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An Introduction to Barcodes and Why They Have Become So Important


The barcodes that are attached to clothing items and any other type of merchandise that you are purchasing are a series of printed line bars that vary in width. These are used to identify the item and each item will have its very own barcode. The bars are normally spaced evenly with a specific width that represents the information which is stored in binary digits. These codes can be decoded by a laser or optical scanner which is attached to a computer network. When the scanner scans the bar code the information within the code is transferred to the computer screen.

A barcode is actually part of a complete set that includes a computer, software, scanners, printers and labels. The printers are either thermal transfer printers or direct printers. Mobile terminals can also be used for mobile data acquisition. These come with a built-in scanner as well as a reader, a display unit and keyboard. The Point-of-sale area is also equipped with a barcode system such as high output laser or optical barcode scanners and some have trigger devices for hands-free scanning.

Barcode Software

The software that is used to create the barcodes will vary according to the operating system that is used on the computer. Microsoft Windows is the easiest operating system to find software for. Even so, Apple Macintosh computers offer the best barcode creating software. These computers are perfectly suited for DTP, prepress as well as the graphics segment. Barcode symbology is what the barcode has to incorporate. This is the barcode language that makes the automatic calculations and multiple output options which support the image formats such as PNG, TIFF, JPG and EPS (post-script).

Even though dedicated barcode generators provide the best solutions there are cheaper options that include barcode fonts. Even though this is an option, business owners cannot expect the same quality of barcodes with these fonts.

When choosing software, it is important to keep in mind that it needs to be highly specific and selected according to the application. What this means is that there is different software for print logos, sequential barcodes as well as barcodes that offer product images next to them.

Barcode Scanners

There are many types of barcode scanners available on the market today. The very first barcode scanners were referred to as magic wands as a nickname to their look. These were adorned with a single light-emitting diode (LED) plus a single photo detector. The entire barcode needed to be swiped in order for the want to have the ability to decipher the code. In today’s world the most desired are laser scanners. These utilize a moving laser beam that reads the barcode accurately even though it has super fast speed. Small businesses may not use these as they are often times out of reach price wise. If money is a concern these business owners can opt for the less expensive CCD scanners which use a row of LEDs and photo detectors.

Barcode Printers

Barcode are stuck to products so that they are easily identified when scanned. They are printed on self-adhesive labels using barcode printers. These printers come in two forms: Thermo Transfer Printers and Thermo Direct Printers. The thermo direct prints the barcode directly on the label using heat and light. This is somewhat reminiscent of the first fax machines. Optimal for small barcode print jobs, these barcodes are normally not kept for a long period of time.

Thermo transfer printers utilize heat sensitive ribbons that are placed between the print head and the label. Applying heat to the ribbon creates the transfer of ink from the ribbon to the label. The cost of these labels is more than the direct version but they are more durable. This type requires ink and ribbon which must be replaced from time to time.


Source by Neil T Jones

Professional Website Design Companies Give Technical Edge Over Others


Now that there are a number of websites in the virtual Internet world, standing tall in the group and keeping competition at bay becomes a bit difficult. The only recourse is to avail the services of a professional website design company.

What are the ingredients of a professional website? A professional website is not only appealing to the visitors but also efficient and effective at closing the deals and generates revenue for the website owner. Giving a professional look to the website is what is expected from a professional website design company.

Is the website Design Company really professional or just claims to be professional? This can be known by the feedback and the testimonials from the earlier clients of the website designing company. It is better to seek this information directly from the client rather than blindly trust what is being mentioned in the website.

Making the best user of the latest technical advancements for the efficiency of the website is the mark of a genuine professional web design company. This kind of web design firm sees to optimize the utility of the website and design it on the basis of study of the final website users. When the professional website design company is technically sound the efficiency of the website is seen on two fronts, the viewer’s perspective and search engine (SE) perspective.

Viewer’s perspective:

The web 2 content technology facilitates the website designer with the following features:

1. Creation of logos that can appeal strongly and remembered by the visitors

2. Decoration of the web page with latest template design styles and attractive background

3. Attraction through colorful boxes that highlight special offers and business information

4. Alteration of the font color, font type and font size

5. Attraction is more effective than the looks of the website based on the technology of the past

6. Segmentation of the business can be highlighted with the help of colored boxes

7. Creation of smart and attractive icons that make the navigation easy

Search Engine Perspective

The use of CSS makes the website light in weight and quick to download. A fast downloading website is considered search engine friendly because it positively affects the ranking on the search engine list page.

Appropriate use of technology permits the web designer to make the website theme meaningful and unique. The search engines consider uniqueness as one of the criteria for indexing the search engine list.

The use of styles like web 2 design technology makes the coding style effortless, easy and with the least java script numbers.

The services of a technically adept and professional web design company can make a vast difference between a successful website and static website.

Copyright © 2010


Source by Bryan Bell

Fresh Content For Google


Google is always looking at your website for fresh content and when Google sees fresh content it tells the whole world. It’s been proved that when websites change content, their position in Google improves.

To keep your website content fresh you can:

* Pay web designers for updates, or

* Learn HTML and CSS coding and update it yourself, or

* Use a good online Content Management System.

To pay web designers is the easy way, but they have their own timetables, so your website may not get updated as quickly as you like.

You can learn HTML and CSS to update content yourself, but will it look good on all browsers? You need to keep yourself up to date with HTML and CSS as Browser versions change the rules. Will you need to buy and learn to use software like Dreamweaver?

There are many good Content Management Systems, but some are costly to install. Is there any free CMS?

Yes. Most Linux hosting plans using cPanel provide FREE installation of utility software including blogs, site builders and content management systems. Just a couple of clicks, set a password, and the system is installed ready to use.

We have tried most of these installations and found that the easiest to use is WordPress. Popular for a long time as blogging software, WordPress has been improved over time so that now the blogging can be disabled and a static page can be chosen for the home page of a website. An advantage that WordPress seems to have over some other CMS is that it constantly being updated to maintain its security. We know of other systems that get hacked.

New themes (layout and styles) are continually being written for WordPress and some of these themes have hundreds of options to change layout and style. The beauty of WordPress is that you can change themes without losing any data. Inside WordPress admin is a section for browsing and installing new themes.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is taken care of in WordPress with its Permalinks, a system of automatically making the web address of each page look search engine friendly. Instead of the URL of a page looking like yourname.com/?page_id=1234 which is bad SEO, it can look like yourname.com/mexican-vacation which is good SEO.

Some web hosting providers, like us, will install WordPress free with a theme to suit a client’s website. The client then can just type in, or copy and paste their text into a WYSIWYG box, just like in word processing. To change an existing website to WordPress, the hosting provider can copy the website to a temporary location like host.com/yourname, setup WordPress at yourname.com, then you just copy from host.com/yourname and paste into yourname.com.

The WYSIWG text area has two tabs, “Visual” and “HTML” so that you can see the HTML coding of what you have entered. Of course you can even enter your own HTML.

When you add new pages you can choose to have them as main pages or subsidiary to main pages, and you can decide on the order in which pages are listed. You can set a hierarchical system of subjects and sections.

There are also icons for uploading and positioning images and other media. One trap is that you are allowed to upload images of any size and let WordPress optimize the image to fit the place where you want to display it, while storing the original image. That’s OK, but if you upload hundreds of poster sized photos of 2 megabytes each you can quickly fill up the disk space of your hosting plan. We advise using your graphics program to optimize your photos to the best size for your web page before uploading them to your website.

The WordPress theme that we use allows two left and two right side-bars, which with the center area makes a five column web page, although we don’t know any one who uses four side bars.

Other layout options include fixed width pages or percentage width pages, font families, font colors, font sizes, font styles, link effects, background colors, background images, header images, alternating header images, text over header images, logos and favicons.

The navigation can be across the top before or after the header image, down a side bar, or both. Colors and borders and hover colors of navigation buttons can be set. Widgets (items in the side bars) can include text links, image links or both. Links can be divided into categories, some with images, and some without.

SEO options include setting title, description and keyword tags, and whether the page title shows before or after the website title in the title tag. The title tag can be one of the most important areas of a web page for search engines.

For the keen there is also an option to add your own lines of CSS. In brief, the theme is totally customizable.

The biggest advantage of WordPress as a content management system is that in a few minutes you can add fresh content to your website. Search engines like Fresh Content.


Source by Ken McKay

Computer Programming Languages Made Easy


Programming computer languages typically belong to any of the two types- compiled and interpreted. Compiled programming languages are implemented by using compilers, which are translators that generate machine code from source code. The compiler can translate the source code into intermediate form, which is known as byte code. In interpreted programming languages, the programs are not directly executed by the host CPU, but they are executed by a software program called interpreter.

It is advisable to start with programming for beginners like BASIC. There are several basic compilers and interpreters along with commercial programming like Visual Basics from Microsoft.

Though there are several types of BASIC, it is advisable to start with QBASIC. In order to run QBASIC, you need to get to DOS and then find out the icon “MS-DOS”. Double click on it so that you can get “C://WINDOWS>. Type QBASIC and press the enter key. If you get a blue screen with something like guide, it means that you are ready to program.

If you want to learn programming with a simple syntax, you can go for LOGO. LOGO is used for functional programming. It is known for its turtle graphics, which is a method of programming vector graphics by using a cursor. You can build more complex shapes like squares, circles, triangles and other figures with the help of this language.

Though there are many good beginners programming languages, it is worth selecting C, C++, BASIC and Java, which are great for learning and support. C is a popular programming language that has facilities for structured programming. It features a static type system to prevent unintended operations. C++ is a compiled general purpose programming language and is an enhancement of the C programming language. It offers more than 30 operators, which cover basic arithmetic, comparisons, logical operations and manipulation. JAVA derives much of its syntax from C and C++. The Java applications are compiled to byte code and they can be run on any JAVA virtual machine, irrespective of the computer architecture. Modula 2 is a great teaching language that is ideal, if you want the power of C++ and the friendly syntax of BASIC.

It is advisable to have an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that supports several languages for the purpose of editing, in addition to indenting and syntax highlighting. Integrated Development Environment is also known as Integrated Debugging Environment that offers you some facilities for developing software applications. An IDE consists of a source code editor, a compiler interpreter, automation tools and debugger.

The source code editor is designed to edit the source code of the computer programs. It simplifies the process of inputting the source code, by auto completing and bracket matching functionalities. Build automation helps to compile source code into binary code. It runs tests and creates release notes. Debugger is used to test and debug other programs. It offers some sophisticated functions like running a program step by step and pausing the program to examine the present state.

When you are just getting started it is essential that you learn the basics of computer programming. This will enable you to gain a solid foundation upon which to build you knowledge and experience.


Source by Steven Winters

A Day in the Life of (This) User Experience Designer – Part I


What do I do and how do I do it? – Part I

It’s hard to write about yourself and what you live and breathe every day, but here’s a shot. My design work pretty much comes down to really sticking to a process. And the best process that I’ve found for problem solving, which is essentially “what I do” (I’m just fortunate that the solution happens to be something engaging and visual for the user experience), is a process I learned way back in design school – it’s called the I-D-E-A-T-E Design Loop. Many designers/agencies use the word “ideate” as more of a verb – “to create an idea.” Also, they often have their own snazzy names for the pieces of this loop, but they are all nearly identical. What’s important is that there IS a process because this is what really helps us designers navigate a creative initiative through organizations or businesses with many different players.

It never ceases to amaze me how useful this cycle has been for not only design related problems, but many other types of simple daily problems, like…planning a trip or shopping around for the best deal on a car. It’s all about focusing on what we’re trying to accomplish, and coming up with a solid game plan to make decisions, take action, and step back to evaluate success.

I – Identify the problem.

D – Develop a design brief.

E – Explore possible alternatives.

A – Accumulate and assess the alternatives.

T – Try out the solution. OR – Test the alternatives.

E – Evaluate the results.

“Rinse. Repeat as needed.” It’s really that simple.

Ok, so “what does that all mean?” Let’s explore each of these steps.

I-Identify the problem.

To get to the end, we have to know what we’re shooting for. It’s much easier to carve a path to that end if we write down or formally declare our ultimate mission, so that we can continually refer to it as we go along and ensure we’re on track. I begin by finding out what my clients see as their design problems or issues.

* Listen. Watch. Observe. I gather, absorb and digest what they have to share on insights, research or findings about user behavior, the usability experience, and feedback in order to see if the problems are actually problems and not just symptoms of a bigger problem, or sometimes not really the problem at all. This stage is also where good note-taking comes in very handy.

* If I’m working on a team with other usability professionals, we share ideas and knowledge about other similar problems or projects we’ve encountered in our collective experience, to check for any similar patterns.

* Then, Assess. I minimally assess the situation based on what I now know. I start noting areas of concern and trying to itemize the issues uncovered in the information gathering sessions.

* For anything I don’t understand, I ask follow-up questions and do further research. Dig. Scour. Search the marketplace. Ask around too.

* Then finally, I Assess again (because what I thought I knew might not be quite spot on). We can then begin to hypothesize what might be the problem and move on to developing the Design Brief.

Stay tuned for Part II of ‘A day in the life of [this] user experience designer’ as I discuss the ‘D’ in my acrostic – develop a design brief. So come on back. There’s a lot I have to share.


Source by Karen Fojas Lee

Availing the Services of Appropriate Website Designing Company


The demand of customized website designers is on the rise because business identities, non government organization, government organizations and even individuals are queuing up to get a website of their own. There are many web design companies offering web design services.

Which web design company should one hire for getting the web page designed? Selection of the right company can be difficult but not impossible. Some of the vital factors that need to be considered for this selection are as follows.


If the costing is higher than the possible return on investment (ROI), it can lead to loss. If the costing is cheap then there are chances of the ROI not being optimized and inferior kind of website. One needs to clarify with the company about other services being included in the package. The Website features, the content and the services like hosting play a pivotal role in costing. Some of the key issues pertaining to costing of website design are cost of the entire project, monthly fee for hosting the website, customization, writing the content, multiple concepts or a single concept prior to web designing, and finally the comparison of quotes from different professional companies.

After Sales Service:

This is one of the crucial factors that need to be considered before placing the order with any company. If the company does not pay any attention to the performance of the website on the internet and is not accessible by the customer it reflects that the website design company is not interested in any feedback from the customer. Customer service is indispensable for web site development, good will and finally referral market. A website is a virtual creation on the internet, but the customer service should be realistic.


The good will of any web design company is dependent on some indicators also known as credibility indicators such as 24/7 customer service, telephone support, google ranking, contract, fulfilling of the commitment and finally the feedback from the customers who have already availed their services.


The web design company should have enough experience of servicing the client of the same industry. This is needed to know the prospective consumer behavior and market segment to be targeted. This helps in the customization of the website and optimizing the return on investment. Lack of experience can lead to waste of time, money and effort.


The additional services such as web hosting, registration of domain and SEO are also offered by many company under a single roof. This plays an important role in costing and also catering to the customer needs. One of the best examples is about a client asking for changes in the website.


The website has to keep pace with the changing technology. Usually it takes a month or two to complete the designing of a website and host it on the internet. If it takes longer time the competitors move ahead at offering the services to your customers and as a consequence you lose business.

Haste is waste. A quickly designed website can be harmful to the business too. The turnaround time for designing the web page should be justified.

Copyright © 2010


Source by Alex N Baker

Laptop Skin – Dress Up Your Laptop With Unique Skins


Want to stand out among all the other laptop users on your next coffee shop visit? You can do so with laptop skins. They are decorative laminates for your laptop’s outer surface, similar to a decorative sticker. It is usually made of thin elastic material so that it stretches firmly across your laptop. Some companies even offer suede skins for their customers. It protects your laptop from scratches from constant use and transport. Plus, it earns you some serious style points!

What are the available designs?

Laptop skins can come in plain, basic colors which is perfect for people who just want a cover for their laptop. Usually, this type of skin bears the logo of a company or the maker of the skin. Others who prefer to use the skin to decorate their laptop can choose from different elaborate designs and colors. Many websites offer design themes such as animal prints, retro, nature, graffiti, patterns, flowers, vector-type and sports. Some skins even bear masterpiece artworks such as the Mona Lisa, Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. A few companies even offer customization jobs where people can send in their designs or even photos to be made into skins. With the many design options available in the market, there is something out there that fits your personality.

Buying tips

1. Choose a removable laptop skin that can be safely removed without leaving spots or damage.

2. Choose laptop skins made of high quality material to effectively protect against dust and scratches. If you work in a cold environment, look for a neoprene skin which provides insulation.


Source by Ilse Hagen

How an Affordable Website Design Can Benefit Your Business


These days, most small businesses are realizing they need to jump on the digital bandwagon and join the ever-growing online community. The Internet is the only dynamic advertising medium around that’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you have your site up and running your website begins working for you non-stop. With hundreds of millions of searches being performed each day it is crucial that small business make the move now to take advantage of this incredible opportunity for exposure and growth.

The Challenge –

Most small businesses don’t have the capital of fortune 500 companies, to put forth as a long-term investment. There is a common misconception among most small business owners that in order to have a successful and thriving online presence they need to invest anywhere from $3000 to $10,000 in up front costs. I am here to tell you that there are a number of ways to establish your web presence for as little as $50/month.

Affordable Website Design Options

The Free Affordable Website Design Site

There are currently a number of free resources online that will allow you to create your own website generally limited to the templates that each company will provide. This option is generally best suited for an individual with a hobby who is not really concerned with the long-term prospect of their online presence.


  1. The most obvious is that its free
  2. Your hosting is also free


  1. Customization Limitations – With a free website builder your will generally be given a number of set template options to choose from. Initially this might seem like a good thing, but if you are serious about brand identity for your company this tends to be a problem.
  2. Technical Savvy – Generally most people do not have the tech background required to utilize all of the tools provided in an effective manner. Commonly people will get half way through the design process and realize that this not what they initially signed up for, leaving frustrated and without a finished product.
  3. You Don’t Own Your Website – This is a big one, especially when thinking in terms of long-term goals. When you create a website on free website builder platform you don’t own that website. If for some reason the company goes under, the website goes with them. Many times companies will start out with a number of free options but as they grow they start introducing limitations that only allow users a limited number of options on the free version. As technology evolves so do the tools that you are utilizing and these companies have the power to change their minds about what options they want to support for free.
  4. Internet Marketing Problems – One of the biggest mistakes that small business owners make is not buying their own domain name. They will use something like JoesHomeGarden.weebly.com as their domain and think nothing of it. The value of your website is always carried in the domain name itself. So if you are marketing for a domain name that belongs to another company you are actually doing their own marketing for them for free. This is the reason that free online website builders exist, they have created a system where their clients are doing the work for them. As mentioned before is this website is going to be used to display artwork that you do as a hobby on the side, its not really a big deal. But if you are an established company that is planning on growing your online identity for the next few years you need to make sure that you own your domain name.
  5. Poor website performance– Your website may crash frequently due to overloaded host servers.

The Next level Up in Affordable Website Design

If you are still reading this you’re probably seeking to gain a more established long-term online presence. The current market is saturated with website design companies that will charge you anywhere from $300 to $100,000 for a website. The question is… how do you know what company to choose?

Many of the big name companies recognized for their hosting and domain names services also offer a website design option. Generally their services tend not to be executed as well as that of a smaller local website design company. This is because the “website design” product that they are offering is just a side shoot of their primary services and thus does not generally get as much attention from the department heads in terms of product development and tends to be shoddy and have the “cookie cutter” appearance.

Your best bet is to find a small to midsized company that specializes specifically in website design and Internet marketing. This is something that they do everyday, and generally these website design companies will be able to provide you with better customer service and attention to detail specific to your personal needs.


  1. You will own your domain name– Owning your own domain name is imperative as cited above. It is always in your best interest to create your own account, purchase your own domain, and work with your website design company to get the information updated as needed to connect your domain name to your host.
  2. Your website can be Customized to fit your needs – Working with a small to midsized company will allow you to be able to get customizations like custom designed galleries, and unique interactive widgets that are not generally available at the others.
  3. No design hassle or technical skills necessary – Small companies know how to communicate with those that have limited technical knowledge.
  4. Personalized Approach – You will generally be dealing with one person, instead of being passed around from sales to design then to tech and to billing.
  5. High Quality Design – Smaller design companies spend a lot of time on the design aspect of a website. Because they are smaller they are generally not limited to the monopoly mentality experienced at a corporate design firm that values speed over value.
  6. Website Built for Search Engine Efficiency– Extra care is will be put into all aspects of your website including the infrastructure and focus on how search engines interact with your website to gain the most optimum visibility.


  1. You have to pay or this service
  2. 24/7 Support may not be available
  3. Smaller companies don’t have the resources to support a 24/7 staff. Although they will generally resolve your issues faster because of the unique skill sets acquired by a smaller staff.
  4. Development time may take 2-3 weeks
  5. Rather than a few days, largely due to attention to detail on your project.

Always do your research when committing to a design company. With some preliminary research I guarantee that you will save yourself hours of hassle with a company that either doesn’t provide what you need, or doesn’t care enough to get the job done right.


Source by Thomas Belnap

Digital Signage – How Sticky is Your Content? Part I


Congratulations. You’ve completed your first digital signage playlist. Lots of interesting pages with attractive graphics, easy-to-read text, and a neatly placed logo.

You sit at your desk marveling for a moment, considering what you’ve accomplished. Sipping your hot coffee as you review each page one last time, you reach into the sack you grabbed earlier in the morning at the corner bakery for your favorite pastry -a freshly baked cinnamon bun drizzled with delectable sugary glazing.

Inspecting your pages, you bring the bun to your mouth. Right before sinking your teeth into it, you see the glazing has affixed the bakery tissue used to remove the treat from the bakery display case to your pastry. Without a second thought, you peel the sticky, thin paper away, take your bite and imagine your boss’s delight at seeing the product of your digital signage labor.

As you reach down to click through to the next page in the playlist, the tissue -stuck to your finger by the sweet bun glazing- tags along for the ride. You notice the unwelcome passenger, but not before clicking your mouse and smearing the sticky substance from your finger and bakery tissue onto the mouse button. Agitated, you grab the tissue with your other, clean hand, peel the bakery tissue from your mouse and finger and throw it down on your desk.

Calming down, you grab a cleaning wipe, pick up your mouse, rest your elbows on your desk and carefully clean up the minor mess before noticing the time and racing off to your boss’s office for a meeting to review the new digital signage content.

Upon entering her office, she catches you off guard with her observation. “I’ve reviewed your digital signage presentation,” she says in a tone signaling her dissatisfaction. “Tell me, why on earth would a customer ever give our digital signs a second look?” Before you can answer, she instructs you to give it another try. “Build in a reason to keep them coming back for another look,” she advises.

As you acknowledge her request and turn to leave, you hear her say. “By the way, what’s that stuck to your elbow? It looks like a piece of tissue paper.” As you close her office door, you see the bakery tissue glued to your sleeve and realize the only thing sticky about the content you dealt with today was the glazing of the cinnamon bun you removed from the bakery bag.

What are the things that can make your digital signage content sticky? Like Web developers looking to attract repeated visits to their sites, digital signage content developers must remember the importance of earning a second, third and even fourth look from their audiences.

What content can you develop or tap into that sticks in your viewers’ minds, not unlike the pesky bakery tissue did to everything it touched? What steps can you take to create or tap into existing desire on the part of your viewers to glance at your signs whenever they walk into your shop, sit in your service area or traverse the aisles of your store?

Those are the types of questions you should be asking yourself as you contemplate creating your digital content. Please stick around, because I’ll address some of them and give you a few concrete suggestions about making your digital signage content sticky.


Source by David Little

"Pimp Your Site" Bling Bling Baby! Web Design Basics



Choosing a web design sometimes can be tedious if you don’t have the right resources or you simply don’t know how. First off you need to differentiate what theme you’re going to have. Is it going to be for personal use or for business.

Of course you don’t want to put stuff about the stock market on your personal site or Sponge Bob square pants on your business site. The layout, image, navigation and the overall look and feel should be appropriate to what your trying to accomplish. I remember when I first built my web site

Man! It looked really bad and every time I looked at it it gave me a headache. It took a lot of tweaking before it finally looked decent.

One thing I noticed though was that people liked a good web design with quality content and easy navigation.

These two factors are very important (Good Web Design + Quality Content) you need to balance your site where your visitors get comfortable using your site.

Below are some of the guidelines I followed while building my website:

LOOK AND FEEL – First impressions count! Now if your site is ugly people might not even read your content and could just simply click the back button or close the window. It’s like what I said, you need to balance your site with quality content and good graphics. Avoid using duplicate web sites or templates that everybody has. Keep your site unique, clean and don’t include too much advertising.

GRAPHICS AND COLORS – OK! folks this is very important! Many webmasters fail on this one. Your graphics should relate to your subject. If your talking about power tools in your topic you can’t just use a bunch of purse and shoe images right?

What you want to do is find an image of power tools or an image that relates to your topic and put it on right or left hand side of your content. Now using colors is very important too, but be very careful on this one. Personally I would only used two or three combinations of colors and it needs to match the overall look and feel.

Let’s say that your website’s company logo or your top image is blue. You might want to stick with the colors that will match your overall look and feel. You can use red arrows or red check mark images as your bullet points and use light gray on your main navigation image.

This is just an example, of course, use your own judgment. You could also use a third eye. You might want to ask your mother-in-law to take a look at your site. Oh! boy…Well that’s a different story…

What I’m trying to say is if you use multiple colors your web site will end up looking like a clown. Just imagine your self wearing a red blazer, purple pants, green tie, polka dots socks and blue shoes. Everything would be off right? Not a good sight. Also you’ll want to avoid using bright or loud colors that might hurt your visitors eyes or could even give them a migraine.

CLEAN LAYOUT DESIGN – The background of your web site is also a big part of your overall layout. As you may notice most big companies on the internet use white backgrounds. Google, Yahoo, and eBay these companies are multi-Billion Dollars companies and they all use white backgrounds and there’s a reason for that.

White backgrounds are pretty standard in web design, because it’s clear, clean and easy to read. Make sure you check your site for browser compatibility like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, Opera and so on..

EASY NAVIGATION – Navigation links on your site play a big role in determining the main menu of your site. You should keep your main menu together as much as possible so that your visitors know what the next page will contain..

Many well known web sites on the internet keep their major links so that they appear on the top navigation bar. They are all in related section links and are listed on the right hand side menu. Make sure that your site has footers (links at the bottom of your site) so your visitors can easily go back up or go to the next page for other related links.

MINIMUM LOAD TIME – Make sure your web site load time is minimum considering many people are still using dial-up (especially outside the US). By minimizing your graphics, flash, video, and MP3 it will help your site to load faster. If necessary use some kind of compression software.

CONTENT IS KING – You’ve probably heard this over and over again but it’s true. Good content attracts visitors and your visitors will come back again and again. After all, the internet is all about INFORMATION, INFORMATION, INFORMATION.


Source by Albert Hallado

10 Benefits of Graphic Recording


Graphic recording is a tool for turning the intangible into the tangible it is a process and a product.

The process part is due to the graphic recorder transforming the spoken word into the visual. A graphic recorder listens intently to the conversation pen in hand and illustrates what they hear using pictures, words and color. This helps people collaborate and feel listened to creating a safe environment for new ideas.

The product part comes from the colorful output that is created. A complete digital capture of the illustrations created by the graphic recorder are compiled into a pdf that all participants receive after the event.

This process is hugely beneficial to any meeting of the minds and some of these benefits are outlined below.

1. Promotes Clear Thinking

Graphic records promote the clear thinking and good decision making that come when people can really ‘see what you mean’, and also see what they mean.

2. Provides Group Memory

A record of graphics captures the contents of a meeting in an engaging fashion and serves as an effective touchstone for recalling accomplishments and educating others.

3. Help Group Focus and Track

A graphic record provides a clear indication of what is being addressed by the group at any given moment, which aids participants to know where they are at and stay focused on the task at hand.

4. Increased Creativity

Recording graphics increases the ability to manifest ideas within an environment that unleashes the unlimited potential of the mind. As it uses both sides of the brain it opens up a relationship with the subconscious and allows thoughts and intuitions to flow freely. Visual Thinking builds connections with mnemonics and imagery eliciting the responses necessary to access these reservoirs.

5. Greater Efficiency and Productivity

Information discussed within a graphically recorded environment is more clearly understood, maximizing the time and efficiency of the “group mind.” With a greater grasp on individual roles and tasks, participants leave with a far better ability to reach goals and objectives. Graphic recording enables you to collect complex data in an integrated form on a single sheet of paper, increasing the opportunity to make informed decisions.

6. Greater Memory Retention and Comprehension – Scientifically proven studies show that simultaneous visuals increase participation and information comprehension. Add dimensions of real-time performance, radiant thinking (the brains natural process of thinking), metaphor, and mnemonics and comprehension is off the scale.

7. Documentation/ Product Creation

Recording graphics creates a real-time digital capture of the conversation. Clients receive an accurate recording of all the information harvested during programs that can be referred to at any time thereafter. These tools act as great memory tool that allow our clients to receive a cohesive understanding of what has been achieved.

8. Pattern recognition and understanding

Graphic recording is key in tapping the under utilized areas of the brain, boosting the creative IQ, the emotional IQ, assimilation of information, habit patterns and overall intelligence and mental performance.

9. Plays to your audience

Above 80% of us are visual learners. When we see it, we “get it.” Graphic recording provides critical information in an easy to understand format, predictable to the eye and organized for the brain. The faster participants understand your messages, the quicker and easier the agenda proceeds.

10. Seeing the Big Picture

A large graphical view of the discussion allows the group to notice relationships, identify themes, and spot gaps, all resulting in new insights. With more information on the page than could be held in the mind, people engage in higher level thinking and debate focused on solutions that truly consider the big picture.

As you can SEE the benefits of graphic recording are phenomenal no wonder the use of a graphic recorder or graphic facilitator is starting to become the norm in the top fortune 500 companies globally. In this new age of communication and community a tool like this is vital to ensuring you get the most out of your people’s time and effort.


Source by Paul Telling

Building a Membership-Based Website


There are two types of websites you can build to make money instantly.One is a membership-based website and the other one is a mini-website. They both do the same thing, the difference is the size and way it is developed.

Setting up a membership-based website does not have to be hard to do. It does take work initially, but once everything is done and in place, you just need to maintain it, which won’t take all that much time setting it up did. There are really two ways to set up a membership-based website. One way is for sites that have a small number of users, while the other way deals with sites that cater to the general public.

A website that is set up for a select few members is often times for personal reasons, like for sharing info. Family and friends get to log in and read content that you have prepared for them. For this type of site you may want to establish password protection. This way only those you want the accessibility of seeing your content can do so.

If setting up a password protected section is what you wish to do, you need to know how to do it.

Check with your web hosting company. They usually have a system in place to password-protect certain directories. They normally provide a control panel where you can go in and establish what directory you want protected. The best choice is to call your web host and request their assistance in setting up your website for password protection.

There is another way to password-protect your website. And that is to use a content management system or CMS. If you are setting up a website that will cater to a large amount of people, you will want to purchase a CMS like Joomla, WordPress, CMS Builder, or Article Manager.

Before getting into how to prosper with a mini-website, it is a great idea to learn what they are and how to build one. Once this has been clarified, you can learn the ways to use them to make lots of money.

A mini-site is a small website that is targeted to a specific market niche. This website tends to sell a single product to that niche market.

Most mini-sites are made with about three pages. There is the front or sales page, the payment page, and the thank you page. The thank you page is where the user is directed after the payment has been processed. Some mini-sites include a squeeze page. This page requests the user to enter his name and email address so this info can be collected right up front. Then once that info has been entered, the user is sent to the sales page.

In order to get your mini-site set up, you will need some kind of HTML editor. The choice of editor will depend on your likes and dislikes. You may like one type over another. Whatever you choose, make sure it is one that is comfortable to use, user-friendly, and not complicated. The next tool you will need is a graphics program. This is because you will need to create a logo for your website and perhaps your e-book, if you sell one at your site. If you know how to design graphics, you are one step ahead. If not, but you know someone who does, even better.

However, there are programs on the market that create mini-sites for you. This means the program already has an extensive amount of templates set up for you to use for your site. You might want to look into these programs.

The next tool you will need is an auto responder. Now, I cannot recommend any type of system. There are so many. What I would suggest is that you look up in Google and use the keyword “autoresponder,” and see what comes up. Then go to each site and do some research. You are bound to find one that will fit your budget and your needs.


Source by William Yee