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About SfEP forums

Online discussion forums are now so commonplace that many people think they couldn’t possibly be too much trouble to set up and maintain. In this post, John Espirian explains how he developed and delivered a combined forum and mailing list for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

This article first appeared in the November/December 2014 episode of Editing Matters, the magazine of the SfEP.

The SfEP forums, our online message boards, celebrated their second anniversary at the beginning of September. John Espirian, the SfEP’s internet director, explains how we got there. He’s not promising any cake and candles, though.
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Using image placeholders

Have you ever designed some content for the web and then needed to place a holding image on the screen to fit the intended layout? In this post, John Espirian shows an easy way to add image placeholders to your content.

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Stuck for an image?

When you’re producing content for the web, it’s best to have all necessary image resources to hand straight away. But there are times when this might not be possible – perhaps you’re having difficulty sourcing exactly the right picture or you’re waiting for someone else to make a visual decision about a layout.

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What is my IP address?

What is an IP address anyway? In this post, John Espirian explains what one is and how to find yours.

If you’ve ever had a problem accessing a service on the internet and have then had to seek out help, you might have been asked to supply your IP address. It’s a piece of information I often I have to ask for when helping users to access some of the sites I run.
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How to check whether a site is up or down

It’s usually easy to check a site’s online status. But what you see isn’t always the same as what everyone else does. In this post, John Espirian explains a simple way to check whether a site really is up or down.

Update 2 July 2015: The Down For Everyone Or Just Me website has now moved to

We’ve all been there. You try to access a website but find that it’s not responding. Perhaps it’s not important and so you decide to try again later. Or perhaps it is important and you decide to let someone know there’s a problem.

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Setting up a website

You’ve decided to set up your own website. But how should you go about it? Is it really something you can do by yourself? In this series of posts, John Espirian shows you that setting up a website is easier than you might think.

Colleagues of mine in the Society for Editors and Proofreaders often discuss how best to go about setting up a website. Having been asked to talk about this subject at the SfEP’s 25th annual conference, I thought it would be useful to set out my thoughts here.

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