What Do I Do: WordPress or HTML?

Two Paths

There are basically two popular approaches to take when you decide to build a website. You can go with a static HTML website or a Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress or Joomla. If you are new to building and managing websites, then you might wonder what the big difference is between these two approaches. They both make websites, but there is a world of difference on how you get to the end result. Read on to find out the difference between them, and which one is really the best for you.

HTML – CSS – JavaScript

A static HTML website is one that you build with HTML and CSS. The reason it’s called a static website is because nothing can change about the website or at least not unless you go back and change the code. Up until recent years this was really the only way to make a website. There is no dynamic content, nor is there any real user interaction. The only thing you get is what you enter into the HTML. What does that mean? Simply put, once you are done with the design and install the website it will only do what you asked it to. You can make beautiful sites that allow the users to read content, purchase products, access to free offers, sign up for newsletters and build your list. Just about anything you desire you can do with a static HTML website.

Though it’s called an HTML website, there are actually several different coding languages typically used to build an HTML website. HTML provides the structure or the core, but CSS is used to set the look and feel for the visuals and to make look pretty too. You can set the size, colors, fonts, backgrounds… etc. JavaScript can be used to add special effects to the website and even a little dynamic interaction with the user. As you can imagine though, if you choose to go this route to create your website you’ll need to know at least the basics of each of the languages used.

A Content Management System (CMS) is much more user friendly in the sense that you do not need to know any code in order to use it. CMS is more of a “drag and drop” or “point and click” type system. You log in to the “admin” portion of the website and make the changes you desire and update. The changes you make to the appearance or functionality of your website take effect immediately after you save and update. One of the other nice things about CMS are the variety of themes available, but we’ll talk about that later.

Most CMS sites are referred to as Blog sites, primarily due to the fact they were originally used for blogging and not much else. In recent years CMS has become so much more and are now one of the most widely used programs for building a website today. Built using PHP, CMS sites have a database attached to save all of the core and dynamic content. So once again, the biggest differences between CMS and static HTML are dynamic content (change it on the fly) and no coding required.

WordPress or Joomla?

This is really a matter of choice. Both are very good platforms and for the most part one is as easy to use as the other. The biggest difference between them is this: WordPress has been around since 2003 and is very popular. As a result, they get a huge amount of support from other programmers when it comes to Plugins (we’ll talk about this is a minute) and SEO, and there are a kazillion themes available for WordPress too, thus making it a very popular choice for both newbies and pros alike. Joomla has not been around as long (2005) but has become very popular in its own right over the yeas. It is second only to WordPress and with over 30 million downloads and now with WordPress integration, it’s no slouch. Both allow users to leave comments to posts and or pages, stream new content from sources like social media or news sites and you can also quickly add new posts to your blog without having to worry about modifying your navigation bar (its automatic) or structuring your pages, thanks to built-in templates.

Pros and Cons

Static HTML: Pros – A static HTML website is easy to setup (especially if you know code). You have complete control of the layout, look and feel. HTML websites also tend to load faster because they usually have fewer files and data to download. As stated earlier, a big benefit of HTML is that you have total control over the website’s appearance. You can change the visuals of a WordPress or Joomla site too, but you are limited by the amount of choices or flexibility available with the theme or template you are using. If you know CSS, which is a fairly simple language, then you can easily change the way your HTML website looks.

Static HTML: Cons – The cons of static HTML deal with its lack of interactivity and their complex structure with larger websites. An HTML page has absolutely no interactivity, and it only includes what you code. For example, if you code a Web page with an article, then that’s all you will get. There will be nothing else on the page except for that article. There will be no user content, no dynamic content that generates while you are away and the website will remain static. On the other hand, if you program it to include a database so that users can access information I guess in a sense you could call that a limited form of interactivity. The same holds true with a shopping cart. A user comes to your website purchase a product or service you offer; so in the same sense they can interact with your website in a limited form.

If you want to make changes to your site like adding a new post (write a new article) or page you will need to create it first and then upload the HTML file it to your server and then change the navigation bar (menu) before it is visible to the user. This takes up a lot of time, especially if you add one or more pages a day. Another consideration is: if you don’t have a good CSS structure in place then changing parts of your website can be very cumbersome. For example, you want to change the background color for all of your pages on your site. If you have the background color programmed with CSS and have it called out in the HTML for all of the pages, then changing the color in the CSS will change the color on all of the pages on your website. This is huge for website that might have 100 pages or more, otherwise you’ll need to change all 100 pages individually. As you can see, static HTML sites are easy for the guy who understands the code requirements, but not so for that person little to no code knowledge. Finally, SEO! You will need to code all of the SEO into your static website yourself. Considering SEO is a somewhat dynamic process, you will find yourself always having to go back and tweak or change your site to keep it current.

WordPress Pros – As stated earlier – you can use WordPress or Joomla, but for comparison sake we’ll only refer to WordPress hereafter. WordPress is often considered the best way to setup a website because it is very easy to do and easy for newbies to figure out. A WordPress blog does take some time to setup but not when you consider how long it took someone to write all of the code required for an HTML site. Besides, we’re literally talking hours, not days or weeks, but it would not be out of the ordinary for a web developer to spend days designing a new website using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Installing a WordPress blog only takes a few minutes with most hosts, and adding a new theme takes even less time and themes are what WordPress is all about.

Let’s take a minute to talk about themes. Themes or templates allow you to change the look or feel of your website literally in minutes. If you want a particular niche site for example, a medical looking feel or a golfing theme there are plenty to choose from. Some are free and others you’ll need to purchase, usually referred to as Premium themes. If you just want a blog and a place for people to leave comments, then a free theme will probably do the trick. However, if you want a more professional or storefront look with maybe a shopping cart or a data feed for an Amazon affiliate, then a premium theme is the way to go. I prefer premium themes because they generally allow for more flexibility and customization.

SEO is another big plus for WordPress because a lot of it is already built into the program. when you install WordPress on your server for the first time you immediately need to go the admin section and complete a setup process located in the settings> general settings area. In there you will fill in a couple of fields that are the beginnings of the SEO process. Afterwards, every time you create a page or post you are able to add to your SEO and keep all of your content current and search engine friendly. There are plenty of good plugins you can use that can take your SEO to astronomical levels.

Speaking of plugins, there are thousands of plugins that add unique and interesting effects to your WordPress website. There are so many choices of plugins that it will be impractical to try and mention them here, but to give you a taste: there are plugins for advertising, SEO, article submission, spam protection, adding captchas, creating contact forms, email campaigns and even ones that will automatically backup your website according to a schedule you setup. The list of plugins goes on forever.

WordPress Cons – One of the problems with WordPress can be too many plugins. I’ve seen websites that take too long to load and it was caused by having way to many plugins installed on the site. Only use what is necessary. Another thing to consider are the themes. Some are clearly better than others. Theme developers put a lot of time and thought into the design, but some developers are really thinking of the end-user more than others and recognize that we want lots of customization freedom and more importantly, not all of us have programming skills so make it simple to understand and use. All of them allow for some customization, but others will give you more control and the ability to make your website look the way you really want it be. All I’m saying is to read the reviews and do your homework before investing in a premium theme. Also, a well designed theme will look clean and load quickly. There are thousands of themes to choose from, so you are sure to find something that you like.

Installing your WordPress Website

Installing a WordPress site with most hosts takes only a few minutes. I found GoDaddy to be one of the best web host out there. There are other good web hosting companies and I’ve used several of them and would not hesitate to recommend them, but GoDaddy (in my opinion) has superior customer service. I cannot say enough about a company that has a phone number you can call and an actual customer service person (a real human being) will answer and be there whenever you need them. However, its your choice as to which ever company you decide to use and are more comfortable with.

Now back to installing! Just log in to your web host and follow their instructions for installing WordPress. Afterwards, you’ll need to upload and install your theme. Once that is complete and you received conformation from the server that the website is active, all that is left is to start adding content and customizing your new website and make it look the way you desire.

Final thoughts

There are two main approaches to making a website. Static HTML is good for small sites and simple pages or if you’re an avid programmer even bigger project is OK too. WordPress is good for pages that you will constantly be updating or for new ones added on the fly and for the guy whose programming skills are minimal or non-existent. Both HTML or WordPress are good approaches, but WordPress is often considered the more desirable alternative because there is so much you can do with your website when compared to an HTML and more importantly, no programming skills required. However, just consider your needs and you should be able to figure out which one will work best for you.

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How to Send HTML Email in MacMassMailer and Create HTML Newsletters

Do you want to know how to send beautiful HTML email newsletters from your Apple Macintosh computer using MacMassMailer?

I’ll teach you how! It’s easy, and everybody can do that without a special knowledge!

Whether you need to inform your clients about the latest company news or just deliver business offers in an attractive way, you must use HTML message format. If you are in email marketing, you know that creating an attractive, well-formatted HTML e-mail newsletter is just as important as its content.

So, what do you need to do when it comes to making and sending HTML email?

Don’t call designers and web-masters, because you don’t need them for such an easy task. Make your newsletters yourself with your own hands. It’s just a couple of mouse clicks job! Follow a few simple steps described below and you will be ready to send in a few minutes.

The most easiest-to-use way to create html newsletter is a free open-source HTML editor NVU. After you install it, you will be ready to make your best newsletter ever!

Create a newsletter webpage

First of all, click the “New” button and create a webpage in a new tab.

Define a newsletter background to help your email to catch more attention. It must be:

* Ordinary;

* Without details;

* Shouldn’t distract reader from the message content;

* decorated in the corporate colors.

You can change background image with the Format menu by clicking on the “Page colors and background…” menu item:

Create newsletter body

After you follow these steps, you may write your newsletter. Don’t forget, that your emails must be as short and informative as possible. The main task of HTML newsletter is to grab attention of your recipients quickly without telling them many details. Attracted reader will follow a link in your newsletter to get more details from your website.

When you create and send HTML email, remember, that photos and pictures are the most important elements of your HTML messages. They help your reader to visualize the most attractive part of your product or service without any effort, just from the glance!

To insert your images into your newsletter just drag the image from a folder on your Mac and drop it on the NVU-editor. Also, you may insert images with the help of the “Image” button of the toolbar.

Text and Links

When you finish writing your newsletter, you can start the final phase of creating your HTML message – text formatting.

If you need to change your text colors, you may do this using the “Page colors and background…” menu item of the “Format” menu. Never forget one of the main rules when you create HTML messages – use the horizontal text arrangement.

After that, you may insert all necessary links. These links are as important as the message content itself. They are the main lead to the offer details published on your website where you can display not only images, but also video and audio content finally helping you to turn your reader into a happy customer.

To insert a link in NVU, select a text or an image in your new message to work as a link, and then press the “Link” button on the toolbar.

After you click OK, a new link will be created, and your customers will have an ability to get to the offer details published on your website.

Save and Send

Now your newsletter’s webpage is finished. Click the “File – Save as…” menu item. Choose the destination folder and give this web page a name you like.

Now you are ready. Let’s talk about how to send HTML email. Start your MacMassMailer software, select the Messages node in the outline view on the left side of the main window and press the “+” button on the toolbar.

Then select the format as “HTML Project” in the new message editor.

Now you must attach the HTML file you’ve just created along with all the images you used on the page. Don’t forget to include the background image you’ve selected previously. After that, you can save your message.

To send your email message, press the Start button in MacMassMailer. If you already have recipients in your mailing list and your SMTP settings are filled in correctly, your newsletter will be sent successfully.

Finally, your recipients will get an email message that looks the same as you created it in NVU. Looks attractive, isn’t it?

Now you know how to send HTML email quickly. As you can see, such HTML letters will yield much better results than just a plain text. HTML message is a very effective e-mail marketing tool. It will be an important part of your corporate image. Just remember these simple rules how to create and how to send HTML email and do not spam.

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Add an HTML Sitemap to a WordPress Website

Here’s some easy to follow instructions on how to add an HTML sitemap to a WordPress website.

After scouring the web and nearly giving myself a headache I found a solution, so this will hopefully save others those near headaches.

I’ll ramble here a little to begin with, to make getting to the crux of the problem easier, but you’re welcome to just leap to the formula below.

You see, when you find the site that provides the code for a WordPress HTML sitemap, it gives all the information, but not quite all the information on how to implement it – this was the frustrating part.

So I was armed with the ‘plugin’ code and the ‘shortcode’ to activate the sitemap, but didn’t really get the installation instructions of: “Add the shortcode to the page(s) of your choice”. You see an HTML sitemap is a page alone, it shouldn’t be added to specific pages, it should usually be on a page called: sitmap.php/htm/html &c.

I wanted my sitemap to be linked from the footer of every page of the site.

So to start with you’ll need the ‘plugin’ code, which is courtesy of Angelo Mandato (credit at bottom of article); there’s 2 options: you can go to the installation page, where at the top right of the page there’s a big red button, or use the instructions below, which I’ve stated as being easier.

Being easier, I’d advise you to log-in to your WordPress Dashboard and click on ‘Plugins’ (left-hand menu), a little drop down menu reveals ‘Add New’ click here, on this page there’s a search box, type in ‘HTML Sitemap’ and click on ‘Search Plugins’. At the top of the list you’ll see: ‘HTML Page Sitemap’, version ‘1.1.1’ – click on install.

Okay, 1st of 3 jobs completed.

Now to create the interaction between the ‘plugin’ and the ‘shortcode’ which is [html-sitemap], you’ll firstly need to click on ‘Pages’ (in the left-hand menu) of your WordPress Dashboard, in the drop down menu you’ll need to click on ‘Add New’, this will create the new sitemap page. Where it asks for ‘title’ enter ‘Sitemap’, in the ‘content’ box you need to add your ‘shortcode’, which is [html-sitemap], make sure you use square brackets. Now because you don’t want this page in the main navigation, it is advisable to give it a parent, so in the ‘Page Attributes’ (right-hand menu), click on the ‘no parent’ drop down and put it under ‘Other Info’ or something similar, click on ‘publish page’.

Okay 2nd of 3 jobs done.

Now we need to get the sitemap visible on every page of the site. Back to the WordPress Dashboard, in the left-hand menu click on ‘Appearance’, the drop down menu offers the link ‘Editor’, click on this. In the right-hand menu of the new page all the ‘Templates’ are listed, go down till you find ‘Footer’ (footer.php), click on this and you’ll see the content of your site’s footer links. You will most likely have the following in the footer already: Powered by <>a href=”http://www.WordPress.org”>WordPress<>

Right after this add the following: | <>a href=”http://www.MYWEBSITE.com/sitemap” target=”_blank>Sitemap<>

Naturally change the ‘MYWEBSITE’ to your own website and the.com to.de,.nl or.co.uk. Click on the blue button ‘Update File’.

That’s it job 3 of 3 completed.

Go to your website, press the ‘F5’ key, you may have to do this twice (that’s computers for you), and in your footer you should now see your newly created link to your site’s HTML sitemap, click on the link to test it, and you should find a nicely laid out sitemap indexing all your site’s pages.

Now naturally you may want the sitemap to be more detailed, for this I will reference you back to Angelo’s site, where he explains this further, but for me I just needed a nice clear HTML sitemap and no further headaches.

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Building a Website? HTML or WordPress

As a web developer, I get asked this question all the time – which is better to use to build a website – WordPress or HTML?

Well, I’m here to tell you – that it depends..

There is no one right answer, because it depends on what you are looking to use it for, and what kind of website/webpages you are looking to build.

1) As a custom web programmer, I have many large web projects where WordPress would not be the best choice for the project. Most of these websites are custom built application systems that I work on and in these cases neither WordPress or HTML would be the proper solution. These custom projects require dynamic programming using PHP, ASP with custom mySQL, MSsql databases, etc.

2) If you are looking to build a typical business website and are familiar with HTML programming, you could create static HTML pages for your website, or you could hire a programmer to build them for you.

But if you are planning to add fresh content to your website on a regular basis, or include an ongoing blog on your site, which is the best way to keep Google interested in your website and indexing you for search engine/SEO results, then HTML can be tedious and time-consuming if you are building it yourself, or expensive if you are paying someone to make the changes for you.

3) And, most typical websites require some king of common functionality such as contact forms, Google maps, optin signup pages, etc. and unless you are experienced in programming these kinds of things, then WordPress is definitely a good choice.

For these kinds of needs, WordPress makes a great choice because there are so many plugins available that can assist with most of your common needs as mentioned above, all without you having to worry about programming them yourself.

4) And the other great advantage of WordPress is that there are so many design templates openly available that it can be much simpler for you to find a web design you like, without having to pay the expense of hiring a web designer.

5) Now, if you are looking to do a simple squeeze page or a single product sales page, HTML might make sense if you can program in it, as WordPress might be a bit more than is needed.

But, if convenience and ease of use are important to you and you want to try to create your website yourself, then I would definitely recommend that you give WordPress a try. And, if you do decide that you would prefer to hire someone to build it for you, there are many professionals versed in using WordPress that would be able to help you out.

So, tell me – what you you prefer? What are you using for your website needs? And do you have any horror stories to share about one way or the other?

Be sure to leave your comments here – so we can all learn from each other.

Until Next Time! Betty

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HTML – Beyond the Basic Page – The "A" Tag

In another article we learned the basic structure and code to create a simple web page. Several tags were introduced without much detail. Here for a quick review is a basic web page with each of the following words (tags) contained by brackets. is an opening tag and is a closing tag.

When you're making web pages, sooner or later you'll want to send your viewer to another page (or another part of the same page). Your tool to accomplish this is the tag. The basic tag includes:

1. the destination page
2. letters (or an image) for the user to click
3. an end tag.

This is what it looks like click here . All that is visible on the page is "click here". When your visitor clicks on those words they will be sent to 'pagetwo.html'.

You may need to study that a little because I know it can be confusing at first.

– the opening tag–
– the letters (or image) the user will click- 'click here'
– the closing tag–

If you have a basic web page created, make a duplicate in the same folder (save it as two.html and put some other text between the body tags). Then create an a tag for it. If you don't already have a basic page, copy the code (at the top) to notepad (or any simple word processor) and save it as one.html

OK, Here we go. Open one.html (not in the browser) in notepad (or any basic word processor).

Between the body tags (all on one line) put the following–

go to two

Then save this. Now when you open one.html (in the web browser), you will see the words "go to two". When you click on those words, your new page (two.html) will open in the browser (if you did not put anything between the body tags it will be blank). Then if you click the browser 'back' button you'll go back to page one.

Congratulations. Cool, huh. If it doesn't work the first time, go back and study the code a little more. Every letter, quote and bracket must be included and in the right place.

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SEO HTML Checklist – 7 Musts For SEO Compliant HTML

HTML is a 'mark-up language' used to describe the content and layout of all web pages to browsers and search engines. Search engines send out spiders (or 'bots'), which are automated tools used to crawl web pages. They read the HTML code for each web page they find and index it.

Although search engines aren't aware which server side language you use or which CMS, they are aware of the mark-up and client side code (HTML, CSS and Javascript) that results, so it's important that your HTML is well formatted for your pages to be discovered and understood correctly by search engines.

Follow these 7 tips to ensure your HTML is SEO compliant:

  1. Validity : HTML tags have an opening and closing part. If these tags are not formed properly or missing a closing tag, spiders (and potentially browsers) find it difficult to read the page, so be careful with your coding. Use a specialized code editor with built in validation, like the code view in Dreamweaver or Visual Studio. Once you've published your website to a public facing URL, use the W3C HTML Validator (search for 'W3C HTML Validator' in your favorite search engine) to run a test. Problems are listed and explained, so you can correct and retest them. Search engines aren't too worried if you choose to use HTML or XHTML, so long as you specify the correct 'doctype' at the top of your document and it validates correctly. If you use a CMS or Blog software, you may be provided with a WYSIWYG editor. Whilst this can be useful for saving time, it can create poorly formed HTML, so it's important to check and validate this.
  2. Accessibility : Web accessibility is about allowing people with disabilities to use your website by building your pages in such a way that users don't have to be able to see images / videos or hear audio to digest the content. Automated spiders are currently unable to interpret visual and audio content, so by gearing your content up to be accessible, you're helping search engines as well as users with disabilities. These tips will stand you in good stead (you can find more information about this in the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines):
    • Use the alt attribute to describe each image.
    • Use text that makes sense when read out of context – don't use 'click here.'
    • Use headings, lists, and consistent structure.
    • If using frames, use the noframes element and sensible titles.
    • Summarise graphs & charts or use the longdesc attribute.
    • Provide alternative content for Javascript, Flash and Java
  3. Content behind forms : Any content that can only be accessed by submitting a form may not be able to be accessed by search engines. If content can't be found, it won't be indexed, so provide an anchor link to all pages on your website where possible.
  4. Use CSS : The higher your code to content ratio, the harder it makes it for search engines to find your important content and give it the importance it deserves. The old fashioned table based layouts once used by web developers are less efficient than using CSS (cascading style sheets) to describe layout. Using CSS means the layout descriptions can be kept outside of the page in linked files, making the code for each page simpler, which in turn makes it easier for search engines to find the content it's looking for, rather than a lot of unnecessary html tags .
  5. Heading tags : Heading tags (h1, h2, etc) allow visitors and search engines to better understand how the content should be organized in your website and what the most important phrases are. As a rule h1 tags should be used for the main page title, with lower h tags containing subtitles in a logical hierarchy. Using meaningful wording in headings, bold and emphasizing text is important, as search engines generally give these phrases greater relative importance than standard text on a page.
  6. Links : As mentioned earlier, it is extremely important to use a descriptive phrase for the link text, rather than something arbitrary like 'click here'. Search engines use this text to figure out what you're linking to, so it's imperative that this text describes the destination page. From an SEO point of view, this is particularly important when internally linking to pages within your website – you should use a keyword phrase that you wish to associate the destination page with. Anchor tags can have the attribute rel = "nofollow" specified, which instructs spiders not to follow these links, which can come in handy for duplicate content you don't wish to be indexed or for adding to blog comments you don't necessarily want to be associated with your website.
  7. Images and Alt Tags : As mentioned in the accessibility tips list, you should always include 'alt' tags to describe your images. This is good practice for usability and accessibility, but also essential for SEO. Without these, search engines don't know what's in your image. When using images as links, this is especially important, as your image is acting as link text. It's also worth naming your images descriptively (the actual file name) so they can be found by search engines and generate additional traffic back to your website.
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The Importance of Valid HTML Code

Valid HTML code is very important because it helps accessibility in the ever growing platform and user agent market such as smart phones, tablet computers, the Android browser and more. It also helps show professionalism and good practice, aids debugging and future proofing.

Languages and Rules

Web pages are written in the language of HTML and the current version is HMTL 5. Every language has its own syntax and therefore every document written in the language of HTML is supposed to follow its official rules.

The rules set out define how the syntax can be used, what order the language can be written in and how it all fits together. For example, you will always start a web page with the opening HTML tag and finish with the closing HTML tag. Between these tags is the head tag and body tag. The body tag comes after the head tag.

The rules also specify how certain syntaxes work and shouldn’t work. In a HTML list you use a block level item, such as a “<div>” tag, as a list item.

What is valid HTML code?

Valid code is HTML code that follows these rules set out by the W3C is dubbed “valid code”. This is because the code is properly formatted, based on standards created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Any code that is not properly formatted is dubbed invalid code. Invalid code can be a result of typing mistakes or HTML code that was once valid but now obsolete. For example the “<b>” tag for bold is invalid and superseded by the “<strong>” tag.

Why should you as a designer validate your code?

The main reason designers should be strongly encouraged to check their code and use validation services like the W3C’s very own HTML validation tool for accessibility reasons.

With the arrival of Web browsers on tablet computers, smart mobile phones, games consoles and televisions it has become nearly impossible to predict just how your website will viewed. Any incorrect HTML can create an error in the browser or prevent your document from working in a particular browser. This will then turn any your audience.

For example, if you’re going to be running a social media campaign and planning on running a story on Digg and the majority of Digg users use Safari or Firefox. If your website fails to load correctly because of bad code or poor CSS formatting, your story is going to get no attention and you’ll be missing out on the potential of hundreds of organic editorial links.

Validated code is simply more predictable and makes life for Internet browsers and assistive technologies easier in order to present websites and their content in an accessible way.

Other reasons to validate your HTML code

Validation is a sign of professionalism

Today there is little certification for Web professionals beyond NVQ levels and computer and Information Technology related degrees. Many web designers so far have to learn by themselves. Seasoned designers can take pride in creating Web content using well-formed markup. Validation can then be used as a quick check to determine whether the code is the clean work of a seasoned HTML author, or quickly hacked-together tag soup. Validation therefore can set you as a designer apart from others and show you as the professional to hire.

Validation helps teach good practices.

Many professionals have been authoring the Web with HTML and CSS since the beginning and will know these technologies by heart. Beginners and students will find automated checking tools invaluable in spotting mistakes and make a good introduction to broader, more complex quality concepts such as accessibility.

Validation as a debugging tool

While many contemporary Web browsers do an increasingly good job of parsing even the worst HTML “tag soup”, some errors are not always found. Very often, different software on different platforms will not handle such errors so easily.

Using standard markup and style sheets offers a much greater chance of having your webpage and website handled consistently across all platforms and user-agents. Indeed, most developers creating Web applications know that reliable scripting needs the document to be parsed by User-Agents without any unexpected error, and will make sure that their markup and CSS is validated before creating a rich interactive layer.

Validation as a future-proof quality check

Checking that a page displays properly in several contemporary Web browsers may be a reasonable insurance that the page will work today, but it does not guarantee that it will work tomorrow. Internet browsers change and new versions appear all the time. Everyone who accessed the Web will use a different browser that is older or newer that your version.

Validation is one of the simplest ways to check whether a page is built in accordance with Web standards, and provides one of the most reliable guarantees that future Web platforms will handle it as designed.

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Online Writing Jobs

Freelance Writer – This can be a great opportunity for someone who desires to go with online writing jobs for a living. In this day of age with our latest technology and the Internet at our disposal, the sky is the limit. Especially with all the marketplaces out there for you to choose from, you might like one. The good thing about this type of work is it can be remotely done, no matter where you are in the world. Freelancers can also be interviewed and hired without being physically in the same room as the Interviewer. Much of Freelance work consist of different jobs, from doing editing, indexing, web design to software development.

Magazine Writer – Another great position for someone seeking online writing jobs or offline for that matter. Most Magazine Writers are well aware of what crosses their desk when it comes time to get ideas for a story. Eventually the more topics of ideas at hand the easier it becomes for the writer to start his or her story. If you come up with a great idea always, write that idea down, you never when one thing leads to another. If you are passionate with your topic of what you are writing then just go with it. Another thing to keep in mind is try to keep as many of your rights to your words as possible. Due to editors trying to buy all rights, so never give up all your rights when negotiating for submitting your writing to an editor. Writing for a magazine could be a lot of fun and you could make some serious money doing so.

Blog Writer – One more to add to the online writing jobs, becoming a regular blogger. A great way to get a hold of your online readers and write great engaging content that keeps your readers close by. The key to effective writing as a blogger is to understand the client expectations as well as the effective audience. You have to learn to adapt to various niches or particular subject areas when writing for a client as a paid professional blogger. Making it easy to read for all ages is another great factor to consider, while keeping it rich in content at the same time.

Journalism Writer – Now a days, this position I would also consider adding to the online writing jobs in some way or another. Also known as a reporter, one who researches information to present in sources like interviews and daily reports. This also engages in other platforms such as social media and blogs to gather any important information. Politics and opinions play another strong role for journalism to engage in. Very simple, when we turn on our local news channel during the day. These are some of the things that we hear about. Journalism writing is just another popular writing in demand.

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Top Legit Online Jobs For College Students

There is nothing better than a student who has enough money to meet his or her personal needs. Student employment comes with lots of benefits and considering how important money is for students, the online platform offers these benefits on a silver platter. If you are a college student, your online job options are many and you can choose to gain that little financial freedom you wish to enjoy. Even though the online jobs don’t have the potential to turn you into an overnight millionaire, they will go a long way in saving your financial worries.

The good thing about online jobs is that they offer you flexible working hours so you are able to concentrate on your studies as well. They can boost your resume, give you fair pay and stimulate you mentally besides keeping the interest going. There is, however the need to choose legit jobs so your efforts don’t get wasted along the way instead of coming in handy for you. Here are some of the top legit online jobs you can take up.

1. Online surveys – Market research has become very important for companies in the development of products, services and campaigns that fetch the desired impact and reaction from the target audience. You can participate in the surveys to help such companies attain their strategies as you get paid in the process. Find legitimate survey sites, register and take part in the surveys to get your money and other incentives.

2. Game playing – This might not sound realistic, but it is actually possible for you to get paid playing games. It is a fun job for students who love the gaming world and will fetch you money as you enjoy the games. Most game publishers use game testers to run and test new games and this way you can make money. There are also online companies willing to pay new members to the gaming sites as a way of boosting the popularity of such sites. You will find several gaming sites open to students.

3. Writing content – If you enjoy reading and writing, you might be just fit for this job. Your writing skills can take you higher and earn you a decent living while still in school. Your own creativity can set you apart and streamline your income when taking part in writing content. Fortunately the writing jobs are not that hard to find since there are reputable sites you can rely on to ensure all your efforts get rewarded.

4. Freelancing – It is another great job option for students and one that does pay off. The good thing about freelancing is that you get to choose what you are good at and offer your services to those who need them the most. It could be anything from writing articles, blog posts, virtual assistant jobs and handling accounting projects among many others. There are sites with comprehensive lists of available jobs you can do in your own time to make money. This is one of the best online jobs for college students, especially for the numerous choices available.

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How To Last Longer During Blow Jobs

If you want to know how to last longer during blow jobs then it’s as simple as following these 5 steps.

When you follow these steps you’ll be taking back control over your orgasms. Instead of feeling like there’s nothing you can do to stop your orgasm from happening you will, if you follow these steps, feel like a whole new man in the bedroom.

So here are the steps you’ve got to follow.

Step 1 – Notice Your Arousal Levels

To know how to last longer during blow jobs you’ve got to understand how close to orgasm you are and what your arousal levels are. This way you can easily take corrective action, like the steps I’m about to show you, if you find yourself getting too close to orgasm during blowjobs.

Step 2 – Perform Deep Breathing

A big cause of premature ejaculation and not being able to last long enough during blow jobs is too much tension in the body. Tension has been linked to premature ejaculation numerous times and a very simple way to eliminate tension is by changing your breathing. The common, instinctive way to breathe during foreplay and sex is shallow and quickly, which unfortunately tenses up the body. To last longer you’ve got to relax your body by taking slow deep breaths.

Step 3 – Consciously Relax Your Leg Muscles

Like I said in step 2, a big cause of premature ejaculation, even during foreplay, is tension. Another dead simple way to get rid of this tension is to just consciously relax your muscles. The most important muscles to relax if you want to last longer are your leg and your butt muscles. By focussing on these areas alone you’ll find yourself lasting a longer during blow jobs.

Step 4 – Urinate Before Foreplay

If you take the time to urinate before foreplay you empty your bladder. A full bladder can put unnecessary pressure on the genital, which encourages early orgasm. Prevent this by going to the bathroom before starting any sexual activity.

Step 5 – Use Positive Visualization

As corny as it sounds, just visualizing yourself lasting longer can have a dramatic difference on how long you last. Even if you doubt the effectiveness of this technique still give it a try. You may be surprised at the results.

So that’s how to last longer during blow jobs. As simple as those steps may seem, when you use them altogether they can significantly increase how long you last.

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