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Another essential check - dead links. The web is a very fluid medium - sites arrive, move, and disappear regularly, and if your site has a link to one that has vanished or moved, your visitors get a "404 page not found" error message. Your reputation and business can suffer, not to mention your rankings with directories and search engines. I use Xenu's Link Sleuth, from http://completelyfreesoftware.com/ - reports are easy to understand, and can be saved to read off-line.
Finally, a task that is all too often forgotten, but which is absolutely essential, - backing up! If worst happens, you need to be able to create all or part of your web site quickly - and only way is to run regular backups. You can use Backup program that comes with Windows, but I find Swedish program MyOwnBackup much easier to use, and more flexible. Create different sets to back up your web site(s), important data, e-mail, or whatever you want to keep secure. You can create new archives or add new or changed files to a current archive, restore complete sets or individual files, zip archives, and span diskettes. The help includes *9 Steps to a Complete Backup* to guide beginners. Download from main site http://home4.swipnet.se/~w-42000/MOB/ (Sweden) or mirror site http://www.nt-eng.com/mob/ (USA).
Some of my favourite freeware sites: http://www.completelyfreesoftware.com/ http://www.webattack.com/ http://www.jumbo.com/ http://www.moochers.com/
Dianne Reuby is co-author of the e-book "First Website Builder", http://newbieclub.com/builder/?pramclub Dianne created and runs the Free Site Builder web site and ezine, dedicated to helping newbies create web sites with free tools, services and resources. Visit FSB at http://freesitebuilder.co.uk/ Send for a complete list of free articles and lessons by e- mail : mailto:email@example.com