Friday, February 12, 2010

Adding sitemaps to your Blogger

If you want to give your site more chances of being indexed at Google, then you should try adding the sitemap to the Google's Webmaster Tools.

The first step would be adding the site to your webmaster account. To do this, follow this link, and then click on the "+ Add a site..." button. Then Google will verify that the site is yours before allowing you to retrieve any data from the blog. In order to verify the blog, you have to copy the meta tag or HTML fragment provided by Google in to your blog's source code (follow the instructions provided by Google or see the example on that page).

Once your blog has been succesfully verified, go to Dashboard and click Site Configuration > Sitemaps > Submit a Sitemap and then just type "atom.xml" at the end of your blog's URL as shown below.

How to enable BITS service

When installing .NET Framework and/or MS Visual Web Developer, you should have BITS service enabled in your computer, other ways the installation will crash and prompt to enable this.
To enable this service you will have to click on Start > Run > and type Services.msc, double click Background Intelligent Transfer Service and set it to Automatic, then click Apply and then Start.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Google Code

After all Microsoft is not the only company that constantly tries to conquer the world with its software, nowadays Google lets internet users contribute with the development of the so called API’s (Application Programming Interfaces) and other internet oriented software, applications and tools that day after day are more and more.

Some of these tools can be found here:
Google Code

Thursday, February 4, 2010

WAMP: Apache, MySQL & PHP the simple way!

One of my favorite and easiest ways to have web applications and code tested in just seconds and without having to get in troubles when manually installing Apache, PHP and MySQL is the WAMP server, an open source project that “transform” a personal computer in to a server where these applications can be hosted.

WampServer is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache, PHP and the MySQL database. It also comes with PHPMyAdmin to easily manage your databases.
WampServer installs automatically (installer), and its usage is very intuitive. You will be able to tune your server without even touching the setting files.
WampServer is the only packaged solution that will allow you to reproduce your production server. Once WampServer is installed, you have the possibility to add as many Apache, MySQL and PHP releases as you want.
WampServer also has a trayicon to manage your server and its settings

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