The writers of Caribwebdev.com will not be updating the website with any new posts temporarily. This is being done in order to channel all time, effort and resources to the major website of the Heatray Media website group Jamaicapage.com and a few of it’s upcoming projects.
Caribwebdev.com will return in the near future to continue it’s goal of being a Caribbean based resource for Caribbean Web Development professionals and to provide tips, tutorials, hints and other resources that will help to develop, enhance and improve their skills as web professionals.
A big thanks to all those who have supported this website and we’ll be back to serve you again soon!
Alexa.com is a well known web traffic statistics website. It tracks websites visited by persons who have opted to install an Alexa toolbar in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or Sparky plugin in Mozilla’s Firefox. Alexa’s ranking has been criticized over the years for being unreliable but many website owners and advertisers still use it as a measuring stick to rank the popularity of a website.
For many years Yahoo.com was the most trafficked website in the world according to Alexa but recently Yahoo.com has been overtaken my Google.com as the most trafficked website in the world at least for web users with the Alexa toolbar or sparky plugin installed. Read more
Google, the leading search engine has hit a glitch, a very crippling glitch that at the time of this post is labeling every single website on the internet as malware. Twitter, blogs, forums and other online gathering spots are alive with talk of the Google glitch with search engine traffic from Google now non existent as the problem affects, every country, every OS and every browser.
Even the Google domain is being labeled as Malware
Edit: – As quickly as how it started the glitch has ended. Google search results are no longer labeling all results as malware and the buzz is begining to subside.
A near-final version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 was made available for download today. The free browser is only available for users of Windows Vista, Windows Server and Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed. Microsoft has been steadily improving Internet Explorer 8 which has been in development for a few years with Beta 1 and 2 versions of the browser being released in March and August last year respectively.
Although still the most dominant web browser Internet Explorer has seen it’s market share slowly being chipped away by Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox web browser and with Google’s recent and swift entry into the market with Chrome. Read more
Internet usage measurement and marketing service providers ComScore recently reported that total global Internet users aged 15 and older who access the internet from home and work computers surpassed 1 billion for the first time in December 2008 based on data accumulated by them.
Top 15 countries ranked by Internet population:
- China: 179.7 million
- United States: 163.3 million
- Japan: 60.0 million
- Germany: 37.0 million
- United Kingdom: 36.7 million
- France: 34.0 million
- India: 32.1 million
- Russia: 29.0 million
- Brazil: 27.7 million
- South Korea: 27.3 million
- Canada: 21.8 million
- Italy: 20.8 million
- Spain: 17.9 million
- Mexico: 12.5 million
- Netherlands: 11.8 million
Twingly is a recently launched search engine that only displays results from blogs when queries are made. Twingly prides itself on being spam free unlike similar blog search products and combines various social and web 2.0 features into a functional service.
Twingly has it’s own blog ranking system similar to Technorati that ranks blogs via popularity but takes it a step futher by seperating blogs into language categories, want to find the most popular German, Spanish, Sweddish, French or Danish blogs? Now you can with Twingly. Blog profiles, search result voting and link tracking are some of the other fearures of Twingly. Read more
In a surprise release Google has decided to drop the beta from Google Chrome and has enough confidence in the progress of the web browsing software for an official version ready for the browsing masses. Make no mistake that this is a buried release however, Chrome was released in beta format just over 3 months ago but has been revised, updated and re released over a dozen times since. It is very evident that Google had and continues to prioritized Chrome’s development.
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Challenge to Internet Explorer and Firefox
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or IE is the most popular browser but critics argue that this is mainly because it comes bundled with Windows. IE is followed in a distant second by Mozilla’s Firefox which is mostly used by tech savvy users attracted to the speed and customizable nature of Firefox. Read more
Wordpress has released a new version of their popular blogging platform. Wordpress 2.7 or “Coltrane” main new feature is an overhauling of the backend user interface of the software. Since the last redesign of the Wordpress interface in version 2.5 many users had been vocal with their dissatisfaction with the design and layout. It’s too early to say now but so far there have been nothing but praises for the new interface and new features such as sticky post – which allows bloggers to to “stick” a post to the top of their blog no matter it’s post date.
A very informative video was also released with wordpress 2.7 that details it’s new features, the inspiration behind the changes and much more.
Well known blog indexing powerhouse Technorati has quietly launched the beta version of their blog targeted advertising network called Technorati Engage. There isn’t even official word yet over at the official Technorati blog but they have been hinting at in in recent weeks. Blog owners are invited to register Engage and sell space on their blogs to sell image ads, text ads and almighty blog friendly 125 x 125px button ads.
Technorati Engage offers bloggers another welcomed option when seeking to monitize their websites and website or blog owners the oportunity to advertise but it is still too early to tell whether Engage will be a successful undertaking. Blog owners who wish to become Publishers can sign up for Technorati Engage here.
The Apple iPhone has emerged as a successful mobile phone product in recent times. Millions of iPhones have been sold and that means there is a sizable number of web users worldwide who navigate the internet on their iPhone. If you are an iPhone application developer, thinking of becoming one or would just like to see how your web page looks when displayed on an iPhone then the iPhone simulator at TestiPhone.com would come in very useful.