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livinginitaly



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: Italy (at last!)

PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inline with the comments about being able to email from every page, i've added an 'Email us' button to the bottom of the menu.

To keep the email address secure from 'harvesters' (spam prevention) i've used a variation of the code provided by 'sleekitbeastie' (thanks Smile ).

However, this method requires Javascript to be 'enabled' in the browser, 98% of us have so it's not a huge problem, but for those that have 'disabled' javascript, they won't see the button at all.

To get around this I suggest using an 'Enquiry Form' page as a 'fall back' and also to allow a more 'formal enquiry' ........ what do you think?

The current page can be viewed here http://tansy.users39.donhost.co.uk (I'm upgrading our servers this weekend so the normal address will be offline)
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tansy



Joined: 20 Sep 2004
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Location: La Manche, Normandy, France

PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firstly - I need to apologise for my disappearing act - I'm back - all hell broke out here with this building project - it seems our builders are opposite to normal - we can't get them to give us a break and KEEP coming...we had nine on site all week with walls being knocked down, electrician cutting the power etc.

So... re children....sorry don't have any!...Seriously - I suppose I just think beach.....we have masses & masses of kid things here in Normandy...do you think I should include them on the site?

Grammer and any improvements always very welcomed - I did just bang the copy out with a view to double checking before anything goes live - but I take it you all prefer checking as we go along?
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paolo



Joined: 17 Jun 2004
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Location: Provence, France

PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tansy,

Yes, we will need some information on things for kiddies to do nearby and at the house. Also what you can do at the beach. That may sound self-explanatory but beaches vary - sand/pebble, big/small, disappear under high tide or not.

I am intending to rewrite the copy you have posted and put it up for review. Before that I think we should decide on the structure of the site - how many pages and what will be on those pages. I'll start a new thread on that.
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Ross Hugo



Joined: 08 Dec 2004
Posts: 54
Location: cornwall

PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tansy, Hi

At this stage, it is also worth thinking about your content in terms of search engine friendliness. You want a well structured, aesthetically pleasing, user friendly site but above all, you want one that's effective in Google.

Whereas there are no guarantees, there are some sensible approaches to take. These include:

a) Liberal sprinkling of search keywords in your body copy
b) Keywords included in your page title
c) Keywords in H1 tag near top of page
d) Site map so search engine can easily spider your entire site

Hope this helps.

Ross Hugo

http://www.holidaylets.net
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alexia s.



Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 874
Location: Provence

PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Tony, Ross and everyone,
This is really a minor question but I am curious to know what information a visitor to a web site reveals each time s/he opens that site. Presumably this info includes the geographical location of the visitor (via the tel number?), but is this all? I can see that logging in will change the info available: mail address, for ex. Anything else? If the web "manager" is slightly bent, can access to my hard disk be possible?
I live in a part of the south of France where paranoia doesn't just creep up - it takes over! Before I start using a local web site (being set up in our community here) I'd like to know that I'm not compromising anything......
Thanks,
Alexia.
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livinginitaly



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: Italy (at last!)

PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Alexia,

As you say "this is a relatively minor" question ...... however, you really can't put a value on 'peace of mind' Smile

As it happens, the first time you visit a website there really is no way they can know anything about you. At best (or worst), if the site uses 'cookies' they can find out your choice of 'Browser', your 'Operating System' and the 'Region' you are accessing the internet from (gaining from the location of your Internet Service Provider).

Should you return to the same site at a later date, they may be able to recognise that you are a 'repeat visitor' and may log the dates and times of your visit.

The only way that a site can gain 'personal information' is if you choose to 'sign up' and volunteer your details such as telephone number, address, age, email, etc. This information will then be included in your stored 'cookie' and is aimed at allowing the site to provide a more personalised 'viewing experience'.

The key thing is, any site will only have the information that you have personally provided ..... generally i prefer to give as little as i can and should a site insist that i give home address and phone numbers, i would normally insert 'ficticious' details. The only exception being when i'm completing an 'online purchase'.

To ensure 'complete' protection from virus, spyware and the like ..... i'd recommend using some kind of Anti Virus, Spyware Scanner and Firewall. All three do different 'task's and (in my opinion) are a necessity on the internet.

See http://www.laymyhat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=163 for more information and personal choices.

Hope this helps
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ravetildon



Joined: 09 Mar 2005
Posts: 220
Location: I love Travel! - We Are Based Around San Francisco, California

PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:52 am    Post subject: info Reply with quote

Any chance you can show each step of the process with pictures. All those domains/URL's are no longer functional.
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