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What are "Site Requirements", and why should I care?

What are the Site Requirements for this website?

Some times the EY.o Site is slower than other times - why is that?

The EY.o Site is slow for me - ALL THE TIME - how come?

The graphics on the EY.o Site are too big for my screen, or I cannot see everything that you have displayed on the page - why is that?

The "Splash Screen" on the very front of the site never comes up for me - why?

Is it just me - or do you really hate MacIntoshes?

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Q: What are "Site Requirements" anyhow, and why should I care?

A: "Site Requirements" are the set of parameters within the site that we (the site creators) expect the user to possess when they view the pages. That is, we built the site with specific minimum standards which we expect you, the user will have.

Site requirements include such items as the type of browser you're using (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.), version of the browser, the connection type and speed you have (dial up, ISDN, Cable or DSL, T1, etc.) and even the screen resolution you're using.

Why are they important? Well, when we built the site, we did so with a specific look and feel, as well as an operational flow in mind. Those expectations are built upon the assumption that you will have the ability to see these items, in the manner in which we created them. If the connection, browser or other parameters are not met by you, you may not be able to see what we've created correctly - or even at all.

Many of the bigger sites - like MSN, Yahoo, etc - have multiple sites, optimized for the browser you may be using, etc. This is very expensive to do (as you're basically duplicating the site over and over for each brand of browser, etc.), and we are not able to do this (as this site is paid for by donations from users).

So - you should care about the requirements if you want to (properly) see what is on site.

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Q: What are the Site Requirements for this website?

A: The requirements for this site are as follows:

  • This site is built in Macromedia's Dreamweaver, and utilizes Java, PHP and MySQL. The browser you are using should be new enough to be able to handle all of these. You should have sufficient RAM and processor speed on your computer to support these browser applications as well.
  • This site was optimized for Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Currently, we support both Internet Explorer and Netscape, versions 5.0 and higher, however the pages were set specifically with the Internet Explorer application in mind - on a PC.
  • This site is optimized for 1024x768 resolution and true color. If you are using a lower resolution (say 800x600), the screens and fonts will appear much larger.
  • This site assumes you have an Internet connection with a minimal 56k connection. Connections utilizing broadband (cable or dsl) or a T1 are preferred.

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Q: Some times the EY.o site is slower than other times - why is that?

A: If the speed of responses from the EY.o site vary during the day, or from visit to visit - and your connection speed is constant, chances are that it is related to the load on the server. We get about 600 or so regular hits a day, sometimes repeatedly from the same users (many of whom like to look at the images).

Please realize that the EY.o site is not on a dedicated server - but shares an Apache Server with about 40 or 50 other sites.

I would suggest trying back during mornings or during the business day, when traffic loads are somewhat lower...

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Q: The EY.o Site is slow for me - ALL THE TIME - why is that?

A: If the site is slow for you -ALL THE TIME - then I would suggest looking into your connection speed. If you're using a 56k connection, chances are very good that you're getting (at best) 48k or 46k - and in some cases, even slower.

A 28.8k connection will make visiting the EY.o site painful to say the least. I built the site with a T1 (on average) and a cable modem (slowest). Given what I wanted to do on the site, accommodating the slower speeds and older technology was just not an option.

Check your connection speed - see if you can get a faster one. DSL connections now run about $20 a month in many parts of the country....

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Q: The graphics on the EY.o Site are too big for my screen, or I cannot see everything you have displayed on the page - why is that?

A: See my comments in the "Site Requirements" above.

Basically, we built the site to operate in a 1024x768 resolution environment with true color. If you are using a lower resolution (say 800x600), the screens and fonts will appear much larger, and in some cases you may not be able to see the entire screen.

Check your computer/monitor settings, and see if you can increase your screen's resolution. On PCs this can be done by right mouse clicking the desktop, then going to the Properties tab, then the Settings tab. On Macs, you need to go to the Control Panel, and then to Monitor controls.

When you increase the resolution, you are stuffing more pixels into your viewing area. The result is that many things look smaller - but you can see a broader area. Both the desktop items (icons, etc.) and the browsers have settings to alter the size of the font, etc - so you can utilize the higher resolution and still have icons of the size you like..

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Q: The "Splash Screen" on the very front of the site never comes up for me - why is that?

A: The "Splash Screen" that appears at the very front of this site (www.EricsonYachts.org) is an antimated gif file, sliced into many subcomponents, and then has had links added to each of the subcomponents.

Some browsers have problems with this graphic. My suggestion (for now) is to just bookmark the Welcome Page and skip the splash page all together.

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Q: Is it just me, or do you really hate MacIntoshes?

A: Nope - it's just your perception. My first computer was a Mac SE...

It's just that I managed a network of PCs and Macs, and the PCs were/are much, much easier to maintain and work with. Besides, Microsoft has borrowed so much from the Mac OS now that it's not really important anymore...

I have nothing against the Mac OS...they just waited too long, and were not aggressive enough in the market place to make their product a total success (as it should have been).

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