If you’re running an e-commerce website, your main goal is to get as many sales as possible to come through your site. To do this, you’re going to need to figure out how to best convert your visitors into customers or clients. [Read more…]
The time of entrepreneurship is upon us, and today’s economy includes millions of privately owned small businesses. If you happen to be one of the many business owners looking to make it in an unsteady economy, you’ll have to have a solid setup to survive.
Learn what it takes to build a strong foundation for your operation, and start making the necessary changes today. Here is a brief look at a few of the most crucial elements you need for long-term success in 21st-century business. [Read more…]
User interface is that thing, which makes the interaction between the user and the application or a website. So making it perfectly is very important for every software designer. There are some important facts in this regard. You will have to remember that creating a perfect user interface does not depend on how the interface looks. The main thing about the user interface is it should be friendly with the user. There will be no complication. More over the look should also have a good look. There are seven simple ways to make a user interface perfect. You will have to follow the instructions to create a perfect interface.
These instructions are given below that will help you to create an awesome user interface :
1. Make it simple:
The user interface you are making should have to be simple. You will have to make the interface clear. There will be no unnecessary button in the interface. You will have to make sure that the user will not need any manual to use it. The interface should have visual clarity and simplicity. [Read more…]
It all started out with a relatively small number of people who were curious about the “new profile” on Facebook. Apparently, it was supposed to tell your story much more effectively than the previous profile. Some of these early adopters learned, much to their dismay, that once you crossed over there was no turning back. Ah well. So much for reading the fine print.
I was one of those who, although somewhat intrigued by the new format, did not want to change because I already liked the way my profile looked. A few weeks later, well, what do you know? I was informed that the new design was being rolled out to me whether I liked it or not. A few friends who had skipped Facebook for a couple of days were a bit disoriented after having discovered the complete overhaul in the look of their profiles.
I didn’t really whine much because Facebook is, after all, a free service, and I never really trust freebies. To restate a friend’s wry comment, it’s “just like love, free but under certain conditions.” Nevertheless, it made me a bit cranky, because hey, I like my status updates right up there. I clear that space when I’ve got nothing to say, but when I do put something up, it’s because that’s what I want my friends to read, not those wall posts and links other people have added in my absence (no, I am not on FB 24 hours a day) that would otherwise push my status update down my wall.
Anyway, in the interest of understanding why Facebook has, once again, shaken us out of our comfort zones, let’s take a look at what has been changed and more importantly, why. A note released by one of Facebook’s employees attempts to explain these.
The new profile features:
- A quick summary of who you are (like where you live, work and grew up), right at the top of your profile
- A row of recently tagged photos so friends can see what you’ve been up to lately
- Room to highlight meaningful friendships (like teammates, co-workers or roommates)
- More of your favorite activities and interests
- The ability to tag your friends in important life experiences
I have to admit, the row of photos at the upper portion of the wall did appear somewhat stylish to me, UNTIL I realized that these were tagged photos and NOT profile pictures. Instead of snapshots of me with my friends, I could see photos of birthday calendars, items being sold online, and other inane things that I’ve been tagged in but really don’t want on my wall. There’s an option to remove pictures from the lineup, but really, do you want to spend your time clicking away, removing all of the tagged photos you don’t like?
Boxes for applications have also been done away with. Now I can’t really say I was crazy about those. In my opinion, they made pages look a tad cluttered. I do wish we still had more control over the “About Me” field. Reading about where a friend works just doesn’t interest me as much as seeing more personality on people’s pages. If I had wanted to know about employment specifics, I would have clicked on the tab for that sort of information, anyway.
In any case, the new profile design is here and it’s here to stay. Facebook hasn’t shown signs of succumbing to public clamor, so it’s either we live with it or bail out. Personally, I’m keeping my account because the new design isn’t going to kill me and Facebook is still the easiest way for me to stay in touch with my networks. Still, I’m not sure about the new look. It doesn’t seem to accomplish all that much for me, which makes me think that the new look isn’t providing the kind of function preferred by many (if not most) users.
Amidst all of the annoyed/irritated/violent status updates and comments complaining about Facebook’s new profile design, let’s try to be level-headed here. What do you think about the new look after having had a few days or weeks to get used to it? Is the purpose for the change clear, and is Facebook successful in tying up their supposed objectives with the preferences of the public?
Photos via facebook.com
I have a problem. I have too much stuff going on in my life that it is getting difficult to manage it all. So I figure that all of you professionals out there who have their lives in order (anyone?) could help me out some.
I own 3 desktop computers, 1 laptop, a Sidekick, a Blackberry and many other gadgets. How can I better manage my life? The technology is there, but the common sense seems to be missing or something.
Keith’s To-Done has been helping me out some, but I am looking for more and in the process of looking I am missing out on getting work done. My biggest problem is email. It was discussed in the comments of freelancing traits how important it is to respond to emails. I am horrible at this. I receive anywhere from 150-300 non-spam emails a day. Obviously I can’t respond to all of them and still get all my work done and maintain some type of social life.
So how do you manage it all?
During my stint as a web developer in the corporate world and my short stint as a freelance web designer I found that I would ask myself frequently if I could do design/development every single day for the rest of my life. The answer was always yes, if I could just do it on my own without having to worry about outside influences (aka clients). I always dreamed of an utopia where you could have fun designing and programming without any stress at all. The only criticism laid upon your work was the criticism placed by yourself.
I know that some designers/developers are able to enjoy all of their clients and all the work that they do. How do they do it? I have no idea, because I know that I was never even close to that. Once you invite a client in to pay the bills you lose a part of that freedom. Some clients wish to take all of that freedom away from you and those are the ones that you just don’t deal with.
The reason I say that you lose part of your freedom is because you aren’t painting a piece of art to be auctioned off to someone who happens to like your style (unless you do template design), but you are mixing your design tastes with that of the client. That’s where part of your freedom goes.
That’s why personal site design is so important. Every designer/developer needs her playground to experiment and have fun with. You can see it here on Whitespace every single day almost. I am on design #46 I believe for this site. The design moves along with my tastes for the moment and I get to see what works and what doesn’t. Many would argue that constantly changing the design can turn your readers off. This may certainly be the case, but no offence to your readers, at times you have to look out for your own happiness.
I believe if you want to do design your whole life there has to be a part of your day, week, month, year that you devote to your own work. Try your best to filter out what other’s will think of it and focus on how you feel about it. Hell, you don’t have to make every site you do a public one. Create a section that is just for you and have at it.
Even when you do this though, you can get burnt out from work, whether it be the corporate world or demanding clients. What keeps you going? How close have you been to just saying fuck it and moving on to something else? Can you do design your whole life?
As the current owner of Wisdump, I’d like to quickly take this opportunity to say a couple of things-:
a. As was pointed out by Matt Mullenweg, there was indeed a “spammy tactic” being employed at this blog in the form of an “embedded a 1×1 pixel iframe loading the ping page for Ping-O-Matic on every one of the pages”.
b. This is against the policy of Splashpress in every sense. We sincerely apologize and own up to it, as has been recommended by Martin Neumann. It will not happen again on any of our sites and the person responsible is no longer associated with Wisdump or Splashpress.
c. Some of the comments on this blog have been moderated, as being “abusive“. As we haven’t gotten round to putting up a specific comments policy on Wisdump yet, we are using the criteria as laid out at another of our blogs, The Blog Herald.
This post is an apology to all concerned and for disclosure purposes only. Comments are closed.
Thanks for your time.
1. I write this out of my heart and can’t be bothered with proofreading. Right now, I’m hurt.
2. In my private and professional entourage I’ve always fought hard for my reputation. And my ethics. People who know me, know my honesty and accept my straightforwardness. But today, today things are different. I’m hurt.
After my entry about Automattic, sponsored themes and ethics last night, Matt Mullenweg himself called me out. And I’m glad he did, even if there might be consequences for me after this post. If there are… I’ll deal with them, no matter what happens, I value my pride.
The attacks sting less when they’re from people with questionable personal practices. …
 For example one attack post from “Franky” on a blog called Wisdump (didn’t that used to be run by the awesome Paul Scrivens?) I noticed it was loading a little slow, then I saw pingomatic.com in my address bar. I looked at his source and saw he had embedded a 1×1 pixel iframe loading the ping page for Ping-O-Matic on every one of his pages. I must admit this is clever, it utilizes the distributed network of everyone who visits your site to attack Ping-O-Matic and spam the ping servers, and of course IP blocking is useless because it’s coming from the regular folks on your site. But it is also extremely skeevy. (And I believe a little bit of JS on the ping page should fix that right up.)
I am a blogger here at Wisdump, someone walking a certain path of legacy. Let me explain you the ‘legacy thing’.
I started as a personal
cat blogger, trying to keep track of my life and save my biography online, but soon my geek nature took over and I got interested more and more in blogging as a profession. Not a future for me, but an art I wanted to understand. Opinionated as I am, soon I discovered The Blog Herald, in those days still run by Duncan Riley, soon followed by other opinionated people such as Matt Craven, David Krug and Martin Neumann. Via The Blog Herald I discovered two of my favorite bloggers, Mike Rundle and Paul Scrivs, both of 9rules fame. The reason why I mention these bloggers is because they are honest… and aren’t afraid to be upfront, straightforward, blunt even at times- exactly how I tick.
Time went on as I continued enjoying those bloggers. Until one day, I criticized the former Bloggy Network Ltd., nowadays Splashpress. Before I knew it, I had landed myself a gig as author at Jack Of All Blogs. I learnt a lot about blogging for a popular blog, but sadly my real life job sucked up my energy and I had no time anymore to blog for JOAB or SP. As time passed by, Splashpress and I developed a rather erratic, but healthy relationship. I would love to be able to invest more time in Splashpress and be more reliable, but I still haven’t been able to find the guts to opt for the online life above my real life job, a very exciting one. Nevertheless, today I have the opportunity to blog on the former sites of some of my favored bloggers and for Splashpress, such as Wisdump.
Flash forward to today. Or last night, rather.
More than once I have written about Matt in the past, whether at JOAB, my former blog- Am I Famous Now- or here at Wisdump. I just am opinionated and certainly not scared of some controversy. But I think [and hope] that my opinions offer some food for thought. And when working for someone, or blogging for someone, I do believe in their honesty and ethics.
Last night, when I published the entry here at Wisdump, I thought I had a valid point. And I still think that I do. I believe in open source, I believe in WordPress as a platform… and I believe in creating a Foundation for WordPress and releasing the trademark to that foundation. But Matt called me out.
And that sucks. Not because he called me out, but rather because I can’t help my wrong and also the fact that he called ME out proves that my entry wasn’t the stupidest anti-post on that topic.
This is where I have to admit failure. Before I wrote the entry, I checked the source code of the Wisdump homepage. But only the code of the homepage. Although I had noticed an increase in trackbacks at Technorati, especially trackbacks from Wisdump itself, I didn’t investigate any further when I saw nothing suspicious in the homepage source code.
I was wrong. Some spammy practices are happening at this blog and sadly I couldn’t prevent them. They hurt me. They hurt my pride. And just as I appealed to Automattic, Inc yesterday to release the trademark to the community, today I am consequent. I can only guess what happened, but the person responsible for the 1×1 link to Ping-o-matic, please stand up and reveal yourself.
Applying such strategies on a co-authored blog are a no-do’er. Maybe not from your own perspective, but they might be for all the other people trying to keep the honor of the Paul Scrivens legacy up. I will make my decisions based on your call, even if it means I’ll have to return to my own little, irregularly updated blog with an average of 11 unique visitors daily, but I hope you will be as consequent and honest as I am.
To you, Matt, I sincerely appreciate your call out and hope you’ll accept this entry as a rectification. Our views might differ in certain areas, but I will always respect what you have created and more even that you’ve called me out. Especially since you did it without linking.
I’m sure the future will bring more topics we disagree on, but today… today, I am humble.
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Nothing seems to be safe from politics or political correctness. Gizmodo posted an announcement yesterday which was followed up by pretty much the same announcement from Lifehacker giving rules on how they view Digging “properly” on their sites.
-No big yellow Digg badges for articles unless they have original content, new reporting, treatment, or photos. It’s not fair when we get the Digg for someone else’s work.
This has to be one of the more ridiculous rules, statements, whatever that I have seen in a while when it comes to the Web. First of all, good luck enforcing your so-called rules. Yes you can control the badges that appear on your site, however the community as a whole are not going to conform to your rules. As you saw with the “Digg Spam” article itself, putting in place barriers just fans the fire. If your not a believer about that statement take a look at how removing the unlock codes for Blu Ray sent the Digg community into an almost rebellious state posting the code over and over again.
Digg is a social bookmarking site that doesn’t take in regard for original work, it is simply a link to something that someone finds that is cool and wants to share with the community. Sharing shouldn’t be frowned upon when it is in fact the basis for the internet as a whole. Users of Digg are not going to track down the origin of specific content, that is not the goal of the site and it is nearly impossible in many instances anyway.
The Web has become a place where information is written, massaged, replicated, re-replicated, and fed to any number of locations, tools, and readers. Who knows where in the chain someone finds the information. At whatever point the user comes across the information there may be zero indications of who the original author was, or even that the site they are reading is in fact not the original author. It’s not right, but it’s the way of the world.
We Don’t Dig Digg
Why is it that Digg was singled out on this one? How many times are Gizmodo’s articles linked thousands of times on Del.icio.us, Reddit, or other similar services? Why are these services not mentioned and why is it ok for these sites to link to content that is not original, but for Digg it is not?
The Digg badges that are places on the site are helpful tools to get the story promoted by people who find it interesting. Why would you take the abilities of the user away? Yes they can still Digg the story but the convenience is gone. So really what are you proving other then making it more difficult for your own user base?
Many of the stories that get high marks on Digg are often prefixed with the sites name which gives the stories weight immediately. The Gizmodo story about Digg Spam is a prime example of this. The headline on Digg read: “Gizmodo: Digg Spam Sucks”. Many of Gizmodo’s stories get heavy numbers of Digg’s because it is in fact a very credible site when it comes to news.
Not putting the Digg badges on the stories really means a few less Digg’s because people are inherently lazy and probably won’t go find the story on Digg.com. Who is this dis-servicing though? I would have to say it’s the contents originator. Even though Gizmodo or another is getting the Digg’s the content author knows that it’s his content and can feel pride in the fact that it’s getting such heavy views.
If a site wants to help the person who created the content then they should give them credit more prominently so that users know it came from another source, even if they got to the site that replicated it through Digg. Without the giants like Gizmodo some of this content wouldn’t be seen by a large number of people.