Lots of folks in the UK use AOL, usually because they provide very competitive connection packages, often costing much less that BT.
Many sophisticated Web Sites use features such as Pop Up windows and Cookies. AOL does not always deal with these features very well.
There are sites which abuse Pop Up windows and Cookies and I am in no way condoning such sites - in fact they really get under my skin and make me really mad !!
In mainstream Browsers, it is possible to generally block Pop Ups and Cookies BUT to allow them for Web Sites that you trust. As far as I am aware, AOL does not give you these choices.
To get the benefits of low cost connections AND mainstream Browsers, you can follow the following steps (they work for lots of folks):-
- Use AOL to connect you to the World Wide Web
- you will know when you are connected because a "connection Icon" will appear at the bottom right hand side of your screen
- usually the Icon will look like this
- the monitors in the icon flash when information is going up or down the telephone line
- Minimise the AOL window (the "connection Icon" should remain)
- Open up a mainstream Browser
- There are several mainstream browsers, sadly, they all handle Web Pages slightly differently
- Developers of Web Sites often design their sites to work with only one Browser and (sort-of) leave other Browsers to take their chances.
- I design all of my Web Pages to at least work with Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- is the usual Icon to click on to get Microsoft Internet Explorer open
- Maximise the Browser window
- Type the Web Page address to in the Box called "Address" and click on the "Go" button at the right hand end to request the required page.
Hopefully this will help you to get much more out of the Internet !!
I guess that the next problem you will have will be persuading your browser to allow Cookies and Pop Ups. The effort should be well justified by the improved viewing of Web Pages.
following the following two links will explain all that you need to know about Cookies
- read all about them at www.aboutcookies.org
Session Cookies - read all about them at Session Cookies