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Free Fonts Can Help Make Your Website Distinct

Posted on: 5/21/2010 8:50:47 AM under Marketing » Tools 
 

Free fonts like this one can help you look distinctive without breaking your budget.

 

One of the best ways to make your website distinctive – or any aspect of your marketing for that matter – is by using a distinctive font. Places like MyFonts.com can really help out, though sometimes the prices can get into the hundreds of dollars for a font.

However if you poke around enough, you can usually find some decent fonts for cheap or even free. Be careful though – some free fonts are worth exactly what you pay for them. It's always good to test them in the program you are using (especially when converting to PDF) to ensure they work properly.

Here’s a list of free fonts to get you started:

http://www.bestfreewebresources.com/2010/05/35-free-and-creative-fonts-for.html

Happy Fonting!

The DMXReady Team

 
 

New eBook Released: Classic ASP Myths Debunked

Posted on: 5/11/2010 10:50:51 AM under ASP » Resources 
 

Classic ASP Myths DebunkedLast week DMXReady launched a new ebook – Classic ASP Myths Debunked: The Renaissance of Classic ASP. In it, we’ve identified five myths about Classic ASP, and what the truth behind the myth actually is.

Find out more in our official press release, which you can read on the PRWeb:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/dmxready/asp/prweb3955004.htm

The DMXReady Team

 
 

Hybrid Cloud Servers - Classic ASP and PHP Together?

Posted on: 4/30/2010 12:46:36 PM under General » Servers 
 

Terms like "hybrid cloud servers" are coming on gangbusters. Cloud computing and cloud servers, although not entirely new, are promising to be the next big thing in terms of the way the Internet works.

Problem is, not many people outside the IT world know quite what they mean. It gets even more complicated when you consider that hybrid cloud servers can actually mean (at least) two different things.

Right now, the most common reference you'll read describes a "hybrid" of two services - cloud hosting and managed dedicated servers. For larger companies, this provides a scalable solution to their web server needs, allowing them to use - and pay for - server space and resources only when they need them.

Hybrid cloud computing is a fancy name for the practice of hosting parts of your service in multiple locations, says Michael Papish, MediaUnbound's CEO. MediaUnbound hosts critical components and data for its recommendation service in a private data center we control. That private cloud is used to host sensitive data and most production-level services. (Read the whole article here: http://www.digitalmediabuzz.com/2009/12/hybrid-clouds-shoestring-solutions-for-google-like-businesses/)

However hybrid cloud servers or hybrid cloud hosting can also mean combining Windows and Linux servers. The advantage, especially when it comes to running DMXReady applications, is obvious: you can effectively create a website that uses both PHP and Classic ASP elements.

That has some pretty cool implications. Say your client has a PHP-based website, but you want to add DMXReady Contact Us Manager. Using old systems, this would be impossible. But it's no problem if your site is on a hybrid cloud server.

Right now there are several hybrid cloud hosting companies out there, and the number is growing all the time. Here at DMXReady, we see a time when hybrid cloud servers will simply be what's offered. And why not? It's easier for the customer, provides greater flexibility, and will ultimately be easier for server companies to manage.

Check out one provider we've worked with: RackSpace. http://www.rackspace.com

The DMXReady Team

 
 

Are You an Effective Project Manager?

Posted on: 4/23/2010 12:33:05 PM under Web Design » Resources 
 

You may not realize this, but if you are a freelance web designer, you are by default a project manager.

 

Don’t be alarmed – all that means is that it is up to you to plan how the website will be built, what should be included, and what your timeline will be. (Okay, that’s simplified, but you see the point…)

 

In fact much of it is what you are probably doing for your clients already. But the question is, are you doing it effectively?

 

There are several things you may not be considering, like whether or not your client needs scalability in the future, what information may be missing, or even how to effectively communicate your plan to your client. The better you brush up on this, the better you’ll be able to serve your clients – and the happier they’ll be.

 

There is no set map for planning a website, and much of it will come down to your personal preference and the needs of the client. However we have put together a list of some of the best resources we’ve come across on website design project management to help you along.

 

Check them out:

 

http://www.forwardleap.com/effective-website-development-project-plan/

http://www.suestudios.com/articles/article1.htm

http://eis.bris.ac.uk/~cckhrb/webdev/plan/plan.htm

http://www.wilsonmar.com/1projweb.htm

http://www.brighthub.com/office/project-management/articles/29370.aspx

http://www.skyrme.com/tools/webplan.htm

 

Again, this isn’t a comprehensive list, and not every tip here will be useful in every situation. But the point here is that thinking about project management and doing some pre-planning will help make your website project go smoother and be more successful.

 

Happy Planning!

 

The DMXReady Team

 
 

Re-Think Different: iPad Could Take Us from the "Website" to the "Web App"

Posted on: 4/12/2010 3:46:58 PM under Web Design » Resources 
 

iPad could take websites to web apps...It’s almost predictable – the media hypes a new Apple product and then the media gripes about the new Apple product, with commentary swinging from an cyber-equivalent of the second coming to a plague of Biblical proportions. Or worse yet, claims that the new product will be of little consequence.

Of course, we all know by now that the truth is usually somewhere in the middle.

We are now in the griping phase of the new Apple iPad, and media pundits question its usefulness (as they did many other Apple products – let the consumers decide already!), its lack of built-in features like camera and USB ports, and the inevitable glitches that come with the first-generation of any product.

We’ve already talked about how the iPad might influence web design, but it’s worth revisiting. If iPad and similar products really do take off, then what we might be looking at is the end of websites altogether (at least as we know it). Websites might easily just turn into what we might call web applications.

Let’s take a look at what has been given to us as the quintessential iPad app: the New York Times app.

Notice that the application looks very much like a newspaper in its layout. This is not just an attempt to mimic the newspaper – publishers learned a long time ago that the best way to sell newspapers was to have several front-page stories with big headlines and glossy pictures on the cover.

It just so happens that this is a convenient way to get information across in the cyber world too. Attractive pictures, bold titles, and the ability to read a snippet before touching the article to continue is probably the most common-sense approach there is.

So is the New York Time iPad app a website? Sure looks like it, but it’s not really a traditional website, is it?

We see certain web standards creeping into other industries too. No doubt you’ve noticed that websites selling software are tending to look very similar to each other as of late – and quite different from other websites. The same can be true of photographers’ websites, web portal pages, and websites in several other industries.

In other words, the move away from the traditional website is already on its way.

The iPad – and the devices that follow – might just be the thing that pushes it all the way over the edge. Not because of its size, or the way it interacts with the Internet, or even indeed the way we interact with it. These will all be part of it of course, but the deciding factor will be that it help change the way we think about websites.

Sound revolutionary? It could be. But then revolutionary is not exactly a stretch for Apple. Let's not forget too that DMXReady has been building web apps for added functionality for many years now!

The point of all this is not “the end is nigh” for websites, but that we as web designers might soon have to re-think how we approach design. Perhaps if we see it as an app more than a website, we’ll be headed in the right direction.

The DMXReady Team

 
 
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