I’m back!

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated The Web for You: It’s good to be back!

Thanks to all of my readers for your patience during my absense. I look forward to a new year filled with lots of ideas for harnessing the power of the Web for personal business, recreation, and communication.

In the upcoming year, I will finish my thoughts on SEO, give you some ideas for creating and managing RSS feeds for your Web site, explain how to create and manage an e-newsletter, talk about some great Open Source applications to help manage your growing Web presence, and much more.

One of the things I’m most excited about is the upcoming service improvements to Microsoft Office Live Basics. The most interesting improvement planned will be the ability to use third-party design tools to design your site. This means that you will not be restricted by the limitations of the current Web site design tools in Microsoft Office Live, which don’t allow you to change many aspects of the page (such as meta tags, RSS links, etc.) Once these changes are completed, I’m looking forward to redesigning my site and reporting back on these changes.

I’m looking forward to a great new year, and I’d like to thank all of my readers for their interest in The Web for You.

LockworldHerald.com service problems

Hi all – just a quick note to let you know about some service problems with Lockworld Herald that may impact The Web for You. Microsoft is updating their free Office Live Basics service, which means that there will be some times that my Office Live Web site, LockworldHerald.com, will be down. In and of itself, this is not a big deal. But unfortunately, many of the design elements I’ve included in The Web for You come from codes, images, and other information saved on my Web site. Therefore, the appearance and functionality of The Web for You may be impacted by these service outages. There should be no impact to the RSS feed, only the actual Web site.

To be continued

I had hoped to write at least one more post before I had to do this, but I’m afraid I just haven’t had time. December is a pretty busy month for me, so I won’t have a chance to write any more for The Web for You until January, 2008.

I have at least one more post in my series on Search Engine Optimization, which would include a response to Frank’s excellent comment in defense of the practices used by search engines.

I certainly believe search engines are a good thing, and, in principle, search engine optimization is a wonderful tool to help Web site owners establish their content as valid and authoritative. However, there are certain aspects of today’s practices in indexing Web sites that make it harder for small businesses and personal Web sites to gain high rankings in the search engines, while allowing “gamed” Web sites to boost their rankings without displaying quality content.

I’ll continue this conversation in early January, and I hope you’ll all be patient with me in the mean time.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all…see you in January.

I’m off to see the wizard!

I have been invited to write for the Land of ZC blog (LoZC) by Pete Thomas, author of LoZC and ShareTactics, along with Alan Bradford, author of BigUglyCouch. As I mentioned in my last post, LoZC offers tips and tricks on everything Zoho Creatorish, and goes behind the scenes to interview Zoho Creator staffers.

I’m excited about this opportunity, and look forward to sharing my ideas with all of you Zoho fans on this blog.

That does not mean that I will abandon The Web for You, naturally. Although I will write for LoZC when I discover new features/capabilities of Zoho Creator, I will continue to write about Zoho Creator along with other free resources to help you build your Web presence free right here on The Web for You.

I look forward to working with Pete and Alan, and I hope you get the chance to check out their blogs – you’ll definitely find a wealth of knowledge about a wide variety of topics.

Thanks for the opportunity, Pete!

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Looking for photo credits (and permission)

I found this image several years ago “somewhere on the Web,” and it’s just perfect for this blog.

Unfortunately, I have no idea where it came from, or who to give credit to. In fact, I’m not sure if it’s even in the public domain.

If anyone has any information about the source of the photo, please contact me so I can give credit where credit is due.