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PSD/HTML Conversion: Code a Clean Business Website Design

In this PSD/HTML conversion tutorial, we will take a PSD web design template that I showed you how to construct in a previous tutorial and turn it into a functional HTML/CSS template.

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250 Quick Web Design Tips (Part 1)

As web professionals, we’re always looking for ways to improve our knowledge and skills. Tips, tricks and checklists are often one of the most underused yet potentially useful models of providing great, quick and easy to follow pieces of useful information.

You may or may not know some of the tips below — and you may or may not agree with everything listed — but hopefully it will give you some ideas for your own sites or motivate you to create a checklist to help cover your bases.

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The Key To Successful Collaboration

Clients and stakeholders — every project has them, and as much as some designers love to hate them, we need to ensure that we can work constructively with them.

The better we can work with our clients and stakeholders, the easier the relationship will be, the more we will enjoy working on the project, and the better sites we will design and develop.

Conversely, the more difficult the relationship is and the less communication that occurs, the harder the design process will be, and hence, we are less likely to end up with a successful outcome.

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The Web Strategy Pyramid: A Well-balanced Web Strategy

Remember when mom always told you to eat your vegetables? Little did you know she was giving you fantastic advice for managing your Web strategy. In these days of Twitter, Facebook, forums, blogs and more, it can be tempting to skip over the basics and dive headfirst into an oh-so-tempting dish of social media or SEO "tricks."

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When it comes to Flash, there are some conflicting views. There is a misconception that that Flash web pages are not seen by search engines and can’t be indexed at all. Others reckon that Flash sites are not user-friendly and load for ages.

If you are one of those individuals who’ve overlooked and ignored Flash as a viable CMS, I hope this post will make you look twice.

1. FlashMoto Flash CMS

FlashMoto Flash CMS

FlashMoto is an advanced Flash content management system that allows users to create fully editable, extensible and SEO-friendly Flash websites and easily manage them. FlashMoto is intended for Flash developers, freelancers and design studios that are engaged in creating custom Flash sites or modifying web templates. It provides an opportunity to create a website of any complexity, starting from an online business card to a full-fledged portfolio.

So far, there is no way to create multiple accounts for the CMS. In theory, FlashMoto allows the replacement of one template by another (but profound Flash skills required).

2. Royale/CMS

Royale/CMS

Royale CMS is a rebrandable content management system created by an interactive agency for agencies and freelancers. With this CMS, you may create the structure that fits your design. They make an emphasis on the rebranding feature: users may upload their own logo and change the colors. Royale CMS is specifically designed for websites that typically use external XML data.

3. Saffron Flash CMS

Saffron Flash CMS

Saffron CMS is a WYISWYG content management system for Flash-based websites. It is a set of seven readymade components and a controller component that can be incorporated into a Flash-based website and the website content can be updated without leaving the browser window.

4. fCMSPro

fCMSPro

fCMSPro is a Flash component from Flashloaded. It is a solid Flash content management system that provides a lot of useful features for fast and easy Flash website management. Like any other CMS, it makes it possible for users to update content directly on a live website. Websites created with fCMSPro are search-engine-friendly.

5. Yooba CMS

Yooba CMS

Yooba is one of the convenient Flash content management systems that allow users to create rich-media content without having to be a programmer. The user interface looks and works just like any application installed on your computer. Yooba comes in two different account types: Professional (monthly subscription) and Enterprise (annual subscription).

6. Flashblocks

Flashblocks

Flashblocks is a simple Flash content management system aimed mostly at Flash designers. It provides easy ways to create, update, and arrange Flash content from any web browser.

7. FlashContentManager

FlashContentManager

FlashContentManager is a simple File Manager developed for Flash websites with external content that allows users to update text, images, SWFs, MP3s, etc. directly on a live website. It is aimed at both Flash designers and end-users.

8. Flypaper

Flypaper

The Flypaper Platform was designed specifically for agencies and companies that create and use interactive content. Non-technical users can create content without Flash skills and programming knowledge.

9. Maki CMS

Maki

Maki CMS Demo

Maki is another simple content management system that allows users to build and update Flash-based websites. Maki provides a range of readymade templates that you choose and customize.

10. Flint CMS

Flint CMS

Flint CMS is a simple Flash content editor that can be integrated into your own content management solution. It can be used with the news manager, product catalog or anything else.

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Tatiana Titkova works for FlashMoto. You may connect with her on Twitter.

The Power of jQuery with Ajax

As the web evolves, new technologies are emerging and uniting in remarkable ways. The combination of Ajax and jQuery, in particular, is one of the most powerful unions to date.

The purpose of this article is to give a brief and generalized overview of both Ajax and jQuery, and also discuss how jQuery has made Ajax development easier than ever before.

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Planning your E-Commerce Website

Whether theming an e-commerce website or doing a full-scale build, one of the most important parts in the whole process is the planning. Planning a build before you start can sometimes seem like a bit of a tedious and time-consuming task, but not only will it make everything run a lot smoother, it will also save a lot of time.

You may be wondering where you even begin, and that’s what this article will help you answer.

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