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From NetMechanic...
Helpful information for the HTML Crafter

Beginner Tips:
[*] Don't Save That File!
[*] Get The Most From Your Domain Name
[*] Graphics And The AOL Browser
[*] Spaces Around Tables

Design Tip:
[*] Add Value To Your Forms
[*] Links That Work - Sometimes

Promotion Tips:
[*] Do You Think Like A Spider?
[*] Does Paid Inclusion Pay Off?
[*] META Refresh And Search Engines
[*] META Refresh And Search Engines
[*] Through A Spider's Eyes;

Don't Save That File! - It sounds so easy. Just by saving a document in HTML format, you can assemble an entire Web site without writing a line of code or opening an HTML editor. The HTML files may be simple to create, but be careful how you save them and limit the amount of information they contain. Otherwise, you'll post bloated files full of personal informationFor full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/beginner_no16.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Get The Most From Your Domain Name - You've probably heard that "all the good domain names are taken", but that's just not the case. However, domain names are getting longer and harder to read at a glance. Make your site's URL easy for visitors to read and remember by emphasizing it online and in your printed literature. For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/beginner_no15.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Graphics And The AOL Browser - Since much of AOL's browser is based on Internet Explorer, webmasters often assume that a site that looks fine in Explorer will also display correctly in AOL. Well, that's not always the case. Graphic images may display in unexpected - and unwanted ways. Learn what to do if AOL's compression algorithm squeezes your imagesFor full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/beginner_no18.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Spaces Around Tables - Coding a basic table is pretty easy and straightforward, but the unexpected can happen when you start placing content inside more complex table structures. Two common problems that occur: mystery white space above the table and table content that displays outside the table border. Both happen when you inadvertently leave display decisions up to the browser. For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/beginner_no13.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Design Tip: Add Value To Your Forms - When visitors take the time to send you information via a form on your Web site, you want to receive the data in a useful format. Make sure the information sent by the form is meaningful by assigning VALUE attributes to your checkbox, select list, and radio button elements.For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/design_no16.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

HTML Tip: Links That Work - Sometimes - Browser incompatibility represents a huge challenge for all webmasters. Incompatibility issues can affect your images, JavaScript functions, style sheets, and page layout. But you may not realize that browser compatibility problems can also affect your links.For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/html_no18.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Load Time Tip: Replace GIFs With Colored Table Cells - Colorful images add visual interest to Web pages, but they also increase download time. With careful use of colored table cells though, you can often keep the color while decreasing page load time. Images take time to download, but browsers can render color immediately. Use colored table cells to replace large blocks of color on your page. For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/load_no14.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Promotion Tip: Do You Think Like A Spider? - Before you can achieve a high search engine rank, your site must include certain elements that help get it indexed and ranked above other sites. Search engine spiders look for these when they crawl through your site.
__ Do you know what spiders are looking for? Take our quiz to see if you think like a spider! For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/promo_no12.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Does Paid Inclusion Pay Off? - Yahoo made news last year when it began requiring commercial Web sites to use its paid submission option that costs between $199 and $600 per site. LookSmart soon followed with its own paid submission program. Now, as search engine companies scramble for ways to increase revenues, they're offering a similar service. For a fee, they guarantee quick listing and regular updates. For full story, GO TO: Is paid inclusion a good deal? Maybe, maybe not.. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

META Refresh And Search Engines - When you change your web site address or a file name on your site, you have to spread the word to visitors, other sites that link to yours, and search engines. Many webmasters use the META refresh tag to send visitors to the correct address until everyone's links are updated.
__ But most don't know that innocent use of that tag may significantly lower your page rank or even get you banned in some search engines. For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/promo_no15.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

META Refresh And Search Engines - When you change your web site address or a file name on your site, you have to spread the word to visitors, other sites that link to yours, and search engines. Many webmasters use the META refresh tag to send visitors to the correct address until everyone's links are updated.
But most don't know that innocent use of that tag may significantly lower your page rank or even get you banned in some search engines.For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/promo_no15.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Through A Spider's Eyes - Much of Web site promotion involves optimizing your Web site to appeal to search engine spiders. The process is often complicated and frustrating. Before you can build a site that appeals to spiders, you need to understand how a spider sees your site.For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/promo_no18.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]



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