Use Joomla For Publishing Your Content on the Web

The World Wide Web has a lot of content on it. For the publishing of this content many different platforms can be used and among them Joomla is also included. You can use this content management system platform, which is open source, in order to publish the content on the web as well as the intranets. It is not possible for a non-technical user to work with this and this is why you should have the services of some professional company that can help your business grow.

Your business would be able to become prominent and can bring a lot of profit for you. If you wish to give a different look and feel to your web sites then you must have the expertise of these professional companies. You can also use DotNetNuke for building the web sites of your business. It is based on Microsoft platform and is an open source platform. The DNN would allow you a lot of flexibility and comfort. Even the non technical users would be able to customize the features as well as would be able to personalize the web site according to their own demands. Third party modules as well as the graphics and layouts can also be used for improving the look and feel of your web site.

There are many advantages of having the services from these companies. You can have a real professional look with these companies. The web development as well as the web consulting solutions provided by these companies is unrivaled and you would be able to give a boost to your business with the help of these companies.

Such companies are spread all over the world. You can find many such companies in New York, Boston and Florida. There is also no restriction for getting the services from the company which is in your own city or state. You can easily get the services from a company which is in one part of the world while you sit in the other part. There also some companies that provide these services to the businesses at low and affordable rates, which makes these professional and expert companies a perfect choice for your business. You would be able to make your business prominent and would bring a lot of clients for it. The clients will be great impressed and satisfied with your business due to the services provided by these professional companies.

How to Distinguish a Professional Web Site Design Service

There are various IT companies that offers Web development services but how can you find a professional web site design company?

Usually, when potential clients look for information, they use search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN to help them find the sites that can cater to their needs. But since there are thousands of websites that offers web design services, what is the probability that the site that was picked is the best? Researching in the Internet can be a tedious job since there are several information available and not everything that can be read is a reliable source. But don’t fret, this article may help you to find an offshore solutions partner that professionally delivers the web design service that you wanted.

There are several criteria for a website to be considered as a professional site. Of course, a potential client will foremost scrutinize the overall web design site before it consider it’s service. The client will search for a site with a professional look and feel because the website is the main portfolio of what they can offer. If a site doesn’t look good, potential clients won’t even consider dealing business with this company. Below are some of the common factors that can help clients determine if a company’s website is professionally done.

Aesthetically pleasing web design. The first thing that potential clients will notice is the appearance of the web page. When he visits the site, his decision to explore or exit from the site will be based on the overall visual aspect. Since a web site is the medium for persuasion, it needs to designed with as much thought and effort considering the target audience and how it will appeal to the potential customers.

Content and Text. The site should contain all the information that is written well and was proofread by an editor. Typographical errors or misspellings won’t increase the site’s credibility.

Site navigation. The clients should see the important links, it must be consistent and located at a position most visible to them. It would also help if there’s a sitemap available on the site.

Functioning Site. Different clients are using various types and versions of hardware and software to view the site. It is a good practice if the site was checked as compatible with different browsers and screen resolutions

Portfolio. A portfolio of past works can showcase the variety of designs that the web design company can offer and at the same time it can show how well they have satisfied each client’s needs by highlighting their specific services and products through the web site.

Organization. It is important to have an organized website so that potential clients will be able to find the necessary information that they are looking for quickly.

Includes Valuable Information. All valuable information should be readily available. Anything a customer might need should be included on the website, from phone numbers to directions or any other important information.

Using the guide discussed above will help potential clients to distinguish a professional web site design company to those who offer poorly created sites because choosing the right professional website designer can go a long way towards helping clients achieve their business goals.

Let’s Hear It For Web 0.1!

It’s November 2006. So far the Web 2.0 bubble hasn’t burst. Here’s my attempt to put a pin-prick in it.

Don’t know what Web 2.0 is? It’s the notion that the next phase of web development is based on user-generated content. _You_ don’t have to write it, your visitors will.

– You get a CMS (a Content Management System, like PHPNuke).

– Users write reviews, blogs, forum posts (Webmasterworld.com).

– Search engines index this stuff (Google.com).

– Users tell their pals about it (MySpace.Com).

– You spend a few thousand bucks, or a few million, depending on how good your chief coder is.

– The thing sells itself (Digg.Com).

– You add contextual ads (Google Adsense).

– Fire off a couple of emails a day, and bank your cheques.

For the small-to-medium webmaster, this can be the route to disaster. Here’s my experience.

See, I was in favour of user contribution. Gives people something to _do_ on a site. If it’s any good, they’ll tell their pals. More traffic.

So I have chat rooms, a forum, a MySpace clone, a dating service, contact forms, ebooks, free software, the whole shebang. All humming away, all bringing in links, all keeping my visitors amused and informed.

Only problem is, the set-up time. The maintenance. The customisation. The search engine optimisation. The hacking attempts. The anti-hacking. The bug fixes. The security updates. The swearing filters. The troll kicking. The screeching. The spamming.

More bandwidth, more databases, more time, more money, more worry.

YouTube.com is a good example. Their business model is using pirated content. They have to police users. Bandwidth costs must be huge. Where’s the money going to come from: ads in pirated videos? Gimme a break.

For any web business, the basic questions are:

– What makes the money?

– What helps make the money?

– Where is the net profit coming from?

Could your site be better served by static HTML pages which you update once every six months? If your site is purely informational, it’s worth considering.

My epiphany came when first some Bahraini hackers clobbered a site of mine. I fixed it. Then some Turkish ones had a go. So I changed to a different CMS. So far, so good, until I realised I would have to constantly update this thing.

It then dawned on me that using a text-to-HTML converter (Text2html) and an index generator (dirhtml) meant simple text files could be turned into a basic site quickly.

You write it, format it, tart it up in Dreamweaver, index it, FTP it and voila!; a mini site without the upgrade headaches.

A CMS has some handy features, but pure HTML lets you sleep easier. Easier to move when the poop hits the air-conditioning, too.

Put it this way: which would you rather own when the Nazis are closing in? Damien Hirst’s ‘Shark In A Tank’ or the Mona Lisa?

I’m starting to think before I put stuff up now. Would simple HTML do just as well? Suppose I have to move web hosts? Will I be able to find one that’ll give me ten MySQL databases at the same price as my current host? And all the other features I need? (Answer: No, I’ve looked).

The first rule of computing is KISS; Keep It Simple, Stupid. With all the brouhaha about Web 2.0, I say, let’s hear it for Web 0.1!