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How To Fix the “Windows No Disk Error” with Apple’s QuickTime Movie Player

Do you try to view .mov files on your pc with the Apple QuickTime movie player and get an error message that says, something like “No Disk or Windows No Disk”? Also a bunch of annoying windows pop up and you have to hit cancel or continue for like 50 times before the error message goes away. If so, I have the solution for you. This bugged me for a long time before I figured out what to do. The problem occurs because you have recently viewed a movie on a drive that is no longer available. For example you may have viewed a movie off of your digital camera’s SD card. 

There’s an easy fix for this. Just clear your list of recently viewed movies. To do this, follow these simple instructions: Open the QuickTime movie player. From the File menu, choose “Open Recent”, and then choose “Clear Menu”.

If you are going to view movies on a drive other than your C:\ hard drive, be sure to clear the recently viewed movies from the list so that you won’t receive that annoying error message again.

Enjoy!

Gina

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April 8th, 2008 at 8:12 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink


Go Tigers Go!

Tonight is the big night! The NCAA Final Four Game with Memphis Vs Kansas is in San Antonio, Texas. Gametime is 8pm. I’ve got all the game snacks ready and a bunch of friends are coming over! The last time Memphis made it to the National Championship was in 1973. It’s going to be a great game to watch!

 memphis in final four

Enjoy!

Gina

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April 7th, 2008 at 7:18 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


5 Steps to Creating a Starter Website

Today it is very crucial for your business to have an internet presence. Your main method of advertising your business may be print advertising, flyers,  or commercial ads.  Whether you have a website or not if someone is interested in your business they will look for your business name on the Internet.  When someone searches for your business, it’s in your best interest for your website to come up.  Your website can be filled with information on your services, products, current sales promotions, coupons, store locations, hours of operation, your contact telephone numbers and more.  All this information can be readily available for your customers 24×7. That is what you want. So now, you want to know how to go about creating your first website.Â

confused about getting a website, let hoover web design help.If you haven’t owned a website before I suggest you start out small with an information website that describes your products and services. Initially all you need is a website that is comprised of your business name, the service/products that you offer, customer testimonials, and your contact information. You can upgrade your site later with interactivity by adding a newsletter mailing list,  selling products, a business blog and more. For now here are the steps involved in getting your feet with creating a new business website:

1. Purchase a domain name. Your domain name should have the keywords that pertain to your business in it. For example the name of this website is Hoover Web Design.  My last name is Hoover and my niche is web design so www.hooverwebdesign.com is a good domain name choice. You should alway purchase your domain name right away because you don’t want someone to register your domain name before you do. That happened to me once because I waited around. Now I have to keep checking the domain registry to see if the person who registered the domain is going to let it go.

2. Type out your text that you want to appear on the website in a Microsoft Word Document. It will speed things up to have the text written for you website and for you to know what your site will consist of especially if you choose to hire a web designer to do your site for you. You can show them your draft and they’ll know exactly what you’ll need for your website as far as pages and link names.

3. Shop for web designer or build the website yourself using a website builder or web template. If you choose to let a web designer design the website for you you’ll fare better.  A lot of small business owners do it themselves but rarely come out with a professional website design.  In most cases where a non-technical small business owner has done his own website the website is flawed. Common things that I have seen are the layout will be off balance, blocks of text will not be aligned correctly,  the graphics will be in the wrong positions, typos, some menu items will not be linked up.  The list goes on. What a mess!

When a potential customer visits your website you can bet they will not be purchasing anything from you. Would you purchase with a website that was all messed up? More than likely potential customer will leave right away. Remember this website reflects your business and it says you are an unprofessional mess. That’s not the image you want to present to a potential customer. A lot of small business owners make the mistake of wanting to get a website done as cheaply as possible and come out with a website that does them more harm than good.

There is nothing wrong with trying to build your website yourself but if the result is not professional you need to do something else. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with trying to build your website yourself but if the end result is not professional you need to do something else.

Website builders are a good choice because creating your own website is as easy as pasting your text into a WYSIWYG editor which is similar to Microsoft Word. This is highly recommended for a business owner who wants to build his website himself because you are in control of maintaining your website.

For a website owner who wants to user their own web hosting and maintain the website themselves, a web template would be a good choice because you can use your choice of web host and use a html editor like Dreamweaver or FrontPage to add your text and graphics to the web template.

At Hoover Web Design to cost to add your text and graphics to one our web templates starts at $50 and depends on the requirements of the template. This is a relatively small price to pay for a professional website design that can accurately reflect the professionalism of your business.

4. Purchase web hosting and upload the completed website to your web host. Web Hosting is where your site will be stored to be viewed all over the Internet. There are so many web hosts, just pick one that meets your business needs. Reliability should be the number one factor in your decision. If your website is down you could loose those search engine rankings that you’ve worked hard for.

5. Promote the website. When promoting your website be sure to submit your website to Google. Google is one of the most popular search engines around and can deliver a lot of traffic (potential customers) to your website. Google Adwords, which is pay-per-click advertising  is also a good choice.

Good luck with your first website and I hope these tips will make your website successful.

Enjoy!

Gina

Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

April 4th, 2008 at 8:40 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Printable Graduation Party Invitations & Greeting Card Templates

Graduation Season is just around the corner so we’ve added several new graduation printables as free downloads on the website. For those wanting to make their own custom made graduation greeting cards to congratulate someone who’s graduated, we have added graduation greeting cards with images of caps, gowns, tassels, and more.

We’ve also added several graduation party invitation templates that can be used to invite people to a graduation party. To view the new graduation printables please check out the links below:

printable graduation party invitation templates

free printable graduation greeting cards

Enjoy!

Gina

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March 30th, 2008 at 6:24 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


SearchMe Beta Search Engine

I ran across a new search engine called SearchMe. It’s a visual search engine and has got to be one of the coolest search engines that I’ve ever seen. Reminds me a lot of iPhone. Like any other search engine, when you use it you enter your search term and then it gets totally cool….the search results come up as a screenshot of the web site’s home page instead of a link/description.

searchme beta

You can navigate through the pages (websites)  by clicking on them. Along with a screenshot of the sites home page you get the websites title and a brief description from the websites meta tags. That’s too cool. On each of the website screenshots, you’ll see your search terms highlighted on the page in yellow. Drag the blue slider bar at the bottom of the window and you can whiz through the pages quickly. That’s awesome!

To try the search engine out yourself, you can sign up to be invited to be a beta tester. http://www.searchme.com.

Enjoy!

Gina

Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

March 27th, 2008 at 9:00 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Calling Guest Bloggers

Be our Guest Blogger and contribute your articles here.  If you have any original website design and development related articles and wish to contribute to this blog, contact us to post your articles to the blog.  Any blog posts submitted must be unique and must not be published on other sites or blogs. You will be given credit for the article as well as one link back to your website.

You can also contribute articles related to web graphics, designing, web 2.0, blogging, small business, making money on the Internet, search engine optimization and software tutorials.

Enjoy!

Gina

Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

March 24th, 2008 at 8:52 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


How Do We Know Google Can Read And Index Flash Files?

If you are pondering getting a Macromedia Flash or a html coded website you may ask the following question:

How do we know Google can read and index Flash files?

Trust me, you’ll want to know the answer to this question because if Google could not read Flash files, you would be worried about how to get your site indexed, you’d be worried about Google picking up on your website’s content, and picking up the keywords that your website is about. If you are a Google Adsense publisher you may be worried about only getting those dreaded public service announcement ads. Your website needs web surfers to stay alive so it’s very important that search engines can determine what your website is about.

The answer to the question is an easy one to figure out. Do a Google search for any phrase and use a filetype operator to restrict your search to the Flash file extension of .swf.

Here’s an example.

I choose the very generic phrase of “manager of the company”. You would enter this phrase in the Google search box like this:

“manager of the company”  filetype:swf

google cana read flash files 

When you look at the search engine results page, notice how the word [FLASH] appears just before each result. This lets you know that the page is Flash document.

If you click on one of the listings you can look through the Flash file and find the text like I did.

 google can read macromedia flash websites

So yes, Google can read all of the text from Flash movies and banners including the links. Way to go Google!

Enjoy!

Gina

Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

March 19th, 2008 at 6:31 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Old Google Adsense Codes

For those of you who started with Google Adsense way back when, here is a list of the legacy or old Google Adsense codes below. Currently there’s no way to generate the old code from the publisher’s account management area. Just copy the ad size that you need and replace the following manually:

replace the sample publisher number with your own publisher id number;
replace the sample ad channel name with your ad channel name;
replace the sample ad channel id number with your ad channel id number;
replace the sample ad colors with your site’s color scheme

Note: if you want to use text and image ads, substitute google_ad_type = “text_image”;  for google_ad_type = “text”;.

728×90 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 728;
google_ad_height = 90;
google_ad_format = “728×90_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
468×60 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 468;
google_ad_height = 60;
google_ad_format = “468×60_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
234×60 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 234;
google_ad_height = 60;
google_ad_format = “234×60_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
125×125 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 125;
google_ad_height = 125;
google_ad_format = “125×125_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
120×60 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 120;
google_ad_height = 600;
google_ad_format = “120×600_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
160×600 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 160;
google_ad_height = 600;
google_ad_format = “160×600_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
180×150 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 180;
google_ad_height = 150;
google_ad_format = “180×150_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
120×240 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 120;
google_ad_height = 240;
google_ad_format = “120×240_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
200×200 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 200;
google_ad_height = 200;
google_ad_format = “200×200_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–> </script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
250×250 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 250;
google_ad_height = 250;
google_ad_format = “250×250_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–> </script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
 

300×250 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 300;
google_ad_height = 250;
google_ad_format = “300×250_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>
336×280 Old Google Adsense Code

<script type=”text/javascript”><!–
google_ad_client = “pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”;
google_ad_width = 336;
google_ad_height = 280;
google_ad_format = “336×280_as”;
google_ad_type = “text”;
//2008-03-02: hooverwebdesign.com
google_ad_channel = “your_ad_channel”;
google_color_border = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_bg = “FFFFFF”;
google_color_link = “0000FF”;
google_color_text = “000000″;
google_color_url = “008000″;
//–></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”
src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js“>
</script>

Enjoy!

Gina

Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

March 18th, 2008 at 4:12 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


Free St. Patrick’s Day Glitter Graphics

Today is St. Patricks Day and if you want to wish your friends and family a happy St. Patricks Day, check out our free St. Patricks Day glitter graphics and comments that can be used for for social networking sites.

Free St. Patricks Day Glitter Graphics

We also have a slection of free St. Patricks Day holiday web graphics that can be used for your websites which include four leaf covers, shamrocks, pots of gold, leprechaun and more.

Free St. Patricks Day Web Graphics

Enjoy!

Gina

Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

March 17th, 2008 at 7:53 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


3 Ways To Get The Googlebot to Visit Your Website

1. Submit a sitemap through Google Webmaster Tools.

Submitting a sitemap will allow Google to read your sitemap and know when you’ve added new pages to your website.

2. Get More links to your website.

Backlinks are links from other websites on the Internet that point to your webstie. If you have a popular webiste who offers something of value to your site visitors people will automatically link back to your website. A way to get people to link back to you is to offer something for free.  When asking for backlinks you should be getting links from websites that are similar theme as yours.

3. Add fresh and unique content to your website.

The Googlebot likes to visit websites with content that is fresh and unique because it likes to provide the latest content to it’s web surfers.

Enjoy!

Gina

Content © 2008 Hoover Web Design http://www.hooverwebdesign.com

March 17th, 2008 at 7:32 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink