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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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Dreamweaver is one of the most popular web design tools out there, mostly because of its pleasant, easy-to-use interface, its sheer diversity and its compatibility enhancements. The user base of the software is equally impressive, with users of Dreamweaver being anything from hardcore web designers to simple personal use. Many people have drawn the conclusion that Dreamweaver is the best web design programme available. Unlike Microsoft FrontPage, for example, it offers greater compatibility whereas FrontPage is heavily biased to creating websites that will be viewed in Internet Explorer. Dreamweaver has also proven popular for those who want to design a single web site for a very specific purpose, rather than just being used by professional web designers. There are a number of reasons why you …

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CSS is an acronym for Cascading Style Sheets. CSS allows web designers to have far more control over the way their website is presented by allowing for more flexible formatting of the content on a web page. CSS was developed back in 1997 but have only really become popular in the last few years. This is because, until the year 2000, web browsers were not fully able to take advantage of the capabilities of CSS. All they could to was display the more simple display characteristics offered by CSS but not make use of its power powerful features. Nowadays, all the major browsers have full support for CSS right up to level three standards and because of this, almost every new website can greatly benefit …

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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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Flash technology has become one of the most popular mediums of web design in recent years. Unfortunately, however, many web designers go overboard with Flash and many websites that use the technology are frustrating to use due to complicated interfaces and slow download times. This is why it is very important to optimize the deployment of Flash while still being able to take advantage of its potentially great possibilities. Flash can bring a new level of interactivity to any website along with making it look more attractive, colourful and can offer an all-round improved user experience. There are a number of techniques which make this possible which I will discuss in this article. Firstly, you need to think about the type of people you are …

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With a plethora of different web browsers out there, it is essential to make sure that your website can be viewed adequately on as many browsers as possible if you want to have the largest audience. The two most commonly used browsers are without doubt, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Since all web browsers read websites a little differently, it is likely that you will need to make a few optimizations to your website to get the highest level of compatibility. The three main technologies of web design being HTML, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and JavaScript are all displayed slightly differently by each browser and while these differences may be insignificant, sometimes they can make or break a website. On top of this, you …

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It is not an easy task to optimize your website for the best viewing experience, but in this article, I will explain some of the key elements in creating the best results. The most obvious tip is to make the site user friendly, but a factor that, perhaps surprisingly, many web designers seem to overlook. Simply put, you need to make sure that your website is easy to use and does not get bogged down with slow loading times. Remember that web surfers want to find the information that they seek quickly and without having to wait for ages or try to navigate around a poorly designed interface. Placing a navigation bar at the side or top of the page is a good start, as …

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RSS is an information management technology that is used all over the Internet these days for keeping track of website updates, news feeds and marketing purposes. It stands for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication. An RSS feed is a way of keeping track of updates on various websites and provides brief summaries of these updates or articles so the user can quickly decide if they want to read more without having to browse through an entire web page. An RSS feed is also typically a link to the page concerned. RSS helps to give you the latest updates straight to a customizable home page or the Windows Vista Sidebar amongst a variety of other locations. It also helps to save a great deal …

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