How I AM Website Developer can improve even more? Visitors review

 

IAMWD started its journey on 3rd or November 2009, by Shajed Evan. It’s goal is very simple, “Generating awareness and gather resources for freelancers in IT sector“. After around 3 months of operation with 150-200 visitors each day, I am trying to get some review from my visitors, to enhance best possible experience for my readers.

I am not a recognized person neither very successful in my career yet but as an entrepreneur I am trying my best. When I see people on internet  with their happy face describing their success stories I get encouraged to do even more than before. IAMWD is my first ever blog and I want to make it one of the top in the industry, but I can not do it alone. I will definitely need valuable comments from my little group of visitors.

I think most of my visitors are a target group of IT specialist. As an programmer, web designer, web usability specialist or even as a writer is possible to get some comments or review about “I AM WEBSITE DEVELOPER : BLOG” ? Please leave your valuable comments in the comment field and if possible don’t forget to invite your twitter followers by retweeting this post so that I can have more visitors to submit their review.

Your Review

You may criticize, leave some expert advice, tips, give warning about any technical mistakes, talk about its usability or experience. These will give me a clear overview about my blog and I willable to make it even better according to your suggestion or criticism.

Waiting…..

It is always difficult to make space for a new-by within a very competitive place. But inspiration or guideline may be useful to carry-on. It is your time to reply.

Are you switching to Google Chrome? – Extensions that will make you decide!

When I first start using Google chrome which was introduced search engine giant Google, by end of 2008; I didn’t get much impression about it. It was fast for sure, but as a developer Firefox was feeding all my requirements with its rich extensions and plug-in. After a long gap I again downloaded The Google Chrome to find out difference of browser capability to one of my newest site and I got stunned. It is fast and came with new useful extensions. As a loyal Firefox user, I had gone though few articles to find out the difference and ongoing battle between Firefox and Chrome. Let’s have a look what Tech giants find out about this new browser,

When first formed, a review by Tech Herald was “Will Google Chrome shape the way Web browsers are developed and designed? It is too early to tell, but Google has certainly come up with something appealing and unique. Will Chrome replace Internet Explorer or Firefox? Perhaps not in its present form, and not for a very long time. Overall, Chrome is a killer little application to have and offers a nice break from tradition when surfing the Web. While there’s plenty of room to for growth and improvement, the first beta release is impressive.” – Tech Herald

Uses rate of this is growing faster to fastest, within 1 year it crossed Safari. By the end of December 2009, 9.8% share for Chrome and 3.8% for Safari; just thinking what will happen after this year (Source W3Schools Browser Stat).

This light weight browser become my daily friend because of following features:

  • It is faster than any other browsers
  • Works really well with low specific machines.
  • Work seamlessly at same speed with or without many tabs than any other browser (You can see more you open Firefox tabs more resources it uses, test it on Task Manager)
  • It has smart search engine detection tool.
  • Simple elegant interface.
  • Increasing rate of extensions as its source is free for all, developers are getting chances to show their innovative ability.
  • Downloads is bit easier, you will get track of your download instantly.
  • It remembers your most visited links and make it easy to find out, reduce searching time.
  • Are you Google Holic? Chrome is your first option.

There are lots of features included with this new growing browser and I am quite confident people will adopt it more in future. It is true it still have lacking in supporting extensive featured plugins that Firefox has, but it is just a matter of time for Google to close that gap. You can find some important links which might help you to know more about Google Chrome.

Important readings:

Chrome Extensions, resources you should use!

1. Top 46 Google Chrome Shortcuts That Save Time

All the shortcut command while using Google Chrome. Separated by categories and well explained.

2. Google Reader

Google reader extension by Google. Easy way to view all your unread items from GReader. Displays the Google Reader unread count. Clicking the icon shows a preview of your reading list in a popup (or it can open Reader in a new tab, see the options page for configuration).

3. Adthwart

AdThwart makes browsing the web less taxing on both your computer and your sanity. Choose from a number of filter lists, including the continuously updated EasyList. You can just install and forget it.

4. Chromed Bird

I am using it and it is great! Quick, easy to update and notify. It has URL shortener capability and most of all copy and paste your favorite article it will do the rest.

5. RSS Subscription Extension

Detects RSS the site you are visiting. Allows you to click and view the contents and if you want subscribe.

6. StmbleUpon

Stumble UP your favorite site? Just one click and it will redirect you to your StumbleUpon account to confirm your bookmarking.

7.SEO SERP

Still on its first release, but not bad as a SEO tool. It search for the top ranking sites according to searched keywords. You should try it.

8. META SEO inspector

Meta data is not just the usual HTML meta tags, but the XFN tags, various microformats, the recently introduced canonical attribute, the no-follow links and so on.

9. Feedly

A magazine-like startpage. A fast and stylish way to read and share the content of your favorite sites and services. Provides seamless integration with Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube and Amazon.

10. One Number

Your Gmail, Wave, Reader all in one single button. Make your Chrome less crowded.

11. Quick Scroll

After you click on a Google search result, Quick Scroll may appear on the bottom-right corner of the page, showing one or more bits of text from the page that are relevant to your query. Clicking on the text will take you to that part of the page.

12. Digg

Digg for chrome. Digg your pages right from browser.

13.TooManyTabs for Chrome

Ever tried having 20 tabs or more open in Chrome? You can’t even see the favicon of the tabs, not to mention the tab titles! If that happens to you, TooManyTabs is a must-have extension that manages your tabs, reduces your tab overflow, and saves your sanity!

14. Delicious

Adds a Del.icio.us button in your Chrome Toolbar.
Now with ctrl + D keyboard shortcut and selected text populates your delicious notes field.

15. Blog This

Are your Blogger user? Then this is the right extension for you. It will linkup your favorite post from any web page. Should use.

There are even more extensions are coming every single day from different part of the world. So it is really hard to give an specific name of the best one. The extensions references given above are based on ratings and popularity. You can find more extensions and download your preferred one from GOOGLE EXTENSION site.

You will tell me know!

Yes, i am not perfect. You are the judge and definitely more experimental so please let me know if you find any interesting plugins, and please don’t forget to share!

Deal with internet explorer 6 : wordpress cases – Part: 1

Current internet trend and its development pace gave website developers lots of opportunities to show their talent to visitors however they like to. Moreover new tools are there, which can make your sites really attractive without giving much effort. From early 2009 when developers are concentrating more on using css3 by haring its best optimized features with less afford, we still need to think about its backwards.

When we develop any website we try to make sure that our website is compatible with all the major browsers of the world has. Website developer are already acknowledged about the compatibility of web standards adopted by web browsers, but they also know the problems occurred by Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer world’s most used browser so far. Though current trend of browser uses statistics are changing, but IE is still celebrating their majority in browser market place. According to w3schools statistics total browser statics of IE uses rate is combined to 37.2% on December 2009; where IE 8 holds 13.5%, IE7 12.8% and finally classic Internet Explorer 6 holds 10.9% of users. Firefox is in the leading position with 46.4% which is preferred by developer most. How about those 10.9% IE 6 users? Are we forgetting them from our customer list? Internet Explorer version 7 and 8 works very well with CSS 2 and overcame with all the bugs that IE6 used to have.

Though Microsoft took care of those bugs, we should keep in mind that all those OS comes with default Internet Explorer 6. Especially for corporations who still didn’t get enough time to upgrade their self to IE 7 or IE8 surfing with Internet Explorer 6. That’s why website developers have to concern about design pattern to insure maximizing browser support as each of these browsers implement their own rule set specially for CSS.

This part will focus on alert issues that we should deal with Internet Explorer 6, while styling your website or your wordpress blog with reference to proper resources.

Alert them to upgrade.

The best possible way is to alert your IE6 visitors to upgrade themselves to latest version. Other than that; offer them to switch to a browser where your site fits better. There are many different tricks to do that, but I will discuss about the one I am using. The script I am using was downloaded from ThatGrafix.com.

The plug-in is pretty simple and it is using JQuery JavaScript framework. All you need to do is, adding few codes in to your wordpress templates or in your website. Here I will give a step by step tutorial on how to do this….

1. First you will need to add this code at the top of your document, for wordpress definitely at the top header.php file:
[sourcecode language="php"]
$ie6 = "MSIE 6.0";
// detect browser
$browser = $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'];

// yank the version from the string
$browser = substr("$browser", 25, 8);

// html for error
$error = "

Alert: It appears that you are using an out dated web browser Internet Explorer 6. This website Strictly recommend browsers such as
Google Chrome or FireFox to insure best user experience. While you may still visit this website we encourage you to upgrade your web browser so you can enjoy all the rich features this website offers as well as other websites. Follow this link to
Upgrade your Internet Explorer

“;

// if IE6 set the $alert
if($browser == $ie6){ $alert = TRUE; }

?>[/sourcecode]

2. Make sure you are adding following script to refer Jquery framework on your site in between your “head”  tag
[code lang='php'][/code]

3. Stylize your css by using following code in style.css :
[code lang='css'].error {
background:#222;
color:#eee;
padding:20px;
border:dashed 1px #444;
width:90%;
margin:0px auto;
font-family:Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size:1em;
line-height:1.3em;
}

.error a, .error a:hover{
color:#ee7615;
}

/* simply moves close box to right */
.kickRight {
text-align:right;
}[/code]

4. Finally fing a suitable place to show the alert in your website body and add the following php code in your BODY tag:

[code lang='php']<?php if($alert){ echo $error; } ?>[/code]

it will show some thing like this :

You can add your own contents or even can stylize your own CSS. I know you can do far better than me in these case.

This is the first step you can take while dealing with Internet Explorer. I will discuss with more new terms in details in my next part.

Useful Links:
  1. Jquery.Browser API (Btter way to detect browser version with Jquery)
  2. JavaScript browser detection.

Your turn to acknowledge; if you have your own reference about IE6 alert options please let me know as well. It will help me and others to know more about different options.

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