Small changes can cause big improvements. Todays topic is about small css improvements, resulting in visual feedback for your visitors and improvements to your blogs user interface. Most of the CSS below only works in the newest browsers, but it shouldn’t prevent you from using it.
Don’t just change the color of the link, provide feedback
Instead of just changing the color of your links, provide your websites’ visitors with visual feedback for their interaction.
In my last article about WordPress, Canonical URL’s, Optimized Permalinks, I explained why and how I easily managed to change my blogs permalinks structure with Dean’s Permalinks Migration plugin without the hassle of 404s or duplicate content.
I updated my WordPress permalinks from an old-fashioned and quite outdated
/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/ to the more optimized structure
/%post_id%-%postname%/. Although I still like it if I can see the date and the entry title at a glance, the new structure has two advantages:
- the new permalink structure is in some cases faster because of the way wordpress stores the URL information in the database (see further: Efficient permalink strategies for WordPress)
- according to SEO’s, a link like cordobo.com/540-firefox-add-ons-for-developers/ is more likely to result in a better SERP position than (the same) link named cordobo.com/2008/09/30/firefox-add-ons-for-developers/
Windows Update comes with a sort of surprise this time for us firefox users. Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 installs an extension named “Microsoft .Net Framework Assistant 1.0“. The add-on adds support for “Clickonce” and the ability to report installed .Net versions to the web server. Well, I suppose you neither like Microsofts way to distribute the add-on (no uninstall routine, the uninstall button is deactivated) nor the way Firefox handles access to your browser. So let’s get rid of it.