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  1. I don't use a CMS because I only work on my own site. But, I know people at a local office who benefit from a CMS in that they can update the content on their own company website, a site that was designed and developed by a web design firm. Now, when the client company has any new courses, seminars, news releases or other time-sensitive information, it can be posted on-line quickly ... no more e-mailing the web developer asking if they would please add such'n'such and then the back'n'forth with e-mails to proof things before even minor updates went live. The client is very happy, being able to have some direct control over content. I'm sure the developer is also happy, having delegated daily maintenance back to the client .. now they can go off and do new creative work. btw.. the CMS they use is Joomla. It was recommended to me when I was asking about their site .. and it must be fairly transparent because they didn't know it as a CMS. To them it was just the website program.
  2. The monthly fee is pretty cheap and I'm sure it does cover the cost. If you are a real paranoid like me, you'd see something interesting. They register and own the domain name. They assert that should you choose to leave their hosting and take the name, you can buy it out but the cost isn't specified. That would be fine if you have a small site that isn't an e-business. But they offer all the goodies like PHP, bulletin boards, shopping carts, secure services, etc. Suppose your site and business grow, and 5 years from now you have a large business that needs to get its own servers ... then they set the buy-out price for the domain name. Want to bet it is as much as the traffic will bear plus 10%? they have all the traffic stats, the SEO and ranking info ... to them it's an investment. Invest in 10,000 penny stocks and maybe 10 will become valuable properties .. that they own .. lock, stock and BB. And if you don't buy it, they'll sell it to someone else. My friend can't stay clear. The site has been hosted for over a year. They'll just have to cross that bridge later. Me, I own both my domain names.
  3. The hosting service offers free domain registration, which they will renew automatically as long as you have your account in good standing. Since they register the domain name, they own it and it is non-transferable unless you choose to buy it from them. Thanks for suggesting a validation. I looked at the code, saw it was messy and stopped there. Only 67 errors and 7 warnings for a HTML 4.01 Transitional page ... that's not too scary is it??? I suppose that answers the question about the worth of Soholaunch. I think I'll suggest my friend contact a professional ....
  4. I have been asked to take over updating of a website belonging to a friend. It is their business site, but the person who did the original work pretty much abandoned it. The site itself is pretty basic information about their small business, no flash, shopping cart or boards or anything beyond my own meager talents. But the site is hosted with free domain registration for life (as long as you pay your bill each month). And the development was done with their promotional free software and templates... Soholaunch. So what is Soholaunch like? I have tried to find some reviews, and didn't get much. I did find something funny ... on a webhost's forum, someone asked for help with Soholaunch Pro .. and was told by a webhost rep to Why have a Forum for your customers if you don't use it to help? Anyways, has anyone used Soholaunch and is it worth learning just for some occasional and minor updates for which I likely won't get paid..?
  5. I'm going to take a shot at answering this, to see if I understand it right. If I'm wrong, a correction will be appreciated. Given you can only use an ID once in a page, you can use a class as many times as you want. So if you have a div you want to style the same 2 or more times in one page, give it a class. If you have a div(ie #menubar) that you use once only, give it a ID. Hope I got this right...
  6. I looked at using NVu a while back when getting started on CSS. Being a long-time Composer user it looked like the right fit. But I found out that the project has been discontinued, due to Netscape being discontinued. No new support, no new development to follow for NVU. Check on Wikipedia. I am using KompoZer which is also free, and is a HTML/CSS editor with a solid relationship with Mozilla/Gecko. I have very limited DreamWeaver experience (used it once). I looked at a template and was surprised to see For what I do, which is my own site and some occasional favours for friends, the free aspect of KompoZer is more important than extra features and high productivity. There are some things you have to hand-code in NotePad, because KompoZer doesn't have a menu choice. It is also annoying that the CaScadeS CSS editor likes to purge all comments from the CSS file, so if you want to markup your work it erases. Great for tight, compact file size but lousy if you like to leave notes. So KompoZer isn't perfect either. You get what you pay for. It does one nice thing ... it creates pages that validate great if you don't go skylarking about adding your own stuff in the view. hth
  7. Sometimes, due to the buffering/history thing, you can use the reload/refresh button on the browser to update the view to see the changes. If that doesn't work, then clear history and troubleshoot from there. Maybe you typed .hmtl after editing, and it didn't over-write ... a good reason not to keep switching file extensions when there is no need. Mistakes happen.
  8. What Andrea is saying is that you can't double-click on an HTML file to open it in Notepad, as Windows opens .htm & .html files in a browser as a default setting. The same way it opens .doc in Word, not in Notepad even though both are essentially text editors. From Explorer, you could right-click and say Open With ... then select Notepad. Or as Andrea said, start Notepad first and then Open, pick the folder, then select All Files to display the .html files, then click the file you want to open. hth
  9. I just redesigned my site, going from a 2 yr old table based layout to CSS. I didn't see any ranking loss on Google, and the new content (those few lines they give in the search results) was appearing within 1 week of being uploaded to the server without me doing anything. That means it was re-indexed pretty quick.
  10. Be careful with iframes. They have limitations as I have discovered. They don't validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict, so use a Transitional doctype when creating the page. The iframe is ignored on most Blackberry portable devices. A minor problem for me since many of my customers use a Blackberry, minimized because the ifame content was non-critical information, just a bonus feature.
  11. mixing em's and px's ... background-position:22em 8px; ?? wis that the problem?
  12. This makes me think I don't need Kindergarten Web design ... I need Pre-School Web Design .... you Beginner's are wayyyyy over my head.
  13. cookies and frame based forwarding is way beyond me .. and I am a Beginner ... as in Beginner's Web Design ... which is where we are ... maybe I am too Beginner to be here? is there a Kindergarten Web design for me?
  14. As an alternate to using the file>save page as command (which I don't like because it saves all the images, ads, etc in the same folder) In your browser, View > Page Source Edit > Select All Ctrl+C Open Notepad Ctrl+V Save as .. all files ... thepagename.htm on your computer. Now you have all the HTML saved, without all the images and things that you don't always need just to edit text. Now you can edit it yourself using a program of your choice. Or you can use the File>Open File command in your browser to view the page while you make changes in Notepad. Another trick is that you can open .css files in a browser window too. Just get the url location from the page source view, copy into the navigation thingie (http://www.whatever.com/css/somefile.css is what it may be) in the browser, then follow the same copy technique. Now you have the css saved, and if you duplicate the folder structure and location it will be found and display right. BTW ... nothing intrinsically wrong with WYSIWYG. I have used Composer and KompoZer for years and can get good results, better the more I learn about HTML/CSS and design. HTH
  15. Are you on Google maps? Add the link and the Google logo so your customers can find you, and see basic listing information about your business. I don't know if Google uses that as a factor in their search engine, but after setting up a Google account and getting a map listing and a calendar (both free) my own business came up higher in the rankings. And I don't have to pay for AdClicks. hth PS: I like your site.
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