30 Design Blogs

April 8th, 2010

Creative Overflow showcase 30 Design Blogs that you may visit every day, being from informative articles, interviews, resources, tutorials and inspiration. It lists the links of the blog and also the RSS feed.
web designer depot

Choose the right CMS for your website

March 10th, 2010

Article on ReEncoded

“Choosing a CMS (content management system) is an important first step to building your own website. The CMS provides a simpler way to manage website content without much prior knowledge of HTML, CSS, or other web programming languages. As using the web continues to grow quickly, new CMSs arrive to handle websites in different ways. Below are a few tips on picking the right CMS for your website.”

Choose the CMS that fits your websites purpose
WYSIWYG
Simple Backend Layout
Scalability
Design Template Control
Support

View chart on how some CMS handle features

Wordpress jQuery plugin

January 2nd, 2010

Article on Web Design Ledger

Google Analyticator – adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog. This eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging. Google Analyticator also includes several widgets for displaying Analytics data in the admin and on your blog.
google analyticator

jQuery Pagebar – jQuery-Pagebar displays a jQuery slider instead of the normal previous/next links. User would be able to change the width and color of the bar.
jquery pagebar

Choose the perfect CMS

October 5th, 2009

Article on Noupe

The content management system you choose can really make a huge difference in how much time you (or your clients) spend keeping a site updated and maintained.
Below are ten useful guidelines to consider when choosing a CMS:
01. Function suitable for your website
02. Needs to work intuitively
03. Backend needs to be standardized
04. Backend needs to be logical and well-organized
05. No need for extra functionality you’ll never use
06. Easy for non-geeks to use
07. Need to include a WYSIWYG editor
08. Pages should be fast-loading and have simple code
09. Template engine should allow you complete creative control
10. Adequate support and documentation

Ten Excellent CMS Options (Author choices)
01. Wordpress
02. Radiant
03. Silver Stripe
04. Joomla
05. TYPOlight
06. Frog
07. Textpattern
08. Expression Engine
09. Drupal
10. CMS Made Simple

Display content on blog’s front page

September 15th, 2009

Blog is getting more popular, it becomes an easy and efficient way to promote yourself or design firm because it’s easy to maintain. Designer owns a blog seems to be a trend this day. On this article @ Web Designer Depot, it talks about how you should display your contents on a blog’s front page.

“The front page of a blog is obviously of great importance to the overall design because it has a substantial impact on the first impression of visitors. New visitors expect to be able to get a good idea of what the blog offers from the front page alone. Visitors also want to be able to find content they are looking for through it. Easy navigation and usability are important because the front page will likely be the most frequently viewed page on the website.”

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Displaying blog content on front page

Full posts
With the full posts option, blog posts are displayed in full, not truncated, in reverse chronological order. This method is not nearly as popular as it was a few years ago.
Post Excerpts
Show only excerpts of posts, with links to the full content for those who are interested.
Magazine-Style
Similar to excerpts, but posts are not necessarily shown in chronological order. Instead, they are usually categorized, with their dates shown.

Gets instant traffic to blog

September 4th, 2009

Article by Ryan Dube on Make Use of

01. Write optimized content
Writers enjoy writing for the love of the process – not for the purpose of “optimizing” the content for search engines. The process of optimizing makes writers feel stifled, non-creative and cheap. Sort of like not wanting to go to Wal-Mart to save money even though you know that things are a heck of a lot cheaper there. Abhijeet offered a fantastic list of SEO tools that you can use to come up with high-value keywords for your posts. One of those tools that I would highly recommend to all bloggers is the Google Adwords tool.
google adwords tool

02. Engage the blogosphere everyday
When you post a thoughtful comment on someone else’s blog, not only will the blogger probably check you out, but so will readers who like your comment. The general rule is to only post on blogs that allow you to include your URL, be positive and always compliment the blogger, and finally always reference one or two important points in the blogger’s post – this proves that you actually read the article and found it interesting. A well written comment can go a very long way toward immediately attracting interested readers to your own blog.

03. Become an member of forum community
Effective way to get instant traffic to your blog is to engage forum communities filled with folks who share an interest in the topic that your blog covers. Simply engage in a conversation with forum members. Once you prove to the forum administrators that your goal in engaging the forum community is to have a conversation and not just advertise yourself, they’ll be far more willing to let you quote (and link) from your own blog every now and then. But the first step at any forum is just to get engaged in a quality conversation with other folks. Forums can help in a lot of ways. Readers who find your comment interesting may click on your profile to check out who you are – and there, they’ll find the URL to your blog.

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Forget about all of the silly instant marketing gimmicks that you find online from “SEO experts” that claim they can get you thousands of visitors a day. The unfortunate fact is that these are typically scams that use spamming techniques that’ll get you penalized by Google in the end. The most effective way to “grow” your blog in a very organic and long-lasting way is to make sure all of your content is optimized, and then start spending an hour or so a day just engaging the online community that shares your interests.
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Fake Facebook pages

July 26th, 2009

Article on Mashable

Yesterday, while I’m reading all those online blogs as usual, I find this interesting post on Mashable that I would like to share with others.
No wonder Facebook has become a popular social media network tool in the world, as long as there’s internet access, it’s not difficult to find a Facebook user. It becomes a social network online application between friends, collegues, relatives…etc. More than 250 million users in the world, the site is host to thousands of celebrity fan pages.
“On Saturday Bill Gates revealed that he’s not a Facebook user, and many other famous names are notably absent from the site. Which leads us to wonder…what might those pages look like?”
Fake Facebook page - Barack Obama
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FlashMoto…Content Management System in Flash

July 25th, 2009

FlashMoto is a groundbreaking script based on Adobe’s ever popular Flash. As more and more websites turn to Flash for enhanced UI, visual effects, and heightened creativity, there have not been many frameworks for developers to work with and base their applications around Flash.


FlashMoto lets Flash developers create Flash websites that are easy to maintain and update. Via a convenient admin panel you can edit any content of your website including sounds, website structure, image galleries and much more. FlashMoto CMS will make your website absolutely SEO-friendly due to the rewritable URLs and deep linking.

Choose the right CMS

July 2nd, 2009

Article on Web Designer Depot

Content Management Systems have become one the internet’s most powerful web developer tools since PHP. In a market where websites need to be built faster and easier, many developers are turning to Open Source CMS to get the job done. Unfortunately there are now thousands of CMS’s floating around the web and finding the right one has become somewhat of an ordeal.

Top 5 Content Management Systems
Drupal
Drupal is easily the most functional open source CMS. It allows for the editing of content directly on the page, and is easily extended through the use of modules.
Drupal
Wordpress
Wordpress began as a simple blogging system but has grown into one of the most powerful CMS’s on the Internet. The administration interface which has become so easy to use for millions of bloggers translates over to extended versions of Wordpress. As developers have realized its potential to act as a user friendly CMS, many plugins and extensions have been produced.
Wordpress
Radiant CMS
A simple CMS powered by Ruby on Rails, offer minimum functionality for small development teams, which allows those who know how to write Ruby on Rails to easily customize their own systems.
Radiant
Magento
An especially effective e-commerce content management system. Offers features above and beyond normal e-commerce systems such as virtue-cart.
Magento
Silverstripe
A simplistic CMS, with a growing community. Easy to customize and change. Shows potential to match other systems such as Drupal, but not quite there yet. Great user interface.
Silverstripe

What is CMS and why to use?
A Content Management System (CMS) is a Web application that uses a database (usually MySQL) or other methods to create, edit, and store HTML content in a manageable way. Content is created and edited on the web in an administration portion of the web application (referred to as the Backend). The resulting content is then displayed to the viewers on the regular site (referred to as the Frontend).
Several possible reasons for using a Content Management System, but the main reason for using a CMS is to make creating and editing of content simple and easy. A good CMS will allow you to spend more time focused on the design of the frontend then on implementing extensions or functionality.

What to Look for in CMS
Important things to look for in a content management system:
01. Quick and easy installation
02. Simple administration interface
03. Quick and easy extension of CMS for extra functionality
04. Simple template manipulation
05. Helpful user community

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Wordpress 2.8 is now available

June 14th, 2009

wordpress 2.8

Wordpress version 2.8 is named for noted trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker, was release on June 10th. 2.8 is way faster to use, lots of feature and improvement on themes, widgets, taxonomies, and overall speed. Full list of over 180 new features, changes, upgrades, and improvements on Wordpress Codex. Article Extensive Wordpress 2.8 Getting Started Guide @ Tripwire Magazine.

Download Wordpress 2.8

Wordpress TV

March 14th, 2009

“On WordPress.tv, you’ll find tutorials for both WordPress self-installs and WordPress.com to help you get blogging fast and hassle-free. We’ve kicked things off with the basics — now you can shape what comes next. Just drop us a line and let us know what you’d like to see added. WordPress.tv is also now the place to find all that awesome WordCamp footage that was floating around the web without a home. See the presentations you missed and get a peek at behind-the-scenes action. We call it WordCampTV.

I hope you’ll consider WordPress.tv not just a support resource, but also a place to hang out and keep up with all the geeky goodness going on in the WordPress community. Tune in regularly for fresh content and updates to the WordPress.tv blog.”