My itty-bitty portfolio website traffic is almost all new visitors from Brazil. I don't have anything on my portfolio that would appeal to Brazilians. What is going on? Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants
on Jul 24, 2014 -
So I recently completed a project, and was sharing the news with people on Facebook - but Facebook blocked the link to my website because it was apparently on some spammy/malware blacklist. I did some investigation, and my site comes up clean on every security scan thing I tried, except McAfee SiteAdvisor. It seems likely that it's a false positive, possibly due to my shared hosting. If there's a legitimate security issue, though, I'd like to find out what it is so I can fix it - but I don't know how I can do that. [more inside]
posted by NMcCoy
on Jul 24, 2014 -
I need a systematic way to track and show that sites are up to date, links checked, content updated or deleted. [more inside]
posted by b33j
on Jul 14, 2014 -
I need help narrowing options to convert my site to responsive for tablets/mobile. I've developed chemo brain and just can't concentrate and stick to it myself. I don't have enough money to pay for a good developer/designer right now, either. I also need to get it done as soon as possible. (A bit more inside...) [more inside]
posted by svetafriend
on Jun 26, 2014 -
I saw -- maybe here, maybe on the blue -- a link to a webpage with discussions of all sorts of future-science problems. I can't find it again. Help? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA
on Jun 24, 2014 -
I've built a website that combines all state constitutions in one place.
I want to build another website that puts all state laws in one place. But state laws change much more often than state constitutions. And although states make their laws available online (usually in the form of revised statutes), their word count greatly exceeds the total word count of state constitution. It took six months to build the state constitutions website. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jun 13, 2014 -
I'm looking for platforms for professional writers to build their own websites--like 4ormat
, just not as image-focused--and working examples of such. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on Jun 4, 2014 -
The videos need to work across all browsers and devices. I'm having a hard time finding good advice. Can you help?
posted by markcmyers
on Jun 3, 2014 -
I am planning a new website for my business.
My web designer of many years does really stellar sites which Google seems to love.
However, some of the Wordpress templates out there at the moment are superlatively great.
The site is going to be purely a brochure / information website.
So some advice please. Are custom-built websites old hat for the purposes of a brochure site or do hand-crafted websites (right-term?) still hold a lot of merit?
(PS: the cost is not important. I am quite willing to pay the same for both types of architecture)
posted by jacobean
on May 28, 2014 -
I'm looking for a CMS that is highly-customizable and relatively cheap. [more inside]
posted by omar.a
on May 27, 2014 -
I am a newish member of a volunteer organization. Most of the members are older, and the Board is looking for ways to drive new membership.
I think it is essential that the website be updated, in order for the organization to look more progressive, and in turn attract younger members. I feel that I could devote a few hours a week to this task. Difficulty: I don't have, nor have I ever had a website of my own, and don't know anything about maintaining one. [more inside]
posted by vignettist
on May 20, 2014 -
If I want to start a blog or site, what are some good places to learn about how many page views, etc. lead to how much revenue? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63
on May 20, 2014 -
Someone (?) registered and account on Thumbtack
with my e-mail address. I've sent multiple e-mails to support and only really gotten a "your message has been forwarded to IT Support" response (via ZenDesk). Is there anything else I can do to get their attention? Any other avenues to pursue? [more inside]
posted by The Radish
on May 15, 2014 -
I want to have a non-gmail/slightly more professional address for my freelance work, so I'm planning to buy a domain. What companies would you recommend for a) buying a domain and b) hosting the site? I just want to have one page with a background photo, a line of text, and a link to my email. Is Squarespace worth it, since I don't know how to build the page myself?
posted by three_red_balloons
on Apr 27, 2014 -
I have seen fashion/clothing sites where on the product page the brand has dress/pant/shirt etc. options. There is a blank image of the pants, etc. Below the image is a choice of colors or design. When you scroll over a color you then see what the color will look like on the pants.
Does anyone know any brands that have this on there sites? I have seen them in the past yet none of them are coming to mind.
I am building a website right now and would like to show this to my designer.
posted by goalyeehah
on Apr 25, 2014 -
I want to sell what I write as a 'packaged' article or essay. Best spots to do this? [more inside]
posted by zenpop
on Apr 4, 2014 -
I have a video uploaded on Youtube that I'd like to add an annotation to - a link to a Google Map that I created. But for some reason Youtube only allows links to a few select destinations (e.g. another video, a personal webpage).
Is there anyway I can get around this?
posted by AngryTypingGuy
on Mar 15, 2014 -
I know about the sites that show who follows back and who doesn't, Etc. I am trying to find a way to know what the last tweet before people unfollowed was - like a way for me to try to figure what type of things my audience doesn't like (offensive? Boring?) Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by jitterbug perfume
on Mar 14, 2014 -
I am curious about the process of scaling a website from a small, shared hosting site all the way up to "one of the biggest 10 sites on the Internet" scale. I've heard terms like "dedicated hosting," "sharding the database" etc., but I'm sure there's a lot more that I haven't heard about. What changes on the backend through this process, and is there a typical order that those changes occur?
posted by philosophygeek
on Mar 13, 2014 -
I stumbled across a site a few weeks ago which would put up an image of some sort and ask you to write what question came to your mind. I think the point was just to collect the questions and look at them (but it asked you to make an account before you could see more than a few of the other peoples' questions, and I never did that). I've forgotten where I found it. Does anyone know what site this was? [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog
on Mar 6, 2014 -
I'm a professional (part-time) photographer--I know next to nothing about web hosting/design/whatever. I want to switch from having a portfolio/sales website through Zenfolio (with a custom domain name hosted by Dreamhost) to having a website totally hosted by Dreamhost (with Shootproof for portfolio/sales). How can I mess around with setting up a new site (probably a Wordpress site with one-click install on Dreamhost)--I need this to be easy) without breaking my old site before I'm ready to use a new one? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt
on Feb 27, 2014 -
I'm looking for blogs that are about the life of the person writing them instead of just a single topic. Like, maybe an author keeps a blog and writes about cooking and being an author and trips to Mexico, or a reporter in Germany talks about being a reporter but also their deep love of jazz. Something that's about the many things in a person's life. Caveat: Nothing too focused on a family, please - just individuals. Bonus points for people with super-interesting lives or for people in their twenties.
posted by reductiondesign
on Feb 23, 2014 -
I'm trying to access a website for an online game that's been recommended to me, and all I get is a white screen with broken images and broken links. I've tried from two computers and a mobile device, Chrome and Safari, I've cleared my caches and reset my browsers, and yes - I have tried turning off and on again. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman
on Feb 22, 2014 -
I'm in a position where I manage a local non-profit's website. As I take an opportunity to transition out of the role, I am sad to see my track record. Can I become a better webmaster, undertake a fantastic transition AND learn something all in the next few months? [more inside]
posted by nondescript
on Feb 20, 2014 -
I am starting a music/lifestyle blog. I want to be able to post songs from the artists on the blog (with their permission of course) on the blog's Facebook page to get the word of mouth going. I don't have enough web expertise to code from scratch, but if I had a player I could customize, I can modify the look and feel to my the blog. Any ideas on a Flash based mp3 player I could use? It could work on other platforms but it definitely has to work on Facebook too.
PS. thinking of something along the lines of what soundcloud uses www.facebook.com/soundcloud
posted by FireStyle
on Feb 11, 2014 -
I am working on a website which is going to be a community and blog. A friend of mine shares a similar interest, and I want to invite him to partner up because I think it will be more fun and easier to get up and running with a partner. I'd like to propose we officially create a partnership with a contact and all that so he has incentive. But I've done or/am doing the lion's share of the work, at least initially. What's a fair deal? [more inside]
posted by LANA!
on Feb 10, 2014 -
I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
posted by ancient star
on Feb 7, 2014 -
I taught myself how to build a wordpress website for our small business a few years ago and since our current platform (Platform Pro) is now defunct, I need to switch to a different platform and get all my plugins and wordpress up-do-date. What is the smartest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by okay-quiet-time
on Feb 6, 2014 -
I've got an idea for a website I'd like to do - I want to create, together with my website visitors, a sort of "choose your own adventure." I would set up the story up to a point, then the people who visit the site could come up with ideas as to which way the story would go. The top three up voted choices become the next part of the adventure, which I then flesh out. I would update once a week; this just sprung into my head, and it sounds like a cool creative project for me to do. I also have a talented artist that would like to contribute. Unfortunately, I have no experience in web site design, and am lost as how to begin.
Please help me learn how to design a website so I could set up this kind of project! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers
on Feb 6, 2014 -
In 2014,what options are now available to an entrepreneur with very limited tech knowledge? Is it now more feasible to build a (Minimum Viable Product) site using more turnkey methods, like site builders, pre-made themes, etc., than it used to be? I realize that really getting something tuned to where I ultimately want it will require tech help. But to get the ideas roughed in and functioning, so as to attract investment and help, what can a non-programmer do/use nowadays?
posted by skypieces
on Feb 3, 2014 -
I found this cool art website and forgot to bookmark it. The logo has a raised fist reminiscent of communist propaganda. I remember it as black on yellow.
I have scoured the web but I can't find it. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by OtisTheStig
on Feb 3, 2014 -
If you visit the City of Calgary and State of Utah websites, the center of the page is a Google search bar. How do these sites incorporate Google's search into their websites in what looks to be real time? [more inside]
posted by dukes909
on Jan 23, 2014 -
Web developers: My university research lab wants to drag our website
out of 1998 to a more easy-to-maintain and attractive design. We're tending towards using Wordpress, mostly for its large install base and plugin market. However our website won't follow the typical blog page/post format that Wordpress seems to support by default - it's more like a library with inter-related content types. Something like this
is beautiful but probably out of our budget. Those with Wordpress experience, what default features should we try to use? Or is there a plugin / theme that does what we want already? [more inside]
posted by anthill
on Jan 22, 2014 -
Our company has 3 different locations (all US) and a couple hundred work from home employees. We want to create a website that would allow us to communicate, have fun, and increase employee engagement. [more inside]
posted by jseven
on Jan 17, 2014 -
I want to start a service that will put real letters into the mail via a website.
I kind of prefer a meaningless name that is simple, unambiguous to spell, and memorable that would grow with the site, if it began to branch out into different areas. And of course, the domain should be open. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Jan 14, 2014 -
I'd like to get back into managing a silly little bit of webspace for myself and my whims. I paid for a year of hosting and two domains through Dreamhost, but no real idea of how to go forward, and I don't have significant blocks of free time to really get involved all at once. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 8, 2014 -
What's the best website/company from which to purchase art prints or art for your walls? I'd like to get some good friends who just got married a gift certificate to somewhere they can order art or art pieces for their apartment. [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite
on Jan 8, 2014 -
Silly question about CSS3 background images that change size to "cover" shifting dimensions. If you have an image that changes size while snipping off the sides to cover an area, is there a good way to predict its "cover" behavior, so that a piece of HTML text can follow right along with it, so as to fit over a certain spot on the image? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz
on Jan 6, 2014 -
Say you have two people who are trying to pick some music they both would like. Is there a web site where each one can suggest a band of their choice, and the site/algorithm/computerese voodoo suggests some third option that's going to appeal to them both based on that input? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos
on Jan 5, 2014 -
A couple of months ago I found a nontraditional/alternative wedding registry website which was perfect for me, and which I'd like to use. Apparently I failed to bookmark it, and now I can't find it again. Googling is not working for me and I'd love your help. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Jan 1, 2014 -
I need a pure CSS navigation menu solution for a static, one page application, the simpler the better. [more inside]
posted by jedicus
on Dec 26, 2013 -
I'm hoping to find a Drupal theme/template that would be suitable for the website of a wedding venue. [more inside]
posted by wats
on Dec 19, 2013 -
Someone has created a site via Google Sites that is radically defaming myself and my family. We're not talking about a 12 year playing a prank. It's a systematic attack with the most egregious accusations one can imagine. They're parroting my personal business site and posting info that is not only libelous, but fantastically horrible. The junk they've posted about myself, my wife and our two small children is heartbreaking. We believe we know who it is (but have no proof) and have contacted the FBI on advice of a lawyer. They've told us they'll call us once they get jurisdiction figured out and the cybercrime guys take a look. The kind SAIC looked at the site and understood the problem but only got the ball in motion. That could take weeks/months for them to move on this and the site needs to come down, now.
HOW? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 17, 2013 -
I'm in need of a new webhost, and I need the following: SSH/SFTP, PHP support, ability to run background processes (namely the Unix version of Dropbox), webmail forwarding, and monthly payments. I don't need much space (1 GB would likely be plenty) or bandwidth (1 GB/mo? maybe?), and the Dropbox process is literally the only thing I would have running. What's my best, cheapest option? Thanks!
posted by reductiondesign
on Dec 12, 2013 -
I'm working on a new website for my professional activity. There will be a bio page, as well as a blog section. Can anyone suggest possible titles/headings for these sections that would be more original than "About Me" and "Blog"? [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk
on Dec 1, 2013 -
My dad is a consulting structural engineer. His current approach to billing clients is to finish a job (or portion of a job) and email files along with an invoice generated in (I think) quickbooks. This works fine for his regular architecture firm clients- he knows that they will pay, even if they take 90 days or whatever. The problem is little jobs for people that will probably never hire him again- say, someone who has a sagging beam in their house, and hires him to take a look at it and make a plan for a fix. Once they have the files they need, there isn't much leverage for him to get them to pay, and the amount isn't really enough to take them to court over. What he would like to do is be able to email them an invoice with a link. That link would take the client to a secure website where they can enter a credit card payment, and, after it goes through, give them access to the files that they paid for. Does such a tool exist, preferably as a plug-in or part of something like Freshbooks or the ecommerce portion of Square? [more inside]
posted by rockindata
on Nov 20, 2013 -