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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you're running an e-commerce site, try having a broken search function sometime and read the feedback. I don't have statistics at hand, but I can tell you that a lot of people use the search as the first attempt at going direct to an item, rather than go through the category navigation, even when the category navigation has the same two click to product ...


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If it's about cloning someone else's site, it's probably not a good idea. A lot of templates out there have specific licenses (e.g. Creative Commons). Some of them may allow you to produce derivative work, although there may be conditions attached (e.g. commercial or not). The absence of an explicit license doesn't imply it's in the public domain. (I had ...


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The easiest way to achieve this is to use Progressive JPG encoding. This effectively creates several images each one more compressed than the last, though only one image is actually stored in the file. When the file is displayed the lowest resolution version is displayed first - the blurred image - and as each subsequent image is downloaded it's displayed ...


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While you can do this, I think you are worrying about it too early. In software there is a saying: Optimization hinders evolution. In essence, this says that if you complicate matters they become harder to change. That being said, there are things you can do if you really want to. I agree that it is best to keep the content on-page and not load it via AJAX. ...


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You can use Google for that. You will, at least, see pages that have been indexed by Google. The commande is: site:www.domain.com: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Awww.spe.gov.al It will returns all indexed pages that belong to this domain. In your case, it seems that all indexed pages are dead except http://www.spe.gov.al/harta/.


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A Drupal view with exposed filters can be used to create something like those feature searches with almost no actual code being written. While these features are certainly convenient, they are not particularly unique. Your sites are in competition. You're going to steal ideas from each other. The actual problem is doing things better. Unless you can prove ...


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Just my 10 pence worth but last year I attended a day of workshops on usability and accessibility in which a blind user talked us through how he viewed the web. He ignored access keys, sitemaps and the navigation and went straight for search. He then viewed the website through the search results.


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Why not use a simple email subscription? In the same way on the Stack Exchange sites you can be "notified daily of new answers" you could send out emails of new items. It's something nearly everyone understands. Keep the RSS feed too, of course; there will be users who prefer that method.


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Does having MP3s on a website increase the quality of traffic coming to the site? What about JavaScript? What about bullet lists? Or cooking recipes? Having rich content increases the quality of traffic coming to a site. It's got nothing to do with a specific technology or content type. Arbitrarily adding a video to your site for the sake of having a video ...


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There are lots of different types of videos that can yield different results, for example a viral video, might generate a lot of traffic and even repeat visitor as they show their friends, but they won't be loyal visitors or even high converting visitors. On the other hand if you're doing an in depth series such as how to do X and have parts 1-10 each posted ...



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