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What's New With V2? A Lot...

Posted on: 8/20/2009 4:36:06 PM under Web Design » Resources 
 
It's remarkable -- in almost every industry, technology drives the way people work just as much as vice versa. In the publishing world for example, people went from laying down typeset scrolls of text onto page mockups to designing everything directly on the computer. But it didn't happen overnight. In fact it took about a decade for people "get with the times" and catch up with the technology.

The same is true in website design. Yes, there have been tweaks to the technology but HTML and coding languages like ASP have been with us for over 10 years now, and we are still finding new ways of using it.

So it is too with DMXReady's v2 applications. These apps will do many of the same things our first generation applications did â€" just faster and better. Our v2 apps give you a whole new level of control and a whole new realm of possibilities.

Most importantly, these v2 applications will make it easier for your clients to own and maintain their websites, taking CMS to another level.

So what's new for DMXReady v2 apps?
  • Simplified Architecture for Better Plugin Integration
  • Clean, Compliant, Commented Code - W3C Valid CSS & XHTML
  • Cross-Browser Compatibility
  • Efficient Use of AJAX Scripting & JQuery To Enhance Usability
  • Built-In code editor for CSS, Code, Templates and More - no need for HTML editor
  • SEO Friendly URL's - Create Custom URLs automatically.
DMXReady v2 applications will improve the way that you design websites, giving you power and ease of use like you've never had before.


Until next time, happy scripting!

The DMXReady Team
 
 

Is Bing the New Thing?

Posted on: 7/6/2009 1:08:38 PM under Web Design » Cool Tools 
 

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Google has outranked all other search engines by about 2 to 1 – and that includes Microsoft’s own search engine.

For those who remember those early days of indexing the Wild West Web, true search engines like WebCrawler, AskJeeves, and AltaVista were fighting it out with the Yahoo! web directory to be the destination for finding websites and information. That the search engine should win over the directory is no surprise – keeping a directly current and searchable is fine when there are a few thousand websites on the web, but a nightmare when you reach the millions mark…

Google came on the scene relatively late (1998) but very quickly became the most-used search engine for its PageRank technology. In ten years, nothing else has really come close, including MSN Search and its spin-offs.

But Bing might be different. Microsoft is selling it as a “decision” engine rather than a search engine. The difference might not be just marketing-speak – the company says that it is trying to help people get more relevant results. Yes, Google has been doing this for years as well, but it is somewhat telling that many search results are still not relevant. So clearly the market for this is still wide open.

And Bing has a wide-open chance of filling this niche. As one blogger mentioned, “There’s a lot to like about Bing and really only one thing not to like–it’s owned by Microsoft.” That might be enough to keep it off of many people's radars for now. But like all Microsoft products, if it becomes indispensible, consumers will flock to it anyway...

But why not try it for yourself? There are several “blind taste tests” out there, including this one that compares Bing with Google and Yahoo! See which one offers you the best results.

The DMXReady Team

 
 

reCAPTCHA - Protect Your Website, Save a Document

Posted on: 5/19/2009 10:04:08 AM under Web Design » Tips 
 

Adding a CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart) to web forms these days is almost a no-brainer. With the number of bots out there trying to scrape email addresses, find website vulnerabilities, and other web nastiness, why wouldn’t you want to protect yourself?

 

However there are different ways to do this, and each has its own pros and cons. Here’s one that helps protect your website AND helps digitize books.

 

reCAPTCHA is a free service that allows you to simply plugin the application into any web form. Unlike some CAPTCHAs, these puzzles are extremely easy for humans to read, but are still effective at keeping bots out. Plus, you get the added benefit of knowing you are helping convert hardcopy text into digital documents that will last the ages.

 

reCAPTCHA also has a nifty email address protector as well. MailHide allows your visitors to view your email address by solving the puzzle, keeping unwanted bots from viewing it.

 

Find out more at the reCAPTCHA website: http://recaptcha.net/
 
 

Add Twitter To Your Website

Posted on: 4/20/2009 11:18:55 AM under Web Design » Tips 
 

Social media is changing the way we commmunicate -- even through our websites. Blogs, videos, IM and other design elements are helping us engage website visitors better, and deliver our information more effectively.

Twitter is another one of those ways we keep in touch with our customers, clients, and others. But did you ever consider adding your tweets directly to your website?

There are many advantages to this. Depending on your target market, it might be important to be seen as "with the times" -- if this is the case, you might actually be hurting your business by not displaying your tweets.

But even if do not need to be perceived as on the cutting edge of technology, posting your tweets can be a sign of community (new buyers like to know that others have successfully done business with you before), and will make you seem, well, more social. Unless you are a bank or some other "silence is golden" organization, appearing to be social is not a bad thing either.

You can add Twitter to your websites many different ways. Here's a blog we found that lists 10 Awesome Ways to Integrate Twitter With Your Website.

The DMXReady Team

 
 

Forum Answers Your Classic ASP Questions

Posted on: 4/2/2009 11:15:52 AM under ASP » Resources 
 

Have a specific Classic ASP question or problem? The Internet Information Services (IIS) website has a forum for Classic ASP programmers to post their questions and get feedback from the community. You can also search the forum to see if someone else has already had your problem -- and to find out the answers.

Check out this great resource at:
http://forums.iis.net/1032.aspx

Until next time,

The DMXReady Team

 
 
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