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Web Helper: Search and Page-Building Tools


Some of these web tools are probably outdated by now. I've removed known ones, but haven't yet checked them all...

Web Hosts
Yahoo Small Business
Yahoo S. B. Log-in
WordPress (free blog)
Blogger: Get a Blog!

Tools & Add-Ons
Free Broken Link Checker
Check Broken Links
Website Goodies
Google Maps
About Google Adsense
Google Adsense Home
Google Trends (search analysis)
Google Adwords (advertise)
W3 Schools (tutorials)
YouTube Custom Video Player

Virus Protection
AVG Free or Professional

Glimmers from the Stone Age
Confessions of a Non-Techie (my blog)

For In-Depth Searches       ...       Infomine
The Internet Public Library
Library of Congress
Librarians' Internet Index
Academic Info
Langenberg (Multi-searches)
Digital Library of Appalachia
Dirpedia: Dictionary, directory, encyclo.

Language & Learning     ~     Wikipedia
The Free
Encyclopaedia Britannica On-Line (Columbia Encyc.)

Webmaster's Helpers
Developer Shed
Creative Commons
E-how: Copyright Permissions
Network Solutions
Submit Express
HTML Writers Guild
Web Source   ,   Learn the Net
Webopedia (Computer Tech. Encyc.)
Technology Aspects (Dalton)
Quirksmode (Javascript Tutorial)
PhotoBucket (Photo Host)

Flickr (Photo Host)
Free On-Line File Converter


Search Tip: Try adding these terms to your keyword search: "web directory" or "database". Example: art web directory.

Submit Your Site: Southern Muse loves sites on art, genealogy, literature, history, nostalgia, mystery or southern living. If you think that our readers would enjoy your site, please submit it to Southern Muse.

Google   ~   Open Directory Project   ~   Hotbot   ~   Dogpile   ~   Mamma   ~   ~   Alta Vista

The webmaster tools above were gleaned from years of searching the 'Net in desperation, looking for ways to teach myself about website publishing. If you've ever been curious about web authoring, but were afraid to try it, the sites above can be a great help. Read about my own webmaster's journey, below...

How Southern Muse began...
I started my page building years ago. My first site was Bugbones. It's still there, but I never did very much with it. I've written a blog (above, Glimmers of the Stone Age, humorously detailing the trials and tribulation of page design, in the eyes of a non-techie. Technological problems were always standing in my way: crashes, software upgrades that left me high and dry, changing HTML standards... the learning curve was terrible! Bugbones was supposed to be purely for fun! I do thank Angelfire and their WebMonkey tutorials for starting me off on the right foot, though. I learned basic HTML code there. Their FTP was easy to use, and their directory structure was easy at first. (Later, Angelfire's upgrade would nearly do me in! My browser simply wouldn't support their new templates.) As time went on, their ad requirements became aggressive, too. I wanted an ad-free site. Going ad-free was a big step for me. It meant buying a dot-com. I wanted my own name, no doubt about it. Southern Muse isn't a money maker, but for what it's worth, it's my presence on the Web.

Page design continues to be a learning experience for me. I've had to read, learn code, research, adapt, and constantly struggle to keep up. I've had to beg help from many on-line resources. My favorite, above all, is Google. So far, Google's method has been to find out what users really need, and provide it at a free or reasonable cost. You can't beat that! Everyone uses Google's beautiful search engine, of course. But webmasters have to be indepted to Google for Adsense (Google's way of helping you monetize your page); Picasa (free, easy, interactive photo albums); interactive maps that can be added to your page (Google Earth); and now, Blogger (free publishing via easy-to-use blogs). My only fear is that Google seems to have "backslid" slightly, regarding their admirable "Do no evil" philosophy. So far, many of their changes are optional. They now let you choose to display gaudy, assertive image ads instead of quietly dignified text ads, for instance. They seem to break their own Adsense policies by allowing ads on parked domains ~ though I have to wonder if that's not an interim measure, to protect themselves from further lawsuits from those who sign up between now and the time that they have their headaches worked out in court. Let's hope that's the case, and that the Internet will not become a world-wide Google-ad farm!

Another site that helped me over the years was Sizzling HTML Jalfrezi. The webmaster was probably a young man. His domain was (and still is), but it no longer hosts his HTML tutorials, or at least, doesn't update them. The site creator had well-indexed, in-depth tutorials on almost anything a page designer needed to know. The tutorials were fairly straightforward and provided good examples. The Web is changing and it's easy for a page to become obsolete ~ not just technologically, but socially. In today's traffic-choked, progressively more commercial environment, Southern Muse seems to be falling by the wayside. It's barely viable, in any sense: technological (some of the new w3c standards are beyond me); commercially (I didn't exactly pick a money-making theme, with my art and traditional stories); or socially (I have to borrow my shareable widgets, thanks; don't have the know-how to deliver them from my own domain). I do plan to continue my website publishing. I'll trim, tweak and hone my site ~ seek out new tools and technologies. Over the years, I've gathered quite a few handy web helpers. It is with gratitude that I present these sites that have been so helpful to me. Thanks!

The Pico Search Tool was a wonderful thing, but it no longer exists. Unfortunately, most webmasters chose to use Google Site Search, which didn't work nearly as well for indexing only the site contents. Pico returned nice, clean, site-relevant pages, while Google returned a jumble of anything it could find anywhere on the web (seemingly ignoring the fact that it was supposed to be working as a site-search tool, not a web-search tool). Pico provided their tool free for individuals and small businesses. It's a shame it went the way of the dinosaurs.


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