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14Dec

Templates, templates who’s got the templates? Uncle Arthur loves CMS and he loves those templates too. So, how did CMS get so popular???????????? The same way that the touch tone replaced dialup phones, which replaced operator dialing in 1930. The same way that the color television replaced black and white, which replaced AM radio, that was replaced by FM radio. Progress! Yes, that’s right progress!

The whole need to scratch every character in every line of code in every coding language then upload it some weeks later is over. The whole need to keep a full time designer/coder/programmer on the payroll for a 12-page website is over. When you heard that the web shouldn’t prohibit non-techies, that was a wake up call. When you heard about CSS, that was a wake up call. Now here’s Uncle Arthur shouting – Wake Up!! Wake Up!! CMS is here to stay – just like Rock ‘n Roll. And the hits just keep on coming!

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Mambo Template #17366 from templatemonster.com.
CMS is getting better everyday. Now you can buy beautiful templates to keep it ever more simple to design and operate your low cost website. Run it in minutes by yourself – or let one of kids upload your changes, texts and images. What is easier than WordPress or Blogger? Not much. If you can do a FREE blog on those CMS platforms, then you can easily take the step up to a major new website that has far more capability and flexibility with Joomla or Mambo systems. And now they have the low-cost templates that Uncle Arthur loves to blab about.

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Joomla Template #17207 from templatemonster.com

Where are these beautiful Mambo and Joomla Templates? Read all about them here – Mambo: http://www.templatemonster.com/mambo-templates.php and Joomla:
http://www.templatemonster.com/joomla-templates.php . If you are a non-techie or you need to turn out a major, fully functioning, gorgeous, simple to manage website on a tight budget then you gotta check it out!

Uncle Arthur knows that there is beauty in complexity too, but if you need to manage a complex business or complex publication you don’t need to spend all your time and money with the OLD complexity of HTML and every other code possible. Did you learn Aramaic or Greek to read the Bible? No! Your website can be and should be easy to choose, customize and manage. So this is a wake up call – Joomla and Mambo Templates with unique designs are now very low priced. . . And they are here to stay!

Get a Life!
Uncle Arthur Browning

4Dec

I was looking at some design sites last week and ran across a great looking portfolio. The designs have an excellent compositional look and they work simply and effectively. Linda White is the designer and I think you will like her website, Design by Linda. When I asked Linda for an interview she agreed.

How did you get into web design? “I was in college getting my Computer Programming Degree and had to take a required Web Design and Development Course. I found that I thoroughly enjoyed web design and changed my college curriculum to Web Design.”

Do you remember the very first site you designed? “The first web site that I designed professionally was for Farrell’s US Martial Arts . I am still the Webmaster for this company. The web site has been updated and redesigned several times over the past 7 years.”

You are doing a lot of small business web sites and custom shopping carts, is this a specialization for you? “Yes, I specialize in Small Business web site development and Custom Shopping Cart Development. My typical client is usually a small retail business or service type business with a limited budget for web site design. My other customer is the small business retail store that is looking for or needing a specialized shopping cart. Often this is a business that has tried and was unhappy with a pre-built shopping cart. I build all shopping carts from “scratch” using ASP to the clients’
specifications.”

Where do you get your art for these webpages? “I get art work from various sources stock/clip art, graphic designers, or photos provided by my clients. I am not a graphic designer but I am able to do some simple custom graphic design for my web sites.”

What will be the next big development in webpage design? “I think CSS will continue to be the big thing. What I am seeing in trends are web sites actually taking a step back to more simplistic, clean designs. The flashy, glitzy web sites are becoming a thing of the past. I think business web sites are realizing that people come to their web sites for information and not for entertainment.”

Have you ever worked with website templates? “I do not work with templates. I find them too restrictive. I prefer to custom develop my sites.”

What do you think about Flash technology? “I think flash has its place. Using flash as an enhancement for your web site is great.”

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Flash? “Building a web site completely in Flash, in my opinion, is a bad move for many reasons: it is more costly to develop up front, more costly to edit; the search engines can not ‘read’ flash, so getting a good ranking will be much more difficult; the file sizes are larger causing pages to load slower (there are still people on dial-up). Flash makes a nice presentation for ‘rotating’ graphics. Movies also work well with Flash as most people have the flash player.”

What are your sources of inspiration? “I look at other web sites. I look at my client’s competitor sites. I also work with graphic designers.”

What are your favorite website designs that you did NOT design yourself? “Tiffany & Co. I love the elegant simplicity of this web site.”

What was the toughest project or customer situation you’ve encountered? “The toughest situation was the client who did not know what they wanted. This client provided no assistance in the design of the site. No matter what I presented, they did not like it, but they could not define what they didn’t like or what they would like. I finally had to give up as it was apparent that the customer and I were not a good match. Sometimes this happens and it is best to just let the client know that it is not going to work out.”

What are your interests and dislikes in webpage design? “I like it all. I really don’t have any dislikes. It always gives me a good feeling to provide a web site to a client that they are please with and that works well in their marketing efforts.”

Linda, I appreciate your point-of-view. I really enjoyed looking at your portfolio as well.

Ever Ready,
Arthur Browning

5Oct

Maintaining a static website takes a lot of time. You have to format new content in HTML, modify all the pages that have changed, and upload them to the server. You can pay your webmaster to do all this, or you can do all the code with all the text and pics then upload yourself.

OR you can use a CMS system. Content Management Systems keep the design independent of your content, so updates and changes can be handled the fast and easy way. You set up the software one time, configure your web
template(s), and then use a web-based content management system to update your website from any internet connection in the world. (Oooooh! Sounds like a General Electric Commercial)

Whether you want to add or change content, remove some pages, upload your images, or change your formatting, the cms software lets you handle it quickly and with much less possibility of time-consuming mistakes. User administration allows authorization of managers or writers that can update your website quickly, if you don’t want to do it.

A CMS TEMPLATE allows you to get started immediately. This allows you to keep costs and time involved very low. More and more companies are beginning to offer these CMS Templates. I’ve seen several but have not tried them out yet. So if you have tried one out send me a comment.

Many of these companies show screenshots, demos, portfolios, provide examples of various functions, sometimes testimonials, offer guarantees and support, etc. Some of these companies give a set price, others say “starting at $xyz”.

Because I am a support nut, I would probably favor the template deals that have a working toll-free number, English fluent staff, do emails or chats as promised, etc. Almost all of these companies declare that their CMS Templates are SEO friendly. Some companies mentionn CSS functions as well and/or changeable skins.

If anybody out there has a website based on a CMS Template – get back to me with your URL. I’ll try to make some good traffic for you, etc.

Show me the CMS TEMPLATES!
Arthur Browning

10Aug

A Content Management System (CMS) is used for webdesign so that the content of any of the pages can be created and changed from any internet connection. The php, asp or jsp scripts call in the data from the mysql or sql database to create the content of the page.

Static webpage design is easy, but content managment is hard. To update the webpage content on a regular basis, you would require continuous support. This kind of dependency leads to continuous expenses and/or a poorly updated site. This a problem that a content management system solves.

The management of content includes creation, updating, distribution, publishing, and discovery of content. CMS also helps to generate new pages, categorize the content, manage the layout and presentation of the site, manage users and permissions for the site, manage other dynamic modules on the site, and many other things by way of a user-friendly Admin Panel which requires minimal or no technical expertise.

THOSE BENEFITS AGAIN:

  • Create and Manage New Pages
    Manage Site Navigation and Meta Content
    Assign Users to Manage the Content in a Decentralized Way
    Manage Site Layout and Presentation by Editing the HTML
    Manage Other Modules on the Site (Perhaps Installing a Forum)
    Better Consistency
    Increased Security
    Reduced Duplication of Information
    Reduced Site Maintenance Costs
  • CMS-based websites have a “front-end” for the public, a database which stores the vital data of your website, and an Admin Panel to manage the site. Through the Admin panel you create the content pages just as if you are creating a document in MS Word. This is a completely non-technical interface using no code, HMTL, javascript, or programming language.

    You simply click to create a page and a page opens. You are then asked to define the attributes of the page; like Title of the page, Link Title for the frontend navigation menu, and page content. The page content box uses a WYSIWYG editor which helps you to improve the presentation of the page – making some text bold or colored, or creating hyperlinks. You can also upload images with your content. You can define the meta tags for the page, publish an expiration date, author information, etc. This all makes your page more meaningful. Once a page has been created you will save it in the database on the server. This stores all the content of the site, along with the other supporting details.

    CMS allows you to make the content management an interactive process between you and your users. A similar page can be accessible to your users to post content like articles, news or comments. The added content pages can be accessed through the Admin Panel and then approved or disapproved for publishing on the site.

    CMS-based websites can be designed wholly, or you can choose any open-source system: Drupal, Xoops, Mambo, Joomla, Typo3, etc. The question arises, ‘Won’t my site look like everybody elses’s?’ The answer is not necessarily. Many quality content management systems will allow you to apply templates and plug-ins to your site which can set the design of your website apart from others. You can do nearly anything that HTML and CSS can do. Typically, you can find templates on the main web site for the content management system that you’ve chosen – but there are a lot more custom skins that can be purchased, and most main websites let you design your own. And this makes your new website as exclusive as any site can be.

    Content management systems are no longer new to the market and they are established as a very important part of the internet. Now CMS-based websites can create SEO friendly pages and be managed by users worldwide.

    Rockin’ Steady,

    Arthur Browning

    14Jul

    Good News! Free CSS Templates! What is a CSS Template good for, you may ask? Well then , here I go.

    CSS is short for Cascading Style Sheets, a relatively new feature, added to HTML, that gives developers and users more control as to how webpages can be displayed. With CSS the designer and user can create style sheets that define how different elements, like headers and links, will appear. These Style Sheets can then be applied to any Web page.

    CSS provides a standard for specifying the appearance of text and other elements. CSS was developed for use with HTML Webpages but it can also be used in other situations, notably in applications built using XPFE. CSS is typically used to provide a “library” of styles that can be used over and over for many related documents, like a website.

    CSS enables designers/users to separate the styles and layout of the web page from data or information. Styles such as fonts, font sizes and margins can be specified in one place so that Webpages are directed from this one master list, with the styles cascading throughout the page or the entire site. With CSS users can define how certain HTML, DHTML and XML structural elements, such as paragraphs and headings, should be displayed using style rules instead of additional markup.

    Cascading Style Sheets are a breakthrough in Web design because they enable developers to control the style and layout of multiple Webpages all at one time. With CSS, when you want to make a change, you simply change the style, and that element is updated automatically wherever it appears within the site. Since it’s likely that different browsers will implement CSS a bit differently, the designer must test the page with different browsers, although CSS has been implemented already for IE and Netscape browsers. CSS is W3C standard language and now CSS2 (Version 2.0) adds support for XML, oral presentations for the visually impaired, downloadable fonts and other enhancements.

    Well, is CSS available in templates? Yes. And, CSS Templates are advertised free of charge, for any of you experimenters out there. Look at Free CSS Templates. This friendly website is owned by David Herreman and displays several CSS Templates. If you try one out, let us know how it feels.

    Hookin’ You Up,
    Arthur Browning

    8Feb

    CSS Web Template is a website design created using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) technology. Cascading Style Sheets provide web developers an easy way to format and style web pages. CSS will be used even more because it’s the ideal compromise for browsers and the way out of the browser wars.

    CSS templates allow enhanced browser and platform compatibility (CSS supporting browsers are used by 99,98% of existent web surfers). Your website will look perfect in Windows, *nix and Mac browsers. The template is primarily tested on multiple platforms to ensure better requirements compliance.

    Style Sheets is the easiest way to provide a default font styling for HTML. So you can modify the whole text and link colors on all pages editing just a single CSS file! CSS also makes your coding much easier because you don’t have to numerously repeat the formatting tags. Such trimmer code equals faster download time and reduced bandwidth usage.

    CSS templates show 100% compatibility with Macromedia Dreamweaver and MS Frontpage. Other web editors also handle this technology easier than usual HTML code.

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