What is the difference between HTML and CSS?

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From time to time, we will be featuring questions from our readers and answering their questions about web development. This weeks questions comes from Tammy who is a bit confused about the differences between HTML and CSS and when each of these should be used in a web page.

Let us know if you have a questions about web development and we will get your questions answered.

Today we are going to address Tammy’s question by addressing the basic differences between HTML and CSS. We’ll provide some guidelines about when to use HTML and CSS as well as provide some development guidelines for using each in your web pages. (more…)

Create Your Own Group Buying Web Site

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There seems to be a lot in the news recently about the success and interest of “Group Buying Sites” on the Internet. We have heard many stories about Google’s attempted acquisition of Groupon as well as the effort by Living Social to turn up the heat in this market.

Now Google is entering the market on it’s own with Google Offers. Amazon has invested heavily in Living Social. And Group Buying sites are springing up all around the Internet.

So how can you get in on the action an offer daily deals from your web site?

There are online web tools available that allow you to offer Group buying deals and look every bit as professional as the big boys while making money selling products on your web site. (more…)

What are Webmaster Tools?

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Once you have a web site up and running, you should continue to monitor the traffic to your web site to understand how well your information is being received by visitors.

Knowing this information will allow you to make subtle, or major changes to the content of your website to appropriately direct visitors to the information you want them to access.

There are 3, very easy to use Webmaster Services web sites that allow you to monitor your web site. We will look briefly at each of these and how to set them up. (more…)

Setup WordPress in 4 Easy Steps

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Many of us have used a blog website in the past. These sites are a great way to quickly setup a personal web blog where to post stories and articles about things you are passionate about. But sometimes, the blog web sites limit a users ability to customize the blog the way they want it.

This is when most of us consider setting up a blog on our own web site. This post will identify the items you need to start installing WordPress and take you through the 4 simple steps to get your web site up and running easily.

The result will be a fully functional Installation of WordPress that will allow you to begin adding content and developing your own blog or web site using this powerful, but easy to use, content management system.
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How-to Setup a Web Server in 3 Easy Steps

The first step when starting a web development project is to load a set of ready made templates to the web server before we start changing any code. But there are times when you would like to be able to test, or learn about new web technologies or languages without editing your public web site. This is when it is a good idea to setup a test environment on your own computer so you can test things and and learn more about how web development works.

You may also be working on several ideas for websites at the same time. With a web server installed on your own computer, this makes it easy to try out different concepts or ideas in one secure, web environment.

This post will walk you through – step-by-step – the process for downloading the XAMPP web server, installing it on your own computer, and configuring it to operate securely.
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