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JQuery has improved the way blogs can perform enormously. With the advent of jQuery things have livened up on blogs making them that much more interesting. Interaction with people in real time can improve blogs so much that it is really true that static websites are dead in the water. I am not saying you must not have static pages because they are important too. They have a very real place in a blog, especially in areas where the information doesn’t change very often: For example, on your “about page” and your “contact page”. These actually need to be static. I have listed a few of the jQuery plug-ins that are available that I have been looking at lately together with what they can do …

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Every now and again, we need a bit of light relief and finding them when looking through web pages is a great way of remembering a site. Many times people building websites just leave a 404 page dull and unimaginative. It is really great when you find a series of 404 sites that have invested in time and humor.  They tend to stand out in the crowd. When you are putting together a website it’s these little things that make the difference between a website and a great website. I have a collection of 404 sites that I have taken note of and intend to share with you. Catalyst Studios Executed with typical understated British humor this page says it all and gives you a …

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The best way of showing your willingness to help and be there for people who visit is having a contact page.  Many people either ignore this aspect of their blog or feel uncomfortable with handing out their personal contact details. There are many ways around this, and you really should have means for people to contact you. The reason you are on the internet is to contact people. So when you leave that hole in your site you are losing out on a lot. To create your own contact form on WordPress, you need one of the WordPress plug-ins. They all work well but do things in a different manner so it’s a case of looking at each one to see how they react to …

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Don’t you find it refreshing to see a different kind of login page that actually makes you feel welcome? This sets a good tone to the whole website. It puts a smile on your face and means you are in the mood to actually read what is on the website with fresh and intent eyes.  By giving this impression at the entrance to your site you actually are creating a friend before they even enter.  It’s an excellent chance to make a new friend without even trying personally. There is a simple way to do this if you can add imagination to it. You are actually starting the business of branding yourself. And with Custom Branding Plugin you can do this. You will be able …

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Essentially this is a guide for dummies like me.  I tend to get impatient with things, unless I’m totally absorbed in something like Flickr. As it seems a little complex until one sits down and really looks at it. Sometimes I think I need a 9 year old to explain this stuff to me. They seem to grasp it so much faster than I do. Flickr is one of the many online photo communities. Because of their active marketing, they are probably about the best known. There are many does and don’ts here, just like in any other online community. People from all walks of life tend to use it. Some use it for marketing their work; others just use it to share their photos. …

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404 Pages are a great opportunity to communicate with the people that land on them in error. You cannot only learn from the people where there might be a problem but by giving them the opportunity to tell you where it is you can create a two way communication and a reason to get back to them to say thank you. A simple thank you is a great way to forge a good relationship with someone who visited your blog. It gives the personal touch and shows that you aren’t just another voice on the web but a real person with good manners. Expansion Broadcast We have a page here that used sense. They know you landed up on their page with a bad link …

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The war on Spam is an on going problem. It is one of the things that happen to every person and site. One of your hardest tasks is to keep your site spam free as it appears that the bots are only getting cleverer. When you add the malicious intent of the human being it becomes even more difficult as they can see the captcha and can manually log in to your site. Because of spam, we need to make our blogs as secure as possible to prevent it; spam inserted in the pages either by them linking or fake linking to the blog or with actual comments inserted into the comment area. Luckily there are several plug-ins that can be used in addition you …

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Web design and themes are part and parcel of our daily life when we have a blog and are looking for new ways of implementing change. More and more beautiful well designed free themes are appearing on the various websites around the net. Ideas are being implemented with great creativity, and you are able to extend them to suit your own particular needs. I really enjoy seeing the various sections of industry that are being addressed. I was looking at several designs today that I hadn’t previously viewed and I am going to share a few of them with you. P2 This particular theme is a wordpress.com theme which means it can be viewed, and used on their website and your blog there as well …

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Many websites tend on the boring; I have seen that before style. In order to overcome this, you really need to make some change that will do a makeover on a theme that has been used by hundreds of other already. The biggest problem with pre made themes is the fact that if you use it just as it is out of the box it is far from the original.  You need to make your theme both original and unique. This is something that makes you stand out in the crowd, makes people look up and take notice, and that is when people tend to return. One way you can do this is by using a technique that isn’t employed on a lot of websites …

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It sounds a little like fear mongering but there are so many hackers out on the internet that it is actually time to take a good hard look at how you actually control your website safety. When you do it right you really enhance your security, which is actually a really important thing to do. There are so many predatory creatures on the internet who appear to have fun causing discomfort to others that it becomes imperative to make sure your website is as safe as you can possibly make it. Although we cannot defend ourselves totally we can make it a lot harder for the determined hacker in the hopes they will move on to the next and easier target. One way you can …

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