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When one thinks about videos as a background to your website, you need to take many things into consideration. Although many people are on DSL, there are many that are still not. The amount of bandwidth that video takes isn’t always welcome by the visitors and the amount of time a website takes to load can also loose some visitors as well. There is also the legal aspect of it. Yes I know you are presenting a video but do you also have the content in text and do you have an alternative to the video? The rights of the handicapped are involved and most countries have laws in place in this respect.  Now that we have looked at the aspect from that side, there …

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Consideration of a product and how it works is usually a hard task. So many similar products are out there nowadays that it can be difficult to make up one’s mind. What is the precise trigger that makes you decide to download a trial or to purchase a product in the end? This is the million dollar question asked by marketers all over. What exactly is the psychological trigger that makes you step over the threshold? The first step is the biggest one. Once you have decided to try something you are more than half way to buy it. Evaluating something usually entails looking at the pros and cons of each product side by side and maybe even a trial of each. Personally, I look …

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Video use as a background for websites has become more prevalent over the last couple of years. Mostly, it has been using Flash but with the new XHTML52 available some have used this as well. Several sites have managed it well but on a whole it isn’t a good idea if you want to reach the wider audience. It takes up too much power from a small pc. And it won’t work that well from the more modern day applications like mobile phones. Your decision is to decide on whether to use this kind of application on a site or not. I have seen it used very effectively with the Joomla program, and there it was both fast and effective. I do not know what …

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If all our wants and desires are sins, then I guess that is what we appeal to when we want to sell to people on the internet.  People have always appealed to the needs, wants and desires of others in order to sell to the buyer. Some are a little more blatant about it but in actual fact it’s the way commerce works. Let use look at how we sell. We create a website and use example of people who use our product. Obviously, we are going to appeal those that have a high regard for a company or a person that they admire. They want to emulate a person of stature and be classed in the company of that person because you are using …

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Writing a WordPress plug in is an art of its own, and I admire anyone that can do that and keep up with the continual technology that happens on a daily basis. Many write the plug-ins but it is far from the end of the story as these have to be updated and maintained.  If WordPress updates, all the various plug-in owners need to check their codes are still in keeping with the integrity of the new core code. Any bugs that might be found have to be fixed and a new release has to be issued to cover these alterations to code. These can definitely be a learning curve. Different things affect the way a plug in works, and if it is one website …

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The earlier years on the web tended to be a hugely diverse but contributing community. It was small enough for people to be able to find each other and for the conversations and contributions to extend far beyond the original thoughts. It appears that the groups and the size of the net have resulted in the break up of the original nucleus, and we have as a result breakaways into niche markets, which now tend not to stretch beyond their borders. While this is understandable because no one can know everything about the entire web design development and all the other areas of the internet it is sad in a way that the old camaraderie seemed to largely disappear into cliques. The biggest problem with …

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Designing for a CMS can be very restricting after the freedom of designing for the web. You have to understand the CMS thoroughly before attempting to do so. Basically, what you are going to do is making a design template which can be used over and over on your website or client’s website. By making a template people can use the design same setup to repeat entries time and again. In other words, you are setting it up so when they want to post a blog, they will open their page and type in the update they want to do, and it will automatically appear in the right place. People want to write their own items so that they don’t have to continually call in …

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I am sure that as a web designer you always need open source application to help you in your work. If I am not right tell me and I will stop here. However, I am sure that I am right because those who work in the web design domain know that an open source is great not only because it is free but also because of the passionate and great community that forms around it. Anyway, here you will find 30 open source application that can help you in your work anytime. KompoZer is a web authoring system with an intuitive user interface, an integrated FTP client, and support for all the important operating systems. Bluefish Editor is a fast editor created for web programmers …

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Are you a web designer? Are you looking for some of the best free alternatives and open sources for Photoshop? Then this is the best place where you can find them. In this article, the subject focuses on the best open source and free alternatives for Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop has a great host of features created for a professional photo editing. Unfortunately, its price is an obstacle for the web designers who want to purchase it. That’s why I am here to give you the best news: there are a lot of free open sources programs available, and you can use them to replace Photoshop. Good news is that they can do almost the same things as Photoshop. GIMP or “GNU image manipulation program” is …

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Are you working with images? Then these 14 jQuery plug-in might be of a great help for you. As you already know, JavaScript frameworks have become well known for some years because they facilitate the creation of the most dynamic effects. At present, jQuery is used in Drupal and WordPress, and it is the most popular JavaSript library. I submit this article to your intention hoping that I can help you to improve the usability of your applications and websites.  It is well known that a web designer’s work is very difficult so these jQuery plug-ins come to enhance the display of the images and are very useful. For example, if you use s3Slider, you will find that it is very easy to add showcases …

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