Archive for February, 2011

5 Useful (and Free) Word Processing Programs

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

iPad Writing App (as yet without a name)
Almost everyone who uses a computer will need a word processing program at some point.

Whether you’re writing a document for work, an essay for school, a blog post or just working on email – you’ll probably need a word processor that is fancier than Notepad.  Notepad is a little too simple for most text editing – it can’t indent text, insert bullet lists (without html mark-up) or spell-check your work.

There are lots of useful and free word processing programs out on the net. Narrowing them down can be hard simply because there are so many to choose from.

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Struggling with online design?

Monday, February 14th, 2011

At a minimum, novice web designers need to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of web design in order to develop websites that are both appealing and effective. Fortunately, many resources exist to assist a novice web designer in getting started. Read on to learn tips you can use to create better web designs.

Always give your readers the ability to stop whatever it is they’re doing. These actions involve signing up for newsletters or email notifications, filling out forms, or searching the site for different topics or archives. By not letting visitors cancel something that they don’t want to finish, you’re pretty much forcing them into doing something. This can harm your return visits or purchases.

Offer to store personal information for returning users. When visitors may be filling out multiple forms or information pieces, have the data fields retain their information, and auto-fill subsequent forms that are filled out. Creating information that is “sticky” simplifies the entire process, and visitors are certain to appreciate all the time that they have saved.

Avoid the use of pop-up advertising. There is nothing worse than visiting a website and getting assaulted by tons of pop-up ads. The vast majority of users will just exit a site with pop-ups. Keep your customers happy, by steering clear of these annoying ads. If you have a host where pop-ups are mandatory, then perhaps you should be out looking for a new one.

Consider a free software package when you are setting up your website. Do not listen to people who tell you that you can’t design and operate a website without relying on pricey software packages; you can find a free alternative for virtually every task. Finding good free software does require a bit more legwork, however.

The beginning web designer can use Photoshop to make their website look great. Programs like Photoshop are great for new web designers, because it allows them to quickly create professional websites. You will expend a lot of extra time and lessen your chances of creating a professional site if you neglect investing in programs such as Photoshop.

In order to evaluate your web design skills accurately, it’s a good idea to start off with small, simple websites where your successes and shortcomings will be easy to spot. Your first site should consist of only a page or two, with just basic text and graphics. Once you have that, you can slowly add things.

When choosing a web host, know exactly what comes with the plan you’re thinking of selecting. You need to know about disk space, CPU usage, bandwidth, and other areas that are included in the package. Never buy a hosting package without understanding everything that’s included.

Creating a good website requires a set of different skills, from coding to selecting harmonious colors. Since a vast amount of information is available on the subject, it can be hard for beginners to identify the best place to start. This article was designed to help you begin with the basics of web design, and then you can continue to build from there.

10 Ways to Generate Constant Traffic

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Establishing Shot: The 405Some of our greatest concerns as bloggers are our loyal visitors and how we will maintain their loyalties.  How do we get them and how do we keep them?

Kiesha’s site has maintained this authority for a reason.  It’s built to maintain loyalties and has grown over time, but how do we ensure visitor loyalty at the very beginning?  What are some effective website traffic building strategies?

It’s true that “content is king”, but what other ways can we attract and secure traffic in the long run? (more…)