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How to Skin DMXReady CMS (or Lite!) in Your Own Template

Posted on: 2/25/2010 9:19:01 AM under Web Design » Resources 
 

As we mention in this tutorial there are literally 1000s of templates you can use to skin your website built with DMXReady CMS. By combining the power of this web content management system with a wicked (or nice or corporate or colorful or simple…) third-party template, you can easily put together a great website that is easy to use – and easy on the eyes.

(Click here to see some examples using DMXReady CMS in different skins.)

But what if you still can’t find just the right template? If you have any Photoshop skills at all (or you’re at least willing to learn), you can create your own awesome template to skin your website with.

We’ve come across two web tutorials (well, two parts of one tutorial is probably a better way to describe it) that could be very useful.

The first one on how to create a design for a (fictional) snowboarding website can be found here:
http://line25.com/tutorials/create-a-gnarly-snowboarding-themed-web-design

The second shows how to mark it up. In fact once you’ve converted it to HTML code, you’ll essentially have your own template:
http://line25.com/tutorials/how-to-code-up-a-web-design-from-psd-to-html

Then, just follow the tutorial DMXReady has provided to skin DMXReady CMS with your new template (remember, you can download CMS Lite for free to experiment ):
http://www.dmxready.com/?page=support&product=cms-lite&display=skinning

You can probably find other template-creation tutorials as well – just do a search for “PSD to HTML how-to”. Here’s a list of 20 to get you started.
http://dzineblog.com/2009/04/tutorials-psd-to-html.html

Happy PSDing!

The DMXReady Team

 
 

Write in All Your Website Visitors Languages

Posted on: 2/17/2010 11:06:09 AM under Web Design » Resources 
 

It used to be you had to choose one language for your website, unless you were a multi-national company with millions of dollars available for web development. But now Google offers a way for even us SOHO web owners and designers to give some language flexibility to our website.

Google Translate, as the name suggests, allows site visitors to translate your web page into their native language. For example, if your website is written in English, and your site visitor is French, then he/she only needs to select the “French” option in the Google Translate pull-down menu, and the text will be translated into French.

As an added bonus, you can hover over the text to read it in its original language as well.

By all accounts, Google Translate is not the perfect beast, especially when it comes to idioms and other peculiarities of language. However, depending on your website, it could be a useful tool to allow visitors to at least get the gist of what you are saying – and selling.

Plugging into your DMXReady website is easy as well. Simply:

  • Go to the Google Translate page to get the code (http://translate.google.com/translate_tools?hl=en&layout=1&eotf=1).
  • Paste it into your app on the page you want it to show up. If you are using v2 apps, you can also plug it into your header, footer, sidebar, or anywhere on your site that you like using the built-in code editor.

Try it here:


Happy Translating!

The DMXReady Team

 

 
 

Will iPad Change Web Design?

Posted on: 1/28/2010 5:12:23 PM under Web Design » Resources 
 

The iPad may bring newspapers back from the dead and change the way we read news online.It’s official – the iPad will be coming to a store near you sometime this year. Just one day after Steve Jobs introduced it to the world, the design industry was abuzz with one question: how does this affect web design?

Assuming that the iPad or its children will catch on (and based on Apple history, that’s a good assumption), there are some things that immediately jump out. For example, as some have pointed out, the iPad’s lack of mouse means that website buttons will likely grow bigger to accommodate fingers instead of cursors. Others are saying that it is the perfect tool for carrying and presenting your whole portfolio – an iPortfolio, if you like – without bulky leather suitcases. Another big claim is that the iPad will save newspapers, and that iPad-optimized dailies will change the way we read news online.

Some say that designers will be going for a more horizontal-style website to accommodate the iPad, but that’s the trend lately anyway now that more and more people have wide-screen monitors. Besides, as one blogger points out, the iPad will allow for both horizontal and vertical-style viewing so the user – not the designer – can decide which way is up.

What will really split the design community is the fact that iPad won’t likely support flash. If Apple sticks to its guns on this point and the iPad and future devices catch on with consumers, Flash designers will have to think long and hard about their target audience before alienating them with design that won’t work on their computers…

Perhaps the biggest change though will be indirect. The easy, one-button functionality of the iPad’s UX could inspire designers everywhere to simplify their websites and make them easier to navigate. If that turns out to be true, it will be quite a legacy on its own…

Only time will tell how the iPad will change web design. But if you believe that it will change design even a little bit, now’s the time to keep your eye open for iPad-optimized design tips.

Happy iPadding!

The DMXReady Team


 

 
 

Jing, the New Thing for Screen Capture!

Posted on: 1/22/2010 2:36:45 PM under Web Design » Cool Tools 
 

Jing Screen and Video CaptureCtrl/Alt/Prnt Scn gives a nice, basic screen capture. But sometimes basic is, well, too basic. Sometimes you need something like Jing.

Jing, made by the same company as Camtasia Studio, is a neat little app that doesn’t just do screen captures, but also video screen captures. That way you can demonstrate certain things on your desktop, record them as you go, and then share them via email, your blog or website, Twitter, or more.

Here are a few things that Jing says you can do:

  • Collaborate on a design project
  • Share a snapshot of a document
  • Narrate your vacation photos
  • Capture that pesky bug in action
  • Show Dad how to use iTunes
  • Comment verbally on students' homework
  • Post tidbits from your life on Twitter or Facebook

(We especially like the “show Dad how to use iTunes” bit…)

On the screen capture side, you can add comments and upload instantly to your server to share with Twitter, etc. Very nifty!

Jing, which is essentially an SaaS, comes in two versions: free and Pro. However, the Pro version is very reasonably priced at just $14.95 per year (yes, per year – not per month), and includes such features as unbranded videos, instant sharing on YouTube, and recordings from your web cam. At that rate, it’s almost silly not to go Pro right from the start!

Check out at:

http://www.jingproject.com/

Happy Jinging!

The DMXReady Team

(Note: DMXReady does not receive any money or endorsement payments of any kind from Jing. We just think it's a cool little app!)

 
 

Building a Better Ecommerce Catalog

Posted on: 1/14/2010 9:27:02 AM under Web Design » Tips 
 

Catalog management through the back door.Tools like the DMXReady Catalog Manager v2.1 make creating an online store much easier. But it is still a good idea to put some thought into how you want to organize your store, how to categorize your items, and most importantly how to market them.

 

You’ll find a lot of great resources online if you search for “organizing my ecommerce store” and related terms. But we found an interesting article on what not to do, based on the Coca Cola Store.

 

Now you’d think that Coke would have it all going on; a multi-national company with the kind of resources Coke has should be able to commission a top-notch ecommerce site.

 

As it turns out, Chris “Silver” Smith found several usability and SEO problems with the site. What’s really interesting is that even though this article was published almost two and a half years ago, these problems still persist.

 

(For example, if you search for “clocks” on the Coke site, you still do not get any hits; you have to search for “clock” to find what you are looking for. To see what a difference this makes, go to the DMXReady catalog and search for “photos” – you’ll find Photo Gallery Manager on the first try…)

 

Chris estimates that if Coke* did it right, they could improve site traffic and sales by 25-50%. Perhaps a drop in the bucket for a corporation like Coke, but quite a difference for the average ecommerce company!

 

In any case, Chris’s article provides lots of great information that you may not normally find on the topic of catalog management. Check it out for yourself before you start stocking your own cyber-shelves!

 

http://www.naturalsearchblog.com/archives/2007/07/16/build-it-wrong-they-wont-come-coca-colas-store/

 

The DMXReady Team

 

*Coca-Cola doesn’t actually run its store. You’ll notice that it is operated on its behalf by a third-party provider.

 
 
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