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Adding MediaPlayer Viewer to your RapidWeaver site(s)…

Media Player

In talking with one of my associates, I decided to replace all my QuickTime movies with Flash swf files. One of the big reasons was my viewing audience.

If your host does not provide some statistics, you should look into adding Google Analytics to your site. You will find that the vast majority of visitors run Windows and use Internet Explorer. I’m not 100% sure, but I believe that some version of Flash is installed on Windows. I am 100% sure that QuickTime is not included with Windows. Statistics vary from 99% on Adobe’s site (in Mature Markets) to around 60% by individual web site designers. Think about this…


Web Design Step 1: The Tools…

No matter which web site development application you use (I prefer RapidWeaver over Adobe GoLive or DreamWeaver), it is a great benefit to have an arsenal of tools including a text editor (with support for html, css, js, php, etc. files – I prefer TextMate), a css editor (I use CSSEdit), and a debugger.

The debugger is perhaps the most important, yet the most often skipped… and the best one is free! I know this because there are too many help requests in the RapidWeaver Forum that could have been answered in the time it took the author to ask the question, IF they had the right debugging tool!

The browser FireFox (free) supports a host of Add-ons (most, if not all free). The hands down winner for debugging is the add-on FireBug (free).


Page Locations

Every web page has a file (document) name and location. In RapidWeaver, this information is entered in the Page Inspector / General Settings in the fields Filename and Folder.

Up until recently, I kept my pages organized in folders. Most of the time I used a folder name pages to keep everything except the home page, which must be located in the root directory. This seemed like a logical way of organizing a site.

While looking through information about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), I found that using the folders may have not been the best thing. So, I now place almost all pages on the root directory by using just a slash ( / ) in the Folder field. While I still don’t like this, pages may do better with SEO results.


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