Most Popular Web Browser Toolbars

A toolbar sits on your web browser and facilitates quick access to many useful functions making online surfing easier. Here is a list of popular toolbars for your web browser.

Popular Browser Toolbars

Google Toolbar – Search with Google from any web page, block annoying pop-ups and automatically fill out forms are just few of the popular features. Check spellings, Auto link and see the page Rank. It also provides quick access to all major Google services.

Yahoo Toolbar – It allows searching the web with pop-up blocker, Anti-Spy Window Spyware protection, Quick access to Yahoo services, and add fresh content to My Yahoo! easily to name a few features. And now available with tabbed browsing in IE.

Windows Live Toolbar – It is available with tabbed browsing in IE, form filler, pop up blocker, multiple search options, self updating and feed detector.

MSN Toolbar – Browse smarter with tabs and switch between websites within the same IE window. Search the Web and easily locate documents, e-mail messages etc. Fill out online forms and one click Access to MSN services.

Alexa Toolbar – A free search and navigation companion that accompanies you as you surf, providing useful information about the websites you visit including traffic info. and contact info. Find related links for each page and share opinions.

Stumble Upon – Lets you surf, review and share great webpages while meeting new people. Vote sites you like and read reviews about them.

Wikipedia Toolbar – The Wikipedia Firefox extension makes editing of Wikipedia pages easier by adding a new toolbar to your browser and by providing new menu items in the context menu (right mouse key).

So which toolbar you consider essential?

Important reasons for using web standards

For web programmers who are already using web standards, this list may come in helpful when you want good arguments and feel free to add any extra benefits you can think of. If you’re new to the idea of web standards and are unsure on whether you should spend the time to study all about them or not, here are some of the most important reasons for doing so.

Get better search engine rankings
Well-written content delivered through clean, well-structured, and semantic markup is delicious food for search engine spiders and will help our rankings. This will lead to increased traffic, which is what most website owners want.

Maximize website visitors
You don’t know which browser visitors will use to access your site. The only thing you can be logically sure of is that they are using something that can parse HTML. By using web standards properly you make sure that you have completed your job in making your website work with the largest possible number of browsing devices.

Faster page loading
Clean and well-structured HTML that separates structure and content from presentation will be smaller and faster for visitors to download.

Accessibility
Web standards do not guarantee that all features of our website will be accessible to people with disabilities, but it is a very good start. Make sure your html documents are valid, well-structured, and semantic, and you’re well on the way towards having an accessible website.

Make our HTML easier to maintain
When we need to update our website then we will like to browse through a clean and well-structured document. Using CSS to organize layout also makes it much easier to make overall website design changes.

Look professional
Our colleagues, competitors, friends and potential employers will be able to look at our work and know that the person likes to keep up with changes in technology and make sure that his knowledge and skills are always current. It will make us look like a real web professional.

Making our clients feel good
Use web standards combined with best practices for accessibility and give your clients a chance to talk about how they cater to all people, and how they find it important that everybody can use their services or find information about their products. You will also avoid the bad publicity that can be caused by shutting out visitors like disabled people, Mac users, and mobile phone users.

Future-proof content
If we separate content from presentation and use current web standards, we have done the best we can to ensure that our website content can still be read even after fifty years or hundred years.

Good business sense
Any business owner will like to have more visitors, a faster website, improved search engine rankings, potential good publicity and it does make sense to do so.

Accurate way to do things
Web standards provide the way to build the web from the beginning and now that we can surely do something the right way and have a really important reason to feel good about ourselves.

Alternative Browsers

Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari lead the market, but there are other browsers out there for PC and Mac users which can be better then the one you’re using now.

When Microsoft, Mozilla or Apple comes out with a new version of Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari, it makes news, mainly because most of us use one or more of these three Web browsers. In fact, with the exception of Google’s Chrome (which made a big splash, mostly because it came from Google), most of the alternative browsers out there tend to get lost in the shuffle and it’s too bad, since some of these relatively unknown browsers are good, and could be better for some users than the ones they’re already using.

Check these browsers out; one of them may work for you.

Camino
It is an open-source browser based on Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine, is clearly designed to be a simple, user-friendly, yet fully functional browser. With a look and feel very similar to Safari and Firefox, almost anyone will find it easy to work with in seconds.

Maxthon
It’s got just about every feature built into competing browsers, and many that you won’t find anywhere else, such as a “file sniffer” that makes it easy to download YouTube videos and a popup notepad for pasting or dragging text you want to save. Power users will love it. Those who like sleek design will turn away.

OmniWeb
OmniWeb’s best features include extensive ad-blocking, auto-saved Web browsing sessions and site specific preferences. From the unique tab drawer to support for browsing Web pages using OS X’s built-in Speech Recognition, OmniWeb’s hold of Mac specific technologies wrapped in a clean and uncluttered interface makes the product a delightful browser alternative.

Opera
Opera 9.6 for Macintosh is a fast, option-laden browser that represents a formidable entry in an extremely competitive product category. Its standout features are Speed Dial startup page, extensive search engine support built into the browser and it also offers support for widgets.

Shiira
Like Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome, Shiira is based on WebKit. One of the first unique interface elements was Shiira’s PageDock which provides the same functionality as tabbed browsing, but with complete thumbnails of every page that is opened. Other features includes the menu items for automatically e-mailing the URL or entire contents of a page with a single click, and a very effective full-screen-mode option that would be perfect for presentations or watching video.

Which is the finest?
It all depends on what you require from a browser!

Guidelines for a clean HTML code

A good HTML is the base of a beautiful website. A good CSS can only exist with similarly good HTML markup. The advantages of clean, semantic HTML are many, yet lots of websites suffer from badly written markup.

Let’s take a look at some points to improve your written HTML code.

1. Use Strict DOCTYPE for HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0

2. Declare Character set just after the opening <head> tag.

3. Use properly encoded Special/funny characters like “&amp;” for “&” instead.

4. Proper indentation of markup for readability of code.

5. Keep your CSS and JavaScript external.

6. Nest your tags properly.

7. Remove unnecessary divs/tags.

8. Use better naming conventions for CSS classes and ids.

9. Leave typography to the CSS (Text uppercase and lowercase etc.)

10. Apply unique class or id to the page content lies in the “body” tag.

11. Use heading tags like <h1>, <h2> etc. for page headings.

12. Validate your code using W3C validator tool.

13. Logical ordering of the sections of your website in code.

14. Just do what you can to make it right.

3 Must Do Things When Revamping or Shifting Website

If we are moving/revamping our website for any reason like new look & feel, changing hosts, technology updation, seeking branding benefits, to make our URL more memorable etc. then there are some things that we should definitely do to make our change go more smoothly for our self and for our regular readers.

The top 3 things are:

Implement Universal 301 Redirects
It’s a way to configure your website or web server, in order to indicate that some of your pages have been moved, permanently, to another location. We should not just redirect all of our old pages to our new index/home page at the time of creating 301 redirects. That will turn our readers off and we’ll lose some business as our visitors won’t go searching for the corresponding page they found in the search engine. Rather, we should do a 301 redirect on each page to the corresponding page on the new domain. If we have created new pages in our website, those don’t need redirects. If we are deleting old pages and not using them on your new domain then we should redirect those pages to a page on our new domain that has similar information.

Create Custom 404 Page
When someone enters a URL or follows a link to a page that does not exist they will get a custom 404 error page. So, if we are deleting pages from the old domain or website and not using them on the new website then we should make sure to create a custom 404 page for those pages. On 404 pages, we should place a link to our home page and offer some suggestions on pages that our visitors might want to look at which have similar information to the one they were looking for. Make it easy for the site visitors to find the information they want. We might even put a site search feature on our 404 page if we have a large enough site that visitors can get lost easily.

Contact Your Top Referrers
We should also send an e-mail to our top referrers to let them know that we have changed domain names or file names in website. We should do this because those referrers can change their links to our new link addresses.

Google Cheat Sheet

This list covers almost all Google services and tools.

GOOGLE SERVICES
Google AdSense – https://www.google.com/adsense/
Google AdWords – https://adwords.google.com/
Google Analytics – http://google.com/analytics/
Google Answers – http://answers.google.com/
Google Base – http://base.google.com/
Google Blog Search – http://blogsearch.google.com/
Google Bookmarks – http://www.google.com/bookmarks/
Google Books Search – http://books.google.com/
Google Calendar – http://google.com/calendar/
Google Catalogs – http://catalogs.google.com/
Google Code – http://code.google.com/
Google Code Search – http://www.google.com/codesearch/
Google Deskbar – http://deskbar.google.com/
Google Desktop – http://desktop.google.com/
Google Directory – http://www.google.com/dirhp
Google Earth – http://earth.google.com/
Google Finance – http://finance.google.com/
Google Groups – http://groups.google.com/
Google Images – http://images.google.com/
Google Labs – http://labs.google.com/
Google Local – http://local.google.com/
Google Maps – http://maps.google.com/
Google Mars – http://www.google.com/mars/
Google Mobile – http://mobile.google.com/
Google Moon – http://moon.google.com/
Google Movies – http://www.google.com/movies?q
Google Music – http://www.google.com/musicsearch?q
Google News – http://news.google.com/
Google Page Creator – http://pages.google.com/
Google Personalized Home – http://www.google.com/ig
Google Reader – http://www.google.com/reader/
Google Scholar – http://scholar.google.com/
Google Search History – http://www.google.com/searchhistory/
Google SMS – http://www.google.com/sms/
Google Suggest – http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1
Google Talk – http://talk.google.com/
Google Toolbar – http://toolbar.google.com/
Google Transit Trip Planner – http://www.google.com/transit
Google Translate – http://www.google.com/translate_t
Google Trends – http://www.google.com/trends
Google Video – http://video.google.com/
Google Web Accelerator – http://webaccelerator.google.com/
Google Web API – http://www.google.com/apis/
Google Web Search – http://www.google.com

LARGE SERVICES AND INVESTMENTS BELONGING TO GOOGLE
Blogger – http://www.blogger.com
Froogle – http://www.froogle.com/
Gmail – http://www.gmail.com/
Hello – http://www.hello.com/
Orkut – http://www.orkut.com/
Picasa – http://picasa.google.com/
SketchUp – http://www.sketchup.com/
Writely – http://www.writely.com/
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/

FUN GOOGLE SERVICES AND TOOLS
Mentalplex – http://www.google.com/mentalplex/
Pigeon Rank – http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank.html
Moonbase Google – http://www.google.com/jobs/lunar_job.html
Google Gulp – http://www.google.com/googlegulp/
Google Romance – http://www.google.com/romance/
Google Moms – http://www.google.com/moms/

OTHER GOOGLE SERVICES AND TOOLS
Google Holiday Logos – http://www.google.com/intl/en/holidaylogos.html
Google Zeitgeist – http://www.google.com/press/intl-zeitgeist.html
Google Jobs – http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/
Google University Search – http://www.google.com/options/universities.html
Google Sitemaps – https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/

OFFICIAL GOOGLE BLOGS FOR SERVICES AND TOOLS
Official Google Blog – http://googleblog.blogspot.com/
Adwords API – http://adwordsapi.blogspot.com/
Blogger Buzz – http://buzz.blogger.com/
Google Base – http://googlebase.blogspot.com/
Google Code – http://code.google.com/
Google Enterprise – http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/
Google Maps API – http://googlemapsapi.blogspot.com/
Google Reader – http://googlereader.blogspot.com/
Google Research – http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/
Google Talk – http://googletalk.blogspot.com/
Google Video – http://googlevideo.blogspot.com/
Inside AdSense – http://adsense.blogspot.com/
Inside AdWords – http://adwords.blogspot.com/

Interesting Search Tips for Google

Search Tips
Search Tips

These are some built in functions of Google which makes searching even easier.

Find Related Sites – If we find an interesting website and we would like to find some other alternative to this site then we can do so by using “related:” function. For example if we want to search an alternative for vikaskhera.wordpress.com you can do so by entering “related: vikaskhera.wordpress.com”

Find Links to a specific URL – This is quite helpful to find out the pages linking to a page in our site website. To find out these backlinks we can type “link:vikaskhera.wordpress.com” and we will get all the results of the websites that link back to ours.

Google Calculator – We can use google search as a calculator by typing an equation into the search field and it will give us the result. Try this equation in google “3*5 – 24*6 + 999” and see the result. We can use other functions like addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (*), division (/), to the power of (^), and square root of a number (sqrt).

Dictionary Definitions – We can get the definition of a word by typing “define:” followed by the word. Example: “define: html”. This will get you the definition of “html”.

Search for a specific title – Suppose we came across an interesting website but we forgot to bookmark the site and only remembered the title of it and wanted to find it again. Well we can search by title with Google to hopefully find that website a bit more easily. All we need to do is type “intitle: Vikas Khera”. By doing this we will only get results of websites with that line in the title.

Google Converter – Using this feature we can convert units like millimeter into inches, kilometers into miles, liters into ml, etc. we can do so by typing ‘5km in miles’ for converting km in to miles, ‘70litres in ml’ for converting litres into ml, and so on.

Compare Currencies – Google search engine has a built in currency converter so we can compare from one currency to another. Try this by simply typing something like “1 USD in AUD” in google search box and press enter and get the result.

Weather Updates – If we want to know what the weather will be like in our area we can type something like “Delhi weather” and it will give us the conditions in that area.

Search for specific file types – If we want to find a certain type of file on the Internet it is normally bit difficult to find what we are looking for but by using Google search we can find file types a bit more easily. We can search for file types by doing something like “Guide to build a good website filetype:ppt”. That will look for files with that name and the file type of a powerpoint presentation.

Search on a particular website – If we want to search a particular website from Google we can do this by typing “html site: vikaskhera.wordpress.com”. By typing in site: and then the website it will search that website for what we have type before “site:”

Get the local time anywhere – If we want to know the time in Australia now then we can do that by typing “what time is it Australia” in the google search box. We can also do it by typing “time (location)” without the quotes.

Remove unwanted search results – If we want to search for something in particular but want to remove some of the search results, we can do this by type -something after the search term to remove it from the search results. Example: Vikas Khera -gadgets. What that would do is remove the search results of Vikas Khera that included the gadgets so we would find other things like html, designer, etc.

Search for URLs – If we want to search for a particular URL, we can do so by putting a “_” (underscore), “.” (dot), “-” (hyphen) in between the words instead of a space. Example: What_are_we_talking_about. This would search for URLs that included those words.

Track Flight Status – We can track a particular flight status and we can do that if we know the airline and flight number. We just need to type in the airline and the flight number to get the status. Example: Jet airways flight 5. This will bring us the results of this flight from this particular airline.

Search Google Groups by the subject line – We can search Google groups by subject line with this little trick. Type “insubject:Vikas Khera” and we will get the Google groups with that subject line.