Sitemap for web crawlers

SiteMap

What is a Sitemap ?

A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for Web design, or a Web page that lists the pages on a Web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion.

Why would you need a sitemap for your web site is usually a reasonable question for any web designer.  A sitemap is a quick access point that allows the visitors on your web site to see the hierarchy of your website and pages in a single glance.   Your web designer tool kits usually provide a method to generate a sitemap from the current set of available pages which will be constantly deleting, editing and changing product, information, static pages.

Let’s try to understand what a sitemap is

A sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell Google and other search engines about the organization of your site content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file to more intelligently crawl your site.

Also, your sitemap can provide valuable metadata associated with the pages you list in that sitemap: Metadata is information about a webpage, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other URLs in the site.

So basically the additional information will assist in making your web site a possible hit when folks are searching the internet for particular services or products.

Why do you need a sitemap?

If your site’s pages are properly linked, Google’s web crawlers can usually discover most of your site. Even so, a sitemap can improve the crawling of your site, particularly if your site meets one of the following criteria:

  • Your site is really large. As a result, it’s more likely Google web crawlers might overlook crawling some of your new or recently updated pages.
  • Your site has a large archive of content pages that are isolated or well not linked to each other. If you site pages do not naturally reference each other, you can list them in a sitemap to ensure that Google does not overlook some of your pages.
  • Your site is new and has few external links to it. Googlebot and other web crawlers crawl the web by following links from one page to another. As a result, Google might not discover your pages if no other sites link to them.
  • Your site uses rich media content, is shown in Google News, or uses other sitemaps-compatible annotations. Google can take additional information from sitemaps into account for search, where appropriate.

Here are a few useful tips for sitemap

Updating your sitemap after any revision is performed is a excellent benefit.  A HTML sitemap can easily be considered as a layout of all the pages that your web site has to offer while a XML sitemap specifically aims for search engines as it reflects the most up-to-date information about the last updated pages.  Depending on the web site design you can have plug-ins or the tools auto update / create the sitemap.

Your sitemap can provide valuable metadata associated with the pages you list in that sitemap: Metadata is information about a webpage, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other URLs in the site. (Source: Google support)

Once you have your sitemap ready, you should submit is to search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo search via their respective webmaster tools. Click here for steps to submit a sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.

Windows 7 auto upgrade is happening

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Upgrade from Windows 7 is possibly happening on your machine.

The latest news concerning a auto upgrade with your Windows 7 operating system on a machine regardless whether it is a notebook or desktop may fade into memory unless you take steps to prevent an automatic upgrade of your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machine, it will happen even if you’re not around to approve it.

Our IT department witness it happen on a machine that is basically on most of the time, the update was filter from Microsoft and the upgrade began before anyone could stop it.  Is this big brother forcing users to go their way regardless they want to or not, could be.  There have been various reports of certain applications that have stopped working due to drivers that do not work under Windows 10 or other smaller applications.

This means you have to manually change the Windows Update settings so you don’t automatically get updates. Once you do that, you will need to check for and approve any updates to Windows before they’re installed. You do have the ability to pick which updates you want and which you don’t. But that means that you run the risk of missing what could be some critical updates if you forget to check.  Just a simple suggestion is to start reviewing what machines are left with the Windows 7 or even Windows 8 to prepare the company for the move over to Windows 10.  This is a precaution to watch that the company is not caught with an upgrade they do not want.

Baron Software has migrated most of their machines to Windows 10 Professional or regular depending on the license that was on the machine, any new machine it was decided to go with Windows 10 Professional.  That does not excuse Microsoft from forcing users to move from a safe and favorite platform instead it is an ugly attempt to enforce their rules.

The Raspberry Pi 3 is on sale!

Raspberry Pi 3

Raspberry Pi 3 is on sale!

The Raspberry Pi is the credit card sized computer that changed the world. It’s Linux-based, and is perfect for tinkering or learning to program. The Raspberry Pi is a single board computer that has an ultra low cost, compared to typical computers. The primary reason for its creation was to give kids a low-cost computer with which to learn how to program. It’s got a beefy quad core processor that runs at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, and most of the ports and capabilities that any normal computer would have. Generally, it runs on a Linux operating system and can run games, word processing programs, and spreadsheets.  For board comparisons you can click here.

Some of the features are:

  • ARM 64bit Quad Core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Onboard WiFi and BLE Bluetooth
  • HD display via HDMI

No longer will you need to purchase a wi-fi adapter but instead it is built on the board as well as Bluetooth allowing access to other components such as mobile devices as in cell phones and tablets.  With the kids you can build a robot and make it into family fun!

There are kits available that include the case to hold the board as well as power adapters, cameras, add-on boards, etc.  Each board can be used to do a simple project within the house such as a security camera or garage door opener.  Using Python and VPN you can gain access to the board over wi-fi or use the internal Ethernet port.  There is also a touch screen you can purchase that will allow you to use the user friendly menu to update the operating system or download applets to complete a function.  Really neat stuff for home grown geeks.  Please visit http://www.mcmelectronics.com to view the many options you can purchase to start that project at home.

Apple news that may be announced on March 21

Apple news that may be announced on March 21

Apple Products for 2016

 

Apple is preparing to make the annual product announcements on March 21st, 2016.  High expectations are there for newer geek toys from one of the favorite vendors which is apple.  Some of the possible noted things are:

  1. New iPhone 5se Headlining the event will be the 4-inch iPhone SE and a new 9.7-inch iPad. Rumors suggest the iPhone SE will look nearly identical to the iPhone 5s, but it will include new internal hardware that brings it in line with newer Apple devices. It is rumored to have an A9 chip, an improved camera, and NFC support for use with Apple Pay.
  2. New Apple Air 3. The new 9.7-inch iPad has been referred to as the iPad Air 3, but it may still be branded as an iPad Pro. The device is said to include many iPad Pro features, like a four-speaker design, a Smart Connector for connecting accessories, and display improvements for Apple Pencil support. It may also be the first iPad to feature a rear LED flash.
  3. Smaller iPad Pro.  The 12.9-inch iPad Pro may soon have a complement. According to several reports, Apple will unveil a 9.7-inch iPad Pro at the company’s March event. Like its bigger brother, the smaller iPad Pro would come with support for Apple’s digital stylus and its attached keyboard. It’ll also be cheaper than Apple’s current iPad Pro line, but like its larger counterpart, it will focus on the enterprise, according to reports.
  4. Apple Wristbands. Apple also plans to introduce new Apple Watch bands at the event. Existing bands will likely be available in new colors and there may be new product lines.
  5. Apple Air Notebook. The MacBook Air could be getting a much-needed boost this month. Rumors suggest Apple will mostly go with a new 15-inch MacBook Air to complement its current 13-inch model. Both versions would come with updated specs, including better processors and perhaps even improved screens.
  6. iMacs. Apple products tend to fight one another to gain market shares and do not leave out the iMac which is still there but sometimes a forgotten child in Apple’s world.
  7. Tim Cook on privacy. Apple’s case with the FBI isn’t going away anytime soon, which means CEO Tim Cook will discuss it at the company’s March event. Expect Cook to talk extensively about privacy, his company’s commitment to it and how he plans to improve user privacy in the future. Apple has chosen privacy as its top political concern this year, and that will be made abundantly clear both in court and in the court of public opinion at its March 21 event.
  8. Improved iOS 9.   iOS 9.3, which is currently in beta will have the following enhancements:
  • Intelligent Search and Siri
  • Install size optimizations
  • Performance improvements
  • Transit directions
  • Split-screen multitasking for iPad

Embarcadero Announces Strategy and Product future

Dedicated Developer Strategy

Embarcadero Announces Dedicated Business Developer Strategy and Product Future

With the web site refreshed it seems that Idera is starting to make the right moves on getting Delphi / C++ Builder back into the arena.  Rad Studio provides the highest level of mobile, database, web server, Windows application development all in one package.  The 2016 product roadmap also will be bringing the ability to create Linux applications on the server which is a step to go against the Microsoft Visual Studio product line.

At the moment there are over 3 million Delphi users through out the world and that is a fantastic step towards the product update that will be occurring soon.  You can also read additional information by clicking on the embarcadero emblem to view the feedback concerning the business end for Delphi.

Some of the options that Baron Software would like to see on the product would be:

  1. Enhance the EDN Network web site, refresh the entire look and feel.
  2. Enhance the license validation procedure, there are moments that developers need to bump up the license count due to issues or re-installations.
  3. Product pricing needs to be brought back a little.  At the moment the overall cost is somewhat high in comparison to Visual Studio and that is the market Delphi would like to grab.
  4. Additional developers meetings or events to bring Delphi developers together.  At the moment there are no live events which is a shame.
  5. Better communications between updates and releases.  At the moment news drags.
  6. Discounts for various software based on what a developer owns.  So the more you own the bigger the discount.
  7. Focus on the developer has to be the number one priority make them happy more product is sold.
  8. Get back into promoting the product.  People and business still think the language is dead when in fact the product has been so improved in the last few years.
  9. Quality has to improve.  The Seattle release was one of the strongest.
  10. Get the older Delphi users to update to the latest by a huge discount otherwise it is time to retire Delphi 7.

Idera in the span of two weeks has really gotten the engine moving and the future is as bright as ever.

Idera and Embarcadero separate target businesses

 

Idera and Embarcadero separate target businesses

 

Idera and Embarcadero have officially separated their businesses for software development Rad Studio that contains Delphi / C++ Builder and the Idera database tools.  This is a fantastic step in going forward and bringing both web sites with a fresh look on the future.

Embarcadero will continue to enhance the Rad Studio product that comprises of Delphi / C++ Builder plus the various tool kits that would enhance the product line. Seattle is the latest version that provides the software developer to build applications for Windows, databases, mobile devices and much more.

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The Ultimate Application Development Platform for Windows 10, Mac, Mobile and IoT.

  • Rapid Development
  • Rich UI/UX
  • Measure User Activity
  • Build for Enterprise
  • Internet of Things
  • Embed Data Everywhere

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Idera will be selling the various database tools on their own web site along with ER Studio making the company and product line stronger then before.  Listed below are the features for each product in the Powerstudio.

DBArtisan

Perform Multi-platform Database Administration

  • Manage multiple platforms (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase) from one UI
  • Proactively manage space, data and performance with built-in analytics
  • Easily find and fix performance issues using intelligent diagnostics
  • Move schema and table data across different platforms with ease
  • Protect data security with view, grant and revoke of permissions

DB Change Manager

Automate and Manage Complex Database Schema Changes

  • Quickly roll out and reconcile database changes
  • Reveal, track, and report on database changes
  • Comply with database audit and reporting requirements
  • Protect data privacy within the database environment
  • Track changes from multiple major database platforms

DB Optimizer

Automate SQL Tuning and Profiling

  • Streamline tuning of SQL code on major DBMSs from one interface
  • Tune SQL like a pro with automated performance optimization suggestions
  • Tackle complex SQL queries with visual SQL tuning diagrams
  • Pinpoint problem SQL with database profiling of wait-time analysis
  • Load test alternative SQL queries in simulated production environment

Rapid SQL

Develop SQL Code More Efficiently

  • Create high-performing SQL code on major DBMSs from one interface
  • Easily build complex SQL statements with visual query builder
  • Quickly construct, analyze and execute SQL code with code analyst
  • Simplify debugging SQL code, functions, and stored procedures
  • Collaborate effectively across development teams with version control

Microsoft SQL Server 2016 is coming to Linux

Microsoft SQL Server 2016 is coming to Linux will provide the ability for users to have the features and additional security.

Microsoft SQL Server 2016Click the image for more information about SQL Server

Microsoft will be releasing a version of their SQL Server 2016 for Linux which is a major step in the world domination plan.  With about 35 percent of the web servers in the world using Linux as their operating system this will open new revenue streams for Microsoft.

As you can see from the grid below the percentages of SQL Servers within companies.  The area where MySQL rules is on the web server which puts both at about 35 percent each on market share.  If Microsoft begins the move towards Linux the development tools will be released shortly.  What this means for a small company using a web server, they now have an option to use the Linux OS but with a robust SQL Server that also contains high end security and has better performance with tasks while MySQL is a low end database manager.

One of the most important things to secure a database is to use a mature data abstraction layer that exists as close to the data as possible.  MySQL is disqualified because it runs best when you minimize your abstraction layers to all but the most simple tasks.  SQL Server abstraction layers are just fine to write.  It is by far more mature than MySQL, but remember that MySQL is cheaper for web hosting firms and always include it with their packages.

If Microsoft does increase their market share within a web hosting firm that will provide additional revenue as well as allowing mobile devices designed with Visual Studio to gain access almost anywhere.  The design and development of database software will be better off due to the fact that a complete database can be migrated from a Windows Platform to a Linux Platform, now that would be pretty awesome.

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