BellaBiblio v2 is Live

The new version of my book rating script — BellaBiblio — is now online. BellaBiblio now includes an Ajax searcher that integrates with Amazon Web Services, allowing you to enter a keyword and pull down information on your books. This integration is all thanks to the work of Mat, who integrated the Ajax and made… read more →

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Turdy Tutorials and XOXMARIAH.COM

When I posted my somewhat whimsical entry “Not The X!” on Monday I was under the impression that teenybopper tutorial sites were becoming less common. I figured there was a new trend out, maybe these wannabe geeks had all gained new hobbies or something. Of course, this is the part where I admit grand naivety… read more →

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Improving SEO with WP Plugins

SEO, or ‘Search Engine Optimisation’, is the process of altering your pages to maximise the chance of being listed in a search engine. Based on the knowledge that you must mention a word to begin ranking for it, logic dictates that further mentions of the same word can only increase your SE ranking. (Those of… read more →

Google PageRank and Nofollow

Nearly 3 years ago, Google released their plans to implement the rel attribute value nofollow in an attempt to combat spam on weblogs and other sites. Almost straight away, I posted my thoughts and went about hacking WordPress — which was my CMS of choice at the time — to remove any occurrence of the… read more →

Two Web Naughties I Secretly Love

No, I’m not talking about pr0n, but web design habits that fly in the face of accessibility, good design or just plain old common sense. I have a secret love for quite a few of these ‘naughties’ and while I probably won’t ever use/go back to them myself, I smile a secret smile when I… read more →

Actually, Include the 404

While doing some random surfing, in between mocking up a potential new disaster (layout) in Photoshop, and whilst avoiding the washing up/ignoring the oven (oh shit my flat is on fire) I found a post at codinghorror.com about Creating User Friendly 404s. The post is not terribly old and does include some relevant and interesting… read more →

Understanding Google PageRank

As a great many of you were confused by my post on Google’s PageRank update late last month I thought I’d put together a very basic guide on what it is, and what it can mean for you. If I get chance I might even write a follow-up on how to improve yours (got to… read more →

Google Toolbar PR Update

I originally wrote this as an ‘Asides’ but as I’ve had chance to catch up on a few blogs and see the fuss this is causing I thought I’d chuck in my tuppence worth properly. Seems like on the 26th October, Google did a toolbar PageRank update. A few big names in blogging have been… read more →

Firefox Users Are Criminals

A web page was linked this evening from Snark. A web page that, for all intents and purposes is not only useless but absolutely bollocks. In fact, I would go so far as suggesting that it is the biggest load of shit I have read in a long time. I am not going to link… read more →