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Slamdot.com: Making the Web Friendlier
By: Terri Wells
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    2007-07-18

    Table of Contents:
  • Slamdot.com: Making the Web Friendlier
  • Welcome to the Control Panel
  • Cross Functionality
  • Useful Functions

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    Slamdot.com: Making the Web Friendlier - Cross Functionality


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    One of the things I really like about this control panel is that it's set up so that you can get to the same thing in a number of different ways. That may sound redundant to you, but it's actually very user-friendly. Different people will file something mentally in different ways. If you're set up to allow your users to accomplish the same task in multiple ways, and it's clear what they are, you don't punish anyone for, um, thinking differently.

    So if you're in the Plan tab at the Welcome screen and you decide to click on "Access your files," this is what you get:

     

    As you can see, it took me right to the Files tab. I could just as easily have gotten there by clicking the Files tab directly, and that's a good thing.

    You can have normal folders and protected folders. Under the Pro plan, you can have an unlimited number of protected folders, and manage access to them. That's a very nice feature when you want to grant access to your folders to multiple users. Since it has become an established practice to keep presentation layers and content layers of a web site separate, having protected folders can enforce who has access to what.

    The "Check your web stats" link under the Plan tab takes you to the Website tab. Under this tab, there are links to Web Stats, subdomains, pointers, redirects, error pages, and FrontPage (yes, Slamdot supports FrontPage). Under Web Stats, you get to see an Alexa traffic graph for your web site, a visitor summary organized by month, and a chart that shows daily visits for the current month. The other links under the Website tab let you do things like create subdomains, pointers, redirects, or tell Slamdot that you use FrontPage. You do get a warning about FrontPage, by the way:

     

    That's a good thing to know. If you're going to have to recreate a bunch of files if you enable FrontPage, it's better that you know about it in advance!

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