Backup Your Site

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And you didn't have a backup of your site.

I have even read report about one user who had over a gigabyte on his website of years of hard work with no backup of his own. His host decided he was getting too much traffic and simply deleted his site. The poor guy and to send a note to everyone on his email list begging people to check their browser cache's to see if they could send him repparttar graphics and pages ... it took six months but he rebuilt his site (and now he has a backup).

The moral ofrepparttar 131992 story ... backup your web site. I don't care whether you've got it on Homestead, AOL or, if you don't make your own backup you are takingrepparttar 131993 chance that you could loose all of your work ... forever.

How do you back up your site? What I do is make sure that I edit my site on my OWN hard drive, then upload it as I make changes. That way I always have my own copy (and, of course, I make a backup of that also). If you don't or can't do that, then just use FTP to copyrepparttar 131994 files to your own hard drive once in a while.

If you have no other choice, you can userepparttar 131995 "Save As..." functions to saverepparttar 131996 graphics and HTML pages. Note that if you do this you will capture your sites banners also so this is notrepparttar 131997 preferred method.

So backup your site. You will be glad that you did.

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Awards Programs: Submitting Your Site For Awards

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What's next? Readrepparttar criteria. Understandrepparttar 131990 criteria. Compare your site againstrepparttar 131991 criteria.

This isrepparttar 131992 critical step that many people miss. You see, most people who submit their sites for awards want to do it fast and furious. They burrow through a site - straight forrepparttar 131993 awards submission page, enterrepparttar 131994 data and let fly. Within a few seconds they move on torepparttar 131995 next award.

That'srepparttar 131996 wrong way to do it. No, readrepparttar 131997 criteria and look at your site with a critical eye. Let's sayrepparttar 131998 criteria says, "good HTML code" and your site was created with Frontpage orrepparttar 131999 GeoCities site editor. Your chances of winning are highly reduced, because neither of these produces particularly good code.

Sometimes it will be pretty obvious that you should not submit your site. The criteria saysrepparttar 132000 site has to be made by a woman, and you are a man, for instance. Orrepparttar 132001 awardmaster wants science fiction sites and your's is about how to make money fromrepparttar 132002 internet. Don't waste everyone's time - please readrepparttar 132003 criteria.

Sometimes it's a bit more difficult. Let sayrepparttar 132004 criteria says, "text must be easy to read." Well, step back and take a look at your site. Isrepparttar 132005 text light pink on a dark pink background? It's not easy to read. Or perhapsrepparttar 132006 criteria says, "usable navigation on every page." Does your site have usable navigation? Mayberepparttar 132007 criteria says, "You must provide an obvious way to turn off any music." Well, do you?

Other criteria might include: no bandwidth stealing - check your images to be sure they are locally stored. No copyright violations - make sure you haven't "borrowed anything" from anyone. Fast loading - check your site on a 28.8 modem to see for yourself.

Correct anything that you feel like fixing, making a best guess as torepparttar 132008 awardmasters intention. Once you feel your site is up-to-snuff, then go ahead and submit it.

You see what happens if you approach award programs fromrepparttar 132009 proper direction? Your site gets better. You are takingrepparttar 132010 "advice" of dozens or even hundreds of webmasters and determining if you agree or disagree. If you agree (you want to submit your site torepparttar 132011 award), then you makerepparttar 132012 change. If not, you move on.

An in reality, that's what awards programs are all about. They are a way to improve websites and makerepparttar 132013 internet a better place for us all.

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