchasing a domain you may be offered 'whois protection' or some kind of privacy option. I'll review what that is and when you need it.

Why am I getting so many generic comments on my website?

Constant posting into comment boxes and forums on websites is a full-time spam problem for website owners. I look at why and how this is happening across the web.

Why can't I post a comment on your website?

In order to post comments on a website, you need to have your computer configured in a way so that spam prevention programs can work. Otherwise, you'll get errors.

Why do some website pictures display so slowly?

There's a mistake that website designers sometimes make that can seriously impact the amount of information downloaded to display even a small photo.

Why do web pictures look blocky on my computer, but not on someone else's?

Some techniques used to speed up your web surfing experience can do so at the cost of image quality. We'll look at how, why and what you might do.

Why might you want to use "www" in your website references?

There's a minor speed win that busy web sites striving to be as fast as possible might take advantage of that's a little cleaner if you start with www.