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I’ve been handed the responsibility of redesigning my company’s web site. I’m not really into web design because I’m not really a visual person. I’d rather go through tons of texts rather than spending the exact same amount of time looking at eyecandies.

However, seeing that I’m now netted into “whatever that has anything to do with computers go to the MIS department” trap, I just have to make the best of it.

Basically, I’ve summed up the process to be something along the following lines:

  1. Grab all data to be presented
  2. Organise the data into useful information
  3. Identify grouping criteria for the information
  4. Categorising gathered information into the identified groups
  5. Presenting the information on a web based media

I have no problems with the first four processes. It’s the presentation portion I’m worried about. Sure, I can probably engage a web contractor for that part… but reading between the lines of what management has communicated to me; I get the feeling that they wanted me to do this as well.

A quick google later, I found the following good resources regarding web design… at least I think they’re good. If I’m such a web design expert, I wouldn’t need to look up such information now, ain’t it?

  • Current Style In Web Design: A nice visual tour of “hot” web sites with elaborations on the key design elements that highlights them
  • Web Design Practices: Showcases popular web page elements as well as its adoption rate in percentages; recommended for stats buffs
  • ontoinfo’s Current Trends in Web Design: I remember digging this post. Eventhough it’s posted in September 2006, most of what it highlights remain relevant today

Do you have any other web design resources to recommend?

Google released Hot Trends not so long ago, and it reports on what many people are searching for on an almost real-time basis. The Official Google Blog provides more insight on this cool tool:

Hot Trends aren’t the search terms people look for most often — those are pretty predictable, like [weather] or [games] or perhaps [myspace]. Yes, [sex] too. Instead, the Hot Trends algorithm analyzes millions of searches to find those that are deviating the most relative to their past traffic. And the outcome is the Hot Trends list.

This makes Hot Trends more than just a search term popularity ranking web site. The analysis used are more leveraged towards seasonal popularity and offsetting them from consistently popular search queries. Pretty smart analysis… not that I expect any less from el-Goog.

I received the following MSN Messenger IM from a couple of contacts:

hey!! you really have to check this site http://www.blockoo.com/en/ it’s awesome, now you can see who blocked or deleted you :D:D!! try it right now (Y)

I was instantly suspicious because the form on that particular web site requires you to enter your MSN username and password. For those of you who still couldn’t detect what’s so bad about it: You should not trust any third party web site who ask you to enter passwords for other external services or web sites.

Although the web site denies keeping any records of usernames and passwords submitted to them, you will never know for sure!

Key in your MSN contact details in the blockoo.com web site at your own peril! You have been warned.

If you had entered your MSN contact details there, I highly recommend that you change your password as soon as possible.

Whois information for the blockoo.com domain name is as follows:

Domain Name: blockoo.com
Registrar: Spot Domain LLC

Expiration Date: 2008-03-28 00:00:00
Creation Date: 2007-03-28 22:00:38

Name Servers:
ns1.dreamhost.com
ns2.dreamhost.com
ns3.dreamhost.com

REGISTRANT CONTACT INFO
JPS
Juan Pablo Sueiro
Beiro 2692
Olivos
Buenos Aires
1636
AR
Phone: +54.1147957907
Email Address: jpsueiro<at>gmail.com

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT INFO
JPS
Juan Pablo Sueiro
Beiro 2692
Olivos
Buenos Aires
1636
AR
Phone: +54.1147957907
Email Address: jpsueiro<at>gmail.com

TECHNICAL CONTACT INFO
JPS
Juan Pablo Sueiro
Beiro 2692
Olivos
Buenos Aires
1636
AR
Phone: +54.1147957907
Email Address: jpsueiro<at>gmail.com

BILLING CONTACT INFO
JPS
Juan Pablo Sueiro
Beiro 2692
Olivos
Buenos Aires
1636
AR
Phone: +54.1147957907
Email Address: jpsueiro<at>gmail.com

0.50801700 1179815470

I was reading this post on Pocket SEO, and think that I should share it with my readers.

Basically, a friend of the author was checking the availability of a domain name. It was available when she looked it up. When she wanted to register the domain name the next day, it was already registered by an entity called UltraRPM.

Fortunately though, the domain was only held for five days, the standard grace period for anyone purchasing a ICANN sanctioned domain name.

So please exercise extra care when hunting for domain names, especially if you’re using an IE/Windows setup.

Do not fear the shell! If you have SSH enabled web hosting, you should use it to upgrade your WordPress installation. Believe it or not, it only consists of a few steps (note that the instructions below assume that WP is installed in ~/public_html/):

  1. Login via SSH to your host
  2. Go to a temporary directory: cd /tmp
  3. Grab the latest WP archive: wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
  4. Extract the archive contents: tar xzf latest.tar.gz
  5. You should now see a wordpress directory extracted in the currect location, go in it: cd wordpress/
  6. Copy the default themes to your WP install’s wp-content/themes directory: cp -R wp-content/themes/* ~/public_html/wp-content/themes/
  7. Copy the bundled plugins (Hello Dolly and Akismet) to your WP install’s wp-content/plugins directory: cp -R wp-content/plugins/* ~/public_html/wp-content/plugins/
  8. Delete the wp-content directory: rm -rf wp-content/
  9. Copy all other files and directories of the new version onto the WP installation path (overwriting the older ones)cp -R * ~/public_html/

To complete the process, run the WP upgrade script at http://yoursite/wp-admin/upgrade.php.

That’s it! Enjoy your upgraded WP!