David Herron is a blogger, software engineer, electric vehicle enthusiast, and energy healer.

Integrating product data feeds into a content management system

I've been running an experiment for awhile that's been pretty successful, and now it's time to take that to the next level. The experiment? Using a product datafeed from an affiliate merchant to create a slew of product pages.

Controlling the domain name your site is known by

Do you think www.domain.xyz is the same as domain.xyz? They're not, and in fact they can easily be two completely different sites. The reason for this is rooted in the design of the domain name system. In truth www.domain.xyz is a subdomain of domain.xyz, and the domain name system doesn't care about the longstanding practice of putting www in front of everything.

Ad servers to help you display banner advertisements

Bannerfish Bannerfish is a GPL web banner ad server written with Twisted. I wrote it because I didn't feel like installing a security risk like PHP on my web server. It's intended for small sites that don't need too many features. The server is written in Python and requires running a separate python-based web server.

Technorati, blog aggregation and search services

Technorati is one of the principle services for syndicating blogs, searching blogs, indexing blogs, etc. It's a good idea to register your blog with technorati as well as the other similar services out there. Technorati provides many services so I'll try to cover them here.

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Resources for topic ideas and researching current trends

Webmasters are constantly facing an issue of getting new content. What's the next article to write? What topic do they cover next?

Web Accessibility to help the "disabled" use your site

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.

-- http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/accessibility.php

The Animation Factory

Animation Factory features over 400,000 animations, video backgrounds, PowerPoint templates, backdrops, and web graphics. Animation Factory's dedicated artists and staff members continue to produce thousands of the best and most useful animated and web designs on the Internet each month.

Want to spice up your email, web site or powerpoint presentations? Want something moving and eye-catching? Sure you do, but do you know how to create the animation yourself? Probably not.

Creating panoramic photographs

I love panoramic photography. Maybe it has to do with having grown up in Kansas, because the main appealing feature of Kansas are the sweeping vistas that make one feel like you're seeing into forever.

Panoramic photography lets you create pictures that go way beyond the limits of the single frame your camera takes. The technique involves taking a series of pictures where the edges overlap, and then using software to "glue" the pictures together.

Most digital cameras include software for this, but that software is usually nigh on inadequate.


Clipart is a time honored tradition among graphic designers. It used to be published in books, but today clipart collections are published digitally.

Adding Google Search to your site

You've written a web site full of information and articles. You've created a good navigation scheme. What about taking it to the next level? How can people search your web site?


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