We have got new looks

Late last month I have posted about HTMLCenter redesign project we started few weeks ago. Well, as you might have already noticed we went live with new looks. There is still ongoing work happening and I’m continuing to add various bits and pieces (we are big fans of agile approach to things) but the main site design changes are already in place.

It is mobile first design. We wanted HTML Center to look great on multiple mobile devices as we have noticed constantly increasing number of our readers accessing site through mobile Internet browsers. Most likely these are just going to become main tools for reading content on the web as mobile first is becoming the norm these days. And responsive design so far is the best answer to multiple mobile screens and growing variety of mobile devices out there.

We have been quiet for couple of months

We have been quiet for few months here at htmlcenter.
There are couple of reasons for this radio silence and I’m sure both of these reasons mean some positive things for this blog.

First reason is that Allen who was original founder and started htmlcenter back in 1998 (its true, this site was started even before dot.com meltdown happened!) decided to do something different and gave the keys from this blog to new owners. It gives us a chance to give this site well deserved push forward with some new and fresh ideas.

New Web Development Job Search

Today we launched a new job search for web development jobs with job aggregator Indeed. The job search starts with a generic search for web development jobs. From there you can modify the search to find exactly the job you are looking for. Some searches might be for php, html, ruby, html, etc. and in locations like New York, 90210, San Francisco, Portland, etc.

You can also post a job on the board for $30 which includes distribution across the Indeed network.

So get off your couch and get your self employed so you can buy more tech crap and tweet about your new job.

What’s An Exploit Worth To Your Google Traffic?

Earlier this month CenterNetworks was converted from Drupal to WordPress. Part of the conversion resulted in several of the CN sites getting hit with an exploit. It appears that one of the CN sites might have actually been hit earlier and I just never noticed it and only upon CN getting hit did I realize this other site was also hit.

This other site apparently lost most of its “Google Juice” which resulted in a major reduction in organic search site traffic. Here’s a graph of the before, during and after.

At the lowest point, nearly 70% of Google-referral traffic to the site in question was lost. As you can see from the chart above, slowly the Google Juice has been restored and we are back to normal traffic today. Phew, at least now I can get the investors off my back.

What did I learn from this experience? Google indexes sites very quickly but it seems to take about two weeks for the Google search crawlers to update an entire site. From what I can tell, there’s no real way to tell Google that a site was infected and that it is now clean of bad links. There is a re-inclusion request form but I’ve never received any feedback when I have submitted that form in the past so no idea if it actually worked. More importantly, the experience made me realize just how much Google controls how this site does monetarily each and every day.

Recession-Buster HTMLCenter Advertising Offer

I met with a friend today and most of our discussion centered around online advertising. While waiting for the #1 subway an idea came to me (actually most of my ideas come to me on the subway). Why not give startups a break and allow them to advertise on CN for a fraction of the normal advertising cost.

With that in mind, here’s what I am offering:

  • 125×125 ad on all pages of CenterNetworks in our sponsor area – not a rotation (max 5)
  • 125×125 ad on all pages of HTMLCenter in our sponsor area – not a rotation (max 5)
  • text link in CenterNetworks RSS feed (max 3)

Each option is available for $100/month and you are limited to only one selection. Only “real” startups will be allowed to participate (sorry Facebook) and the term will be renewable for the time being.

If you’d like one of the slots, send me an email at (allen – at- centernetworks – dot com) noting your company and a link to your ad. I will reply to confirm the ad buy or to let you know of your place on the waiting list – ads are first-come, first-served. Payments can be made via PayPal, Google Checkout or by company check.

Weirdness With Amazon Web Services

I added a 404 tracking database to my blogs so I can track what pages are broken. The database includes the IP address of the computer attempting to access the item. Most of the listings in the database are webpages and/or images that are broken.

But what I’ve also noticed is that there are a huge number of rows for the following item (with variations):

  • tag/web-3.0/feed/favicon.ico

When I lookup the IP address (174.129.123.x), it resolves to Amazon Web Services. I have an AWS account but have no idea why they would be trying to hit this file 100 times a day.

Anyone out there have an idea on why or how to correct the issue? Thanks in advance.