ChrisF
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Should I bother to design web sites that can be viewed in 800x600 resolution?
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Don't forget that while the monitor might be larger than 800x600 the browser window might not be full screen. For example I'm running on LCD monitors with 1600x1200 resolution (still quite large) but ...

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Single V/s Multiple Databases
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I'd have separate database for separate clients. A client might demand this for security reasons - i.e. only their site has access to their data. It also means that if a client want to move their data ...

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Which symbol should I use in the title: "|" or "-"?
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I would say that "-" is better for users. The minus/dash is a "regular" character they are more likely to have come across and know the location of the key. Stack Exchange uses the "-" to separate ...

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Is it a legal requirement to display company registration details?
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11 votes

Yes it is a legal requirement to display company registration details on a UK based website. It's also good practise - it'll will reassure the company's customers that it's a serious organisation. ...

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Can CSS be copyrighted?
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I say you cannot copyright a chunk of code All code (and this includes CSS) is copyrighted as it's a creative work, and all creative works are automatically copyright. Even these words I'm typing ...

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Is a "back" link on each page really needed?
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The question is really "are your users comfortable using the browser's back button?". If they are then leave the link off your pages. If not then you need to keep it there. The only way you are ...

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Which minimum browser or screen resolution should I target my web apps?
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8 votes

W3Schools (for example) has some statistics on browser displays. As of January 2010: Higher 1024x768 800x600 640x480 Unknown 76% 20% 1% 0% 3% The Higher ...

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How to spot plagiarized logos?
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You could try Tin Eye You either upload your file or give it an address and it: ... finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there ...

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How can I safely analyze users' password quality?
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Without storing the passwords you can only evaluate the quality by counting the number of different types of character (upper case, numbers, special characters) when the user first sets or ...

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Why do some webmasters avoid putting direct links on their pages?
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4 votes

It's done primarily for tracking purposes, and the format you describe is normally seen when the link is on a site like Faceebook or Twitter - i.e. the owner of http://www.example.com. Without this ...

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Do url shortening services shorten the id or directly the url?
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I would not assume that the id is present in the shortened URL at all. At the simplest level the shortening service is a simple lookup between the real URL and the shortened one, where the short form ...

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What are the reasons not to use a .us domain name?
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It terms of public perception I think the domain is becoming less and less relevant. There are (at least) two factors at play here. Firstly, I'm seeing more and more adverts for companies that simply ...

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How to set a 1-order-per-PC limit on my website?
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There isn't a reliable way to achieve this. If you use cookies people can clear their cache or use a different browser to get round the system. If you log the IP address used to download a coupon you ...

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Is it better to have an ErrorDocument 404 redirect back to the homepage or a standard 404 error page?
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I'd vote for a separate error page if only to let the users of your site know that the link they clicked failed or they typed the wrong URL. It would be confusing to get back to the home page. I know ...

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Is there any issue with using the word Official in a domain name?
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The only problem I can see is that some people might think it is the "official" site (e.g the site run by the profession's governing body), so they might think that your site has more authority than ...

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How do you handle Suicide Threats?
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There's probably not a lot you can do and I don't think that there is any right answer. I was going to say that I would either take the post down or not let it through (depending on your moderation ...

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How do I go about getting hold of a domain name that Whois shows as expired, but domain registration sites show as "taken"?
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The answer is that the domain hasn't actually expired, but that "Whois.net" are showing out of date information. If I check the Whois at Verisign I get more up-to-date information: Updated Date: 20-...

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When a user changes their password, should I let the old password be valid for a few days?
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You should change the password immediately. There are several reasons for this: If the account has been compromised allowing the old password will mean that the account is still compromised and the ...

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Storing visitor account info?
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It will be stored in what ever database you want. Presumably you have a database that holds the items you are selling, in that case store the customer details in a table in that database. In fact ...

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How to progressively display images on websites
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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....

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How many visitors block adverts?
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You could look at the various ad blocking extensions that exist and see if they publish statistics about how many users they have (or at least how many times their software has been downloaded). This ...

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What different email addresses should I use to test email coming out of my website?
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The first thing I'd do is collect all the error reports and see if there's a common factor. Are all the e-mails from one or two domains (for example). If it then you can narrow down your search. I ...

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Are logos really free to use?
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You should really contact the copyright/trademark holder (as images they are subject to copyright) and ask their permission. It may well be that they have a page on their website with suitable icons ...

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Allow visitor to print something they bought only 1 time
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One way to achieve this is to have a low resolution or watermarked version of the product visible on the web site and the full resolution/non-watermarked version behind a link that is a database call. ...

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Can I use others' content on my own website without their permission?
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Rather than simply putting data on your site - for which you would need permission and to pay money - why don't you develop a site that helps people help themselves? For example you could include ...

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Storing image order without a database
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A programming option would be to store the image order in the EXIF data of the jpg files. There's a UserComment or ImageDescription property you could use - assuming that these weren't already used ...

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Where do you draw the line on hate speech in user generated content?
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It depends on context (as others have mentioned), but one rule of thumb would be to ask yourself "would I have written this for this website". So on a business site you might not allow something you'...

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Using WordPress for large collaborative site
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Check out the Wordpress page on User Roles it defines what each role can do: There are four roles for users that you wish to add to your blog: Administrator, Editor, Author, and Contributor. ...

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sitemap for non-CMS based website
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There are plenty of sites/tools that can be used to generate sitemaps for you. These can be used on any site - one created manually or one created by a CMS such as Wordpress. I won't recommend one as ...

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Strategy for image sizes
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By all means allow the writers to supply more images - they might have particular sizes they prefer, however, it would be better UX for you to resize the images for them. Take the image they provide ...

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