Tag Archives: Lynx Text Browser

View from a search spider

There is a big difference in what you see on your screen and what a search engine spider sees. There are a lot of things that a spider can not interpret like we do. Javascript, Images etc…

I have found it extremely beneficial to use a text browser to dissect a web page. Google recommends this approach on their Webmaster Help site under Webmaster Guidelines.

Try the Lynx text browser, and remember it is not about viewing pleasure, it is about testing a page. Although I remember the days where this is how we saw information, argghhh…..

TIP : One very helpful way to use Lynx is to put it on a thumb drive. It will run directly from there and you can take it with you to help your clients, friends and family with their sites.

VORD Web Design has a very nice Lynx download page to help get you started with Lynx, just follow the simple instructions and start seeing your pages in a whole new (old) light.


My Top 5 Desktop Applications List

I rarely talk about my computer, and the reason is that I try to do as much with Web Apps as I can. On any given day I will work on 3 different computers and I have to be able to keep working without skipping a beat.

However, there are several desktop applications that I have to install to be in my zone. I have been using each one of these for as long as I can remember. 

Sam Spade – Sam Spade is an integrated network query tool for Windows 95, 98, NT and Windows 2000. This tool allows me to keep several sites in the options as I am running traces, pings and whois calls.

Agent Ransack – Freeware graphical file searching that supports regular expressions for Windows. I keep a copy of all software I download, such as a copy of each WordPress Release. With Agent Ransack I can quickly find any reference to anything I am looking for in a very large file folder.

Process Explorer – Process Explorer, also known as procexp.exe, shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. If you want to know what is using up your resources on a Microsoft OS machine, this is the best way I have found. The biggest benefit to me is the ability to shut down and process without affecting the others.

TextPad – TextPad is an award winning text editor for Windows.  with powerful features that will increase your productivity. This is probably the most used tool I have. Everything I write or code gets passed through TextPad. There are so many features and reasons I could not possibly list them all.

Lynx Text Browser – Lynx is the text web browser. Recommended by Google to see what a site looks like to a Search Crawler. This package should be required of anyone who is working on website (blog) development. If you really want to know what it looks like, you have to check this out!