For those of you Firefox 3.6.* users, I just updated the Twitter Toolbar! This new version supports Firefox 1.5-3.6.9.
Download the Twitter Toolbar for Firefox! Version 1.11
For more information about the toolbar visit: Twitter Toolbar
I just wanted to let you know that I am removing your toolbar. I’m allowing the search box to stay, the one that is default with my browser, but the one I downloaded…your gone.
Here are five reasons why I am killing you off Mr. Google Toolbar
I just uploaded the new version of the Twitter Toolbar. It’s a very minor update, simply made to be compatible with the new version of Firefox that is coming out, version 3.5. It works find on FF 3.5 beta, and I really only had to make one small tweak. For those in the know, I simply changed the install RDF file to say the max version to now support 3.5 instead of 3.0*.
When I do my Web Usability and Design Analysis on websites I look at thirty-five different items. Four of those items are done by using automated test that anyone can do online for free. This post is about those four tests. It’s also about an even more powerful tool that I use on a daily basis in analyzing sites.
So the first automated test that I run is the the download speed. How long does it take your site to display? This is an important issue when it comes to your website, and the faster your site loads the better the chance you have in keeping those new visitors. On my analysis I grade using a Poor, Fair, or Excellent standard. Fair is 7.5 to 2.5 seconds, and Excellent is anything under.
The site I use is Pingdom. I like Pindgom because they track previous sessions, and additionally display load time for all of your objects, including external ones.
The next thing I do is check the keyword list in the meta tags. Very often webmasters pick incredibly poor keywords. They use terms like “money” or “free”. Those may be accurate keywords, but it’s difficult to rank well with those. In my analysis I do offer some written advice for this part, but I finalize it with the automated results.
What I do is check to see if the analyzed keywords make the top thirty results in three popular search engines. Now a days it’s probably better to be in the top three, but it helps to know your current status in comparing to previous test runs.
The online tool I use is Rank Checker. Simply type in your keyword, your domain, a competitor if you want, and it shows you how your keyword did using the results from Google, Yahoo, and Live.
The last two automated tests that I do, and are also the last two items in the analysis is the validation of code. Hopefully many of you already know about these links, but if don’t, it’s time to start learning. When doing the analysis,I check using W3C’s HTML Validator and their CSS Validator.
Making sure you code is correct has many benefits. The first is error detection. If you keep a well coded site that is free of errors, and something suddenly doesn’t work due to a few changes you made, a simple validation can very often point to the error. Another benefit is that it can often improve accessibility. I’m sure most of of design for the largest audience, but sometimes it just hard to accomidate everyone. Sticking to W3C’s standards will help improve you odds because browser manufactures are taking W3C’s standards into consideration as well. A third benefit is improved search engine rankings. Your layout and text placement may not be as you expected if you forgot to close a table or div tag.
When running the HTML Validator make sure you click the “More Options” value and then click “Outline”. This is my favorite test showing the basic outline of your site. If you don’t see one, you have heading tag errors, and it’s time to get to work. See my Heading Tag – How To post. This could also be one of your biggest SEO influencers.
If you build websites, or test them the way I do, here is probably the most essential tool you could ever have. The Web Developer Toolbar. This toolbar works in Firefox and IE, and does a ton of stuff. Easily: validate code, show outlines, view source, view css files, get form information, image information, see active elements, the list goes on and on. This is most certainly one of my favorite tools to use, and even used it a few times writing this post!
Hope this information helps, and if you want to get my full on analysis that includes those four test plus thirty-one other items here is the link: Web Usability and Design Analysis.
I just wanted to let everyone who is using my Twitter Toolbar, and there are a whole bunch more than last time I updated, that their is a new update. You can now download Twitter Toolbar version 1.09, my latest version.
Version 1.09 isn’t really the version I wanted to release, but I have been using it for a while myself, and simply put, it’s better than version 1.08. It’s mainly because every time I tweeted before, I always wondered if my tweet was too long. If it’s too long now, it will take you to Twitter’s page with your update in the update box, so it is easy to edit. I also made a few minor changes, and added a couple of menu items.
The next version I plan on releasing will be a much larger improvement. Many of you are begging for more dynamic content. The toolbar needs to read what is going on in your world, and become much more than a fancy submit button. I want it to show number of new replies, messages, and I would really love a scrolling text of live updates. All are possible, but building Firefox add-ons is not my specialty, so please give me time.
Please let me know if you having in problems or have a suggestion!
Any MySpace fans out there? I tried it a long time ago, have an account, but honestly never use it anymore. Time is the main reason, but another reason is that incredibly poor layouts that people come up with. Music, tons of animated graphics, and just complete craziness in most cases. Well here is a site for you MySpace lovers that could help you out: MySpace Layouts.
MySpace Layouts have three cool things for MySpacers. Lots of layouts, lots of add-ons, and a toolbar for your browser where you can get the latest layouts and codes. I would imagine you would need to be a hardcore MySpacer to use the toolbar, but it was feature rich. The toolbar also has a Google search feature in it. This could be good if you have the Google Toolbar already. You could simply remove that one, and add the MySpace one. In addition to their layouts and add-ons, they have lots of free MySpace graphics, code to tweek your layout, and forum.
For you anime lovers they had over 100 layouts. NFL fan? They had your category, but no layouts to be found. Taking a look at all of them, they have at least 400 different layouts to select, so I think these guys can help you out if you are in need of a makeover. Pretty good helper site MySpace users, and if you have no clue what MySpace is just visit their site: MySpace.com.
You may have noticed that I have not made a post in a couple of days. I’m am going crazy with my Twitter Toolbar that I just created. I am simply addicted to getting it to work exactly the way I want it, and am having a lot of fun doing it. On the subject of toolbars though, I thought I could at least make a new post about a favorite cool tool that I use. The Web Developer Toolbar, created by Chris Pederick.
This toolbar is a really cool tool for webmasters. One click, get all form ID’s. One click, see outline of a website. One click view source. This thing works more like a Swiss Army knife than a toolbar. Doing a quick count, I found at least 100 different functions. It’s designed for Firefox, so sorry IE users.
Download page: Web Developer
I just built my first version of the Twitter Toolbar. It’s designed for Firefox for now. If it gets enough attention, I will make sure it gets an IE version as well.
There are already a few changes I want to make, but it works so I am releasing now. I’m using it, so why not you too? It works for Firefox versions 1.5 to 3.*.
Download Twitter Toolbar for Firefox
I will posting changes, updates, and whatever work I am doing on it here: Twitter Toolbar Updates. This is also the main download page for installing the toolbar.