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Website Maintenance

Tips on maintaining websites.
"You can't manage what you can't control, and you can't control what you don't measure." Tom DeMarco, Controlling Software Projects

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Friday, May 08, 2020

Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics (2020 Interface)

Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics (2020 Interface) If you’ve ever taken a quick peek at Google Analytics, you were probably thinking to yourself, “What is going on here? Where do I even begin?” Even if you’ve taken more than a quick look, this analytics and tracking giant can be quite overwhelming.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Cross Browser Testing

Make Every Web Experience Perfect, On Any Browser or Mobile Device. Ditch your VMs and Device Lab. Easily run Manual, Visual, and Selenium Tests in the cloud on 2050+ real desktop and mobile browsers.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Blog

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Blog:

'via Blog this'

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

About calculated metrics [beta] - Analytics Help

About calculated metrics [beta] - Analytics Help: "Calculated Metrics are user-defined metrics that are computed from existing metrics and drive more relevant analyses and enable greater actionability without leaving the product."

'via Blog this'

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to Speed Up WordPress at WhoIsHostingThis.com

How to Speed Up WordPress at WhoIsHostingThis.com: "If you use WordPress to host your site, you might share a complaint common with other WordPress users: your site is too slow.

... Beyond the simple steps of removing unnecessary plug-ins and themes, modest changes to your site can help you improve performance."

'via Blog this'

Sunday, October 12, 2014

LEARN YOU SOME GIT! A git Resource List | Acme Dot Company

LEARN YOU SOME GIT! A git Resource List | Acme Dot Company: "If you’re working on code, whether you’re doing it on your own or collaboratively, you really want to be using a version control/source code management system, and the one most widely used these days is Linus Torvalds’ program git."

'via Blog this'

Friday, September 19, 2014

Getting Started With CSS Audits ∙ An A List Apart Blog Post

Getting Started With CSS Audits ∙ An A List Apart Blog Post: "This week I wrote about conducting CSS audits to organize your code, keeping it clean and performant—resulting in faster sites that are easier to maintain. Now that you understand the hows and whys of auditing, let’s take a look at some more resources that will help you maintain your CSS architecture. Here are some I’ve recently discovered and find helpful."

'via Blog this'

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

About · CSSLint/csslint Wiki · GitHub

About · CSSLint/csslint Wiki · GitHub: "CSS Lint is an open source CSS code quality tool originally written by Nicholas C. Zakas and Nicole Sullivan. It was released in June 2011 at the Velocity conference.

A lint tool performs static analysis of source code and flags patterns that might be errors or otherwise cause problems for the developer."

'via Blog this'

CSS Audits: Taking Stock of Your Code · An A List Apart Article

CSS Audits: Taking Stock of Your Code · An A List Apart Article: "Most people aren’t excited at the prospect of auditing code, but it’s become one of my favorite types of projects. A CSS audit is really detective work. You start with a site’s code and dig deeper: you look at how many stylesheets are being called, how that affects site performance, and how the CSS itself is written. Your goal is to look for ways to improve on what’s there—to sleuth out fixes to make your codebase better and your site faster."

'via Blog this'

Monday, May 26, 2014

ViewDNS.info - Your one source for DNS related tools!

ViewDNS.info - Your one source for DNS related tools!:

'via Blog this'

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Anti Scraping | Scrape Defender | Data Protection Software

Anti Scraping | Scrape Defender | Data Protection Software: "We routinely scan your site for web scraping vulnerabilities, alert you about what we find and recommend  solutions."

'via Blog this'

Monday, February 25, 2013

How to Move a Website - Changing Web Hosts for your Website

How to Move a Website - Changing Web Hosts for your Website: "Moving a website can be a frustrating and stressful experience.  To help insure a "smooth move," we've created this guide. Do-it-yourselfers should read this guide carefully to avoid costly mistakes.  "

A good guide to the process.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Website Maintenance and Content Management « Next News

"All websites need to be confirmed continually in sequence to keep it up-to-date. And calm government is a partial of web maintenance. A successful website presents reasons for viewers to revisit a site-whether it is with latest contents, information, developments or an interactive element. And website upkeep includes calm updates, striking changes inside of a program."

Good comments on an often overlooked subject.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How ‘maintainable’ is your website? - Business news, business advice and information for Australian SMEs | SmartCompany

"What I mean by maintainability is that the design of your website allows for easy maintenance on behalf of the business operator or their staff, while not compromising its professional look, usability and so on."

This is something I discuss with clients often. Many of them have experiences with websites that are difficult to maintain.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

End of Web's golden era, thanks to iPad, Droid and others - Feb. 3, 2010

"When mobile users choose to buy an iPhone, Motorola (MOT, Fortune 500) Droid, BlackBerry or some other device, they are effectively opting into and out of certain content, since not every application is available on every gadget."

The splintering of the Internet.

"It's the end of a golden age, according to Forrester Research analyst Josh Bernoff, who recently coined the term "splinternet" to describe this phenomenon."

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Google Analytics Blog: Holiday Bonus: More Great Features

Google Analytics Enhancements.

"We all love the holiday season, and so now, here are a few reasons to love it even more! A few weeks ago, we announced a set of powerful, flexible, and intelligent features. Today, at SES Chicago, Phil Mui announced additional features that build on these same themes to make your life as an analyst easier. We hope you'll enjoy them."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Online Subscription Billing Is A Pain. Recurly Wants To Alleviate It.

"Most startups have about a billion things to worry about. For many of them, this includes execution of their business model. With online ad networks depressed, increasingly, a number of those companies are starting to explore subscription-based models. But there are a dozen reasons why that can be a pain. Enter Recurly."

How to do subscription based models with pay by transaction.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mistakes to Avoid in an eCommerce Dropshipping Business

"If you need to hire pros to design and build your website, so be it. But do make sure that it will be easy for you to maintain without professional help after it’s up and running. If you have to pay somebody to do routine website maintenance, it will be a never-ending drain in your finances. If you hire somebody to get it off the ground, make sure that you convey to them your need to be able to handle everyday maintenance."

Excellent advice.

Friday, September 25, 2009

101 Five-Minute Fixes to Incrementally Improve Your Web Site - Inside CRM

"A webmaster's work is never done. What may have worked a few years ago when could be outdated today, so it's important to constantly improve your Web site. However, a massive overhaul is just too much work to undertake at one time. Instead, tackle these quick fixes over time, and you'll be able to improve your Web site with minimal pain."

Lots of specific steps to improve your website.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

BizIII Podcast - Website Maintenance

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Shared via AddThis

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Website Analytics – is it Fun or Easy? Part 1 - SiteLogic – Marketing Logic

"Hearing the questions from so many that come to my seminars, one would think that analytics was difficult or hard to grasp. Seriously, it has caused great wonder as to why the concept of analytics would prove such a perplexing and daunting task to so many people."

Good analytics information.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Maintenance Page Using .htaccess » ulyssesonline.com

"If you own a website, there are times you need to bring your site down for maintenance or repair."

Use .htaccess to help maintain your site.

Monday, November 24, 2008

IP Address Database | IP Location Database

IP Address DataBase

A clever table lookup of IP Addresses.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Complete List of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools

"Complete List of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools"

From WAI: Strategies, guidelines, resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities

Sunday, August 31, 2008

13 Free and Cheap Website Monitoring Services

"Not surprisingly there are a wealth of free and cheap website monitoring services available... Of course, when it comes to free and cheap you have a wide range of services offered. To make your job easier, we’ve put together this list of 13 services that will help you monitor your website."

It is very important to monitor your website and blog. Here is a good list of free monitoring tools.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

7 FireFox Extensions to Explore Page Source Code

"I’ve been looking for tools that can represent the information in a better way or allow for more valuable options to experiment with."

Interesting set of tools for looking at source code.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Checking your outbound click stats - Yoast - Tweaking Websites

"Since the release of my Google Analytics WordPress plugin I've had the question several times: where can I find my outbound click and download stats in Analytics? You do that by using the Content Drilldown function."

Monday, June 23, 2008

Website Optimizer

"Website Optimizer is an easy-to-use tool for testing site content that delivers actionable results. Below are just three of the many benefits that testing brings."

Listen to your visitors.
Increase conversions.
Eliminate guesswork.

5 Great (Free) Web Analytics Tools You Might Not Know About Yet - Web Analytics World Blog

" ... most people know about the wonders of free Google Analytics, but thought I would take the time to share a few of the other great free tools out there in the web analytics world"

Some free tools. Some of them I did not know about. Need to find some time to check these out.

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: A new layer to Google Trends

"Today, we add a new layer to Trends with Google Trends for Websites, a fun tool that gives you a view of how popular your favorite websites are, including your own! It also compares and ranks site visitation across geographies, and related websites and searches."

Another analytical tool for Webmasters. Warning - can be addictive.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Preventing MySpace hotlinking

"... millions of MySpace users seem to think it is acceptable to hotlink externally hosted images on their profile pages by using inline tags. This usually results in two bad things:

* Copyright infringement: they often 'steal' images without even asking.
* Bandwidth theft: they are using someone else's bandwidth which they do not pay for."

A clever way to deal with bandwidth and copyright thieves.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Web Page Analyzer - free website optimization tool website speed test check website performance report from web site optimization

"Free Website Performance Tool and Web Page Speed Analysis

Try our free web site speed test to improve website performance."

Monday, February 11, 2008

Inside AdWords: Google Analytics 101 (Part 1)

"In the past, we've often mentioned Google Analytics as a great tool that helps you learn more about how visitors reach your website and what they do once they get the"

Web Analytics Books, Jobs, Events and Consulting | Web Analytics Demystified | Audience Measurement and Web Site Analysis Consulting

"Web Analytics Demystified is the web site for Web Analytics Demystified, Inc. and a community resource for the entire audience measurement community worldwide."

Saturday, December 15, 2007

SiteProNews: The Top 10 Tools for Monitoring the Success of Your Website

"SiteProNews: The Top 10 Tools for Monitoring the Success of Your Website.

One of the most important aspects of running a website is monitoring the site and its progress. By monitoring your website you will be able to see how it is performing and how it can be improved. This article covers 10 free tools that can help you to optimize your site for maximum results."

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

What Is My IP Address? - Dedicated to IP address discussion

"What Is My IP Address? - Dedicated to IP address discussion"

Information on IP addresses.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Beth's Blog: New Screencast: Web Analytics Demystified: A Primer for Nonprofits

"New Screencast: Web Analytics Demystified: A Primer for Nonprofits"

This screencast is especially well done (It could be an example of things to do well on a screencast). It is also valuable information. Do not worry - it is good for everyone - not just non-profits.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

SpyBye: Finding Malware

"SpyBye helps web masters determine if their web pages have been compromised."

Is there malware on your website?

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Web Analytics - Overview | Online Business Optimization by Omniture

"Web Analytics & Online Business Performance Optimization
Web analytics provides the foundation for effective online business and marketing decisions through accurate measurement and analysis."

This was recommended to me as a comprehensive online marketing analysis product.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Dynamic Drive: .htaccess password generator

"Dynamic Drive: .htaccess password generator"

Create all the code to password protect a directory. Creates both the .htaccess and .htpasswd files.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Blog Advertising Programs A-Z | Performancing.com

"I'd like to put a list together of the A-Z of advertising options for bloggers. The list so far is pretty good, but most likely not complete, so please post anything i've missed!"

Good list. Most of it is applicable for websites only. It calls out for an evaluation grid with more data however.


"AdLogger Click Fraud Prevention Software.

AdLogger intends to prevent click-fraud on your websites by limiting the number of clicks your visitors may make. AdLogger tracks AdSense clicks in real time and compiles the data for you to review."

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Web Analytics: An Introduction

"This is the first of a series of posts that will attempt to pull the analytics market together and hammer it apart piece by piece so that you can understand what is out there, who it is for, and how you can make use of it."

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Alexaholic: Website Statistics and Website Traffic Graphs

"Alexaholic blends Alexa website traffic graphs with a lightweight ajax-enhanced interface to satisfy hard-core Alexa traffic chart junkies – aka Alexaholics. "

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Speakeasy - Speed Test

Take the Speakeasy Speed Test and test your connection speed! By measuring the download and upload rate from the following locations you are able to accurately judge your current line throughput or internet connection speed. To take the speed test, choose the server nearest you.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Annual Website Check-Up

"Now that a new year is upon us it is a good time to perform an annual website check-up for every site you own or manage."

Words of wisdom from:
Cheryl D. Wise
MS FrontPage MVP

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The CAPTCHA Project.

CAPTCHA - Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart.

A CAPTCHATM is a program that can generate and grade tests that:
==> Most humans can pass.
==> Current computer programs can't pass.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

HTTP / HTTPS Header Check

Check out the information on your web server.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Using Google Alerts to check for content theft

"In my AdSense book I devote a small section to discussing plagiarism and copyrights, including a tip on regularly using Google to find sites who are copying your content without your consent. This is good advice, but you can also get Google to monitor the Web for you automatically using the Google Alerts tool."

Stop Those who are Stealing Copyrighted Content off Your Web Site

"You can't prevent others from stealing your copyrighted content off your web site but there are steps you can take to get your property removed from the offending website."

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Pingoat - Google sitemap creator

"Pingoat sitemap cerator generates google sitemaps of your website on the fly ! Pingoat can even automatically upload your sitemap to your ftp server and ping google ;)"

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Smarter Image Hotlinking Prevention

"Most web professionals are all too aware of the problems caused by hotlinkers. Leechers. Bandwidth thieves. People who use images hosted on your web server on their own pages."

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Web Site Search Engine, Free and Pro Versions

Web Site Search Engine, Free and Pro Versions - FreeFind.com:

"Add a site search engine to your website today.
Get your search engine for free, or select an ad-free professional version.

Advanced site search and navigation technology can be added to your website in minutes. You'll get high speed, high availability, hosted search technology from the company that pioneered the field. There's nothing to download or install. It's free and easy."

Sunday, July 10, 2005


AWStats - Free log file analyzer for advanced web statistics (GNU GPL).

"AWStats is a free powerful and featureful tool that generates advanced web, streaming, ftp or mail server statistics, graphically."

Friday, July 01, 2005

Website Analysis

Do you want to do analysis of all your website files using Frontpage and Excel?

Here is a quick way to get a list of all the website files with file characteristics
into Excel to sort and analyze. Instructions are for Frontpage 2003.

In Frontpage:

View | Reports | Files | All Files to create a report of all your website files.

File | Save As | enter file name | file type = HTML (it is saved in Excel HTML format)

Double click on the file | it will open in Excel.

In Excel:

You now have an Excel spread sheet with the files in the website with Fields as follows:
In Folder, Name, Comments, Title, Size, Type, Modified Date, and Modified By

Following is a real example from a website I maintain:

Using Excel COUNTIF and SUMIF commands, see what percentage of total size each file type is

=COUNTIF($F$4:$F$433,C436) ...
... continue for each file type

=SUMIF($F$4:$F$433,C436,$E$4:$E$433) ...
... continue for each file type

It will yield the first three columns below.
Columns 4 and 5 are standard formulas for average size and percentage of website.

File Type File Count Total File Size Average File Size Percentage of Website
css 5 38 7.6 0.6%
db 6 220 36.7 3.6%
doc 5 397 79.4 6.6%
dwt 1 12 12.0 0.2%
gif 93 265 2.8 4.4%
htm 116 1387 12.0 23.0%
html 26 426 16.4 7.1%
ico 2 4 2.0 0.1%
js 1 27 27.0 0.4%
jpg 118 2135 18.1 35.4%
mht 4 668 167.0 11.1%
php 1 3 3.0 0.0%
png 3 5 1.7 0.1%
psd 1 330 330.0 5.5%
shtml 5 61 12.2 1.0%
txt 1 1 1.0 0.0%
wmf 1 13 13.0 0.2%
xml 5 40 8.0 0.7%
Totals 394 6032

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

DNS Stuff

DNS Stuff: DNS tools, DNS hosting tests, WHOIS, tracert, ping, and other network and domain name tools.:

Several DNS related tools.

IP address information

KLOTH.NET - NSLOOKUP - Look up IP address information:

"Query a DNS domain nameserver to look up and find IP address information of computers in the internet. Convert a host or domain name into an IP address.

This is the right place for you to check how your web hosting company or domain name registrar has set up the DNS stuff for your domain, how your dynamic DNS is going, or to search IP addresses or research any kind of e-mail abuse (UBE/UCE spam) or other internet abuse.
This online service is for private non-commercial use only. Please do not abuse. No bots."

Monday, June 20, 2005

FP Cleaner Utility

FP Cleaner Utility:

"FrontPage clean up utility"

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Paypal Alternatives

SiteProNews is a free newsletter and webmaster resource site:

"PayPal Alternatives: Do You Have a Backup Plan? "

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Better Whois

Better Whois: The WHOIS domain search that works with all registrars.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Website Speed Tests

Web Page Analyzer - free website speed test website optimization tool check website performance report webpage speed tool download speed test

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Website Plagiarism Search

Copyscape - Website Plagiarism Search - Web Site Content Copyright Protection:

"Find copies of your page on the Web."

Sunday, October 03, 2004

W3C Link Checker

A tool to check links on your website. This should be done on a regular schedule, for links change and become obsolete.

Shoppers flip-flop their Web strategy

A new survey conducted by Shop.org and BizRate.com found that while nearly half of those surveyed use the Internet to look for products and then buy them either in a store or through a catalog, 45 percent are buying online after researching gifts in stores and catalogs, the study found

Website Stat Counter

A free yet reliable invisible web tracker, highly configurable hit counter and real-time detailed web stats. Insert a simple piece of our code on your web page and you will be able to analyse and monitor all the visitors to your website in real-time! Here's how it works.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Website Maintenance

Tips for maintaining a website. What steps are required for periodic maintanance.
Continue to review the site because the Internet changes.

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