An Interview about MyDrawings.com

Scott and I were contacted by a group of MBA students studying Marketing Management at MGSM. They were asked to prepare a short presentation about a web 2.0 company and chose to present on MyDrawings.com. I thought others would be interested in the response to their questions.

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Choosing a bookmarking plugin

Well, after evaluating a lot of templates, I’ve realized I’ll need a bookmarking plugin. There aren’t very many templates that contain the bookmarking widgets already.

Here are the ones I’ve tried:

  • Social Bookmark Plugin
    This one is OK. I like how you can dynamically choose which sites you’d like included in the list of links. It doesn’t have any graphics though and I like that.
  • Social Bookmarking
    This one caused a fatal error when I tried to activate it. I don’t feel like finding out why.
  • ObSocialBookmarker
    Ok, this one seems to do the trick.

Permalinks

I’ve played around quite a bit with link structure for various sites I’ve programmed. I’ve found that Google will index your pages whether they have a parameterized URLs:
http://somesite.example?param1=this¶m2=that
or parameterized Paths (Permalinks):
http://somesite.example/this/that
I think, however, that in general, search engines like the path portion of the URL better than they like than the query string for indexing search terms. In addition, it makes the URLs easier to read and understand what the page is about.

Hint, for WordPress, you can change the link structure of your site on the options tab. If you change the permissions of the .htaccess file in the WordPress installation, it will even write that file for you. For me, WordPress is running under the apache user account.

>chgrp apache .htaccess
>chmod g+w .htaccess
>ls -la .htaccess
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root apache 204 Oct 1 09:12 .htaccess