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More web widgets

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday April 24, 2007 )

After my post on creating web widgets a couple of weeks ago, one of TTB’s readers let me know about a nifty one she created. Perhaps it’s time to start a thread on favorite web widgets? Add yours here. (more…)


Embedding documents in pages

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday April 21, 2007 )

If you’d like to make your PDF, Word, Powerpoint, Excel and other documents a little more accessible to your site visitors and give them more of a viral aspect, here’s a nifty free service to help you do so. (more…)


Dialup access statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday April 20, 2007 )

Dialup Internet access is certainly waning – but is it dead? Not quite. There’s still tens of millions accessing the web through dialup in the USA alone. (more…)


Flash splash page issues

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday April 10, 2007 )

Site splash pages, i.e. a page that displays a presentation before moving onto the real home page can be quite impressive.. the first time they are viewed. (more…)


Bookmark & reader icon overload

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday March 13, 2007 )

Accompanying the explosion of social bookmarking sites and feed reader services in recent years, increasing screen real estate is being taken up on sites giving visitors options of adding our feeds and pages to this or that service. A relatively new service for publishers does away with the icon clutter! (more…)


Your own social network

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Wednesday February 28, 2007 )

If you’ve always wanted to create your own social network and utilizing free services such as MySpace aren’t what you had in mind, this might interest you.. and yes, it’s free. (more…)


Page background colors

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday January 26, 2007 )

While on the topic of screen and display issues – do you specify background colors on your web pages; even if the background is just white? it’s a good idea to and here’s why. (more…)


Screen resolution statistics – January 07

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday January 25, 2007 )

It’s been around 4 months since I last took note of screen resolution statistics in relation to Taming the Beast.net’s visitors, so here’s a breakdown based on around 80,000 visitors over the last week. (more…)


Link previews for your site

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday January 21, 2007 )

Would you like to give your site visitors previews of any pages you link to without them having to leave the current page? A few simple lines of code can give you this handy feature. (more…)


Cross browser compatibility tool

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday January 18, 2007 )

When the Internet Explorer vs. NetScape browser wars were over, the dust settled to reveal NetScape lying bleeding in the gutter. I rejoiced, if only for not having to bother so much with cross browser compatibility issues any more – which were the bane of most web site developers back in those days.

Then FireFox reared its (insert term of choice here) head and I could see history repeating itself. (more…)