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Meanwhile check out these other great ideas - tools, resources, and other free content.
Free tools you can download and others you can use directly online
If you recently added an SSL certificate to your site, your visitors may still be seeing security warnings. The reason can be because not all links in your site have been updated from http: to https:. This free easy-to-use tool will identify the references that need to be fixed.
Do you like the idea GoToMyPC remote access? The free version of Team Viewer does everything GoToMyPC does and ....well it's free! If you stick to the non-commercial rules, you can connect all your PCs, laptops, and tablets for remote access, collaboration, file sharing, and more. The paid versions are a good value, too.
This free tool will create a favicon for your website. A favicon (favorites icon) is the tiny image that appears in your browser next to your website address.
An XML site map will help search engines index your website. This free online tool will crawl your website and create both an XML and HTML site map that you can add to your site.
With this tool you can enter a hexidecimal or RGB color code and it will build a complete working palette. The palette includes mono, complement, triad, tetrad, analogic, and accented analogic color variations.
This tool will suggest 10 compatible colors based on an image you upload. Five of the colors are labeled as dull and five are called vibrant. It is a good way to pick a color that works with other elements on your website. The results include the hexidecimal code.
If you are ever suspicious that you are not getting a correct representation of a website from your computer connection, try proxy surfing. At Page Wash simply enter the URL to see how the site appears through their server. Note: If you use iframes it will also show the Page Wash header inside the iframe.
Download this free program. It will check foreground color (text) and background color to verify that there is sufficient contrast for readability. It will also check the values against standards for various types of color blindness. Vincent Flanders has created a short YouTube video showing how to use the tool.
Accessibility is an important issue for website visitors with disabilities. With this free service you can check your site page by page to see if your site meets web standards for accessibility. If you are successful, you can display the Cynthia Says icon.
Enter your IP address and see if it is on any blacklists that might be blocking some of your email traffic. Caution: Some blasklists are just scams. Investigate before you panic. If your IP address is on multiple blacklists, it might be an indication of a serious problem.
The World Wide Web Consortium is the non-profit organization that establishes the standards for the web. They provide this free link checker. Enter your homepage URL and it will look for broken or outdated links on your entire website.
This free online validator will check web pages for coding errors. Keeping code valid means your site will conform to the standards that all browsers expect. If your site checks out okay, you can display the valid icon on your page. Caution: If your web page is using HTML5, it probably won't properly validate. They are working on it.
Like the validator above, the CSS Validation Service checks your CSS file for errors. It will also present a corrected version that you can copy and paste into your style.css file. It's free and you can display the valid icon on your website. The validator may not yet be compatible with CSS3 in all instances.
Our original publications, white papers, videos, and class slides are free for you to download.
Serious questions face Maine's small businesses. Change is happening faster and faster. This white paper considers the consequence of being left behind.
This information-packed resource book is designed to give business owners and entrepreneurs insights to the new environment and provide a helpful guide to navigating the changing online world. It accompanies a special class offered to business owners and entrepreneurs. It gets updated frequently. The latest version is 2.01. It's free to download.
These slides accompany the two-part class. Participating in the class is important in order to follow the content on the slide.