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.
If you run a website and have someone administering it for you, they may have much more power than you realize. With great power ... comes great risk.
Where to host your website depends on what kind of a website it is. Options range from free to expensive based on your needs.
SQL is a powerful language for accessing databases used by many web sites. Unfortuntely it's easy for hackers to exploit if used carelessly.
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.
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.
Backing up a website is an important step in web development. The best method is to design locally.
Copy protecting websites is difficult, and I believe there is no practical, technical solution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Internet content theft is rampant. Prevention is nearly impossible, but there are steps to control it, and perhaps even turn it to your advantage.
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?
"Comment Spam" places links to spammers websites in the comments of blogs around the internet. There are various techniques to combat it.
Spiders that scan web sites are an important part of today's internet. Sometimes, though, spiders can cause problems for web site owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's a mistake that website designers sometimes make that can seriously impact the amount of information downloaded to display even a small photo.
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.
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.