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How to prevent directory browsing on your Website or Blog

Directory browsing means users can browse the directories of your website or blog. They can see you directory structure can browse that. It means all your directories are open to them and they get a clear idea about your website structure and different folders. This can be a security risk for your site. Suppose users can visit your images directory, your css or js directory on their browser. For wordpress users can see the wp-content directory, the themes, plugins directory. This is not good for your security.

So, its necessary that you should not allow your users to browse directories also, other than web-pages. You can prevent it through a very simple process. Just place an empty file on every directory, where you want to prevent browsing. Name that file as index.html or index.php. And you are done! Now just browse your directories and you will find that your browser is showing you a blank page. It will not show you up your directory contents anymore.

Now you may be thinking that how this is possible in so easy way. So here is the explanation. For any directory it is conventional for Web Servers that they first search for any file named as "index" and show it to the user. If the web server is not able to find any files named as index, then it open the directory in front of the user. So if you are placing an empty file named as index, the web server will show that in the browser, whenever any user will visit that directory. That's saves you from everything. It is that much easy and simple.

How to make PhpBB Forums Search Engine Optimized (SEO)

Forums are extensively used as a platform of communication and interaction around the globe. PhpBB has been playing a very important role in developing popular boards and forums. This feature rich free software has many salient utilities which attract webmasters. PhpBB is serving the communities very much satisfactorily.

But PhpBB has not been so much successful in satisfying Webmasters. Webmasters are always found to be bugging with the software, installing several mods(modifications through patches) and trying to have desired features. Customizing PhpBB is not so easy as many other web-based softwares.

You have been noticed that phpBB doesn't provide you with nice parmalinks, that means search engine friendly urls. Their urls are somewhat If you want to have search engine friendly and meaningful url structure in your forum, then you will need to install a mod rewrite. Visit PhpBB SEO to get three types of mod rewrite that you can implement on your forum to achieve SEO urls.

The three types of mods are:
  1. Simple phpBB3 SEO mod Rewrite

  2. Mixed phpBB3 SEO mod Rewrite

  3. Advanced phpBB3 SEO mod Rewrite

According to your efficiency and tech-geek-ness, you can choose which one is suitable for you. After this you will have directory structure urls which are loved by the search engines. PhpBB SEO has really some cool stuffs for your forum which can boost your traffic significantly. So now have some fun with your phpBB forum.

Delicious changes look and feel and improves its Usability

Delicious has re-designed their service website with many cool looks and huge Usability features. It seems that Delicious has decided to take a hands on to their competitors as well.
Delicious has a bold new design that is more powerful and easier to use, along with a revamped search that's faster and more robust. It's also full of useful features that people have been requesting for years
- says Delicious.

Delicious is now more organized with into three main sections of Bookmarks, People and Tags, functioning somewhat same as before. Enormous change in menu structure and panels can be seen. With a new Search now virtually searches many context in Delicious. You can now specially search your own tags.

A very clean and featured home page for the bookmarks, very nicely placed action links, but may be somewhat difficult for new users to find them. But for experienced users this looks cool, does its job but don't occupy much of the real estate. New cool sub-menus has been introduced making the navigation easier. Now you can change your profile and your display options to others on Delicious.

Nice improvements for the tagging technology has been into being which enables you to search through tags and even sort them in several ways, as per your convenience. Bookmarks layout has been massively redesigned and now helping users to read and edit them easily. Nice display of the bookmarks helps you to easily understand and edit them. Even you can see your bookmarks with 3 detail options.

The right bar now don't gets hugely populated with tags (a problem for those who uses many tags, about more than just 60-70 tags). The tag bar came there replacing that old model. It cleverly shows only most used tags, and a drop down option for all tags.
Say goodbye to salmon on blue! The popularity of a bookmark can be determined quickly by the width and shade of the blue box around the save count.
- says Delicious.
But what I think is it became more complex. Cause you will see 100 and 999, 1000 and 9999 shows in same width and even in same color. That's not right Delicious. In this case you have gone on the number of digits in the count, not on the value.

By the way guys, have you noticed the URL for the site you viewing? Its now delicious.com not the old del.icio.us. Tell me what's the most interesting feature or design change for Delicious according to you? And obviously what helped you and what may not helped you?