Do your images slow down your site?Written by Dianne Reuby
You can make your pages load more quickly by making sure you include height and width attribute in all your image tags, like this:
Now browser knows exactly how much space to leave when drawing page on screen. If a page has several graphics, and you don't specify their size, browser will download page, then pictures. Now what? It discovers it hasn't left enough room for picture number one, so it has to re-draw page on screen. Next picture - same problem! Another page re-draw. And so on, right through your page.
Any visitors on a slow connection, or with a slower PC, may simply give up and move on to another site.
What does that "alt" attribute do? If you put your cursor over a picture and leave it there for a moment, you'll see contents of "alt" attribute that webmaster has used for this picture. It's handy for giving visitors information such as "Click to go to ..." or "Download here".
I want a website, but I don't want spam!Written by Dianne Reuby
Question: If I start a web site, won't I get loads of spam?
Answer: Yes. But there are ways of cutting it down.
1. Hide your email address so it can't be "harvested" by spam robots. You can do this simply by replacing @ symbol with special Unicode symbol @ Browsers will display it as normal. Robots that search web for e-mail addresses won't be able to recognise it as an e-mail address. Robots are getting more sophisticated - I "cloak" or hide my complete address on every web page. Email Scramble is an easy-to-use program that will produce code for you, ready to paste into your web page. Read more details at http://www.firstwebbuilder.co.uk/info/escramble.html
2. Set up filters in your email program. I KNOW I don't want a mortgage or a new credit card, as well as less pleasant offerings, so I filter any messages containing those words straight into my Trash. Check your email program's help file for instructions on how to filter out messages that you know you don't want.
3. If you get persistent spam from one source, send a copy of message to their email provider. Look at "From" address, and note what comes after "@". If you address it to "abuse@" and name you noted, with a short description of problem, they may be able to close account. But many spammers are using hidden and re- directed accounts, so that account name which actually appears is nothing to do with them!