Best Web Resources
This page includes links to my favorite resources for web
programming, along with descriptions of what you'll find there
and why I like them. I go a little further than web programming,
though, including anything that has to do with the web, from the
best email client to the best site for learning about search
engines, and more.
Hardware, Software, Servers and such
- A Great Host
- CI Host has had some problems in the past, but for more than a year I've
been nothing but happy with their service. In fact, I've just signed up
for their very reasonably priced Managed Dedicated Server, which is where
this site now resides. $99/month to host up to 8 domains, and I get to get
my hands dirty (virtually) installing non-standard scripts and taking care
of the server myself. Cooool.
- Web Site Garage
- Constructive criticism and clear indications of what you
need to improve to make your web pages work well are
offered at this web; one page at a time is free. The
information is valuable enough that the $9.99 fee is
worthwhile now and then.
- Tucows is the best place to go to find useful software.
Most of it is shareware; download and try it, then if you
want to keep it, pony up.
- Looking for Hardware?
- ComputerESP has a nice search engine that helps you
locate websites that sell what you're looking for,
including price and availability, payment information and
links to their sites.
- Email: Solve All The
- Calypso is the best email program ("email
client" in webspeak) out there. This program will
check email on several domains, sort incoming and
outgoing mail into whichever folders you choose, give you
easy access to as many signature files as you like, let
you create nesting folders, work while you download,
auto-respond during an absence (on a computer that stays
turned on all the time), and help filter out disgusting
junk mail. It does more than that (like giving you an
easy way to choose which buttons you want on the toolbar,
and the order to put them in) but I could go on and on
- I am now Queen of four domain! Having long ago given up on InterNic, and
with my head still bruised from banging it onto my desk while dealing with
Network Solutions, I find I'm happy with this inexpensive service. At
$15/year it's a great deal.
- FTP Program
- CuteFTP does it all, neatly and efficiently.
- Chat With Friends
- ICQ ("I Seek You"), with over 7,000,000
subscribers worldwide, is the best way to find friends
online. I find the piece of their page about Rumors to be
very useful in getting new subscribers to stop forwarding
messages which upon slight examination are downright
- Discussion Group
- My biggest challenge, thus far, has been to find decent
software to run a friendly chat (primarily for the
wheat-free folks) on my own website. Simplenet is fast
and cheap and does things generically, which has meant I
can't get them to install any really cool software on a
server for me. Trying to find a host that isn't going to
force advertising on the users is impossible. In fact
it's been darned difficult just to find anyplace that
talks about such software. If you type "discussion
group software" into any search engine you're going
to find a bazillion discussion groups devoted to
software! Well I got lucky on Profusion recently and
found this very excellent list and information about the
available software. The software we're using now (and happy with) is Anyboard
by Netbula; it comes with a basic version that's free, and then
various levels of upgradeableness beyond that.
- Web Page Design For Designers
- Wow. This is a really beautiful, functional, and educational site on the
subject of graphic design -- layout, primarily. It says its for designers
but anyone can use it and learn a lot about making beautiful websites.
What fonts work best and why? Download teeny tiny fonts! Why do some fonts
look good in graphics, but not others? What colors work well? How can
tables help you lay out text? I've spent hours visiting this site and
hope, someday, to have time to apply all that knowledge.
- Build Your Own Favicon.ico
- What is a favicon.ico? It's the little image Internet Explorer puts on
your Favorites list. If the favicon.ico file is not in the directory with
the page the web-surfer is bookmarking, the usual little "E" for
explorer goes on the file. But you can make your entry stand out on this
list, by building this special little file that will mark your site's
listing in a bookmark menu.
- Paint Program
- Paint Shop Pro is my choice for a relatively easy to use
program that can handle GIF, JPEG, Windows Wallpaper and
other formats, even converting between them. It has lots
of nice special effects, too. I've found a support
group for it, too, though I have yet to try it.
- Especially for figuring out what's the best background
color to use, this page will help you find colors that
will not change from one platform to another.
Cross Platform Colour Page
- Two great GIF files and some hints on how to use them can
be found here.
- True Type Fonts
- Fontage is the best place to see what fonts you may want
look like. If the webmaster is sure the font is in the
public domain, you can even download them here, otherwise
there are usually links to locations where you can get
the fonts fairly.
- These are exotic and beautiful to behold.
Advertising on the Web, Search Engines and Directories
- Search Engines,
- Absolutely the best site on the net for gaining an understanding of the
various search engines and directories on the Net, their relationships
with each other -- and with you (either the merchant or the surfer). Even
includes a page on adding search functionality to your own site. Sadly,
the subscription rate has now gone too high for me to feel it's worth the
extra bucks, though.
- Self Promotion
- There are so many services out there that offer to get you indexed in
the gazillion different search engines, directories and so on, but most of
them will just take your money and then not do a whole lot for you.
However, if you're willing to invest a *little* of your own energy, using
Robert Woodhead's selfpromotion.com
will give you a much higher return on investment (it's free, though you
are encouraged to offer a little monetary support -- I do; the site is
well worth it). And if you're willing to put more than just a little
effort in, there's a huge amount of good and accurate information,
frequently updated, too, that'll steer you in just the right direction.
- My favorite method of finding web pages calls on several
different search engines and collates the information it
receives and ranks the sites. This gives a far higher
percentage of helpful links, all in an easy format.
- You can have the answer to "How do I get from here
to there?" answered in several ways, from graphical
to text output, door-to-door (sometimes) or city-to-city.
- The Truth About Virus Myths and Hoaxes
- Have you heard about the latest virus? It's always wise
to make sure it's real before you start worrying. This website has it
all, from basic myth-busting to the truth about which virus warnings you
really need to worry about, and which are just hoaxes. You can also
the U.S. Department of Energy's Computer Incident
Advisory Capability (CIAC)'s Hoax
Busters. A very popular, more recent addition to those tracking all
those stories your friends pass on, and urban legends in general is
Snopes.com; they are now the best place
to check first before you go passing on those rumors and look like a
gullible fool when they turn out to be all wrong.
- Copyright Issues
- Are you breaking the law when you forward an email sent
to you privately to others? Or how about when you quote
it to a newsgroup? These and many other issues are
important to keep out of trouble. Visit this website to
get a quick rundown of the issues involved, and lots of
clearly written answers. Before you put a page up on the
web, you'd be wise to read the Internet
Issues Page which you can reach through the
"Bleeding Edge: Internet Issues" link.
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Copyright ©1999 Linda Blanchard All Rights
Reserved. Date Added: February 8, 1998. Last Update:
July 05, 2006.