The HTML Meta Tag

by Will on September 6, 2013

Positioned between the <header> tags at the top of an html page is the <meta> tag. This tag might easily be ignored by the novice web designer, but closer attention should be paid to it given its quite crucial role in the world of search engine optimisation and proper site indexing and language character rendering.

Used for meta descriptive information about the page, its more prominent uses are for description, robot and character set information labeling assets. For a fairly straightforward example of how this might appear, I’ve prepared the following example for a web site for a fictional yearly event for budding magicians:

<meta name=”description” content=”The Biggest Most Important Magical Tricks Event in the World. In London, England 2013. Magicians appearing include the Great Waldorona and Derek Coppermine.”>

The example above would, if indexed appropriately by a search engine spiders (granted, depending on other variables), hopefully appear in a search engine’s results page under description for the event, thus briefing your site’s potential audience of what content they can expect to read on your page (and should actually be thus: a brief summary of your site’s content). [click to continue…]

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WordPress Sites Hammered Worldwide

by Will on April 15, 2013

It has been an harrowing few days for a good few of those out there who’ve embraced the WordPress CMS platform, and even those whose sites are hosted alongside such users, though for many the pain and headaches induced by some very organised and high-profile and sweeping bot attacks on their sites are something can be resisted with adherence to sound security principles. The BBC News website today even ran a story on what’s been going on, viewable here that shows the popularity of the WordPress platform really is running in synch with the desire of the bad folks out there to bring chaos, and no-doubt loss to profits/revenues, for many web publishers, producers and general content managers and bloggers alike.

I first got wind about the WordPress-specific nature of goings on mid-last week from a friend who runs a book forum, whose ISP had sent their customers out email information pertaining to high-volume denial-of-service style attacks related to WordPress. I’d noticed a fair increase in failed log-in attempts across a couple of my own sites, and luckily the WordFence security plug-in I utilise across those, coupled with (what I hope will remain – one never likes to tempt fate) strong usernames and passwords prevented any of the truly messy stuff. [click to continue…]

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Essential Windows Shortcut Keys

March 16, 2013

I was discussing Photoshop, well actually it was general Adobe products and also a couple of IDEs including Netbeans, also Notepad++, and their associated shortcut keys with a colleague the other day when we got to chatting about general shortcut keys in general. There’re quite a few Windows users out there unaware of the number […]

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Linux Core Files

February 17, 2013

One of the most confusing things for newcomers to Linux can be the difference in core directory layout, and associated system files, between the Penguin-flavoured operating system and that of Windows. I know when I first sallied forth into this new and exciting realm many moons ago, I did wonder what on earth was going […]

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Secure Website Connections with HTTPS

January 10, 2013

The HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol ┬áSecure, is a bedrock for allowing secure communications across the internet between client computers or devices and web servers. From shopping, through banking and social media site usage, the authentication and encryption services it offers enable people to safely traverse the world wide web in a much safer manner […]

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WordPress 3.5 and IIS Update Issues

December 20, 2012

The recent release of WordPress 3.5 saw many of that CMS’s users upgrading their websites to the latest version. However, for those hosting WordPress sites on Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS)-flavoured servers (including myself), the fun and games of exploring the new CMS features was short-lived as it was soon discovered attempts to update themes […]

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Tips for Securing WordPress

November 18, 2012

You don’t need to be a security expert to stay safe with the WordPress CMS, but there are benefits indeed to following a few tips and tricks collected over the years from personal experience and from others. The following is a list of suggestions, or more like rules, that I try to follow, and have […]

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HTTP Status Codes

September 24, 2012

When a browser makes a request of a server using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) it’s sometimes the case that the data requested might not be sent back down the line. There could be any number of reasons for this. In the process of identifying problems, reporting on status and issues, and of generally keeping […]

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Objectives of Writing for the Web

August 6, 2012

I hear or have heard, and/or read, of many different suggestions as to how one should write content for the web. Many are informed and of great use, though many really do seem to be without any basis in fact, or without any research into their construction. Sometimes it seems the advice is formed purely […]

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CSS Inheritance 101

July 17, 2012

Inheritance. That thing where you get the nice leather upholstered chair from your late Great Uncle’s study that you’d been harbouring secret desires for what seems like forever. In the world of web design, and specifically CSS, inheritance is kind of similar. Well, let me explain… In the same way that say, as part of […]

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