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Bing Webmaster Tools

    The very large "10 books in 1" tome, "Building Websites (all in one) for Dummies", something I often peruse late at night. The ways of the Old Web give me comfort. But something caught my eye. "Submit a sitemap to Google and Bing. Yahoo uses the same search options as Bing, so no need for that." Now, this book is not new (There's a section on how you need to put in some XSS code to be able to take PayPal payments on your Webpress site - Is that still a thing?), so I thought the idea of sitemaps was long gone. But. No. Sitemaps are still in use today! What is a Sitemap? It's an XML file optimized for search engines to find your website, listing every page on your website. "Spiders" crawl pages to index for search engines. Why Bing? I use Bing for my regular searching on the web. I also submitted my sitemap to Google, as my blog is hosted on their platform and my domain is purchased through them. (I'm not sure it worked. You'd t

Get in CloudFormation; A Timeline learning IaC for AWS

 A big shoutout to Pluralsight for their free weekend, and James Millar for a great introductory course . For the longest time, I couldn't see how people found this easy, but this helped. (Why did we make up so many programming languages that only work based upon the correct formatting of spaces and tabs? Readability is important, but when you're just beginning, how I learn, I'm interested in 'it works' first and 'it's pretty' second). Anyway, let's see what I learned from CloudFormation. TLDR? Check out the code on GitHub . You can use a nifty GUI getup to drag and drop elements to create a JSON file;     It's not as easy at it seems, as I had to ask myself important questions:   What's the difference between a host and an instance? Minutia ; One's more expensive per hour.   Why does this throw an error? Because YAML is picky about spacing. This required me to make Mac Virtual Machines; A first. It seems to only be available in the East