December 2014 Newsletter

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Random Free Hosting Site

We'd like to congratulate Lancaster Pecan Grove for being the winner of this month's free site hosting. At the beginning of each month we will call up our own site's homepage. Whomever's site is the featured site when the page loads will get FREE hosting of one domain for one month. It's just our way of saying thank you.

Is Your Site Mobile Friendly

If you haven't noticed, "everyone" is walking and driving around looking down at their Smartphone. Just find someone required to wait a few minutes in a restaurant, doctor's office, etc. and you'll see mobile devices in use.

Google recently released a new tool that enables you to check if your Web site is mobile-friendly. Web sites passing Google's test will be labeled with "mobile-friendly" on Google's search result pages for mobile devices. Google's mobile friendly-test tool is available here.

If your Web site fails the test we'd suggest first going to the tracker we've install on your site (the world icon at the bottom of your homepage) and seeing how much mobile device traffic your site is receiving (see graphic below). If the percentage sum for Tablet and Mobile exceeds 8-10% you probably need to request us to adjust the design of your web pages to be mobile friendly. Instead of creating a separate Web site for mobile devices, you should request us to use a responsive design for your web pages. Responsive design means your Web site renders the same HTML code to all devices along with different style rules to optimize the site’s interface on desktops, Smartphones, and tablets devices. If your business relies on someone finding your site using a Smartphone, your site should be a Smartphone-optimized site and our recommendation is to use responsive web design.

QuickForget Sends Secret, Self-Destructing Messages Over E-mail

Sometimes, you need to send sensitive information—say, a password—over the Internet, but don't want to use e-mail. Free service QuickForget lets you store messages temporarily, so you can send sensitive information and have it delete itself once it's been seen.

The problem with using, say, e-mail or IM to send sensitive messages is they'll likely be stored forever for anyone to see that might eventually gain access. To avoid this, QuickForget destroys your messages after a set number of viewings or set amount of time. Just type in your message, set how long you want the message to last, and you'll get a secret link you can send to your friend to view it.

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Picture Resizing

So you're the envy of the neighborhood because you've got this great mega-mega-mega pixel camera. But it has just one "small" problem. The pictures are such HUGH file sizes that you can't send (if you're lucky) but one picture as an attachment per e-mail. The solution is to decrease the file size of pictures prior to sending them.

Try using PicResize , the Internet's best picture resizing tool. Easily crop, resize, and edit your images online for FREE at PicResize.

New Sites Joining Us Or Completed Recently

Help these folks by visiting their site. All ya'll will remember how hard it is to get those initial "hits" so the search engines notice your site. So take a minute and visit their site.

  • Texcetera - Filled with fine art, pottery, textiles, assemblage and more, visitors will enjoy the downtown location across from the Blanco County Courthouse on the square.