I just learned of a new validator for (X)HTML5: http://html5.validator.nu/
As an experiment I added Google’s Website Translator to this site (see the language selector below the left end of the menu bar). To keep things simple, Spanish is the only language choice other than English. There seemed to be little or no interest in the translation feature so I removed it from the site.
I have used iGoogle as a Web portal since it was introduced in 2005 but, much to my disappointment, iGoogle is being retired as of November 1, 2013. I have looked at all the alternatives I could find, but I finally developed my own portal (http://pittstop.com/home/). A visitor commented that “startme.com is great!” so I decided to take another look. It has some bugs and the developers don’t respond to emails, but it does have potential. You can see an example here. Here are links to the iGoogle alternatives I could find:
I am convinced that WordPress is the best way to develop websites, and there are a number of tools that assist in creating the look and feel of a WordPress site. To date I have used Artisteer and Weaver II Pro, and now I am testing the combination of the StudioPress Genesis Framework ($59.95) and Dynamik Website Builder for Genesis ($79.95). So far the combination looks good.
For those who are using the Weaver II or Weaver II Pro WordPress themes (see my previous post) there is now a subtheme market site at http://aspenthemeworks.com. Initially the site includes some premium subthemes but the plan is to offer premium plugins as well. Planned premium plugins include a fully responsive slider that can have images or arbitrary HTML as the content and a theme-independent version of most of the Weaver II Pro shortcodes.
Several months ago I got a Samsung Galaxy Note II phone and it’s been great for an old(er) guy like me. It’s big but it fits in my pocket , and it’s the first phone with a screen large enough so that I can use it to check email and browse the Web. However, with a 5.5″ screen, the Galaxy Note II phone and my Nexus 7 tablet were too similar in size, so I sold the Nexus 7 and kept the ASUS TF300 as my only Android tablet. Unfortunately, my wife decided that she liked the ASUS better than her Kindle Fire HD, so I was left without an Android tablet. I’ve been impressed with the features and performance of the Galaxy Note II phone, so I purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet when I saw one on display at the local Costco Warehouse. The tablet isn’t cheap, but I think it’s worth the cost. Today I received the online edition of the August, 2013 Consumer Reports and CR rates the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 #1, ahead of the iPad Mini in the “7 to 8-inch, Wi-Fi only” category.
|I had a couple of reservations about purchasing Jakub Sanecki’s new book, “Creating Templates with Artisteer.” Since English is not Jakub’s first language I was concerned about the book’s readability, and I wondered how much knowledge I might gain from the book since I have been using Artisteer for about four years. After reading the book I can say that my first concern was unfounded — the book is well written and very readable. With regard to my second concern, I don’t think the book is an essential addition to the reference library of experienced Artisteer users. However, the book is a very good introduction to Artisteer and I wish it had been available four years ago when I first purchased the program.|
Recently there have been widespread reports of WordPress sites being hacked. Because WordPress doesn’t limit login attempts, hackers can use “brute force” hacking attempts by trying millions of username and password combinations. The installation of the “Limit Login Attempts” plugin will help keep your WordPress site(s) safe. The plugin blocks an Internet address from making further attempts after a specified limit. There is also a provision to have the site administrator notified by email after a specified number of unsuccessful login attempts. Thanks to Zach Swinehart for this tip.
UPDATE: Since I installed the plugin on this blog there have been almost 100 failed login attempts.
I have used both Artisteer and Weaver II Pro to develop WordPress sites and both have worked fairly well for me. Lately I’ve been hearing about TemplateToaster, a program that looks a lot like Artisteer. If anyone has used TemplateToaster to develop WordPress themes, I’d appreciate your opinions.