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8 Website Design & Hosting FAQs

Group: Website Design & Hosting

Topic: Artistic (design, layout, etc.)

-Collapse +Expand Q1. Any suggestions on buidling a DHTML/Javascript menu for my web site?

Don't reinvent the wheel. Use one of the many menu builders on the market. 

I use a product called DHTML Menu Builder. He's worked out all the problems and it really didn't seem worth my time since someone else had already worked out all the issues between different browsers and browsers on different OSes. His menus still aren't perfect, but boy, they sure are close.

The software is located at http://software.xfx.net/

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100066, KB Topic: Artistic (design, layout, etc.)
-Collapse +Expand Q2. What browsers and resolutions should I test my website with?

As of early 2008, we test each website we build with the latest release of Internet Explorer, FireFox, and Safari. Sometimes we also include Opera but not usually. Also, if desired, we sometimes test with older versions of browsers but not usually. The minimum resolution we test "regular" websites is 1024x768 (and higher). We no longer support 800x600.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100841, KB Topic: Artistic (design, layout, etc.)

Topic: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

-Collapse +Expand Q3. What is a Cascading Style Sheet?
Answer: A cascading style sheet is a text file with a .CSS extension on your web site that indicates how the web page styles should look. Cascading style sheets make color and style changes easy.
Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100989, KB Topic: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Topic: Graphics

-Collapse +Expand Q4. Should I use GIF or PNG images on my website?

Although the PNG format is slightly superior to the GIF format, GIF is more compatible with older browsers so we are currently recommending you use GIF images. That's the quick answer. However, there are issues so if you wish to use PNG images, read up about it to understand it's pros and cons.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100806, KB Topic: Graphics
-Collapse +Expand Q5. Why do images sometimes resize smaller well, and sometimes not? Sometimes when I resize an image to a small 100 pixel width or less image it looks great and sometimes it's very choppy.

1. You probably need to increase the number of colors prior to resizing. Some programs will do this for you automatically and some don't. For example, when working with a transparent GIF or PNG, the color palette is set to 256. If you shrink a transparent GIF or PNG, it will likely look choppy. However, if you increase the number of colors to 16-bit or higher, than resize, it looks great. Of course, you'll have to reapply transparency.

2. Various programs use various algorithms to resize images, make sure you try them all.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #101983, KB Topic: Graphics

Topic: HTML Language Reference

-Collapse +Expand Q6. How do you embed a copyright character/symbol into an HTML page?

The best technique is to use the ©entity reference.

For example:

2011 SomeCompany
Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102261, KB Topic: HTML Language Reference

Topic: Server Farm: RS

-Collapse +Expand Q7. What is the password standard for the RS pop3 accounts?
Answer: The password standard on our RS servers changed in 2007 to 6 characters with at least 1 number.
Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100910, KB Topic: Server Farm: RS

Topic: Website Hosting

-Collapse +Expand Q8. I've created a web application using v3.5 of the .NET Framework.  But, when I go to deploy it, I find only versions 1.x and 2.x in the ASP .NET dropdown for IIS configuration of my application's virtual directory.  Where is v3.5?  How do I deploy if that's not a configuration choice?

It's not there. You see, v3.5 isn't really a "version" in Microsoft's eyes. 3.5 builds upon v2, and is really considered an incarnation of v2.  Sounds crazy, doesn't it? Not to worry, though, you can still deploy your v3.5 app.  There are just two things that must be done:

  1. The .NET Framework, v3.5 must be installed on the server.
  2. When configuring your application's virtual folder in IIS, choose the v2.x from the ASP .NET version dropdown. 

You'll find this in IIS on the ASP .NET tab of the Properties dialog for your app's virtual directory.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102015, KB Topic: Website Hosting

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