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10 Tools for More Efficient Webmastering

LeeDodd has put together a useful list of 10 Ways to Become a More Efficient Webmaster. It’s a list of 10 tools that he uses in the running of his numerous sites and forums.

They include a number of SEO tools that could be used for all types of websites. Interestingly he’s put free blog tools as his #1 (remember – he’s a forum guy). Nice list Lee.

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Comments

  1. Allen.H says:

    4. SEO Firefox Plugin is the first one I’m going to try since I’ve been extensively into SEO lately.

    Allen.H

  2. Arc says:

    how u write and search so use ful stuff that every one need?
    u God of blogging

  3. Arc says:

    darren can i become author of this Blog?
    i mean ur blog.
    i can write and read also
    hahah

  4. Darren says:

    Arc – I think we’re right for contributers at the moment.

  5. MJR/slef says:

    Sorry to go a little off-topic, but wow! I’ve never seen a web site with text as small and hard-to-read as “10 Ways to Become a More Efficient Webmaster”. I just checked it’s not my browser: 11px with -1px letter-spacing so they’re small and crash into each other a bit. Maybe that looks OK on Microsoft, but it’s a mess on both Unix and my mobile.

    Webmasters: if you want your site to be more efficient for reading, please use point sizes and don’t reduce letter-spacing.

  6. Dave Starr says:

    Umm MJR, the text size should always be a function of the browser you are using. FireFox, MSIE, Safari, et al have to my knowledge an easy user interface to change type sizes. _NO_ specific font size is right for all users that’s why every browser designer I have seen provides that functionality for the user.

    I concert with your concerns, though, I will say I love a site with a little Plus/Minus text size “widget”or script up at the top of each page … because sometimes even different pages are easier in different sizes and one shouldn’t make the user have to think.

  7. MJR/slef says:

    Dave Starr: yes, I could override the designer’s too-small size choice, but that wouldn’t fix the spacing problem: 11px with 10px spacing is just offensive for a large block of text. That’s equivalent to -0.09em, while http://usabletype.com/css/text/letter-spacing/ says their suggestion of -0.05em “should not be used for chunks of body text”. Simply scaling up the text size (whether through a works-only-in-some-browsers widget or a browser control) will also scale up the squash and the letters will still be too close together.

    Unless you are lining up with graphics, please don’t specify text size in px.

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