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Many businesses still without a site

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday July 18, 2006 )

If you provide web development or related services, here’s some good news.

I was quite surprised to learn from a recent survey that 30% of small businesses (those with up to 19 employees) still don’t have a web site. It’s the sort of figure I would have expected from (more…)

Domain name renewals – a lesson.

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday July 17, 2006 )

A rather costly mistake on my part has spurred me on to write this article in the hope it may save others some serious cash and headaches.

If you own multiple domain names, it can be a bit of a challenge keeping track of when their registration renewals are due. Most registrars provide multiple notifications well in advance which is great; but (more…)

Cold canvassing online

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday June 15, 2006 )

In my various roles, I get around a dozen job applications and partnership approaches each day from web development and graphic design contractors.

An unsettling trend I’m noticing is that the online cold canvassing coming from countries where English is *not* the primary language tends to be of a higher quality (more…)

The value of server logs

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday June 5, 2006 )

The server logs for your web site can reveal an incredible amount of information about who, or what, is visiting and what they are doing.

Server log analysis is more labor intensive than just viewing visual traffic stats reports, but analysis should be carried out from time to time (more…)

Simple MySQL connection test

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday May 30, 2006 )

You know the scenario – you’re trying to install some software that requires MySQL, but it can’t seem to make a MySQL connection. Your hosting service says it’s the installation routine of the software, the software author says it’s your hosting service.

Here’s a simple script for testing (more…)

Web 2.0 – what’s in a name?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday May 27, 2006 )

A lot it would appear. If you’re considering running a conference on Web 2.0 technologies, call it anything but “Web 2.0 Conference” – otherwise you may get a tap on the shoulder from O’Reilly Media or one of their partners.

O’Reilly were the company that (more…)

Outsourcing – be cautious

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday May 23, 2006 )

So you outsource some development work to another company – the worse that can happen is they don’t complete the work or produce shabby results, take your money and run, right?

Wrong.. it can get much worse. (more…)

MySpace Pt.3 – layout generators

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Wednesday May 10, 2006 )

According to Alexa, MySpace is currently the 6th most popular site in the world – the five before it are Yahoo!, Google, MSN, and Yahoo! Japan. That’s pretty distinguished company to be keeping.

Although I’ve only published a (more…)

Developing web applications?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday May 1, 2006 )

If you develop web applications for a living, especially software for use on commercial sites and wonder why your sales aren’t what you hoped for, this may help you.

I’ve been searching for software for several ecommerce based projects recently and I notice many programmers and software houses making the same mistakes over and over again. (more…)

Search engines & user interaction

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday April 13, 2006 )

A recent survey of over 2,300 US internet users has revealed some very interesting findings regarding the way the average surfer interacts with search engines. The study also shows what has remained a rule of thumb, even more so, is that if you’re not listed for your chosen terms on the first three pages of results – game over. (more…)