MonthMarch 2010

Online Web Design Tools for the Beginner

So you are not an advanced web designer.  Maybe you do not want to pay a company to design a web site for you.  That is your right.  There are several web sites from across the Web that will help you become a better designer and get a great web site layout up all at the same time.

Start to Learn Web Site Design

The Color Wizard is perfect when it comes to finding the right color for a portion of your web site.  It will work with you to determine which color might be best with your current color scheme.  From the web site, just input the color you want to match and it will split out several colors you could use based on the color you gave it.

free color picker

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Best Web Site Loading Time Tool

Need to keep tabs on site load times?

By doing so, you might be able to tell if your speed problem is a connection issue, or one caused by your design.  If you need a good tool to diagnose your page loading woes, look no further than Pingdom.

How does Pingdom’s page tests work? The Full Page Test loads a complete HTML page including all objects (images, CSS, JavaScripts, RSS, Flash and frames/iframes). It mimics the way a page is loaded in a web browser.

The load time of all objects is shown visually with time bars.

You can view the list of objects either in load order or as a hierarchy. The hierarchy view allows you to see which objects are linked to in for example a CSS file.

Every test also shows general statistics about the loaded page such as the total number of objects, total load time, and size including all objects.

Note: This version doesn’t load objects included in JavaScripts. We have also put a limit on the number and size of the objects that are loaded (to prevent the tool from downloading movies, for example).

Try it for yourself at: http://tools.pingdom.com/

Lunarpages Basic Hosting Review – Good and the Bad

Lunarpages is by far one of the best web hosting companies out there, however I want do to my best to give both the good and the bad side of their most popular web hosting plan, the Basic hosting plan.  Join me as I discuss both the best and the worst about this hosting platform.

The Good

The unlimited limits of the hosting plan are definitely a perk.  Also, the most unsold feature of any hosting plan Lunarpages delivers is the grade A+ customer support.  Some might even consider it a hidden feature, and if it was me I would do nothing but advertise this point.  If you have a WordPress powered web site, the Basic hosting plan from Lunarpages is perfect.

The Bad

It is hard to find many bad aspects of this great hosting company.  One thing I would like to see them update or do away with is the knowledge base.  They have this, and a wiki – and that seems like a ‘bit of overkill. 

Overall, Lunarpages delivers a solid shared web hosting platform with a lot of perks.  If you are shopping for your first or a new web hosting provider, they are well worth checking into.

Can Wikipedia Be Trusted with News?

Do you want to trust Wikipedia to be a breaking news source of information?  That is what is up for debate:

Most any journalism professor, upon mention of Wikipedia, will immediately launch into a rant about how the massively collaborative online encyclopedia can’t be trusted. It can, you see, be edited and altered by absolutely anyone at any moment.

But how much less trustworthy is the site for breaking news than the plethora of blogs and other online news sources?

Check out the rest of the coverage here.  I don’t know if I can really trust Wikipedia to get anything right. The dream is that sources developed by people will be better, but there is a lot of bias out there.

Lunarpages Community Review

web hosting community help and tutorials

I have spent some time lurking in the shadows, monitoring the Lunarpages web sites and services that this web host has setup for it’s community.  Overall, I do have to say I am impressed because they are offering “more” support, “more” services, “more” news, and “more” help than any other web host out there today.  Let me help you see what I have found, and introduce you to the Lunarpages community web sites.

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Best Affiliate Hosting Help

best affiliate web hosting

Lunarpages might not have the biggest affiliate payout rate, however they do offer more support than any other web hosting affiliate out there today.  Need proof?  Check out some of these fantastic tutorials and tips they have published to help their affiliates out.

Need more affiliate web hosting help and how-to?  Don’t be a stranger, go check out the web hosting wiki provided by Lunarpages.