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#BestQuestionEver =) I'm the developer of the site so I should be able to answer most of these questions You brought up some interesting points. In terms of backend (Backend is rarely the source of bottle-necks in page loading, it's mostly loading but it's still worth going over the tech), the site runs on 2 dedicated servers from LiquidWeb (Both with ...


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For the last two and a half years, I worked as the product manager at an unmanaged VPS hosting company - of all the issues which our support department dealt with, 80-90% of the issues could be chalked up to users' familiarity with the systems. If you are not already familiar with Linux system administration, you will need to devote a great deal of time to ...


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What makes me come back to a website? Simple. Did I find what I was looking for? I don't give a toss if it's got RSS or AJAX or is HTML5 compliant. I don't care if it has streaming media, I don't care if supports OpenID (although a well-thought-out registration process is a huge bonus, but a topic for another day). And I absolutally despise URL shorteners. ...


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Selenium is good for automating this


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In my opinion, it is worthwhile to allow your customers to log into your site using their preferred method, be that Facebook, Twitter, Google, OpenID, or a site-specific account as a fallback. To this extent, it is definitely worth integrating with social media. You may also want to consider setting up individual pages and the site itself as part of ...


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Well this really depends on what the chat is for. I quite like live chat for example when: It's discreet, in that there are no popups without your consent e.g. by clicking a link. I only chat when I have a problem or a question I want to ask immediately. Sometimes I don't want to wait for an email reply the following day (or the next). If the chat obeys ...


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A visible web counter is useless information for visitors. Why would they care exactly how many people visited a page? The user didn't come to the page to find out how many visitors it has. Counters are usually out of context, too. If you see a page has had 2,300 visitors, what does that mean? 2,300 visitors today? This week? Since 1996? Furthermore, it ...


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For apache: Create a file with the name .htaccess put it in the root of your website and inside that file write: ErrorDocument 404 /notfound.html Instead of /notfound.html write the path to your 404 page.


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Things I noticed: Their static content is served from a third party sites which allows more files to be downloaded in parallel. It looks like they use a Content Delivery Networks which allows for files to be downloaded from a server closest to thee nd user. Most of the CSS is minified which makes the files size smaller Most of their JavaScript is located ...


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It needs to be easy enough for anybody, even my mother, to use it. Edit: Although the CMS should be easy to set up and tweak the most important functionality is the user experience since that is the ultimate goal of the software. To allow users to easily manage content updates without being web developers. The easier it is to use the more likely people are ...


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I can think of 3 ways - 1) Google Spreadsheets' ImportHtml function can help you selectively scrape content from any website. You can then embed this spreadsheet data as a widget 2) Use YQL. Requires a little programming but the grunt work is simplified 3) Check this article on creating an RSS feed of any website without requiring software or having to ...


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Why not offer an OpenID login to allow your visitors to authenticate using their Google or Yahoo! (or StackExchange) accounts? Or perhaps integrate Facebook login, if your site is more socially based. If it's just a personal site, I'd allow anonymous posting, otherwise people are unlikely to bother with the hassle of setting up an account. Use Recaptcha ...


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A domain name is just an address to a website and independent of the web hosting account and its content - collectively referred to as a website. When you sell a domain, you grant permission to the purchaser to transfer it to either a new domain registrar or different account at the same registrar. Steps include unlocking the domain if it's locked (to ...


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I think this is a good article on the subject http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/03/27/how-much-should-i-charge-for-my-advertising-space/. The best thing to do is research what others in your industry are charging for ads of any kind on their websites and see what Google Banner ad rates go for on subject matter comparable to your site. Once you have ...


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This is obviously going to depend on the site/service/salesperson. But most sites I've come across don't pop-up a live-chat invitation. So if you find it annoying, you could always not go that route. Or some businesses prefer to use live analytics to identify when a user who's shown interest in a product is looking for some help—then, and only then, do ...


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In order to avoid trademark violations, there is no way around involving a lawyer. They can assist you in doing a search. Even then, there could be challenges. In the US, at least, a logo does not have to be registered to enjoy trademark protection. Prior evidence of trade using that mark (or one sufficiently similar under a "reasonable person" test) in a ...


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I think it depends. I wouldn't want to do tight integration where users can make comments on your site with their Facebook accounts or anything like that. On the other hand, if you want to add something easy that could be helpful checkout http://www.addthis.com/ or http://sharethis.com/. They are easy to integrate tools that allow visitors to post ...


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Fancybox is a very nice one I recently discovered. It handles youtube videos particularly well.


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Every site is different. I manage a site that gets over 100k visits a month and we get about 2k searches over the same period of time. The amount of searches done is really a function of how many pages you have in your site, how easy your navigation is, how well you search works, and if you have long tail searches like people checking a government site for ...


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Yahoo! Design Pattern Library currently lists 59 User Interface Patterns divided under the following categories - Layout, Navigation, Selection, Rich interaction, Social


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After a quick look at the site and their FAQs, it looks like MangaFox is an online manga archive where users can upload mangas to share with others. So "they" are not the only ones posting updates. I imagine most of the updates are posted by members. Just looking at their forum, they have over 688,000 members. With a community that size, they really don't ...


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There are plugins for popular forum software that add voting capabilities. I know that this exists for vBulletin and I'm sure there are versions for phpBB and SMF. Though you ought to look at what you need this for - I mean, does the voting actually do anything? On the Stack Exchange platform, for example, the highest-voted answers bubble to the top. You ...


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None of those features would encourage me to revisit a website. They're nice and all but they don't offer me any incentive to want to come back. (RSS may get me to come back but only because I see new content I may be interested in, not because the site uses RSS). Stuff that does make me want to come back: Rewards - The point system as the stackexchange ...


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Good support. Not necessarily paid support mind you, a community can do just as well, but a webmaster should never be stuck on their own to sort out a problem. In it's a hosted solution this is even more important. In my experience nothing is worse that being dependent on a small group of people you don't trust during a crisis.


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From a webmaster perspective I think the most needed feature is good documentation. The webmaster has to hack through the code to customize a website. Comparing Wordpress with Joomla, I find Wordpress easier to hack in the code. Joomla is harder but good documentation make it easier.


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Customization. It needs to be able to not only scale well, but be intuitive enough that it can be scaled. IE. I should be able to add modules/plugins to it with no hassle, and upgrade them with no hassle. I should also be able to write my own modules/plugins to access parts of the CMS' internal parts without wanting to kick a brick wall. I should also be ...


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As mentioned above without RSS or any API you can tap into you will be forced to grab and parse those websites. You'll probably want to use a cron job to run your crawler on a predetermined basis. It should be no more more frequent then those sites are updated. You should also verify that the other sites' owners do not object to have their websites ...


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See nettuts as a hybrid example. It is fixed to an extent but observe what happens to the ads on the right hand side of the page as you resize your window. I would see google as a static example. I am not too sure though. Also, I believe most high volume sites today are either hybrid or static; I find it hard to find a completely fluid or proportional ...


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you can found here how to do what you want with Apache HTTPD: Custom Error Responses


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Firstly, I would create your feed, but point the link to at Feedburner. That will handle a lot of the heavy lifting for you in terms of making sure that it's RSS and Atom as well. Also, it makes it very easy to subscribe in quite a few different web-based readers. As for getting people to use it, make sure that the link to the feed is blindingly obvious, ...



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