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  1. CMS usually stands for Content Management System
  2. Still not working - I'll submit a ticket - thanks tho!
  3. Getting that error when any of my users try to login to their cpanel control panels. I tried to submit a trouble ticket through the heldesk, but when I hit Submit in the helpdesk, it said the license file was missing from the admin directory. (I'm on a dedicated machine - basilisk.)
  4. When did you submit this to search engines? Your content looks pretty good in terms of using relevent keywords, but you may want to consider "dumbing it down" a little as well. Try and consider the keywords for people who might want healing services, but do not know about Reiki (so they wouldn't use Reiki to search with) and use more of those in your content. You probably also want to make a few edits to your META keywords and a description into the HEAD of your HTML - while many search engines ignore them now, they won't ever hurt you to have, and a few search engines still use them. But your keywords have several terms repeated more than 2-3 times, which can get you dropped in ranking, because the spiders think you are trying to SPAM the engine. "reiki ausrtalia, reiki brisbane, reiki sydney, reiki townsville, reiki perth, reiki melbourne, reiki hobart" - in trying to move up in the stats, you may actually be moving down because of the repeated words. (And you know you spelled "ausrtalia" wrong, right?) Also check the ALT tags (or lack of) in your side navigation buttons. You may also want to break out some of that content onto seperate pages - and ditch the pop-up style windows on the listings. As it is right now, all that good info on Reiki is very low on the page, below the listings and some search engines stop crawling after X number of bytes read. With the popup windows, if a user gets to one of the popup pages from a search engine search, they have no navigation, site branding, or anything else to use to figure out where they are and how to get back to your homepage. Just my two cents Also remember that it takes several months for some engines to do their thing, so it may just be a matter of waiting. Try and spread the word though, and ask other webmasters to link to your site. With Google's page weight logic, its NOT the number of sites that link to you, its the number AND quality of sites (so don't bother with the link farm sites). If you can get a smaller number of high-ranking sites to link to you, that will help a lot with Google ranking.
  5. lightman - wow, that's better than most! Good for you!
  6. Very helpful, thank you David!
  7. stevesh - the only problem I have been having is support for 2Checkout's new version in Zencart. A few people had said they made a patch, but I think 2CO changed some more stuff, and I can't seem to get it to work. Other than that, I like zencart quite a bit. There is definately a learning curve IF you want to customize the look and feel extensively. If you're okay with it pretty much out of the box, its much easier. And even then, the learning curve is basically largely just getting used to which files are kept in which directory. No open source e-commerce solution that I have come across is truly plug-and-play - any of the ones that are remotely flexible are also complicated and require a little tech bit of tech skill (and often a lot of patience). I avoid OScommerce simply because the code is so freakish and (imho) kludgy. Another example of an app that started off on the right track, but tried to be everything to everyone.
  8. I *think* after the test was done, it had some suggestions - but I took it a few weeks ago, and my poor brain is about fried, so I could be imagining that. Between that site and the Jane Goodall conference (referenced in a previous post), it really made my sister and I want to put together that one we're working on. I don't really consider myself an "activist", though by some people's standards I guess I am. That word always seems to lead to trouble! At the conference with Jane, it really dawned on me that the whole concept of "every choice you make during the day impacts the environment" isn't just a load of eco-BS. It also dawned on me that even *I* get wigged out when people call me an activist - so perhaps that word was a barrier in and of itself. (Or maybe I just need more coffee... LOL) Either way, that site was born from that idea. I know that test is way too limiting to give an accurate picture. There are a zillion things that people could be doing (or not doing) that would influence the outcome - so while its not always strictly accurate, I do think that its assessment of you (and me, and just about everyone else I know) living a lifestyle that is unsustainable is a correct one.
  9. I don't kinow anyone that has "passed" it - but I also wasn't expecting (some) people to get so defensive! LOL I think the point they are trying to make is just that there are more things that we can all be doing to work towards a more sustainable lifestyle. (I am a meat-eater as well, and I can not walk to work, but I do try to carpool whenever I can.)
  10. dhilke - I use authorize.net, but I don't use oSCommerce. (I personally can't stand OScommerce, and will always use ZenCart instead, but that's just a personal preference.) Setting OScommerce up with Authorize.Net should be as simple as 1) signing up for an Authorize.Net account and getting your username and password. 2) Activating the Authorize.Net module in Oscommerce 3) entering the appropriate Authorize.Net account info. Now, I could be wrong - its been a while since I have trolled around in OScommerce - but thats the way it used to be.
  11. flashisland - you may also want to use META information that tells Google how long your information is "fresh". Many search engines use the META information (not keywords and description, META tags like "expires", etc) to figure out how often to index your pages. http://www.i18nguy.com/markup/metatags.html Check out the META tags that address "expires" and "cache" - you should be able to quickly stick some additional lines into your old page to help the search engines understand that the content there has expired and needs to be re-indexed.
  12. I am a big fan of Horde - its relatively easy to use, and it works with IMAP. Horde also has some nifty scheduling and task list features, so it can be used as an organizer in addition to just an email client. One thing I don't like much about horde is that if you choose to use the HTML compose window, it sticks weird code into the email which comes back looking like garbage if the person you're sending to uses plain text email to read their email. Solution to this was just to turn off HTML in the composition window. not perfect, but certainly something I can live with. (edited because I am a spaz and cannot spell)
  13. http://www.earthday.net/Footprint/index.asp The Ecological Footprint estimates how much land and water people need to support what they use and absorb what they discard. The Footprint Quiz figures out your footprint, and then lets you compare it to what other people use and to what is available on this planet. Check it out! Its quite an eye-opener. :-(
  14. TCH-Steve - I recently came back from a peace conference in Boulder, CO where I got to meet Jane Goodall and others. Although it may not seem like it would be relevent, I think it is. I wrote a writeup about my thoughts from that conference, which you can find here: http://www.snipe.net/content/view/140/73/ World/environmental/animal peace may seem much bigger than the horrible things like the story you relayed, but I am a firm believer in the fact that its all connected. Its hard for me to remain optimistic about our future, as a global society, when I see all of the terrible (and sometimes downright evil) things that people do to each other, the animals, and the environment every single day. But in that essay I wrote, you'll maybe find a little bit of hope. Its not all bubblegum and happy faces, but I think that most people who have read have taken away something good.
  15. I'm considering installing mod_security on my dedicated machine, but I am concerned about 1) what existing scripts it might break and 2) any mainstream scripts such as phpbb, etc that may have problems with it and 3) any other personal feelings you have about it. Good, bad, ugly. Thanks in advance!
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