David Alley's blog

Churches are Full of the Sith - The Return of the Jedi.

To become a Jedi Knight (in the fictional movies Star Wars) a trainee, called a Padawan would go through up to 20 years of training to prove themselves. Being a Jedi was something that required intense dedication to the goal, but also to their Master. They were required to grow in knowledge, skill and character as all of these things contributed to becoming who they need to be as a knight.

The Two Francises

In the course of my life I have read both biographies for St Francis of Assissi and St Francis Xavier. I was compelled and moved by both and even named my son Xavier after reading about the latter. Both men deserve to be recognised as saints formally and whilst I believe that all believers are saints, because the scripture says so, that both of these men were certainly great role models and we can learn a lot from their lives.

Panda, Penguin - Will Pigeon be Next? The future of Google Algorithm Updates.

I have a theory - it could just be a crazy theory and time will probably prove me wrong, however here it goes.

Most people who own a website or work with sites, design, servers, hosting or anything SEO related know all about the Panda Update. Panda was a major search algorithm adjustment by Google which resulted in a wide changes in SERPs (Search Engine Result Placements) and upset a LOT of webmasters. Personally, only 1 of my websites was affected by Panda.

How to Create an eBay Template in Dreamweaver

This short tutorial will take you through how to create a ebay template using Dreamweaver. This tutorial describes the procedure that was taken using CS5, although it will be similar for other versions of the dreamweaver software.

1. Create a folder anywhere in your directory where you'll put all your files for this template.

2. Create a template design in Photoshop. It must have a header, a body, and a footer (make sure to designate a space for the For Search and Categories of products). For Feather Touch Hair, I made its width as 990px.

How to Make an iTunes Slider on Your Website - Including Links

The slider in the iTunes software is pretty cool, and our graphic designer at work thought so too. He had us integrate the slider into the website we built for Peace Apostolic Community in Rockhampton.

I found a cool tutorial online at Tuts Plus that was able to give me a great start but the code was incomplete. I've modified the code a little and now you can add links so the slider will take you wherever you want to go.

Server Monitoring with SMS Alerts - Top Ten Providers

Recently we had to set up server monitoring via SMS for our Dedicated Server. We were hoping there would be a free service so did a fair bit of research into this. As it turns out we didn't find a free service, but we did find much information which we have compiled and we hope will save other people much time. Here is a list of Companies that offers server monitoring with SMS alerts. This is particularly useful if you have a server or web hosting business and wish to keep track of your uptime and downtime.