Well it’s been two weeks and I haven’t had any submissions to the first Web IQ Quiz for Business Owners, so I decided to post the answers. After all, there still is a stigma attached to not knowing it all out there in the culture. For us, as rabid knowledge seekers, we frequently ask questions and delight in finding out things we did not know! Read on for some delight of your own perhaps.
Q1. What does “above the fold” mean?
This is the top part of a web page that can be viewed before any scrolling is necessary. It is a term borrowed from the newspaper industry, where important headlines are placed “above the fold.”
Q2. What setting does the typical pc office computer use, “8 by 6” or “10 by 7”?
8×6. This refers to 800 by 600 screen resolution, which is commonly found on the smaller office screens, and is the default setting for many pc’s. If the resolution is changed to something higher, the print will be smaller but you will be able to see larger formatted web pages.
Bonus points: why does this matter to your web site?
If most of your users are on office pc’s keep the content width of your web site to fit! It’s hard enough for some people to scroll vertically to see everything on a page. We certainly don’t want them to also have to scroll sideways too!
Q3. What is RSS and what is one of the main features it adds to modern web sites that is not available on older web sites?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is software that is built in to the web site and allows people to subscribe to your site. Then they are notified anytime you post new content, without having to come back to your site all the time and hunt around for the new content. Static sites do not have this ability. It’s a powerful and dynamic way to get your message out to others.
If you use the Firefox web browser, you will see a little orange icon in the lower right corner of this page. Click on it, and Firefox will subscribe to the Bare Feet Blog, enabling you to view headlines without coming back here. You will also be able to click on the headline to come and read the full article if you are interested.
To get Firefox, click on the button in the right column that says, “The browser you can trust.”
Q4. Are you reading blogs weekly or more often?
Hope so! This is where the action is on the internet.
Q5. How can you tell how many other web sites are linking to your site?
That’s an easy one. Go to Google and in the search bar, type:
Adjusted per comment from Jennifer. the “linkto:” phrase used to work for me on google and other search engines, but it does not now. Thanks Jenn!
DATE: 06/16/2005 11:25:41 AM
Re Q5: actually, it should be link:www.yoursite.com, not linkto.