The first proper news update of the year. January has been a busy month for me not just with JournalXtra but also with the other sites on my network. I own and manage quite a large number of websites which lagged a little bit last year due to the work I put into JournalXtra. Getting a little annoyed, I decided to stand in front of a mirror and have a good talk with myself about how I should proceed this year. I can tell you that it was a funny site to watch me waving fists at myself as I argued the pros and cons of different management styles. The outcrop of my little self-confrontation is that my reflection coerced me to better organize my time hence from this point onwards I will endeavor to provide a minimum of one article or other update for each manually managed website per week (excluding news updates and special events). So you lucky readers can expect at least 4 (yes, four) new articles or tool additions from JournalXtra this month and every month after it for the foreseeable future (please don’t be upset if I relapse to one every here and there).
Right, back to the main purpose of this update. During January I wrote 2 new articles, added 2 new tools to the Webmaster’s Tool Box and introduced the new EasyGuides category into which I’ve placed all the tutorials I’ve written for JournalXtra. Those tutorials are still available in their specific subject categories and their page links remain the same so there’s no need for you to worry about your bookmarks. Here’s the lowdown on those articles:
5 Steps to Twitter Success explains how to increase followers, write noticeable tweets, how not to get suspended or blacklisted from Twitter Search and how to get an account re-activated or un-blacklisted.
Create Glossy-Look CSS Controlled Navbar Buttons is the second part to an earlier guide which explained how to create navigation bar buttons that remain highlighted when clicked i.e how to keep an active page tab highlighted. This second part explains how to style the buttons with glossy images to give them that all impressive web2 look.
The new EasyGuides category is the place to go to locate any of the tutorials I write. All the old tutorials have been added into it and all new tutorials will be added into it. This category is additional to each guide’s subject category.
Added 50+ free classified ads to the marketing tools section. For those who are unaware, JournalXtra is the place where I bookmark many of the resources I use to promote and build my websites. I place those resources that require form filling into one convenient list so that they open up in an iframe on the same page as the list i.e the links don’t need open in multiple tabs. A few product review sites have also been added to the classified ads page (look at the second set of bookmarks).
Snazz-up Your Website with Free Graphics and Sound Effects had a few items added to it and a few bug fixes:
New stock image and clipart image providers,
A table of content has been put at the top of it to facilitate navigation, and
Minor errors with the page layout and one or two links have been corrected
That’s all for this news brief. I hope you enjoy reading JournalXtra and that you have a good February.