If you have a website that is integrated with your WordPress blog, be cautious when upgrading to WordPress 3.0. It will break your website in a very devious way, potentially causing massive damage to your SEO efforts! But now that you know the danger, just keep reading and see how easy it is to avoid the pitfall.
Google Analytics is my preferred tool for monitoring and analyzing website traffic. It’s free, easy to use, very visual, and one of the first things I install when starting a new website. In its basic form you’ll know how many visits you get, which pages are viewed most, how much time visitors spend on your site, and many more little nuggets of data. But most people don’t take advantage of all its abilities to turn those little nuggets of data into more important information that will help you make decisions about your website. This article is about those “extras” I use to turn Google Analytics into a decision-making machine.
HTML 5 is getting more and more attention in the web development world. Currently in a draft revision, HTML 5 is the next major version of html, the language used to program websites. HTML 5 promises better integration of audio and video without requiring plugins, such as Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight. It also includes support for geolocation, a few other web-centric goodies, such as web storage, and a new structure to build sites in a more semantic way to better identify important areas of each website. For example, identifying header, footer, navigation, articles, sidebars, and other website areas specifically in the programming. So theoretically a search engine could read these areas and perhaps add more significance to content appearing in the article section versus the sidebar section.
Virtuemart is my favorite platform for creating a powerful, open-source (aka free!), ecommerce stores. Part of its beauty is that operates on the Joomla content management system. So it’s easy to do more than just a store. But the Joomla community officially switched from Joomla 1.0 to Joomla 1.5 over a year ago. Which means that new extensions/modules, latest support, tips, are mostly being generated only for 1.5. While Virtuemart on Joomla 1.0 is still powerful, eventually we’ll all want to upgrade to the new version. So, lets upgrade this thing.
I recently had the opportunity to work with Garrett Owen on building a website for Sunny Day Celebrations. Garrett did all the design and I did all the programming. One of the challenges in the specifications was allowing the content be managed by the owner, without them having to know HTML. And also without using a full blown content management system since it was such a small site.