Not this kind of rollover
It's so easy to create rollovers that it's not surprising that people use them for almost everything. While I don't recommend you use them for site critical things like navigation, there's no reason you can't give your pages a bit of extra interactivity by adding rollover text color changes. And it's so easy!
Find out how! How to Make Text Change Color on Rollover
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Choosing a web editor can be tricky. There are so many out there with so many different features. Last week I listed my favorite free Windows editors, but there are many that aren't free but you get a lot of bang for the buck. If your favorite editor isn't listed in the poll, why not share which one you prefer in the comments below. Or post your thoughts to my Facebook page.
Here is some more information about the editors I listed above:
HTML is NOT an STD
"...many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% saying that they thought HTML -- a language that is used to create websites -- was a sexually transmitted disease."
Please share this post so that your friends and family aren't worried about you when you say you're learning HTML. We don't want them thinking you've got an STD do we?
Edited to add: for my readers in India, HTML is not a subscriber trunk dial either... STD in the U.S. stands for "sexually transmitted disease."
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It is more and more common to apply for a job and have to take a test to prove you are proficient at the software or technology required for the job. This can be very nerve wracking. But there are online exams you can use to test your knowledge of HTML and prepare for tests before you have to take them. I have found five sites that offer free HTML exams to help you prepare. Some are better than others, but you should find one that works for you in this list.
Test your HTML knowledge: Test Your HTML, CSS, and Web Design Knowledge Online
Learn HTML Here
If you didn't do as well as you'd hoped on the tests or you want more tutorials before you try them, there are a lot of free resources for learning HTML right here on this site:
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Read the List: The 10 Best Free Web Editors for Windows
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I'm always amazed at how nervous people are about meeting customers online. Many new web owners are very reluctant to put up any form of contact information on their websites. But this can backfire and cause more problems. This series on using email on your web pages will help you understand why you should include contact information, two ways to do it, and even a discussion of how I do it.
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One of the easiest ways to make your links more enticing and clickable is to adjust the colors. Many web designers seem to feel that the link colors should be muted or even the same color as the rest of the text, but that makes them very difficult to see. CSS makes it easy to style your links, stying more than just the link, but how it looks when it's active, hovered over, and when the customer has already been to it. By adjusting these features, your customers will be more likely to click on the links.
Read the article: Styling Links with CSS
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Earlier this week I poasted an article on how hover navigation is losing you customers. I wrote this article based on my own frustrations with hover menus. And then I had to laugh as the very next day I got asked how to build hover menus. I guess I wasn't persuasive enough? :-)
So what do you think? Do you use hover menus? If you've read my article on why they are bad, did that change your mind? Why or why not?
Here is a fun website that makes you want to go find the truck to get something to eat. Unfortunately, today they don't seem to be available. Darn! And I was feeling hungry!
Read My Review: Trailer Park Truck
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Don't make things difficult for your customers
I had a frustrating time with a website the other day. I couldn't get to the page I wanted because I couldn't find it in their navigation. When I wrote to support, they told me “just hover your mouse over the menu item and click on the link that appears.” But that right there was the problem. I was visiting the site on my iPad and there is no way to hover my finger over a link. If I touch the screen, I'm tapping, and that visits the link, but doesn't open the hover menu. I was ready to give up on the site.
Learn how hover menus are hurting your site: Hover Navigation is Driving Your Readers Away
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