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Issue #5 - April 9th, 2002

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TURNING BEGINNERS INTO WEB DESIGNING FOOLS
No Books, No Programming.
Learn Visually at WordNet University.

http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/wordnet.html

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In this issue:

1. Jonathan : The Solutions Forum

2. How to Keep People Away From Your Website, Part 2

3. Cool Tool : ZoneAlarm

4. Free Advertising

5. Final Quote

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1. Jonathan : The Solutions Forum

I set up a messageboard : http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/thesolutions/

Please visit it.

It's The Solutions Forum. You'll find diffent topics such as HTML, Scripts, Promotion, Search Engines, and more.

I'm the future I'm going to be wanting moderators for the different areas of the forum. I'm going to be keeping my eyes open for helpful people.

You can also have your website critiqued there. Go to The Solutions Forum, and find out how.

If you think that there is a section that SHOULD be in the forum, then please let me know. I may add it, and I may put you in charge of it(if you'd like)!

And now, for Part 2 of How to Keep People Away From Your Website.

For anybody who missed Part 1, you can go to: http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/solutions/issue004.html

Enjoy,

Jonathan
editor[at]prowebsitemanagement[dot]com

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2. How to Keep People Away From Your Website, Part 2

Having a problem getting visitors to your website and keeping them there? Here are a few more things you may be doing.

HORIZONTAL SCROLL BAR
<sarcasm> People don't mind having to scroll right, then scroll left, then scroll down, then scroll right, then scroll left, then scroll down, etc. </sarcasm>


Not everybody has big monitors, or a high screen resolution set. Check your website on different computers, with different browsers, with the window at different sizes.

Does a horizontal scroll bar appear? If one does, then you may have to go through your HTML. Consider making changes to tables, so that instead of pixels, they are set at percentage. That way, the text will wrap around the open window, instead of locking into place and forcing people to have to scroll to the side. Also don't overdo it with giant images.


JAVA
<sarcasm> Most popular and professional websites use java on their website. </sarcasm>

Yeah right. How many popular/professional websites use Java? Very, very few. If any. Some may use Java for some small thing. But you won't see them doing crappy Java tricks on the main page. Why? Because Java is a clogger. It takes awhile to load, usually holds up the browser, occasionally crashing it.


PAGE DOWNLOAD TIME
<sarcasm> Hey, everybody has fast internet connections. This is the 21st century. </sarcasm>

Everybody does NOT have fast internet connections. There are still lots of people using modems. There are also a lot of people using slow computers. This is another factor when it comes to 'loading' a page up. Flash/Java are just a few things that can cause problems for people.

Try to hook up with somebody who has a slow computer and access your website. How long is it taking to load?

Consider optimizing your graphics. Do a search for graphic optimizers on Google, and I'm sure you'll find some good ones. You might also consider dividing the large pages into smaller pages.


ALL CAPS
<sarcasm> CAPS GETS YOUR ATTENTION. DOESN'T IT? LOOK AT ME, EVERYBODY! WOW, ISN'T THIS GREAT? </sarcasm>

Using all caps in emails, websites and in chatrooms is considered rude. It's associated with yelling. If you are going to do it with something, use it sparingly, such as I have done with the different paragraphs of this article.


SPELLING/GRAMMAR
<sarcasm> you're website can bee proffesiaonal even if yu mispell wordz </sarcasm>

Yuck! Spelling seems to be one of the biggest problems for people nowadays. If you really have a problem with spelling, then get a dictionary! Dictionaries are there for a reason.

There is nothing worse, than going to a website that claims to offer services yet fails to spell professional the right way. Or another one that writes you're instead of your, or vice versa.

Simply put, you CAN NOT misspell if you want to pass yourself off as a credible and professional website.

At http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/wordweb.html, you'll find information on an excellent FREE dictionary that you download onto your computer. I recommend that you check it out.


DUMB BROWSER TRICKS
<sarcasm> Ooh. Look at the bubbles following my mouse! Wow, look at the background change colors when my mouse moves over that part of the image. </sarcasm>

Last but not least, comes the stupid tricks. Please, nobody wants little bubbles following their mouse. Unless perhaps you have a website that targets 2 year olds.

Mouseovers CAN be okay for some images, if used the right way. But don't do those silly tricks that change the background color of the page. What a nuisance.

I could go on and on with dumb things that can be done. But I don't want to, because it's not a pleasant thought. The tricks are usually cute for about 2 seconds, then it gets old. Also remember, they could freeze somebody's computer, and I can guarantee that the odds are very slim of that person ever wanting to return to your site, unless it's your grandmother.

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3. Cool Tool : ZoneAlarm

ZoneAlarm is a firewall.

A firewall is basically the program that stands between you and the internet. It can prevent rogue programs(such as spyware, or trojans) to connect to the internet, and it can also block access from the internet to your computer(hackers).

Zone Labs offers ZoneAlarm free for "individual and not-for-profit charitable entity use (excluding governmental entities and educational institutions)."

Basically, you can use it for free on your computer, or in a non-profit organization, but you can't use it on a business, school or a government computer.

ZoneAlarm is great because it is easy to setup. You install it, twist a few settings, and presto, you have a firewall up.

Firewalls are especially important nowadays because there are people out there always probing computers to find vulnerable ones. ZoneAlarm will alert you these probes.

You can get ZoneAlarm at:
http://www.zonelabs.com/products/za/index.html

On average, I get in between 20-30 probes a day. I know this because ZoneAlarm tells me.

Who knows how many might get into my computer if I didn't have a firewall up?


..GOT A COOL TOOL?
A cool tool can be a service, script, program, book, etc. Something useful to webmasters can qualify.
(Please don't send me affiliate links)

Send me the description and url(if any) to:
editor[at]prowebsitemanagement[dot]com

All Cool Tools featured in Awesome Solutions For Webmasters
can be found at PRO Website Management's site.
http://www.prowebsitemanagement.com/cooltools.html

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4. Free Advertising

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And the Awesome Solutions for Webmasters subscriber who is now a lucky winner of free advertising is..

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5. Final Quote :

"Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time - I think I've forgotten this before" - Stephen Wright


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