Category: Web Design

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Got a great idea for a website? Here are some key points to take on board when filtering through the hundreds of choices in web designers.

(1) Are they local? Having a great designer in another state or country might seem feasible but in the back and forth of design and implementation – nothing beats a face-to-face meeting. Being on the coast means they will understand your business.

(2) Are they actually performing the work? Many Australian companies have a sales front and send the coding and/or design work offshore. Usually cheaper but you’re not supporting Aussie Jobs and when things go wrong the locals may not have the technical skills to fix it.

(3) Are they willing to help you with goals and strategies as part of their quote? You may have a plan for your site but a good web designer can give you a great site plan and focus on “calls to action” – getting your customers to act on your goals.

(4) Have they built a number of high traffic sites before? Nothing substitutes for experience. Having some high profile or high traffic sites under their belt means a web designer has seen and solved the many issues a more complex site involves.

(5) Are they providing a complete solution for social media and marketing? Facebook, Twitter, Analytics,  SEO, Google Adwords – you will want to utilise these tools and more to market your brand to the full spectrum of opportunities available.

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OJ Networks answers ‘YES‘ to all of these questions for businesses looking to bring their Sunshine Coast business online or create a website on the Sunshine Coast.

TickWe are local – based in the heart of Coolum Beach – our offices are easy to find (across from Tickle Park) and we are always ready to meet face-to-face with you to discuss your online ideas. We know what makes Sunshine Coast businesses tick. We understand the tourist economy and how to market to it online.

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We have highly skilled designers and coders on our staff. We can design custom templates from scratch. If you want a cheaper option we can utilize a pre-designed template and modify it to your needs.  If something isn’t right with your site coding we will fix it.

TickToo many sites on the net are simple brochure sites. They have no call to action and no reason for people to interact with them. For example – if you are selling a product or service your goal should be to get people to enquire or purchase from you. We are experts in funnelling your visitors to these goals which results in more revenue for your business and really makes your site worthwhile.

TickSites we have built attract thousands of visitors a day. They are fast and responsive. They are functional and easy to navigate. Whatever your requirements we can deliver an online product to make your ideas a reality.

TickWe believe in empowering our customers. As part of our packages we integrate with tools such as Google Analytics and Google Webmaster to allow our customers to track how their site is performing. We integrate with Social Media such as Facebook and Twitter to begin social interactions for our customers. We can help setup AdWords and facebook advert campaigns to boost your traffic overnight.

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The internet wires have been buzzing recently with some high profile news that may affect the future of Adobe’s long surviving Flash Plugin.

Flash to HTML 5Most recently ZDNet has reported that Flash will not be included with the new “Metro” version of IE 10 that will be included with the new Windows 8. If you haven’t heard about Windows 8 yet – there are some preview videos. TheMetro interface is an enhanced overlay interface (that to me has roots in the Media Center overlay interface – shoot me down!) and will work great if you are using windows 8 on a touch device. It has a lot in common with the new Windows Phone Interfaces that many of you would have experience with too.

Because the interface is coded in HTML 5 and Javascript it will be extensible by web developers. The specialised version of IE 10 in this “Metro” interface will not include the Flash Plugin – however apparently you will be able to switch to the standard desktop version of the browser to view that content. The desktop interface will still be familiar to current Windows 7 users. Microsoft would not have invested so much time and money into the new “Metro” interface if they didn’t expect it to be the way forward for Windows operating systems. As such this seems to be a message that Flash may play a smaller role in browsers of the future.

Adobe too has actually weighed in with some Flash news of their own. They are no longer developing new Flash Players for mobile devices. They realise that HTML 5 is the way forward on mobile devices and they are putting their money behind making HTML 5 all it can be. Of course anyone with a iOS device – iPhone, iPad etc. has never enjoyed flash content anyway, but now that Flash content may begin to disappear from other phones and tablet device browsers too.  Adobe will still allow flash developers to package their Flash content within applications that run on mobile devices through the Adobe AIR platform.

Adobe has years of experience in Flash Player refinements and in creating the tools that allow pixel perfect animations and interactive web interfaces. They realise that by being part of the group pushing HTML5 as the future, they will be there to provide web designers with the vanguard of tools available to fill the gap that Flash leaves behind. In fact it looks like the transition will be gradual – where Adobe products may push out a HTML5 (Maybe through AIR?) and Flash version of the same content.

[quote]we will design new features in Flash for a smooth transition to HTML5 as the standards evolve so developers can confidently invest knowing their skills will continue to be leveraged[/quote] Danny Winokur – VP & GM – Interactive Development Adobe.

Watch this space! HTML 5 has a  way to go to fill the gap that will be created by losing the advanced animation, gaming and video interface that flash provides. But it is being helped up on the shoulders of  the big players like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Adobe.

There is no doubt that the future of interactive, eye popping content lies here…

 

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Photoshop 5This is one for the web designers. Well you are probably up to speed with using the refine edges tool that replaced the old extract tool from Photoshop CS3. It seems to do a better job on extracting hair and difficult edges than the old extract plugin did. There is a good quick video on the refine edges tool capabilities.

However some Photoshop users have been saying online that they missing the old plugin as they were used to the workflow of using it. Well Adobe has heard you! They released an Optional Plugins pack. Included are the following tools:

• Bigger Tiles
• Picture Package (ContactSheetII)
• ExtractPlus
• PatternMaker
• PhotomergeUI
• Web Photo Gallery (WebContactSheetII) plus presets
• script for Layer Comps to Web Photo Gallery
• Texture presets for Texturizer

Where do you get it? Download the extract tool for Photoshop CS5