Tales from

The WebMeister

May, 2020


Creativecakesbycolleen.com consists of 74 mb of data, 1,537 Files, 198 Folders, and approximately 400 images.

Over the last several months, creativecakesbycolleen.com has undergone a lot of re-design, some obvious, some not. The numbers shown above are a summary of what lies behind the pictures and words that make up the entity, commonly referred to as the website.

The process that lets the visitor look at the pictures and words as well as sending mail or finding another website involves the implementation of some languages and standards set up by "The World Wide Web Consortium", shortened to "W3C".

W3C summarizes their work this way, "W3C's primary activity is to develop protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web. W3C's standards define key parts of what makes the World Wide Web work."

When strict adherence to W3C's rules are followed, all individual modern browsers will render the website the same way. If asked, W3C will evaluate all of the files that make up a website and respond with a pass/fail analysis. We asked them to do this for us and the result is that we have no formatting, protocol or rule violation errors. (No small thing, and lots of work.) Modern websites utilize HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript 1.8.5 (Identical to ECMAScript 5). Much of the work to comply with these standards involved modernizing code that was written using older versions. As things evolve (and improve), some components of the older versions become deprecated or obsolete. While many browsers will still present properly using the older versions (even ignoring errors), some will not. And when these older versions may still seem to work, efficiencies suffer and page loading time, for example, may suffer. And Search Engine Optimization (SEO) may also be less than desired. SEO is the technique that allows users to find the right site (ours), when looking for quality baked goods.

Other ongoing site work involves Responsive Web Design. This design technique changes the layout of the website depending upon what device is used to view it. While a site may look great on a 27” monitor, it may look much less appealing on a 7” smart phone. Since the trend is obviously toward more portable devices, this becomes very important.

So webmasters (I prefer webmeister) have lots of job security, keeping sites current, attractive and up to date. If the site is easy to find, navigate and is attractive, then we’ve done a good job and are happy to remain anonymous. When errors creep in, or the content is inaccurate, then anonymity is gone and the blame comes home.

If you’re curious about the quality of websites that you visit, you can visit this link, https://validator.w3.org/ , W3C validator, and enter the URL for the site you’d like to check. Each page of the website needs to be validated separately. It may come as a surprise how many errors you’ll find at some very well known web addresses.

A good webmeister gladly accepts feedback, criticism and comments from users. It’s easy to correct a single error. Many become like rabbits and tend to get out of control. So, humbly, please click on the webmaster link below and let me know what you think.

Thank you,