links for 2008-11-07

  • Over the past few years, our company has had several clients who have needed a smaller shopping cart, usually to only sell a couple items. Because we expected sporadic traffic, we were tentative to go with a packaged shopping cart and merchant service. That just seemed like a lot of overhead. Thus, I have developed a few different ajax carts using paypal. I realized it would be nice to package this up, and create a lightweight, easy-to-use, flexible shopping cart.

    So we made simpleCart(js). The cart is a 10.5kb javascript file that uses cookies to keep track of the items in the cart. Thus, simpleCart(js) doesn’t require any databases or programming. You simply need to know some basic HTML and have the ability to copy and paste. However, it can easily be expanded to use databases or contain more advanced options.

  • We recently discussed the 15 Key Elements All Top Web Sites Should Have. This post focused on elements relating to design, content and development. This time, we’ll move onto the important issue of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

    SEO is such a hot topic these days. How do you get your web site within the first page or two of the search engines? How do you increase your Google page rank?

    There are companies who dedicate themselves full time to doing SEO at a pretty penny. Something a lot of people can’t necessarily afford to pay for or spend the time on.

    However, there are some simple things you can do when building your site that will help increase your chances of having good results. In no particular order, below are 10 of these items…

  • This is my gypsy-jazz arrangement of the theme from the first level of Super Mario Brothers 2. This song works quite well in this style!
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