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Status sites

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday March 16, 2008 )

If you’re running a web services business; a status site can save your clients (and you) a ton of stress and frustration. (more…)


Dialup statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday March 4, 2008 )

It’s been a while since I took a look at statistics relating to dialup users in the USA… and yes, they definitely still exist. Here’s where things were nearly a year ago and how they are now. (more…)


Screen Resolution Statistics – Feb 08

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday February 28, 2008 )

After receiving millions of emails on the topic, actually, not quite that many; I thought it was time to take a look at how many folks are running particular screen resolutions. (more…)


Phone numbers on forms

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday February 24, 2008 )

I’ve been visiting dozens of sites today belonging to web development companies and have been surprised at the number of them that require a phone number to be entered on a contact form. (more…)


Handy utility – PHP Info

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday February 18, 2008 )

Ever needed to know what version of PHP or MySQL is running on your server; what operating system or perhaps modules installed? There may not be any need to have to submit a support ticket to your host. A simple application you can run called PHP info can tell you that and so much more! (more…)


Script editing tip

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday February 5, 2008 )

If you use scripts on your web site, even if you’re not a programmer, chances are you’ll need to do some basic editing at some stage. This tip may save you a lot of time and frustration. (more…)


Internet Explorer 8 on acid

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday January 5, 2008 )

One of the biggest gripes of most web developers regarding Internet Explorer is its W3C standards compliancy and support issues. That seems about to change with Internet Explorer 8. (more…)


Browser wars statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday January 4, 2008 )

It’s been a few months since I last checked, so I thought I’d take a peek at how things are stacking up in the browser wars. (more…)


What is mousetrapping?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday December 24, 2007 )

Mousetrapping isn’t anywhere near as popular a practice as it once was, but I still come across the milder forms from time to time. Some “gurus” advise webmasters that it’s a good way to keep people on your site. Nothing could be further from the truth. (more…)


Checked your links lately?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday December 22, 2007 )

Web pages can be a little like rabbits – start out with a few and then they seem to magically multiply. Before you know it, you have dozens, perhaps even hundreds of pages. During this growth phase, particularly if you’re changing things around, links can break – and that can cost you money. (more…)