Here is sort of a public update thing for the ones who were interested in the topic.
Those web pages I made the first time were created after reading some old topic here in which madness advised a member of the DMC that MS Word could be used to create web pages. I guess that was a nice way to become familiar with how a web page is designed, but it turned out to be impractical where the bossâ€™s server specifications are concerned.
As you are now aware, I did not know any coding language at all in the first place. (I hardly know English well enough.) That part about sticking with static web pages for now might be a good idea for more reasons than one. I will tell what I mean.
An important difference is said to be that web crawlersâ€”to different degrees, depending on which search engines they belong toâ€”have more trouble with dynamic web pages than with static ones. One problem I read about had to do with pages that include calendars and other stuff like the Driver Madness Portal used to have that was continuously updated automatically in real time. This sort of content apparently sends some web crawlers into endless loops, which means they are not reporting updates to those pages to search engines in a timely manner. I guess this may mean that to some extent that stuff is nice eye candy for people who are already familiar with your websiteâ€™s location, but it does less for those who may have yet to make such a discovery.
In this type of scenario, people searching the web using terms associated with current events may not be likely to get your website in their search results even if the story they are looking for is on the front page of your website. That is because search engine data for your front page may be several months old doing things that way. I did not pull that out of my crack, I read it at websites that teach webmasters about these things.
I suppose there is not a big problem if the pages are ones that have been up for a long time, since the information available via search engines will still lead to the same website, even if the search results data being provided is not current. Regardless of whatever else is true, I find it difficult to ignore the Google Webmaster Guidelines that suggest an advantage in using static web pages instead of dynamic ones.
It took less than a week for me to learn how to make the new home page using some thing called notepad while referring to online tutorials. It should become increasingly easy to make other web pages. I am surely overlooking some important thingsâ€”which is unfortunateâ€”but starting to get the hang of it. Some essential things I did not know about before were meta elements, fonts being displayed according to what is installed on the userâ€™s computer rather than according to how a page looked on its authorâ€™s computer, differences between various character set codes such as ANSI and Unicode, etc.
I stopped doing this for several days to work on the DRIVER 2 Video Workshop, which seems to me to be entirely related to this mission. When I found out last week that it would be easy for me to upload decent looking videos to YouTube.com, as well as videos up to fifteen minutes long, it seemed like a good idea to use that to try to do what this website mission is about, attracting visitors and encouraging participation.
There is a handful of demonstration videos at my new YouTube.com channel showing examples of techniques used in making cheesy DRIVER 2 replay videos. The first response from a viewer was a thumbs down (lol), but that is okay because it means people are looking at the stuff. Each person who does view one of those demo videos will also see the promotional segment at the end of the video advertising DriverMadness.net.
I could not very well ask people at YouTube.com to come look at the DRIVER 2 Video Workshop if it did not look more impressive and more informative than it was. Hopefully anyone who posts to that topic will bear in mind the importance of that topicâ€™s appearance in helping to represent this websiteâ€™s public image (not to sound big-headed about it, but to be realistic).
I put up several racing videos that look pretty good and also the fifteen-minute Las Vegas Jump Run. I had that particular video up for a while when I first made it. 15,000 people looked at it. That is not a lot of viewers in a world where many videos get a million views each day or whatever, but it was 15,000 people who saw the promotional ad in the video for DriverMadness.net. The first mission videos of the Driver 2 Video Story were only up for three weeks before I bailed out and deleted my account at YouTube.com. During those three weeks, the D2VS got 5,000 views, which means that the commercial for DriverMadness.net was seen another 5,000 times. By the way, I am grateful to those DMC members who have also placed DriverMadness.net promos at the end of their DRIVER videos online, so thank you.
Anyway, I am back on learning to make the new web pages. I will try to do it as fast as I can, all things considered. I only just downloaded the most recommended free FTP program I could find. I have to learn how to use that and see what the deal is with moving files to and from a website. I will attempt to make this a priority, and I hope I do not inadvertently do anything that will compromise the security of the database.
Here is a hyperlink to the Google Webmaster Guide for those who may feel interested in reading it.http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769