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Having a good idea and making a project that will give you an excellent product can be the basis of a new start-up company. These are eagerly sort by people looking to give start up cash to the next Google or Microsoft. Some of these will make it and some will rise and then fade. The abilities to both start and sustain a start up project are really two different things. The amount of tools and items suddenly coming to the fore are increasingly expanding. Many of these are coming from already well based companies but there is plenty of room available for the smaller company or private individual. In fact, although it is the earlier years’ boom that bust, there is a mini boom …

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Typography can be a very difficult part of your design: Especially if you as the designer don’t have control of the type of type used. Design and typeface need to meld together to form an overall complement in a web design. The two have to achieve harmony with each other in several areas or the design will fall flat on its face. When setting out to create the design you and the copywriter need to both meet with the client to establish the client’s requirements, history of the company, the logo which will be used in the branding and also who his opposition is. Some of this may seem irrelevant, but it isn’t really. The first time on the agenda with the client will be …

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Typography and the art of combining various fonts is the not the easiest art to master. There are several different aspects you need to learn and with more and more fonts becoming available the art is becoming more difficult and almost a full time job. You need to learn which you can combine and, which are just don’t jell at all. Some of this you can learn by rote but a lot is to be subject to artistic license. Many times you will be restricted by what is allowable by web servers. The amount of fonts that are compatible on the various web servers in a cross server manner is one of the things that you need to learn early.  Once you have learned, which …

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In order to improve your web design, there are several ways you can make it work faster by using the firebug tool on Firefox.  If you haven’t been using this as yet I suggest you download it and then set about getting the various add on which are available for various different tasks.  The days when you just did a simple html page are long gone I am afraid. Today it is about being not only well designed but full of content graphics photos and all manners of other interesting content.  Content is still king in a round about way.  What I mean is Google relies heavily on recommendations from other websites as to where there is good content. In other words, if you have …

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Firefox has come out with several very useful extensions, which will aid firebug.  If you are a designer, and you are not yet using firebug I suggest you download it and also install the extensions. There are several extensions available each of which has its own advantages. Pixel Perfect is one of these. This is a layout add-on which you can use to work out your web design by coding your HTML and CSS. There is a video that you can use to see how it works. Another add-on is Page Speed. This has a user guide, and it has a large quantity of features which you can use and I suggest you read the guide which is chock full of interesting and useful information. …

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Drupal is one of the blogging platforms out there that has a large community of followers and contributors. They happily contribute many modules that can be used to extend your website and although many know the more popular modules, there are several that are worthy of mention but seldom get talked about. We all know how security is a must on the web. Secure Site is useful when we are working on a website it is important, that although we have it up, it can’t be seen by the public. There is a module for Drupal that will keep them from finding it by accident. This prompts for a user name and password to log in so they can’t find it by accident. Poor old …

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Cascading sheets have been around a while but there is always something new to learn. With the new W3C CSS3 specifications in the works, the search engines are getting up to scratch and starting to support them. There are several web sites and places on the internet where you can get up to date information on the latest about CSS3. There is nothing like going to the horse to hear it from the horse’s mouth so check out the CSS Working Group to hear the latest update of all sections of the CSS3 modules. When you are ready to get started on learning CSS3 there is a good tutorial section on Web Monkey, which tells you things you will need to know. One of the …

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Have you just discovered Twitter, this cute way to keep in touch with your friends? Are you not familiarized with it? Do you need some guiding steps to start using it as a search engine? Well, then here it is the right place where you can find the information you need. First of all, I would start with basic information. So, to be able to join Twitter community you have to sign up. Go to twitter.com and click on “Get Started” section. All you have to do next is to fill out the required information and here your Twitter account is! Now, I would advise you to set up two accounts: an account on your personal name and one for business. It is advisable to …

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As a web designer I need a lot of tools to accomplish my work. I suppose the same thing happens with you, isn’t it? Of course all of us know that there are a lot of free tools available but when you are in the middle of your creation you find in the position you don’t know what tool it is the most appropriated for your work. Then you have to stop and to start looking for it. That’s why I have thought that I can help my fellow designers if I make a brief list with some of the best web tools. One of the most important color theme applications is Kuler, made by Adobe. It is great for sharing or creating color themes. …

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Are you a web developer? In this case, you are already familiarized with the most popular Web analytic applications like Crazy Egg or Google Analytics or with remote-site services like Compete or Alexa. For those who are beginners in this domain Web analytics means the process of analyzing and gathering information and data about a certain web contain to glean vital information about the way in which users utilize the site. As I have already said, I am sure that you already use, or you are already familiarized with the most well known Web analytic application. That’s why I want to submit to your attention some of the less known Web analytic applications. Here I will discuss about 10 useful and free applications and tools …

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