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Archive for May, 2006

Email Blacklists (or, the ripple effect of Spam)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

When using a commercial Web host, your naughty neighbors can get you in trouble, too… Today I drafted a few designs for a client of mine, and e-mailed her a link to the JPG files that I’d posted to her new Web hosting space. Since we haven’t changed her domain name yet, I used the [...]

What Happened to the Webmaster? (And other misleading titles)

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Someone asked me the other day if I was a “Webmaster.” Ah, the flood of memories that invoked. Way back when I started working on the “Information Superhighway” (circa 1994, or as archaeologists might one day refer to it, “the Netscape Era”), the term Webmaster was in common use. At first it referred to that [...]

PayPal vs. Other Payment Systems

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

[This is a working draft document, which I'll be editing occasionally as time permits and as technologies change; check back for changes.] PayPal’s basic ecommerce system allows vendors to sell online with very little setup, and with a decent fee schedule. Which raises the question: why would anyone use a traditional ecommerce system? First, some [...]

Where Am I, What Can I Do Here?

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

One of the biggest problems I see with Web sites has to do with user orientation. A business owner designing his site already knows what his business is and how the site is laid out — so he neglects to provide the most basic of information: where am I, and what can I do here? [...]

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