A big plus for Classic ASP programmers is that Google is
going out of its way to support us. In its documents, it has provided the code
needed to use reCAPTCHA on your own website. http://code.google.com/apis/recaptcha/docs/asp.html
How often in this day and age to you see big companies like Google rolling out
the red carpet for Classic ASP developers? (Yet another sign that the news of Classic ASP's death have been greatly exaggerated...)
As before, you still have to sign up for reCAPTCHA to get their API keys http://www.google.com/recaptcha/whyrecaptcha (and then enter them in the code), just like you would Google Analytics. But once you do, you can use reCAPTCHAs on all your websites to cut down on any spambot activities plaguing your site.
Ever wonder how WordPress is able to generate friendly URLs in HTML? Ever wish you could pull that off yourself for your own Classic ASP website?
Rewriting your dynamic URLs does have certain advantages. The most obvious is that it makes it easier for your website visitors to understand what page theyâ€™re on. For example, "www.yourdomain.com/shirts.htmlâ€ť makes more sense to the average person than "www.yourdomain.com/catalog.asp?item=23â€ť.
However, it is important to note that it doesnâ€™t much matter to Google â€“ its Googlebots will be able to find and index your pages whether they are dynamic or static (although Google does recommend keeping links short and parameters few to avoid Googlebot confusionâ€¦) There is some debate as to whether rewriting links will boost your SEO. Generally, most SEO experts recommend rewriting those URLs if for no other reason than to add your keyword and keyword phrases into your links.
The question then becomes, how do you rewrite URLs using Classic ASP?
Weâ€™ve come across one way to do it that works quite well â€“ so well in fact, we used the general method for rewriting URLs in our own DMXReady CMS. Note that this method requires you to have IIS 7 and the URL Rewrite Module Go Live release installed. This tutorial is written for ASP.Net, but it is equally effective for Classic ASP.
Hereâ€™s another method that does the same thing by modifying the web.config file. Example #3 details how you can mimic WordPressâ€™ Pretty Permalinks, but there are other methods described here too.
Happy URL Rewriting!
You’ve seen those star rating systems on places like Amazon.com and even photo galleries giving you the opportunity to provide your own opinion on something. They’re a great interactive tool, and useful for other visitors to see how good that something is.
Well, you can add a Star Rating System to your own website using Classic ASP.
Here's one from Chris Hardy that looks pretty sharp. You can also Google "Classic ASP Star Rating" to find more...
For all of you into Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – and that should be *all* of you – the classic problem is how to identify the right keywords. If you’re like most DIY’ers, a system you can build yourself is always your best bet.
Well, you’re in luck! Here’s a little script that you can run on your website (or your local Windows server) that will help you use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool.
function asp_tiny_url(strUrl)Dim UrlCheck,strPageUrl,strTinyValstrPageUrl = "http://tinyurl.com/api-create.php?url=" & strUrlset UrlCheck = Server.CreateObject("Msxml2.ServerXMLHTTP.3.0")UrlCheck.Open "GET", strPageUrl, falseUrlCheck.SendstrTinyVal = UrlCheck.responseTextSet UrlCheck = nothingasp_tiny_url = strTinyValEnd Function
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