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Ben Duguid works in London, UK as Head of Back-end Development for Hugo & Cat, mostly delivering web sites on various Microsoft based platforms.

He has run internal training sessions helping other developers get up to speed in the technologies he knows about, and tries hard to get others to do the same.

For what it's worth he is an MCPD in ASP.NET 3.5, and is currently a Pro-Tem Mod on LEGO Answers


Jan
11
comment When is meta description still relevant?
@Jeff Atwood: Certainly - anything that is just a search for "site:...." with no search terms. A more obvious one is searching for "Penn" (google.com/search?q=penn) the first result I get is for www.upenn.edu, where the meta description is used, even though the term "Penn" appears in numerous lists on the page. I recall other occasions when I'd search for something only to find I'd been googlebombed, especially when Google's algorithm heavily weighted incoming links over in page content - a good/bad referrer could have all sorts of interesting effects on results.
Jan
10
comment Is it good or bad to have dynamic content in page titles and/or description
Also, it depends on how fast you grow compared to how often the search engines crawl and update your pages - if you're indexed when you've got 21 listings, and now have 200, but the search engine still says "21 listings" that's not going to entice people to come and visit your site.
Jan
10
revised When is meta description still relevant?
Added link and quote from Google Webmaster Central.
Jan
10
answered When is meta description still relevant?
Dec
21
awarded  Fanatic
Dec
11
awarded  Quorum
Nov
10
awarded  Organizer
Nov
10
revised ASP.NET MVC 2 Hosting in Australia
edited tags
Nov
9
comment ASP.NET MVC 2 Hosting in Australia
To be honest, all you really need is a decent ASP.NET web host in Australia - seeing as how ASP.NET MVC is bin deployable, provided the host has installed .NET 3.5 SP1, you're good to go, and can deploy the MVC specific DLLs to your own site.
Aug
10
comment Should I set up standard email accounts? What are they?
In general, it will change ;) That said, it's also useful for tracking who's sold your email address - if you start getting emails to ThisSite@example.com referring to someone other than ThisSite, you know that you won't be using them again :)
Aug
10
revised What is the best implementation of the Facebook like-button you've seen?
Corrected spelling, fixed grammar.
Aug
6
awarded  Enthusiast
Jul
23
comment Is it possible to check Page Rank of a site without the Google toolbar?
Yep, that's what their own Webmaster help site says about it too: sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/… : "In fact, don't bother thinking about it. We only update the PageRank displayed in Google Toolbar a few times a year; this is our respectful hint for you to worry less about PageRank"
Jul
23
comment How to check pagerank of all pages of a website?
It used to be available on the WebMaster tools, but I think this post on Google's Webmaster Help sums it up: sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/… : "In fact, don't bother thinking about it. We only update the PageRank displayed in Google Toolbar a few times a year; this is our respectful hint for you to worry less about PageRank"
Jul
20
answered Why should I use a subdomain structure over a directory structure?
Jul
20
awarded  Editor
Jul
20
revised How can I decide if I should roll my own software or use a packaged CMS (and appropriate plugins)?
Responding to comment.
Jul
20
answered How can I decide if I should roll my own software or use a packaged CMS (and appropriate plugins)?
Jul
20
awarded  Commentator
Jul
20
comment How can I decide if I should roll my own software or use a packaged CMS (and appropriate plugins)?
@Tim Post: I want to up vote your comment purely for the lol factor, but fear that would send the wrong impression ;)