Web Source Web Design Tips - Using META Tags to Prevent Browser Cache

Written by Shelley Lowery

Meta tags are used to give detailed instructions, in regard to a web page, torepparttar Search Engines and browsers.

When visiting a web site, your browser will cache or make a copy ofrepparttar 134683 web site for fasting viewing your next visit. This will prevent your regular visitors from seeing your new content unless they manually reload their browser.

Designing by Numbers -- Statistics and No Lies!

Written by Pamela Heywood

Stats tell us a myriad of things, some even useful and we're accustomed to using them in our marketing and selling processes. Frequently abused and made to say what WE want, but here I am merely considering them in ways that influence site design ... and, I believe, lettingrepparttar numbers speak for themselves.

Before finalising my own choices forrepparttar 134682 recent (and always in progress) re-design at http://www.tucats-design.com I had a look at my stats and at various global statistical information online.

For this exercise, I took a glance atrepparttar 134683 overall picture viarepparttar 134684 third-party service I use from http://www.thecounter.com -- all my pages have their invisible option installed. Raw log stats will tell you a whole lot more, but this servesrepparttar 134685 purpose.

OK, I'm lazy and I like getting their weekly report by email.

The information (percentages) for my site are those used forrepparttar 134686 analysis below. The global stats I consulted didn't show any fundamental differences from these findings, i.e. they should apply to you too unless your site only caters to some specific group that is far and away fromrepparttar 134687 average.


Unknown (2%) 640x480 (9%) 800x600 (61%) 1024x768 (23%) 1152x864 (1%) 1280x1024 (1%) 1600x1200 (0%)

It wasn't that long ago that there was a case for making sites at a fixed 600 pixel width to fitrepparttar 134688 640 x 480 resolution. For single-product sales letters, I think there is still a case. It looks better than having lines stretch across too wide a portion ofrepparttar 134689 screen, even ifrepparttar 134690 visitor does have 1024 x 768.

If you have more content to link to, you need space for menus and stuff. Is it safe to use a bit more screen real estate? I take my lead from Boogie Jack - http://boogiejack.com -- in that when a group drops below 10%, then it is safe to stop labouring too hard to make things absolutely and perfectly compatible.

The percentages above too are taken from cumulative data -- that is those built over time. What they don't show is thatrepparttar 134691 9% using 640 x 480 could have visited months ago. I certainly know that percentage has been dropping as time has passed.

So, to fit in withrepparttar 134692 now most common 800 x 600 resolution, I am using a fixed width of 750 pixels forrepparttar 134693 tables that formrepparttar 134694 basis for my design. Now it's true that you could just design in 100% widths so that it will adapt to everything, but it is just so much harder to do, especially if you want to use tables with multiple columns. The chances are high that you'll put some image somewhere which mucks it up. Been there!

As you can see, 1024 x 768 has now jumped up into second place (I use that resolution myself) at a pretty meaningful 23%. Yet I see sites every day that look absolutely awful at that resolution because they were designed for smaller sizes, but using 100% width tables. You really need to consider this group now.

However, it is easy to test and easy to change your resolution. Forrepparttar 134695 vast majority of you using Windows 98. Simply Right click on any blank portion of your desktop and select "Properties" fromrepparttar 134696 popup menu. From there, selectrepparttar 134697 Settings tab.

You'll see a slider control inrepparttar 134698 bottom-right of that window, which will probably go from 640 x 480 to 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768 onrepparttar 134699 right. Choose any option and you'll have 15 seconds to "test" after whichrepparttar 134700 machine will restore automatically to your previous settings, unless you tell it otherwise.

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