Category Archives: Website Development

How to Be a Blogger and Attract a Boatload of Customers

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Female at table

Why do you want to be a Blogger?

Do you want to be a Blogger for the fame?

Do you want to be a Blogger to earn a living, or even a side income?

It takes a lot of guts and creative energy to run a Blog.

It takes hard work, discipline, charisma, and pure determination, to run a high income earning Blog.

Are you crazy?

If you’re not crazy, maybe you’re a genius, ready to birth the next great Blog.

In any case, why are you

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How to Use Established Standards to Create a Great Website


Ignoring standards in Web Development is like raising a child in the jungle. That child will not perform well in normal society when mature.

When you build anything, it must be adapted to the fundamental features of similar products. At least to some degree.

When I started building websites over 15 years ago, it was mostly by trial and error.

Like many Professional Web Developers who are self taught, I didn’t know much about conversion optimization, typography, vertical spacing, and the countless other ingredients that make a great website.

These are some of the standards that are critical to the success of a modern site or application.

Design and programming best practices were developed mostly through testing, experimentation, and analytic reviews. This is what gives it strength.

Industry tested approaches and techniques that are proven to work should be fairly reliable, right?

Most big companies didn’t know much about this as well, and many still don’t. Back then there were no major college level programs focusing on website development.

Don’t get me wrong, there

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5 Best Downloadable Logo Creation Software


Have you ever tried to make a logo, but failed in frustration?

It’s surprisingly hard to design a logo.

I’ve spent hours, and even days trying to create something I can be happy with. It’s just not an ideal way to get something this critical done.

If you’re just like me – not a graphic designer, consider looking through some of the best logo creation software currently selling.

What kind of logo can you create if you had thousands of elements to choose from?

From font styles, design templates and examples, and various graphic elements – the possibilities are endless with logo applications.

You should be able to develop something great in no time. And save some money doing it too.

I’ve personally used freestyle graphic software for years, and although I can get a decent logo made, I’m no expert even after all that time.

Great logos are like super talented people.

We are attracted to brands because of logos, and that adds directly to their bottom lines.

That’s why this list of logo makers was assembled. Crafting an asset that represents your company can be easy, and cost very little.

So here they are – and in no particular order:

1. Logo Design Studio 4

Logo Design Studio 4

This software is made by Summitsoft Corp. It includes over 1500 logo templates, 5000+ graphic objects and hundreds of font types and tag line examples. It has special effects for actions, animations, balloons and more. It's currently only available for PCs and weighs 484 MB.

2. Logo Design Studio Pro Vector

Logo Design Studio Pro

This software is made by Summitsoft Corp. It's much more robust than #1 above. It includes more than 2000 logo templates, over 6000 graphic objects, and over 500 tag line examples and font types. This software is also Vector based which is useful in producing broadly compatible logos. This software also has a sales dashboard that allows graphic designers easy management of their business. It's currently only available for PCs and weighs 1200 MB.

3. Xara 3D Maker

Xara 3d Maker

This software is made by Magix. Not exactly a logo maker, but works practically the same. It allows you to create 3d based animations. It includes over 1000 graphic elements, font types and textures. It also comes with 700+ animation layouts. This software is useful for flat, 3d or animated logos and banners with various export formats and image import capabilities. It's only available for Windows XP or Windows 7 based systems and weighs 20 MB.

4. Macware Logo Design Studio Pro v 2.0

Mac Logo Design Studio Pro

This software is made by Macware. It's specifically made for the Mac Computers. It includes over 1000 logo templates, 2000+ graphic elements that are editable. It also has 500 plus textures and backgrounds. But one thing I didn't notice is the amount of font types included. This software is not available for download but I listed it anyway because of the limited mac based software in the market.

5. Logo Designer for Mac or PC

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This software was made by Individual Software. It available for both PC and Mac. This software was made to be simple and easy to use. It comes with over 150 font types, a step by step tutorial, animation features and 3 logo applications (whatever that means). It weighs 850MB.

Why is the design of a Logo important?

The Logo is the most powerful and dynamic attribute of a business. It can be central, or foundational.

When I say central, I mean, it feels like the value of the product comes from the logo. When I say foundational, I mean the logo feels like an institution supporting the product or service.

If the company is lucky enough, their logo can even become a pop culture icon.

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Everything must be considered when designing a logo.

Everything, from the name of your company, the uniqueness of the logo, color scheme, main icon or artwork, font style, various media type compatibility, and the future use of the logo.

It’s like a face.

People get it wrong all the time, including me.

Your logo’s uniqueness

A logo should be one of a kind.

But, that does not mean every element of it must be unique.

It could be using a common font that many other logos have. Or a common object, like the sun, or a dog.

But the combination of fonts, an original graphic icon, and any other elements, is what will make your logo unique.

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Take a look at this logo above. Do you see how unoriginal the elements are?

Your logo’s color scheme

Colors are critical in your logo.

Colors have a subconscious influence when you are exposed to them.

For example, as you can guess, red evokes passion and excitement, while blue makes us feel warm and trusting.

Every color, from Yellow to Black makes us feel different, or interpret differently.

This article published by CoShedule is a comprehensive guide to color psychology in marketing. A must read if you care deeply about your branding strategy.

Your logo’s main icon

Most logos have a graphic icon. This is often very helpful but not absolutely required.

People remember images better than words.

This is the primary reason so many logos have a graphic next to the main text. The logo must leave an imprint on the people who come into contact with it. It must be memorable.

Your logo’s font style.

The font you chose for your logo must match the type of business you are in – usually.

But it should always be as simple as possible.

Unless you are in the Events business, stay away from those big fancy curly fonts.

Pick a font that looks good and looks the same everywhere.

When I say everywhere, I mean on the web, in print (magazine, business card, newspaper, letter head), on a store front signage, painted on grass – you get the idea.

Basically, it’s best when the font is standard, with clearly defined edges, strokes, and thickness.

Also keep in mind, logos are not always good as vector. Vector is limited.

Logos are more dynamic when you maintain a master copy that can be edited by an application.

This gives the you greater flexibility in producing logos of any size, and resolution.

And it also makes it print ready, or compatible with limited color devices if needed.

Problems with Freestyle graphic software.

You might be a person who need logos all the time, or just need a logo for one business.

You may not even have graphic design skills, but you still want to do it yourself.

It’s very nice to try Photoshop or Gimp, but ultimately, there is a freestyle aspect to these platforms.

Often they will not produce anything worth telling your wife about.

What you need is a solution made specifically for logo design.

You need something with thousands of elements, design options, layout templates, and various import and export features.

Conclusion

There aren’t that many options to help you with your logo creation efforts. And the list gets even slimmer for downloadable versions.

But I feel this list is very good and I would be satisfied with any of these options myself.

By the way I do use The Logo Creator V5 from Laughingbird.

But I don’t think that software is nearly as good as any from this list. This is because of the limited graphic elements, and font type options.

A Basic yet Essential Tutorial on Web Hosting


Web Hosting is a term for the service of storing and serving up the files of a website. The service provider is referred to as a Web Host. Godaddy, Blue Host, and Hostgator are examples of website hosting service providers.

So how exactly does web hosting work?

Well it’s very simple. A website is a collection of files. These files need to be stored on a computer’s hard drive.

Not only does it store the files, it must process and present the files after a request for those files has been made. In other words, they’re

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How to Create a WordPress Template in 5 Minutes


To create a WordPress template (theme) in 5 minuets you will not start from scratch. There is no need for that when you want to quickly develop themes. The purpose of this article is to outline the fast track to theme creation (Not theme design, that is a different thing).

The benefit is a new theme ready for styling within minuets. It’s a jump start for designers and folks with low tech skills or interests. In other words, if you don’t want to deal with complex code. And you just want to spend time designing or making minor changes.

In many cases you are the developer for someone else, and a client wants something original. Or you want to sell templates to make some cash. This should be

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How to use Gimp to Create Logos


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If a picture is worth a thousand words, what do you think a good logo is worth?

And if it’s worth anything, you can bet it will cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to create a logo.

This is a relatively small investment for something that may help catapult your business to success. But you don’t have to spend anything to make a good looking logo for your website.

Gimp is the freeway to a professional looking logo. You can do it yourself and it will cost nothing but your time.

If you’re interested in creating logos using Gimp, let me first introduce you to this program, then I will walk you through the basic steps.

Gimp is a free image editing software that runs on almost any computer and operating system.

This software can be used to retouch photos. It can be used to crop, re-size, or optimize images for use on the web.

Best of all it can be used to create custom text or graphic art.

I’ve used it for a number of edits on my own, and client projects.

It’s very effective in providing the features now considered standard for Graphic Software. If you don’t want to pay an outside person or company to do your logo, you will find this software very useful for creating professional looking artwork.

What kind of logo can you create?

In this guide I will show you how to create simple text logos using Gimp. You’ll learn how to

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HTML5 Audio Tag Tutorial


Two SpeakersHTML5 is here and so is the long awaited Audio Tag. They said it would take a decade or more, but it’s quickly being adopted by popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

Although it’s not a W3C recommendation yet (at the time of this writing), there is enough support to start experimenting and developing websites and applications with the new elements. I’ll cover the HTML5 Audio Tag specifically in this article.

The plain Audio Tag looks like this:

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How to Create a Draggable Sort List


One of my favorite features of a content management system is a drag to sort list. Something similar can be seen in systems like the widgets module in WordPress.

Before I realized it was there, a few clients have asked me to integrate these lists so they can better manage items for their website.

This is a relatively new dynamic web application feature that some sites may be using. I will show you how to implement one of these using simple techniques and tools.

First you will need

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How to Pre Plan a Website Before Development


Too many people rush into the development of their website without any initial planning. It’s like expecting a business loan without a business plan.

But where do you begin? And especially when you have no previous experience setting up a website.

Well it’s very straight forward and not that complicated. It just like any other business. Planning is important. So I will offer some advice and insight on how to pre plan a website before development.

Demand

The first thing you need to consider is demand. What kind of demand is there for the product or service your website will be offering? This is called the market.

Rarely does a new company create a market for their product or service. Most enter an already established market where others have proven success. You will need to

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5 Tested XML Sitemap Creation Tools


One of the most important things you can do for your websites is to add an XML Sitemap. The sitemap tools listed below are all free, online based, software independent and tested by me to make sure they all work.

Best of all there is no sign up required to use any of these tools. Their features do vary. Some provide details of the scan, others allow over 500 urls to be included.

Sitemap Tools

Why are You Not Using the Best WordPress Plugins?


You might be writing constantly, but are you using some of the best WordPress plugins? These plugins have been tried, approved and used by many bloggers.

These applications add very useful features that enhance your blog. They can help provide a far better experience for your websites community.

Implementing any of these will offer great benefits to your sites visibility, functionality and credibility.

All in One SEO Pack. Incredibly useful for SEO. It allows you to had a custom title, description and keywords to your posts and pages. I use this and it helps me fine tune my content for the search engines. It also gives

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Top 10 Free Web Application Development Tools


I use all but one of the tools in this list for web application development. They help streamline most of my work as a web developer. This is PC based…so I’m not sure which will work on the Mac.

  1. jEdit
  2. Web Developer Tool Bar for FireFox
  3. FileZilla
  4. MySQL
  5. Gimp – read our article on Gimp Logo Design
  6. CodeIgniter
  7. Project Pier
  8. Subversion
  9. Open Office
  10. IE Tester

I’ve never really used subversion. I will try to explore it in the future.

I’ve built applications with Codignitor and it’s really easy to work with. The Web Developers tools bar is practically an extension of me, and the same for jEdit and FileZilla.

Use any of these tools? Please tell us about it.

How to Choose a Good IDE


Understanding IDE

When looking for a good IDE, some standard features demanded by other programmers must be considered.

But here’s the thing. You really don’t need an IDE. A regular notepad program can work fine for editing your codes.

An IDE offers advanced features to manage files and code. Use of an IDE is

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5 UI Design Improvements You Need to Make on Your Website Today


User Interface Design refers to the production of the system Users will interact with. This can be a website, a content management system, applications, software, wireless devices and more.

I will cover 5 common mistakes website developers make when designing the user’s system.

Although this topic is extensive with many advance principles, I will try to cover these mistakes generally when related to website design.

Principles for software and physical gadgets will not be touched on in this guide. And after identifying problem areas I will outline several

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