Seven Free Tools to Create your Web Site

Written by Dianne Reuby

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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 -repparttar 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! Ifrepparttar 134800 worst happens, you need to be able to create all or part of your web site quickly - andrepparttar 134801 only way is to run regular backups. You can userepparttar 134802 Backup program that comes with Windows, but I findrepparttar 134803 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 fromrepparttar 134804 main site (Sweden) orrepparttar 134805 mirror site (USA).

Some of my favourite freeware sites:

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5 Things Which Make Your Site Sticky

Written by Dan Grossman

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4. Directory - - A script offered by Gossamer-Threads, Links is a great way to add a directory to your site just likerepparttar big search engines. Offer your visitors a full directory of human-edited links onrepparttar 134799 topic of your website and they'll think of you as their resource and come back when they want to find something.

5. Guestbook - - Add a free guestbook to your site and increase visitor interaction! Get them participating by adding their comments to your guestbook, and readingrepparttar 134800 comments of others who have posted. Increase your stickiness as they come back to reviewrepparttar 134801 guestbook again.

Dan Grossman runs where you can find over 250 hand-picked resources, articles, and tools! Dan also publishes the free weekly "WebDevPortal" newsletter for website owners! Subscribe today and get articles like this every week:

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