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With the advent of the communication age, zillions of small scale and large scale companies are deploying the internet to reach their target audience. Web masters have devised competitive ways to reach the top of search engine results listings. Some have manipulated descriptive Meta tags and some have used keyword Meta tags. This seems odd at the outset, as many search engines do not search them, but for the best results, you still have to optimize Meta tags. Google, and the other major search engines, such as Yahoo do not give any preference to Meta tags, but smaller search engines do, and these search engines are used by many people.  Subsequently, by ignoring these search engines, you are loosing traffic, and that cannot be good.  …

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Well here we are, the final article in our Silverlight vs Flash range, and at the end of this one, we will give you a small summary, which we hope, will provide a quick reference for which development tool is best. In Silverlight vs Flash.  Part 2.  We compared the two development tools in the following areas.  Socket programming, supported image formats, text and SEO, and accessibility.  It made interesting reading where generally, if Flash was good at something, it was outstanding, where Silverlight, tended to have features that peaked your interest. By the end of this article, you will hopefully know which one is right for your project or web design. Webcam support.  Do both Silverlight and Flash support webcams? Silverlight, sadly, does not …

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In our last article, Silverlight vs Flash. Part 1, we looked at how Silverlight and Flash, compared in the realms of video and audio, sound processing, scripting, file size, and animation. The aim of this article and all the articles on Silverlight vs Flash, is to help you as a developer of RIAs, to make an informed choice on which is the best RIA for a particular project. This article will compare more elements, that RIAs such as Silverlight and Flash, utilise to create their applications. Accessibility.  Always a crucial point, here is how the two development tools compare. Silverlight 3 can provide access to all system colors, which means that the operating system controls can be accessed by partially sighted people to make them …

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Though Flash has the advantage of being more well known, Microsoft Silverlight has got some nifty advantages, that many Flash users have always wanted to see, such as search engine optimisation.  It is features like this that have kept Microsoft Silverlight in the running, and now RIA designers, do have a choice to make when choosing the right RIA for their needs.  Hopefully, this article Silverlight Vs Flash, will help you in making that choice. Animation.  Both Flash and Silverlight are capable of creating quality animation.  The end product is always one of quality.  So which one is better to use? Silverlight uses the WPF animation model.  The beginning and end conditions are specified, and it figures out how to do the rest.  This is different …

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As you are all no doubt aware, we do not normally feature graphics, pictures, and art in our articles, as we do tend to adhere, and talk about how content is king, and how off putting over the top, and unnecessary graphics can be. Here though, we thought we would give you 50 Web 2.0 goodies, to keep the more artistic, creative, and indeed carefree of you, something to look at. The goodies are split into categories: Visual effects, Logos and logotypes, Text Effects, Badges, Buttons, Web 2.0 Layouts, Gradients, Headers, and last but not least Web 2.0 round-up. I know some of you may be thinking that Web 2.0 is a concept that details how the web has developed, and not an application, or tool …

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Any website can be broken down into two elements, the web design, and the web content.  It is essential that for a professional image, that both elements are paid attention to, and that the design should be structured around the content. So if good web design is all about the content, what is the aim of the web design?  The answer to this question is that it enhances the content, and presents the information contained within it, in the most accessible way possible.  In a  nutshell that is it. The content of any site, is what the user reads, and within the content is the information any user wants to find.  Increasingly, the content is used for branding, reinforcing trust, and conveying a message.  Should …

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Web design has now evolved to a point where a good web will build trust, and this is important for several reasons, but is crucial, if the point of the web design is to sell products. Many people still distrust buying products or services from the internet.  One of the main reasons is fraud, and people do have a fear that should they give there credit card details to a retailer, they will be ripped off and defrauded.  This has happened in the past, and often, it has gained a lot of media attention. So as a web designer, it is important that you tailor your web designs to looking professional, make them useable, and adhere to certain rules, which if completed correctly, will result …

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The virtual world has become an integral part of everyone’s life in the present day communication age.  This makes it increasingly important for web developers to create interesting web pages. We designers need to understand the psyche of readers, or their target audience to give them what they want in the most efficient, and user friendly way.  In effect, good web design is all about understanding the user. Utility, easy accessibility and easy reading is what brings readers to read your webpage. People do not read every word of the page, but have an inherent tendency to scan through information and filter out what is of no relevance to them. The design of the webpage has to be such that it impels the reader to …

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We are big fans of CSS as you know.  We have showed how it is superior to table design layouts, in every conceivable way.  It is so easy to modify design, allow implementation of several designers to work on different aspects of a web design, and it allows seperation of design elements.  What is not to love? For this reason, it is not only loved and adored, but written about.  So we have included over 53 links to various articles about CSS, that have been written about it.  This is good news if you use CSS to design and develop websites, as you can use this as a quick reference guide.  They really are worth dying for, and if you don’t believe me, give them …

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The category page is a page that lists the links to other parts of your website.  It is a little like an index at the beginning of a book.  The idea behind a category page is to make it easy for the user to see what there is on offer, and to select what they want to see, or download.  If the category page in your web design is good, then users are more likely to stay with you.  So these category page design tips, should make life easier. By keeping the category page fairly simple and straight forward, the user can quickly find and select the web content that they want to see.  If a user is overwhelmed by graphical content, or text that …

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