Tag Archives: online tools

Is my site indexed?

Here are a few useful tools that will provide various technical and SEO-related variables for a given website, including whether or not your website has been indexed by the major search engines and much more.

  1. Built With
  2. Compete
  3. About Us
  4. Quantcast
  5. Cubestat – Cubestat is a free tool for website value calculation, estimations and information. Simply enter the domain URL; our unique algorithm will calculate and estimate the website worth, daily pageviews, and daily ad revenue of the present domain.
  6. Whois Verify
  7. Alexa Site Info
  8. McAfee Site Advisor
  9. WHOIS Lookup at DomainTools.com
  10. About Domain
  11. Statbrain – This was running very slowly when I visited it on 20120119 at 15:10
  12. Who.is
  13. Robtex – Domain Name Server records
  14. http://411sites.com/ – no connect
  15. Website Figures – Website Figures is a free service that provides an array of information about other websites on the web. Website figures provides facts and estimates to allow you to gain insight into any website on the internet, how it performs, and why it performs how it does.
  16. Web Boar – WebBoar – sniffing out domain secrets… We’ve foraged the internet to sniff out information from search engines, WHOIS databases and DNS and keyword trackers – information we compile into a unique statistics service which is perfectly placed to help you find your competitors and expose their tricks. Everything in our 120 million records is completely free and updated daily – offering you only the very freshest of keyword, traffic and related page/IP address knowledge.

Other tools

  • The Free Dictionary – Free content for your website; this is much more than just a free dictionary

Best freeware to organize your research

organizing researchAs an avid writer and blogger, I have hundreds if not thousands of pages of documented research stored on my PC, mostly in the form of Word documents. Although I have a loose system of organization, I would surely benefit greatly by reviewing, selecting, then learning one of the recommended research organization tools.

I will add to this post later, after I conducted more research. So far, the only related tool I have downloaded is Scrivener – an impressive package that is not actually freeware, though it does have a very generous trial version that allows 30 days of actual use (not calendar days measured from installation date).

Resources listed below:

  1. Specific freeware programs, online tool titles for research organization
  2. Lists, articles about freeware, online tools for research organization

Resources: Specific freeware, online tools for research organization

  1. Freemind – If you prefer mind mapping-style organization – which is an excellent way to go – you should try Freemind. [ Getting started with FreeMind mind-mapping freeware – Another Day, Another Digression ] [ [Mind mapping freeware for Windows ]
  2. Scrivener – Features – Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.
  3. Evernote – Evernote is an excellent online tool with the primary feature of synchronizing your link collection. Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.
  4. Simpleology – Simpleology is a promising took I recently discovered; if it does what it claims to do, Simpleology will be my preferred to-do list for everything from small daily tasks to the steps needed to accomplish my most important life goals. Check out the introductory video.
  5. Mendeley – Features – Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research
  6. Zotero – a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself
  7. Celtx – Celtx on your desktop delivers the most fluid writing experience — you can always keep your fingers moving as fast as your thoughts and your creative flow is never interrupted. Celtx Studios makes it simple to share projects, manage workflow, and securely store your work. And Celtx Script for the iPhone/iPad lets you write on the move, and sync scripts with your desktop and your Studio. (Free version, pro version)

Resources: Lists of freeware, online tools for research organization

  1. Organize Research Materials – DiRT (Digital Research Tools) (2010) – There are available some tools to help researchers take notes and store, find, mine and manage research materials.
  2. The Most Useful Web Tools: Organization Web Tools – About.com
  3. Organize Your Life With Free Online Tools – PC World (2008)
  4. Can you recommend a free tool to save web clips, research, and organize texts? MakeUseOf
  5. Organize Research Downloads – Softsia
  6. 100 Powerful Web Tools to Organize Your Thoughts and IdeasOnline College Blog
  7. Five Best Bookmark Management Tools – Lifehacker
  8. Managing Your Dissertation: Advice from the Trenches – Forum/discussion
  9. 100+ More Ways to Organize Your LifeMashable (2008)
  10. 100+ Ways to Organize Your Life – Mashable (2007)

Turned out not to be free

  • iMiser Research Assistant® – (Not freeware.) A Professional Internet Research Tool, Web Organizer, Offline Browser, Email Archiver, Internet Information Database… Organizing your online experience was never easier…
  • Idea Rover – Give shape to your research papers – Idea Rover 5.20 absorbs and crystallizes your research ideas and new sources into outline-structured notes, releasing your brain from monotonous switching and searching for relevant information. (This is not freeware; free trial version only.)

Friday, December 16, 2011

How fast does your home page load?

Measuring page load time with Pingdom Tools

Recently, my main “brain dump” blog – Another Day, Another Digression – has been hitting some kind of snag, causing the home page (or rather a portion of the home page) to load very slowly – unacceptably slowly. Thankfully, the content portion of the page loads quickly; it is the right-hand sidebar that takes so long to appear. I am talking long, as in several seconds.

I didn’t have a chance to examine this loading speed issue for several days after noticing it, but I finally got around to measuring the load time with a fantastic free online tool: Pingdom Tools, a free way to get a detailed report showing hundreds of readily measurable variables relating to web page load time, or what geeks call client-server conversation.

Pingdom Tools includes three main tests, all free:

  1. Full-Page Test
  2. DNS Health
  3. Ping and Traceroute

Test the Load Time of a Web Page: Enter a URL to test the load time of that page, analyze it and find bottlenecks

I was not happy to see the initial result: Your website is slower than 84% of all tested websites

Test #1: Another Day Another Digression (WordPress blog)
Performance grade: 84
Requests: 31
Load time: 9.10 s
Page size: 720.9 kb
Your website is slower than 84% of all tested websites

Test #2, same as above
Performance grade: 77
Requests: 42
Load time: 6.30 s
Page size: 895.9 kb
Your website is slower than 76% of all tested websites

Compare those to BWN, a static site of mine:

Test #3, BestWeb Nashville (static website)
Performance grade: 79
Requests: 20
Load time: 2.06 s
Page size: 337.5 kb
Your website is faster than 70% of all tested websites

Pingdom Tools allows users to download the HAR file, which is the client-server conversation data in HTTP Archive format – a file format similar to XML.

The most direct way for the typical PC user/power user to view and work with HAR files locally is to install the popular Firefox extension Firebug; however, since Firefox quit working on my ultra-finicky desktop PC a couple of days ago, I had to go with something that would work as a Chrome extension, so I installed Firebug Lite. According to some HAR info I was reading, a Firebug extension called NetExport is also necessary.

NetExport is a Firebug extension that allows exporting all collected and computed data from the Net panel. The structure of the created file uses HTTP Archive (HAR) format (based on JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation).

There’s also HAR Viewer:

HAR Viewer (HTTP Archive Viewer) is an online tool visualizing HTTP Archive (HAR) files produced by HTTP tracking tools. These files contain a log of HTTP client/server conversation and can be used for an additional analysis of e.g. page load performance.

Noted during these load time tests:

• Images really slow things down; 60% of the load time for ADAD was for images
• Apparently the PHP image rotation script takes up some of that image time; it has to choose one at random
• The PayPal link used 12% of the load time; Google Analytics, about 3%, Stats, about 3%
• The CSS file took 4% of the time

The DNS Health Test included a warning about each of the two name servers used for my Bluehost web hosting account:

Name server ns1.bluehost.com (74.220.195.31) is recursive.
The name server answers recursive queries for 3rd parties (such as DNSCheck). By making a recursive query to a name server that provides recursion, an attacker can cause a name server to look up and cache information contained in zones under their control. Thus the victim name server is made to query the attackers malicious name servers, resulting in the victim caching and serving bogus data.

Resources: Measuring webpage load time

HAR file format (HTTP Archive) resources

Tuesday, November 22, 2011