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RS_Harris




msg:4130976
 6:25 pm on May 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hello,

Recent convert here. This appears to be a great place to learn new things. I hope to post more in the future.

Rebecca

 

buckworks




msg:4130977
 6:25 pm on May 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Welcome aboard! :)

tangor




msg:4130986
 6:36 pm on May 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

What one can learn here might fill several encyclopedias! Always nice to meet new posters!

Matthew1980




msg:4131008
 7:09 pm on May 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi there RS_Harris,

Yes, you have come to the right place, there are lots of people who use these forums, thus, there is lots of help when you need a hand/hint/pointer. I have learnt lots after asking advice here. Many rewarding posts to come hopefully!

Cheers,
MRb

Webwork




msg:4132106
 4:50 pm on May 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

appears to be a great place


Oh, come on now! Appears? It's only your first post and already you've hurt my feelings. :(

I feel . . so . . superficial . . . :P

P.S. Welcome aboard Rebecca.

RS_Harris




msg:4132673
 2:15 pm on May 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

@all: Thanks for the warm welcome.

phranque




msg:4135147
 7:07 am on May 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com], Rebecca!

RS_Harris




msg:4136373
 6:58 am on May 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

Much appreciated. Thank you!

Here's some background and comments ...

First and foremost, I am familiar with discussion forums as a means of communication on the Web but this is the first time I've become seriously engaged in discussions related to Web site administration. After reading some threads within the various sections of Webmaster World I'm now painfully aware that I should have been involved in this subject matter much sooner. E-nuff said about that for now.

I've operated one personal non-ecommerce site since 2003. It was officially launched in 2004. The domain name was purchased, or more accurately, rented, so that I could have a place of my own on the Web -- a place with more space and bandwidth to play with than what the free hosting services (e.g., GeoCities) had to offer, + no ads.

The site has been on a few different servers run by the same budget hosting company since its inception.

There have been 2 choices for server-side analytics within this shared hosting environment. One of the products was in use for the first couple of years, and the other one has been in use since then. At no time that I am aware of has a client-side analytics technique been implemented, not even the page scripting to capture misc data like screen resolution that is part of the current product in use. I could expound upon my reason for this but I already digress.

Throughout the life of the site I have not placed emphasis on, or expended a lot of time, energy or money in trying to attain high page rank with search engines. It is not actively "marketed" in the traditional online -- or offline -- marketing sense. If visitors come, they come, and some do. For example, some of the bands I've photographed come to view the pics I took of them. (It's mainly a photo gallery site as I fancy myself an amateur photographer.) Friends and family stop by occasionally too but other than that and a boatload of visits from bots/crawlers/scrapers/whatever(!), it doesn't get a lot of traffic. I'm ok with that, though.

Also for the record, I'm not a formally-schooled Web site admin and have only recently been concerned with trying to really understand the data in the Web access log files fed to me by the hosting company. Crazy perhaps, but true. It's eye-opening to see what's going on even though I'm not sure what it all means. I also want to note that in my rather limited experience in that arena I seem to get better insight from the raw access logs than the compiled stats.

Without divulging too much more info at once, I want to let everyone know that the discussions taking place in the user agents identification forum are what initially captured my attention and resulted in my membership here. I hope to increase my knowledge in this subject and more, and I hope I can become a productive member with worthy insights to share with the community.

Thank you for taking the time to read.

Best regards,
Rebecca

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