Archive for February 2009


Website Builder Tutorials – Uploading video clips

February 27th, 2009 — 4:45pm

TV and the web are converging. More than ever before, people are using the Internet to watch video. As a website maker, you need to take advantage of this. Our Sitemaker platform makes this really easy. Watch the tutorial to find out how to add video to your site.

How did you get on? Leave a comment and let us know – we might even showcase your work!

Mouse turns 40

February 26th, 2009 — 3:01pm

Young and old have embraced website making with great enthusiasm over the last 10 years. Many of us have only just started down this road – our webmaster careers are in their infancy. So spare a thought for your humble mouse!

Back in December we passed a birthday that’s slightly traumatic for most of us: The computer mouse – our best friend when it comes to computers – turned 40 on the 9th of December. Yet it looks so young, doesn’t it?

A chap called Douglas Engelbart first demoed the mouse back on the 9th December 1968. But it was another 20 years before computers started to make use of the mouse, thanks to the development of the graphical user interface (GUI) we now know as Windows. Unfortunately for Engelhart, his patent ran out in 1987, so he wasn’t able to earn any money from this fantastic invention.

And what riches would have been his, if only that patent lasted for another 30 years: Logitech recently sold its billionth mouse.  ‘If I had a penny every time…’

Whilst the mouse has transformed the interaction between people and PCs, and enabled us to easily learn and use complex software, how much longer will the mouse be around? Whilst its difficult to see it being completely replaced, gadgets such as Apple’s iPhone and the Nintendo Wii have certainly proved that there are now viable alternatives.

On the scrap heap at 40? Not (quite) yet!

The Internet is growing… and then some!

February 25th, 2009 — 1:32pm

Whilst you’re busy building websites, have you ever wondered how big the Internet is? How many websites, domains and how many pages? The reality is that it’s quite difficult to measure, so all figures are an estimate.

What’s for certain is that it’s growing – if you look at domain sales alone, the number of Top Level Domains went up by 16% in 2008 to 177,000,000.

One of the best assessments come from a company called Netcraft, who produce (amongst lots of other interesting research) a monthly ‘Web Server Survey’.

Each month Netcraft send out ‘requests’ to every website and server on the Internet, asking for a small bit of information to be returned to them.

In February they had responses from a 215,675,903 websites. ‘Woah, that’s a lot of Internet then’ you might say! True, but what’s really amazing is how many more sites that is from the previous month. There were more than 30 million more than January, a growth of more than 16%.

Lots of this growth can be pinpointed to China, thanks to a service called ‘Qzone’. This is the Chinese equivalent of MSN Messenger. Qzone have added a blogging service to their messenger client, and the 20 million sites that they serve mean that they are now the biggest single provider of blog sites, eclipsing Blogger and Windows Live spaces.

Here’s a graph showing the growth of active websites from August 1995 to February 2009, from Netcraft.

So is the Internet growing? Too right!

UK Support for a UK Website Builder

February 24th, 2009 — 3:10pm

There’s been quite a lot of coverage recently about UK companies who choose to save money by outsourcing their support function offshore. In many ways it makes lots of financial sense: as we’re constantly being told on the news, these are ‘hard times’, so all organisations are looking for quick and easy ways to save costs.

Of course there are drawbacks too. One of the biggest will be whether an offshore support service will be there when you need them. And for the company concerned, it’s obviously going to be whether they can feel in control when their support people might be sitting in another country, or even another continent.

At WebEden we have considered the idea of offshore support, but to be honest it was quite easy to reject it quite early on. Here’s why:

First of all, quite simply we’re nuts about WebEden. We eat, breathe, live, and sleep WebEden from dawn until dusk, and we can’t imagine that passion outside of this room.

Second, we speak your language. This isn’t about our command of English – you only have to read this blog to see that ain’t perfect – but its about the language of website building. When you say ‘I pressed on that “thingumy”, now I can’t see it’, we know just what you mean, and how to find that thingumy again!

Third, we’ve got a reputation to protect! That sounds a bit arrogant doesn’t it? But we’ve dealt with tens of thousands of support and help questions over the years, and the feedback we’ve had is that you’re very happy with our answers. You trust us, and we don’t want to jeopardize that.

Fourth, we keep your hours. We’re here when you’re building your website, so you don’t need to wait hours and hours and hours for someone to get back to you.

Fifth we built it, so we know how it works. The Sitemaker system has been in development for the best part of a decade, and we can’t possibly pass all that knowledge onto someone else. I mean, where would we start?! Its one thing being able to follow a support script, but that would be scratching the service. When you’re building websites with the WebEden website creator day in day out, you know it like no other.

And finally – and here’s the shameless plug – if you get completely stuck we can finish off your website for you, thanks to our affordable web design service.

I never miss an opportunity to sell, do I!

WebEden launches on YouTube

February 23rd, 2009 — 3:11pm

Fow a few months now we’ve been producing website builder video tutorials that highlight a feature with the Webeden website making system. These tutorials are in response to requests for help we get here at Webeden, and are designed to enable you to get more out of WebEden.co.uk.

Every time we finish a tutorial we upload it into YouTube, and then embed it into the video tutorials page.

But have you ever wanted to see all the tutorials together? Now you can, thanks to the WebEden YouTube channel. In this we’ve brought together all our tutorials. You can navigate to the one which addresses the issue that you’re facing, and quickly watch it before moving onto the next.

You can subscribe to the WebEden YouTube channel, or leave comments and ratings of the Video tutorials you watch. Want to see something else explained in a video tutorial? Just leave us a comment and let us know!

We’ve also added the YouTube logo onto the left hand side of every page in the blog, so you can easily find your way back there.  Check out our YouTube channel – and if you  like (or loathe!) it, leave a comment or a rating!

27.1.09 Update. If you want to find out how to add YouTube videos to your own website, then watch our how to add YouTube Video tutorial now!

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