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This page provides links to resources, both on and off this site, for WebMasters, Web Designers and Web Travelers.

It also provides some information regarding email and about email viruses.

If you know of a link I should add or information you would like to know, don't hesitate to email me.


On My Site

Surfing Safely and QuicklyAdSubtract Pro: Describes AdSubtract Pro and other surfing tools you can use to screen out cookies, referrers and other privacy invaders on the net. Some tools also screen advertising speeding up page downloads. Other filters include animations, auto refresh, background images, background music, Java applets, JavaScript and pop-up windows. Some of these are free.

Affiliate Link Cloaker?Affiliate Link Cloaker?: This page explains the product known as Affiliate Link Cloaker. It describes what it does, how it does it and how you can do the same thing for free. And it also explains why I don't do it.

Background Colors?Background Colors?: Do you always set the background color on your web pages (even when you want "white")? Do you set the background color even if you are using a background graphic? This page tells you why you should.

The BCC FieldThe BCC Field: Do you send "stuff" to friends? Do you send their email addresses all around the internet? Do you understand the BCC field? Do you use it?

Best Practices of Email, Ezine and List ManagementBest Practices of Email, Ezine and List Management: The organization known as MAPS (Mail Abuse Prevention System) once published a list it called "Basic Mailing List Management Principles for Preventing Abuse". I used this list as the starting point to create my own "Best Practices" which I follow in managing my lists.

CAN-SPAM Is StupidCAN-SPAM Is Stupid: A personal rant about the U. S. federal law known as known as CAN-SPAM. While it is supposedly designed to help eliminate email spam, I think the law is stupid. The article also provides links to CAN-SPAM resources.

Changing Your Email Reply AddressChanging Your Email Reply Address: How to change your email reply address in Outlook or Outlook express to make the best use of email forwarding services. This page provides click by click instructions. 

Creating Another Email AddressCreating Another Email Address:  How to create a second (or third or fourth . . .) email address in Outlook or Outlook express. This page explains why you might need to and provides click by click instructions. 

Creating HTML Email FormsCreating HTML Email Forms: This is an ebook tutorial on how to create HTML Email Forms. The tutorial is designed to assist those who need an email form on their website but do not understand Web Forms. (This ebook is for sale, but it is also available free to students in Cricket's Tech Training Class. The page gives more details.) 

Copy the URLCopy the URL: How to copy the URL of the page you are browsing. 

AOL & Web Based Email RepliesEmail Replies: Do you include the prior email in your replies? Why not? (If you are an AOL user or a web-based mail user, this article is particularly relevant.) Do you use web based email?

Favicon.ico --- The IE5 Bookmark IconFavicon.ico The Ie5 Bookmark Icon: This page describes the Ie5 bookmark icon, explains how it gets into your favorites folder, and tells you how to do the same thing for your website.

FrontPage TipsFrontPage Tips: A small collection of tips for the FrontPage user. 

Gammadyne MailerGammadyne Mailer: I use the Gammadyne Mailer for all my ezines. This page provides more information about that use, including summary information about the data I keep, the functions I've custom programmed and how to access my TestZine if you want to try it out. 

How Do I Stop People People From Copying My Stuff?How Do I Stop People People From Copying My Stuff?: This page discusses the issue of web copying (usually copying graphics) and explains why turning off Right Click is not the answer.

How Do I Turn Off Right Click?How Do I Turn Off Right Click?: This page is a shorter version of the page entitled How Do I Stop People From Copying My Stuff.

How to Copy HTML From the Web Into FrontPageHow to Copy HTML From the Web Into FrontPage: Sometimes copying HTML from the web into FrontPage and other wysiwyg editors can have unexpected effects. This page describes one of those and provides a trick to overcome it.

How to Unsubscribe from ListsHow to Unsubscribe from Lists: I subscribe to a lot of email lists. Every day or two someone want to unsubscribe and can't figure out how to do it. So, I created this page to point them to so I could quit writing it down over and over.

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List Email HeadersList Email Headers: An explanation of the RFC standard headers which should be used on emails for lists and ezines. Also identifies the supplementary user-defined fields I use on my ezines, as well as RFC standard email addresses ezine publishers should implement.

Microsoft MVPMicrosoft MVP: I have been named a Microsoft MVP. This page links to resources to explain what a Microsoft MVP is and how the program works. It also links to other MVP sites.

Not RecommendedNot Recommended: As the web grows, a number of services are springing up. Many I can recommend. A few I cannot. This page identifies a few that I feel I cannot recommend, and explains why. 

Own Your Own Email AddressOwn Your Own Email Address: Today, it costs less than three cents per day to own your own email address. If you own your own email address, then the next time you change ISPs, you will not have to change addresses and will not have to send out notices about your new address.

Registration With NamECheapRegistration With NamECheap: Because I recommend NamECheap for domain registration, URL forwarding and email forwarding, I was emailing people over and over answering simple questions. I wrote this page to provide a central help point. 

Spam and the LawSpam and the Law: Did you recently receive spam? Did it claim it was legal because of the law S.1618? Maybe you should check this out. 

  • This is actually a part of my Technology section, but is listed here also.

Surfing Safely and QuicklySurfing Safely and Quickly: Describes surfing tools that you can use to screen out cookies, referrers and other privacy invaders on the net. Some tools also screen advertising speeding up page downloads. Other filters include animations, auto refresh, background images, background music, Java applets, JavaScript and pop-up windows. Some of these are free.

Trimming List PostsTrimming List Posts: explains why you should trim your posts to email lists and the rules for doing it.

Urban Email LegendsUrban Email Legends: Remember, only you can prevent gullibility. This page discusses some of the most virulent email rumors 

Web BugsWeb Bugs: Information about a technique for tracking your web browsing and your email viewing.

Why CAN-SPAM NoticesWhy CAN-SPAM Notices: Why I include CAN-SPAM notices in my ezine mailings, even though they aren't commercial emails and they aren't required.

Why Use JavaScript?Why Use JavaScript?: Do you use JavaScript to pop up new windows? Why? This page examines this trend and recommends that you don't.


What AOL Users Don't Know About EMail LinksWhat AOL Users Don't Know About eMail Links: AOL does not follow the standards of the rest of the net. Because of that, many AOL users do not know how to make clickable email links for the rest of the internet.


WebTV: Including the Original Email in RepliesWebTV: Including the Original email in Replies: One of the biggest problems with WebTV users is that they do not include the original email when they reply. This makes it very difficult to follow an email conversation. This page tells how to fix that problem. )

WebTV: Using GraphicsWebTV: Using Graphics: This page attempts to provide WebTV users with information about how graphics are processed on the web, about the issues of bandwidth theft and copyright infringement, and techniques for using transloaders and Page Builder and the Page Builder Scrapbook. It also provides links to other WebTV resources.


RingMaster Tip: The Home FunctionRingMaster Tip: The Home Function: Many ringmasters don't know how the "home" function works nor why to use it. This page attempts to answer those questions. 

 

Across the Net

404

404 Research Lab404 Research Lab: This site features information about custom 404 pages and links to many 404 pages (including mine!).    This site links back to my 404 Page from this page on the site.

Color

Color Chart PickersColor Chart Pickers: A great page for choosing colors and seeing the effects of colors on backgrounds. 

The Web Safe Color DilemmaThe Web Safe Color Dilemma: Are web-safe colors a "dead" idea? This great article (undated, but noticed by me in Feb.2003) asks and explores the question. The article is written by Lynda Weinman, sometimes "credited" with the palette. 

Domain Names

See especially NamECheap.com, my domain name "registrar of choice" as of 01.Apr.2001.

000Domains.com000Domains.com: This registrar is listed first, not because it is my favorite, but because of those zeros in its name. It chose that name so that it would show up first. At one time, it offered one of the best prices and great services. However, its price has been beaten. Until 01.Apr.2001 was my "registrar of choice" for all of my domain name registrations. It was replaced by NamECheap.com

Not Recommended: Affordable-Domains.comAffordable-Domains.com: This particular registrar has sent me unsolicited email, using reply addresses that do not work, hiding the address to which it is addressed and failing to provide a way to unsubscribe. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 68% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that not only are much better alternatives available, but also they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(This particular firm has also been listed on my "Not Recommended" page.)

BetterWhoisBetterWhois: A Whois service to identify owners of domain names. This service first queries the master list at Internic. Then it automatically queries the indicated registrar to provide detailed information, regardless of which registrar has the registration. 

Cheap-DomainRegistration.comCheap-DomainRegistration.com: This registrar emailed me (personally, not spam) to be added to my listing on 30.Jun.2003. It offers discount registrations. I have no personal experience with this registrar and it hasn't yet "replaced" my favorite (NamECheap.com) but it looks interesting. I'm continuing to check it out. 

CleverDot.comCleverDot.com: This registrar emailed me (personally, not spam) to be added to my listing on 31.May.2003. It offers the lowest routine price I have yet found for domain registration: $7.77. I have no personal experience with this registrar and it hasn't yet "replaced" my favorite (NamECheap.com) but it looks interesting. I'm continuing to check it out. 

CORE: Internet Council of RegistrarsCORe: Internet Council of Registrars: A non-profit membership association, it maintains a shared registry system for use by its membership.  

DomainFactory.comDomainFactory.com: This particular registrar continues to spam me. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 68% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(This particular firm has also been listed on my "Not Recommended" page.)

Not Recommended: DomainProgram.comDomainProgram.com: This particular registrar continues to send me a ton of unsolicited email, using reply addresses that do not work, hiding the address to which it is addressed and failing to provide a way to unsubscribe. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 35% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(This particular firm has also been listed on my "Not Recommended" page.)

DomainsForEveryone.comDomainsForeveryone.com: This particular registrar continues to spam me. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 68% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(This particular firm has also been listed on my "Not Recommended" page.)

DomainsForPeople.comDomainsForPeople.com: This particular registrar continues to spam me. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 68% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(This particular firm has also been listed on my "Not Recommended" page.)

EasySpaceeasySpace Domain Names: Offering discount domain registration (and website hosting). While the DotCom registrations are not discounted, the DotNet and DotOrg are.   (21.Jan.2000)

GoDaddy.comGoDaddy.com: Probably my "second choice" as a registrar. Although I do not have any domains registered there, I'm told they provide excellent service. They also offer "discounts" for multi-year registration. If I had to choose one instead of my favorite (NamECheap.com) this would be it. 

Not Recommended: InternicOnline.comInternicOnline.com: This particular registrar has sent me unsolicited email, using reply addresses that do not work, hiding the address to which it is addressed and failing to provide a way to unsubscribe. In addition, their pricing is extremely high (more than 180% higher than my recommended registrar!). I believe that not only are much better alternatives available, but also they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.
(This particular firm has also been listed on my "Not Recommended" page.)

Joker.comJoker.com: Using the CORe shared registry system (see CORe above) offers registration of  12 euros per year (less than $1.00 per month). It was, at one time, the cheapest I knew. But no longer. In addition, I have some information (unconfirmed) that registration here can result in Spam.

NamECheap.comNamECheap.com: This registrar is a discount rereseller of domain name registration. They currently use enom, an ICANN certified registrar. Its price ($8.88 per year) is one of the absolute lowest. It not only eliminates the need to initially specify the domain name servers to "park" the name, it also offers both email forwarding and URL forwarding as a part of that fee! This is my "registrar of choice" for all of my domain name registrations effective 01.Apr.2001 (they replaced my prior registrar: 000Domains.com). 

SubtlEDomains.comSubtlEDomains.com: This registrar emailed me (personally, not spam) to be added to my listing on 26.Aug.2003. I have no personal experience with this registrar. It does offers pricing of $9.50 for registration plus domain name auctions, deleted domains and domain alerts. It hasn't "replaced" my favorite (NamECheap.com), but it seemed good enough to list.

TotalNIC Domain Registration ServicesTotalNIC Domain Registration Services: Using the CORe shared registry system (see CORe above) offers deeply discounted registration of  $17.50 per year.    (21.Jan.2000)

WhoIs.net Advanced Domain Name SearchWhoIs.net Advanced Domain Name Search: This site offers the standard WhoIs. It also offers an advanced service that will let you specify a part of a name and will find all the domain names containing that string. Want to try it? Check for domain names beginning with "Verizon".   

Domain Name Servers

How Domain Name Servers WorkHow Domain Name Servers Work: A great series of articles explaining how Domain Name Servers (and the whole DNS System) works. Part of the How Stuff Works site. 

email

Nelson Email OrganizerNelson email Organizer: If you receive or manage a ton of email, this tool might be for you. It lets Outlook stay "in charge". But it acts as an Outlook "add-on". It keeps external indexes to let an individual piece of email appear to be in more than one folder. For example, it could be in a folder for the date, for the type of attachment it had, for the person who sent it, etc. It's too much to explain here. Go to the site and take the tour. They also have a free download trial. 
Disclosure: I participate in Nelson's affiliate program. Click here to link without crediting my referral account.

FrontPage

FrontPage TutorialsFrontPage Tutorials: FrontPage Tutorials, Tips, and help for all versions of FrontPage.

Jimco's FrontPage COM Add-insJimco's FrontPage Add-ins: This site provides a number of pre-coded FrontPage VBA Add-ins that can add functionality to a FrontPage installation. My favorites are the "Save All" feature and the "No FP-Meta" feature. The first lets you save all open & modified pages with a single click. The second eliminates the two MeTA tags that FP adds saying FP created the file.

FTP

WS_FTP ProWS_FTP Pro: The FTP tool that I recommend for webmasters. As of 14.May.2000 it costs $40.00. They offer a 30-day full-function, evaluation trial  

WS_FTP Limited EditionWS_FTP Limited edition: Also called WS_FTP Le, this is a shareware version that is available free of charge if you are: (a) a U.S. federal, state, or local government employee (government contractors must use WS_FTP Pro), (b) a student, faculty member, or staff member of an educational institution, or (c) a non-business home user (recreational use only).

Greeker

[Greeking is a term from design that means "using dummy text to represent actual text in a layout." Testing your design by greeking the text may be a worthwhile way of seeing if the layout and graphics stand on their own.]  

Greeker (0.2)Greeker (0.2): This script accepts your page URL and returns a "Greeked" version your page.  )

Greeking for the 21st CenturyGreeking for the 21st Century: Pages of technobabble that can be used to Greek a page. 

HTML

HTML TidyHTML Tidy: This free tool will clean up HTML. For example, it can be used to remove the "bulk" created by Word2000. And it will identify and fix missing "end" tags.  

Inspiration

CoolHomePages.ComCoolHomePages.Com: Billing itself as the only known cure for designers block, it offers a bevy of inspiring sites.  

Link Checking

Xenu's Link SleuthXenu's Link Sleuth: If you are looking for a tool to check the links on your site, consider this one. It is very fast and completely, totally, 100% free. It also produces excellent reports. What's not to like? I strongly recommend this product.  

Logos

Cheap Custom Logos: GotLogos.comGotLogos.com: Offering true, custom logos for $25.00. No, these are not masterpieces. But for $25.00 they are hard to beat. Check out their gallery for yourself.  

Mailing List Management

Gammadyne Mailing List ManagementGammadyne: This is the mailing list management software I use to manage Snippets , my irregular ezine. It keeps the data on my PC (in an Access database, though there are other options) and has a very powerful programming language that permits writing extremely sophisticated email scripts. I heartily recommend it. If you decide to use it, let me know. I'd be glad to share the scripts and files I have written for it.  
Disclosure: I participate in the Gammadyne affiliate program. Click here to link without crediting my referral account.

Miscellaneous

Certified Web Designers: ResourcesCertified Web Designers: Resources: This resources page on the Certified Web Designers site offers a number of interesting links to webmastering information.     This site links back to my site from this page on the site.

Internet Tips and SecretsInternet Tips and Secrets: This site by Richard Lowe and Claudia Arevalo-Lowe is a large collection of a variety of internet information. In addition, he operates a large, categorized link exchange that can be useful to locate specific internet information.  

WorldTimeServer.comWorldTimeServer.com: This site offers a freeware Atomic Clock Sync utility to "ping" the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) atomic clock server to get the correct time and then to update your PC. It will update on your command and you can set it to update on a schedule.

Notes

TreepadTreepad: A friend introduced this excellent little utility as a way of organizing notes. I had previously used Notepad to collect such items. This tool provides a tree-structured hierarchical notepad. I have only used the free version, but strongly recommend it.  

Payment

ProPayProPay: A service that lets you create an account to accept credit cards. Unlike PayPal, this service does not require that the user create an account. It also directly charges a credit card.  

Site Promotion

Not Recommended: Multiplicities.comMultiplicities.com: Another spammer, this one offers a free search engine evaluation of your website. It is clearly machine generated as I receive notices for obscure pages on my site instead of the main page. In addition, the email is sent with a bogus reply address that bounces. For all of these reasons I cannot, at this time, recommend this firm.
(Looking for a good site submission service?  Be sure to check out my current favorite SelfPromotion.com.
Disclosure: I participate in SelfPromotion.com's affiliate program. Click here to link without crediting my referral account.)

SelfPromotion.comSelfPromotion.com: Check this out! First, use it for free to register your site with all the important search engines and indexes, and then decide if and how much you want to pay to support the service. It's great so great that even I, the king of freebies, sent money!  
Disclosure: I participate in SelfPromotion.com's affiliate program. Click here to link without crediting my referral account.

Not Recommended: Prohosters.comTrafficMagnet.com: This particular spammer, claims to have a great service to submit your website to "over 300,000 search engines and directories every month." Give me a break! Not only that, they begin every spam message with "I visited [insert site URL here] and noticed that you're not listed on some search engines." I've replied to a dozen of these messages asking them to tell me just one of the search engines that I'm not on. I've yet to receive one response. For all of these reasons I cannot, at this time, recommend this firm.
(Looking for a good site submission service?  Be sure to check out my current favorite SelfPromotion.com.
Disclosure: I participate in SelfPromotion.com's affiliate program. Click here to link without crediting my referral account.)

SQL

SQL Interpreter & TutorialSQL Interpreter & Tutorial: This unique introductory SQL tutorial not only provides easy-to-understand SQL instructions, but it allows you to practice what you learn using the on-line SQL interpreter.   )

Advanced/Intermediate SQL Interpreter & TutorialAdvanced/Intermediate SQL Interpreter & Tutorial: The sequel site (yes, a pun!) also allows you to practice what you learn.  

Web Hosts

Not Recommended: Active ISPActive ISP: This particular web host has received some bad press on a list I monitor . . . and received it from a colleague I trust. Here are the allegations: (1) Activated bandwidth restrictions without warning or notice; (2) Automatically renewed a domain name without authorization; (3) Cancelled phone support in favor of email support; (4) email support normally takes 14+ days to get a reply; (5) Phone support costs 1 dollar per minute even if it is their error; (6) Denies FTP access to a webspace after the domain is moved to another host, even though the webspace is paid for, for several more months; (7) Promised a refund, but now denies it; (8) Is expensive: $115 dollars for a com/net/org domain. I believe that there are much better alternatives available, and that they are available from firms that do not engage in such business practices.

Not Recommended: Prohosters.comProhosters.com: This particular web host has sent me what they claim is "opt-in" mail. It was sent by gz.com. While the return address did not work, the mail did permit me to see the address to which the mail was sent and provided a link to the mailer and to an unsubscribe page. However, it also included a murk reference to H.R.4176. This set off red flags for me. (See my page.) For this reason I cannot, at this time, recommend this firm.

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