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HTML validation: is it worth it?

What are the advantages and disadvantages (if any) of making sure that all pages validate compared to having non-valid HTML that however works on all major browsers? Also, is having valid HTML after ...
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Domain name registrar which provides an api for registration? [closed]

I am looking for a domain name registrar which provides an api for registration. I want to register domain names programmatically. I don't want registrars which sell packages for resellers or ...
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Can I have an animated GIF with more than 256 colours per frame?

Can I have an animated GIF with more than 256 colours per frame? I want to do an animated GIF but the limited colour pallet is making it look like rubbish.
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Is there a way to add embedded youtube videos to my website sitemap?

The goal is to make embedded youtube videos appear in video search results as part of my website. I searched very extensively how to do this; I found through google some articles that claim that it's ...
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My website has sitelinks but doesn't have a search box below it; is there anything I can do?

See for example this google query for wikipedia; the first result has both sitelinks and a search box to search within the website. My site only has sitelinks. Is there anything I can do to make the ...
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How do I use transparent PNGs in IE6?

How do I use transparent PNGs in IE6? I have a corporate app that must use IE6 and must use use PNGs, but the transparency all comes through as a pale white colour.
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What are some great resources for mastering Apache administration?

I've been working with Apache for a couple years now and am comfortable with basic administration and configuration. However, I'd really like to increase my skill set from basic administration to ...
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Mt shared hosting provider has taken hostage my domain name after my registration lapsed, how can I get it back without paying too much?

I have a site that I hosed on a shared hosting plan where the domain was sold along with the site. Long-story-short. The website registration has lapsed and the plan was canceled and now the hosting ...
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Where can I safetly search domain whois without worrying about the search engine parking on the domain immediately after the search?

There are a lot of companies that provide domain whois but I've heard of a lot of people who had bad experiences where the domain was bought soon after the whois search and the price was increased ...
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How do I setup authentication on a specific folder using .htaccess?

I have a folder that I want to host files privately on my webserver. How do I go about making it password protected using .htaccess? Note: Nothing monolithic, I want something that is simple/easy so ...
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How to choose between web hosting and cloud hosting? [duplicate]

How to choose between normal web hosting and cloud hosting, what are the key points that can make this decision easier. Does everything I can do in the normal web hosting is possible in cloud one? In ...
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What is the easiest/lightest setup to get a basic LAMP stack setup for development? [closed]

I'm looking for a minimum of fuss here to get up and running. Bonuses: - cross platform - portable (can be installed/run from a USB) Clarification: I'm not looking to setup a full-fledged remote ...
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How would I go about migrating to HTML5 without alienating the majority of my user audience?

I'd really like to implement some of the new features that come standard with HTML5 but I want to be able to do it in a way that doesn't break my site. I know that Progressive Enhancement and ...
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What is the Google Chrome equivalent to Firebug?

I'm looking for a tool that can: inspect HTML elements manage/debug JavaScript profile performance modify elements in real-time
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How would I setup Mercurial to track site revisions on a shared host?

What specific steps to I need to take to set it up? Do I need special post-commit hooks to update the remote copy of the site? Do I need SSH access to the remote server? I'm looking for a setup ...
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Is an animated favicon.ico a bad idea? Are there cool uses of animated favicon.ico out there?

Whenever I generate a favicon.ico using html-kit.com, it gives me the option to get an animated version. I've never used an animated favicon, but other than it being "visually noisy" is there any ...
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Should I preemptively register alternate domain names?

If I register a really good .com domain name, should I also register: alternate spellings mis-spellings hyphenated versions other variations: iExample.com, eExample.com, myExample.com, etc. other ...
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Proper use of Content-Encoding

I've heard it suggested that using setting a page's Content-Encoding to zip or gzip will drive down load times and reduce bandwidth. Is this worth implementing for the average site or only sites with ...
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What options are out there for an embeddable WYSIWIG text editor?

I'm thinking something along the lines of TinyMCE Please include a list of features. Examples include: supports text formatting supports links supports images syntax types (markdown/wiki/etc) ...
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Is it worth looking into a webserver other than apache?

I've traditionally deployed my sites under apache, simply by default. I've heard things about NGinX though and I'm wondering under which conditions it would be superior. In addition to apache and ...
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Can I use RDFa with HTML5?

Can I use RDFa with HTML5?
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1answer
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I have an old domain that I'm retiring. How do I set up a permanent redirect from the old domain to the new one?

I originally posted this as one of the defining questions for the site so I thought I'd ask it again. Currently I have DNS for both domains pointing to the same place but I'd like to set up a ...
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Tools to check for common vulnerabilities?

Are there any good tools (desktop or online) which allow you to check whether your website has common vulnerabilities (e.g. SQL Injection, XSS)?
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Is Cherokee, Mono, and Linux truly a viable alternative to Windows and IIS for production ASP.NET web sites?

I have played with Apache and Mono and .NET on Linux in the past, but I have yet to deploy any significant production sites to that stack. I recently found Cherokee and an article about enabling ...
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Basic SEO Optimization [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? What are the basic things a webmaster can do to make it's site SEO optimized? I know of adding page ...
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How Do I Upload Pages To The Server?

I've heard of FTP but I'm not exactly sure how to use it. What's the best way to get pages from my computer to the server?
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How do you direct iPhone/Android browser to m.example.com?

I have some special coding that only works for HTML5 browsers (simple geolocation stuff). I want to redirect iPhone and Android users to the m.example.com version of my website. How is the best way ...
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How can I increase the traffic to my site?

I don't want to do link exchanges or anything shady. I just want some legitimate ways that I can direct a little bit more traffic to my site. How do I do that?
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What are some good resources for generating privacy policies and terms of use? [closed]

We've determined that our website needs a privacy policy and a terms of use page to protect our interests. Are there automated tools that will generate these for us? How do we go about creating ...
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How do I implement advertising on my page?

I want to make a little bit of cash on the side for my site. Who should I use for advertising? What are the best practices for ad placement? What are the best ways to keep advertising unobtrusive? ...
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Deploying Complex Changes

Occasionally we need to deploy fairly complex changes to a website which require changes to databases (new or changed tables) and dynamic source code (such as PHP or ColdFusion). What is the best way ...
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Good tool to crawl my site and help me find dead link and unlinked files [closed]

I have a pretty big legacy site with literally thousands of PDFs that are sometimes accounting for in a database, but often are just links on the page, and are stored in most every directory on the ...
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How can I keep track of changes to my website over time?

Sometimes the boss wants to know who changed something on the website or changes their mind several times on where a button should go, what color something is, or whether or not a page should show up ...
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How do I handle having too many links on a webpage because of my menu

I am developing a website that has a drop-down menu at the top of it. The Menu has around 100 links in it that are repeated on every page. Every page also has some number of links below the Menu ...
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How do I Choose a Technology Stack For My Site? [closed]

There are a lot of different, competing, technologies to build a site with. From the front end of the site and client side technologies to databases. How do I choose a technology stack, what factors ...
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Should I use the Microsoft Web Platform Installer, or download the source directly and install

I am used to finding the source code for the sites I set up (like blogs or CMS's) and I have used the Web Platform Installer to try out new packages and setup my development machine, but I haven't ...
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Effective captcha solutions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent spam on sites which I control? ReCaptcha is all the rage at the moment, Based on customer/user feedback, what other captcha or general human verification ...
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CSS reduction for faster loading / less bandwidth

Is compacting CSS / Removing unused rules for a specific page worthwhile in terms of bandwidth or can we rely on caching (headers/last-modified) to remove this overhead in the wild? Cheers Also, ...
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What are some good feeds/blogs/twitter accounts to follow if I want to learn more about web development?

Who are some of the big names out there (besides Jeff Atwood/@codinghorror, of course) that I should be following as a resource if I want to stay on top of what's new as well commentary on what exists?...
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How do I compress my JavaScript and/or CSS?

I know that there are ways to dynamically load it into the page, but if I want to compress my code so it loads even faster, how do I do it?
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What are some great resources or books for learning about running a website?

You've just inherited the webmaster position but know little about the day-to-day operation of a website. What books or online resources should you look at to learn more about being a webmaster?
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What are the steps for starting a website from scratch?

Starting before design, before coding anything. What steps need to be taken to fully implement a working website? EDIT I mean both from a technical and a non-technical perspective.
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Is using URL rewritting instead of multiple parameters the only way to make sure all pages are indexed by Google?

If I keep the pattern (index.php?module=test&param=1) will pages be less likely to be indexed then if I use the pattern (test_param_1.html) ?
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What is a good WYSIWYG HTML Editor?

I've used Dreamweaver (albeit CS3 so I am a few versions back), but I am disappointed with the amount of invalid markup it produces. Are there other WYSIWYG editors out there that produce valid ...
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3answers
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Shared vs. Dedicated Hosting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find web hosting that meets my requirements? What is the difference between shared hosting and dedicated hosting for my website?
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3answers
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What should I consider when choosing a hosting provider?

I finished my website. It's awesome! How should I go about selecting a hosting provider? What features should I look for? What "got-chas" should I be aware of?
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12answers
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User Friendly .NET CMS [duplicate]

I am looking for a recommendation for a somewhat powerful but more importantly user friendly CMS for .NET. The ones I have found seem decent at best. If you say DotNetNuke I will be tempted to ...
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What do I need to do to enable my site to accept credit cards?

I want to store my customers' credit card information in my database so that they can quickly check out again without having to re-enter their info. What do I need to know about security/https/etc to ...
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4answers
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How do I implement URL rewriting in my .htaccess file?

I'd like to do some URL rewriting (Why? See this question.) so that instead of users seeing addresses like labouseur.com/course-compilers.html they can instead see and use simply labouseur.com/...
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What are the best ways to measure end user web site performance?

I know of a couple tools to measure end user web site performance and I'm wondering what else is out there. The two major ones I know of are yslow and Google's page speed.

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