Digital cameras database

If you are looking for a database of digital cameras specifications in Excel format to create a website, use in a repair shop or anything similar, I created an Excel database for you using a scraping software to extract data from digicamdb.com.

Download SAMPLE: Digital Cameras Database.xls
(LITE package include URL, image, brand, model, year).

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Description

Database created in January 2018 (3679 models) using our “universal” web scraping software. While my other projects such as Car Database and Mobile Phones Database get a constant flow of sales and this encourage me to update regularly, Digital Cameras Database is poorly selling. I update it when someone ask for an update, each update taking about 30 minutes.

Updated January 2019 (3705 models).

Looking for TV, laptops, or other kind of electronics? Please recommend me similar websites to scrap data from and I will create more databases!

Digital camera brands included

Acer, AgfaPhoto, BenQ, Canon, Casio, Concord, Contax, Epson, Fujifilm, GE, HP, Jenoptik, JVC, Kodak, Konica, Konica-Minolta, Kyocera, Leica, Minolta, Minox, Nikon, Nokia, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Praktica, Ricoh, Rollei, Samsung, Sanyo, Sigma, Sony, Toshiba, Vivitar, Yakumo.

Digital camera specifications included

URL 100%, Image URL 100%, Brand 100%, Model 100%, Also known as 3.97%, Megapixels 50.96%, Effective megapixels 49.04%, Total megapixels 49.04%, Sensor size 100%, Sensor type 100%, Sensor resolution 100%, Max. image resolution 100%, Crop factor 100%, Optical zoom 100%, Digital zoom 100%, ISO 100%, RAW support 9.92%, Manual focus 96.17%, Normal focus range 80.84%, Macro focus range 79.18%, Focal length (35mm equiv.) 86.90%, Aperture priority 98.72%, Max aperture 100%, Max. aperture (35mm equiv.) 100%, Depth of field 99.54%, Metering 100%, Exposure Compensation 100%, Shutter priority 100%, Min. shutter speed 92.25%, Max. shutter speed 92.42%, Built-in flash 98.94%, External flash 98.23%, Viewfinder 99.92%, White balance presets 92.96%, Screen size 98.15%, Screen resolution 87.66%, Video capture 9.92%, Max. video resolution 9.76%, Storage types 98.48%, USB, HDMI 9.95%, Wireless 9.95%, GPS, Battery 97.96%, Weight 95.95%, Dimensions 97.34%, Year 100%.

How the Excel photo camera database can be used

Filter the photo camera database and get a list of cameras phones having specific features.
Filter the photo camera table by year and make list of features introduced in each year of history.
Analyze data and make statistics what are the best cameras in each range.
Convert Excel spreadsheet to CSV or MySQL and create your own digital camera comparison website or mobile app.
Etc…

Digital cameras specifications database

Is possible (and legal) to obtain a mobile phone numbers database?

I CAN help you if you need web scraping services to collect phone numbers (or any other kind of data) that is voluntarily published on the internet by their owners. For example I made a script that input MCST from 0001 to 4600 in bca.gov.sg enquiry and created Condo Database with Management Corporations, an Excel file that include about 4000 phone numbers of managing agents. Not many numbers, but very valuable in telemarketing for certain service providers.

I CANNOT help you if you need phone numbers of home owners, car owners or other types of personal phone numbers. Homeowners associations does have phone numbers of some owners (is a good practice to give your contact info to be announced in case there is a problem in your home while you are away), car insurance companies also have phone numbers of their clients, but what makes you to think that they would give their database to you or potential competitors? Also, distributing / selling phone numbers without owner consent is ILLEGAL all over the world. In Singapore you can be fined up to $10,000 or up to 12 months of jail according pdpc.gov.sg.

Not-so-legal ways to get database of (personal) mobile phone numbers

Fake contests that require you to enter phone number: if you are a long-time internet user you may have seen on various websites some ads “you won an iPhone” who ask you to take a simple quiz, then ask you to input your phone number to enter in a draw (most likely a fake contest where nobody wins anything). Other websites offer a “free IQ test” and after you answer all questions, it ask you to input your phone number to receive the results, I don’t know if you actually receive results because didn’t tried. These websites do collect phone numbers of naive people and eventually sell them illegally. If you are looking to buy a mobile phone numbers database to advertise food, chewing gum, or anything else with many consumers, you can contact this type of websites.

Cookie collector: In 2017 been contacted by a marketing company who pay websites to add a cookie and send them user information (email, phone number, etc), offered to pay me too but my website do not have a registration feature. Read our chat.

This is another dirty way to collect people’s emails and phone numbers under a notification “I accept cookies”. That company was not selling database itself, but was offering services such as SMS blast to the numbers they collected. So if you want to advertise a service via SMS marketing you can try to contact such kind of marketing company.

Some mobile app developers sell phone numbers of their users: in September 2018 someone has posted this spammy comment and talking with him I realized that he is mobile app developer and have phone numbers of people who are using their applications (only number, NO age, gender, location, job or anything else to filter by). You can contact him or any other mobile app developer.

In 2019 an Indian offered to sell me a database of 15,000 phone numbers, but never explained who are these numbers belonging to. If he got them in one of above ways, we can assume that most numbers belong to dumb teenagers so have no value in business.

If you want to market products to company owners in certain industry, none of above are efficient for you.

First strange email

Since 2016 I offer for sale a database of mobile phones DEVICES with their specifications, but a couple of people do not understand this and message me to ask dumb things such as phone NUMBERS database.

A visitor of that page sent me an email which after few replies I realized that he was NOT looking for phone devices, but phone numbers. I feel surprised to see people making such confusion.

Customer:
Hi Teoalida!
I’m looking for phone lists to market some products. Any chance we can work together?


Teoalida:
I already have phone database and I guess that you saw it since you sent this email. But I can also work for you if you want to change something in database or make new databases!


Customer:
Yes! I saw a couple samples on your site. Im looking for mobile phone databases of people interested in real estate or looking to buy real estate. Do you have them?


Teoalida:
I create database in many fields but phones and real estate cannot mix… what do you mean???
May I know which pages of my website have you opened?


Customer:
I went through the list of your databases. What i am interested in is a list of mobile phone numbers of people living in a certain area. Or really just mobile phone numbers of any group of people in Singapore. Would this be data that you keep?


Teoalida:
LOL…. so you’re from Singapore?
Mobile Phone database is about phones as products sold worldwide and not phone numbers in certain area. You’re 3rd person I think who ask about phone numbers (other 2 asking about flat owners and car owners), may I know how do you EXPECT someone to be able to collect them and if is LEGAL what we are doing?

Second strange email

Customer:
Hi there, I am wondering whether do you have serangoon hdb database (in term of contacts) thank you Merry xmas and Happy new year


Teoalida:
I have all towns in HDB blocks databases and you can buy each town individually or whole Singapore with discount… what do you mean “in terms of contacts” ????


Customer:
Hi ,
Sorry I mean their handphone no..
Thanks


Teoalida:
Let me guess… you want to spam SMS to promote your agent services?
I have phone numbers of my local friends, few dozens of them… if I give you these numbers does it helps you? Also do you think that is legal to give friends phone number without their permission?
Tell me HOW DO YOU THINK that I would be able to collect phone numbers of large amount of people?


Customer:
Hi,
Thank you for your prompt reply.
Wish you happy new year!
God bless.


I sent him 1 more message and he never replied, never answered my questions. Probably ashamed of his request.
Few months earlier I told to someone about people looking for mobile phone numbers and he told me that is ILLEGAL

(3:53:52 PM) Visitor 41318597: By the way, I was from a very big company.. **************.. So I believe my words does carry it’s weight..
(3:54:15 PM) Visitor 41318597: Anyway.. The main purpose of any company is to make money..
(3:54:47 PM) Visitor 41318597: and the main purpose of their R&D department is to help give the company some edge that would make it more money..
(3:55:17 PM) Visitor 41318597: Usually the first step is data collection… Which is what you are doing..
(3:55:26 PM) Teoalida: but what kind of data do you collect?
(3:55:33 PM) Teoalida: have you seen how I wrote in About me…. “data mining”
(3:56:15 PM) Teoalida: someone asked me for a database of flat owners’ phone numbers… is this possible?
(3:56:15 PM) Visitor 41318597: I have not yet gone through your whole website, so unfortunately I have not read that yet.. But will do soon..
(3:56:51 PM) Visitor 41318597: Hmmm.. Database of flat owner’s phone number is a bit tricky..
(3:58:00 PM) Visitor 41318597: This is because:
1) I’m not sure where you’re going to get them
2) Phone numbers are kind of private information that you could only have if the owner gave it to you.. Else, you should not be selling such information. May get into trouble..
(3:58:21 PM) Visitor 41318597: They are protected by the PDPA.. (Personal Data Protection Act)
(3:58:46 PM) Teoalida: I told him that even if can be collected, would be illegal to sell
(3:58:59 PM) Visitor 41318597: Even if you have such data.. Maybe your friend’s number or such, you cannot sell or distribute without their permission.
(3:59:07 PM) Visitor 41318597: You’re right.. That is illegal..

Strange indian not understanding what I am selling

Country: India
Page URL: https://www.teoalida.com/database/phones/

Chat started on Sunday, September 16, 2018 9:02:41 PM

(9:02:41 PM) *** Visitor 78299220 has joined the chat ***
(9:02:43 PM) Teoalida (site owner): Hi there… are you looking for a specific database? you are welcome for a chat!
(9:03:56 PM) Visitor 78299220: Can you plse provide me data of insurance co.
(9:04:10 PM) *** Teoalida has joined the chat ***
(9:04:15 PM) Teoalida: what insurance companies?
(9:04:16 PM) Visitor 78299220: Such as lic
(9:04:19 PM) Teoalida: this database is about mobile phone devices
(9:04:31 PM) Teoalida: but I can create a custom database for you via web scraping
(9:04:37 PM) Teoalida: www.teoalida.com/database/webscraping
(9:04:43 PM) Visitor 78299220: Customer database
(9:05:42 PM) Visitor 78299220: I need customer name mobile no city and policy holder
(9:05:59 PM) Teoalida: LOL
(9:06:09 PM) Visitor 78299220: Database of utter pradesh
(9:06:19 PM) Teoalida: from your 1st message I though that you want a list of companies in insurance
(9:06:36 PM) Visitor 78299220: No
(9:06:42 PM) Teoalida: ask the insurance company to share with you their customers data
(9:07:15 PM) Teoalida: do you really think that they will disclose their data to third-party people and potential competitors?
(9:07:34 PM) Visitor 78299220: No
(9:07:54 PM) Visitor 78299220: I was just asked if you can provide me
(9:07:58 PM) Teoalida: do you realize that what do you ask is off my website topic?
(9:08:10 PM) Visitor 78299220: Ok
(9:08:14 PM) Visitor 78299220: Thanks
(9:08:17 PM) Teoalida: leave an email address
(9:08:29 PM) Teoalida: I would like to ask you later if you found anyone to provide you
(9:08:35 PM) Teoalida: because I DON’T believe that you will ever find
(9:09:00 PM) *** Visitor 78299220 has left ***

Another one!

 

Country: Singapore
Page URL: https://www.teoalida.com/database/webscraping/

Chat started on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:05:37 AM

(11:05:37 AM) *** Visitor 36739428 has joined the chat ***
(11:05:39 AM) Teoalida (site owner): Hello visitor from Singapore, are you looking for a specific database? Let me know if I can help you!
(11:06:03 AM) Visitor 36739428: yes
(11:06:24 AM) *** Teoalida has joined the chat ***
(11:06:25 AM) Teoalida: 🙂
(11:06:48 AM) Visitor 36739428: You have Singapore database?
(11:07:06 AM) Teoalida: I have many databases for Singapore, which one do you want?
(11:07:19 AM) Visitor 36739428: What do yo have ?
(11:07:20 AM) Teoalida: HDB, condo, resale prices, cars, etc….?
(11:07:40 AM) Teoalida: www.teoalida.com/databases
(11:09:15 AM) Visitor 36739428: Consumer database
(11:10:13 AM) Teoalida: what do you mean with consumer?
(11:10:36 AM) Visitor 36739428: Human, not cars or condos etc
(11:11:56 AM) Teoalida: I hope that you don’t need population names and addresses, this is against https://www.pdpc.gov.sg/Organisations/Enforcement-Matters/Personal-Data-Protection-Breaches
(11:13:39 AM) Visitor 36739428: Cannot do scraping?
(11:13:59 AM) Teoalida: scraping from where? provide me a link to a website having required data
(11:14:20 AM) Visitor 36739428: I don’t know
(11:16:02 AM) Teoalida: You remind me about a funny case… an Indian who asked for “singapore database” without referring what database, and after few min I realized that he was also looking for database of people names and phone numbers and he said “if you don’t sell Singapore database please remove keywords so you don’t waste anyone else time as you wasted mine”
(11:16:46 AM) Teoalida: I feel sad for not giving him link to https://www.teoalida.com/databases/ BEFORE he quit chat so he can see that I DO sell databases for Singapore …. buildings and cars, so I cannot remove keyword “database”
(11:17:13 AM) Teoalida: I can’t find his chatlog anymore
(11:17:18 AM) Teoalida: however what made him (and you too) to ask about database of people in a website focusing on architecture and real estate?
(11:18:45 AM) Visitor 36739428: I need database to market products and services, emails also can
(11:19:45 AM) Teoalida: I had few more people who asked for “database of HDB owners”, most likely agents to spam SMS
(11:20:08 AM) Visitor 36739428: No spamming
(11:20:25 AM) Teoalida: but you saying “singapore database” is too vague
(11:20:35 AM) Teoalida: see this article https://www.teoalida.com/database/phonenumbers/
(11:56:52 AM) *** Visitor 36739428 has left ***

Football Database

Download free SAMPLE: 2018-FIFA-World-Cup.xls

Took me about 5 minutes to compile this table sourcing data from Wikipedia using “XPath Helper” extension for Chrome.

If you are interested in similar table for all FIFA World Cups 1930-2018, UEFA Euro Cups and other football tournaments, please contact me.

If you have any suggestion how to make this table better, please contact me.

Stadiums database

I made this database of football / soccer stadiums in 2018 when some strange person from Singapore asked me if I can do research and compile stadium data. I made a scraping script to extract data from www.stadiumdb.com, and later published database on website to allow other people to purchase it in case you are interested.

Download free SAMPLE (England only):  Stadiums Database SAMPLE.xls

Buy FULL database (129 countries):

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Stadiums Database - 3000 football / soccer stadiums from the world

The database contains over 3000 major stadiums from 129 countries in the world, most stadiums contained are from Poland, 434 of them, because owner of website is polish.

The database contains existing stadiums as well as historical stadiums, under construction stadiums or designed stadiums (future projects), including details like country, city, address, stadium name, capacity, clubs, inauguration year, construction year, renovations year, construction cost, designer, etc.

About me

Football was one of my hobbies in early childhood. Since 1998 to 2002 I was watching many football matches with my dad, making in Word and Excel databases and analysis about matches. In 2002 my parents throw away my collection of football magazines, putting an END to this hobby. Even if this did not happened, I would have abandoned the hobby of analysis in 2005 when I connected to internet, due to much more detailed content existing on Wikipedia.

Today I may find more pleasure in making data analysis in Excel about matches than watching World Cup 2018 matches themselves. Just tell me what data do YOU require to be in database? I occasionally play football outside with my friends.

I offer 50 databases in various fields, automobiles, geography, real estate, electronics, etc.

Screen resolution statistics

StatCounter Global Stats - Top 10 Screen Resolutions

For latest statistics se https://gs.statcounter.com/screen-resolution-stats/desktop/worldwide/#monthly-200903-201912

As graphic designer and enthusiast in computer history, I became curious how the monitor dimensions evolved over the years and analyzed which screen resolutions were most popular, so I created these Excel files:

Monitor size calculator .XLS – Excel table that calculate monitor dimensions (width and height) in mm, screen area, pixels size, etc. I made to display all monitor sizes from 14 to 40 inch, but you can write your own numbers.

Screen resolution statistics .XLS – Source of data:
W3Counter – since May 2007, sample: 80,000+ sites using their services according real-time counter in footer.
NetMarketshare – since November 2007, 40,000 sites, 160 million unique visits according FAQ.
StatCounter – since March 2009, sample: 3+ million sites using their services according FAQ.

Screen resolution by country .XLS – Source of data: StatCounter only.

First time I used W3Counter, then I found the highly-detailed StatCounter with its ability to download CSV, but I was not happy of historical coverage being 2009-present only, then I found NetMarketshare. I copied monthly data in an Excel table (the process took few hours) then I analyzed it, made charts about evolution of screen resolutions, etc. Then compiled the summarized table shown below in this page (most popular screen resolutions). I tried to find detailed statistics going back to 2003 at least to study the origins of widescreen bullshit, but no such thing is available.

I made this analysis in 2014, at the time I wanted to buy a new monitor to replace a 9-year old 17″ LCD. I updating monthly until January 2015. Lack of comments on this page and lack of positive chat messages from website visitors, gave me impression that nobody is interested in my analysis. I updated for last time in January 2016.

In 2017 StatCounter was redesigned and there is no longer possible to download full data in CSV format with one column for resolution and one row for each month, clicking “download CSV” show now only top 20 resolutions for whole period selected. NetMarketshare also removed screen resolution stats during 2017 or 2018. Even if I want to update above Excel files, I cannot do anymore, except W3Counter.

Additional stats for enthusiasts of computer history:

W3Schools – 2000-present stats but not detailed and unreliable (traffic of their own site only, high-end internet users).

onestat.com – 2002-present press releases, showing that 1280×800 was non-existent in 2004.

utexas.edu – 2004-2006, very small traffic sample, about 10.000 monthly visitors of their university site, exact percentages are not relevant, but it show when widescreens appeared: in March 2004 report 1280×800 had 0.49% and 1440×900 had 0.38% while in December 2005 report 1440×900 and 1680×1050 were still rare (1%) but 1280×800 laptops gained significant marketshare (7.58%).

Summary

800×600 was most popular screen resolution having a market share 56% in 2000 and was overtaken in 2003 by 1024×768 which reached a peak of 57% market share in 2006 (according W3Schools).

1024×768 had over 50% marketshare before 2007 and was overtaken by 1366×768 in March 2012 which reached a peak of 27%+ in 2015. Next popular were 1280×800 with a peak of 19.72% in Nov 2009 and 1280×1024 with peak in 2007 (according StatCounter).

Note: in United States and some European countries 1280×800 was most popular for a short period in 2009-2011 because people buy new laptops and throw away older 1024×768 laptops to poorer countries.

Today trend is towards 1920×1080 which already became dominant in South Korea (2013), Germany and China (2015), but in terms of worldwide marketshare 1366×768 is still dominant as 2019.

History of screen resolutions

CRT monitors retain their sharpness at any resolution, this is why you can see some high-end CRTs capable of high resolution. For example 21″ CRTs can display 1600×1280 or 1800×1440 but you would prefer to use 1280×1024 to make text readable. 2048×1536 is the maximum resolution supported by VGA cable, thus CRT monitors were produced up to this resolution.

LCD monitors offer a sharp image only at native resolution, so they were produced with pixel size 0.25 – 0.30 mm. Making LCD with smaller pixels would make text too small and unreadable at native resolution, or blurry if you set a lower resolution.

During 1990s LCD displays were expensive so they were found only in laptops. Most people had CRT monitors and ran them in resolutions like VGA 640×480, SVGA 800×600, XGA 1024×768, but no exact statistics are available. Games like Age of Empires (1998), Midtown Madness (1999), The Sims (2000) had support only for these 3 resolutions. 1980s computers with CGA (320×200) and EGA (640×350) still existed, but they were not used to access internet to be tracked by statistics.

LCD monitors outsold CRT monitors in 2003, their typical size was 14″ / 15″ 1024×768 (4:3), 17″ / 19″ 1280×1024 (5:4), 21″ 1600×1200 (4:3 again).

A type of widescreen existed in 2003, 20″ 1600×1024.

The popular widescreen format (16:10) appeared in 2004 originally in laptops (14″ / 15″ had 1280×800, 17″ had 1440×900), next year desktop monitors appeared in this format (19″ 1440×900, 22″ 1680×1050, 24″ 1920×1200) and high-end laptops received such resolutions. Widescreen monitors come with VGA and DVI ports, running 4:3 resolutions on DVI cable maintain aspect ratio and display black bars while on VGA cable stretch to full screen.

Television industry adopted 16:9 standard in 2008, and because is cheaper to produce both monitors and TV with same aspect ratio, 14″ / 15″ laptops became 1366×768, 17″ laptops became 1600×900, high-end laptops ($1000+) used 1920×1080. New desktop monitors were 18.5″ 1366×768, 20″ 1600×900, 21.5″ / 23″ 1920×1080. QHD, 27″ 2560×1440 appeared in 2009. LG G3 was in 2013 first smartphone with QHD display. Mini-laptops with 10″ screens used 1024×600, called netbooks (smaller than 14-17″ notebooks).

You may say that was logical to make 1280×720. The 1366×768 resolution was born because some software need minimum 1024×768 to run. It is considered the worst resolution ever as its width is not even divisible by 8, so a 1360×768 was also born.

A trend of high DPI display was started in 2011 when Apple launched Retina display, which doubles number of pixels while keeping the size of screen elements. PC monitors and laptops hardly adopt this trend because Windows scaling function was originally not properly implemented and certain elements retained their original size when you set screen scaling.

As 1080p video format became popular, 1920×1080 screens started being available in mid-range laptops too ($500-$1000), 1600×900 disappeared.

Ultrawide monitors with approximately 21:9 aspect ratio appeared in 2013 as 29″ 2560×1080 and in 2014 as 34″ 3440×1440.

UHD, ultra high resolution, 3840×2160, popularily known as 4K, appeared in 2014 for high-end monitors but also laptops, using scaling is a MUST. They require HDMI or DisplayPort. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium (2015) was first smartphone with 4K screen, having 806 pixels per inch. This is a marketing hype, human eye cannot see more than 300 pixels per inch so putting more pixels have no use, it only drain battery faster.

Note: few users used 1366×768 before being adopted by TV in 2008, compared with popular belief 1366×768 did not appeared in 2008, HD TVs with 1366×768 capable to display 720p video but also output 1024×768 from computers, existed in 2000s.

Carmack coded Quake game on a 1920×1080 16:9 CRT monitor in 1995. Incredible but true, considering that widescreens (re)appeared in 2004 with 16:10 both CRT and LCD. Does anyone know who was the first inventor of 16:9?

The SAD part is that cheaper 16:9 monitors leaded to extinction of 4:3, 5:4 and 16:10 monitors around 2011. The stores bought what was the cheapest and the population was forced to buy what the stores sell, giving to manufacturers a false impression that nobody like 4:3 anymore.

Most popular screen resolutions and their peak markeshare

Resolution Aspect
ratio
Peak
W3Counter
Peak Net
Marketshare
Peak
StatCounter
Devices
640×480
VGA
4:3 1990s computers
800×600
SVGA
4:3 1990s computers
1024×768
XGA
4:3 50%+
pre-2007
50%+
pre-2007
40%+
pre-2008
14″, 15″ monitors (1990s – 2007)
14″, 15″ laptops (early 2000s – 2007)
1152×864
XGA+
4:3 4%+
pre-2007
3.2%+
pre-2007
3.3%+
pre-2008
No device have this as native resolution
1280×960
SXGA-
4:3 1.09%
Jan-Apr 2009
0.95%
Jun 2009
1.22%
Jun-Jul 2009
No device have this as native resolution
1280×1024
SXGA
5:4 17.25%
Aug-Sep 2007
13%+
2007
11%+
pre-2008
17″, 19″ monitors (1990s – 2011)
High-end laptops (early – mid 2000s)
1400×1050
SXGA+
4:3 1%+
pre-2007
0.8%+
pre-2007
0.4%+
pre-2008
High-end laptops (mid 2000s)
1600×1200
UXGA
4:3 0.71%
Mar 2009
0.35%
Jun 2009
20″, 21.3″ monitors (1990s – late 2000s)
High-end laptops (mid 2000s)
1600×1280
unnamed
5:4 CRT monitors only (early 2000s)
1800×1440
unnamed
5:4 CRT monitors only (early 2000s)
1920×1440
unnamed
4:3 CRT monitors only (early 2000s)
2048×1536
QXGA
4:3 CRT monitors only (early 2000s)
1280×768
WXGA
5:3 1.58%
Aug 2009
1.83%
Jul 2009
1.98%
Sep 2009
Few laptops (mid-2000s – 2009)
1280×800
WXGA
16:10 20.43%
Aug 2009
20.81%
Jun 2009
19.72%
Nov 2009
13.3″, 14.1″ laptops (2004 – 2009)
1440×900
WXGA+
16:10 8.73%
Jul 2009
9.06%
Sep 2009
7.97%
Oct 2009
19″ monitors (2004 – 2011)
14.1″, 15.4″ laptops (2004 – 2009)
1600×1024
WSXGA
~16:10 20″ monitors (2003 – 2004)
1680×1050
WSXGA+
16:10 9.73%
Jul 2009
5.81%
Jul 2009
4.60%
Mar 2010
22″ monitors (2004 – 2011)
15.4″, 17″ high-end laptops (2005? – 2009)
1920×1200
WUXGA
16:10 2.05%
Jul, Sep 2009
2.26%
Dec 2009
1.36%
Mar 2010
24″ monitors (2004 – 2011)
15.4″, 17″ high-end laptops (2005? – 2009)
2560×1600
WQXGA
16:10 0.16%
(Jun 2014)
0.04%
2013-2014
30″ monitors (2006? – present)
1024×600
WSVGA
~17:10 2.21%
Oct-Nov 2011
1.63%
Jan, Dec 2013
2.41%
Aug 2011
10.6″ netbooks (2008 – present)
1280×720
HD
16:9 1.84%
Sep 2014
1.8%+
(present)
Unknown devices (mid 2000s – present)
1360×768
WXGA
~16:9 1.44%
Feb 2013
2.72%
Aug 2011
Unknown devices (mid 2000s – present)
1366×768
WXGA
~16:9 21.21%
Nov 2014
17.51%
Sep 2014
28.45%
Aug 2015
18.5″ monitors (2008 – present)
13.3″, 14″, 15.6″ laptops (2008 – present)
1600×900
HD+
16:9 4.72%
Oct 2014
5.75%
Jul 2014
5.7%
Dec 2014
20″ monitors (2008 – present)
17.3″ laptops (2008 – present)
1920×1080
Full HD
16:9 8%+
(present)
9%+
(present)
12%+
(present)
21.5″, 23″ monitors (2008 – present)
15.6″, 17.3″ high-end laptops (2008 – present)
2560×1440
Quad HD
16:9 1.2%+
(present)
1%+
(present)
27″ monitors (2010 – present)
3840×2160
Ultra HD
16:9 28″ monitors (2014 – present)

Note: reported screen resolution does NOT reflect monitor sizes. You can see in the above table 1152×864 (peak 3%+) and 1280×960 (peak 1.22%), despite that NO monitors were manufactured with this size. This indicate that many people set the monitor at lower resolution than native resolution.

On Windows 10 when you select 1920×1080 it sets scaling 125% automatically and browser report a resolution of 1536×864. Many people don’t bother changing default scaling, or do not like to have things so small on screen.

While Internet Explorer and Chrome report Windows resolution and scaling, regardless of the browser zoom, Firefox browser report resolution based on the zoom you choose in browser. It cause webmasters to see a lot of odd resolutions.

Tracking marketshare of 3840×2160 monitors is even more difficult, because most people use them with scaling 150% or 200% and browser reports them as 2560×1440 or 1920×1080.

Country stats

StatCounter allow you to filter data by every country, I found few interesting facts about different dominant resolutions:

In United States, 1024×768 lost the lead in Nov 2010 in favor of 1280×800 then in July 2011 was overtaken by 1366×768. 1920×1080 reached 11%+ in Dec 2014.

In United Kingdom, 1024×768 lost the lead in Aug 2009 in favor of 1280×800 then in May 2011 was overtaken by 1366×768. 1920×1080 reached 10%+ in Dec 2014.

In India, 1024×768 lost the lead in May 2012 in favor of 1366×768 which reached 40%+ market share in 2014. FULL HD 1920×1080 penetration is only 3% (poor people buy cheapest monitors and don’t care about size).

In Iraq, 1366×768 reached a huge 60%+ marketshare. Beside 1024×768 and 1280×800, no other resolution ever exceeded 7%. 1920×1080 is only 1.2%.

Biggest computer screens were in Switzerland (until 2012), highest share of big monitors, 1920×1200 reaching 5%+, 1680×1050 reaching 12%+, etc, much higher than Europe average (1.86% and 7.4%). Since 2013 South Korea, the world leader in TV and monitor manufacturing, took the lead, the FULL HD 1920×1080 is dominating with an impressive 40%+ market share in late 2013 (the quick rise compared with other countries sounds for me an error in counting stats). Japan is the second.

Surprisingly, Russia have bigger screens than United States or United Kingdom, 1280×1024 dominated from 2009 to 2012, having over 30% marketshare in 2009 while 1280×800 never exceeded 17% (probably laptops are unpopular there, 17″ and 19″ monitors imported as second hand from Western Europe, and they run at native resolution).

Smallest computer screens were in Somalia, and currently in Pakistan, where 1024×768 still dominate as 2014, and 1920×1080 reached only 0.9% at end of 2014.

If in Europe and USA 16:10 resolutions reached the peak in 2009, in Morocco, Egypt and Pakistan they are still growing as 2014, even 1280×1024. Probably this is the place where our old monitors go.

For more interesting facts see Screen resolution by country .XLS.

The monitors I used myself

In early 2000s I had a 17″ CRT, in 2005 I bought a LCD 17″ 1280×1024 but I ran most of time at 1024×768. It started flickering in 2014 so I had to replace it, I started researching computer history and I wrote this article. I wanted a bigger 4:3 monitor and I was shocked to discover that they are no longer produced. Initially I rejected idea to buy an 1920×1080, my favorite game The Sims 2 support resolutions up to 1600×1200.

So, I bought a 20″ 1600×1200 with PVA panel from a shop selling used computers, it had a vertical line of pixels getting stuck randomly so I exchanged with a 24″ 1920×1200 also PVA panel. Shortly after this I realized that I can hack The Sims 2 settings and set any resolution I want. The 24″ 1920×1200 monitor broke after 1.5 years, luckily it was still in warranty and I got a replacement of same size but with shitty TN panel. I realized that should have purchased a new 1920×1080 from start.

Looking for an IPS display and having much higher budget now, I decided to buy a new monitor, 27″ 3840×2160, $600, which I am running most of time with scaling 200%, but occasionally changing scaling to 100% or 150%.

In short, I accepted the switch to 16:9 just because this is the standard, NOT because I like it.

So where this 16:9 came from? It do not have significant history in computer or movies, it was chosen in 2008 as compromise format between the formats used by European movies (1.66:1) and American movies (1.85:1). But to be honest, 4:3 and 16:10 look much better in numbers. Several people attempted making petitions to standardize movie industry to 16:10 instead of 16:9.

People who watch movies often or play shooter games where FOV is important may like a wider screen, but I am not among them. As a professional, working often in AutoCAD, Word, Excel, Photoshop, a bit of coding, etc, I do not really find useful the extra width. Vertical space is more important. For certain projects I even put monitor in portrait mode.

If I was the person inventing computers, here are the resolutions I would have produced: square 17″ 1280×960, 20″ 1600×1200 and wide 20″ 1600×1000, 24″ 1920×1200, 30″ 2560×1600 and 3 laptop types: 12″ 1024×768, 14″ 1280×800, 17″ 1600×1000 (both 4:3 and 16:10, so people could choose, no 16:9 bullshit).

Personal experience as graphic designer

Responsive websites that adjust automatically to any screen resolution are getting popular, but a lot of other things, such as image resolution cannot be changed without loss of quality, so dimensions of images need to be decided.

I am also doing 2D images and 3D modeling for artistic purposes, since 2004. I was also obsessed by the powers of 2. I made images in The Sims section of my website at 1024×768 and rendered my artworks of 3D models (since 2004) at 2048×1536 (this is also half of the maximum resolution supported by AutoCAD: 4096×4096), with thumbnails at 256×192. For wide panoramas I was using 2048×1024 (I can call 16:8), being unaware of 16:9 standard.

Only in 2014 I realized that screen resolutions are more often formed by multiply of 160 or 240 (example 640, 800, 1280, 1440, 1600, 1680, 1920) and that 1024×768 and 1366×768 are the ONLY screen resolutions that do not follow this rule, and strangely they are most popular.

I decided that for future works, to use 1920×1080 as much is possible and 1440×1080 if 4:3 format is required, with thumbnails at 320×180 and 240×180. These numbers have advantage that they are divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, etc, allowing better scaling of image thumbnails, unlike 1024 which is divisible only by 2, 4, 8, 16, etc.

(Dis)advantages of widescreen monitors

While arguing with my friends, I came to these myths:

Widescreen are close to golden ratio (1.618), match human vision, and can display 2 pages in Word.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? When running Microsoft Word 2010 on Windows 7, subtracting taskbar, menus, toolbars, etc, the 1366×768 screen provide an actual working area of 1335×529 pixels (2.52 ratio, very uncomfortable), while a 4:3 1280×960 screen provide 1249×721 actual working area (1.73 ratio) which fits two A4 pages better but still not enough (1.50 ratio is needed). Actually, in most software having more vertical space give you more pleasure than having golden ratio.

Widescreens give you ability to have 2 windows side by side
ANY monitor can display 2 windows side by side, top by bottom, etc, but in most offices we work in a single software at time. “Wide” but less than ~1000 pixels vertical give me claustrophobic feeling. For hardcore multitasking you should get a widescreen of at least 1920 pixels horizontal.

Widescreens match HD movie formats
How often do we watch movies on computer? At office probably never, at home I can plug in my 40″ plasma TV which is widescreen anyway. Letterboxing is not a problem for watching just few movies on computer.

Widescreens give you better field of vision in games.
This is true. But not every computer is used for gaming.

Is 16:9 a downgrade from 16:10?

Some people say that 16:9 means downgrade from 16:10 and 4:3. But taking price in consideration, the 21.5″ 1920×1080 monitors starts around $100 similar with price of 17″ 1280×1024 and 19″ 1440×900 in late 2000s, for most people buying a 1920×1080 is a cheap upgrade.

24″ 1920×1200 was very expensive and never got more than 2-3% marketshare. If you paid $1000+ for a 24″ 1920×1200 in late 2000s then you can easily afford a 27″ 2560×1440 today.

You should compare like this:
17″ 1280×1024 (910 cm², 1310720 pixels) vs 19″ 1440×900 (1047 cm² 1296000 pixels)
20″ 1600×1200 (1239 cm², 1920000 pixels) vs 21.5″ 1920×1080 (1274 cm², 2073600 pixels)
These monitors are similar in area and pixels and similar in price too at some time in history, which one do you prefer and why?

Choosing a good web hosting service

There are 3 types of hosting services:

Free web hosting services with pre-made templates

Webs.com, used by me between 2009 and 2012, is the most limited web hosting service ever! Not recommended! Other free web hosting services are ucoz.com, weebly.com, wix.com. All these have higher storage and bandwidth limits than Webs.com, but they running on same principle, offering you a website builder with several pre-made templates with limited freedom of customization, a free subdomain with option to add a top-level domain.

Over time your expectations grown beyond limits of their site builder, you would like to move to another hosting service, you cannot export website because each hosting have own format of storing content, so you will need to rebuild your website from scratch, copying articles and uploading images one by one into the new hosting.

I recommend you Blogger.com and WordPress.com, these are only that I know that allow exporting as XML.

See also Comparison of free web hosting services on Wikipedia.

Free web hosting with PHP and MySQL, similar with paid hosting

Three come in my mind: 000webhost.com, awardspace.com, freehostingnoads.net. They offer a crappy website builder, free subdomain with not-so-friendly name, but you can buy a domain name from a third-party domain registrar and set up DNS to redirect to your free hosted website.

You are advised to NOT use their website builder, because PHP and MySQL support allow you to install a CMS (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, phpBB, etc, or plain HTML website) and you have the freedom to customize it up to limit of imagination, and if you want to change hosting, you can easily download all files via FTP and export MySQL database, then upload elsewhere.

These free hosting services are useful for students learning how to code a custom website. They are NOT recommended for a commercial website. Free web hosting have many downtimes, and your website can be suspended if is inactive for long time, if traffic exceed few hundreds visitors per day, use too much CPU power, or if they determine that it produce high $$ to make you paying for hosting.

Paid hosting services

If you can afford a PAID hosting, pay a professional hosting service, with PHP and MySQL support, and unlimited bandwidth, for prices starting from $2 per month. Webs.com, even in the most expensive plan, DO NOT offer any of these! Also avoid premium plans on Ucoz, Weebly, or Wix.

The most popular professional hosting companies are bluehost.com, dreamhost.com, hostgator.com, inmotionhosting.com, etc.

Note: popular companies tend to charge quite high prices. Thousands of small companies exist. Personally I used Hosting24.com since 2012 to 2015, $3.99 per month if paid for one year, but you can pay only $24 per year if you use coupon code “discount$2“. Since 2018 moved back to Hostinger.com which is from same company with Hosting24, now having even lower prices.

If your website represent a local business you may want a hosting company with servers in your country for faster loading times. If you are beginner you are advised to choose a hosting company that offer live chat customer support with friendly employees, which may help you if you go into trouble. HostGator live chat have quite long waiting times.

All above hosting companies offer shared hosting and VPS hosting.

Shared web hosting often offer unlimited storage and bandwidth, but unlimited does mean that you can grow a website to infinite. They have other limits, such as CPU usage limits, simultaneous processes limit, MySQL limit. If you exceed CPU usage limit the website may go down for few minutes, and if this happens often you can have your website suspended to protect other websites that share server with you.

How much traffic you can have before getting suspended for exceeding CPU usage, depends by what CMS do you use, and what plugins you install over them. Certain plugins are very CPU hungry. Normally shared web hosting can handle without problems website with several thousand visitors per day. Compared with free hosting services, paid hosting services do not delete suspended websites, you are given choice to upgrade to a higher plan or download your website to host it elsewhere.

Shared web hosting is supposed to be used only to host a website. It should not be used for storage, backup, game servers or other purpose. If your account host a website with 10 daily visitors per day, but use 100 GB of storage, it will raise red flags and you will be warned to reduce disk usage or your account will be suspended.

VPS hosting offer limited storage and bandwidth, but do not have limits in CPU power or processes that can lead to account suspension. You may still be suspended if you upload illegal material (viruses, pirated software, child pornography, etc). On a VPS you can host as many websites you want. A VPS is a must-have if you want to host something else than a website, for example host a Counter-Strike, GTA SA-MP, Minecraft or other gaming server.

Dedicated sever means that a whole computer is yours. Big websites like Amazon and eBay run on multiple load-balanced dedicated servers.

Other hosting

Host Color (HC) is a company that has been on the market for 20 years. They offer Cloud Web Hosting with Fault-Tolerance SSD storage from a VMware powered Cloud infrastructure.

Hrank.com – Shared hosting monitoring service

Blogspot.com vs WordPress.com comparison

  • You can put Adsense on Blogger but not on WordPress.
  • You can upload any kind of files on WordPress but only images on Blogger.
  • You can add a paid domain name on Blogger for free, but on WordPress.com will cost you additional $5.
  • WordPress have 10 GB bandwidth (20x more than Webs.com!), Blogger bandwidth is unknown, probably unlimited.

Which is better between blogger.com and wordpress.com? Hard to decide, depending by what do you want! Obviously the best is to download the blogging platform from WordPress.org (not .com) and install it on a PAID hosting, (or on the free hosting services with PHP support as long you do not have too much traffic to get suspended) by this way you enjoy no restrictions imposed by blogs hosted on WordPress.com.

Please do not confuse paid DOMAIN with paid HOSTING!

You can have for example www.teoalida.com instead of www.teoalida.webs.com without paying for hosting.

Many beginners get fooled by the fact that Webs.com offer FREE domain if you purchase 1 year of hosting, while Blogger do not sell domains. But you can have a .com .org .net website for only $10 per year by buying domain from a registrar like www.name.com or www.godaddy.com, host the website for free on Blogger, and attach the domain to Blogger at NO EXTRA FEE. Webs do not allow attaching domain names bought from other registrars, unless you have premium account on Webs, which starts at $50 per year, OR transfer the domain to Webs at an additional fee of $15. Domains bought from Webs.com are overpriced, 30$ per year.

If you will eventually get pissed off by Webs limitations and lack of features in SiteBuilder, and want to move to another hosting service, if you bought the domain from Webs, you will have to pay additional fee to attach domain to another website at other hosting company. You are WARNED!

My personal experience with various hosting providers

In 2012, when I decided to leave Webs.com for a WordPress-based website, I choose to host it on 000webhost.com. It was advertised as free hosting with 100 GB monthly bandwidth (highest for a FREE hosting), but later I realized that it have hidden limitations such as 20%+ CPU usage limit.

After 3 months of testing with The Sims content, I started moving high-traffic real estate-related content from Webs.com to the new website, and during November 2012 000webhost.com suspended my website 3 times.

On 6 November got suspended due to the bots leaving SPAM comments, I installed a Captcha plugin to prevent it. Got unsuspended automatically at midnight.

On 12 November got suspended for exceeding CPU usage after an online newspaper featured my website Facebook, sending me 800 visitors in 4 hours. Got unsuspended automatically at midnight.

On 28 November got suspended for exceeding CPU usage again, despite that I had only usual 200 daily visitors, midnight passed without being unsuspended, so I submitted a ticket after 36 hours and someone replied that I should be patient and I will be unsuspended in 24 hours. LOL! Only in 3rd day a staff member told me that I will be NOT unsuspended and I need to upgrade to hosting24.com ($4.84 per month) to get website back. I believe that they noticed that my website is money-making and THEY decided to suspend it and refuse to unsuspend, to get some money from me. So I upgraded to Hosting24, it was my first experience with paid hosting, and I never regret it. In 3 years of using Hosting24.com I did not had any downtime lasting more than an hour.

Over time I optimized website, deleting outdated images, renaming folders for more SEO-friendly links, without being aware that my images have been hotlinked by other websites and my WordPress is consuming server resources to find non-existent images. This caused error messages “508 Resource limit is reached”. Read more in WordPress support forum.

The only solution was to upgrade to VPS. Hosting24 offered VPS services with OS templates and control panels, including Webuzo (free alternative to cPanel). The horror stories began. Hosting24.com offer “unmanaged VPS” with a stupid policy to NOT offer customer support for VPS as they offer for shared servers.

In 2016 Hosting24 node (mother server) crashed, I could not even connect via SSH, I reported the problem, of course many people reported it and after a hour they said that fixed the node. I could connect via SSH but website was not running. They blamed me for misconfiguring my VPS and said that is not their responsibility to handle website-related problems. I was so frustrated that I rebuild OS and reinstalled website. Took me 4 hours and lost the database of customers. Few days later, their node crashed again, tired of reinstalling website, I asked Webuzo support (in India) and had to give them the root password, they replied after 30 hours and fixed my website by typing in SSH “service nginx restart“. In conclusion: the solution to restore my website after node crash was simple, Hosting24 staff probably knew the SSH command “service nginx restart“, but refused to help me because their policy of “unmanaged VPS servers” is to blame us, customers, for any problem.

Hosting24 do not offer SSL certificates for VPS so we have to buy them from third-parties and install ourselves. Again, Hosting24 staff refused to help me with installation, and despite of exchanging about 20 emails with the SSL provider, I did not succeeded to install SSL on my VPS.

That day I said FUCK HOSTING24 and moved to VPS.us, their VPS hosting services are expensive, but they do sell SSL certificates, cPanel license, and have a live chat support with friendly staff located in Ukraine, which helped me numerous times despite that they offer “unmanaged VPS”.

While using VPS.us I had another problem: RAM memory usage skyrocket at random times, causing website to go down, if I was at computer I quickly logged in client panel and rebooted VPS to have website up, but if this happened when I was sleeping or in vacation, website remained down for few hours until it was getting up itself. I asked their staff to help me, they told me to upgrade to 2GB (had 1GB), they did some changes inside my website, but problem was not solved and I kept having downtimes every few days.

Hostinger (parent company of Hosting24) developed own control panel as alternative to the popular cPanel, and in launched in July 2018 “Business hosting”, renamed to “Cloud hosting” in September 2018. It combine the dedicated resources of a VPS with control panel of shared hosting. So I decided to move there again.

I bought highest plan of shared hosting with 1 GB RAM, but because my website is content-heavy, memory usage was quite high and loading time slow, I decided to upgrade to Cloud hosting with 3 GB RAM to have dedicated resources. Surprisingly, after upgrade RAM usage dropped and do not hit 1 GB anymore.

I highly recommend Hostinger for good uptime, good support team located in Lithuania and very cheap prices, you can start with $1.95/month for 12 month plan and upgrade to a higher plan once your business grow.

Between 2013 and 2015 I had a gambling head&tail website on 000webhost.com and in 2016 another website on awardspace.com, they did not had any major problem. Is also true that traffic was less than 10 daily visitors.

Webs.com review – WORST hosting ever?

Written by me, with 10+ years experience in webdesign…

If you want a personal blog, a family photo album, a gaming clan forum or something else really stupid, go with Webs.com.

If you want a professional / business website and do SEO to appear on 1st page of Google, to have over 100 daily visitors, STAY AWAY FROM WEBS.COM!!!

DON’T be an idiot and pay for Webs.com Premium plans to get features that you can get for FREE on other hosting services. See dedicated article: Choosing a good hosting service.

Webs.com was launched in 2001, that times were not many free web hosting services. It currently host over 40 million websites, however most of them are currently abandoned and forgotten by their authors.

Webs.com seems to cater the lowest segment of the web development industry, aka children and people with no coding knowledge and low expectations, as Webs.com offer easy-to-use SiteBuilder but do not offer flexibility that experienced web developers would like to have.

Webs.com is extremely limited compared with other free hosting services, and you get a lot ads and pop-ups telling you to upgrade, as well as weekly emails about Premium services with 50% off… but these Premium services lack features that should exists at any paid hosting services (see below What you CANNOT do on Webs.com).

Webs.com offer a tiny 42 MB storage space and stupid 500 MB monthly bandwidth, unchanged since at least 2008. The template does not count towards bandwidth, but only text, images and other files you add, you need to host all images on third-party websites to save bandwidth. If you exceed bandwidth, you will get a message threatening that your site is in danger of being deactivated, telling you to upgrade (seen in the above photo).

You can stay calm for some time, the deactivation occur only if you exceed 200% of the bandwidth, and it will be automatically reactivated at the monthly reset date of bandwidth.

Webs.com became a bigger, bigger, bigger SHIT

Is a common trend for hosting services to add new features in their free plans over time.

Webs.com marketing strategy is opposite: overtime Webs remove features from free accounts and tell you to upgrade to Premium to continue using them.

One of website visitors told me that in early times, Webs.com was limited to 7 pages and 7 paragraphs per page. When I found Webs.com in 2008, the limit was 20 pages and unlimited paragraphs per page. Does anyone know when the limit was increased to 20 pages?

  • In mid-2011 Webs.com limited number of pages to 10 (instead of 20) for free accounts, I do not understand this marketing strategy, since nowadays there is a trend for web hosts to move to unlimited pages. You could buy unlimited pages from Credit Shop. I still recommended Webs.com to friends.
  • In June 2012 Webs launched the “revolutionary” SiteBuilder3, “easiest to use” for any NOOB, using drag-and-drop interface with modules for text, photos, etc. SiteBuilder 3 removed numerous must-have features, including ability to customize CSS, ability to have a sidebar that update for all pages, etc. SiteBuilder3 do not have ability to switch from WYSIWYG to HTML editor (useful for beginners to learn HTML codes or to create more complex websites), instead it offer a Custom HTML module. Webs motivated that “too few of our users are using them”. These features are no longer available even for premium plans. Sites created after June 2012 are forced to use SiteBuilder3, on older sites you can still switch between original Site Builder (1) and New Site Builder (2) or you can convert to SiteBuilder3. The conversion is one-way, you cannot convert from SiteBuilder 3 to Sitebuilder 1/2, but the old website is kept as backup for 7 days time in which you can rollback to SiteBuilder 1/2 (changes made after conversion to SiteBuilder 3 will be lost).

Since this date I do NOT recommennd Webs.com to anyone! Fuck it!

  • In January 2014 Webs.com disabled the Custom HTML module for free users, so you need to pay a Premium plan in order to add widgets, polls, Facebook comment boxes, games, etc, motivating that many people are using it fraudulently (what a lie! – in 12 years of Webs.com history were no such remarks). This caused anger over Support Forum (valid for SiteBuilder3 only, who still have old SiteBuilder, can still add widgets in HTML paragraph editor). However in SiteBuilder3 this can be overcome by uploading HTML pages in File Manager.
  • On 22 September 2014 Webs.com set a new limit to 5 pages and additional features were removed from free accounts, in desperate attempt to force users to pay for Premium services.
  • In 2014 or 2015 the ability to upload HTML files in FileManager was also restricted to Premium users. Web Store ecommerce app is also Premium only. Credit Shop which allowed you to buy unlimited pages, free domain name and other goodies was also discontinued, causing anger along people who clicked Credit Shop daily to earn 5 free credits hoping to accumulate 3000 credits to get a free domain name coupon.

Webs turned from a professional website maker into a NOOB-ONLY website maker! No wonder that less and less people use Webs.com!

Note: Webs.com sites made before June 2012 (like teoalida.webs.com) retain the classic SiteBuilder and the great features, widgets, custom HTML, etc. Notice my custom-made sidebar and Zopim live chat widget in bottom-left corner? This cannot be done on Webs.com anymore if you created your site June 2012!

For a NOOB with no HTML knowledge, Webs may be a good place for start (with its easy-to-use Site Builder). For someone who actually wants to learn HTML and have growing expectations over time, Webs is NOT a good choice.

Who the fuck will pay for Premium package to get unlimited pages, more bandwidth, ability to add HTML, etc, as long there are so many other web hosting services offering these features for FREE?

But if Webs.com is catering lowest segment of web, meaning children with no money, how do they expect us to be able to pay them?

About me: how I started using Webs.com

In 2007 I found some nice websites hosted on Webs.com. Later I tested Blogspot and WordPress… that times many idiots were creating blogs on Blogspot and WordPress, posting their diary and stupid stuff, personally I wanted something more professional, a WEBSITE with static pages rather than a BLOG with posts sorted by date.

So in April 2009 when I made http://teoalida.webs.com as portfolio of my works, I choose Webs.com.

Webs.com have a variety of templates making it great for personal websites and home businesses. This fooled me to make this bad choice.

Webs.com have nice applications such as Blog, Calendar, Forum, Guestbook, Photos, WebStore, etc, that fooled other people (personally I did not use any of them, except Blog).

Another thing that fooled me is the traffic stats in Webs.com, non-existent in Blogspot and WordPress, that moment I did not realized that traffic stats are actually provided by a third-party service www.clicky.com which can be used for ANY website regardless of being hosted.

About me: how I migrated away from Webs.com bullshit

In 2011 I bought domain teoalida.com from Name.com for $10, and I was disappointed that I cannot use it for teoalida.webs.com unless I upgrade to Premium (I did not had 3000 credits to buy the domain for free from Webs.com). But I do not want to pay a single cent to this SHIT hosting Webs.com!

My website grow to 50 pages in 2012 (see Traffic Stats page), including a BIG page Singapore HDB Floor Plans page that became extremely popular, causing my website to get deactivated for exceeding bandwidth. That page was also the biggest, HTML code was around 100 KB and being the landing page for 40% of the 100+ daily visitors, it was eating 5 MB bandwidth per day, 150 MB per month, and considering that almost half of people were browsing other pages as well, I quickly exceeded the 500 MB bandwidth limit (even if all images were hosted on third-party sites to not eat Webs.com bandwidth).

I bought additional 1 GB bandwidth using 1000 credits in March 2012, but several months later I reached 200+ daily visitors and exceeded the expanded bandwidth too.

So, instead of buying another domain name when I accumulated 3000 credits and upgrade bandwidth again, in August 2012 I decided to start from scratch a NEW website hosted on 000webhost.com (FREE hosting with 100 GB monthly bandwidth), under teoalida.com domain name, and manually copy-pasted each of the 50+ personal and business pages to the new website (I let on the Webs.com site only the four pages “for Webs.com users” and home page, for people who bookmarked it along time).

Moving to .com domain name and WordPress platform turned to be a smart choice, people saw me as serious website and started paying for my services, my hobbies turned into money-making BUSINESS!

Conclusion: starting a business using Webs.com was a huge mistake. I could have been richer today if I would have started with WordPress from first time.

Rule: FIRST, be sure that you have a proper hosting with enough bandwidth and professional features, THEN buy a domain name!

What you CANNOT do on Webs.com

What you CANNOT ever do on Webs.com (not even by paying a Premium account)

  • A 404 page, or redirect to home page when visitors enter an invalid URL (possible on WordPress).
  • Export/backup the website (possible on most free hosting services, including Blogspot and WordPress).
  • 301 redirect and .htaccess (typically only in paid hosting, and on 000webhost.com).
  • Use any form of PHP and MySQL (typically only in paid hosting, and on 000webhost.com).
  • Having customer support that actually READ your questions instead of copy-pasting a stupid answer!

What you CANNOT do with SiteBuilder3 (and you could do earlier SiteBuilders)

  • Use FTP (in old SiteBuilder FTP was available although only for Premium accounts).
  • Customizing template with CSS.
  • Switch editor to HTML mode instead of WYSIWYG for advanced editing, add ALT and TITLE tags for images.
  • Adding any HTML code, needed to add widgets and scripts from other third-party websites (since January 2014, unless you pay for Premium plan).
  • Inserting multiple images per paragraph (not sure).
  • Text wrap around image (not sure).
  • Easy copying of text and images from one page to another.
  • Having a sidebar that updates on all pages at once.
  • Having a sidebar that you can edit, on Application pages.
  • Insert music on background (unnecessary, unprofessional, childish feature).
  • Insert polls, shoutboxes, comments, and other widgets.
  • Adding a live chat widget, a must-have for the sites selling stuff or offering services (notice my chat in lower-right corner? it uses Javascript which is not possible on SiteBuilder3).

What you CAN do on Webs.com but cannot do on Blogspot.com

  • Having applications, photo gallery, forums, etc.
  • Upload files.

What you CAN do on Webs.com but cannot do on WordPress.com

  • Having applications, photo gallery, forums, etc.

What you CAN do on Webs.com but cannot do using WordPress.org on a professional hosting

  • Probably nothing (with tons of plugins for WordPress, the only limit is your imagination).

Please tell me me more things that you cannot do on Webs.com! Leave comments!

Webs Credits Toolbar

Webs.com launched a toolbar in October 2009 I think, which allowed you to earn 10 credits daily (beside the 5 free daily credits available by logging in Credit Shop) and spent them on goodies, personally I bought unlimited pages and extra bandwidth.

Webs deprecated Credits Toolbar in September 2011, by removing the link from Webs.com home page to Credits Toolbar download page, the staff announced in Webs Forum that we will no longer earn credits AND told us to uninstall the toolbar (this is fucking funny!). Official reason was that toolbar is incompatible with “something”, personal I think that the real reason was that people gained free credits too fast, they told us that we can sill earn credits by completing sponsors offers (which are not free).

Personally I still have it installed, not one, but 2 toolbars installed, and I keep earning, 15-20 credits per day from toolbar plus 5 credits from Credit Shop, 1000+ credits earned from September 2011 to February 2012 when I saw Credit Toolbar Deprecation in Webs Forum, without even knowing that Webs.com supposedly discontinued it and I shall uninstall it since 5 months ago!!

I stopped using the toolbar in mid-2012 because I decided to abandon Webs.com and start a new website using WordPress platform on a paid hosting service. I accumulated over 3000 credits and I have nothing to do with them.

Note: In December 2012 one of website visitors reported me that cannot earn credits because “No rewards until tomorrow“, same thing happen at me. I do not know if is a temporary problem or Webs really did something to prevent us earning more credits using toolbar. We can earn still earn 5 credits daily by clicking Credit Shop.

Credits Shop was discontinued

In 2013 a website visitor informed me that the Credits Shop does not exist in newly-created websites. I am not sure when, but probably the Credits Shop was disabled at launch of SiteBuilder3 in June 2012, this means that you can still earn credits, but you cannot use them to buy goodies.

Credits Shop is available ONLY for websites created before June 2012 with SiteBuilder1/2, eventually converted to SiteBuilder3. Check yourself http://members.webs.com/s/credits/ and see if you have Credit Shop.

In 2015, after few months in which I did not logged in Webs anymore, I found that I no longer have Credits Shop for my website. Looks that Credits Shop was removed for all websites, causing anger along people who clicked Credit Shop daily to earn 5 free credits hoping to accumulate 3000 credits to get a free domain name coupon.

What we could buy from Credits Shop

Credit Shop Launch Special (get 5 free credits once a day) 0 Credits
Spotlight 10 credits
Extra 100Mb of web storage 100 Credits
Extra 500Mb of web storage 300 Credits
Premium Templates 500 Credits
Master Password – Password Protection 500 Credits
Extra 500 Webform Submissions 500 Credits
24/7 Live Chat Support 500 Credits
Rich Email Blasts 600 Credits
Unlimited Pages 800 Credits
1Gb extra bandwidth 1000 Credits
Domain Name Coupon 3000 Credits
25Gb extra bandwidth 5000 Credits
200Gb extra bandwidth 20000 Credits

I was wondering if anyone saved the installation .exe of the Webs Credits Toolbar to give me and put it here for everyone to download it, until… in a day of March I opened Internet Explorer and got a message “Click here for activate toolbar”, I clicked and it sent me to http://members.webs.com/s/freecause/activation/creditsToolbar saying that toolbar was activated. Days later I was curious what happen if I open the activation page in Mozilla Firefox where I never had toolbar installed… SURPRISE: I can download Webs Credits Toolbar from that page!

Funny: how I had 2 toolbars installed

In 2009 when the Webs Credits Toolbar was launched, I downloaded and installed it, I searched but earned nothing. I was frustrated so I removed it from Internet Explorer. One month later I clicked again the download link, I installed again and I was surprised: I earned credits by searching! Then I had a second surprise, the first toolbar that I removed from Internet Explorer, was not completely uninstalled, so could activate again and had both toolbars same browser, earning up to 20 credits per day. They are not the same, one is 5.06 MB and other one 5.85 MB.

In March 2012 I tried to install the same Webs Toolbar multiple times, resulting multiple installations in Program Files, but only one instance of second toolbar appeared in Internet Explorer.

Today I think that the single way of having multiple Webs Credits Toolbars installed is if they are different versions. The above striketrough link is from first version, being 5.06 MB, but I don’t have the installation kit of it.

I am sure that a skilled programmer can install the Webs Credits Toolbar manually, try running all .exe files with correct parameters, also try RegEdit and add the entries. If anyone succeeded, please share with us how you did!

Funny: instant credits

Toolbar warn you “Just search naturally through out your day – No fake searches or your rewards will be disabled“. I did stupid searches, I never got anything disabled, but I noticed that I do not get credited if I search non-english words or if I search same word twice.

Since 2011 the protection for fake searches no longer exists. I can write any character (even a space) in the search box, press enter 10 times in 10 seconds (pressing 10 times in <2 seconds may not work) and earn instantly all the 10 daily credits!

Tips and tricks for Webs users

This page was originally written in 2011 on address http://teoalida.webs.com/webscomtipsandtricks.htm, containing tricks for users of Webs.com hosting, but later I added some tricks useful for any website owner.

How to choose a good domain name

Domain name is most important element of your website, because it cannot be easily changed as you can change website title or URL of subpages.

You need to decide what domain name to use since first day. I advise you to choose a short and easy to remember domain name. If you choose a bad domain and decide later to change it, you need to start over building your reputation. Although you can redirect traffic from the old domain name, the number of Facebook likes cannot be transferred and you start from 0.

Some beginners may think that choosing a keyword-rich domain name may have some advantages in terms of SEO (example: http://used-cars-for-sale-new-york-city.com). WRONG! Google do not pay much attention to keywords in URL. Is better to use a short domain name containing a name that people can type easily, avoiding hyphens (example http://johnsmithautos.com), so when people talk with their friends, they can easily say “I bought a car from johnsmithautos.com” which is much easier to remember and friends are likely to visit your website. Use “Used cars for sale in New York City” in website title instead of domain name, you can change title anytime.

How to put your website in Google search results

This is valid for ANY website, not limited to Webs.com. I am writing this here in 2013 because numerous Webs.com users asked me if is possible to get their website in Google without upgrading to Premium package.

You DO NOT need Premium package to appear in Google, and Premium package do not guarantee that you will appear. Google cannot know who is paying and who not.

NEVER PAY anyone or anything that promise you to submit your website to search engines and directories. Such “services” are there to fool naive people who do not know that can appear in Google for FREE.

Correct way: You can get indexed by Google by simply posting a link to your website in other websites that are already indexed by Google. Google robots are visiting each website every few days, will follow your link and your website will be indexed as well. Do not post links using comments, because in 90% websites the script add NOFOLLOW tag to all links in comments. Best if you have account on a forum and large number of posts in it, put the link in the signature!

Using Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics do NOT help you appearing in search results, but you are advised to use them to optimize your website.

How to put your website on 1st page in Google search results

Check if Google has indexed your website by searching “site:teoalida.com“, if any results appears, then you are indexed. If you are indexed, but do not get traffic, it may not appear in search results for your keywords or appear but not on first 10 positions, where people are looking. This means that your website is not optimized for Google, you have too little content, non-original content (copying articles from other websites makes Google to downrank you), or website title is too common word.

You should use a descriptive title up to 60 characters, using keywords that people are likely to type in Google search box, for example if you sell cars, use a title like “Buy used cars in New York City” instead of “Great cars” because thousand other websites use “cars” word in their title, and “great” is not a keyword that we type in search. Never use “My family photo blog” or funny spelling “Th3 Kill3rs Gaming Klan“, who would search these words? Personally I am #1 at search “european car database” and within 10 results at “car database xls“.

Watch the bounce ratio: if your website is badly designed, non user-friendly, or content is not relevant for the keywords used in page title, people may click it in search results and press Back button to return in search results in few seconds. Google is able to track how many users bounce back in search results and automatically uprank or downrank your website for respective keywords. See Traffic Stats, my website bounce ratio is about 60% according Clicky. If your website have bounce ratio over 70-80%, then Google thinks that your website is spammy, uninteresting and downrank it. Do note that bounce ratio shown by Webs stats and Clicky stats which counts people who opened only 1 page without navigating in the rest of your website, differently than Google bounce ratio used to determine ranking in search results.

Uninteresting website: along Webs users who asked me various tricks, I noticed that most are children who created a website just to show to friends that they have a website, these websites offer no useful information thus have NO real purpose for the world. Google is trying to show in the search results the most relevant sites, so if you write your diary, write jokes, post photos with friends, or other stupid stuff, do not expect to be on 1st page of Google.

Trick: I noticed that if you have a subpage indexed but not getting traffic, doing yourself a Google search using a full phrase from your page, eventually in quotes (exact phrase), and clicking it in search results, may boost your ranking and get traffic for normal keywords (works only once or few times, don’t think that doing at infinite will boost your website to top position in Google).

Do not take in serious emails that sounds like this:I am John, SEO consultant at a reputed company. I have analyzed your website, you have errors that damage your ranking in Google, making almost impossible for customers to find you. We can help you to get 1st on Google and up to 500% more visitors“, they are NOT actual visitors of your website, they use software to discover automatically email addresses of web owners and send generic emails, waiting for someone to reply, then run an automatic web analyzer to show you bad points and invite you to let your website in their hands for a monthly fee. I get such emails everyday, mostly from India. Read more: SEO SPAM from India.

Anyone with enough time and experience can do search engine optimization himself. Start reading Beginners guide to SEO on Moz.com.

However, do NOT expect that you can easily put your newborn website above well established websites, as they are optimized as well. Google is able to track activity in social networks, so if you create original and interesting content, people are likely to click the LIKE and TWEET buttons to share to their friends. In 2014 multiple people shared my new website www.teoalida.com (for the very interesting info I provide about Singapore real estate) on Facebook got few hundred LIKES during 1 month, Google has upranked my website and I started getting 10% more visitors from Google, a boost that last even today!

How to sell products via your website – make money online

Webs.com is often praised for being the single FREE hosting service with WebStore e-commerce application, many people choose Webs.com in attempt to make money by sell online, which is a BIG MISTAKE. You risk wasting time, you can get even 1 million visitors without having any sale.

The Webs.com WebStore application do not offer instant automatic download, making it useless to sell digital products. Lots of Webs.com, Blogspot, WordPress websites are abandoned and nobody is replying anymore at their contact info. People may not trust that you WILL email the product, or if you sell physical products, there is even less likely for people to trust that you WILL ship the product. People will not trust your free-hosted website like how they trust BIG online stores Amazon.com or eBay.com, because they cannot sue you if they did not received the product. If you ever managed to sell something using Webs.com WebStore application, then you found a very naive customer!

You can sell digital products with instant automatic download on any free web hosting by putting a PayPal BUY NOW, and as checkout, put the link of your digital product (but there is a risk, who is smart enough to look into page source code, can guess file URL and download it without paying).

My advice: if you want to sell products, you should invest in a top-level domain name, paid hosting, where you can install WordPress plus a shopping cart plugin that feature digital downloads, or Magento or any other kind of CMS that include ecommerce plugins. Regardless you sell digital or physical products, is likely that 99% people who visit your online store to leave without buying anything.

To increase sales volume, you should add a big CONTACT US button, write your phone number, or better, use a LIVE CHAT service, for example Zopim used by me, so customers can speak with website owner, and you can convince them that you are alive and ready to send the products.

Tips and tricks for Webs.com-hosted websites

Note: before asking me questions like “how to make more than 10 pages on Webs.com” or “how to remove banner Webs – Create your own free website today” or other things impossible on Webs.com, and insulting me if I don’t provide you a working solution. You should think what mistake you made by choosing Webs.com. The most limited hosting service, which add new limitations from year to year!

Read these articles: Webs.com WORST hosting ever and choosing a good web-hosting service.

For Webs.com users: How to make 15-20 pages instead of 10 on free accounts (easy way)

You cannot add more normal (blank) pages since you have 10 total pages 5 pages since October 2014, but you can add application pages anytime no matters how many pages you have. So, when you start a Webs.com website, first create 10 text pages, you can hide them for navigation bar if you do not need them, after creating 10 text pages, add applications such as Blog, Calendar, Forum, Guestbook, Photo Album, Web Store, etc… in case you will later need 10 text pages, make them visible back. Together with application pages, you can have up to 20 pages in this way.

For Webs.com users: How to have unlimited pages and add Custom HTML for free (hard way)
(no longer work)

Webs.com is the ONLY free hosting service limited to 10 pages, and if this was not enough, their retardadmins decided in January 2014 to remove the Custom HTML module from free accounts (SiteBuilder3), in attempt to fool naive Webs users to pay a Premium service!

Websites created up to June 2012, can continue using the old SiteBuilder without modules, they are not affected by this decision.
You can fool the retardadmins and don’t pay them a cent! However the procedure takes time and hassle for average Webs users who don’t know HTML. I suggest using another free hosting service that do not limit number of pages.

For advanced users who bear the hassle: you can create HTML pages in your computer with any other software and upload them via File Manager or code yourself the HTML code in File Manager using WebzEdit. To mimic the existing website theme, create the page as you normally do in SiteBuilder, view it in browser as normal visitors do, right click > Save page as HTML and upload in file Manager, then delete the page from SiteBuilder and repeat the procedure. You can also have unlimited pages in this way (works for both SiteBuilder3 and older SiteBuilders).

Note 1: in the first 7 days since you created website, you cannot upload in File Manager certain file types including .htm. Be patient 1 week.

Note 2: every time you add a page, you may want to make it appearing in the navigation bar, for this you need to edit in File Manager each page individually, copy-pasting HTML code of navigation bar. A bit difficult for typical Webs users who don’t know a shit of HTML.

Note 3: the trick no longer work. in May 2015 a visitor reported that cannot upload HTML files without upgrading to premium. Last time I checked was in 2013. Does anyone know when the restriction was put in place? Fuck the Webs retardadmins… they realized that some people use this trick and decided to ban HTML uploading for free accounts!

How to have unlimited pages for life
(no longer work)

Accumulate 800 credits and buy “Unlimited pages”, which will be active for one year. Create several hundred empty pages and hide them from navigation bar, such pages will not be deleted when Unlimited pages will expire. If in the future you need more pages, make them visible and add content! This is what I did myself in 2011 to exceed the limit of 20 pages.

Note: Credit Shop is not available for websites created after 2013, and since 2014 is no longer available for old websites too. Now Webs.com free users are stuck in the fucking 5-page limit.

How to remove the banner “Webs – Create your own free website today”

There’s NO WAY to remove it. All sites made since 2012 using SiteBuilder3 have the banner hard-coded by Webs.com. My website, being created in 2009, gets a simple button “Create a free website” visible only when you scroll down, instead of the fucking screen-wide banner which eats precious vertical screen real estate.

How to have HTML website without downgrading to HTML
(no longer work)

Some experienced webdesigners choose to start a website using SiteBuilder then downgrade account to HTML for advanced edits. This is irreversible, meaning that after downgrading you will not have SiteBuilder anymore.
Webs SiteBuilder3 even removed the option of downgrade account to HTML. But we not need the option to downgrade. Just open your website in browser, save each page in your computer as HTML, then upload each HTML page via File Manager. Delete or rename the pages in SiteBuilder to prevent page name conflicts.

Note: trick no longer work since 2014 or 2015 when Webs.com banned uploading HTML files for free accounts.

How to have custom page titles and meta tags on Webs free accounts
(no longer work)

Webs tell you that you need to upgrade to Premium in order to do this, but you CAN DO without upgrading. Pages created via SiteBuilder does not appear in File Manager, so here is the trick: open any HTML file in the File Manger with WebzEdit (if there is no HTML file, upload one), in the WebzEdit click File > Open, and you can see hidden files like the pages created via SiteBuilder, open them and feel free to edit the page title, meta tags and everything in <HEAD>!

Note: trick no longer work since 2014 or 2015 when Webs banned uploading HTML files for free accounts (unless you have already uploaded at least one HTML files before the ban took place = still works for my website, but cannot upload new HTML files).

How to put AdSense on Webs free accounts (added August 2012)

Webs.com Terms of Service say that you cannot put AdSense unless you upgrade to Premium. Probably this is just one of the many ways to encourage you to pay them!

I saw numerous Webs.com websites having AdSense without problems, on free account. So is nothing impossible, but Webs may suspend you for violating TOS, although never heard cases of being suspended for adding AdSense (the general rule: if you do not pay for something, they have no guarantee to offer you the free service).

Note: no longer possible on SiteBuilder3 since January 2014 due to removal of Custom HTML module for free accounts. Still possible for sites created before June 2012 using older SiteBuilder.

How to see how many people visit your website (and what pages they open)

Webs.com is partner with Clicky, but the SiteBuilder3 launched in 2012 does not include the button to Clicky, as Webs made their own stats (which is less-detailed compared with Clicky stats). But the partnership with Clicky still remains and you can activate it from http://members.webs.com/Members/Clicky/dashboard.jsp. This is what you can see about each visitor: IP, country, operating system, screen resolution, and each page they access: Example Clicky.

How to get a .com domain (get rid of “.webs” in URL) (added April 2015)

A top-level domain (.com, .net, .org, and others) is NOT FREE, but not expensive either. Just $10 per year, at name.com or godaddy.com. However you will not be able to attach the domain to your Webs.com site unless you pay an additional fee of $15 or buy a Premium account (starting from $50 per year). A dilemma: if premium plan expires, will the domain still work? On Blogger.com or on 000webhost.com you can attach domain without extra fees, while on WordPress.com the fee is $5. Buying a domain from Webs.com will cost you triple, $30 per year. Professional hosting services starts at $24 per year, example Hosting24.com with coupon code “discount$2” and include a FREE domain name.

So here is my advice: if you can spend money for a .com domain, DO NOT host your website on Webs.com! If you do not want to spend money, stay on subdomain.webs.com. Google do not make difference between subdomains and top-level domains, my website reached over 200 daily visitors in 2012 while running on subdomain. AVOID using the FREE top-level domains .tk and .co.cc, Google banned all .tk and .co.cc websites from appearing in search results.

How to reduce website bandwidth usage (added April 2013)

Webs.com have the lowest bandwidth limit along all free hosting services: just 500 MB per month! Exceeding it display a warning message, and the suspension occurs only if you reach double (1000 MB) bandwidth.

Personally I exceeded 500 MB bandwidth only when I reached over 100 daily visitors, in early 2012. However I was asked for help from people who exceeded their bandwidth only with 20 daily visitors, they committed a BIG mistake: uploaded all images on Webs.com account. There’s NO requirement to have images uploaded in your Webs.com account in order to display them in your Webs.com site. You can save bandwidth by using a third-party image hosting, Imageshack, Photobucket, Flickr, etc.

You can also reduce the size of each page by switching from Paragraph Editor to Raw HTML Paragraph and delete unnecessary HTML codes (SiteBuilder 1/2).

How to move sidebar on left side (added September 2012 – for SiteBuilder 1/2)

My current Webs.com website theme (Air) had sidebar on right side, so I added this CSS code:
#fw-bigcontain {float: right !important; padding-left: 8px;}

Note: Webs.com praise SiteBuilder3 for having customizable templates able to swap sidebar, but SiteBuilder3 removed Custom CSS feature, so customization is limited, while on SiteBuilder 1/2 with the Custom CSS box you can customize up to limit of imagination!

Anytime you need a CSS code, do a Google search, for example CSS remove link underline.

How to have navigation bar links different than actual page names

See this sidebar, full with colors and even country flags?
When I originally made the website, I choose page titles to provide best user experience on sidebar. But this is anti-SEO. So I renamed pages to have the best-describing title, and I added on sidebar a text box where I wrote manually all the links.

How to transfer credits between Webs.com accounts

Webs.com say that is not possible to transfer credits between accounts. But an idea came in my mind: buy the domain name coupon with Webs Credits and use the domain name for another website. This is not really transfer of credits, but may be useful. The coupon once purchased from Webs is valid 1 month to purchase a domain for 1 year. I never tried and don’t know if works. DO AT YOUR OWN RISK!

How to export / transfer website from Webs to other hosting services

Fuck Webs! A must-have automatic export feature is missing! My fans were asking how I transferred most of Webs-based teoalida.webs.com to WordPress-based teoalida.com. I used copy-paste, manually, 50 pages, hundreds of paragraphs, one by one, took me FEW HOURS.

Warning: how to rename pages on Webs – the CORRECT way to not lose visitors

Webs do not allow you making a custom 404 page displaying website navigation bar or a redirect to home page. If you simply rename a page, all people who click the link in searches, on Facebook, bookmark, will get a generic 404 Not Found page which do not display links to your website. People will be not able to find the new page and will think that entire website does not exists. Also, as long as the old page is still in Google index, Google bots may see the new page as duplicate content and will NOT index it.

SOLUTION: make a file in Notepad with the text shown below (including the META redirect at 0 seconds, indicating to Google bot to index new URL – of course change my links with your links), save it under the name of the page which was moved, including .htm extension, and upload it in Webs File Manager.

Note: Chrome users will get a pop-up asking if they wants to be redirected, while Internet Explorer and Firefox users may be redirected automatically, but this may scary them and they may click BACK button, to help this you should put some text in page body, to inform users why are redirected, and allow them to click manually the link to the new page.

<HTML>
<HEAD>
<meta HTTP-EQUIV=”REFRESH” content=”0; url=https://www.teoalida.com/world/northamerica/“>
<TITLE>301 moved permanently</TITLE>
</HEAD>
<BODY>
<P>Since 31 February 2099, the page www.teoalida.webs.com/america.htm has been moved on <A href=”https://www.teoalida.com/world/northamerica/”>www.teoalida.com/world/northamerica</A>. Click it if you are not redirected automatically!</P>
</BODY>
</HTML>

A trick with Webs partner: GetClicky

Webs.com use to track the visitors. Clicky itself offer premium services separate than Webs premium services.

Clicky premium accounts track page views, downloads (image or files clicks), outbound links, etc. also have an useful Spy feature to view visitors in real time.

Clicky free accounts track only page views and you can view only last 31 days, so the visitors spending hours on ONE page of your website, clicking dozens of images, but never opening any other page, may be counted as bouncers.
When you register in Clicky you will get 2 weeks of trial account with all premium features enabled.

See www.teoalida.webs.com/trafficstats.htm, screenshots showing visitors of my website for ENTIRE YEAR, showing all premium features despite that I never paid a single cent to either Webs or Clicky!

Here is the TRICK:
Just opt out from Clicky and then enable Clicky stats again. You will get another 15 days of trial account with all premium features enabled for FREE. This does not work for accounts registered via www.clicky.com, just for the ones registered through www.webs.com. You can use the tracking code from Webs’s Clicky service to track visitors of any website regardless where it is hosted.
Personally I do this every 2 weeks since 2010.

Note: at re-enabling stats, there are about 25% chances to get in the same tracking channel (so you will be able to see the traffic that you had before you opted out), if you see all numbers as 0, opt out and re-enable again. You have 90% chances to find the same tracking channel in max 10 attempts. I never had more than 20 attempts.
Warning: opt out from Clicky ONLY if you had at least one visitor in current day. A friend of mine opted out and in over 100 times, always see 0 numbers, he could to this at infinite without being aware when he found same tracking channel, because had no visitors in current day. He told me that was checking visitors for past month, but in the first day after re-enabling stats you cannot see the traffic of past days. So I warn you!

No longer works since February 2017. Clicky figured out the trick. So currently I am paying Clicky account registered via www.clicky.com (not via Webs.com) and able to track visitors of up to 10 websites.

Ratings & Comments widgets problem – cause and SOLUTION

I posted this message in Webs Support forums and the fucking moderators deleted it saying that SB2 bugs will not be solved, although it is a HELPFUL message for all Webs.com users.

In August 2011 Webs.com had terrible problems, Sign In pages randomly appeared when you tried to view normal pages, and all comments widgets got broken for about one week. Who try to post a comment get a stupid message “Please wait for us to finish processing“, but I can still see the comments from website control panel (Manage Comments Widgets).

After that week, half of the widgets from my website came back to normal, other half remained broken for life. I was tired to wait for Webs employees to solve the problem, so I created new comment widgets, everything was OK again until… one newly-created widget broke again!

Sometimes they broke just temporary and after several days are working again, but also got broken for ever. Also some widgets display comments in wrong order or display wrong comments count.

CAUSE: since August 2011 the widgets are breaking if they contains a comment longer than 640 characters (before that date, anyone could leave comments of any length without problems), the saddest part is that most broken widgets were broken by me, by leaving long replies to visitors questions, via website control panel, without visiting website and see what happens.

SOLUTION: if you are tired of waiting for Webs employees to make them working again with long comments, simply delete yourself the longest comments in order, until the comments will be loading again!

Do not suggest me to use a Guestbook or a Forum. I had a forum, but people were not using it. Having comments widgets at bottom of each page, which do not require any signing in, is most convenient.

SEO SPAM from India

India email spamWebdesign companies do exist all over the world, but 90% of spammers sending unsolicited emails and phone calls are from India, usually start-ups and unexperienced teenagers claiming that are big companies and fool naive people to outsource work to them. Not all Indian companies are spammers, but the (5%?) doing SPAM damage reputation of Indian IT industry and reputable companies suffer as well.

Chapters:
Why they spam us
How webdesign & SEO companies operate
Link exchange spam
Guest post spam – make money from spammers
CAD design spam
How to STOP spam
How to TROLL spammers
Links to other articles about spammers

Have you been employed in an Indian SEO company or dealt with them? I would like to hear an “inside opinion” or your experiences. Leave a comment on page!

NEVER hire a SEO company emailing you saying that they visited your website, it is not ranking well in Google and promise you to be #1. They are NOT real visitors of your website and may try to scam you.

Anyone can optimize his website himself. The internet is full with tutorials, example: Beginners guide to SEO on Moz.com. If you are a busy man and need an outsourcing partner, do a search and find a reputable company which itself appear on first page of Google, avoid dealing with those who email you from nowhere.

Indian webdesign company epic fail

Why Indian web design & SEO companies contact us?

Shortly after I moved my website from free hosting with subdomain to teoalida.com in 2012 I started receiving emails from people saying that are working for an Indian SEO company and found that my website does not appear on first page of Google, that I am missing headings, META tags, ALT tags and have W3C errors, or asking me if I am interested in possible website redesign of if I am looking  for a web developer or mobile app. First time I though that India is the center of world webdesign and they want to help me for free in exchange of the free stuff I offer on my website.

For a time I was replying everyone, sometimes receiving a detailed PDF audit report of my website reporting few errors, their report helped me to fix them. But since more and more emails came, and everyone trying to charge me money after few replies, I realized that they are NOT actual visitors of my website. They do use crawlers to find email addresses on websites that were in plain format. Also scraped WHOIS database, which at that time was displaying my email address in full, I did not bought WHOIS privacy.

I am monitoring traffic with Clicky that shows pages opened by each individual visitor, replying to their emails, I saw people visiting my website from a location nobody visited me before.

I do get few percents of traffic from India, but since my website focus on real estate and architecture, is unlikely for my natural visitors to be “working for a SEO company”.

The rule is simple: if they CAN, I can too, if I CAN’T, nobody else can. I don’t want to let my PERSONAL website in the hands of other persons.

Emails are sent to a large list of addresses and my website title or URL is automatically inserted into email to look like an email sent to me personally. Sometimes they sent a second email, apparently reply to initial email, saying that they never heard from me and ask me again if am interested in their services.

I added a javascript anti-spam for my main Yahoo email in About Me page. Meantime, I created an address purposely to catch emails sent automatically, [email protected], forwarder to my main email, put it on website with white text somewhere a human can hardly see it, but a robot can harvest it immediately. It quickly filled up with SPAM emails, but the main contact email was still spammed. I found later that main contact email was still displayed in certain subpages. Once I deleted the main email from every page, the amount of SPAM emails was reduced significantly. Later I removed from website the [email protected] and I periodically create new spam-catcher email addresses. I still get SPAM emails on both Yahoo email and on [email protected], while other SPAM goes to current spam-catching email.

Final conclusion: some spammers crawl the web from time to time, to collect email addresses, and sell to other spammers the database containing URL of each website and emails found in them, so an email address once posted on web is likely to be spammed whole life even if was removed from the web. I also get SPAM emails selling a “list of businesses contact info”, probably SEO companies are buying such things.

Buying WHOIS privacy and hiding email address under a javascript or using a Contact form does eliminate 90% of SPAM, 10% remains because Indian webdesign companies also employ actual humans to browse internet and find customers, send messages via Contact forms, grab email addresses manually, etc.

As I read on various forums and blogs, the webdesign companies from United States and Europe are heavily spammed by Indians who not just SPAM emails but also make phone calls hoping to convince them to outsource to India.

For a period, my website title was “Architecture & CAD Design services – Teoalida’s Website“, as you can see it contains the words Website + Design, and the robot they made to discover email addresses of web designers accidentally put my website on their mailing list, although I am clearly NOT offering web design services.

I got SPAM on LinkedIn too, where I had name “Teoalida Design” some indians sent me connections and once accepted, they sent me messages like this “Are you looking for a company to outsource your Web Design, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento or Mobile App development work? I at (company name) have helped businesses like yourself“.

Some spammers target companies who want to improve their SEO. How their robot differentiate business websites from personal blogs or other non-profit websites that dominate the web, we don’t know!

I would like to hear an “inside opinion” from someone who worked for a SEO company and tell us their secrets.

SEO SPAM from Indiaa

More info about their SEO email marketing

Webdesign SPAM emails ask me if I interested in redesigning my website, the email body being entirely a generic text. But how do they know that I have a website?

SEO SPAM emails are most intriguing, some of them contain my name or URL in the email subject and also within email body (example of subject: “Proposal for teoalida.com“), but the rest of email body is a generic message telling me that my website do not appear on first page in Google, that I am missing headings, META, ALT and TITLE tags, etc, when in reality my website do not have these problems.

They guarantee that will push my website to top of Google search results, 101% recovery from Panda and Penguin penalties, etc (for your info: no one can guarantee #1 in Google. What if multiple websites in same niche apply for their services, who will be #1?). I asked them how they do that, but most of them do not provide details, they just insist to get paid and let my website on their hands.

  • Emails are sent from a FREE Gmail account and mention that is compliant with CAN-SPAM act of 2003, maybe it do not violate the law but are still unsolicited email. They are aware that they are spamming and once they got their email disabled, they open another Gmail account (while replying to them, it bounced back from MAILER DAEMON telling that their account was disabled).
  • Most emails do not tell company name in first email. On some forums people claim that do this to not damage company reputation, my opinion is that they do this to prevent you contacting company directly, so they can get referral commission (I told to few companies that I do not require their services, they told me that will pay 10% commission if I refer them to anyone requiring webdesign services).
  • Emails are sent by “marketing guys” who may be or not be legally employed in a company (few times I visited company website indicated in second email, and if they had live chat box, I messaged them asking if they sent me an email or asking to speak with the person mentioned in 1st email, the chat support guy was not aware of the email I received, meaning that it was sent by third-party (case in which mocking up company is not a good idea, is not their fault that their partners spam emails to earn 10% referral fee).
  • Do not take in serious their base country. Some emails say that company is based in US, UK, Australia, etc, but when I gave them a link to my website, got a visit from an Indian IP. The company manager may be an american but employees are Indians to lower the costs, thus their services will be Indian-quality.
  • Many emails are written with poor english, excessive colors, etc, given impression of an email written by a kid from his bedroom, but after I reply, their second email inform me that they are a big company with 100-200 SEO professionals, with 5+ years experience and served hundreds of clients over United States, Europe, Asia, etc. I am very doubt about that. A Google search show that their website have PageRank 0 or max 1, meaning that they are newborn companies who their own websites do not rank in Google (webdesign is also highly competitive niche) so their only way to get clients is by spamming emails and lying about their experience. But once time ago I got SEO spam email from a company with PageRank 4 and headquarters in massive 4-storey building visible in Google Earth.
  • SEO company website display a portfolio with their clients, websites showing a list of 5-10 keywords that they helped appearing #1 in Google. These keywords are usually combinations of 3 words which have low search volume but also low competition thus any amateur can get himself #1 in Google with minimum of effort, by using desired keywords in page titles and repeating them few times in body text (LOL! I can make a list of over 100 two- and three-word keywords for which my own website appear #1 in Google, without ever paying any fucking SEO company).
  • Beware! Most of SEO spammers are NOT experts in how to do a business and FAIL on long term, they exploit flaws in Google algorithms, aka Black Hat SEO techniques, build links unnaturally, abusive link exchange, keyword stuffing, etc. They take your money, raise website ranking on short them, but since Google algorithms are in constant change to downrank the sites using such techniques, soon you fall in a worse place than you were originally, then they take you more money to restore ranking failure due to an unexpected Google algorithm change, if you broke collaboration and try to find another SEO company to fix what they damaged, they may revenge and do worse stuff. Google Webmaster Central Forum is full with people asking for help how to erase Google penalty received after hiring “SEO experts from India”.
  • Link building by spam in blogs. Probably you have seen generic comments like “Useful article, amazing blog, etc” having comment author a weird name and linking a website, these are comments left by Indian companies which their SEO plan include using automatic bots to create spammy backlinks for their clients from all over the world. Personally I get hundreds such comments per day, Akismet is a FREE plugin for WordPress blogs that blocks 99% of SPAM comments, but 1% escape and if you browse few of my website pages you can see comments left by Indian SEO companies!

If I will ever need professional SEO services, I will do a search on Google and pick myself a legitimate company, I will NOT work with spammers picking me. Outsourcing to India is a worldwide trend, but many unskilled Indians are trying to join the outsourcing business, damaging image of their whole country.

Spam in blogs

Link exchange SPAM from India

Indian web developers use same technique, bots to crawl email addresses, to get in contact with other web developers to do link exchange and improve rankings of their clients.

I received from multiple people a message like the below example. First time, I replied normally and they actually put my link on their website, then when I started receiving identical emails from other people, I replied asking them few questions but I always received standard reply that my link was added, and no answers my questions. Probably they configured an email answering machine, but at least… we did the link exchange.

if I didn’t replied first time, I could think that they are just spam and I would never replied to all.

However, I stopped replying at link exchange requests in mid-2013 once realized that violate Google Webmaster Guidelines, practicing it excessively risk penalty for BOTH of us (website removed from Google search results). Also, they often put my link on a /links.htm, a page with PR 0 or even not in Google index, thus giving no benefits for me.


Hi,

Actually i was searching for quality partners for link exchange and I found that you are posting high quality content on (URL of a random page of my website) so I want to know if you are interested in exchanging link with our
website.

If you are interested to exchange the links, please send me the following details of your site:

Title, Url and Description

I’ll add your link  in the next 24 hours. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll send you a confirmation email.

We’d appreciate it if you place a link back to our site using the following HTML code (just copy and paste it into your links page):

(their code)


Hi,

I’m pleased to inform you that your link was added to our site on the (URL of their site) page
I just want to know if you are interested in our other sites for exchanging links.

The links details are as as follows :
(3 sites)

After adding the links you just reply us that where you have added
these links and we will add your links to all the  WEBSITES within 48
hours .
we will send you the email after adding all the links .


A very FUNNY-STRANGE case was to receive on [email protected] an email written in romanian language soliciting link exchange. Indeed I am originating from Romania, but my website is in english and worldwide targeted. How his/her email crawling bot knew my nationality?

The email had name Daniela Ionescu, common female name in Romania, but email text used male words, a non-understandable language written probably with Google Translator. it also contained a link to THIS LinkedIn profile profile with a photo with a woman clearly not made in Romania, stating that she studied at a romanian academy. But the words are terribly wrong. Even school name was misspelled (we call university, not academy)!

I replied and asked her few questions in romanian, but she did not understand me so I switched to english, she admitted that is not native romanian. She visited my website from Indian IP and along her SEO clients were few romanian websites. Epic FAIL way for Indian spammers to get clients in other countries!

Guest post SPAM from India – make money from spammers

Indian SEO companies also use bots to find email addresses, and bots to post comments, to find people interested in guest posting.

I got an email offering me backlinks from 5 high authority websites for a price of $20-100. I replied them asking if I can offer a link exchange instead of paying for a guest post on some dodgy website that I do not know if will be closed tomorrow. They replied that link exchange is not possible and sent me an Excel file with list of websites I can place my guest posts on, with their price. I replied that I am NOT interested in paying for links and stop emailing me, but I keep getting every month emails with their updated list of websites and prices. Initially I was intrigued how one SEO company can manage hundreds websites.

I got an email asking me if I accept guest posts and offered me to pay for them. I replied that guest posts are not suitable for a PERSONAL website where every article is written by me, instead I can offer them banner ad / link within existing articles, and I asked them what website he have to link it. I realized that they do not have any specific website, but instead put my website on a database of websites that does accept guest posts, with their price. A month later, they emailed me again sending and article and PAID ME for posting it.

In May 2018 I got an email asking me to post a link to ArchDaily.com while my website already had a link to this website placed from personal interest. I was confused especially when he offered me $60/link to post 3 more links. I though that is a JOKE, I wanted to ask friends what they think about this and I forgot to reply him, I replied after 4 days, he didn’t replied anymore. Lost a great offer.

Over next few months I got filled with emails asking if I accept guest posts or I can add links to their websites, some people gave me articles in attempt to “contribute” to my website, without paying anything, but within 1 year 5 people PAID ME for guest posts or links in existing posts, usually $50 for each website linked.

One has accidentally forwarded me whole email communication with the customer paying for links, allowing me to read that he was going to pay some website and suddenly the SEO company changed words saying that article has been published on my website. This is how I was paid for a guest post about a musician, off-topic for my real estate website.

Note: doing this kind of link building excessively can trigger Penguin penalty and have their website removed from Google search results.

CAD design outsourcing SPAM from India

Email spam marketing is NOT limited to web designers. I also received SPAM emails from India promoting CAD design services, I figured out that these people actually visited my website.

For example: a spammer probably searching “floor plans” on Google found main page (www.teoalida.com) and saw numerous floor plans from Singapore, then clicked Contact page, and sent me email saying that they offer 2D and 3D floorplan conversion service using SketchUp. He did not opened other pages to see that I offering same service at much better quality, using AutoCAD.

I replied like this:
I will never hire a designer using that SHIT called SketchUp. You sure don’t need an AutoCAD designer to do better quality floor plans and 3D models for your customers? See my AutoCAD works https://www.teoalida.com/design/hdbflats/ and https://www.teoalida.com/design/houseplans/

His reply:
My location is Dhaka, Bangladesh. where my resources are working for less than $5/hr. Im sure that i will never able to hire you.
After going though your site and feedback from others, i have understood that, i need to start developing AutoCAD 3D team.
Thanks a lot. feeling lucky to have multiple replies from an expert guy like you.

There are also AutoCAD design companies that do spamming looking for customers. Several people contacted me via my website’s live chat instead of email, I though that they are architects who saw my message that I am hiring architects for partnership, but after a little talk with him I realized that they only do paper to CAD conversions or 2D to 3D conversios, they do not make floor plans from imagination as I do.

(7:40:20 PM) *** Visitor has joined the chat ***
(7:40:20 PM) Visitor: Good evening..I’m Ankit from India
(7:40:39 PM) *** Teoalida has joined the chat ***
(7:40:42 PM) Teoalida: what’s up
(7:41:22 PM) Visitor: we are AutoCAD professional looking for drafting work.
(7:41:48 PM) Visitor: Do you outsource your work?
(7:42:19 PM) Teoalida: I can outsource
(7:42:25 PM) Teoalida: show me a drawing made by you
(7:42:58 PM) Visitor: Can you please provide your mail id
(7:43:49 PM) Teoalida: you are in Contact page and still asking for email? what’s wrong
(7:44:27 PM) Visitor: sorry.
(7:45:25 PM) Teoalida: BTW, I have a partner in Philippines which I am currently outsourcing to… but he is expensive and often busy with bigger projects and don’t have time for me
(7:48:26 PM) Visitor: Please update your mail
(7:49:50 PM) Teoalida: got email
(7:49:59 PM) Teoalida: OMG… you’re great, what software you used for these 3D?
(7:50:49 PM) Visitor: 3Dmax
(7:51:30 PM) Visitor: at present we are giving priority to 2D drafting
(7:53:24 PM) Teoalida: some of your plans looks similar with those seen in UK websites
(7:54:13 PM) Visitor: Yeah, we do regualar job for UK clients.
(7:54:44 PM) Teoalida: I wonder if these plans seen on UK websites were made by you, or you just learned to do in same way with them
(7:55:47 PM) Visitor: we have few clients in London to whom we provide floor plan service.
(7:56:36 PM) Visitor: Do you have similar job?
(7:56:44 PM) Teoalida: BUT….
(7:57:07 PM) Teoalida: in the way you addressed me initially I though that you’re an architect who want to work for me
(7:57:28 PM) Teoalida: now I see that you’re a big company with a variety of services and not focusing on architecture
(7:57:59 PM) Visitor: we also do architectuaral drafting.
(7:58:40 PM) Teoalida: let’s say a 200 sqm 4-bedroom house… are you able to do floor plans, elevations, sections, structural, electrical and plumbing drawings? and at what price?
(7:59:26 PM) Visitor: We normally do conversion project

How to stop email SPAM from India

The general rule: DO NOT post your email in plain format ([email protected]), robots pick it regardless if it is clickable or not, instead you can:

  • Do not post the email at all, use a Contact form (on your website).
  • Write the email as “name_at_example_dot_com” (no longer reliable, bots learned to find such emails too).
  • Write the email in an image uploaded on Photobucket and post the image.
  • Write as javascript code, example: <script type=”text/javascript” language=”JavaScript”>// <![CDATA [emailE = (‘[email protected]’ + ‘example.com’) document.write(‘<A href=”mailto:’ + emailE + ‘”>’ + emailE + ‘</a>’)// ]]&gt;// ]]></script>
  • Buy WHOIS privacy, some spammers target newly registered domains hoping that they need webdesign services. I heard of people who registered a domain and immediately got few dozens emails in few days.

Note: if the email address was displayed on website for long time, and you protect it today, you will still get SPAM emails because it has been included in many spam lists. Make a new email address if possible. Above rules protect you from automated spam only. If you are in webdesign industry, you are likely to get manual spam. Some web developers informed me that they get SPAM messages from India via their Contact form, Facebook, LinkedIn, as well as phone calls.

On the plain, unprotected emails, you may get other types of SPAM:

  • Promotional emails advertising groceries, travel agencies, pharmacy, drugs, casinos, adult websites, etc.
  • Chinese manufacturers trying to sell you various products. Their marketing is very bad targeted, I have a website about real estate and I often get emails trying to sell me construction materials for buildings, furniture, bearings, car parts, led display, office paper, etc, sometimes written in chinese.
  • Domain name scams: a chinese company is trying to register yourdomain.cn which is similar with yourdomain.com, so they offer you to register yourself yourdomain.cn and dozens of other domains before someone else will register. NEVER reply to such emails. My article: SCAM alert for web owners, see also Wikipedia article and another article.

How I deal with Indian spammers & FUNNY cases

Note that I am fan of DO IT YOURSELF. As teoalida.com is a PERSONAL website, I don’t accept professional help from others, I accept only suggestions and do all the work myself. My web building knowledge is not at professional level, but I prefer to learn instead of being dependent by professionals.

If you SPAM our emails, expect to get replies from people NOT interested in your services, students or owners of non-profit websites, or who like wasting your time (LIKE ME!).

I occasionally replied to spammers acting like a customer looking for help. Half of them never reply, once I received a second email “We did not heard from you“. So what is the point of spamming potential customers? Conclusion: so many people reply at their emails, probably bullshit replies, and they do not have time to read all, and reply to potential customers.

I also send them often funny and short replies, sometimes swearing them, sometimes slightly serious.
From first email I warn them that “I am NOT interested in outsourcing but if you have any suggestions for my website, feel free to speak!“, despite of warning that I am NOT interested, they still ask me for Google Talk and Skype ID, as well as phone number, etc. As I read in various forums, some people were repeatedly disturbed via phone by Indian SEO companies, speaking like this “Hi, we analysed your website and seems that its ranking in Google is dropping, you have broken links on your website, you have W3C errors, you are losing potential customers, blah blah… We are there to help you! Are you 100% sure that you don’t need our SEO services? For only 199$/month we guarantee you #1 place in Google!!!“. This is very AGGRESSIVE way to turn people into their customers.

If they are friendly enough to ask for my Google Talk and Skype ID, insisting to have a chat with me, I engage them in friendly talk, asking how to, ideas for my website, most of them do not answer my questions and insist to let my website on their hands. But few times I managed to learn new SEO strategies and few useful advice, which I applied to my website myself instead of hiring them. Once I got a very detailed report in PDF format, listing things that were done good and things that need fix or improvement, offering me to fix all the problems for several hundred $.

Sooner or later they realize that I am NOT going to pay, they stop replying at my emails, they block me on Skype, etc. But guess what… they SPAM me again with their original email offer!

His email:
Greetings! My name is (…) from a reputed leading SEO company based in India. We provide….

My reply:
If you are ashamed to tell us the name of your “leading company” in your first email, you can as well don’t tell that you are from India! Especially on freelance websites, Indians suffer from bad reputation for LOW price but VERY LOW quality.
and BTW, a “leading company” would NOT try to get customers in this way, by spamming emails!

More funny replies written by me:

This is the 10th SEO services email received this week. I can hire 1 SEO company, not 10 different SEO companies every week, sorry!

This is the 10th SEO promotional email received this week. If I was in need for SEO services I would have hired one already.

One of my friends have hired a SEO company from India, his traffic increased with 20% during first month but second month he lost 80% of traffic being penalized by Google Penguin due to link building done by that so-called SEO expert… so I am NOT interested in your fucking ANTI-SEO services.

Thanks for contacting, I NEED YOUR HELP regarding 1 single problem: how to display my email on website to protect it from being crawled by fucking spammers like YOU!

Fuck off, your employees / workmates are fucking SPAMMERS. I have got exactly same fucking message from another 2 email addresses. I already replied once that I am NOT interested in your FUCKING SERVICES.

Spammers SUCKS, if you want customers, make yourself a website and we will contact you!” (if the email did not contained any URL of their company and also did not specified that he visited “my website”)

How to TROLL / ANNOY the Indian spammers

  1. Make a free email address on Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, that sounds like a company name but does not contain your real company name.
  2. Make a spam-bait email address, like [email protected] and put it on your website in plain HTML code with white text (I really collect lots of indian emails on this email address, being posted there in plain format).
  3. Make a forwarder from spam-bait address to the Gmail / Hotmail / Yahoo address.
  4. Once you receive SPAM, reply from the Gmail / Hotmail / Yahoo address, because certain spammers may try to spam even more the email addresses where they received reply from, also may sell email lists to other spammers. Using your domain name email address to reply is risky to have them visiting your website and look for other email addresses to spam them as well (protecting email with images won’t help).
  5. When reply, say “I am really interested, can you please tell me more details?” or “We are a startup / we have a SMALL budget” but in the same time mention a BIG sum of 4-5 digits in USD / EUR.
  6. Request for examples of their work, names of their proposed development team, also their data security and legal compliance people, and as many other details is possible.
  7. When they ask you to describe what is your project about, you can say that you are making a community website where people can share information and build a database of companies using spammy marketing strategies to generate leads and/or companies that people had bad experiences with, so future people can avoid them. Some spammers are enough idiot and desperate to get work to do, that will still offer to help you, not realizing that you’re pranking / wasting their time.
  8. Continue conversation asking as many questions you can that will require elaborate answers from spammers.
  9. Ask for details of their Finance contact (“for the paperwork, so we can pay you afterwards“).
  10. When you’ve had enough FUN, ask “one last thing for the paperwork. I’ve lost track, can you just remind me how we initially got in touch?“.
  11. Whether they answer or not, go back and say that your procurement team has looked at your proposal and pointed out that the contact was initiated by a SPAM email, and that no reputable company would ever deal with spammers. Thank them for the Finance details and say “I’m going to invoice them for wasted time and resources“.
  12. Log in PayPal and click Request payment or Create an invoice. Out of the hundreds spammers, you may find few stupid enough to actually PAY YOU!
  13. Add that you have been fired for encouraging spammers, contrary to company rules, and wasting everybody’s time. They will probably reply sorry to hear that, but could still use their services!

You can create a new Gmail / Hotmail / Yahoo address and change email forwarder to the new address. New spam emails will come to the new address, and you can track whenever the spammers you talked with, have shared your email address with other spammers.

Thank you Richard and BobL comments for giving me above ideas about how to troll spammers.

Let’s hope that if we all do this in mass, the fucking Indians will realize that spamming emails will not bring many real customers but mostly time-wasters, and discourage them to SPAM whole world again.

Links to sites about spammers

– https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35291?hl=enGoogle warn us: “Be wary of SEO firms and web consultants or agencies that send you email out of the blue” and “No one can guarantee a #1 ranking on Google“.
http://www.seospammersexposed.com/
– http://meebal.com/beating-the-seo-hustle/
– http://www.web-design-talk.co.uk/469/seo-spam-from-india/
– http://www.seowebsiteoptimisationlondon.com/spam-seo-emails.html
– http://waystoavoidscamsonline.com/can-seo-companies-be-trusted-i-think-not
– 
http://www.texelate.co.uk/blog/post/116-how-to-stop-indian-seo-spam-emails-with-cpanel/
– 
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130224214053-660389-seo-spam-are-you-sick-of-it

HDB statistics, facts & figures

Since its founding in 1960, HDB built 1,200,402 dwelling units and commercial properties by end-2018. Beside HDB, SIT built about 23,000 units between 1927 and 1959, HUDC built about 9,600 units in 1970s and 1980s, and JTC built somewhere around 10,000 – 20,000 units in 1960s and 1970. This makes around 1.25 million public housing units built.

Of them, 1,063,250 dwelling units are in use at 31 March 2019 according HDB Annual Report, about 130,000 dwelling units being demolished (clearance of rental blocks and SERS), converted (2 units joined into 1 unit), privatized (HUDC), etc. About 20,000 – 30,000 are commercial units.

According Database of HDB blocks in Excel format, including under construction blocks launched until November 2019 BTO and demolished blocks after 2010, there are 1,166,857 units in 10,757 blocks, averaging 108 units per block.

What other statistical data would you like to see on this page? Leave a comment and tell me!

Biggest HDB towns:
Current town boundaries were introduced in Annual Report 1990. Bedok was the biggest town, overtaken by Tampines in 1996 then by Jurong West in 2000. We expected Sengkang to take the lead, but after announcement of Tampines North estate in 2013, adding under construction flats to the flats in use as 31 March 2018 make Tampines leader again (in 2021 we expect these flats to be completed to make Tampines leading in flats in use), Jurong West, Sengkang and Woodlands are in close battle.

According SingStat, as 2018 the Singapore population is 5,638,700, of which 3,994,300 Residents (3,471,900 Singapore Citizens and 522,300 Permanent Residents).

According HDB Annual Report 2018, 3,247,500 Residents live in HDB apartments, this means 81% (non-residents are not allowed to own HDB apartments but they can live in apartments owned by a Resident spouse, also they are allowed to own apartments in private condominiums taller than 6 storeys but not landed houses or apartments in low-rise condominiums). This means average family size of 3.1 residents per apartment and 30 sqm per person. Note that HDB Annual Report shows same resident population since 2015 onward, based on older Annual Reports 2010-2014 average household size was around 3.4 residents per apartment so 27 sqm per person. For comparison, in 1968 were in average 6.2 people per apartment (average flat size I estimate around 40 sqm).

Many HDB owners are renting rooms or entire flat to foreigners, some HDB owners are citizens married with foreigners, HDB never provide official statistics about how many non-Residents does live in HDB apartments.

According Yearbook of Statistics 2010, Singapore population including non-residents is 5,076,700 living in 1,180,500 dwelling units (HDBs, condos, private flats, landed houses, others), of which 76.3% are HDBs, this means a nationwide average of 4.30 people per dwelling unit, if the average would be same for HDB, it would mean 22 sqm per person (no newer statistics available for non-residents).

Average household size for each flat type and race can be seen on www.singstat.gov.sg > Key Indicators and Sample Household Survey. You can see that households with 6 or more persons represent 10% of Chinese households and 23% of Malay households.

Home ownership of HDB flats reached the peak of 94% in 2002, then slowly felt down to 90% in 2011 and been constant to 2018.

HDB dwelling units under management, as 31 March 2019

2019 1-Room 2-Room 3-Room 4-Room 5-Room Executive / MG Studio Apartments Total
Ang Mo Kio 1318 3636 24523 14481 5949 499 322 50728
Bedok 2530 2324 22815 20967 10498 2717 305 62156
Bishan 564 257 2357 9359 5716 1660 159 20072
Bukit Batok 761 2840 11569 18073 7401 2734 246 43624
Bukit Merah 4731 6054 16493 17190 9617 44 605 54734
Bukit Panjang 223 558 3678 16699 10425 3381 361 35325
Bukit Timah 0 49 439 920 683 380 83 2554
Central Area 2075 1316 4266 3438 902 6 0 12003
Choa Chu Kang 565 1207 2463 23465 15952 4762 486 48900
Clementi 474 770 12306 9222 3207 622 0 26601
Geylang 879 3390 11608 9679 3593 831 209 30189
Hougang 668 2068 10907 26901 11080 4311 626 56561
Jurong East 433 513 7069 8188 5925 1871 123 24122
Jurong West 813 2668 12620 29761 22213 6507 626 75208
Kallang / Whampoa 4401 2803 14086 12318 5477 504 342 39931
Marine Parade 0 1350 3035 1798 1678 0 0 7861
Pasir Ris 176 338 491 11641 9379 7460 169 29654
Punggol 1366 2810 5187 22456 16547 1126 417 49909
Queenstown 575 3376 14494 9457 3976 355 443 32676
Sembawang 955 2558 1311 11138 8518 2871 0 27351
Sengkang 685 1912 3878 31274 24144 4463 759 67115
Serangoon 272 408 4535 10231 3757 3265 66 22534
Tampines 1615 1353 13842 29778 17715 5847 604 70754
Tengah 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Toa Payoh 1168 3808 15587 10639 6020 854 378 38454
Woodlands 2274 2911 7059 29799 20791 6191 875 69900
Yishun 1259 2512 15861 30774 10413 2741 774 64334
Total 30780 53789 242479 419646 241576 66002 8978 1063250
Average flat size (sqm) 31 45.48 68.21 95.93 118.42 143.99 42 93.02

Despite of shrinking flat sizes in late 1990s, average flat size has increased until 2005, reaching about 95 sqm, thanks to demolition of small 1/2/3-room flats built in 1960-1970s and building 90-140 sqm flats, also due to Main Upgrading Programme that add 5 sqm utility rooms. After 2005 average flat size is slowly falling down because HDB stopped supply of Executive, reduced supply of 5-room, and reintroduced 1-room, 2-room and 3-room flats. As 2018, average flat size of existing flats stock is 93.02 sqm.

New flats launched via BTO since 2011 and completed from 2015 onward are about 80 sqm in average, for comparison the flats build in mid-1990s were about 120 sqm in average, a world record for public housing. Read more: HDB Flat Size analysis.

Sources:
SingStat for the population.
HDB Annual Reports for the number of flats (units).
HDB Resale Flat Prices database 2013-2017 (89538 records) for estimating average size of each flat type.

The average flat size may be a bit inaccurate because the resale flat prices database include only sold flats, there is no info about the size of rental 1/2-room flats, and does not include flats built last 5 years which are under minimum occupation period, which are smaller than average size of older flats.

Excel files with additional statistics

HDB Statistics.xls – Excel file compiled by me, containing:
– Number of dwelling units by town and flat type, table and chart
– Number of dwelling units by town and year 1990-2018, table and chart
– Number of dwelling units by flat type and year 1990-2018, table and chart
– Statistics for calculation of the average flat size along history
– HDB achievements since 1960
– Resale market statistics
Please leave your comments about my work!

See also HDB Annual Reports 1990-2018 transcribed by me in Excel.

HDB flat size statistics based on resale transactions

I have database of HDB Resale Flat Prices 1990-2017 and analyzed data in Excel. Here are the results:

As country level: the average flats size is 95.45 sqm (average of 767528 transacted units).

As town level: Pasir Ris New Town (built between 1988 and 1996) have the biggest flats, 123.62 sqm (average of 28469 units) Central Area (most built in 1970s) have the smallest flats, 71.52 sqm (average of 5893 units).

As neighborhood level: Pasir Ris 2XX neighborhood have the biggest flats, 132.74 sqm (average of 4363 units), Pasir Ris 5XX have 129.24 sqm (average of 4689 units), Pasir Ris 6XX have 126.89 sqm (average of 2742 units), Choa Chu Kang 5XX have 125.87 sqm (average of 3363 units), Tampines 3XX have 122.58 sqm (average of 6022 units).

Note that the average size of resold flats is slightly bigger than the real average flat size, because the big and <10 year old flats tends to change their owners more frequently than the small old flats owned mainly by elderly, also some of the small flats are rented from HDB rather than owned, so they never appear in resale transactions.

Private housing statistics

singstat.gov.sg allow you to generate tables, such as Resident Households By Type Of Dwelling year by year from 1980 to present. As 2018, out of 1,325,300 Resident households, 1,043,300 HDB, 210,300 condos, 67,900 landed, 3,800 other. Non-Resident households are not included here (many condos are owned by foreigners).

Singapore in Figures 2017.pdf shows on page 16 total residential dwellings 1,370,319, private residential landed 72,595, non-landed 275,485 (as 2016).

HDB flats size 1960-2010 analysis: are the flats shrinking?

Ministry of National Development, Khaw Boon Wan, said in 2012 that HDB flats have been the same size for last 15 years and are not shrinking. This article has been copied on numerous blogs.

As you can see in the following chat, the 4-room flats leased in 2000 were 90 sqm and 4-room flats launched in 2012 (TOP 2016) are the same 90 sqm, so he is not lying, instead he is masking the shrinking that occurred 15-20 years ago, also he does not take in consideration that the 4-room flat was the smallest flat type in 2000, while today it is the average flat type.

HDB flats size 1960s-2010s

HDB CEO, Dr Cheong Koon Hean, said that smaller flats do not mean lower quality of living, referring that family size decreased and square meter per person increased for 5-room flats, but exactly the table provided by him, shows that nationwide sqm per person is DECREASING, because in 1990s 3.9 people were living in 100-140 sqm flats, while today 3.4 people are crowding in 65-110 sqm only.

Also how the fuck the quality of living has not been lowered… if today’s 4/5-rm flats have master bedroom small as 4 x 3 meters (12 sqm) and common bedrooms 2.7 x 3 meters (8 sqm), even smaller in case of 2/3-rm flats, so we cannot put anymore a double bed, wardrobe and desk!? Since 1960s to mid-1990s, bedrooms were 12-16 sqm.

HDB household size versus flat size and living space per person

The truth about HDB flat sizes

The average size of each flat type was constant since 2000 onward but the overall average flat size has shrunk from about 120 sqm for flats leased in 1991-1996 to 78 sqm for BTO projects launched in 2010, due to phasing out the Executive flats and reintroducing the flats smaller than 4-room. After 2010 is started to rise: 81.8 sqm for 2011, 83.2 sqm for 2012 and 85.9 sqm for first half of 2013… thanks to increased supply of 5-room. Since mid-2013 HDB raised supply of 2-Room flats and allowed singles to purchase them, so the overall average flat size is going down again. Average size of all housing stock is around 95 sqm.

Today flats may appear even smaller, due to the household shelter introduced for all flats completed since 1998, and layouts with hallways to improve privacy in bedrooms. However today HDB flats are spaced more efficiently than in 1990s, with kitchen and bedrooms being just enough size to fit specific furniture, saving space for a bigger living room.

To see how HDB flats evolved in individual room sizes, look in HDB history & floor plans 1930-2010s.

The 1997 Asian Crisis left HDB with many unsold flats especially in larger flat types, however the decision to close the registration for Executive flats date back from 1995, they were built until 2004 to serve everyone in the queue. Due to the same reason, very few 5-Room were built during mid-2000s.

As the economy recovered, HDB reintroduced 5-room in 2008… let’s look on HDB website at applicant ratio, see how small flat types remain unsold, despite of cheaper price and higher grants, while the 5-Room get oversubscribed. There are couples without children applying for 4/5-Room flats not for having 3 bedrooms, but because they are unhappy by room sizes so choose a bigger flat to adjoin rooms and make a huge 2-room flat. People can afford bigger HDB flats!

There are rumors that HDB do not resume building Executive flats because the average household size dropped and most applicants are families up to 4 members, and the big flats are picked by rich people able to afford more space than they normally need. I can tell contrary, while running this website, I have been contacted by numerous people buying 5-Room BTO flats and complaining about impossibility to turn the study into a 4th bedroom for additional child, maid, in-laws, etc (possible in 1990s flats). While MND encourage raising birth rate, HDB offering flats with max 3 bedrooms, is discouraging us to make more than 2 children.

The 3gen flat introduced in 2013, having 4 bedrooms and restricted to a 3 applicants is welcome! Unfortunately it is only 115 sqm.

What do you prefer: to add Executive Apartments of 130 sqm, or to enlarge current 3/4/5-rm to 75/100/125 sqm?

Comparison 1980s vs present

I designed in AutoCAD floor plans of most common 6 flat types during 1980s and 4 flat types from 2000s/2010s that I came across floor plan, and measured floor area of each room. See what rooms have shrunk!

HDB flat size comparison 1980s vs present

Sick of HDB flat sizes?

Take a look how is the Housing around the World, especially in United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan, Brazil, etc… and realize that Singapore apartments are already one of the biggest in the world. The single country which exceed Singapore in terms of average apartment size and quality (and I love it!) is South Korea, having 3, 4, even 5 bedrooms, averaging 110 sqm. Korea passed in 1990s through a similar situation like Singapore, undersupply and rising prices. But they did not reduced apartment sizes, they built bigger and bigger and succeeded to keep prices stagnating and even decreasing (per square meter) last 20 years by building more than demand. Can’t understand why they need so many rooms.

I noticed a worldwide home sizes shrink around year 2000. Can be the innovations in technology responsible for this? For example: laptops replaced desktop computers, plasma TVs hanged on wall so you do not need anymore TV stand, and the kids no longer need space for toys because are playing in cyberspace?

But why I see so many Singaporeans complaining about flat sizes? Probably they never heard of versatile furniture, probably they have the Malay tradition with oversized houses, also HDB built too big and cheap flats in 1980s and 1990s, encouraging people to buy more than necessary and how to waste space. Chinese, indian, others.

In my opinion, the standard HDB size of 65 / 90 / 110 sqm is slightly acceptable, 75 / 100 / 125 sqm is the ideal, and most important, the average flat size should be 100 sqm.

But is totally unacceptable that private developers are building condos smaller than standard HDB sizes, and I am not talking about the 1-bedroom shoebox units, but about numerous private condos and EC offering 3-bedroom units which are less than 90 sqm, of which 10 sqm is balcony and 5 sqm A/C ledge, while bedrooms are small as 4-6 sqm. Most private units were in 100-200 sqm range until 1990s. URA should urgently regulate minimum apartment size! HDB also went under these standard sizes in case of Pinnacle @ Duxton and SkyVille / SkyTerrace @ Dawson.

How will look HDB of the future, with the current trend of private developers?