Category Archives: Internet

Domain Registrars GoDaddy Review

After my fiasco with Network Solutions. I thought I would talk a little bit about GoDaddy. In my unpaid opinion, these folks rock. I’ve dealt on and off with this company for many years and HIGHLY recommend them. After trying other registrars out there, I always end up back at GoDaddy !

What I like about GoDaddy.

GoDaddy offers ease of use. The dashboard is easy to get around, and easy to make changes. For example and part of the reason I decided on writing this now, I just pointed a domain and it was literally active in less than 15 minutes. I pointed the D.N.S. information, waited about 15 minutes, hit refresh at my hosting company, and to my surprise GoDaddy already had the nameservers pointing to my hosting company.

GoDaddy is security minded, with dual authentication. I use a password and then wait for a text message with a code to log in. I’ve also felt very secure with the customer service people who always make sure I am who I am before talking with me.

Finally, price ! GoDaddy has to be the most affordable registrar in the industry. They don’t play games, offer affordable packages, and don’t nickel and dime you to death with hidden fees and extras.

I could go on and on about GoDaddy’s service. Nothing but positive things to say about this company and I highly recommend them. If you’re looking for a good, secure registrar and haven’t tried GoDaddy before, I strongly suggest you give them a try !

Internet Explorer Get On Board

IEsadWhat’s up with Internet Explorer. We have the W3C World Wide Web Consortium and we even have validator services now. Yes HTML and CSS have come a very long way, but for a major company like Microsoft I really don’t understand why its so hard to play ball with the rest of the team.

I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way, or is tired of creating wonderful designs, only to discover the design works great in every browser BUT Internet Explorer. This has been a Microsoft problem from the beginning. They expect the whole world to bend over backwards for Microsoft and play ball by their rules.Even with the W3C as a guideline for the rest of us, Microsoft expects us to write special code just for their products. Yes, it can be fixed by creating a special style sheet just for the IE browser, but really ! Is this what we should be doing ?

Maybe if enough designers and web surfers alike demand Microsoft play ball with the rest of us, then they will indeed change. As a designer maybe we should charge extra for the IE style sheet. As a surfer refuse to use IE products. As designers we can place the W3C validation button on the bottom of every page, and add a link that says if this page isn’t loading correctly download a browser that meets the W3C standard with a link to Chrome or a Mozilla product.

This topic especially hits home with me because I don’t use any Microsoft products. I test my pages in Chrome, Firefox and Konqueror and they always look so much better than in I.E. When I try something new, I’ll also test on a friends Mac Book and their browsers. Although this is really nothing more than a rant, I would love to see an organized Internet campaign to push people away from IE products or at least help Microsoft realize the error of their ways.

The good news is, the times they are a changing. When I look at at my server stats now, compared to server stats from ten years ago, the majority of users are using better browsers, and IE products seem to account for about 20 to 30 percent of my users browsers. Compared to ten years ago when Microsoft still had about a 70% market share of browser traffic. You would think they would start getting the hint. Maybe, with a little push from all of us, we can get that number down to a little less than 10% and not only get Microsoft to play fair, but also educate web surfers, and customers alike on the W3C HTML CSS standards.

If You Use Internet Explorer See The Difference For Yourself



CSS Tips and Tricks from Blogtalkradio

Three great interview podcasts from Blog Talk Radio with CSS junkie “Big John” Gallant on CSS and web design. These interviews cover all kinds of tips and tricks, and different fixes for dealing with different browsers. These are about 3 years old but are still very informative. If you ever wondered why IE6 has such a hard time displaying modern CSS these interviews really put it in perspective.

4/7/10 First interview, talks about debugging pages for IE6 when using CSS.

Online Computers Radio at Blog Talk Radio with Myra Rhodes on BlogTalkRadio

6/14/10 Second Interview talks about working with .png files and getting them to work better in IE6 and making style sheets for IE6. Also gets into fonts and font sizing.

Find Additional Technology Podcasts with Myra Rhodes on BlogTalkRadio

6/22/10 Third interview. Talks about @media and different tips and tricks for mastering CSS.

Discover Internet Internet Radio with Myra Rhodes on BlogTalkRadio

Follow Up To The Network Solutions Debacle.

Woke up today and the mail man was delivering my mail as I was leaving for my day job. The refund check from Network Solutions was there. For the complete review and story click here.

I wanted to post the follow up and some final comments. Network Solutions is one of the oldest players in the domain registration game. I’m upset that I had to write an angry blog post and a nasty tweet in order for them to rectify what I believe was a shady practice on their part. So to sum the review up, their service works, there was know disruption in network traffic or problems with pointing the domain, I think there a bit overpriced, and there customer service people weren’t very helpful. @netsolcares on Twitter is actually who got the problem taken care of, not the customer service people.

I’ll probably never do business with Network Solutions again, unless I have to deal with some stuff for a customer who already registered a domain with them. I’ll definitely try to refer my customers to other registrars out there. The problem was taken care, but things could of went much more smoothly.

I’ve been transferring and moving domains around with a few other companies recently with no problems, I’ll be reviewing them shortly. Thanks @netsolcares if you should happen to read this, you were very helpful, and if your companies customer service reps were as helpful, this review probably would of went in an entirely different direction !

What you do when you overwrite a website with an older version.

So last night I’m up working on stuff till about 6 a.m. Around 4 in the morning I decide I’m going to tweak my Tumblr blog real quick. I have a special blog on there that I use as a test lab. I make configurations, add stuff, tweak and when every thing looks A O.K. I copy and paste the code into my other blogs that are using the same theme.

So I tweak the theme a bit, I’m happy, I copy the code and paste it into my other blogs not realizing that there were unsaved changes from a previous edit. This was a couple hours work at least, and in a moment of acute stupidity that only took a couple seconds to perpetrate , I overwrote all the changes I had made at an earlier date. To add insult to injury, I couldn’t even find the graphics I had used in my backup. My heart sunk, I was tired, feeling really stupid, and couldn’t believe what I had just done.

Frantically I scoured through the directories on my hard drive, in hopes that I could find the backup files to no avail. In a state of panic I calmed myself and said out loud to no one in particular “o.k. stupid think !” Then it dawned on me, in my moment of desperation I recalled someone talking about a program called time machine or something like that, that stores cached copies of websites on there servers. You just type in the url of the site you want to see, and it pulls up its last cached version of the website. I did a search engine search and low and behold discovered

I quickly typed in my url and clicked on the Google cache button. To my amazement there was my old site,exactly as I had designed it before my momentary lapse in judgement. The graphics, the new search box, the links, the Twitter widget, the hours of work I had done on the sidebar were all there ! I right clicked on the header image and saved to where I thought the back up file was. I then right clicked on the page again and clicked “view page source” and copied all the code I had overwrote. At last, my world made sense again ! There truly is a God and I gave thanks ! saved my REAR and if this ever happens to you, try this because it worked great for me.

Once I got my code and graphics the problems were fixed in under 10 minutes. Words can’t describe how relieved I was. The moral of this story is to always keep backups. I usually do and if this had been a clients page I’m sure I would of known exactly where they were. I tend to be more careful with other peoples stuff, than my own. Plus my Tumblr blogs are just a hobby and somewhere to play when I’m relaxing. I usually keep backups of my backups which go back two changes. So I have the original on the server, a copy on my hard drive, and a copy of the old copy named sitename.bak before changes were made. Using this system, if something goes wrong, 99.9 % of the time it’s completely recoverable.

With that said keep backups, but if the worst should happen check out or a similar site as a last resort. It really saved my ass !