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  Over at Smashingmagazine.com, they have over 80 useful links to Ajax – based techniques.  They were so good we thought we would show them here too, save a few mouse clicks after all. We feel these would be good to keep to hand, so you do not have to go through hundreds of Ajax related bookmarks, so these should come in handy! We hope these prove useful, and we are sure that the techniques on calenders, interactive elements, visual effects, and animations, should keep you busy. Ajax is after all, very propular for RIA’s, and we are sure that many of you enjoy using it, and use it often. We plan to bring you more of this sort of thing in the future, so keep …

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The first thing to realise about Web 2.0, is that it is not an update on Web 1.0.  This may sound a little strange, but it represents the introduction of concepts rather than an update of internet protocols utilised by HTTP.  As a web designer, it is how you incorporate and utilise these concepts in your web design, that is important. Web 2.0 was a term that was coined rather than developed, and in essence it describes how the web is being used by users, and developed by developers.  To understand Web 2.0, we must look at Web 1.0. Web 1.0 is the standard protocols as used in HTML, but if Web 2.0 relates to the new concepts the web is being developed for, then …

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Search engine optimisation is a topic we have covered a few times over the last few weeks, and have dealt with it from a number of angles.  A newer perspective however, is called for, and this is to use keywords for SEO success. The need for good, well thought out SEO writing is more prevalent then ever before.  Web pages need to be able to pull in the traffic, and to do that, web pages have to have text that pulls the search engine spiders towards it. As we have mentioned before, it is not solely about repeating keywords, but making the article meaningful, and interesting enough to retain the reader.   So just listing keywords will not cut it to bring the traffic your way, …

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The web page is your canvas, and where all the action happens.  This goes without saying, but it is also the place that makes or breaks you.  Below are some web design tips for web pages, to keep them as good as they can be, and not pages that make you want to click on another site.  It is important to keep images as small as possible, slow pages are bad for traffic retention, so keep the size to a minimum.  Ensure that the pictures are as optimised as they can be to this end.   Unless the image is a design image, make sure that any graphics on the screen are relevant to the site.  No need to put a picture of your favourite …

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 The concept of conversion rates is simple.  It is the amount of visitors that visit a website and make a sale, compared to the amount of visitors that visit a website and do not purchase anything.  Though there are many factors which apply to higher conversion rates- advertisements, and other marketing techniques being high on the list.  Optimising conversion rates through better web design, also ranks high on the agenda. Most designers focus on the sales funnel when designing sites where the aim is to sell something to the visitor.  In other words they focus on the shopping cart, checkout, and product pages.  There is nothing wrong with this in principle, but the most effective method to optimise conversation rates, is to have advertisements and …

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There are certain fundamental elements every website should have, and one of these is a site map.  They are an invaluable addition to any website, both in terms of audience readership, and in terms of making your website more readable to search engines.  This article will detail why your site needs a site map. It may seem like an odd place to start, but many web designers ask their clients for a site map in the first instance.  This allows them to get a feel for how big the site will be, and subsequently, what kind of layout each page of the site will have.  See out articles on navigation for clarification on this.  If you think of the site map as a blueprint for …

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After reading our previous article, I would not disbelieve you if you told me you are shaking your head in disbelief.  Remember though, a website can be a creative medium in which freedom of expression can show itself, and though many business leaders and control editors, are probably wishing for that bus to come and run me over, there are no hard and fast rules as to where should navigation links appear on a website. The main reason most website adopt either the horizontal, vertical, or a combination of the two, for a layout template, is that it is fairly logical, and fairly easy to understand, and easy on the eye.  Depending on your site though, you could easily tear up the rule book and …

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The word navigation is a Greek work, and basically is used to describe the science, or skill at travelling from one place to another, without getting lost.  This includes air, sea, and outer space travel. In a web design context, the term navigation means moving from one page to another, without getting lost, or more accurately confused.  This is why navigation is an integral and important part of any web design, and one that you should pay attention to.  If the navigation does not cut the mustard, visitors will soon become despondent, and that leads to the path of failure. Website Navigation-the basics of typical layouts. There are in essences three typical layouts for any web design, these are horizontal navigation links, vertical navigation links, …

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Well in this part of the guide, we get the thougthts of experts from the best of the web, that focus on using networking as tactics for successful link baiting.  Make buddies, network like mad. “Create your own network and work hard to help everyone in your network. When someone links to a post you have written or comments on your blog, they become part of your network. The idea is to take your network with you, to help them help you. There is no reason why everyone can’t be a winner.” Linking Linkbait Networking is like the force in Star Wars. “The most overlooked strategy for gaining traffic. Don’t badger other bloggers for links, because it rarely works anymore. Find a way to help them …

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Well as a follow up to our previous article, “Understanding linkbaiting”, here are some thoughts from some experts on the subject.  They should all help you to build tactics for successful linkbaiting. Advertise after you have a reputation. “Whether personal or professional, you wait until your blog has achieved a level of success before you start advertising.” 21 Tactics Reputation. “Linkbait is difficult to launch the first few times if no one on the Web has heard of your brand. Once you’ve spent some time in the blogosphere and social media space, you may find that a lot of your content goes viral without any effort on your part. Thus, creating a reputation is an important part of making linkbait successful.” “A strong profile at the …

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