Industry Commentary

Beyond “.com”: The New Era of Top-Level Domains

Beyond “.com”: The New Era of Top-Level Domains

Were Shakespeare (or whoever really wrote Shakespeare’s stuff) alive today, he might ask, through the voice of Romeo, “What’s in a domain name?” To which Juliet would reply, “Verily! Lookest it up, fathead!” Suitably mollified, he would do a search and find that an important part of a domain name is the top-level domain, the “.com,” “.gov,” “.edu,” and so on at the end of the domain name.

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3 Ways of “Web 2.0-izing” Your Site

3 Ways of “Web 2.0-izing” Your Site

In the early days of the web, web site interactivity was pretty much limited to simple forms. (Remember “Sign my guest book!”?) As technology advanced, greater and more meaningful interactivity became possible, and the idea of “Web 2.0” was born. The term “Web 2.0” doesn’t refer to a new version of the World Wide Web, but rather a shift in the way web sites are presented and used.

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Why Your Developer Cares about Technology Stacks, and Why You Should, Too

Why Your Developer Cares about Technology Stacks, and Why You Should, Too

In many cases, web site owners need not know or care what technology stack their web hosting provider is using, any more than you should care about the underlying protocols that make your cell phone work. We web developers may need to know, so that they can tailor their development, if needed, to the stack that is being used. Web site owners need to be concerned about technology stacks when they are planning an expansion in scope or functionality of their web sites; then, it’s important to measure the capabilities and costs of each stack to determine the right one for the anticipated application.

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Supporting Multiple Languages on Your Site

Supporting Multiple Languages on Your Site

In 1799, a soldier in Napoleon’s army discovered a large black stone in Egypt on which was inscribed the same text in three different languages: Greek, Demotic, and Egyptian hieroglyphics. Using the stone as a guide, scholars for the first time were able to translate previously-baffling Egyptian hieroglyphics. It turns out the message on the stone was a plea for help from a Nigerian prince who needed assistance getting his money out of the country.

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