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Free "petition"-type web software?

I would like to create a web page where people can sign a sort of petition. It needs to be on my own web host, so third-party websites are not an option. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Oct 19, 2014 - 9 answers

You want to know what's hard? A web counter. Do you know how to do it?

I have OS X Server 10.9, and I'll be using YUI's Pure to create a lovely responsive page/website but I need a counter of the downloaded files on the page. I also want to show the states of page access.
posted by usermac on Jun 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Something like an ad-blocker for related links?

Is there a way to block links to other articles from showing up on the web? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on May 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Where are the antique webpages on the world wide web?

I stumbed on this gem through following bunch of links that began with a metafilter post. Somehow Geocities style webpages with bouncing icons and difficult to read fonts fill me take me back and manage to feel sort of charming like rotary phones or those 10 inch cell phones from the early nineties. I got the same weird technology nostalgia from re-watching the All Your Base video on youtube the other day. It got me thinking, where can you go on the world wide web to browse really outdated content, like old webpages or UIs that feel like an archaeological expedition?
posted by mermily on Apr 11, 2014 - 15 answers

Use of The City as a metaphor for the Internet/Web

I am looking for examinations of the Internet and World Wide Web that use the structure and/or history of the city as a metaphor. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 answers

What's in your Google Reader/RSS?

Another internet rut question/on the eve of Google Reader's destruction: What's in your RSS? [more inside]
posted by decathexis on Mar 14, 2013 - 21 answers

How can I replicate the experience of the mid-90s web for a curious Generation Z tweenager?

Does such thing as an early web emulator exist? My 12 year-old stepson is learning HTML and CSS, and today I was trying to describe the web of yesteryear (for me, c. 1995-96). I'd love to show some visual aids. I have googled to no avail. [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Dec 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Plausible opening bid for domain name?

Help me make an offer on a domain name. What is a good starting offer? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Dec 10, 2012 - 11 answers

At least I didn't use blinky text.

My gaming websites are ugly. How can I make them better? I work well with examples and exemplars, but how-tos are welcome too. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

What sites are highly skewed toward specific genders?

What sites are highly skewed toward specific genders? i.e. iVillage, Cosmopolitan.com for Females and SportsIllustrated.com, fantasysports.com, caranddriver.com for Males? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Aug 30, 2010 - 32 answers

Turns out our top referrer is Zombo.com

What are best enterprise level Web Analytic / Stat programs that work with IIS and Apache sever logs? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Mar 10, 2010 - 1 answer

Facebook's taken over my GMail

When I log into Gmail, Firefox redirects me to a page on Facebook. What gives? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 1, 2010 - 10 answers

Maintaining Server Privacy

If you do a search for my company’s website on Google, one of the top hits is a page at Quantcast.com that purports to display “visitor statistics” for our domain. These statistics are wildly inaccurate by orders of magnitude and make it look as though our site gets only a tiny percentage as many visitors as it actually does. What’s more, there are all kinds of demographic charts and info, purportedly about our site, that don’t seem to have any connection to reality whatsoever. How do I get them to stop misrepresenting us? [more inside]
posted by dacoit on Aug 27, 2009 - 17 answers

Under Construction

Where are some repositories of Web 1.0 style graphics and icons? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Apr 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Securing a Directory and Logging Logins

Need to password protect a directory on my site in a fashion that allows me to see which approved users are logging in, and when. I know .htaccess will let me do do the security and the separate accounts, but can I get a report on user activity? Or is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by boombot on Dec 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Why my design sucks? I can has better design skills please?

Three part question about "professional-looking" websites. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Oct 31, 2008 - 32 answers

How do you spell D-N-S?

How do you explain DNS, A records, MX records, etc. to your staff and clients? What's the best way to get non-technical people to understand this? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter on Sep 16, 2008 - 15 answers

Best Free File Sharing Script?

Four years ago, Aaorn asked after "free software that will let me set up a document dropbox on my web server. Basically I want to upload files and then have them be available -- through a nice-looking interface -- to users of my choosing." TooManyGadgets recently posted a question that brought DropBox to my attention, and after littleme was kind enough to share a DropBox beta invite, I wanted to revisit the original question. Obviously, there are lots of free scripts that offer the ability to do server-based file-sharing, but which is the best (security + ease of use, with free preferred but not necessary)? [more inside]
posted by boombot on Jun 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Apache2, mod_php, suexec security confusion.

Apache2 security theory; mod_php versus CGI php and the use of suExec: What is the non-theoretical problem with running Apache2 with mod_php and thus without using suexec on a dedicated system? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jun 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Make Apache recognize Perl!

How can I get my web server to interpret perl [more inside]
posted by kaozity on May 28, 2008 - 7 answers

HELP! I need to update a site that is outdated.

I need a web page design program that will work with pages that were originally done in Adobe Page Mill, and have .swf files from around 2003 or so. [more inside]
posted by Meep! Eek! on May 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Redirecting users by IP in Apache

How do I redirect incoming website visitors to an external site by IP address? [more inside]
posted by Oktober on May 12, 2008 - 7 answers

How do I figure out which pages on a web site are wider than X amount of pixels?

How can I analyze the width of specific site's web pages? I'm envisioning either a list of links for pages exceeding a certain amount of pixels or a table that lists every page title, along with the link and the page's width.
posted by boombot on Mar 18, 2008 - 7 answers

Can I force numeric input on a mobile browser?

I'm developing a web site to be accessible by mobile phone. One of the key requirements is data input into a form that is submitted back to the server. This has been developed and works fine. One of the features of my K610i Sony Ericsson mobile phone is text prediction or auto completion of words. This is a good feature on the text fields, but some fields only require integer or floats (e.g., 12.34567). Integers can be input by either holding down each key for a full second, or by switching the "Writing language" to "123..." (i.e., integer input). Both approaches add a few seconds to the input process, but I'd like to make this is quick as possible. My question is: Is there a way, perhaps with a tag on the form field, to force my mobile browser to switch to the integer input for those fields? Do other phone brands (Nokia, Siemens) do this differently? Would a third party mobile browser, such as Opera, handle this somehow?
posted by chrisch on Mar 16, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me AJAXify a portion of my project without overwhelming me.

Help me AJAX-ify a very simple web process in PHP. Links to very simple AJAX tutorials much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Semantic markup and the world wide web: non-noob needs an explanation.

Semantic markup and the world wide web: non-noob needs an explanation. What is all this semantic markup talk about, and where can I learn more? [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 on Dec 22, 2007 - 9 answers

How can I get my domain name back?

I was using a combined domain and hosting deal, but the company went under and the domain was registered in their name, how do I get it back? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Oct 30, 2007 - 6 answers

Buying a .org but not the .com

It is a commonly held belief that enough Internet users foolishly expect every Internet domain to end in ".com", it would be a mistake to purchase and promote a domain ending in ".org" unless one can also purchase the corresponding domain in the ".com" TLD to redirect these foolish Internet users to the proper URL. Is there any statistical evidence that there are so many foolish Internet users out that that this is a necessary practice? Or is this merely unsubstantiated myth?
posted by Plutor on Oct 1, 2007 - 26 answers

Looking for an OSX app(or other solution) that will allow us to edit/update a front page produced site.

Looking for an OSX app(or other solution) that will allow us to edit/update a Front Page produced site. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Sep 17, 2007 - 7 answers

Mac or Firefox solution to download local copies of web sites?

I'm looking for Mac OSX software or a Firefox plug-in that will allow me to create local copies of web sites to be viewed later. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on Aug 23, 2007 - 8 answers

sitepal.com or castration via rusty spoon? I'll take the spoon, please.

Help me convince a co-worker, by pointing me to credible sources online (or offline, if necessary), that adding "web avatars" to web pages, such as those found at sitepal.com, are a HORRIBLE idea. I am primarily concerned with issues dealing with usability + accessibility problems and eye socket/ear drum bleeding caused by such things.
posted by basicchannel on Aug 16, 2007 - 7 answers

Can I get an address with no www to work with godaddy?

I've bought a domain with Godaddy. I would like the http://mydomain.net (with no 'www') to go to my site, except it doesn't, it goes to a parked page. How can I change it so it goes to the same place as typing http://www.mydomain.net? (I'm not an idiot, but for these purposes, I might need it spelled out).
posted by minifig on Aug 8, 2007 - 11 answers

Access, Web-Style?

Rather continue to work with Microsoft Access, I'd love to move a few old databases I continue to maintain into a www database app, if one exists. I'd like something that feels Access-like, with the ability to structure queries and forms as Access does. I'd happily accept a script package that I can easily install and maintain on my own web server, or a full service. Is there such an Access corollary, either free or available for purchase?
posted by boombot on Jul 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Keep my own records?

Now that the CALEA deadline has passed and the feds could potentially have access to any and all of my internet communications, is it better to keep a record for myself of everything I do online? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk on May 15, 2007 - 4 answers

Paging Herbert Kornfeld - ecommerce with purchase orders

Is there an open-source ecommerce store system that has built-in support for purchase orders? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Mar 28, 2006 - 6 answers

Looking for ad-serving software.

Anyone have any ad-serving software they recommend? [more inside]
posted by crickets on Mar 2, 2006 - 3 answers

YA htaccess Q

Another redirect question. [more inside]
posted by mikel on Feb 28, 2006 - 9 answers

Two related ecommerce questions:

1) Are there any internet payment methods besides PayPal that are gaining market share? 2) Are you aware of any web services that handle the fulfilment side of selling intellectual property (e.g. download & payment collection)? If it makes any difference, I'm in Canada and server is Unix and in USA. Thanks!
posted by Manhasset on Feb 20, 2006 - 3 answers

Web Hosting 101

For those who pay for web hosting: I'm about to look for my first web host. What information, be it about privacy, or questions to ask, or really anything, should I have/look for as I shop around? I'll gladly take anything, I'm quite green.
posted by boombot on Jan 30, 2006 - 14 answers

Help with electronic signatures.

Electronic Signatures: Is a html web form with a checkbox and associated text a valid electronic signature? [more inside]
posted by jba on Nov 16, 2005 - 10 answers

Can you still make money on banner ads?

Let's assume that I have an idea for a web site that will draw lots of people. Let's assume that it involves a fair number of images, and so probably high bandwidth. Is it still possible to make money on this kind of thing through banner ads? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia on Jul 2, 2005 - 6 answers

Tim Berners-Lee: The Web and Democracy

I'm trying to find an old article about Tim Berners-Lee and the relationship between the WWW and democracy. There was a quote that went something like: "Tim built democracy into the fabric of the web." [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords on May 7, 2005 - 6 answers

Which laptop is the best for multi-track audio editing?

Laptops (again). I want to buy one. Specifically, I want to know which laptop is the best for multi-track audio editing (and why). Aditionally, which software should I use if I want to create stories "pro" enough for radio journalism? Do I have to get pricey studio stuff? Finally, when people out there submit already-produced audio stories to say BBC, NPR, PRI, Pacifica . . . is there a simple way to send the files via email? What kind of file would it have to be?
posted by punkbitch on Feb 13, 2005 - 9 answers

Are there any grammatical rules for linktext?

I know I'm being a bit of a hypertext pedant, but are there any grammatical rules for linktext? Any stylistic rules for linktext? Linktext is the stuff that goes in between <a> and </a>. I know to never use "click here" as linktext but I'm interested in other rules about syntax and style. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by revgeorge on Feb 9, 2005 - 23 answers

Windows XP crashing

Win XP Problem: Windows Explorer (and My Computer) keep crashing. If I bring either up, it crashes immediately (the computer doesn't crash). Around the same time, I noticed I'd acquired some spyware. So I ran Ad-aware, and it seemed to get rid of the bad stuff. But Explorer still crashes. I ran Norton Anti-Virus, which claimed it found viruses but couldn't fix them because I needed to adjust the properties of some of the Norton files. But I can't adjust these properties, because I can't get to the files (because Explorer crashes). Help.
posted by grumblebee on Dec 21, 2004 - 13 answers

Efficient Browser Page Loading

I am a frequent reader of Chowhound's message boards but the several-megabytes-long message index pages are a huge pain in the ass. I usually let the whole index load and then open threads into new windows/tabs, but that's not an entirely convenient situation. Does anyone know of a Firefox extension or other work-around that will let me load some specified fraction of a specific page whenever I go to it? Then I could always load only, say, the first (and newest) 100K worth of messages on Chowhound.
posted by rxrfrx on Nov 11, 2004 - 2 answers

Simple Site Setupt

A family member of mine wants to set up a simple site for his home business - schedules of classes, some photographs, contact information, links, etc., and I have suggested that he use Typepad, which I use for a number of projects. However I think he'd prefer a non-weblog format, which leads me to my question: are there combined hosting/construction tools out there, like some of these weblog services, that have a good and very easy-to-use back-end, lots of design/format choices, but are more focused around a more heirarchically structured, top-down site structure?
posted by luriete on Aug 25, 2004 - 6 answers

Rural Broadband

Someone I know is moving to a tiny rural town in Southern Oregon, which has a population of about 700 people and no broadband. The nearest broadband is in Roseburg, located 17 miles away.

The property they will be on has a hill, which might make it possible to use some kind of tranceiver on an antenna and establish a connection with someone over in Roseburg -- either Qwest, the local phone service, or the Douglas FastNet, which is interested in bringing broadband to rural Oregon. Alternately, there are satellite services, such as Starband or DirecWay which does this kind of thing too.

Do any of you have any thoughts on the best (or most cost-effective) solution available for broadband in such a situation? Also, we are interested in knowing how to go about creating a wireless network / coop / small ISP that would service the local region. Any ideas on how to get the bandwidth, what kind of equipment we'd want to use, how to wire the town, and how to reduce latency?
posted by insomnia_lj on Aug 1, 2004 - 2 answers

Which Mac OS X Files let Safari securely connect to sites?

Which Mac OS X Files let Safari securely connect to sites?

I'd accidentally lost some of my System (my fault) and had to reinstall, etc. to get it back. Looks like everything is working... EXCEPT when I try to connect to https:// sites. gmail, hotmail, whatever.

I have other Macs here, so if anyone knows what frameworks or whatever likely make that work, I can easily copy them over and correct the permissions. But WHICH files? (minimally more inside) [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Jun 14, 2004 - 12 answers

Why can't I get to Live Journal from my home computer?

An embarrassing question: why can't I get to Live Journal from my home computer? [MI] [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 9, 2004 - 12 answers

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