Has there ever been an Internet buzzword that has been more abused and confused than community?
Remember back in the naive ’90s, when theglobe.com’s stock rose 606 percent on its first day of trading-an IPO record at the time-because it supposedly was the hot place to chat? Or how about GeoCities, which offered free “homesteads” in online subdivisions, complete with street addresses, as if the first thing you’d do after creating your free homepage would be to hop over to the neighbors’ for a cup of digital coffee.
In a $4 billion deal, Yahoo!! paid more than $100 for every piddling dollar of revenue that GeoCities had from its inception in 1996 through the spring of 1999. But does anyone believe these “communities” would fetch any premium today?
Yet there really is something quite powerful and valuable behind the concept of online community, provided it is used to support a real business objective.
Mistakes were made
The mistake such startups made was in believing that community was a business model unto itself. Interactive tools that allow people with common interests to exchange information work as a revenue opportunity only when they are attached to an established business model. When that’s the case, communities can help a real business acquire and retain customers at a lower cost for a longer time. (more…)
Product design requires creativity, experience and, if you are going to be building the product yourself, a substantial amount of technical know how.
The process of product design starts with the need of a full understanding of the requirements. Requirements gathering is a very distinct skill – sometimes the customer has a great idea, but it takes experience to know how it can be improved, tweaked and slightly changed to make it even better. Very occasionally, it is the job of the product designer to let the customer know that the idea they have just won’t work. again, this ability comes with skill, judgment, and experience and can save the company vast amounts of money!
Product design could be as simple as updating an existing product to make it better, or starting from scratch on a completely novel idea which exists only in someone’s mind. These are often distinct roles and not the same skill set. A good example of product improvement would be Dyson’s bagless vacuum cleaner – a massive improvement on a product that had been around for decades before in the same form.
Someone happening upon one of the Websites of Wilson Internet Services for the first time might imagine an army of writers and editors working behind the scenes, all fed by venture capital millions. With about 1,000 idea-crammed pages at WilsonWeb.com and its associated Doctor Ebiz site, plus more than 7,500 links to Web marketing and e-commerce resources, the Wilson sites comprise the largest research center on Internet marketing anywhere on the Web.
Yet creating and managing Wilson Internet Services is largely the work of one man. Ralph F. Wilson, a Baptist minister, runs the site, handling ad sales and nearly all of the writing, with the help of just two link editors and his daughter, Ann, as subcontractors.
“I’ve very deliberately kept my organization lean, so I can focus on what I do best, be nimble enough to change as the markets change, and have the freedom to pursue my calling in the Christian ministry,” Wilson says.
When the industry mantra was “grow, grow, grow,” such amazing efficiency was regarded as quaint and silly. But with so many venture-funded dot-coms now dead or in trouble, bootstrapped Internet operations that have attracted a following, despite a tiny staff, begin to look smart.
These days, Professional Website Designing has a great craze between the businesses. Now everyone accepted the power of the internet and its capacity to penetrate the households and the offices. Everybody wants his website to act as his representative for 24 hours a day for 365 days and generate sales and revenue. If you are planning to have a website and you want to design a website then you should keep some basic things in your mind.
Web design is an important part in advertising a business. Most important thing is the process of web designing that can be really challenging to the designer engaged in it. Apart from the content, keywords, SEO, design, navigability, and search engine marketing, there are certain things that many things that a webmaster must not overindulge.
Doing more than what is needed can yield negative returns and create a business loss. Empathizing with the needs of the patrons and stakeholders before designing a website is highly important for a good web designer. He must research up on website information and read books written by experts and finally apply the knowledge gained therein. He must remember the features and characteristics of a miserable website before starting up the new website. (more…)
Both Joomla and WordPress are established web design applications used by millions of websites across the world. Web Design Companies and web designers have in general supported various open source software for developing websites. Joomla and WordPress are two of the most popular ones and have established communities on the internet.
There are hundreds of quality forums and blogs dedicated specifically towards the use of Joomla and WordPress for designing websites. Other web design and content management systems including Drupal and Typo3 have also proved popular and effective. However, WordPress and Joomla seem to have an edge over the others in terms of global popularity and use. WordPress vs Joomla Usability
WordPress probably scores higher in terms of usability, both from an end user as well as developer’s point of view. Due to its simplicity WordPress is easy to learn and get acclimatized to. However, this is also due to the fact that Joomla offers many more features than WordPress and offers more advanced functionality. The new version of Joomla, the 1.5x version has made significant improvements in usability. (more…)
Parties used to be pretty predictable things. Some drinks, some nibbles, some music, some fancy outfits. Perhaps a party game or two. After a while, like anything predictable, they got boring. So thank heavens for themed events – the modern party craze that makes today’s shindig as unique as its host’s imagination. Themed events are to parties what Cecil B. DeMille pictures were to shadow puppetry. All-singing, all-dancing, super-lavish affairs in which attention has been paid to the tiniest detail. Turning parties into themed events makes them an experience, rather than a simple gathering: imagine, for example, a fully-staged Arthurian hall, complete with serving ladies, magicians, flickering torches and medieval food.
The guests are dressed in doublet and hose; real mead is being poured from metal flagons. A band of minstrels plucks a tune in the gallery. Themed events are like miniature plays – evening-long excursions into a fully-realized world. (more…)
The popularity of Joomla development needs no introduction. Throughout the world, it is one of the most widely used content management systems. One of the reasons that make it popular is Joomla e-commerce extensions that can be easily integrated for clients.
Joomla developers can create awesome e-commerce solutions using these extensions to meet your specific needs. Most of these are easily available online and you can purchase them for a small amount, which help in the continuous development of these applications.
In this day and age of online commerce small and big businesses opt for custom development of their e-commerce platform. This is where Joomla e-commerce extensions come to use. From shopping websites to bidding website, Joomla has a solution for all. Developers sitting in offshore development centers around the world develop high-end e-commerce websites to meet the demands of competitive markets. (more…)
Joomla Video Tutorials are fast becoming the ideal way to learn Joomla and the elements to put together a website using the world’s best open source platform. Joomla training online is eminent than traditional offline Joomla courses because of its affordability, benefit and as technology continues to advance.
All of the software programming for this open source web platform is either free, and more designed templates can be purchased for a small license fee, this means the bulk of your web development costs are free. This leaves the learning and training, final configuration and customization to the end user – either a web developer, your staff member or you. Joomla video tutorials bridge the one-time installation gap between paying a technical web developer and using up your time as the end user. (more…)
I adore comments I get on my layouts. Unfortunately, the only graphic skills of mine that are present for my viewers to see are my layouts and I’d hope that you all would do nothing but want to see more besides my layout designs. That’s why I’m going to be opening a portfolio soon so I can showcase other things I like to make.
Truth be told, I’m not at all the best coder in the world. I love coding but I’d pick designing a graphic in a heartbeat before being asked to code. The image on the left was my first attempt creating my new layout for March before I decided to go with the one I’m using now. I just wanted to inform all of you what I go through and how I achieve the designs that I do.
Obviously, my first attempt I was unhappy with, and as I discuss the steps I take creating designs, you’ll eventually see why I ended up going with this red NYC theme over that teal/green one on the top left. If you’ve ever wondered how I approach my designs then you should check out my post on web design.