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Are You Setting Yourself Up for Web Design Heartache?

Posted on: 11/13/2009 3:16:18 PM under Web Design » Tips 
 

Clients are an integral part of the design process. That's obvious, you might say. Without clients, you wouldn't have work.

But that’s not what we mean. Your clients often become partners in your web design business – at least while you are working on their websites. Sometimes it is day-to-day meetings, sometimes it is weekly updates, reviews, and feedback. If you have been a designer for any length of time, you know that every project is different, not least of all because every client is different.

Recently we read a blog post at “A List Apart” about this very subject that we wanted to share with you. It’s about some of the red flags you should keep your eye open for to avoid partnering with “difficult” clients, or at least making sure that partnership will be worth your while.

Some great tips here for all professional web designers. Give it a read, and let us know what you think!

http://www.alistapart.com/articles/getting-to-no/

The DMXReady Team

 
 

Get Ready for Flash Mobile!

Posted on: 11/4/2009 12:36:52 PM under Web Design » Resources 
 

As websites optimize content for mobile phone users, there has been one area that is noticeably left out: Flash. Of course the biggest reason for this has been that mobile devices traditionally lacked the power needed to do much beyond basic HTML rendering.

That is changing. Smartphones like the iPhone and Blackberries are taking over the market, and soon most consumers will use this as their standard communication device. Well, Adobe is trying to keep ahead of that curve with the introduction of Flash Player 10.1

According to its own desciption:

"Flash Player 10.1 enables uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and video across devices. With support for a broad range of mobile devices, including smartphones, netbooks, smartbooks and other Internet-connected devices, Flash Player 10.1 allows your content to reach your customers wherever they are."

…which is just a fancy way of saying your website users will be able to see your Flash content on their smartphones.

There is one notable exception: according to an Adobe statement, Apple is not playing nice. “Adobe needs full support from Apple beyond what is available through the SDK to enable Web browsing of Flash-based content on the iPhone,” the company says on its website. It will concentrate on those smartphone platforms who will give their developers the support they need, Adobe said.

Information is a little sketchy about how this will all affect web developers, probably because this new Flash is still in the beta and development stages (Adobe said general release of the player will be available in first half of 2010). However the company states that SWF Object 2.0 will work with Flash Player 10.1, though developers should take care to update their detection scripts.

For more on Flash Player 10.1:

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/

Happy Scripting!

The DMXReady Team

 
 

Why Not Classic ASP Indeed?

Posted on: 10/27/2009 2:08:02 PM under DMXReady » Product Tips 
 

Not long ago, we read this post called “Why not Classic (Legacy) ASP?” http://stevesmithblog.com/blog/why-not-classic-legacy-asp/ about (basically) the pros and cons of programming in Classic ASP.

To recap the post, Steve was replying to a letter he received from an unnamed programmer asking why Steve no longer thought the Classic ASP framework was worth developing for. In his letter, the programmer said this:

“Here's my thinking: HTTP is stateless. All you need the framework to do is talk to your database and render clean HTML. That's it. All UI interactivity should be handled on the browser in JavaScript, and all design should be handled in CSS. Classic ASP (with the help of jQuery) makes all this SO EASY.”

We agree completely, especially for the small business owner’s website. Despite Steve’s obvious experience and well thought out answers, we think that this is a key area of use that Steve Smith overlooked.

Classic ASP applications are perfect for the do-it-yourselfer and the small business owner who do not need large, enterprise-software-sized solutions. (However, it is important to note that there are many large websites out there that do use Classic ASP, like www.futureshop.ca and http://edsitement.neh.gov/)

In fact these SOHO and SME owners are exactly the people who DMXReady is trying to help.

If you are a small business owner who wants a dynamic website or CMS solution, you don’t need a huge database capable of handling thousands of hits at a time. You are most likely concerned about:

  • Ease of use
  • Ease of customization (sometimes)
  • A solution that is ready-to-go “right out of the box”

That’s what Classic ASP applications offer, and that’s why DMXReady has stuck with Classic ASP-based programming.

With DMXReady, you don’t need to set up a separate database because the built-in Microsoft Access database simply uploads with your application and “installs itself”. Plus, if you need to make some minor tweaks to the open source code, it is generally easier to learn Classic ASP than other “advanced” programming languages (in fact many of our customers say that they learned programming from customizing our apps!)

So it really is an easy solution – purchase the application, upload, and use. For those who want to play under the hood, that option is available to you too.

Here’s the thing in a nutshell: ask programmers what they prefer to program in, and 99% will say something other than Classic ASP-based frameworks. It's almost like it's mandatory for “serious” programmers to pooh-pooh Classic ASP to keep their street cred. (For the record, we don’t believe that’s the case for Steve here – usually the bashing comes from programmers who have never worked with ASP.)

But ask non-programmers what programming language they prefer, and they’ll usually say “What? Who cares? I just want something that is easy to use, and works.”

Classic ASP fulfills both those needs – and we would argue it fulfills them better than other programming languages. That’s why we’ve stuck with it, and that’s why we continue to believe in it.

Be sure to check out the whole discussion on Steve Smith’s website here:

http://stevesmithblog.com/blog/why-not-classic-legacy-asp/

Then let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

Happy Scripting,

The DMXReady Team

 


 

 
 

Add Twitter Updates to Your Website Using Classic ASP

Posted on: 10/12/2009 4:41:09 PM under DMXReady » Product Tips 
 

Want to post your Twitter status on your ASP website? Here are a few of resources for you using Classic ASP…

 

http://www.strangework.com/2007/08/22/how-to-update-your-twitter-status-with-asp/

 

http://sitejunction.awardspace.com/vbscript%5Ftweets/

 

http://asp.web.id/update-twitter-status-with-classic-asp-vbscript.html

 

Happy Scripting!

 

The DMXReady Team

 

 
 

Yes, A Free ASP Content Management System (CMS)

Posted on: 10/8/2009 12:49:56 PM under DMXReady » Product Tips 
 

The Free ASP Content Management System (CMS)You've heard about the new DMXReady CMS v2. You've tried the online demos. Now you can try your very own lite version right on your own server!

This month, DMXReady introduced CMS (Lite) v2, the free version of our flagship application. This gives you all (well okay, most) of the power of the full version, with certain limitations like number of pages and a lock on some of the advanced features.

However it still has most of the functionality like:

  • Create Customizable URLs   
  • Skin Using Wordpress Themes & other 3rd Party Website Templates  
  • Plugin DMXReady v2 Apps & Accessories  
  • W3C Valid CSS & XHTML  
  • Add Gadgets and Widgets (Google, Facebook, Youtube etc.)
  • Built-in SEO so that your website gets found easier
  • Pre-built database already installed!

In other words, this is a great way to try DMXReady CMS before you buy. And if you are looking for an inexpensive way to get a small CMS website up and running fast, DMXReady CMS v2 is the choice for you!

Download a copy for yourself and check it out!

Until next time,

The DMXReady Team

 
 
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