Archive for December, 2011

What CSS means to your website?

Monday, December 26th, 2011

CSS or cascading style sheets is a style sheet language that helps to describe the presentation semantics of a document written in a markup language. This application is most commonly used for styling the web pages that are written in HTML or XHTML language. CSS can be used not only for these two major coding languages but can also be applied to many other kind of documents written with languages like XML, plain XML, SVG, XUL and many more.

A Cascading style sheet is capable of improving a website’s design in many ways and by implementing them a website can be easily made attractive and user-friendly. When you launch your website in CSS, you help it move out of the category of basic styling framework and attain the category of superior designing.

Making a website presentable is one of the major requirements for surviving in the world of internet. Designers insert boxes, tables and shadows to differentiate document content from document presentation, but CSS allows it in a more fun and creative way. With CSS, a developer can include more colors as well as fonts in the document presentation so that it’s more interactive and interesting to see.

With the help of CSS, a website can be made the ultimate work of art as it enables a markup language to be presented in many styles. A CSS website provides more control and flexibility to the presentation characteristics along with facilitating multiple pages for format sharing and reducing complexity and repetition in structural content.

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Features of Joomla 1.7

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Joomla is one of the most popular and recognized content management systems that most of the developers nowadays choose for their web development process. Joomla provides many kinds of advantages to the development process as it is free to download, open sourced as well as easy to understand. Its features will let you change the look of your site instantly. Many versions of Joomla have been launched till date and now this CMS is ready with its all new latest version of Joomla 1.7.

Joomla 1.7 is highly promising website software that has been launched on an open source platform. It is capable of working on Windows 7, Windows Vista 64-Bit, Windows Vista, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows XP and Windows 7 64-Bit. This version of Joomla provides many new features in terms of zones, email templates, auto approvals, campaigns, registration, ads manager, packages, advertisers, installation, admin and much more.

The installation of Joomla 1.7 is also quite a simple process and with the help of it, one can easily upload files to webhost to open it in a separate browser. Just a few questions have to be answered in the process and then the website will be all set to go online. With the help of it, one can easily add duplicate buttons to copy a zone as well as drop down all email templates in place of log template lists.

It also provides the ease of auto-approvals for the new tabs as well as the choice to auto approve any advertisement or campaign. Its new registration features provide registration to allow existing users to login first. Its ability to re-order ads and search by ID has also made it much advanced.

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Ways to Install WordPress Themes in a Website

Monday, December 12th, 2011

There are many advantages of using a wordpress theme for website development. WordPress allows changing the theme, content, looks and designs of a website in a matter of minutes. This makes the whole process of website development much faster and efficient. A wordpress theme can be easily swapped by another and there are thousands and thousands of these available. But just their availability is not enough; rather it is important to know as how to install them efficiently.

There are three basic ways of installing a wordpress theme out of which, two are mostly used. The first one is through WordPress free themes directory while the second is by uploading it from your desktop with the use of built in WordPress Uploader. Apart from these two, the third way of installing a wordpress theme is a little complex but it is still useful. This includes uploading the theme from your desktop by using a File Transfer Protocol Program.

In the free themes directory method, the developer has to navigate to appearance option present within the WordPress dashboard. After this, themes tab is selected from the top of the page named Install themes. In this category, themes can be searched under the titles ‘Featured’, ‘Newest’ and ‘Recently Updated’. In the WordPress Zip File Upload Method, the theme has to be installed in the computer system in the form of a ZIP file. This file allows compressing a large file into smaller and easier to handle one. These themes can be uploaded from the themes tab of the appearance option, present on the dashboard.

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What is more important: Software or the Developer?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Stages like PSD to HTML conversion or XHTML coding is a part of almost every web programming process. Such processes are the main basis of converting an non-lively website into a live functioning one that could create profits for its company. But, the question is that, are these processes self-sufficient to make a website run efficiently on the web. The answer is a big ‘no’.

This answer owes to the fact that HTML or XHTML are complicated markup languages that cannot be used and processed by a normal person. To use and implement them successfully, it is essential that they are implemented by a person who has knowledge and experience in using such technologies and languages.

Such people are known as the web developers. Web developers carry the technical knowledge and talent to use markup languages in such a way that not only makes a website run without hassles but also makes them unique from others. Even if a user-friendly CMS or technology has to be used, the significance of a developer cannot be ignored.

If we take the example of a PSD design, then the process of PSD to HTML/XHTML conversion is not self sufficient to make those designs run on a live server. This is the job of a developer to launch the converted designs into a suitable browser and to make sure that it runs smoothly on the website.

Nowadays, many ready made softwares are available on the internet through which development and programming can be processed. However, these softwares don’t execute the flawlessness that manual coding does.

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