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Well you’ve got your qualifications and experience, and you feel it’s time to go it alone and get out there, make your mark, and make some cash along the way, though it is all a bit daunting when you look at it.  Web design, like most industries can be a competitive place, so here are a few pointers, if you’re thinking about making the break and going freelance.   It is important to realise the market.  Most business do not want a Flash built site with incredible graphics, and fancy buttons to navigate.  Many just want text driven, nicely laid out sites that do the job.  It is as simple as that.  So keep the fonts down to enhance neatness, and concentrate more on presenting …

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When designing a website, a common reoccurring question that arises, is how wide should a page width be for a good web design?  Is there an easy answer to this, sadly there is not.  There is a lot to take into account, and below are listed a few of the essential points to take into consideration.  Remember the goal of designing any website, is to ensure that it looks good across as many browsers, and screen sizes as possible.  You will not be able to make them all look amazing, but aim high, and the world will be a happier place. With screen sizes differing on desktop pc’s and laptops.  Possibly the best place to start is by looking at an analytic program to determine …

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In parts 1 and 2 of our guides, we have showed some important concepts and factors to consider when choosing the right CMS.  In part 3 we will take this a stage further, and look at roles and permissions, versioning, multilingual support, and multiple website support. To decide who can do what on a website is a very important factor in controlling its content.  The ways in which roles and permissions are decided, is more complex than meets the eyes, so when looking at a CMS, as with everything else, decide exactly what you need it to do.  For example, on an enterprise level website, the CMS may have to cater for content to go through various checkpoints, or permissions, before going live.  This could …

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In part 1 of our guide, how to choose the right CMS, we looked at the concepts of functionality, editing, and asset management.  The underlying principle of selecting a CMS boiled down making a list of what you needed from a CMS, and not what you wanted.  Everything else flowed from there.  In part 2 of our guide, on how to choose the right CMS, we will be focusing on concepts such as searching, customisation, and user interaction.   A CMS is only as good as its users, but this concept is one that conjures questions on what you want, and need, the level of interaction to be.  Let us look at first on what you want the user to be able to do.  They …

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Now we have looked at Joomla and WordPress, we felt it would be a good time to take the concept of content management that little bit further, by publishing a guide on how to choose the right content management system for your site.  By considering what is needed over what is not needed, could save you bundles of cash, streamline your website, and create a better user experience.  All these factors increase traffic to a website, which can only be good. Possibly one of the best questions to ask yourself, is what do you want from a CMS?  Write down what you want, and stick to it.  Some functionality of  CMS’ are great, but do you need them, or do you just like them?  Think …

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As the regular readers of this blog have guessed, at Dreamtemplate.com we do like WordPress for our blog pages.  Indeed, WordPress, has taken off and is being constantly improved and modified, more or less all the time.  Should we though, be using Joomla for our blogging pages.  Are they really the same tool, or is there differences we should be considering.    Well there is no doubt that WordPress is easy to use, and easy to pick-up.  You do not need to be a seasoned ICT professional to be able to use it, and around forty minutes is all it takes to train someone who is a novice, to be able to use WordPress effectively.    The general feeling is that WordPress has everything logically …

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Checklists, checklists, checklists, can you ever have enough?  We all know that websites are complex beasts, full of complexities and things that can go wrong.  So it is always nice when somebody, or a few some bodies, try and come up with the ultimate pre-launch website check list.    That is exactly what box.com are trying to do, and are welcoming feedback at their site.  So why not take a look, and better still implement it.  This will be especially useful if you’re planning to launch a website soon.   Pre-Launch Content and Style Typography and layout   Check for incorrect punctuation marks, particularly apostrophes, quotation marks and hyphens/dashes   Check headings for where you could potentially use ligatures   Check for widow/orphan terms in …

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When designing your website, or running somebody else’s, just remember to check that a few basic essential building blocks are in place.  This will help you in a number of ways, including the direction of your sight.  Ensure that your website can be viewed on a number of browsers, and not just Internet Explorer.  Firefox and Opera are extremely popular browsers, and therefore your site should be compatible with them.  The importance of title tags cannot be overstated.  Many websites, even well designed ones, do not pay attention to this, and as a result, lose traffic.  Not a good situation.  Broken links are a fact of life, and it is important that the custom 404 page is in place.  It is also a good idea …

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Well it has taken a while, and you are no doubt proud of your design for the website, but what is the next step?  Promotion, promotion, promotion, should be the next endeavor, so that people will know you are out there, and you can spread the word. It is no secret that the world economy is not in the best shape at the moment, so it is becoming more vital than ever to maximize traffic to your website or web design.  Let us be clear, we need people viewing our work, or our work is pointless, and if you own a business, you need traffic to your site for income.  It is that simple. Let us start with the basics.  Your URL should be on …

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With the release of the latest version of Java FX, 1.1.1, in March 2009, we thought it would be a good idea to offer a roundup of ideas concerning the software platform.  As we all know the concept behind Java FX, is that it is a platform that can produce rich internet applications that can function on mobile phones, game consoles, browsers, television set-top boxes, and blu-ray players, with more uses planned for the future. So what is good about Java FX? Well so far, bearing in mind the latest version has only been kicking around for a month, one of the most positive comments to appear is that it is easy to use, both in developing code, and to integrate it with other applications. …

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