Google Webmasters Blog Hacked?

Around 10:30 PM Central time last night (April 2), Google’s Webmaster Central Blog feed seems to have been hacked, albeit not maliciously. Take a look at the screen shot below. Many entries of various photos from what seems to be a photographer’s website.

Google Webmaster Blog Hacked?

Proof of Google's Webmaster Central Blog Being Hacked?

Clicking the user link on the posts takes you to mismo334’s (Joe Hewes) Flickr page.

Seeing as how it’s not April 1st, I doubt it’s a joke on Google’s part. I also can’t see how it could be intentional. No Google representatives have publically addressed what happened as of yet. So what’s up?

Share ideas below. We’ll update the post as more information becomes available.


Web Content Is King

In the eleven years I’ve been developing web sites I continue to notice the same issue. CONTENT. It’s one of many areas that can make or break a web site in many cases.  There never seems to be a lack of images or keywords people want to put into a site, but content is the key to a great web presence. Some clients don’t have the time, don’t like to write, or just don’t know how to write for the web.

Face it, without telling your audience who you are and why you’re better than your competition, having a web site is nothing more than a web gallery for images or a quick electronic brochure. Web users have outgrown those types of sites and simply expect more. Continue reading


Cross Browser Support

In speaking with clients I usually mention that I support cross browsing. When I say this, it simply means I view their web site in a variety of web browsers. This is something that a lot of developers may not talk about with their clients, but for me it helps reassure them I am making sure that anyone who views their site, regardless of the browser, gets the same results.

I accomplish this in 2 ways.

  1. By viewing their sites on all the main browsers and several less common browsers
  2. Using Adobe BrowserLab

The purpose is to make sure that the web site will render correctly regardless of the browser.  I can view a web site in Internet Explorer and it looks good until I get to Google Chrome and then it looks horrible. Continue reading


Miscellaneous .htaccess codes

The following .htaccess codes can be used for a variety of functions that can be very powerful for your web site. These codes are not new, but a small collection I found important to use. I use Apache, but I know some will work with IIS providing your host has that support. There are many variations to any of these codes on the net, so search them out if these don’t work for you.

Non-www to www

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

Redirect users who add index.html to the main URL

RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^[A-Z]{3,9} /index.html HTTP/
RewriteRule ^index.html$ http://%{HTTP_HOST}/ [R=301,L]

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