Has anyone else been hearing the controversy over the new DiggBar? Digg has been one of the biggest names in blog and website listing sites for years. Most sites now have the share buttons or even a specific link to 'Digg This', allowing visitors to vote on a sitIf your article or site was 'Dugg' enough, it could result in a flood of traffic to your site. Recently, they unveiled a new DiggBar feature, which looks and sounds great. It provides a bar at the top of the browser allowing you to share content, 'Digg' the page your on, even create the all popular shortened url. The problem is that when your site is visited from a link on the Digg site, it is now hidden within this bar as if the visitor is on Digg. There is no record of the visit to your site, because it was actually a
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I receieved an interesting question from one of my photographer friends Gustavo Fernandez today. "Why do some folk have their address as blog.domain.com vs domain.com/blog? Is there a benefit?" I started to write back, but in doing a couple quick searches in the name of research, I found enough interesting information that I decided to write a post explaining it all. Subdomains vs Subdirectories photo credit: Tim DorrFirst, let's define what we are talking about: "blog.domain.com" is a subdomain while "domain.com/blog" is a subdirectory or a folder within a domain. A subdirectory is used as a folder within one domain to organize smaller pieces of content, like a category of several pages. For most people they will only ever need subdirectories. A subdomain creates more separation than just a folder, basically creating a stand alone site that could easily be it's own domain. However, you may want to piggyback on the main domain name.
I have recently started using the open source project management app called Project Pier to organize and coordinate my website projects. It is similar to some of the popular hosted services like Basecamp, No Kahuna, or GoPlan with a couple major exceptions - it is FREE and you install and run it on your own server. I will be adding an entire page to the site soon to show how I use Project Pier to upload and share files, send and receive messages and create task lists which can be shared and assigned to anyone working on a project. I might even create a demo project for anyone interested in seeing it in action. One of the things it was lacking was the ability to add links and other html to the messages. It used a simple text area and did not allow any formatting at all. In the past I
So I have been using this web app called Batchbook CRM for almost two months now. They let you sort and tag all your contacts with a ton of great features that make keeping on top of your networking so much easier. I won't go into all the details of how it works here, but one of the things that was holding me back from completely loving it was that they don't let you send an email from directly within the app. They have 'mailto' links that open your email application. The problem for me is that I use gmail so I would have to go to a new window and just copy and paste addresses. It may not sound like a big deal, but it slowed things down enough that it was really making their whole system (slightly) less appealing. The other day I was messing around with Greasemonkey, an