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Get the scripts to run the php browser detection. There is a simplified version of this info box script there too.
See the box to your right for all pertinent information about your current system.
It is always helpful for us to know what you are using to see the internet, this simple tool can give you that information at a glance.
There are 3 main reasons to do this:
Error free code is very easy to debug. In other words, if there is a display error, it is much easier to pinpoint the cause.
Error free code provides you with an absolute guarantee that you have received what you paid for. You can validate it yourself to check the quality of our work.
Long term maintainance of the code is much easier if there is an objective standard to judge the page code against.
The Witty Worm struck the internet early Saturday morning causing massive destruction among tens of thousands of Windows servers and pcs. Some of our shared Windows servers were destroyed by this worm. Many more of our shared Windows servers were saved. If your website is still down then you were on one of the severely damaged Windows servers. We have all Windows and Security administrators working around the clock to recover your website and email. All servers should be restored by the end of the week. For more information on this tragic event please see hostingsupport.com/witty. Thank you for your continued patronage.
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We used to use inferior hosting companies before moving all our sites to top rated Pair Networks. Pair runs only freeBSD Unix on its servers, and as a direct result of this is rated one of the top hosting companies in the USA in terms of server uptime.
The decision to use Unix/Linux servers running Apache instead of Microsoft Windows servers running IIS is a very easy one to make if you do your research, which we did. To your right is a recent customer support email from CI-Host* to their clients that illustrates this point graphically.
This kind of attack is fairly common in the Windows Server world, as is the failure to properly secure the network from this attack. It is very difficult to secure Windows Computers, since their default installations are intrinsically insecure.
Please notice that the tragedy actually had two parts: first, the decision to host the site on a Windows server. Second was to use a low quality hosting company like CI-Host*.
* CI-Host is an example of a really bad webhosting company, we used them at one point, and they are one of the main reasons we only use Pair Networks now.
All the abbreviations you see every day on the web can be confusing, but are fairly easy to understand with a little background.
HTML is what makes all the web pages you look at display. It stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. This is the same hyper text that is linked (see the HTPP section below) to form the world wide web. HTML looks like this:
<ol> <li><p> Some words .... this is your content ... </p></li> <li><p> content is what search engines .... read .... </p></li> </ol>
As always, note that HTML was primarily designed to work with text. And in fact, it is itself simply text that you add around the content of your document to make it look nice, and to add hypertext functionality, like creating hypertext links that take you to other pages, or that request images.
For all practical purposes, search engines only read text files. These files are what will bring people to your website, not glitzy graphics or Flash animations, and that's why our sites are always built with that simple fact in mind. This site, for example, uses no graphics at all in its page layout.
A single HTML document would do nothing until you added a link to it. There is no way to access it. The web is all about HTML documents linking to each other, forming a web of files.
A website is simply a collection of HTML documents linked together with hypertext links. All webpages exist as unique entities in the world wide web. That's how search engines can index and categorize them.
HTML is primarily designed to add a logical structure to the data, or content, of the HTML page. It is not meant to create layout or presentation, although it can be used for that very effectively.
CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is the modern way to add formatting and layout styles to HTML, which tends to be pretty plain.
Everything you see on this page, all colors, fonts, font sizes, and positioning of elements, takes place through CSS styling of raw HTML.
CSS tends to be difficult to implement, mainly because it's not consistently supported across different browsers. That situation, however, has improved greatly in the last year.
The Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, what you see in your browser address bar as the first part of each website address ( http://phoenixwebtech.com ), is the heart of the internet. HTTP is simply how these files get moved from their host computer to your computer's browser.
The internet is basically a web of linked text files (this is why it's called the World Wide Web, or the internet, an interlinked network of files). The web was built around text files, and it still works best with them. HTTP is the protocol that allows these files to move around.
File Transfer Protocol is the other basic way files move around the internet, except FTP is usually only used to move larger files. This is how we like to send and receive all larger files.
While this question causes huge discussions among web specialists, we will spare you the boredom of reading through such arcane arguments. The truth is it doesn't matter at all what kind you use, except for certain very specialized applications which you are unlikely ever to need.
What does matter is that an HTML DOCTYPE is used, and used correctly, in order to allow the pages to be checked for error and correctness in terms of their code.
We use either HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0. Both are about the same in terms of complexity, and both offer fairly good support for any feature you might need, as long as you don't use the 'strict' version. The only reason we can think of to use XHTML 1.0 strict is on a site like this, and the only reason we use it is to demonstrate that we can do it correctly.
Every step up in HTML type drops the functionality of the page down by a notch, and raises the complexity of maintaining the page. We can make the page to any standard you want, but if you don't have a preference, we will make it HTML 4.01, since that is the easiest to maintain.
This is up to you. We can make the site work almost perfectly in all modern browsers, including Netscape 4, but we recommend against doing that since that really compromises what you can do on the site.
Generally, we offer full support (that means the site will work more or less perfectly) on the following browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, versions 5-6, Windows. All Netscape/Mozilla browsers (that's Netscape 6-7, Mozilla 0.9-1.7, Firebird/Firefox 0.6-0.8, Opera 6-7, and for Macintosh computers, Safari, and if required, Internet Explorer (although that version of Internet Explorer has a lot of bugs).
If you think you will get enough visitors to warrant it, we can also support Netscape 4 fully, and Internet Explorer 4, although you'd have to be getting a lot of traffic to make this worthwhile. Usually we simply offer a generic, fairly unformatted version of the site, for older browsers, but again, the final decision on what you want done is yours.
The new Mozilla Firefox 0.8, for Windows, Macintosh OS X, and Linux. This is in our opinion the best browser currently available for any of the above operating systems, and puts Microsoft Internet Explorer to shame, if compared feature for feature. This is the grown up Netscape, but the Open Source version.