SEO, HTML and Web Site Architecture

With hundreds of millions of users entering hundreds of billions of queries into major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, the importance of designing a site to be search-engine friendly cannot be underestimated. However, even the most experienced designers and developers can make simple mistakes that can cost their site thousands of views and (potentially) uncounted revenues. HTML Issues ... Sometimes, the “old-fashioned” methods are still the most effective. While many SEO...
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10 Best Open Source Tools for Web Developers

Web developers have a fond love for open source tools not only because these tools are generally free of cost, but they can be modified in any way the developer sees fit. That is actually where the free in free/open source software comes from. While .NET and other paid technologies and tools do have their place on the Web, it really is open source tools and applications that power it. There are thousands of great open source applications and picking the best among them is really hard since so many people have...
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Create a User Note-Keeping Utility For Your Site With IndexedDB: Part 1

Indexed Database (IndexedDB) is an API for storing data at client side and a proposed standard, still in the relatively early stages of development. With the IndexedDB API, developers can store data objects within the user's browser. In this tutorial series we will explore the basics of this emerging technology by building a simple note-keeping facility for a Web page or site. Users will be able to add and delete notes, with past notes automatically displaying when the user revisits. The notes are...
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Code Snippet: Keep Sidebar Elements in View When Scrolling

Whether it is a list of products you are promoting, published ads or other elements on the sidebar, you will likely want to have these elements in view at all times even when scrolling. By using JQuery, you can make this possible. To do this, use the code snippet below: //keep element in view (function($) { $(document).ready( function() { var elementPosTop = $('#sidebar-ads').position().top; $(window).scroll(function() { var wintop = $(window).scrollTop(), docheight = $(document).height(),...
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Baking a New Site With a Sprinkle of SEO Part 2

In part one of Baking a New Site With a Sprinkle of SEO, we covered some of the more important things a developer can do to help their sites find their way into the top positions of the search engines. This week, we look at more advanced steps you can take to really help catapult them up to the top. Advanced: canonical tags ... You may have heard about Google’s recent algorithm updates such as Panda and Penguin. Well, one of things Panda concerned its self about was not how much sugar cane it was getting,...
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Add a Simple Google, Yahoo! or Bing Search Box to Your Website

‘Search’ is the web’s most utilized and essential function. The major search engines process billions of keyword requests daily, but there are still some websites and blogs that have yet to incorporate the vital feature. While customized search box solutions are offered by various business entities, I prefer to use only the results from major engines: Google, Yahoo!, or Bing. Many of the commercial packages employ a free trial period to entice buyers, which tends to include very prominently...
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Baking a New Site With a Sprinkle of SEO Part 1

It doesn’t matter whether you’re an SEO, a developer, designer, information architect or any other myriad of digital based roles, we all want the same outcome; to do the best we possibly can for our websites. As an SEO myself, I’m interested in growing the performance of my client’s website in organic search. This is not something that I (or any other SEO for that matter!) can do single handed. We also rely on the skill of the web developer to implement and carry out our recommendations and technical...
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Animating Buttons with CSS3

Many of the emerging techniques in CSS3 are particularly well suited to interactive Web page elements such as buttons. In this tutorial we will explore using CSS3 properties including transforms, transitions, box shadows, backgrounds and rounded corners. We will be working with an anchor element, animating the button when it is in hover state. Most modern browsers support the bulk of the properties we will be using, but users with non-supporting browsers will still be able to see and interact with...
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