Using an online form creator

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Website Development |

Having Google Analytics on a website can give your client valuable information about who’s clicking on which pages, but Wufoo can help you gather more in-depth and personal information about website users. Wufoo is an online form creator that lets you set up any type of poll or forms on websites. The great part of this program is that it has full CSS and XHTML integration, meaning that you don’t need to understand any of the programming behind it (this is probably one of the reasons it was voted as one of the top 50 tools for Web Design by Mashable). There are a few websites that can help you build online forms, but what makes Wufoo helpful is that it automatically creates a database and backend system that gathers the information and presents the data in an understandable way. Some of the types of forms you can build with this include invitations, classifieds, event calendar, quizzes, tests, surveys, job applications, media collection and more. You can change the settings to make the information (such as survey results) public or password-protected. The company also offers different subscriptions that can get you some serious SSL encryption security (if your clients are particularly concerned about sensitive information or privacy issues). This service isn’t free – the plans range from $14.95 to $199.95 per month. You may be part of a large corporation that has its own programmers and developers to help you build forms, but if you are a website designer for a smaller company (or a freelancer), you know the challenge of trying to keep on top of all the new website fads. Instead of outsourcing website forms (or telling your client it can’t be done), check out Wufoo. You can sign up and get three forms free before buying anything. Please follow and like...

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How to Make a Flash Banner

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Website Design |

When it comes to the world of online marketing and web design, the competition is vast. Creating interesting and unique websites won’t only set your site apart from competitors, but it will ensure that website visitors keep browsing your site. One way of getting your website to stand out is by creating flash banners. Contrary to popular belief, it’s extremely easy to create a flash banner for a website. Here’s a quick step to creating a very simple flash banner: Step by step guide to making flash banners Step1: In Adobe Flash Create a New File. You will need to have Adobe Flash to create a flash banner (you can also make one in Photoshop and save the images as an animation, but this is more time consuming). Step2: The next step is to open the Properties panel (the shortcut is Ctrl and F3). You will then need to set the project size, set the frame rate value and change the background colour. Step3: Save the file as a flashbanner.fla by pressing Ctrl and S together on your keyboard. Step4: Type your banner text. You will need to choose the Text tool from the tools panel and enter the text you want to display in your flash banner. You then can change the typeface to a style that meets your needs and change the font and size of the text. Step5: Create a keyframe. You will need to select 90 in the timeline and select the F6 key in order to create a keyframe. You will then need to select frame 1 and select the “motion” option. Step6: Generate the “SWF” file. You can do this by pressing Ctrl and Enter.  Step7: Insert the SWF file in your web page. This can be done by using generic flash code and changing the size and numbers with your own. Please follow and like...

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Quickstart guide to setup your twitter account

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Twitter |

Twitter allows you to follow your interests and get instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favourite celebrities and what’s happening around the world. So for those of you who has yet to create a Twitter account, here is a quick step by step guide as explained by Twitter. Step 1: Sign Up Go to twitter.com, enter your full name and click “Sign up”. Step 2: Choose your username Usernames must be 15 characters or less and cannot contain ‘admin’ or ‘twitter’. Use your real name or pick something that describes you – whether it’s a nickname, an interest or a hobby. Step 3: Choose your password Choose a complicated password that is not obvious. Step 4: Email address A confirmation email will be sent to this email address to confirm your Twitter account, so use an email address you actively use. Step 5: Prove you are human Fill in the Captcha to prove to Twitter that you are not a robot. Step 6: Find interesting sources Select some of your interests from the top of the screen, or scroll through the interests listed below that. If you find an account that is of interest to you, click the “Follow” button. Continue the search and select more accounts that are of interest to you. When finished, click the blue ‘Next: friends’ button. Step 7: Find friends You can let Twitter scan your email address book in order to find contacts that are also using Twitter. It’s a fast and easy way to find your friends, if you would like to do so. Type your email address and your email password into the boxes and click ‘Find friends.’ Choose the friends you would like to follow by clicking the grey ‘send request’ button next to their information When finished click the ‘Next: others’ button. A box will pop-up with your remaining contacts who are not on Twitter. To invite them to join Twitter, check the boxes next to the contacts you wish to invite – or click “select all” at the top. Step 8: Twitter Search You can also search for anyone else you would like to add on Twitter. Type the name of the person you’re searching for into the search box. Tweets related to your query will show in the centre of the page. A list of matching accounts will show on the right hand side of your screen. Click the Follow button next to any you wish to begin Following. A confirmation message will appear. Please follow and like...

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How to Generate Leads Using LinkedIn

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in LinkedIn |

LinkedIn has grown to include more than 100 million users worldwide.  It is based on the principle that every person is connected to one another by no more than six degrees of separation from everybody else.  In other words, individuals can connect with one another simply by utilizing their network of contacts.  LinkedIn keeps track of who knows whom and provides a means to connect people based on professional expertise, needs, and interests. Simply having a LinkedIn account is not enough to add value to a business. A business professional must also have a strategy to effectively network with other professionals on the site.  This is where many business owners and professionals fail to utilize the system and maximize their potential for increased brand awareness and, ultimately, sales. LinkedIn, when used properly, can help business professionals generate leads, increase their credibility and visibility within their marketplace, communicate more effectively with their network of connections, and manage their brand’s reputation.  Not only do they have the ability to search for prospects amongst their current connections but they can search via their connections’ connections and through the many groups that have formed within the LinkedIn network.  Keep in mind, every time information is changed or added on a profile, that information is disseminated to the web of people connected to the originator of the information.  This means that a small addition can reach thousands of profiles within minutes.  A business professional should make it a priority to make at least one new connection per day. Participating in groups on LinkedIn provides yet another avenue to reach prospects.  Not only does group membership make it easier to connect to new people but it provides an additional arena for disseminating a message to other professionals with similar interests.  Whether it is a professional group such as a marketing group or a group for people who love to ski, finding groups that match the demographic of your target audience provides a free advertising opportunity. A person’s profile provides the chance to make a good first-impression on a new connection.  The most effective profiles on LinkedIn are those that share personal as well as business information. One of the first mistakes LinkedIn users make is not getting their profiles to 100%.  This includes completing their employment history with a description of the responsibilities, large projects, and major clients pertinent to each job.  Be sure to include an appropriate-for-business photograph even if it is just a snapshot.  This not only immediately increases trust but also allows past connections to recognize a person more easily. Using keywords, much like optimizing a website with Google or other search engines, is how people find each other.  Using industry-specific terms...

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How to Make a Flash Banner

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Website Design |

When it comes to the world of online marketing and web design, the competition is vast. Creating interesting and unique websites won’t only set your site apart from competitors, but it will ensure that website visitors keep browsing your site. One way of getting your website to stand out is by creating flash banners. Contrary to popular belief, it’s extremely easy to create a flash banner for a website. Here’s a quick step to creating a very simple flash banner: Step by step guide to making flash banners Step1: In Adobe Flash Create a New File. You will need to have Adobe Flash to create a flash banner (you can also make one in Photoshop and save the images as an animation, but this is more time consuming). Step2: The next step is to open the Properties panel (the shortcut is Ctrl and F3). You will then need to set the project size, set the frame rate value and change the background colour. Step3: Save the file as a flashbanner.fla by pressing Ctrl and S together on your keyboard. Step4: Type your banner text. You will need to choose the Text tool from the tools panel and enter the text you want to display in your flash banner. You then can change the typeface to a style that meets your needs and change the font and size of the text. Step5: Create a keyframe. You will need to select 90 in the timeline and select the F6 key in order to create a keyframe. You will then need to select frame 1 and select the “motion” option. Step6: Generate the “SWF” file. You can do this by pressing Ctrl and Enter.  Step7: Insert the SWF file in your web page. This can be done by using generic flash code and changing the size and numbers with your own. Please follow and like...

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