Moving around the website
The navigation panel on the left appears on just about every page of the
website. Hover on an item to see if there is a sub-menu (indicated by
this symbol ) and click a title to visit the page. Below is a map
showing the structure of the site and how the pages are linked. The titles on the map are clickable, too.
During the last 6 months of 2012 the site attracted an average of 15,000 to 17,000 unique visitors per day.
The Runemaker Group as a whole (13 websites)
rates around three quarters of a million visits per week. The total number of unique visitors to all Runemaker
websites since the launch in 1997 is just over 6.5 billion. This is reflected in the search engine rankings. You
will find at least one page or another from this site listed on the first page of results for 'runes' searches with every major
search engine. In case you are interested runemaker.com is the world's largest runes-related website with over
1,500 files occupying more than 60 Megabytes of server space. The Runemaker Group as a whole consists of about
57,000 files totalling more than 1.4 Gigabytes.
Some technical stuff Browsers
This website uses server-side include technology (SSI) and Cascading Style Sheets
(CSS) for fast loading. I have to frankly admit that the site
is designed and fully tested only for Mozilla Firefox (36% of visitors), Internet Explorer (20%) and Safari 5+
Google Chrome v17 (another 36%) does not render all table cells correctly. You will sometimes find spaces and
incorrect image rendering not specified in the source code. I haven't had time to do extensive testing yet so
you will probably find other errors. Please let me know if you find anything obvious and I'll try to fix it.
I haven't tested recently with Opera (2.5%) either since it seems to be on a gradual decline. It was fine when I
last tested in 2011.
I haven't tested Netscape for about 4 years now. It's used by less that 1% of visitors, doesn't
recognize a lot of modern features, and is known to contain many bugs. It's time to let go, Netscapers . . .
Re-rendering by Translation Services
The use of CSS, layers and a few instances of absolute positioning
can cause problems for page translation services that do not import
style sheets, or expand tables to
accommodate longer text strings. If you use such a service, tell the providers what they are doing wrong.
There are also some pages generated by XML, PHP, SQL database queries and Perl/CGI scripting. The site is optimized for Mozilla Firefox
5+, Internet Explorer 9+, and Safari 5+ at 1024x768 and is suitable for viewing at 800x600 resolution. It's also OK at higher
resolutions, but unless you have a huge monitor some text will appear very small. I recommend you reduce your browser window to
around 1200 width and magnify the page rendering. Otherwise there will be a lot of empty space on the pages.
If you are viewing the site with the images turned off use an
image placeholder to preserve the text layout. You're gonna miss a lot of good stuff, but you will still be able to
read the site.
For visitors using Accessibility, I have tried my best to make this site as friendly as possible. I have used alt text titles or
additional text for all the structural graphics. So I hope you enjoy the site - please let me know if there's anything more I can do
to improve it from your perspective.
you have to install it manually otherwise the main navigation and several other components of this website will not function. It
also blocks a lot of my pages because it thinks my menu scripts are a security risk. If you are one of the 24% of unfortunate IE
users that have installed IE7, my commiserations. I hope you find a way to step up to IE8
or 9 before you go nuts. Better still,
take a look at Firefox.
If you find empty spaces where you are expecting navigation bars or buttons, it probably means you are using an old browser that
doesn't recognize the modern features used on this site. Or, maybe you have got a modern browser, but you haven't turned the new
features on yet! But if you do find something that seems to
be an error on the site, I would be very grateful if you would be
kind enough to let me know so I can fix it.
Copyright Issues Illegal Copying, leeching, hot-linking
Many pages on this website include protected script locations, and copyrighted photographs, artwork or text. These pages and images are encrypted to prevent hot-linking,
leeching and copying. None of these
measures are hack-proof of course, but it does slow casual thieves and spammers down a bit. To see what happens
when a protected image is copied or hot-linked, save this one and view the saved copy.
I know a lot of visitors will not like these measures and I'm sorry if you are inconvenienced, but there is so much copyright theft and plagiarism going on these days and I
can't think of any other way of dealing with the problem. I trawl the internet every month or so and usually find two or three
new websites that have illegally reproduced my text or images without giving credit. I do take legal action when necessary but
it's an awful waste of time and money that I would prefer to avoid, so I am hoping these protection methods will help reduce my
lawyer's bills to a more manageable level.
Free content for personal use
If you genuinely want any of my stuff for personal use, email me explaining what it is for and I will do my best to oblige.
Most of the information and some of the pictures on the Rune Meanings pages are also used in my book
which is available in hard copy and in my ebook "Runebodian". Please see the
rune products - Books and
rune products - CD-ROMs/Downloads pages for prices. If you just want the rune
meanings pages as a handy reference you could buy "The Rune Reminder" eBook for US$5.95. It's based on the Rune Meanings
pages on this site, contains all the same information on 40 pages in full color together with a lot of new photographs
and 11 original single-page articles on related subjects,
to have it delivered to your email address right away.
Unfortunately, I am unable to provide copies of pictures or text from the pages on Rune History, Anglo-Saxon Art
and Rune Monuments because they include photographs that do not belong to me.
Virus Detection problems There are no trojans or other viruses on this site
If you have anti-virus software that blocks a page from loading it probably means
your anti-virus system is out of date. Many
virus scanning applications use default settings that will block pages that contain code they do not recognize,
"Copyright Issues" above. The entire website is subjected
to continuous real-time virus scanning by Symantec on the server, so it is
highly unlikely that you will ever encounter a real trojan or virus on any
of my pages. You might like to consider updating or re-configuring your anti-virus software settings.
Your spam and security software
If you get trojan or virus reports from your security software on many of the websites you visit I
would recommend you switch to a more modern security application. The AVG free version is updated every day and
IMO is one of the best. I have AVG Pro these days, but I've used different versions of AVG since it first came out in 1997 and it has
never let me down.
You won't find any banner advertising on this site (except for the remotely-hosted Guest
Book and Runes Forum), and very few commercial messages except for the links page and me plugging my own
products. Neither will you find a lot of fancy sound effects, music, animations,
shockwave, flash animations, video clips, XML or other flashy stuff on this site. I would rather spend my creation time (and, more importantly, your
download time) giving you lots of useful information in clear, plain English with attractive and relevant pictures.
And speaking of plain English: Brits - please excuse me for using mostly North American expressions and spellings - about 80% of
my visitors are from the USA and Canada, so it was a majority decision.
OK, that's all the excuses out of the way. Enjoy your visit!
Here's the map . . . . . .