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Decisions, decisions…

11 March 2011
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The finishing touches to Writeside.net’s new design are now being worked out, so we might say we’re on the home stretch.

This belated redesign is based on one of my open source Web designs, called “32 Not Out”. Here’s the original, but you’ll have to wait to see Writeside.net’s avatar.




A revolution is under way

24 February 2011
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… at Writeside.net. It will be bloodless, but expect plenty of changes, both superficial and under the skin.

To start with, I’m working on a long-overdue redesign. Second, I’m also working on moving the entire site, along with the Books section, to WordPress. The latter will be a long and tedious project. Sigh.

Finally, the Halvard Castle site will see some changes as well, though am not sure yet what those will be.

Wish us luck!



What does your URL really say?

15 July 2010
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Thinking of getting your own website? Not a bad idea. But here’s a really good tip — when you choose your domain name, write it down and read it. Carefully. Make other people read it. Then read it yourself again.

This can’t be stressed enough: Make really you sure your URL says exactly what you think it does. If you slip up, you could end like the following sites who dashed the expectations of their visitors:

  1. Penisland.com really is only selling pens.
  2. Whorepresents.com has nothing to do with the world’s oldest profession.
  3. Expertsexchange.com will not help with transition surgery.
  4. Speedofart.com does not sell smelly swimwear.
  5. Molestationnursery.com is really safer than it sounds.
  6. As is Therapistfinder.com.
  7. Powergenitalia.com isn’t a site about dirty superhero stories.
  8. IPanywhere.com isn’t a threat.

(This list is nicked from here, who may have a few more examples.)

No, really, what does your URL say?



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