In earlier blog postings I've talked about using Mollom's services to mitigate spam that originates through a website's Contact page. In this post I'll show effective it can be.
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There's an old adage that we like to remember as: "The cobbler's kids go barefoot." Meaning that the cobbler is too busy making shoes for others that he doesn't have time to make them for his own children.
Traditionally, site visitors predominantly used the browser supplied with their computer's operating system. For Windows users this has always been Internet Explorer. Apple users used Safari (the default for about the last decade, there were several predecessors). The world isn't that simple anymore.
As more and more website visitors move to portable devices, e.g., smartphones and tablets, the screen sizes and proportions become more varied. We must make our websites more friendly to these different displays.
One of the frequent questions we get from prospective clients is: "Can I have video embedded on my site?" The answer is: "Yes!"
Traditionally, the fonts used on a website were rendered by the browser using fonts resident upon the browser's computer. The website builder could attempt to specify a particular font but if that font was not available then a substitution would be made. There were a few techniques that could be used to render some content, particularly things like headers, in a special font using various forms of image substitution. Those techniques added complexity and could not be used for all circumstances, e.g., in body text.
CSS3 provides a new way to specify the fonts used to render text. This allows websites to either provide their own fonts, or, more significantly, reference external font libraries (e.g., hosted by Google) and control the fonts used by all CSS3 compliant browsers. All of the current versions of popular browsers, even recent versions of Internet Explorer (Version 9, and later), support this facility. We've begun to use this facility on some of our newly developed websites, including this one.
We hate spam! And, we're sure that our clients do also. Therefore, we routinely incorporate a couple of features in our websites that have been proven to dramatically reduce, if not eliminate completely, spam submissions through our contact pages and webforms.
We also love our legitimate site visitors and we don't want to waste their time, and possibly antagonize them, with intrusive antispam techniques like unnecessary CAPTCHAs when they want to send us a message.
Almost everyone hates spam (the electronic type anyway); the only exceptions being the spammers themselves and maybe the companies profiting from and/or protecting against it. Some spam fighting technologies are so effective that we may take them for granted and forget that they're actually working day in and day out protecting us from the spammers. In particular, Google's spam fighting for Google hosted email is particularly effective and easy to overlook.