Although WebCrusher lets you publish your website directly to your FTP server some users want to use their own FTP client. If you like using an FTP client for publishing your website, you still have that option after you have run your site through WebCrusher. Follow the instructions in the video tutorial to learn how.
To publish your WebCrusher optimized site using a third-party FTP client, follow these simple steps.
First, locate your optimized website folder by clicking Export, and selecting the Open Enclosing Folder tab. Then press the Next button, and your optimized website folder should appear in the Finder window.
Open your FTP client. For this demonstration, I am using CyberDuck which is a free FTP client which you can download from cyberduck.ch or the Mac App Store. Once your FTP login information has been entered, and you’ve connected to your server, locate the directory on your server that your website is associated with… and then drag and drop the optimized website folder into that directory. When your site has finished uploading, you can visit it and view the source code to make sure it has published correctly.
If your code looks tightly squeezed together like you see here, then you have published it properly.
Adding Google Analyitcs and Statcounter codes to your Sandvox websites is very easy to do, but can be very frustrating if not added correctly.
In this tutorial, we are going to quickly add both statistical trackers to our Sandvox websites.
The first code we will be adding is for Google Analytics. If you are unsure of what Google Analytics is and want to learn more, you can read up more about it on the Analytics website. In the meantime, here is a demonstration on how to add the code to your website. Open up your web browser to www.google.com/analytics.
If you do not have a Google account, you will need to click on the Sign up Now button. Otherwise, click on the Access Analytics button and login using your Google ID and password. Assuming this is your first time signing up for Google Analytics, you will need to click the Sign up button, located in the bottom left corner of the analytics page.
On the next page, you will need to enter your websites URL. You will also need to name the account. This name can be whatever you want it to be or you can simply leave it as your URL. Then select your country, and time zone, and hit the continue button. Fill out the remaining information required when signing up.
The final stage will ask you what you are tracking, which most of you can leave as A single domain. Finally, you will be told to paste a certain code on your site. Highlight that code and copy it by holding command and c or by going to Edit, and selecting Copy.
Head back to Sandvox, and in the menu bar, press Site, and then select Site Code Injection. Make sure that the Head Area tab is selected, and paste the code you just copied into the second of the two text fields. Your Google Analytics code will now be applied to all pages on your website.
Now I’m going to show you a very similar process, but this time we will be adding a Statcounter.com code. The first thing we will do, is open up our browser to www.statcounter.com. If you do not have an account with statcounter, click on the register button on the top left part of the navigation menu. Fill out all the required information and register your account. After you have registered, login with your username and password. Once you are logged in, you will need to create a new project in order to get your code. Click on the Add New Project button.
In the following form, you will need to enter a title for your website, your website URL, a category for your website, and your time zone. You also have the option of having the statcounter not count your visits to the site by blocking your IP. If you don’t care for this feature, just leave it blank.
After you click the “Next” button, you will then need to click on the Configure and Install Code button. You have a few options for which type of statcounter you want. It is recommend that you use the Invisible statcounter, that way, you are the only one who knows how many hits your site gets. Then click on the next button. Make sure that Default Installation Guide is selected from the drop down menu. Then press the Next button. Now we are given our Statcounter code. Again, we must highlight this code, and copy it.
Back in Sandvox, we must have our Site Code Injection window opened again. This time, make sure the Document Body tab is highlighted. Once again, we are going to paste the code we just copied in the second of the two text fields.
When you publish your site, the Statcounter and Google Analytics codes will be applied to every page on your Sandvox website, and you will now be able to track your website visitors.
One of the things that many webmaster don’t realize is how vulnerable their website becomes when they start using social networking scripts such as forums and blogs to help build communities around their website. Although it is a very good idea to integrate these scripts on your site, when doing so you can potentially give your visitors access to sensitive parts of your website that they would normally not have
Since many blogs and forums are open source, malicious users have full access to the source code and can find vulnerabilities or take advantage of how a system works in order to gain access to protected pages on your site, spam your site, or use your site to help get your visitors to their site.
New versions of your installed blogs, forums and other software
Spammy or abused user-generated content
Abused forum pages or egregious amounts of comment spam
This is very important to keep track of because if your site has been hacked Google will either remove your website completely from their search index or warn users every time they click your site in their search results. This can dramatically affect your reputation and prevent users from visiting your site.
A Google Webmaster Tools account is free to set up. You should submit your XML Sitemap file in order to get your website listed in Google and help Google’s crawler access the important pages on your website.
Google translate has been updated with some very cool new features. These new features include;
1. Instant Translation of Text
You no longer need to press the translate button. Google translate will now translate your text on the fly as you type.
2. Read and write in an langauge
Google translate can now teach you how to pronounce words by converting non-roman characters to english sounding words. In addition, you can even type words as they sound in English and Google can convert them to proper words in languages such as Arabic, Persian or Hindi.
3. Text to speech
Lastly with Google Translate you can now hear translations spoken to you.
Google recently updated Google Webmaster Tools with an all new keyword tool. Just like before, you get a list of your most prevalent keywords on your site except now you get additional information like the significants of the keywords and where the top 10 pages that the keyword can be found on.
Just click the Keywords link under “Your web site on the web” in your Google Webmaster Tools account. You will see a list of keywords just as before, except now a new significance column is also displayed. Click any of your keywords to see how many times they occur on your entire site and the top ten pages they occur on.
One great use of this feature is to help find out if your website has been hacked, and if so, where the affected pages are.
Usually when a spammer hacks your website they will load your site up with random keywords related to what they are trying to sell. Then they will link to the hacked pages from other pages on other websites they have hacked. With this new keyword tool you can not only discover whether or not your site has been hacked (loaded with spam keywords), but you can now see exactly which pages have been affected.
The above method is used commonly on sites with community driven resources such as forums, blogs, or other social networking scripts. Always make sure this has not happened with your site with this new Keywords Tool. If it has, this is something you need to fix ASAP because it may get your banned from Google and other search engines.
We all know that in order for your website to appear in a search engine’s results page (SERP) you must either have that keyword included in your website content or have another website link to your website using that keyword.
Competing for keywords can be very difficult. Often times a keyword you want to rank high for involves competing with thousands, or millions, of other websites. So what if it were possible to find keywords before they became popular? Almost like seeing into the future.
With Google Insight for Search you can find out what your customers are searching for before the keyword term has become popular. You can narrow your search down to specific countries or regions, look across different services such as Google Web search, news search image search, etc… and even narrow your search down by category.
Google Insights for Search will even provide popular synonyms and upcoming search terms that are gaining in popularity.
Try doing a search for one of your keywords within the last 30 days to see what your customers are searching for on Google Insights for Search.
After last weeks video showing how to integrate RAGE MapDesign with Rapidweaver, we got more requests asking how to integrate RAGE ButtonDesign with Rapidweaver. So we have just completed this video tutorial which explains step by step how to do this.
So we have gotten a lot of emails asking whether or not RAGE MapDesign can easily be used with Rapidweaver. It definitely can be, and it is actually quite easy. We have created a short movie to show exactly how it is done.
The point where most users were have trouble was due to specifying the correct paths to your image files. The following tutorial will show how to add your interactive image maps to Rapidweaver. Although this shows how to add Effects based (CSS) image maps, adding purely HTML image maps can also be done easily. If you are having trouble with that, please feel free to contact support and we will be more than happy to walk you through it, and if necessary create an accompanying video.
Update: As of version 1.2 you no longer need to edit the files to rename the images directory to assets. Just go to the Preferences in RAGE MapDesign and select ‘Create Rapidweaver compatible image maps’. This will automatically use an assets folder instead of an images folder.