Note: I no longer host with A Small Orange and the below coupons are no longer valid.
I have resisted placing a bunch of A Small Orange (my host for this site) referral pitches on feddy.ca in an effort to grab a few months credit from sign ups when the referee gets nothing. Recently, however, ASO has revamped their referral program to be linked based rather than entering the referrer in the order form and have added coupons as well. Therefore I decided to post these for anyone, client, potential client or other, who may want to take advantage of a discount at ASO.
Place your order with codes feddy5off for $5 off your order or feddy15%off for 15% off your order in the coupon field on the order form. (Full disclosure — I receive credit for the cost of one month of the plan you sign up for using the above link). Use the $5 off coupon when signing up for Tiny Shared Hosting or a Developer VPS at $25 per year. Otherwise it makes more sense to sign up for 1 year of any of the other Shared Hosting or VPS plans and use the 15% off coupon code.
I have updated the hosting page with the referral link and coupon codes as well.
Confused about XML (nee Google) Sitemaps, their purpose and the difference between the XML version and the sitemap page found on many sites? Then you should checkout the Sitemap FAQ on Google’s Webmaster Central Blog.
A while back, I spoke of the importance of using a feed reader as part of a regular routine for non-web industry folks for them to gain a better understanding of how web publishing is changing. In that article I advocated using free on-line readers to get started. Well, today, if you have started with an on-line service or not, you have more options available. As stated in this announcement, NewsGator has released their popular RSS reader applications for the Mac and Windows for free with their latest updates. Now you have no excuse. If you haven’t yet, head over to the NetNewsWire (Mac) or FeedDemon (Windows) sites for the free download. It will change the way you read the web.
Almost unnoticed on my part, 2008 has arrived. Despite not spending enough time on feddy.ca in 2007, I have plans for some changes here early this year.
I have tentative plans to get some plugins I have been working on (and some just formulating in my mind) to some clients and after some testing, make them available to the general public. I hope to start the release of these plugins in the first quarter. I will not provide any more details on the purpose of the plugins; this is to serve more as a motivator for me than a vapourware announcement.
I also want to post more on some introductory tutorials on various topics. I have in my mind posts explaining e-commerce aspects such as PayPal, Amazon affiliate links and perhaps even Google AdWords and AdSense and other marketing tools as these are often the topics of queries I receive. I also think I want to touch more on using web applications such as del.icio.us and Flickr and the benefits of doing so. In addition, I will post on the developments that I feel help my type of client, individuals, small and non-profit businesses, become more efficient, effective and competitive on the web.
If you have finished reading ahead on the above links for future topics, try searching for good tutorials and explanations on them as the book, as it were, has already been written on all these topics. I have had this link kicking around for a while; see if these advanced search engine search tips help you find what you are looking for.
Not very ambitious it seems, but plenty for me to accomplish. On top of all that, there are some changes to the site design I wish to make and time needed to re-create the resources section to be more like my vision. If I can achieve all of this, I will consider 2008 a very successful year.
A belated congratulations to the Rural History and Culture Association of Saskatchewan, who implemented a re-launch of their site in early December. Eighteen months after their quick initial launch they re-evaluated their focus, tweaked the design and re-did the content based on a narrowed purpose. I believe they capture the essence of their work very well on the new site. As an added bonus, their new Roads Less Travelled gallery section nicely highlights some of the geography and landmarks of the region. [Full disclosure — I provide hosting, development and technical assistance for rhcask.ca].
The RHCA is an example how you can create a site, make mistakes, grow and learn. Creating the perfect site is not likely to happen for anyone, least of all groups with limited resources and experiences. As your experience builds, though, you let go of a lot of the preconceived notions of how a site should look and navigate, what information you should have and where it should be, and the idea that your site is simply a billboard on the web.