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How to point 1and1 domain to HostGator hosting

How to point 1and1 domain to HostGator hosting

Using HostGator for your web hosting, and 1and1 for your domain name is not too difficult to set up. Configure HostGator so it knows about the domain name First of all you have to make sure that your HostGator hosting account knows about the domain name. If you have already added the domain to your account by either setting it up as the primary [...]

How to test your website in ie6

How to test your website in ie6

Although Internet Explorer 6 is heavily out of date, a large number of people (especially in companies) are still using it. For example on one of my sites I still get over 1000 visitors a month using ie6 (as of 2011). If you don’t have a computer or OS old enough to have ie6 installed it can be hard to find a way to find out what your site [...]

Ad Injection plugin for WordPress

Ad Injection plugin for WordPress

Ad Injection is a free WordPress plugin that injects any kind of advert (e.g. Google AdSense, Amazon Associates, ClickBank, TradeDoubler, etc) into the existing content of your WordPress posts and pages. You can control the number of adverts based on the post length, and it can restrict who sees adverts by post age, visitor referrer and IP [...]

Non–blocking Facebook and Twitter buttons

Non–blocking Facebook and Twitter buttons

On all the posts on this blog (like on most other websites you probably visit) you’ll see buttons to ‘Like’ a post (from Facebook) and to ‘Tweet’ about a post (from Twitter or TweetMeme). These buttons are very popular but if you use the iframe versions of the buttons (which are easy to install) you may have noticed a problem. If [...]

Proof that Alexa rankings can be very inaccurate for small websites

Proof that Alexa rankings can be very inaccurate for small websites

Here is a comparison of the actual viewing figures for this site (as recorded in Google Analytics), against the values that Alexa reports. Alexa vs Google Analytics page views This is a fairly small blog, getting 600-800 page views per day. If you too have a website which is of a similar size you might be interested in just how wrong [...]

Compressing HTML and PHP files on 1and1

Compressing HTML and PHP files on 1and1

1and1 doesn’t have mod_deflate or mod_gzip enabled on its home or business shared server packages which means that many of the usual .htaccess tweaks to compress your web pages won’t work. Here’s something very simple tweaks that will work with 1and1, and with other hosts too. Set up your .htm and .html files so that they are parsed by the [...]

Redirect all but selected sub-directories using .htaccess rules

I have an old website which is almost defunct, and I wanted to redirect all the traffic from it to my new website – APART from a few selected directories. This is how I managed to get the redirects working using a .htaccess file. For this example the directory containing the material that I don’t want to redirect is called ‘goodstuff’. [...]

Joining photos together with ImageMagick

Joining photos together with ImageMagick

In my posts I often have a need to stitch multiple photos together in a rectangular block. I prefer to have the photos stitched together rather than uploading them as individual images as this removes the need to lay them out (using divs, tables, etc). Plus the stitched together image size is smaller than the size of uploading individual images. [...]

Visualising the Google PageRank scale

Visualising the Google PageRank scale

Google’s PageRank is a scale from 0-10 that shows how well connected web pages are. Web pages with higher PageRank values have more quality links pointing to them. It is not a linear scale, it is a logarithmic scale. People estimates that the logarithm base is between 5 and 10. Because it is a logarithmic scale it can be quite hard to [...]

What I’ve learnt after 100 blog posts

What I’ve learnt after 100 blog posts

Today marks a significant milestone for this blog. After two and a half years I have reached my 100th post! I thought this would be a good moment to look back at what I’ve learnt from writing a hobby blog. Why I created this blog I’ve been a hobbyist website builder for about 13 years now. I’ve created a mixture of technical and [...]

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