Archive for March, 2007

30Mar

The closer we get to April 1st the more I have to think about my April Fool’s Day tricks. Although I don’t consider myself a professional fool, I have some very professional moments. Here’s a little vignette to explain: I went to the
Template Monster website and entered the name of a celebrity, “Angelina Jolie”, into the “keyword” section of the search page.

The next thing I saw gave the fool in me a real laugh. When I entered that celebrity-related keyword the logo at the TemplateMonster.com website had changed. Although the logo is a little blue monster with huge ears it had changed into a nice little blue Angelina Jolie – also with huge ears!

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The same thing happened when I entered the names of Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez (even “J.Lo”) and Steven Seagal. Each time the logo changed into a blue monster, big-earred version of that celebrity.

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Yes, it is absolutely worth the visit. Look at it before someone blows the whistle. Just search your favorite celeb see what you get! That’s what I call a great April Fools’ Day prank!

This could be considered quite unexpected from those techies, but they do have some creative fools there too. So, Happy April Fools’ Day! WTB wants to thank TM for the laugh and the April Fools’ Day trick.

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Live! From the Template of Fools!
Arthur Browning

30Mar

The local and regional businesses of Architects, Builders, Contractors and Renovators need a good webpage presence as a part of an overall advertising and informational plan.  Architectural services, contracting businesses along with building renovation need the kind of images on a website that is seen below.

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Template #10078

To see 87 different template styles just for architects, builders, contractors and renovators browse this collection.  Let
no architect be left behind.  These templates put you in the forefront of the professional profiles of any builders, contractors and renovation specialists.

Kickin’ You Back,
Arthur Browning

29Mar

Popup windows are a type of online advertising. The purpose of the pop-up is to increase traffic to a website and to capture email addresses without knowledge from the person who is browsing the website.

Advertising supported websites make up most of the pop-up users. They take advantage of internet users who have less experience in dealing with internet advertisements. Popup windows are the windows which appear when website browsers open a new web browser to display various contents such as advertisements.

The pop-up window is often generated by Javascript, but can also be generated by other means. Some of the new popups are created using Flash which contains animations, and others are created using DHTML.

Many internet advertisers love pop-up ads because of they are hard to ignore, they appear first before the main browser window. Popups are also loved for their high click rate. It is also shown by recent studies that the click-rate of popup ads is twice as that of the banner ads.

Among the top users of popup ads are porn websites. Not only do these popups advertise the adult content, they also set off multiple windows. As the user closes a window another window appears, initiating another set of windows, and sometimes this happens indefinitely. Users call this “java trap”, or “spam cascade”. There are, however, processes which can produce popup windows such as spyware programs.

“Mousetrapping”, one variation of popup, fills the screen with its content, removing the menu bars and other features which prevents the user from closing the window.

Another is called the pop-under advertisement. In a new browser window the pop-up is opened behind the active window. Pop-unders are less annoying, but are only seen when the main browser window is closed, which makes it difficult to find out which website opened them.

Internet browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape, America Online, Camino, Opera, and Safari, are providing features to block popups. Additional programs to block popups and spyware are also available.

Don’t Be A Chump,
Arhtur Browning

28Mar

Keep your web page loading fast.  Studies have shown that if your web site takes more than 8-10 seconds to load on a 56k modem then you risk losing the visitor. This means that the page design should be less than 35 kilobytes in size. Surfers hate to wait for slow loading web pages. If your web pages don’t load fast enough surfers will split.

Reduce the number of graphics. Many number of graphics on your web pages can slow down your page. For each graphic on your web page, the web browser has to make another connection to your server. If you cannot reduce the number of graphics on your web page, then try to combine several graphics to a single bigger one. Use the same graphics on your other web pages so that web browsers can load the graphics from the browser cache.

Specify the dimensions of your graphics.  Always make sure to include the height and width dimensions of your graphics in your HTML code. This means that every IMG tag should have the WIDTH and HEIGHT attributes specified. If web browsers don’t have to figure out the dimensions of your graphics, they can already display placeholders and start displaying the text of your web page before loading the graphics from the server.

Spread out your content. In case you find yourself having very long pages of content, break them down into separate sections and thus bring down the sizes of the individual pages.

Make the top of your page interesting. If a web page takes a long time to load, make sure that the top of the page contains something interesting because visitors will see that part first.

Optimize your HTML code. Make sure that your site doesn’t have any unwanted tags and that it is optimized.

Divide your tables. Web pages that use a single large layout table take a long time to render in web browsers. Break up huge tables into several smaller ones.

Specify the dimensions of your tables. If you specify the WIDTH and HEIGHT attributes for your tables, then web browsers don’t have to load the complete table code to calculate the dimensions of the table.

Double check cell widths. Take a moment to check the individual widths of each table cell. If the total is more than the specified table width, then web browsers will have problems displaying your table.

It’s important to know the download times of your web pages. In general, your home page should load in 20 seconds on a dial-up connection and the top of your page should be displayed within 6-8 seconds.

No Slowhands In This Outfit,
Arthur Browning

23Mar

Yes, Martha, sports teams need templates too.  Why?  THE FANS MAN, THE FANS!!!!!  Check out this soccer template below, just as an example.  It’s a Flash site with killer graphics, great Flash movements, fast-loading, way cool soundtrack. Makes me want to get out for spring practice, maybe do a few clinics, better my personal best, take it to the next level.

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Flash Template # 14168 

The team needs a web presence, team pictures, logo, etc..  The team wants a shot of the mascot, photos of the party, a place to sell caps and jerseys. There are 211 possibilities right here.

Gimme’ the Ball,
Arthur Browning

21Mar

In the increasingly international marketplace getting your name right is important, but it can also be tricky. Marketing people have to be concerned that their newly created name, or the name of one of their products might be inappropriate in their target markets overseas.

Many people don’t realize that a word or name in one culture can be a joke or an insult in another. Bad product and brand names are just the beginning – slogans and straplines can go awry too.

Take the example of Electrolux, the Swedish white goods company, who used the strapline “Nothing sucks like an Electrolux”. In America it became a laughing stock. Take the slogan “I saw the potato”, used on promotional T-Shirts for the Pope’s visit to Miami. The correct Spanish translation would say “I saw the Pope.”

Damage control costs can be enormous and careers can be cast into oblivion. So, you must be proactive in determing how your message reads across the globe, or you’ll end up the butt of a news short on CNN or BBC (don’t get too many ideas here). So, what can you do?

1) Remember that you have both written and spoken dialects and accents to contend with.

2) Avoid names that can’t be pronounced easily, or can be pronounced ambiguously.

3) Avoid any name that confuses.

Best Possible Solution: Run all your written and spoken names, brands, logos, slogans and straplines through advertising experts of each nation. These experts should be well-grounded and knowledgeable in all facets of their culture (not just the college student in the office who lives in a nation near the one in question). Spanish speaking South Americans can tell you endless stories about the differences in accents of Spanish alone from nation to nation.

International Man of Templates,
Arthur Browning

20Mar

I would like to congratulate Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, and Texas A&M on taking it one step closer to the FINAL 4.

Hooped Up Templates for Teams,                                                                              Arthur Browning

15Mar

Educational Services need websites.  Whether for colleges, schools, tutoring services, conservatories, instructional or test preparation labs – they all need a web presence.  Studios for Dance, Gymnastics, Music as well as Continuing Education and Inservice Training Departments all need internet space.

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Website Templates # 12359

This webpage template is just one of the many examples that are available for academies, languages instruction, and many other educational businesses and organizations.

Learning is Good for Education,
Arthur Browning

14Mar

I am happy to announce the publishing of my first designer interview on the DesignInterviews.com Blog. Jenn Marcelais of SoulOyster.com is my first interviewee for the new blog. Please have a look. Feedback is valued.

So, all you designers, new and seasoned as well, send me your URL. I want to interview YOU. If you want to nominate a designer that you know, maybe the designer of your own webpage, I will look at their website and portfolio right away.

The Larry King of Designer Interviews,
Arthur Browning

13Mar

Web Templates Blog is branching out. Our new blog, Design Interviews, will feature interviews of webpage designers with interesting portfolios and usable web development savvy.

If you are a web designer please contact me by comment to this blog post and send me a link to your webpage. I am always on the lookout for good designers. We will announce the URL of the new Designer Interview Website as soon as it opens.

Meanwhile browse my super duper archives for the most sparkling wit and humor available anywhere in the whole web world.

Your Template Soulmate,
Arthur Browning

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