Apart from web development, designing and web hosting, we also maintain our CandidInfo Blog so as to interact with audience and readers who are interested in the same field as we are. However, blogging just isn’t about writing about something and publishing it on the web. Your blog needs to be informative and at the same time it should be attractive as well. In our search for some of the most jazzy blogging icons, we came across on Blog Perfume.
Blog Perfume has released the “Blogging Icons Set”, that has been designed keeping bloggers in mind. The set contains 12 shiny and modern icons that are available in 3 sizes (24×24, 36×36 and 48×48 in png format.) These icons are available for all commercial and personal blogs and the Blogging Icons Set has been released under the Creative Commons License, that means redistribution or selling of these icons is prohibited.
Sending a plain text email is child’s play, but for web developing and web designing firms such as ours, email is more than just plain text. It is the fastest and the most effective way to communicate with our clients. Like us, many of you also send HTML rich emails to clients with information essential towards their projects. However, it is an arduous task to make sure that the HTML contents of your e-mail are consistent for all mail clients, as different people have different preferences. Such as, some would prefer Outlook Express over Mozilla Thunderbird and vice-versa.
In an effort to reduce our speculations as to what HTML feature will be compatible with which e-mail client or webmail services, Campaign Monitor has compiled a
‘CSS Support in E-Mail Client Guide’. This comprehensive guide covers almost all major e-mail systems, both for desktops applications and webmail services. .
These are the desktop e-mail applications such as Outlook Express etc. that were tested for CSS support. According to the results, there aren’t major changes that have been incorporated in these applications. However, Entourage 2008 seems to be the only application that seemed to show some improvement in its functionalities.
Here we have the 8 web based email clients that were tested for CSS support for the year 2008. The test subjects included AOL Web, .Mac and new Gmail. As far as the new Gmail is concerned, it turned out to be a big disappointment as the only thing Google has changed is that it has introduced a cleaner interface. Apart from that there are no CSS improvements in the new Gmail. In all, Microsoft Live Hotmail was the only web-based mail client that showed some CSS improvements including support for the <style> and <link> elements in the <head> and <body> tags.
Here at CandidInfo, we create, maintain and host websites for numerous clients. But, that doesn’t stop us from having a bit of fun with our work. We recently compiled a list of numerous websites that provide absolutely free stunning and stylish icons for almost every all operating systems like Windows, MAC & Linux and the best part is that, they are absolutely free of cost too. Hence, we decided to share the cute compilation with our readers:
Icon Base More than 300 3D icons available in 47 stunning icon sets.
Iconaholic Nearly 350 icons, all designed for Windows XP in 3D style.
Sphere Icons Icons available for Windows, MAC and Linux, that as the name suggests, are spherical in appearance.
Bullet Madness Nearly 200 websites oriented icons, available for free download.
Vector Icons Set A collection of over 135 vector format icons.
For those users, who do not wish to spend hundreds of dollars on pricey HTML editors, we have compiled a list of 5 of the most efficient and user friendly HTML editors, to make your editing work a lot easier.
‘First Page’ is a free HTML editor and is available for Microsoft Windows platform. According to its creator Evrsoft, it is a HTML editor that would not hamper your codes. It has a list of predefined templates to create new HTML or CSS files. However, these templates aren’t design oriented and are just document type templates. The environment of the editor defaults to a split screen code view with a left-column panel for browsing files that can be toggled on and off.
‘Kompozer’ is a free HTML editor and is available for Microsoft Windows, MAC & Linux platforms. It is entirely based Geko, the engine that has been accredited behind Mozilla’s development. The editor window in composer has tabs for WYSIWYG-view, hierarchal HTML tag view, code-view, and live preview. There is no split-screen mode for those of you who like to see the code and the visual at once, so that can be a little uncomfortable. The tools include basic text formatting, image insert, etc.
It also automatically parses your CSS files and puts your class selectors in a drop-down list so you can easily apply styles to your html. Kompozer has an HTML tidy feature that compresses your HTML files and converts HTML to XHTML, and a visual color picker. It works fairly well with Mac OSX.
‘Amaya’ is a free HTML editor and is available for Microsoft Windows, MAC & Unix platforms and is an open source project from W3C. According to W3C, Amaya is intended to provide a framework that can integrate as many W3C technologies as possible. It takes a different approach to HTML editing by combining the editor with a web browser. However, Amaya turns out to be quite inadequate as far as editor and browser combination is concerned.
It almost never renders pages correctly. It’s difficult to switch between code and preview mode unless you know the shortcut keys. The code text defaults to a what appears to be about a 9px size—almost unreadable. And the tools are all congested into a right-hand expandable menu.
The CSS Toolbox is a standalone Windows based CSS tool that has enhanced CSS editing capability and is far better than the rest of the HTML/CSS combined editors. The syntax highlighting is quite impressive and a tabbed panel in the right-hand column gives all kinds of options for managing and editing selectors and CSS properties without even touching the code.
It also boasts a powerful set of CSS validator, reformatters, and syntax checkers. Free CSS toolbox can also be upgraded to Rapid CSS Editor which includes a full HTML/XHTML editor.
‘NoteTab Pro’ is a free HTML editor and is available for Microsoft Windows platform. Its feature set is large but the interface is lacking and there’s no WYSIWYG view. An awkward and unwieldy row of buttons at the bottom of the NoteTab window gives you access to a long list of features which pop up in the left-hand column.
The individual features are listed in a bland bulleted list that’s difficult to navigate. However, NoteTab Pro does well with the essentials. Syntax highlighting is good and it even has a decent FTP program.
Here at Candid, one of our most important fields of expertise is web development and keeping in mind the importance of ‘Administrator’ privileges, we understand how crucial is a password for a Webmaster. So we decided to share some information as to how users can create strong passwords.
Points to be Kept in Mind while creating a strong password:
Common elements should be avoided: To create a strong password use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and other special characters such as to make the task of cracking it more difficult. Don’t make a password that’s less than 6 to 8 characters
Make your password as unique as possible: Users should make sure that their passwords are unique in nature, thus making them really difficult to crack. One such method is to take first letters from the first line of your favorite song and then alternate between lower and uppercases. Then you can substitute a letter with a number that most resembles that letter.
Create different passwords for different sites: This will ensure that in case one of the passwords gets compromised, the other passwords remain functional and thus can temporarily substitute for the lost password. But, a new password for the lost one should be devised as soon as possible. Users should never use their email, computer, or network passwords for any other purpose. Those passwords should be completely unique.
Don’t share your passwords with anyone: Users should not disclose or share their passwords with anyone. If a user is employing a password manager, then he should never give out his master password. Password managers are not safe on a shared computer. It’s best to only use them on your personal computer.
Be careful how you share your information online: Some online services such as social networking sites and gadgets that scrape information from other products might ask for a password or an API key. Before releasing any such information, it is critical to spend some time, researching as to the what the website is all about and the measures they take to keep such information confidential.
Another way through which a password can be chosen, is to select a good security question and answer on the sites that offer that option. Mostly, these security questions are used by the websites for identification of the user, when he has forgotten his password.
There are also some interesting points at the Google Blog, that also address the issue of creating a strong password.