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Using Google Analytics to establish busiest time of day

I am trying to find a way to establish my sites busiest hour, but when using the "hour of the day" metric, each seems to have a date specific code, rather than just a number from 0-23, as I would ...
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Are there any tried and tested methods for rejuvenating an old message board?

I have a moderately successful message board with an excellent (but tiny) community associated with it. One of my goals for the month is to try and increase the amount of users on the site and also ...
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Apache, www-data and custom user permission

I'm running an ubuntu server with apache and I have web directory which is owned by the user www-data and the group www-data. WordPress works great in this directory. It can auto update and I can ...
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How to make users arrive at site through the home page

A client has requested that all site visitors arrive to internal pages via the home page. At present a lot of visitors are hitting internal pages directly from google search results. Are there any ...
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How can i check how many users can visit my website at the same time?

i have my website on a shared webhosting account. I would like to check how many people can visit my site at the same time without the server slowing down or crashing. I don't have SSH, if that makes ...
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Easy user management on html site?

I hope I'm not asking a question for which the answer is obvious...If I am, apologies. Within my html site (i.e. not Wordpress, Joomla, etc.) I want to be able to have a level of user management. ...
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How do sites like alexarank and w3spy.net work?

I am curious as to how companies are able to track the number of unique visitors to other people's sites. Seems like an impossible task to me. Any ideas?
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How to get useful feedback/bug reports from users

I'm sure most webmasters have recived a mail like this: Creating [insert item here] is not working! When you check it out there is no general problem with the function but rather the user has ...
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Should Designers Be In Charge Of Developing User Experience?

Should a designer be in charge of mapping out the user experience of a website? In my opinion, a developer should draw out how the website would work, what pages link to what etc. Then the designer ...
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Managing accounts on a private website for a real-life community

I'm looking at setting-up a walled-in (i.e. mostly private, with a small public-facing login page) website for a real-life community of people, and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with ...
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Checkout Process: 1 page or 3 pages?

What's better for a checkout process? One relatively long checkout page? Multiple short pages/steps ?
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Tool for managing support requests from end users

I am looking for help desk webapp that can help a small team manage support tickets. I would like the tool to be able to convert email received via an email address like support@mydomain.com into ...
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One-user databaseless CMS authentication

Background: My client needs a one-user bare-bones content management system, which should be capable to Edit text-content in plain-text or in WYSIWYG-style Possibly create new subpages Update image ...
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Are there any studies regarding the psychology of viewing web pages?

This may seem a little... out there, but have any studies been conducted about the psychological or even physical aspects of viewing a web page? For example, psychologically, what makes a good or ...
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Do users need to be 13?

A lot of sites require users registering to be 13 years of age. Is there any actual law that requires this?
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What are some methods to rewards users for participating on your site?

This is not strictly programming related, so I apologize. But I think this fits within the scope of this site. We have a community site (part forum, part wiki, part knowledge base) where our users ...
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Need stats on the effectiveness of user verification systems on fraud, abuse and/or compliance?

Here's an example, although not a good one from Craigslist.
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Is JavaScript or Flash able to extract the MAC address from a browser?

MAC address = Media Access Control address Believe I saw that this was possible somewhere, but now that I'm looking for it I can't find the implementation.
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User Registration forms— Do we need a user name?

Lets say we are designing a new website's registration form. Would I need to provide a space for a username, or should I simply require an email address? Are there any serious issues with either of ...
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Best Ways to Develop “Chicken and Egg Content” sites?

By 'chicken and egg content' I'm referring to user-contributed/crowdsourced content - sites like StackOverflow / StackExchange. When SO launched, Jeff and Joel were essentially able to 'cheat' the ...
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Gravatar or host my own avatars?

Planning on launching a new site and was wondering if I should simply host my own user avatars or integrate gravatars. What is the best way to approach this? Gravatar for those who don't know what ...
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Javascript based analytics tool with multiple user account management options?

We run a manage a website system for a large retail franchise. Each franchisee has their own templated website. We currently use SmarterStats to provide website analytics to our franchisees. ...
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How would you establish user credibility for your web app?

One of the problems with general public facing apps is to deal with fake user accounts. Using an Open ID service doesn't solve this, as anyone can open multiple Google accounts and register as many ...
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Is it better to put hyphens in a domain name?

Both in terms of SEO and user friendliness, is it better to put hyphens in a multi-words domain name or not ? For example, is www.stackoverflow.com better than www.stack-overflow.com ?