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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


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comment Broken URL requests with “?rand=0.nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn” querystrings from Chrome users
On your final paragraph's concern - is it actually re-issuing POST requests, or just GETs? If it also resends form submissions (POST) then yes, that could be a problem, if it's only re-issuing GET requests, then other than the scenario of increasing a counter many of the other actions should be handled by a POST.
Oct
24
comment Frequency & Recency in Google Analytics. How to read the histogram?
The reason there are lines with more than the line before is because they are aggregate lines: Count of 8: 22 Sessions; Count of 9-14: 69 Sessions. If that line was broken down into the individual counts of 9, 10 11, 12, 13 and 14 you would see a continuation of your monotonically decreasing scale.
Oct
17
comment What is Manifest for Web Application, and do we need it?
I'd say "not yet" based on the warnings on the top of the page: "Implementors need to be aware that this specification is extremely unstable. Implementors who are not taking part in the discussions will find the specification changing out from under them in incompatible ways.". If Chrome's the only browser currently implementing this, you're still going to need to implement the fallbacks anyway for now...
May
27
comment Can I use imgur as a CDN?
While they might well be doing that, there is no explicit guarantee that they will.
Apr
18
comment Facebook open graph doesn't work
Is the site also hosted in Iran? It's possible that the requests are all being blocked as well
Feb
13
comment Do people still use RSS feeds?
You could publish an RSS feed containing only the summaries/standfirsts of your articles, with a "read more" for readers to click through into the main article on your site - then everyone wins ;)
Sep
1
comment Naked domain to “www” redirect in Windows Server 2008
You shouldn't need to create a separate site in IIS for the root domain and then redirect it, you can do all of that with one site: Set up the site to respond on both techint.com and www.techint.com host headers, and then use the URL Rewrite Module to enable the "Canonical Domain Name" template in the SEO Rule Templates section.
Feb
26
comment Does a Web Developer need a Reseller account?
@LuckyLuke Usually with a reseller account on a shared host you'll have a CPanel web access to add sites to your account, while with a VPS you'll have more direct access to the virtual OS.
Feb
4
comment How to arrange images and video thumbnails into a tile like format in a web page?
Your question title implies a singular tag, however you appear to be asking about two different features (the tile like format and the navigation menu).
Dec
7
comment can't find my site on google search
Have you looked into Google Webmaster Tools to see if there's any issues listed in there?
Oct
11
comment webmaster tools 500 crawl error for asp faceted navigation that does not exist
If they aren't pages that should be crawled, then a robots.txt would probably be cleaner - remember that you can use wildcards to remove whole patterns (folders, etc.) rather than individual listings. If however there's a valid page that the bot should be going to then yes, some code based solution might be better - we'd need more info on the server/platform your site is on - this sort of thing should be fairly easy to pattern match.
Sep
4
comment How to evaluate a web developer?
@ionFish totally agree that you should get what you pay for - does depend on the contract however - if source isn't included - even with an agency you might not get complete source code... that being said, I've just done some work for someone where the hosting wasn't what I'd specified, and it resulted in a substantial extra time and cost for the client as I tried to make it work :(
Sep
4
comment How to evaluate a web developer?
One other thing - While paying for hosting yourself will almost certainly be cheaper, you should purchase this in consultation with your chosen developer, especially if you're looking for a CMS type solution.
Sep
4
comment How to evaluate a web developer?
@ionFish True enough - that's partly why I didn't mention education - I guess it depends on how long they've been doing it ;)
Sep
4
comment How to evaluate a web developer?
There should be no issue with asking someone for: 1. Examples of previous work, 2. References for that work - and do follow these up.
Aug
10
comment Sub domain or sub-folder?
No probs, the recommendations work better when there's more text to go on ;)
Aug
10
comment Sub domain or sub-folder?
This is probably a duplicate of Do subdomains help/hurt SEO or Subdomain versus subdirectory
Aug
10
comment Competing against the same business name in search results
Sounds to me more like a Domain Arbitration issue than anything that can really be done short term through SEO - New sites will indeed take time to gain rankings, especially over established sites with similar domain names.
Aug
9
comment Should I transliterate my URL paths?
@w3d Interesting point, I didn't check that...
Aug
8
comment What is the advantage of increasing “maximum worker processes” in IIS?
No, I don't think there's a way to direct a request to a particular wp - hence the notes about configuring session sharing.