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Livefyre: a Disqus Alternative for Blog Comments

May 27th, 2011 . by Claire

If you decide to accept comments on your blog, you don’t have to use the default commenting system. For example, in WordPress, you might integrate Disqus, Facebook or Intense Debate. Livefyre has been around almost a year and a half and is starting to make waves too. Although it’s not currently available for Blogger, Joomla, Drupal or TypePad, support [...]

Understanding FTP File Permissions in Linux (inc CHMOD)

May 25th, 2011 . by Jonathan

Uploading anything more complicated than basic HTML (for example, a PHP script), usually requires some fiddling with permission settings to make things work properly. Whether you’re battling an error or just following the instructions to install a new script on your server, knowing how to set permissions is essential. Many webmasters try to set their [...]

5 Personal Skills Every Webmaster Needs

May 23rd, 2011 . by Claire

Running a website isn’t just about technical skill – although it clearly helps to know your stuff.  But thanks to CPanel, WordPress and other popular tools, you can get by without much technical knowledge at all. In fact, if you’re willing to use a free hosting service, you can normally opt to use a site [...]

WordPress 3.2 Beta Brings Speed and Clarity

May 18th, 2011 . by Jonathan

WordPress users (and that includes us!) will be happy to know that version 3.2 had a beta release last week, bringing a slew of new features that are designed to improve the performance, usability and appearance of the blogging platform. However, this upgrade is rather different from the others. The most touted changes are not [...]

5 Things You Might Not Know About Your TOS

May 16th, 2011 . by Jonathan

Since TwitPic’s recent controversy over its terms of service, which saw the company backtrack from an aggressive TOS that prevented its users from reselling photos they had uploaded to the service, a great deal of new attention has been focused on the contracts and agreements we sign every time we register with a new service. [...]

Google Adds Site Speed to Google Analytics

May 13th, 2011 . by Claire

Google has announced it’s adding a site speed test to its Analytics product. Users can break down this information by page accessed, browser type and other variables. It’s well worth setting up the site speed test on your own domain. Why Use the Site Speed Test? There are lots of  ways to test your site’s loading [...]

Could the Death of RSS Harm the Web?

May 11th, 2011 . by Claire

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, helped blogging to explode. It made updates quick and easy to find. In fact, an RSS feed technically determined whether a site was a blog or not. But RSS has proven to be controversial and has been phased out by some sites. RSS Problems While RSS can’t be blamed for [...]

No, You Can’t Edit Your Server. And Here’s Why

May 9th, 2011 . by Jonathan

If you are in a typical shared hosting environment, there are a lot of limitations on what you can do with your site and your server. Though you can add domains, install PHP and other scripts and generally upload things to your site, you can’t make any actual changes to your server. If a script [...]

Should You Go With an Established Web Host?

May 5th, 2011 . by Claire

The hosting industry has matured to the point where there are established hosts and ‘young’ hosts. Some of the established hosts are massive – practically household names. Are you better off going with a brand you recognise? Consider the Pros New hosts offer clients a lot of pluses: Newer hardware and servers A better ratio [...]

Are One-Page Sites Making a Comeback?

May 1st, 2011 . by Claire

In the early years of the web, websites were difficult to build. Many existed on a single page, or were uploaded purely as experiments. When blogs (or ‘weblogs’) started to crop up, the one-page site was left behind. But is the one-page site on its way back? One-Page Sites and Site Builders Dotster’s Instant Website [...]