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Heat Maps {10}

by Eric S

Heat Maps, What Are They?

You have created this amazing E-Commerce website for you business. You have spent the last month perfecting your SEO and meta tags for optimization. Yet you have not received a single order. What might be causing this? You know the links are all working and your processing information is correct. But have you ever considered the location of your information on your website?  Maybe people can’t see what you want them to see or they are not looking where you want them to look. There are a few tools out there that can help you figure this out. One of these tools available to use is what is called a “Heat Map.” read more...

5 Places to bring out the Web Designer in you {3}

by Stephen O

Even some of the best web designers out there need some inspiration, or even a little help. While there are maybe thousands of websites you can visit for advice and cool resources, there are five gems among the rough that people looking to develop websites should visit first. One of them is http://www.planetphotoshop.com . “If I’m looking to spiff up some ordinary-looking photographs, I mouse over to Planet Photoshop. This site features an abundance of tutorials that will help you fix problem shots or make your photos more vibrant.” (Dove, 2010) The site is frequently updated with news, how-to’s and links to professional resources. The National Association of Photoshop Professionals sponsors it, but you need not be a member to use the resources of the site. Another must visit site is http://www.lynda.com/, as it has a ton of helpful tutorials on how to use technical programs like 3ds Max, and it has a large library of online videos by sorted subject and software. In addition, it has Learning packages available at different price-points. Now if you want to know everything about fonts then ilovetypography.com/ is for you. A blog site dedicated to everything font “How-tos include making fonts and choosing fonts; there’s coverage of the Arial vs. Helvetica controversy.” (Dove, 2010) There other places worth mentioning as well: Digital Photography Review which specializes in digital cameras, so if you’re looking to buy a camera to take pictures for your up and coming website this is the place to visit. Another amazing website is Smash Magazine; it is a mix of technical information and design ideas. “The site mixes inspiration with technical information covering all aspects of Web design, program-based tips and tricks, coding tutorials, professional advice, plus all the icons, graphics, wallpapers, themes, photos, and fonts you could ever want.” (Dove, 2010) read more...

AWS Friend or Foe? {2}

by Stephen O
Cloud Computing is a new frontier, in a way it is like the wild west, one that is constantly evolving as new startup companies emerge and take to the field. It is common for one of these start-ups to use Cloud Computing services, because let us face it is cheaper and more efficient for startups to use cloud computing services rather than investing time and money into their own servers. One of the more dominates Cloud Computing Service providers is Amazon with their Amazon Web Services otherwise known as AWS. Right now Amazon and others who use AWS benefit largely because AWS has a strong core of service and has very aggressive when it comes to development. With the way, the Cloud Computing Industry is now there are many open opportunities that startup companies are taking advantage of, but what if AWS starts eyeing the same territory. This is why the Wild West analogy earlier was apt. “I was in a venture capital meeting last week where we were told by one prominent VC that, “Two years ago Amazon was a blessing to startups. Today it is neutral. In two years it may well be a curse.” How so? By building up Amazon Web Services to include many services currently offered by other vendors.” (Rosenberg, 2011) Right now, it holds the lion’s share of the market, because of simple to use API’s and easy to use AMI’s and the whole system is more user friendly than the competitors are. While this maybe the case there are many open areas of Cloud Computing yet open. “As such, there is a huge amount of room for innovation around “cloud” as a whole–storage, network, management–very few existing tools measure up when it comes to the new architecture and programmatic interfaces that we get from cloud in general.” (Rosenberg, 2011) Because there is so much open territory to tackle realistically there is no way that AWS can be everything for everyone, especially if it does not even offer some of these services. It is the opinion of the Author we nothing to fear, it is in the hands of the little guys to stake a claim and protect it against the AWS’ of the cloud. read more...