What Web Platforms Will Grow Most In The Years Ahead? Starting a successful website from scratch is almost always harder than it seems. While there are now a lot of platforms designed to help with the actual design process (even if you can’t code at all), nailing down a concept that will attract visitors and/or generate revenue is difficult. It requires regular management, savvy financial strategies, engaging content and, most of all, a good idea. Now, if we could predict the next wave of popular websites and then build them to perfection, we’d be doing quite well. Again, this is all easier said than done. But sometimes it pays to look ahead and speculate as to what types of web platforms we’ll need more of in the coming years, in the hopes it might just spark a unique idea. Apart from the continued growth of the WordPress platform, these are [...]
Photografica - Web design Sunshine Coast The Internet is a great tool for communication, freedom of speech and democracy (as well as commerce and entertainment of course). On the Internet, everyone is equal (at least in theory) and everyone can have a voice! Getting heard is another issue, but for now, let’s look at how we get our own little patch of turf on the net. What’s involved in having a website? There are three main elements in getting a web site up and running. Let's take them one by one. Domain Name Registration The first is a domain name. An example of a domain name would be mywebsite.com. The first step then, towards a website, is registering a domain name. Fortunately this is very easy. There are many Licensed Registrars that sell domain names. Hosting companies often give away free domain names when you purchase a hosting package. And [...]
Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR. I have been playing with my new iPhone all weekend, and digging around on the net for useful apps and the like. During my travels I came across this very useful little slide show app, not necessarily for the iPhone, but it's getting to the point where automated galleries for web sites and blogs are the only way to go. I'm sure if I researched this area some more, I'd find a wealth of this sort of app out there. Sure beats building a gallery by yourself.
I've finally joined Twitter. I thought I'd be an eternal hold out, as I've never been a fan of Facebook, and figured Twitter was much the same. but after using it for a few days, I'm just beginning to see it's quite different from Facebook, and has an awful amount of potential, both privately and in the business realm. I read recently a persuasive blog post that valued Twitter in the 5-10 Billion $ range. That's pretty staggering. Of course, to be that valuable, business has to be involved pretty heavily, and anytime business gets involved things tend to lose a lot of shall we say quality, and end up being a lot more like tarts on the street corner flirting their wares. So it will no doubt be with Twitter. Every company under the sun now tweets, and for the life of me I can't quite see where the [...]
Net neutrality is on the agenda. BIG TIME! ISPs are already making decisions in their daily practices that completely go against the principle of net neutrality. For a couple of years now they have been throttling torrent and other P2P traffic. And I can almost understand their point of view. Internet piracy is rampant, and the amount of traffic from P2P apps must be very large indeed and overloading their networks. But ISPs generally charge people for a fixed amount of data per month, and why should they interfere in how we as use that data? Why do they think they have a right to control our use of the Internet. It’s not really their job is it… The basis principle of net neutrality is that ‘Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet.’ It’s the [...]
Joomla is a CMS (Content Management System) that I've known about for over a year but never really explored. Until the weekend. I downloaded the latest version (1.5) and within an hour or so had installed all the neccesary components for an offline installation and got my first web site up and running. Cool. Configuring the design seems to be the part that's not straight forward, but I'm sure I'll get my head around it in time. I love the basic idea, although coming from a guy whose first introduction to web design was hand coding a html document, this is taking things a long way from home. But productivity is king, and this collection of technologies (Joomla, MySQL, Php etc) serves up one amazing little database driven website in a hurry. AND it's open source! It's not for absolute amateurs, but for anyone with a grounding in web design, [...]
In the last two days I have discovered more cool web sites than I have in the previous six months. If you haven't already stumbled upon it, stumble upon is a great way to discover new sites. I am a regular net user, and I spend a lot of time trawling the web, but it's easy to get bogged down in habit and routine. Stumble Upon breaks the habit, and throws you out into the universe to discover sites that fit with your specified interests. User rankings also strengthen the system. Of course you also get sent to some sites that are less than amazing, but with a few hours of stumbling, you'll have enough interesting sites bookmarked to spend the next month looking at. Truly inspiring stuff.
Not that I have any chance at all, but if you stumble across this post and have a kind heart, could you consider voting for me at the current Photoblog Awards? You need to register, but as long as you are not a total technophobe, it takes about 1 minute. Recognition of having a good blog is one thing, but more importantly for me at this stage is the encouragement to keep it going. I get lots of visits, but hardly any comments on my blog, which is at times quite discouraging. I could have used Flickr instead I suppose if comments was everything for me, but if you know my opinion of Flickr, you understand why. The idea that people are keeping an eye on my work is something that motivates me. SO any publicity is good isn't it. It gets more bums on seats and hopefully more comments. [...]
I just came across this little script called Lightbox 2. It looks dead simple to use and there are clearly a few possibilities when it comes to implementation if you are a photographer looking for interesting ways to present your work on your site. Check out Brisbane's Powerhouse website for an interesting example of the script in action (click the picture, obviously). It's simple, but it looks very good, no? Look out for it in action on my site soon :)
I sniffed around the edges of Flickr for several years. At first I didn't really get how it operated, then I didn't feel I had a need for it, and I found it overly large (and that was several years ago). Maybe it was a small thing like the design as well. There are so many sites, and for some reason Flickr just didn't appeal to me. Then a friend recently commented to me that they had put a lot of their pictures up and was getting good feedback. This intrigued me a little, as community and interaction are always two things I chase on the net. Information I look for when I need it - it's there already in absolutely overwhelming amounts. But a good community of people interested in photography on a deep level is somewhat harder to find. So I tried it out. By that I mean [...]