Looking back over the quite-a-few years, I recall the need to always create a favicon for a website. It seemed to be one of the last things I did. It is important, but can wait.

As usual, the requirements for this aspect of a website change routinely, so it becomes necessary to research what to do as the need arises.

Happily, there are some fantastic resources to help web designers quickly create the various favicons needed for the platforms and devices that need one. I settled on one.

I have used REAL FAVICON GENERATOR for several needs recently, and gotta hand it to them. The service works great and saved me a lot of trouble. Thanks, REALFAV!

I spent numerous hours researching if a view resulting from a selection in a DropDownList could be retained after clicking to a new page. This was needed for a school website in order to select the list of classes of a particular discipline, then click on a class, go to a new page, and return to the selected class list.

I explored lots of options, but finally implemented a simple solution----

Add a javascript: function goBack() with window.history.back() as the definition of the function. Then put a button on the visited razor view page to go back to the page that has the DropDownList with onclick="goBack()" within the button tag. This is a client solution that uses the browser's cache functionality.

Previously there was a Html.ActionLink to return to the Index page. This resulted in a view of all content, not the previously selected course list.

Please comment if you like this solution, or feel it will eventually cause a dilemma.

Popups are great to capture attention and present important content on desktop and tablet sites, but on the smartphone view, they can get in the way.

Various solutions to hide the popup from the mobile view have been shared. For example, Conditional CSS, and Temporary Solution to Hide Popup on Mobile Devices, and Create a Simple Responsive Popup Window with jQuery.

I recently solved my problem with this dilemma by adjusting the css on the popup.css file by adding a media call for a mobile view, and changing the selectors to hide or revise those of the divs in the main css. Though I was not able to simply wrap the code for the popup in a display:none css div, I could isolate my display:none div to wrap only the image, and without the 1. Overlay, 2. Popup and 3. Image css definitions showing on the mobile view, it is now clean and user-friendly.

Chatbots are in the news. Should you invest in this prospect? What is a chatbot?

“Chatbots have the power to personalize a business, give customers a more intimate experience and build consumer loyalty by giving a phone menu or website store a pleasant, responsive, human personality. They may eventually take the place of customer-service people, store clerks and even psychotherapists as computer speeds and artificial intelligence evolve.”

Find out more here and here.

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Why not rather be passionate?

It's always disturbing when I'm relaxing at night to see a TV commercial for Wix or another such competitor to DAY Communications' wonderful services. It's painful because— what can they offer that I can't? Nothing! You just get an interface rather than a real face (consultation), a template rather than a custom design, and  "wal-mart" server solutions rather than intelligent hosting with custom features.

What do "free" websites offer? They'll give you a cookie-cutter "professional web presence" with "high-quality designs," a little SEO, wording to start you out based on your industry, and a CMS (content management system) that lets you add images and content easily, for ONLY $9.99/month (or $19.99 or $29.99 if you what more bells and whistles), or if only for personal use, it's perhaps $4.99/month after a brief free trial.

Add e-commerce for an additional $4.99/month and you get nothing but PayPal functionality, a free add-on for any website, or for $19.99/month (additional to your base fee) you get the CMS with order and inventory management, etc. For more money, you can feature more products and get more GBs for loading content and getting more traffic. pistachio and chocolate ice cream on sugar cone

Compare that to a BlogEngine or Office365 website solution, which are DAY Communications' out-of-the-box solutions for people who want an instant web app. For my custom design fee plus reasonable hosting fees you can have branded email and a CMS that is MUCH more sophisticated and flexible. There is no comparison between Office 365 and WordPress. And BlogEngine permits addition of custom AND plugin functionality.

Add PayPal for free, or let us help you find an ecommerce solution that complements your site.

How do you add up your cost in time and aggravation, or business lost because of wording that really does not explain your services? You will spend far less with me and you'll get a Pistachio Cherry or Chocolate Marble CMS.

DAY also provides custom design and set up for multiple blogs, various apps, and websites with full ASP.NET functionality. If any of your web information needs to convert to print, no matter what format, we can do that as well.

PHOTO CREDITS: Vanilla - Jeff Prieb, sxc.hu | Pistachio-Chocolate - Becco Eliacik, sxc.hu