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What is Web User?
Web User is one of the most useful magazines I have read. It is full of hints tips and general advice on internet usage, web sits and a wide rang of software that are are all talked about. What the Haynes car manual is for the amateur car tinkerer Web user is for the web tinkerer.
What is inside the magazine?
When you open the cover there is an editorial explaining what is in this weeks magazine. Underneath this is a contents list starting with this weeks features.
The features section is packed with invaluable information. An example from issue 244. (Cover feature ) Best new free software, 35 free downloads covering music videos,chat,security and desktop tools. It gives you an over view of each software and tells you where to get it. The rest of the features section changes every fortnight. The range of topics it covers is massive from 50 ways to earn money on line to the best freebie websites, designing your own products on line to Spotify v we7. The features section is always insightful and helpful. It is a section I really like.
The next section is called Regulars. It features Regular columns on the same topics every week. There is a news page which gives you all the latest news regarding web related topics and security alerts which I find particularly helpful. What everyones clicking on, this is videos and other fun stuff from the web. An instant expert guide to, on any particular subject form software guides to how to get the most from a particular website. Also competitions , best new web site, best free software and readers letters. Web user essentials also comes under this section which is their guide to the best products and services on the web. A checkout page which as free goods and offers for readers, never used these my self but could come in use full for some.
The next section is called Practical Web User. This section is full of good advice with two practical workshops, expert tips, readers tips, ask the experts, readers help desk a get the most from page and an how to page .The kind of things covered in this section are walk through's on programs such as , Protect your kids with on line family Norton. Advice and help on pc problems , getting the most from different programs, windows 8 and more
There is in this magazine a products section dedicated to hardware. Its not a section I am particularly fond of as some of the hardware is not pc or web related. Personally I would go else were to get better and more detailed information on these product. However that said I do believe that some people find this section a useful distraction.
The cost of the magazine at the time of writing is £2.00 and it comes out every fortnight. If you subscribe you will save 35% at a cost of £8.45 every three months.
For me Web User as been invaluable , I would not like to do with out it. The one downside for me is that some times some of the walk through's are not as detailed as I think they should be,Almost just an over view in some cases. Maybe less content and more detail is what is needed or a cover CD to enhance a particular feature. I find it very easy to understand with good clear descriptions It doesn't bog you down with too much technical terminology which is something I really like . Overall I rate Web User very highly and would recommend it to any one. With such a low price it s defiantly a bargain
I have had the magazine delivered for about a year now and fully intend to continue the subscription. Not being very competent beyond the basics, I need all the help I can get when things start going wrong with my pc, but I also like to know and possibly try what's out there on the web. There is always something new and interesting to discover, but I am very wary of clicking on anything I don't already know and very often prefer ignoring sites rather than risking the good health of my machine. However, I trust Web User and if there is a feature which looks promising, I will give it a go.
Web User is a highly entertaining publication, I read it almost from cover to cover and it always leaves me with something productive, be it a little game to play or a video to watch or a site to add to my favourites or even a product to buy. I've tried out a couple of "tricks", nothing too adventurous admittedly, but enough to give me a small sense of pride and achievement. One of the strong points of the magazine is that it's relevant to a lot of people, from the complete novice to the slightly more confident right up to the expert. We can all learn something new when it comes to innovation and technology. That is why I do not attempt to make changes to my computer which involve too many steps or are too complicated to put back but am willing to experiment to make it work better or just to have fun. In an age of change, I find it refreshing to read something that tries to be impartial and objective without pushing stuff in our face . Having said that, the array of new products reviewed is truly tempting, if well over my budget, and the comparisons within the same categories are really helpful.I believe the magazine provides extensive coverage of features and prices and if it is sometimes lacking the readers soon put it right with their comments and suggestions. Because what makes it stand out is, in my opinion, the great balance between the articles and the contribution from the readers. All the people who write in seem to be well meaning, articulate and diverse members of society, just like me only with much better knowledge.
I would recommend this to anybody who owns a computer, it's money well spent!
This is honestly my favourite magazine. In fact this magazine is how I first heard about DooYoo.co.uk/! How great is that. It is packed with great articles that you can e-mail in and reply to.
There is usually a section in there too that will give you money off certain websites too which I think is great. There is something for everybody in there.
It is nicely set out and easy to find what you want, there is also an accompanying website to go with the magazine that is free to join and lets you talk and disciss with other readers of the magazine.
I is modestly priced at just £2.00.
It also has a section dedicated to the best new websites since the last issue, which I like as it gives me an insight into what websites are coming on the the market. This is a great way to get great introductory offers sometimes. There are also hot-to's in the magazine too that help you complete tasks that are often not very well documented on-line or are not very clear.
I hope this review has helped you.
In my opinion the Web user series of magazines really are fantatsic. The first thing that I love about them is there price. Considering that one issue costs just £1.99 I found that really reasonable as it is very cheap when comparerd with other similar magazines. What I love most about he magazine is that it is really easy to read. The content of the magazine I find is very well written and very enjoyable to read. I don't like how the reviews are quite bare. Whilst there is a good vareity between each website named I don't like how they arn't in any real depth. Despite this as they are well written and very informative I find them very interesting to read.
I really do love being able to find out about some of the newest websites that are available on the internet that I likely do not know about. Its a great way I find to discover new sites that you didn't even think to look at. There isn't just website reviews in this magazine but also software and some gadgets. I found this really interesting because it helps give the magazine more vareity when your reading it instead of it being solely on magazines.
Another reason why I love this magazine is because every issue there is always such a variety in the content. There really is always something new to read which is why I love buying almost every issue. The magazine even tells you the latest and best free software which is just ideal I find. Overall a great and affordable magazine.
I'm an irregular reader of Web User magazine - I probably buy 3 or 4 copies per year to give me something to flick through whilst I'm on holiday.
I find Web User to be a very basic magazine - it's seemingly aimed at novice computer users or people who aren't overly-confident about using the Internet. I'm a professional web developer and so I find that a lot of the articles are below my knowledge level.
Saying that, I still buy the magazine as it's an easy read and does showcase some interesting websites. My favourites aspects of the mag are the website review sections where they look at newly-launched websites as well as comparing websites from a specific industry or sector.
It's good value at £1.99, but I couldn't read every issue as the articles seem to repeat. They always seem to have the same information in them - mostly about boosting your PC's performance, which is useful, but does seem to be in almost every issue I buy.
From the moment I first got on the internet back in 1996 I have bought so many PC and Internet magazines when I'm out and about. Years ago I would usually buy the more expensive £4.99 magazines such as Computer Active, etc simply for the free disk on the front, which I always thought would be useful to have, but most of the time it remained on the front cover... never used. Only to then open the magazine to find it full of adverts and useless articles.
Then one day in WH Smiths I saw a brand new magazine called Web User, which was advertised as being the first all Internet magazine at the time. I wasn't all that interested at first until I saw the price of 99p.
I bought the very first issue what must have been 7 years ago now and even now I truly believe this is by far the best internet magazine currently on the shelves.
After buying the fortnightly magazine for a few weeks I fully expected the price to rise quickly, but for several years Web User remained at 99p and it wasn't long before I decided to subscribe... which I think was around £5 for 12 issues back then. Excellent value at only 40p per magazine.
Now, after 208 mostly fantastic issues and still only paying around half the cover price per issues (Cover price is currently £1.99 if you don't subscribe) I have to say this is probably one of the best value for money products I have ever bought, the benefits, advice, free software, general tips and website links it has given me is just amazing.
I have read more experienced Internet users suggest that this magazine is useless to anyone who has any knowledge of the internet but to be honest that is absolute rubbish. There are so many great articles and fantastic advice in this magazine that there is always tips you can pick up or websites you've never seen or heard of which makes subscribing worthwhile.
So what makes Web User so good?
As with every magazine you have regular features and articles, in web User these include Readers letters, expert tips, practical features, readers tips, practical workshop, ask the experts, readers help desk, news, letters, everyone's clicking on, best new websites, best free software, instant expert, essentials, classifieds, competition and lots more.
Most of the above are self explanatory, which is why I've not included individual summaries, but basically from the above regular features you can read tips and letters from readers, check out all the new and best websites, see which websites are currently most popular, read latest internet news and gossip, from anything from websites to companies who are in the internet sector.
The regular segments really are a minefield of useful information every fortnight. And if that's not enough then you can visit the website at www.webuser.co.uk to check out articles, features or to chat on the forum.
Web User boast that every website ever reviewed in their magazines is also on their forum, which is extremely handy if you don't want to keep old magazines, etc.
The only part of the magazine that really strays from the internet is the 'New Products' section, which really can be about anything new that is out, or about to be released... This could range from new mobile phones to laptops... gadgets to usb storage devices. Although a lot is in some way connected to the internet.
I must admit I love this section as Web User not only inform you of what is new and out there to buy, but they also give a short unbiased review, along with prices and when and where it's available.
Every fortnight there are also practical features which are different every week, so of these include....
An extremely useful and interesting read which features something that's happening on or to do with the internet which will effect readers.
For example the feature a few weeks ago was 'Recession - Will the Web cope?' and in the latest issue the article is called 'What will happen to my online data when I die?'
What I like about these news features is that they raise questions about the internet that you probably never thought of, or simply would not know the answer to. Not to mention that they are mostly a very enjoyable read with lots of good advice.
Probably the biggest and best articles/features in Web User are the cover features. Which cover almost anything internet related.
The current issue is titled 'Boost your Broadband - Top 30 tips', whilst previous issues have included...
Disc Burning masterclass - Convert all files
Save money online - Top 50 tips
Prevent PC errors - 49 problems solved
Stay safe online
5 minute PC fixes - 30 instant answers to PC problems
200 brilliant websites
The advice in these features are probably worth the cover price alone and would save you hours of searching online for similar advice.
Web User Gold award
Another helpful feature are the gold awards. Every issue Web User choose a website, product or service (Online related), which readers can also write in and suggest and choose the best in that category. With gold, silver and bronze stars going to the best three and others in that category also being reviewed... which includes a best of the rest section.
In an issue a few weeks ago the stars were awarded for 'Book a cheap hotel online'. 8 websites were reviewed, with Hotels.com receiving the Gold award.
Within the feature Web User rate 'What we liked', 'How it can be improved' and 'Our verdict'
This is probably one of the best resources anywhere to find out the very best websites and services on the net.
Random features and tips
Another invaluable set of articles and features which are certainly a must for anyone who is not used to the internet. These alone could save you so much future heartache with regards to advice, tips and privacy issues online. I know a lot of people who make the mistakes that are often highlighted in these segments of Webuser and it's one of the main reasons I often tell friends and family they should get this magazine.
Featured in the last few weeks have been....
Privacy tips - Edit your online footprint
Desktop themes - Customise your desktop
Office alternatives - Free office tools
Self sufficiency sites - Get a greener life online
PDF tips - Get more from PDF files
Weird Web - Online oddities
GPS - An instant experts guide
The subjects covered regarding using the internet are almost endless and it always amazes me where they find these things to review and give advice on.
Along with all the above features, articles and advice there are also other smaller/one page segments which offer advice, questions and answers, information and general tips and links.
Although Web User is generally aimed at newer Internet users, it certainly isn't just for new users. I have been on the net since 1996 and use it every day through my work, running websites and forums and for leisure, and even now Web User still offers me value for money when I consider everything I get from the magazine each fortnight.
At the very least it is an invaluable resource if ever I need to look back and find something in particular.
At the moment the current cost per fortnightly issue is £1.99.
A 6 month subscription by direct debit is £18.10, which is a saving of 30% on the cover price. (Although I am paying less than this so I can only assume it's because I've been subscribing almost from the start).
A yearly subscription with a cheque or credit card is £38.80, a saving of 25% on the cover price.
Almost everything you buy nowadays has a negative but to be honest I've yet to find it with Web User.
My fortnightly issue drops on my mat every single time without any problems whatsoever, my direct debits are taken every 6 months and I've not once had to ring or contact Web User for late issues, issues not turning up or payments being wrong. In fact the process is so easy and hassle free I don't even remember I have a subscription until the magazine drops through my door every two weeks.
Quite simply this is so far ahead of other internet magazines I'm amazed any of the others stay in business. Other's may offer something different to more experienced web users but Web User in my opinion caters for everyone, and with so many great articles and useful information it is so far ahead of the rest in my eyes, it's unreal.
And if the magazines not enough then you have the totally free website and forums if you should need anymore advice.
Personally I can't think of anything with better value for money over 6 months than a subscription to Web User.
And if you are new to the internet or need advice then this magazine really is a must.
The Webuser magazine is like Ronseal - it does exactly what it says on the tin!
Webuser is a magazine that facilitates you using the www web, it is always packed with plenty of useful tips & tricks, new websites and reviews of allsorts of things.
It cost's 1.99 which is quite reasonable compared to some similar mags out there at the moment, and always has a main feature which is always splashed across the front cover to catch your attention, on the whole I have always found that the "main feature" has been useful in some way or another.
The mag like so many other's does feature advert's but that only helps to keep the retail cost down and most of the ad's are interesting and non-intrusive.
There's a section informing you on NEW website's to visit, whic is always interesting to look at because there is always something weird and wonderful featured. I also like the section that reviews a variety of products as they seem to get their hands on the newest and coolest stuff
From time to time the mag will feature a CD-ROM packed with applications, freeware and much more! The best disc yet for me was an XP transformation disc that made XP look like Vista (without all the issues)
I really like this mag and have subscribed for 12 months so that I save myself some money compared to buying it copy by copy.
Overall a great mag for first time PC users through to a well established user, the content is always interesting and up to date, webuser also have a website that you can look around etc...www.webuser.co.uk
Remember the Dr.Pepper slogan - TRY IT YOU MIGHT LIKE IT!
Web User is a fortnightly magazine from the people who publish ComputerActive, and is an invaluable guide for anyone who uses the internet regularly. It retails at £1.99 and is packed with information. In each issue are the following sections:
Welcome/contents: does what it says on the tin!
News: the current issue contains items about Google's new Chrome browser, eBay's charging policy, and various other news items, and covers 6 pages. It also highlights security alerts and new products.
News feature: this month's is about Internet Explorer 8.
Letters: This covers 2 pages, and also includes a panel of topics discussed on the Web User forum, and a short panel of readers' questions.
Best new websites: Again, does what it says on the can. It is spread over 4 pages, and includes a variety of types of site, both for well-known businesses and for smaller concerns. It also has a blog on/blog off section, which, as the name suggests, highlights a blog considered worth looking at, and one which they recommend you give a wide berth to.
Cover feature: This issue gives quick fixes to common problems that you may have with your computer, and is divided into sections such as hardware, browsers and security.
Features: This issue covers items available to download to your mobile phone, Shopping advice sites and football sites.
Downloaded software: Applications featured on these pages are mainly free to download. They also review, in a side panel, 3 different applications for similar uses - in this issue it is media organisers.
Downloaded entertainment: Similar to the above, but showcasing ... um ... entertainment sites!
Projects: These cover a whole range of things from starting your own social networking site to creating a picture gallery. This issue offers how to watch and record broadcast TV on your computer.
Instant expert: This explains the technical side of things - in this case, what sorts of cables and interfaces are available and what they're used for.
Most wanted: A section to drool over! This section shows new items such as earphones, internet radio and DVD players.
Products: A set of reviews (with star ratings) of hardware and software. This issue tackles social bookmarking (such as delicious), a multimedia hard disk, and a web design software.
Practical: These are 1 - 2 page articles showing how to get the best from software and websites by downloading (often free) applications.
Problem solver: A little different from most problem pages, in that these are taken from the forums, so you have a question, and then one or more solutions that have been offered by forum users.
Hints and tips: Again, submitted by readers and forum users. Some are a bit obvious, but the magazine is aimed at all levels of user, and I suppose some things aren't that obvious when you're just starting out on a computer.
Essentials: This is basically a directory of software and hardware, with urls to where you can obtain them, a very brief description and a rating out of 5.
Seen this: This is the fun page, containing a Sudoku puzzle, urls for some online games and other quirky sites.
The magazine, as I have said, is aimed at all levels of home computer user, and aims to keep things fairly simple with not too much unnecessary jargon. I think it succeeds in this pretty well, without talking down to those who already know a fair bit about computers and the internet.
It contains a fair bit of advertising, but presumably this helps to keep the cover price down. I don't find the advertising particularly intrusive, but then I also buy women's magazines where you have to wade through 20 or more pages of adverts to get to the actual articles! I
I am a regular internet user, and have been for about 13 years or so, but I find interesting sites and practical tips in every issue. It's actually one of the few magazines I always buy without bothering to flick through first, as I know there will be something in every issue to interest me.
I usually find magazines a bit of a bore and most of the pages contain alot of advertising, or articles about nothing so I find them a waste of money! So I rarely actually buy or read magazines.
That was until I met my husband who introduced me to Web User.
The way the magazine is set out makes it easy to read. It is crammed with lots of snippits of information and the latest news in technology, security issues and more. Every week there is project pages like how to do certain tasks such as making your own videos etc.
I find there is not too much advertising, and have found lots of interesting websites from this magazine. There is an area dedicated to questions and answers which I think is my favourite part of the magazine.
I think that Web user is a fantastic fortnightly magazine at a bargain price, (which I think is about £1.99p) for all the people who want to make make the most out of their computers and the internet.
Obviously it would not appeal to people not interested in the internet or computer, although I think if they had a flick through thery would soon be interested.
What makes this magazine stand out and appeal to me more than other magazines in this genre is
1. The price (£1.99)
2. Other magazines seem to write really long articles which are not so easy to read and I end up switching off half way through.
3. Other computer magazines I have bought in the past seem to have pages of advertising from selling computers to website domains etc. I want to know my money is going to buy me something other than advertising.
4. There is lots of good competitions, I won an xbox 360 game which was pretty good!
We get alot of use out of this magazine, as once we have finished with it, it works its way through other family members.
If Im honest, I dont usually do magazines. I always think that those endless rows of glossies that you see adorning the shelves of WH Smith are just a license to print money. Theres usually everything from magazines for puppet enthusiasts to the riveting Crochet Monthly and sometimes the Bank of England weekly, which may *well* be a license to print money who knows? However, Ive recently bucked the trend apart from having to forcibly buy Mizz for my teenage daughter (she bullies me, y'know) and the Spongebob magazine/comic for my 10-year-old son. Ive been buying Web User for a few weeks now and just love it. Want to know why? Oh, dont be like that Ill tell you anyway. Web User is the UKs best-selling magazine about the Internet, a subject that holds an endless fascination for me these days.
The magazine is issued fortnightly and retails at £1.95, which is competitive, compared to comparable computer magazines. I recently bought something about PS2 games costing £5.99. It had a demo disc with games on it but not a huge amount else in it compared to Web User. This production has got the Plain English seal and is written in concise, easy to follow language; I would have said this was crucial for any magazine and especially for one dealing with relatively technical issues like this does. Andrew Craig is the present editor who gets a small slot at the beginning of each issue. During 2005 the average circulation was 31,886 copies per issue and the mag has its own web site at www.webuser.co.uk. The issue dated 16 29 March 2006 was the magazines 5th birthday issue confirming its established status amongst readers since inception back in 2001.
Organisation is good with things split into four broad categories Features/Regulars/Practical Web User/Downloaded. The features cover topical issues that will be of interest to the readership. In the most recent issue, the features included 100 Internet tips and tricks, alternatives to eBay, an article about how to get your writing published online, a feature about web sites devoted to art and a piece about free tools for downloading large files using BitTorrent. I particularly liked the article about getting your written work published as it showed, once again, the liberating impact of the Internet in that you can now bypass the major publishers and get your work published by using one of the online agencies. After all, even the first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times! Other recent features from previous magazines have included things like IQ tests on the Net, software to win online auctions and where to find the best TV on the Web.
Regular features include the latest news/letters/Consumer Champion & Shopping Challenge/best new web sites/Web User essentials amongst others. Youll also find a regular competition slot to win things like digital cameras and ipods. The news section is usually very interesting and tends to be amongst the longer articles in each issue. Typically, its 9 pages or so and like most of the features is broken down into block paragraphs supported by plenty of colour images. These shorts paragraphs make reading very episodic but easy and the kind of things you find are subjects like the fact that more women than men will be using the Internet by 2007 (in terms of time online and according to the European Interactive Advertising Association), BT criticising uSwitch over the commission it earns and the fact that Brits sent 99 million texts a day in February 2006. As youd expect, there is loads of cross-referencing to various sites across the WWW to generate that interactive feel that goes hand-in-hand with using the Internet in general. There are pages devoted to the newest web sites to launch and these always make for fascinating reading. The innovation of the Internet never fails to astound and recent, new sites include one devoted to calculating the amount of sugar in McDonalds hamburgers (www.mcdonaldsmenu.info) whilst www.haggle4me.com is a site where visitors post details of a product they wish to buy and challenge people to find it cheaper. If it is found cheaper then the finder gets 20% of the amount saved by the buyer. Man, those site designers are clever cats!
Practical Web User includes articles on things like solving problems, general hints and tips and practical features. Turning photos into an online slide show and managing e-mail using ePrompter are just 2 recent examples of the kind of thing youll find in this section and, again, there are plenty of images to support the concisely written pieces that make it easy to understand. A recent feature talked about safeguarding your PC against the ever present threat of spyware that was interesting alongside a piece about creating web pages using Google for folks clamouring to design their own web pages.
Downloaded supports the increasingly popular concept of streaming media over the Net. Here youll find articles about where to find the latest Podcasts for film and TV, as well as free software, a section on sports and games and music downloads. With the advent of downloading movies by Broadband, you can find the latest teasers and trailers for movies like King Kong whilst Snow Patrols latest album is headlined by a live session available at www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/gideon_coe in the latest issue. I particularly like the section on free software. Ive recently downloaded a small file at www.disccleaner.nl, which cleans up my hard drive like nothing available on my PC itself clearing up a sizeable area of disk.
As far as criticism goes, then some will find Web User lightweight. Articles tend to be on the short side and written in laymans terms and for the more technically advanced then this may not be enough to hold ones attention. As ever with magazines, there are plenty of adverts throughout but at least they dont pop up or under stuff your are browsing and you can simply flick past them! I guess you could find most of the stuff featured by simply surfing the Net yourself, negating the need to buy the magazine at all or you could even glean a lot of the information featured from the magazines web site. Personally, for the price and convenience of being able to actually touch and feel something that I can read anywhere then I think the cover price is justified but then most folks love the concept of doing things for free on the Net so it is down to the end-user at the end of the day (cheapskates!). The one thing I wasnt sure about recently was a series that has started about DIY upgrading your own memory/hard drive. Poking about inside your PC with just a magazine to guide you looks fraught with danger to me although there were disclaimers with the article. I just hope that Web Users lawyers are on standby for the first reader to sue having lost all of the contents of his/her hard drive having tried to replace their memory card/hard drive with a totally incompatible new one!
It is possible to subscribe to Web User either via the magazine or online. You can get a deal whereby you would get the next 6 issues for just £1 and then a 10% reduction on the cover price by agreeing to pay by direct debit. Of course, youd also have the advantage of having them sent to your home address by post saving you the chore of visiting your newsagent or, in my case, the omnipresent Tesco.
All in all, Im hooked on this magazine. It opens up the world of the Internet and acts as a signpost for finding new and exciting areas for me to investigate. In its particular niche, "Web User" stacks up well against the competition and is written in a way that will appeal to a large cross-section of readers from the very young (say 5+) to the very old. At less than a couple of quid each fortnight, its no expense at all and I heartily recommend it to fellow web addicts like myself!
Thanks for reading
With an array of internet-based magazine publications on the market it is hard to single out one in particular. Each person has his or her own preferences. My personal preference is the fortnightly issues of Web User, which claims to be the ?UK?s best-selling internet magazine? with 67,250 readers (ABC statistics for Jan-Dec 2002). So, for me what is it that makes Web User the best of the lot? Web User offers practical and concise advice, features and reviews. It has received recognition from the ?Plain English Campaign?. At a competitive price of just 99p Web User features links to over 170 websites in each issue, plus a further 1300 are published on their excellent, improved website (www.web-user.co.uk), which also features the latest news, reviews and advice. I will know attempt to describe the issue of Web User I have in front of me at this very moment. All issues follow this format. So, from issue 61 (10-23 July 2003)? The first page you open to is the contents page with the magazine publication details to the left of the page. The magazine is then split into categories. ?Regulars?, ?Features?, ?Cover Story? and ?Practical web user?. The cover story from issue 61 was a review on last minute holiday booking websites. ~REGULARS~ INBOX: - All the latest news from the World Wide Web. This covers as many as 8 pages. LETTERS: - Readers get the chance to share their opinions and experiences with the Internet. The star letter wins £25. BEST NEW WEBSITES: - Reviews of the best of the new and revamped sites. Each of the reviewed sites is issued with a star rating (out of 5) and the best sites are issued with awards. BROADBAND USER: - A page dedicated to broadband users, featuring news and reviews. TOP 10 SITES: - The top ten sites of a particular subject. Issue 61 covered Theme Parks with www.thorpepark.co.uk being the top site. MOST WANTED: - Web User explores ?the latest ho
t kit on the net?. Issue 61 featured the Nokia 6600, Logitech mouse traveller and Ministry of sound DAB radio, amongst others. COMPETITION: - Issue 61 gave you the chance to win a formula 1 race day. Entry is via post or e-mail. CLASSIFIED: - Basically a directory of business website advertisements. ~FEATURES~ Features vary from issue to issue but to give you an idea of the type of features that are included in Web User, from issue 61? GADGETS ON THE BEACH: - A feature on some excellent gadgets, including digital cameras, mobile phones, portable DVD players and MP3 players. Each product featured has its Recommended Retail Price with a website link. PHOTO PRINTING SITES: - A selection of sites to experiment with your digital photos, including placing your pictures onto t-shirts, mugs, even chocolates! I SAY, I SAY, I SAY: - Coincidentally this was a feature on consumer opinion sites. Ciao received an overall rating of 4/5 whilst Dooyoo came out on top with 5/5 and secured the ?Gold Award?. ~PRACTICAL WEB USER~ These pages are designed to help you get the best out of the web. Issue 61 included a feature on AOL 8?s new features, tips and tricks to help you start and Improve your own website, ?Reader Helps Reader?, which is a double spread with reader?s questions answered by fellow readers. A hints and tips page is also included compiled from those sent in by readers. Web User is one of the most up-to-date magazines on the market offering a variety of reading topics. Web User is simply the best Internet magazine there is. ********* Web User (An IPC Country & Leisure Media Publication) www.web-user.co.uk Published: Fortnightly Price: 99p. Subscription: 2 years @ £43.75 1 Year @ £23.17 *********
Anyone who uses the internet regularly will know it's not an easy task finding the best sites around, you either stumble on them by accident, hear about them from a friend or spend forever trawling through various search engines in your quest. Any one who is a regular Netty will find the following magazine a goldmine of information. Web User is extremely user friendly and is written in good old plain English, no jargon or complex terms in this baby. It is suitable for even the Internet beginner, you really cannot go wrong, and everything is clearly displayed and presented so you can see what you need to know at a glance. So lets take a peek into the current issue number 22. News = = = = Five whole pages of the latest internet happenings in this issue, topics covered include the end of excite.co.uk ,the launch of the Xbox . Released apparently on March 14th at a mere £2.99. Web Events, find out what?s happening and when online, those live hosted events you wont want to miss. Still in the news section- Up For Grabs, listings of all the best freebies and new competitions. Web Bargains- in this one, grab yourself a cheap DVD or a bargain holiday online. Consumer Champion = = = = = = = = = = = This of course varies from issue to issue, but the idea is that if you have a dispute or any serious problems with a web site, web user will attempt to sort it out for you. This weeks issue deals with good old jungle.com and a CD rewriter that didn't arrive for 2 months!. Best New Sites = = = = = = = = = This section is excellent and invaluable for new ideas when surfing, offering sites of all kinds from galleries to chocolate, there will almost definitely be something to interest you in this section. Each site of course has the full address, screen shot, and a review, plus the star rating which applies to all reviews and p
roducts, this is as follows: ***** = Great **** = Good *** = Acceptable ** = disappointing * = Give it a miss On Test = = = = Each issue tests out one particular new product and this time it is the new Epson digital camera, everything a perspective buyer needs to know, prior to making a decision. All the features, ease of use, value for money and of course the overall verdict in the star rating. The camera in question is the Epson PC 21002 and only managed to get 2 stars. Shopping Challenge = = = = = = = = = you the reader can write in and ask Web user to find you the best deal for any particular item, today it's the Rio 600 Mp3 player , on the high street you would have to pay £149.99, but good old Web User found it at www.amazon.co.uk for £89.40 inc delivery, again various other sites offering this product are listed but none as cheap as this one. Site Test = = = = = holiday time, each issue tests a variety of sites all on the same theme, all the major high street travel agents are here, from Thomas Cook to Lunn Poly, again the star rating gives you a clear indication of which are the best for bargains and features. Site test number 2 is job sites, lots listed and a very comprehensive guide to what's on offer. Log and learn = = = = = = = = Again a very good feature, especially for any beginners, some educational, some just for fun, all with the screenshot and review and rating, these are all sites that offer to teach you something, fancy brushing up your French then go to www.bbc.co.uk/learning/library/french/index.shtml Or how about playing the guitar solo from Stairway to Heaven? It?s easy when you go to www.zentoo.com/guitar. Lots more from first aid to idiots guides, so you will be spoilt for choice. Most Wanted = = = = = = = The hottest new technology, complete with prices at a gla
nce. Faq = = = In this particular one you get the top 50 most asked queries, including browsers, photos, web building problems, Microsoft problems and many more. This is very useful even to me as most of us have sometime or other needed basic PC help or often wondered about certain errors etc, well look no further. Here you can find out how to view images in varying formats, add video and photographs to your web site, deal with zone alarms, internal errors and much much more, one to keep and refer back to in times of crisis. Workshops = = = = = = Not always of use depending on the particular topic per issue, a lot are pretty basic to the more advanced user but occasionally they are useful, this particular one is How to fill forms in online. OnlineGames = = = = = = = = A gamers paradise, not only do you get reviews of all the new games to purchase, you also get listings of online and freeware or shareware games, pop along to www.zone.com for a range of puzzles ranging from Tetris style to trivia. Web builder = = = = = = Now this will be of interest for anyone who has a comprehensive web site they made themselves, you simply write to them with all the details and the best will be featured in the magazine, you get to give a brief review yourself, then Web User will add their verdict plus a picture, what better way to advertise your site than this. Letters = = = = Just the usual readers moans and groans here, however some are interesting and you can learn from their mistakes, for example one in this issue tells of AOL not screening emails for any viruses, so its imperative you run a separate anti-virus software. Hints and Tips = = = = = = = Here you can find various things to enhance your surfing or save time, this one can be interesting at times, or you could even submit your own tips and win £25. Awards Sec
tion = = = = = = = = At the moment they are hosting their own web awards, here you can vote for the best site in 12 categories, so why not grab a copy now and vote for ciao! Classified = = = = = = As with most publications you find the back contains pages of advertisements, not only are they at the back of this one but dotted equally throughout, but this does not really spoil the appeal of the magazine, some even useful for supplies of inks and papers etc. Subscription = = = = = = = If you really like this publication, you may well want to subscribe to it and save money, by setting up a direct debit you will save 40% on a 6 month subscription, pay only£9.36 as oppose to £15.60. Paying by cheque or post costs £46.80, a saving of 25% of the normal price of £62.40 and will give you a full 2 years subscription. 1 year will cost you £24.96, a saving of 20% of the normal price of £31.20. The normal price of this fortnightly publication is £1.20, however now and again they are 99p to entice new readers. All the features of the magazine plus archives are also available online at www.web.user.co.uk, so why not pop along and see what it has to offer. Verdict = = = = = This magazine is superb for new and old users alike, it is a sister magazine of Computeractive, another of my favourites as you may know. It is simple to browse with no jargon or terms which are likely to confuse anyone, everything is clearly listed and reviewed and you can always find lots of interesting sites and information that you will not have come across, I suggest you give it a try if you want to get more out of the worldwide Web!
I have been reading this magazine since the second or third issue, and didn't expect to get hooked. I have never taken a computer mag before since they all looked far too scary to me and seemed to be aimed at people who already had a good idea of what they were doing. Me, I was new to the internet and really unsure of how to get up to speed without seeming stupid. Well, let me tell you that this has been everything that I have needed, and I still haven't read any other computer magazines! The early issues started from real basics, which was perfect for me, and I have understood everything they talk about. The site reviews are inspiring and I find myself visiting stacks of interesting sites that I would not otherwise have discovered. The Workshops are especially good for making sure that you are getting the most from your internet usage, and they are set out in really simple steps that any novice can follow. The product reviews are in-depth for those thinking of buying new bits of kit. The sections on website building have inspired me and I am now embarking on building my own website with direction and tips from WebUser. Having recently gone back through some back issues to find that article that I knew would come in handy one day (of which there are many!) I noticed that there are some repetitions in subject matter over the months, but having said that the internet is such a fast-changing place that a whole host of new sites can change the picture when discussing a subject. The magazine has a website which they encourage you to use of course, but I have to say I find all of what I need in the mag.
Firstly let me say that I'm not a regular reader of this magazine...in fact, I've read it twice and both times it was a freebie copy which came through my letter box. As such, I'm not going to be offering the most informed of opinions on the subject...then again, there are reasons why I've never been interested in purchasing copies of my own so I'm going to waffle on for a few hundred words anyway... Firstly, cutting to the chase, this is a fortnightly internet magazine which you'll find just about anywhere which sells magazines once a fortnight for the very attractive price of 99p. Apparently it is the country's best selling internet magazine and with good reason in many respects. Firstly the price is of course great and for a quick skim through it is perfect. Inside you'll find hundreds of new (and old) websites reviewed in brief, some internet products compared and contrasted, internet based news, workshops and special features...erm, basically the kind of thing you'd expect from a computer magazine! I feel no need to elaborate on the 'type' of content, if you've picked up a computer magazine before you'll know exactly what is inside, there are no suprises in that respect. What perhaps is good and no doubt goes a long way to explain its popularity, is that the magazine is pitched at the level of the average Joe and erm, Joeline, who has nothing more than a very basic level of experience with the net...i.e. those who can log on and surf, whilst everything else is a mystery to them. There is virtually zero jargon here and where confusing terms are used they are explained in layman's terms. This is great for the novice user who would undoubtedly have a problem with some of the more obscure terms which fly around the net constantly. The news section is reasonable if you're interested in what is going on around the net and some of the workshops and 'how tos' are great for novice u
sers. Everything is covered in plain and simple language and generally does little more than give readers the minimum details to get things working so they can start using, doing or whatevering online. However, whilst in some respects this is great, in others, it does the reader a great dis-service. For example, reading a brief section on file-sharing tells you the difference between KaZaA and Kazaalite is one has pop-ups and the other doesn't...nowhere near even 1/10th of the story! Having read this and visited both sites as a novice I would have no doubt opted for KaZaA which has by far the more attractive, professional looking website and would have subsequently been lumbered with all the intrusive and abusive junk which comes packaged with it...and as a novice user, had no idea it was there or how to get rid of it! Not impressed. Again, looking at their price comparison for online shops where they have apparently scoured the net to find the best deal, we find they've looked at Amazon, 101CD, Play and Choices Direct...hardly 'scouring' the net and certainly not looking beyond the bloody obvious choices! How about a mention of price comparison sites like kelkoo.com which save you 90% of the hard work trawling around for the best prices? Nope, nothing like that here...umm, probably because it would make this section redundant of course...AND kelkoo.com came up with a better price than this magazine's *best* price on the net figure anyway I got the feeling that perhaps fortnightly releases is a great idea in one sense, but in others, it means lack of real attention is paid to the topics covered which isn't great for the reader, novice or otherwise. The basic problem I have with this magazine is that, yes, it is great as a source of new and *possibly* interesting websites but as it does little more than skim the surface of any topic it touches it is quite useless as anything other than that unless you happen to get lucky a
nd find the answer to some nagging question in one of their workshops. Umm, to be perfectly honest, I read most of what I was interested in reading on a short trip to the loo shortly after opening the mail. The news section was interesting, some of the readers letters and advice was interesting too, whilst the rest was a case of flicking through the headlines of website mini reviews to see if there was anything worth checking out...incidentally there are 229 websites reviewed in this issue(no I didn't count, it tells you on the front page) and I'm yet to visit any of the ones mentioned as a result of reading the mag which probably speaks volumes. The week before Christmas could probably be seen as a bad example to judge the whole magazine by, but then again, I can't remember being impressed by the other freebie copy either. Verdict? Kinda recommended, kinda not. If I was new to the net I'd probably think it was the greatest thing since sliced bread but as a more experienced user its limitations are rather obvious and the lack of any real depth anywhere at all is off-putting. It's probably worth checking out for a skim through on a train journey or if you are new to the net but I bet you'll soon be moving on to something better.