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How do I make a simple sales authentication webpage?

I've been selling my game (Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator) for 6 years. For almost every purchaser, I have a unique sales code, a name, and email address (currently in a google spreadsheet). Customers contact me daily to replace their lost copy, and I'm happy to do so after verifying their previous purchase, but it's a hassle, and I really want to automate this task. I'm not much of a web dev, though, mostly a C++ game dev. What I know about HTML, Javascript, and mySQL is just enough to be really dangerous. [more inside]
posted by Techbear on Dec 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Seeking well-written, expert takedowns of terrible things

So I've been thinking about some of the things I like reading on the Web, and I think I've identified a favorite micro-genre: long, thoughtful, in-depth expert critiques of terrible things. Can you help me find more Slacktivists, Jenny Trouts, and Maciej Ceglowskis? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Nov 23, 2016 - 13 answers

Blocking robot downloads from a publically available mp3 on a website

I "run" the website for a friend who is a musician. I say "run" because I don't know what I'm doing really. Anyways, I have some mp3s of his works on his website. He likes this and it is important to him, but a vast majority of the traffic I end up paying for is various scraping robots and the like that I imagine just download every mp3 they can find in the world just because. Is there some smart way to block this while still letting the website work?
posted by cmm on Nov 17, 2016 - 9 answers

Crash course on website design lingo (bonus points for higher ed field)

I'm an expert in my field and know what information our customers need, and I have to convince a website expert with no knowledge of my field how our website should be re-organized. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Nov 11, 2016 - 18 answers

How to find a junior communications job?

I have about 3 years experience as Admin/Exec Assistant and I'd like to get a fulltime communications role. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Oct 27, 2016 - 6 answers

"Interesting" Wordpress indexing/file structure - how did this happen?

I messed up a Wordpress install. Cleaned and reinstalled. It works now but the file structure is not "normal". I don't need troubleshooting per se, I just want to know WTF happened. [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist on Sep 9, 2016 - 2 answers

RECOMMENDATION NEEDED: simple diabetes tracking on both Web and iPhone

Can you help me find a diabetes tracker that I can update both on the Web and my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Sep 6, 2016 - 2 answers

Unique alternatives to the 'portfolio' website design

I want to build a new website, mainly to showcase my work as an artist, writer and academic. I'm looking for inspiration, and perhaps even some Wordpress templates. I want to do something a bit unique, responsive and forward thinking. Can you help me think beyond the current portfolio model? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Where can I find amazing animals on the web?

I'm looking for regular web-based sources of amazing animal photos, stories, and videos. I'm interested in content that shows silly animals, incredibly athletic animals, or (particularly) extraordinary animal intelligence. I'd also like to find material that shows cool interspecies relationships, whether that's cats who love dogs, rhinos who live with turkeys, or people who have unusual pets. I'm even interested in things like dog-training videos! Can you point me to forums, subreddits, YouTube channels, or other corners of the web that regularly publish stuff about amazing animals?
posted by jdroth on Aug 30, 2016 - 5 answers

Personal web-surfing at work: Is any amount acceptable?

I’d like to get opinions from MeFites, particularly if you work in HR or IT: What do you think is a reasonable policy for personal web-surfing from work computers? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Aug 29, 2016 - 70 answers

What are the best works of art that have been made for the internet?

I am interested in looking at art made for the web. Can you provide great examples? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Aug 21, 2016 - 13 answers

Moving You Tube Video to my Webpage

A friend recently filmed a very nice 15 minutes of me performing, and I'd like to move it to my webpage as part of my permanent electronic portfolio/resume/cv. Feel free to talk to me as if I'm five when you explain how to do this. It's a wordpress.
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Aug 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Quick Way to Scan 100 In-Progress Web Pages

I'm working on a project where I'm building out 100 texty web pages, all with the same format, but different content within that format. I frequently need to zip through some or all of these pages, to scan for problems, incompleteness, special cases, etc. I'd like a non-clumsy way to do this scanning. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 9, 2016 - 12 answers

Best Language or Platform for organic SEO?

tl;dr - Which platform or language will provide organic SEO and allow me to create modern and beautiful websites? By "organic" I mean, I don't want to do SEO work after the site is built. I want to follow best practices while creating the URLs, tags, product description content, layout, etc. [more inside]
posted by tellUwut on Aug 7, 2016 - 4 answers

What is the name of this Javascript code reminding visitors to sleep?

There was a bit of Javascript featured on a site like LifeHacker a few months back that would place a black page before a website at night telling visitors that their sleep was more important than whatever the contents of this website were. The page had a link if you wanted to bypass the gate. The application was the first project the team had worked on and their mission statement was that they developed web apps to help improve the world. Does anyone know what I'm referring to? Thanks!
posted by lunch on Aug 5, 2016 - 2 answers

Decent PSD to HTML / Wordpress Services?

I'm in need of additional web development resources, and wondering if anyone has any high quality PSD to Wordpress services that they would recommend? (Or recommend to avoid, for that matter...)
posted by spilon on Jun 24, 2016 - 4 answers

What framework should I use for a hobby web/programming project?

I have a need I could probably satisfy with something COTS, but I kinda want to build something again. I've been out of that game for a while, and getting my hand back in would be nice. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by uberchet on May 20, 2016 - 14 answers

WordPress, or roll-my-own cms?

I have a bunch of friends and acquaintances in a particular career for whom operating WordPress as a user is just too overwhelming and complicated. Also, none of the themes or plugins I'm finding are actually geared to meet their industry's information presentation requirements. So do I learn WordPress theme and plugin development so I can wrestle it around to be what they need, or do I create my own lightweight CMS that does what they need while minimizing and simplifying the user backend? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on May 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Should I apply for this part time course in web development?

It costs $2,495 for two nights a week for 10 weeks. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on May 5, 2016 - 11 answers

Help Me Integrate with My Company's Payment Processor

Okay, here's the deal. We've got a process for getting our clients signed up and billed that's not working. We want to just throw them a link to a form, fill it out, add their credit card or ACH info, and then be signed up for recurring billing. Problem is... [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Some web sites displayed with text only, no graphics

I recently performed some updates on my computer, and now some web pages are displayed in "text only mode", without their normal graphics. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Apr 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Jack of Many Trades, Master of a Few

I'm borrowing the conceit of a recent Ask MeFi question about building a new career out of skills I have. My special snowflake stiff is in the [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Mar 11, 2016 - 5 answers

OK, so not a series of tubes

How does the internet work? Clients, servers, REST, SOAP, packets, protocols, oh my! -- looking for resources to teach a budding programmer how it all works. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Mar 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Upping my UI/UX design game

I need to improve my skills at making mobile apps (and websites) usable and beautiful. What resources do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Feb 24, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me find/customize a minimal, text-based Wordpress theme

I want a Wordpress theme like this: Cocoro (that writer is great, by the way, but the blog seems to be abandoned). Details inside. [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist on Feb 22, 2016 - 4 answers

Automated Cloud Work-Flows Handling Web Pages

Sorry for super-inarticulate title. There are web services that will automatically (or on schedule) check web pages, download web pages, push buttons on web pages, etc, and manipulate the result in various ways (e.g. save to dropbox). Anybody know what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Feb 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Current best practice for a speedy streamlined web experience

After reading numerous articles recently about how much extra bloat loads on most webpages, and getting frustrated at slow loading speeds for content on most sites I visit, I'm wondering what the current best options are to swap this for speedy surfing, especially if I'm happy to have a mainly text-only experience? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Feb 2, 2016 - 17 answers

DNS / webhosting question

I have two sites. http://a.com/ and http://b.com/. Is it possible for me, without breaking a.com functionality, to have http://b.com/ display content that I have on http://a.com/foobar? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers on Dec 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Where can I cheaply host a bunch of ZIP files?

What are my options for low-cost static file hosting? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Dec 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Need to make a table of information on a web page sortable

I've got a web page of static content that I need to make sortable by multiple columns. Essentially, it's a calendar that has these columns: date, location, event. I need to put this information onto a simple, fast-loading web page in such a fashion that I can have a primary method of sorting and then also sort things in a secondary and/or tertiary way within those results. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Are you experienced?

I have started getting interested in how websites work, and am intrigued by the stories about those coding camps where people can jump right in. I am kind of wondering if I could make a go of it in coding, but I don't have much of a background. How can I learn more about front-end coding, experience design, etc. in an efficient, cost-effective way? (Is this a stupid idea?) [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Dec 4, 2015 - 15 answers

How to navigate a switch to web development?

How does a Python developer position themselves to move into web development? Specific questions about resume writing, job description/skills, and salary negotiation below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Nov 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Can I blog safely as a woman if I use my real name?

Is there a way for me to blog under my real name and still avoid exposing myself to stalking, doxxing, threats, and harassment? [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Nov 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Website Accessibility

Do you have a favorite resource, tutorial, or FAQ that could get me started as I learn more about creating and managing accessible websites? [more inside]
posted by yet.another.boston.question on Nov 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Domain Scalping, How To Fix?

So the domain for my personal site got scalped? I thought the problem was with billing for Hosting Direct but they said Network Solutions is giving a wrong redirect - I called Network Solutions and some organization? in Japan? Has claimed my domain? I already shot them an e-mail asking for it back but, how did this happen? What recourse do I have? How can I stop it from happening again? And How do I deal with wanting to set all my computers on fire? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Looking for arcane, extremely thorough, amateur websites

I am looking to find some examples extremely detailed websites about arcane topics created by amateurs. Detail inside. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt on Oct 8, 2015 - 50 answers

Optimizing Amazon Video quality

I purchased a TV show from Amazon Video and paid extra for "HD" but the quality is awful. It looks like a web video circa 2009. Is there anything I can do to improve the quality? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Sep 28, 2015 - 10 answers

My phone takes me.....

You are wasting five minutes on your phone....where do you go? Assume metafilter has already been surfed. As have PhD comics. Please let me know where you're going. Bonus points for suggestions about what's for dinner, women's fashion, science new, and grad students (ifls and PhD comic like finds). I'm betting you're surfing some great sites metafilter.
posted by Kalmya on Sep 26, 2015 - 31 answers

What's my best option for streaming tomorrow's debate to my Roku?

What's my best option for streaming tomorrow's Republican debate to my Roku? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Sep 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Open source, MVC alternative to WordPress?

I've been using WordPress for over 10 years to manage my blog and my site... [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Aug 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Making better use of smartphone veg-out time

What are some apps that can make better use of my down time? I currently dip into Hay Day, a farming game, if I want to relax for a bit. It would be great if all those spare moments could be used for something useful - think distributed computing projects such as SETI and Folding@home, but for humans. [more inside]
posted by fix on Aug 16, 2015 - 5 answers

How to Color Calibrate a Projector to Get Accurate Web Colors

I need to do a presentation of a new website to some serious bigwigs, so I want to make sure that the colors presented are as spot-on as possible. Can anyone offer up advice on how to calibrate my 4000 ANSI Lumens projector so that the colors projected will most closely the original web design?
posted by Jamesonian on Aug 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Catching Up on Eight Years of Web Skills in Seven Days

I've been making websites since 1997, when I set up my first GeoCities site learning out of the HTML for Dummies Quick Reference. Sadly, my skills plateaued around when I was graduating college in 2008. I've got seven days of free time coming up in a sort of work mini-sabbatical... help me get up to date! [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Aug 10, 2015 - 9 answers

What's the safest way to get this data to the outside?

I have a database table with sensitive (read as personal, non-financial) information inside our office locked-down network that I need to expose to users on a website. What's the best way for me to expose this data without exposing us to unnecessary risk? [more inside]
posted by chillin411 on Aug 7, 2015 - 6 answers

Random weird thing on the web

I googled a subject and stumbled upon random porn links on a nursing home website. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Jul 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me devise a customized spending reporting system

I want to provide updated weekly or daily report of our spending to my wife. Here's what I want to do: 1. Track expenses in MS Money (I've been using for 11 years, not negotiable) 2. Export Report from MS Money into a drive on my computer (or can e-mail csv to an e-mail address) 3. File gets synced somehow 4. Wife goes to a URL and can read the csv, potentially formatted in her browser whenever she likes. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jul 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Beginner Programmer Salaries in NYC?

I'm a brand-new full-stack web developer (with an emphasis on front-end) at a small NYC startup. I'm on contract but will probably be asked if I want to permanently join the team next week. What offer would be too low for me to say yes? [more inside]
posted by Yoko Ono's Advice Column on Jul 23, 2015 - 17 answers

Non-Basic Web Programming Resources / Workshop

I need recommendations for resources (esp. a workshop) to help improve my code, organization, and process. I work in JavaScript and PHP (Drupal). I'm not a rank amateur, but have no formal training and operate on my own. I'm essentially a junior Dec without a senior, and I expect my work is about as ugly as you're probably thinking. I need help beyond the CodeCademy / Treehouse type stuff - they're far too basic. [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Jul 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Visual style on the cheap

I am helping a small non-profit which does almost everything wrong when it comes to visual design. There are very limited financial resources and I'm not a designer, just someone who knows the basics. I think I need to produce a simple style guide which can be used across multiple channels, but I also need someone to redesign the web site and I don't know what comes first. [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jun 16, 2015 - 8 answers

text-only browsing in Firefox

Is there an extension or some setting in Firefox (e.g. in about:config) I can activate so that only text loads by default as I browse? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 5, 2015 - 11 answers

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