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timeforcake: Website tip, URL Fixer & 5 links

eRin Pheil

I’ve recently made a dear friend who runs an amazing raw food blog-based website. Each of her creative recipes is entirely unique. Her food photography is absolutely stunning. Her writing is clear and purposeful. The site receives many, MANY thousands of visitors each month, and her posts see a high volume of comments and questions from visitors wanting to interact with and learn from her. In other words, she’s kicking some serious butt.There was just one little problem I noticed the first time I visited her site: the design is a bit on the … wide side. I myself had no problem viewing it on my laptop, and I knew the majority of her visitors were not experiencing any display problems either. Upon reviewing her site’s analytics, though, I discovered that upon arriving at her website, 1 in 10 of her visitors was seeing a site in which the right-hand portion was essentially chopped off.The visitors making up this 10 percent were not abnormal by any stretch. They simply had lower monitor resolutions that didn’t let them see the entire width of the wiiiiiide design of my friend’s site. (Remember that monitor resolution is not the same as monitor size.)This experience has pushed me to encourage you to review your own site’s analytics with your webmaster and understand what your visitors’ resolutions are. Make sure you understand the difference between monitor resolution and monitor size. Have your webmaster show you what your site looks like to visitors using different monitor resolutions. In sum, do your best to understand if you’re keeping a substantial percentage of visitors from viewing or using your website.

Firefox user?Yes?Are you also a bad typist/do you make lots of typos?Yes?Then you very well might like the URL Fixer Firefox add-on. The developer’s description of the Firefox URL Fixer add-on states that his tool “corrects typos in URLs that you enter in the address bar. For example, if you type google.com, it will correct it to google.com (asking first, if you enable confirmation)…”Interested? To learn more or download this add-on, visit http://tinyurl.com/35v6m9.

1. http://tinyurl.com/39vg78 – Seven very, very common grammatical mistakes. If your job requires you to regularly communicate via e-mail, letters, Facebook, etc., I suggest you take at least a cursory glance at this post.2. http://www.pachube.com – Straight from the site summary description at the top of Pachube’s homepage, Pachube allows you to “store, share and discover realtime sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices and buildings around the world. Pachube is a convenient, secure and scalable platform that helps you connect to and build the ‘Internet of things.'”3. http://tinyurl.com/y9qn4l3 – This blog post offers 10 suggestions for decluttering your digital life, from clearing out your e-mail contacts list to cleaning up your hard drive.4. http://www.couchsurfing.org – A website dedicated to lowering the financial cost of exploration and giving more people the chance to become travelers. How does couchsurfing.com accomplish these hefty goals? By building and nurturing a “worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit.” You so very much want to call this a website for people looking to mooch free accommodations … but as you look around you’ll find there is so, so much more depth to this nonprofit than initially meets the eye.5. http://tinyurl.com/yejxqha – If you’re looking for a chuckle, visit this link. You’ll find a great list of actual statements made by … children. Things like “I like those lines on your face,” “When I die I want to live with Jesus in his apartment,” and “Boy, your house smells funny. You should buy some air fresheners.”eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design and development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at erin@timeforcake.com.


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