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  1. Interesting. Restarting the computer fixed whatever the problem was. But I still don't understand *why* Firefox was having an issue, so if anyone has an explanation, I'd love to know.
  2. Never had this happen before-- Firefox can't seem to load one of my sites. It sits on a blank page, with the loading sign spinning, and doesn't seem to be able to connect to the URL at all. Meanwhile, if I try to load the site in Safari, Netscape, or IE (all on the same computer), it works just fine. I can ping the URL and the packets go through just fine. The site's working, but Firefox apparently isn't--although it's loading all other sites ok. Anyone have any ideas why Firefox would be unable to load the site and how I can fix it?
  3. I'm getting some emails bounced -- this is the error message: SMTP error from remote mail server after end of data: host mx1.megamailservers.com []: 550 5.7.1 l1R1rYL9030736 This message does not comply with required standards. I've tried Google, but I don't understand email protocols well enough to figure out what the various pages are saying. Anyone have any ideas what's going on here / if there's something I can fix so the emails DO comply with required standards?
  4. You can put blogrolls, rings, etc on their own page without going to a subdomain--I've done it, because I hate links in the sidebar (too cluttered for my taste). Log in to WP's admin panel and click on "Write." Instead of writing a post, click on the new "Write Page" link. I think I called my links page "Interesting Links" (so original, I know). I put all the links in by hand--NOT using WP's blogroll feature. You would need to edit the template files a little bit to use the blogroll feature on a links page, but it should be easy enough (if you're comfortable editing template files, anyway). I just haven't had time yet. To edit your links page, click on the "Manage" link and then the "Pages" link in the subnav. Update the info, and save the page. My links page shows up in the same navigation group as my "About" and "Contact" page. No need for an extra subdomain or even for a separate file--you can edit it within WP just like any of your posts.
  5. You aren't going nuts. Everyone deals with the old IE vs. Everyone Else display problems. Internet Explorer doesn't follow web standards and Mozilla browsers do, so the same bit of HTML code will look different in each of the browsers. It's not Firefox's problem; it's IE's fault for not playing by the rules. I can't speak to AceHTML; I've never used it. But it sounds like it codes to make a site look good in IE, so you'll probably always have problems with Firefox and that editor. I haven't used WYSIWYG editors in so long, I can't even recommend a good alternative; sorry. The ideal solution, of course, is to learn HTML and CSS on your own. A good tutorial or book will teach you how IE and Mozilla are different while you learn the HTML and CSS, so that as you go you learn how to fix these problems. It'll take time, but if you enjoy designing websites, it'll be well worth it. stevevan's advice is good, too: validate your HTML after you finish the page in AceHTML. That will help limit some display problems, and it's good design practice. Without knowing what your code looks like, I can't offer any specific advice on fixing the centering on your pages. Centering IS one of the things I've noticed IE and Firefox tend to disagree about, so I'm not surprised you're noticing a difference. You might try Googling for information on centered tables, Firefox, and IE--this is a common enough problem that you might find a page that already addresses the issue. Or if you let us know where your page is located, someone here might be able to offer specific suggestions--I can try if I don't get bogged down in work the next few days.
  6. I do a mix of web design, work for a local barn, subbing, tutoring, house/pet sitting, etc. All self-employed/freelance work--so I set my own schedule/workload. I'm as stressed as I want to be and I love my jobs... although when nothing's coming in and the bills are due soon I have to say any 9-5 (and all associated stress!) starts looking good.
  7. If you want a border on your links in one state (say, unvisited links only), but you don't want it to appear in the other states (hovering and after it has been visited), you still need to declare a border, you just make it the same color as your background. For example, if I wanted a maroon border for unvisited links and the other to states to look like they don't have a border, in CSS I'd do this (assuming my site background is white): a:link { border: 1px solid #900; } a:visited { border: 1px solid #fff; } a:hover { border: 1px solid #fff; } The border is technically always there, but it's "invisible" in the last two declarations since it'll match the page background color. Your text doesn't shift, because the border's always present. Hopefully that makes sense.
  8. A lot of times on this forum we talk about the benefits of CSS in terms of updating sites--how it's easier to manage the layout from a single file and so on. Smaller page size is a benefit, too, but it's sometimes hard to estimate how much smaller CSS actually makes a site. So here's a completely unscientific case study, using the numbers from a site I'm currently working on. Someone else started this site; it was made using HTML table layouts. No CSS in sight. The navigation menu uses Javascript image rollovers. The current average page size (including all images) is 85 K. Just deleting "font-face" junk in the HTML and using pure paragraph tags (styled by CSS) cut the page size by 2-3 K. Converting the table layouts to pure CSS cuts another 10K. This is NOT a complicated layout: it's a two-column layout with a header. It takes three -div- tags to create the effect of 10K of table layout HTML. Converting the Javascript menu to a text menu with CSS rollover effects cuts another 15K (mostly in image weight). All told, a pure CSS layout cuts 27-30K per page, making them roughly 35% smaller. 35% smaller. Now think of that in terms of bandwidth savings and decreased visitor load time. Nice, huh?
  9. I look for community/atmosphere/knowledge base. In the long run, I'll spend more time on a slow-paced forum with those three qualities than a fast-paced forum with a bunch of trolls (even though I enjoy reading trollish posts sometimes). I also prefer forums that are specialized to a degree but not over specialized--e.g. one on horses rather than animals or Dressage. When I need to, I go to more specialized forums, but I like to read over topics that aren't my specialty and see what new things I can pick up.
  10. owatagal

    Css Problems

    Interesting. Do you know if it's optional because it's built into the specs to be optional, or are browsers compensating because it's a common error?
  11. owatagal

    Css Problems

    The two pages (new2.htm and wrong.htm) appear to have the exact same code to me. Anyway -- the border is black and should be red, right? It's not a class/ID problem, because I don't see you using classes or IDs anywhere -- the code I'm seeing is declaring the CSS right in the HTML tags, like: ><td width="50%" bgcolor="#FF0000" style="border-style: solid; border-width: 3px; padding-left: 4px; padding-right: 4px" bordercolor="#FF0000" valign="top"> The problem here is that you're using a combination of old HTML (width="", "bgcolor="", bordercolor="", and valign="") and CSS style declarations (everything else). And you're missing a semi-colon in the style declaration; there should be one at the very end, for padding-right: padding-right: 4px;" Adding the semi-colon might be enough to fix your problems, but if it isn't, try changing everythign to a CSS style declaration rather than using the HTML, like: ><td style="width: 50%; background: #f00; border: 3px solid #f00; padding-left: 4px; padding-right: 4px; vertical-align: top;"> Using CSS classes and IDs is a whole different story, and you'd need to set up an external style sheet (linked in the page header) or else include all the style information at the top of your HTML page (rather than in each tag, which is where you have it now). But I don't know if you want to get into that or if you're just trying to get what you have working? Edited to add: Semi-colons are tricky, so don't feel bad about missing one; it happens to me all the time. Also, when you're first getting the hang of CSS, it does take time to figure out how to change all the old, familiar HTML codes into the CSS syntax, so if something I'm saying here isn't clear, just let me know and I'll try to be more clear.
  12. Is there any way to view statistics on parked domains? It's not crucial, but I'm curious about how many visitors get to my site via the parked URL instead of the "real" URL.
  13. owatagal


    I don't have IE handy to see what it's supposed to look like, but I'm guessing lineation is an issue. It looks like Firefox is treating the XML tags as inline elements rather than block elements, and the two don't behave the same (I don't believe FF will "clear" an inline element, for example). Specify in the CSS that the XML tags should be displayed as block elements and the lineation should sort itself out.
  14. Start with the site's raw logs -- if you log into CPanel, there's an easy "Raw Log Access" (or similar) icon you can click and then download the logs. Unzip them and open them in TextEdit, Notepad, or similar. Depending on how large they are, it can take some time for your program to open them. Then use the Find/Search function in your program and look for "porno." You can look at each individual log entry to determine the full URL of the referring site (useful because Awstats cuts off query strings) as well as which page on your site the link led to--main page, sub page, etc. You'll also get the IP address of the visitor, which might or might not be useful. That should help you figure out if it's something on your site (since you can check the exact pages people see when they click the link) or if it's someone doing something goofy with the URL (with the full URL--including query string--you should be able to go straight to the site that links to you and see why your site is listed on that page.
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