P. Anne tops Highland Springs in state semifinals – The Virginian

Chandace Golden had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead Princess Anne to a 57-48 victory over Highland Springs in a Group AAA girls basketball state semifinal Wednesday afternoon at VCU’s Siegel Center.

The Cavaliers (27-3) earned a spot in their fourth straight state championship game. Princess Anne, the defending state champ, plays either Woodside or Oakton at 7 p.m. Friday.

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Tahs in fight to retain Dennis


Dave Dennis

In form … Dennis has been one of the Waratahs’ top performers in the opening rounds of Super Rugby.
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A burning drive to play for the Wallabies is set to keep Dave Dennis in Australia next year but New South Wales Waratahs have a fight on their hands to retain the in-form flanker.


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Making the most of captain Rocky Elsom‘s injury, Dennis is the standout player in the Waratahs‘ forward pack this year and has attracted strong interest from France and Melbourne Rebels for 2013.

The 26-year-old is likely to spurn the big-euro French to fulfil his dream of playing for the Wallabies, which is also a major factor in where he’ll play in Australia.


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The shadow of Elsom looms large at the Waratahs, where the pair share the same position of blindside flanker.

Dennis is weighing up whether his Test aspirations are best served in a strong Tahs pack duelling with NSW captain Elsom, or looking to press claims with a starting role elsewhere.

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Why hasn’t WordPress caught on in government?


Why hasn’t WordPress caught on in government?

While WordPress is the global leader in content management on the Web, it lags far behind Drupal for federal government websites, according to a report.

WordPress is the content management system for about two-thirds of the world’s top websites, according to the latest statistics from BuiltWith.

However, Drupal is six times more popular for federal government domains, reports Ben Balter, a blogger and open source expert who recently conducted his own analysis of federal .gov domains based on publicly-released information.

“Drupal powers twice as many federal [websites] as every other Content Management System combined,” Balter wrote in a March 5 blog post about the report. “That is more than six Drupal sites for every one WordPress (site in) .Gov alone, not to mention the Joomlas, MovableTypes, and SharePoints of the world.” 

The Drupal software currently powers about 150 federal website, including WhiteHouse.gov, Recovery.gov and Energy.gov, according to a Drupal-sponsored wiki.

According to Balter’s analysis, WordPress is in a distant second place in the .gov domain. WordPress is used by the Health and Human Services Department, Consumer Protection Agency, Commerce Department, and several others. Both Drupal and WordPress are open source content management systems.

Balter and other experts are questioning the basis of Drupal’s skyrocketing popularity for government and wondering why WordPress is falling behind.

“When you stack the two side by side (or against any other CMS for that matter), WordPress is objectively the prudent choice,” Balter wrote. “On paper, you’d be hard-pressed to make the case for anything else. But, it’s not a technical problem. It’s a human one. It seems that WordPress’s greatest asset – ease of use that has resulted in widespread adoption by a largely non-technical user base – is threatening to become its greatest liability.”

For government purchasers, Balter suggests, WordPress may be suffering from an image problem.

Article source: http://fcw.com/articles/2012/03/07/wordpress-drupal-content-management-.gov.aspx

AppMobi releases HTML5 game acceleration tech for Android

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Newsbrief: AppMobi has released the public beta for DirectCanvas, its acceleration technology for HTML5 games and apps that are on Android devices, and that use the HTML5 canvas element.

The company claims that DirectCanvas will make screen refresh rates for HTML5-powered games on Android more than ten times faster — giving it the same fluid responsiveness users would see on a native game.

Like the iOS version of DirectCanvas released last November, this Android edition is also designed to accelerate sound and physics calculations, using the technology’s MultiSound API and DirectBox2D API.

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Adobe Shadow Simplifies Mobile Web Development

Shadow lets you synchronize browsing between your PC and multiple phones or tablets to check content displays across different platforms.

Adobe is on its way to solving one of the biggest problems in mobile web development: figuring out what’s broken on a mobile site and why.

The Adobe Labs preview of Shadow, a product targeted for commercial release in the second half of 2012, makes it possible to browse mobile web content on a PC while one or more phones, tablets, or other iOS or Android gizmos follow along. If your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript look great on the PC, the iPhone, and the iPad but horrible on an Android phone, you can use the Chrome browser’s built-in debugging tools to tweak your code until you have achieved cross-platform perfection (see the video below).

To make this work, you must pair the mobile device with the Shadow application, sort of like to pairing a Bluetooth headset with your mobile phone. You enter a code generated by the device into the application to confirm that Shadow is authorized to pilot the device by remote control. From that point until the connection is broken, you can open a web page in Chrome, and your device–or potentially a whole workbench full of devices–will follow along. You can also pick up any of the devices and interact with it directly—say, to check some touchscreen interaction–and then resume synchronized browsing to another web page or application.

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[ Check out some of the highlights from Mobile World Congress 2012. See 10 Sights To See: Mobile World Congress. ]

Bruce Bowman, a senior product manager at Adobe, said Shadow is important for resolving the differences in the ways websites and web applications work and display differently on different browsers. “Web pros are really struggling today because of the demands of their clients, who increasingly are asking a seemingly simple question: Can you make this work on mobile devices? But accomplishing that adds a lot of time to the normal delivery of a website,” he said. That’s because even the most standards-compliant code is often interpreted subtly or dramatically differently on different devices.

“One of the things we heard repeatedly from our customers is that they couldn’t imagine doing their job without browser development tools, where I can inspect my code, make a change, and see that updated on my page in real time,” Bowman said. That ability doesn’t exist within mobile browsers, but Shadow allows developers to use the code inspector in Chrome and see changes displayed on the paired devices in the same fashion, he said.

Adobe picked Chrome because it has the best and most popular code inspection and debugging tools and the most aggressive implementation schedule for the open-source WebKit browser engine, Bowman said. The product also makes use of Winre, an open-source remote code inspector.

“This is unique–there’s nothing else like it,” said Kristin Long, an independent web developer in Oakland, Calif., who does business as MightyMinnow. Adobe does something similar for web development with BrowserLab, which simulates how web content will be displayed across a variety of devices, but Shadow lets you see your content on the actual mobile devices.

“The biggest thing for me is that when you are troubleshooting on the desktop browsers, there are tools you can use to pinpoint the piece in the code that is the issue, but in the mobile browser we didn’t have those tools,” Long said. Shadow fills that gap, she said.

The Shadow app requires at least iOS 4.2 (iPhone 3 or greater) or Android 2.2. Versions for other mobile operating systems, such as Windows Phone or BlackBerry, could follow if there is enough interest in them, Bowman said.

In testing, Shadow has been able to control more than 30 devices simultaneously–which would be handy for testing Android phones from multiple manufacturers, for example. “We didn’t see any kind of performance problems at all with that many. I don’t know if there’s a theoretical maximum, but I don’t think people will hit it.”

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The Enterprise Connect conference program covers the full range of platforms, services, and applications that comprise modern communications and collaboration systems. It happens March 26-29 in Orlando, Fla. Find out more.

Article source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/thebrainyard/mobile/232602185

W3C CEO calls HTML5 as transformative as early Web

“How many people have heard of HTML5?” World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe asked the crowd at CEBIT on Tuesday. Almost everyone put their hand up. “Now how many of you have figured out a plan for how you’re going to use HTML5 in your business?”

Decidedly fewer hands were raised.

Even if they haven’t fully explored its potential, though, Jaffe told the conference crowd that HTML, just one of a series of specifications that make up the W3C’s Open Web standard, will be among the most disruptive elements to hit organizations since the early days of the Internet.

“We’re about to experience a generational change in Web technology, and just as the Web transformed every business, (HTML5) will lead to another transformation.”

This is in part because of HTML’s cross-browser capability, its improved data integration and the way it handles video, but Jaffe also said the spec makes Web pages “more beautiful, intelligent,” and would offer new avenues of Web accessibility to the disabled.

It’s a lot of promise for a standard spec that hasn’t been fully baked yet. “It won’t really be a standard until 2014, but in the Web ecosystem,” nobody waits,” said Jaffe, who worked as CTO at Novell prior to his role at the W3C. “They’ll make minor adjustments once the standard is done.”

While CEBIT is filled with vendors pitching products, Jaffe’s talk offered a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the W3C, a non-profit organization set up to ensure the Web remains free and opened. Working with a relatively small staff of less than 70 people out of MIT, Jaffe said the W3C has added 22 large vendors to its roster of 340 members in less than two years, including Facebook, Motorola Mobility and LG. A key area for the Open Web standard right now, he said, is the development of protection from tracking on the Web, an issue that ties into the CEBIT 2012 theme of “managing trust.” Tracking protection has become enough of a hot button that Jaffe said the W3C has created a working group to address it.

HTML5 already has significant traction in the Canadian market, where startups like Vancouver-based Mobifyhave launched products that use it to help optimize Web sites for mobile devices such as tablets. There’s enough interest and enthusiasm that Microsoft Canada developer evangelists John Bristowe and Andrew Howell created an HTML5 logo with a Canadian coat of arms that has been placed on T-shirts. Last month, Toronto-based training provider InfiniteSkills launched a new HTML5 training course specifically for the Apple platform.

A good example of HTML5 products at CEBIT came from TeamLab, which launched the TeamLab Document Editor at the show that works online instead of standard on-premise word processing software. Nina Gorbunova, marketing manager at TeamLab, said the product uses Canvas, a part of HTML5 that allows for dynamic, scriptable rendering of 2D shapes and bitmap images.

“This way we can guarantee 100 per cent the identity of document versions in any browser or format,” she said. “It helps us avoid all the negative consequences of using HTML4,” which does not have its own engine and rendering tools and dependent on the operating system.

Apart from major use by mobile solution providers, TV and entertainment companies and social networking services (Facebook has even offered native apps on HTML5), Jaffe predicted major benefits to a wide range of industries. These included retail, where applications could be used to find product information, or airports, to assist with logistics. There could even be HTML5-based software that tells users if a car is ready to go on a particular trip.

There are a few stumbling blocks with HTML 5, of course, including perceptions it may not work as well as other platforms, which Jaffee readily conceded could be true. “There’s always a challenge when you introduce a new technology with performance,” he said. “You don’t always get it right on the first shot.”

And while the rise of mobile devices has created major opportunities for HTML5, much will depend on what users want to happen on the Web itself, or in an application. “I don’t see it as a competition,” said Jaffe. “It’s a question of role. But there’s such a diversity of devices out there that it demands standardization.”

CEBIT 2012 runs through the end of the week.

Article source: http://www.itworld.com/internet/256548/w3c-ceo-calls-html5-transformative-early-web

Extensis WebINK Sponsors Webvisionary Awards at WebVisions 2012; Winners Take …

Web Font Service Leader Celebrates Most Imaginative, Daring, and Curious Talent on the Web

Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) March 07, 2012

Extensis® today issued a challenge to Web developers and designers to submit their best use of fonts as a key element of design which concludes with the winners taking home a miniature robot!

Extensis’ leading web font service- WebINK® – is a key sponsor of the Webvisionary Awards, which will be recognized at the upcoming WebVisions 2012 Conference in Portland, Oregon. Commencing at the Oregon Convention Center May 16-18, 2012, the internationally recognized conference explores the future of web and mobile design, technology, user experience, DIY, and strategy

In its fifth year, the Webvisionary Awards celebrates the most imaginative, daring and curious talent on the Web. Participants can enter their work for a spectrum of categories, including an award titled “Fantastic Typographic,” honoring the best use of fonts as a key element of the design (with bonus points for web font technology)

“WebINK is a huge advocate of Web designers and developers who are bold in their approach to Web design,” says Amanda Paull, Extensis Vice President of Marketing. “WebVisions is on the cutting edge of Web design trends, and we not only look forward to connecting with attendees to discuss the current state and future of Web fonts, but honoring those who are the most bold and imaginative at the Webvisionary Awards.”

Enter Today!

Entries for the Webvisionary Awards, a showcase of visionary work by the nation’s top web designers, digital artists, advertising agencies, technologists, public relations firms, social media experts, mobile application developers and digital innovators, are now being accepted at http://www.webvisionaryawards.com/.

Organizations and individuals are challenged to submit published, personal or prototype projects created between March 1, 2011 to April 1, 2012. Entry fees for the competition are $25 per project and the deadline for submissions is 5:00p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Friday, April 20, 2012. Award winners will be named at the Webvisionary Awards Show at the Fez Ballroom at 316 Southwest 11th Avenue in downtown Portland on Friday, May 18, 2012.

For more information on WebVisions 2012 or to register, visit http://www.webvisionsevent.com/

In addition to sponsoring the event and awards, WebINK will be leading a presentation on CSS 3 Web Fonts Typography. Attendees will learn hands-on how to use CSS typographic controls to create great web typography, from enabling custom web fonts with @font-face to achieving special effects for titles that rely on CSS alone. A live web site will be provided for each participant to practice and experiment on, along with access to WebINK web fonts.

About WebINK

WebINK® is the standards-compliant solution for bringing live fonts into any web site without font licensing or file format hassles. Simply by integrating a small piece of code into a site’s CSS code, WebINK delivers custom fonts to any browser instantly. Stocked exclusively with professional-quality typefaces, WebINK unleashes creative freedom to web designers and web developers-enabling them to push the limits of web design while maintaining brand standards and search engine optimization (SEO) best practices. To learn more about WebINK, visit http://www.webink.com.

To join WebINK’s web design community:

About Extensis

Extensis® is a leading developer of software and services for creative professionals and workgroups. Their solutions streamline workflows, securely manage digital assets and fonts, and control corporate typographic branding. Used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies, Extensis’ award-winning server, desktop, and web service products include: Portfolio Server® for digital asset management, Universal Type Server® for server-based font management, Suitcase Fusion™ for single-user font management, and the WebINK® web font rental service. Founded in 1993, Extensis is based in Portland, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. For additional information, visit http://www.extensis.com.

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Jim Kidwell

Product Marketing Manager for Font Solutions

503-275-2020 ext 163

jkidwell@extensis.com

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How To Design Your Website For Dollars, Not Your Ego

Courtesy http://www.sxc.hu/profile/ilco

Traditional design is different from designing for dollars.

My partner Joel Harvey is fond of saying, “My favorite part of a design is the money.”

He’s been part of many a web design project. His perspective comes in response to the number of times he’s heard things like:

“I want the design to pop!”

“I want my site’s design to be groundbreaking like nothing else out there!”

“Let’s turn it up a notch on the design.”

“I want the site’s design to reflect the high value of our product.”

In and of themselves, none of the above statements are unworthy pursuits.

But if your goal is to increase conversion and fill your coffers to the brim, you will fall woefully short if you believe that web design alone can do the heavy lifting of convincing your visitors to take action.

A while back, a client sent us a couple of different mocks of some new designs they were entertaining. They ask which one I liked. The first thing I said is I like the one that makes you the most money. Up until that time their team was arguing over color palettes, white space,and rounded edges.

When I reminded them about the bigger goal, their conversation evolved. In a clock tick, we were all discussing the quality of content on the pages rather than the design elements. When their offer and call to action were right, everyone seemed to forget about the trivia of the actual design.

Designing For Your Ego

Another client brought to us a new landing page campaign they had just launched and were baffled and disappointed in the early results.

They went on to explain that they thought this was the best designed landing page they had ever done. They had just hired a new graphic designer that ‘got it’, and even the CEO was impressed with his work. One problem, their paying customers didn’t seem to agree.

No doubt, the design was gorgeous. Rich colors, curvy rectangles, sexy images, even the header and body fonts were crisp and clean. So why wasn’t this campaign working?

We had them show us their most recent successful campaign. The design was a tad dated, and compared to the new landing page it looked like a high school hobbyist in the company basement eating Cheetos and suckling energy drinks.

Still, by comparing we immediately saw the problem with the new landing page.

The copy on the old page was much better. The headers screamed the product’s value proposition and benefits. The body copy answered relevant questions, and helped the reader imagine themselves buying the product. The call to action button was big, bold, and in your face.

The new page looked stunningly attractive but said very little. To add insult, the hot shot designer was a minimalist and had an aversion to big gawky buttons, so his primary call to action was tiny button that blended in with the hero image, and , by design, was easy to ignore.

We instructed them to use the old page copy on the new design (they had to make a few adjustments to make it all fit), and we asked the designer to create a bigger and bolder call to action button.

They obliged us and that new design finally beat the old landing page, but only slightly.

How Much Time Are You Spending With Your Designer vs. Your Banker?

So my lesson is this. Beautiful, eye-popping design and effective, profitable web design are two different things. And it always seems easier to mistake those eye-popping designs for profitable ones.

Some companies spend more on design than they do on organic SEO, and almost all companies spend more on design than on Conversion Rate OptimizationSearch engine spiders don’t evaluate site design, only content and links. And I have yet to see a company design their way into a better conversion rate and better RO.

Some companies spend way more time going back and forth about a design element than they do actually testing it. Makes you wonder how far ahead of your competitors you could get if you spent more time and resources on conversion optimization and testing.

So when considering a redesign of your entire site, of a successful landing page, or even a banner ad, do the following:

  • Ask and list what about the page experience(not just he design) works? Keep those in the new design.
  • What about the experience doesn’t work?
  • Why do we want to change this(especially if it working)?
  • Before you launch a radically new design, test what you believe is NOT working about the current design.

Above all, use web designers that deeply understand the web and principles of conversion. Otherwise they are just an artist, and the value of an artists works usually increases only after their demise. Can you wait that long?

Photo courtesy ilco via sxc.hu

Opinions expressed in the article are those of the guest author and not necessarily Search Engine Land.

Related Topics: Search Conversion

Article source: http://searchengineland.com/how-to-design-your-website-for-dollars-not-your-ego-113574

3 Tips for Better Web Design

Providing your website’s visitors an awesome experience during their time on your site should be one of your main priorities. Many web designers make common mistakes that can cost them valuable revisits. Here are three things you can do to improve your web design.

1. Clear Navigation

Everything on your site should be simple and organized. In other words, your visitors should not have to scour through your site to find the content they are looking for. For example, perhaps one of your previous visitors read one of your articles and now he or she is trying to locate that article. Your visitor should know exactly where to go if they want to find that article. Include categories and tabs to help direct your visitors.

2. No Popups

Eliminate anything that is distracting or annoying from your site. One of the most annoying and distracting things you can do is put popups on your website. There are only very few exceptions where popups are acceptable. However, if you are a beginning web designer, there is a good chance that you don’t need to include popups on your site, especially advertisement popups. By removing these distractions, your visitors won’t feel annoyed, thus causing them to immediately leave your site. Additionally, some visitors feel threatened by popups, making them believe they are on an unsecured or scam site.

3. Include a Search Bar

A search bar can greatly improve the quality of your website. Search bars allow visitors to quickly search for content within a site. However, including a search bar in your site can be difficult. Therefore, you should allow a professional web design firm to handle these types of modifications. For example, a San Luis Obispo Web Design company easily installs search bars in a website. This and other companies are more than capable of handling difficult designs.

If you are relying on your site to provide you a stable income, you need to be professional about your web design decisions. Don’t try to skip on the important details. Often times, hiring a third-party company to help you design a perfect site is necessary to help you achieve your desired goals. Hopefully these three tips will help you improve your site’s quality.

Article source: http://www.business2community.com/online-marketing/3-tips-for-better-web-design-0143273

Obama Aides Looked at Gates, Nooyi for World Bank

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Barack Obama, right, greets PepsiCo Chairwoman and CEO Indra Nooyi, left, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, center, in Washington.

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President Barack Obama and his
advisers, casting a wide net for potential candidates to lead
the World Bank, considered in initial discussions Microsoft
Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, PepsiCo Inc. Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer Indra Nooyi, and Brown University President
Ruth Simmons, according to a person familiar with the White
House search.

Obama sought to look beyond the ranks of banking and
government in seeking a replacement for Robert Zoellick, who
plans to step down at the end of his term in June, said the
person, who asked not to be named because the search process is
confidential.

The White House now is narrowing its list of potential
candidates. Among the smaller pool of people whose names have
been circulated are former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers,
who was Obama’s first director of the National Economic Council,
Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry and United Nations
Ambassador Susan Rice, the person said.

“Senator Kerry hasn’t been contacted by the administration
about the World Bank vacancy,” said Jodi Seth, communications
director for Kerry. “While he has great respect for the
institution and its role in the world, he’s not interested in
the position.”

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Mark Kornblau, communications director for Rice, and Kelly
Friendly, a spokeswoman for Summers, declined to comment. John
Pinette, a spokesman for Gates, and Peter Land, a spokesman for
PepsiCo, also declined to comment. Marisa Quinn, a spokeswoman
for Simmons, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A White House official said that Obama has begun to
consider the issue of replacing Zoellick.

Last month, concerned that the U.S. might lose its
prerogative to select the World Bank president if challenged by
the developing world, Obama asked his aides to expand the list
of potential candidates. Officials sought a candidate who would
be well-positioned to prevail if a coalition of developing
countries were to rally behind a non-U.S. candidate, such as
former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, the person said.

U.S. Traditional Pick

The U.S. has traditionally picked the World Bank president
under an informal agreement that included having a European head
of the International Monetary Fund. Last year, France’s
Christine Lagarde was selected over Mexican central bank
Governor Agustin Carstens to lead the IMF.

While no non-American challenge has emerged for Zoellick’s
job, officials from China, Brazil and Mexico have called for a
change in the tradition of U.S. World Bank leadership.

U.S. officials have said that the White House will nominate
an American. “Our expectation is that we will nominate a strong
American candidate and we will put our full backing behind that
person,” Victoria Nuland, a state department spokeswoman said
on Feb. 21 at a briefing.

The World Bank has said that it will accept nominations
until March 23. Zoellick’s term expires June 30.

Under Zoellick’s presidency, shareholders approved the
first capital increase in more than 20 years to meet demand from
countries hit by the global slump that followed the 2008
financial crisis. His successor may face another surge in loan
requests in the wake of the European debt crisis.

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How to pick an open source CMS that’s right for your business

A content management system is the backbone of your website. When it comes to choosing an open source CMS, you’ll need a robust platform that allows for Web authoring, collaboration and document management, in addition to administrative and design tools.

Any business can use an Open Source Web CMS

According to Kathleen Reidy, senior analyst at 451 Research, an enterprise market research company, the acceptance of open source in the enterprise has grown steadily since 2005, and so has availability of open source CMS options.

“There’s more acceptance and awareness of open source CMS in the enterprise today, but there’s also more options,” she said. “Ten years ago the projects existed but there [weren't] many options for a commercial entity to engage with.”

Having a commercial partner is key for large businesses using open source software, and for some organisations it might be a requirement. Instead of buying software, what you purchase is the commercial package – a subscription for add-ons, custom code, updates and support from a reputable service partner.

In the mid-market, companies are more apt to have a team responsible for building on the open source CMS to make it work for the organisation.

“In the large organisations, there is often a requirement that you must have a commercial support contract for open source software,” Reidy said. “But there are some large organisations with technical teams and they download Drupal or any open source CMS and off they go.”

Small businesses might find an open source CMS to be cost-effective, as they might not need a commercial support contract. A small business can create a website on its own, hire a developer or work with a small IT shop with roots in Drupal or Joomla design.

Three popular open source CMS choices: WordPress, Drupal and Joomla

WordPress powers the Pepsi Refresh Everything Blog, a Pepsi marketing campaign that gives away millions in grants each month to fund great ideas.

If you’re looking for an open source Web CMS – and there’s really no reason to not look at open source options today -Joomla, Drupal and WordPress are among the most popular choices.

For a public blog, a newsroom or any type of site where you need to put sequential thoughts in order, WordPress is the best choice. It has a reputation for being easy to use, though you may find it difficult to create a website that isn’t primarily used for blogging or news.

The core WordPress software is built by hundreds of community volunteers. You can use WordPress on your own by downloading the latest stable release, or you can sign up with a Web hosting provider that offers a WordPress install.

WordPress has thousands of plug-ins and themes to expand your website, and there is plenty of official documentation, a large community-based online support forum and a number of tutorial sites, like WPLift, to get you started. Some of the high-profile companies using WordPress include TechCrunch, Pepsi Refresh and Comedy.com.

The Drupal platform is an advanced CMS that’s often described as more developer-friendly than user-friendly. Drupal falls at the opposite end of the spectrum from WordPress. It’s a good fit for a variety of websites, from blogging to e-commerce and enterprise applications, but if you don’t have developer skills you might find it difficult to use.

Joomla powers the Uxbridge College website, designed by Qlue Joomla Web Developers. Based in London, Uxbridge is for teaching practical skills in high-demand industries.

A small business considering Drupal will likely require a developer for installation, set-up and maintenance. Compared to other open source CMS platforms, Drupal is more often used for building industry and vertical-specific websites where engineers and developers are a requirement. A larger business will find a number of commercial Drupal-related services available, such as installation, configuration, design, module development and support.

Drupal boasts more than 14,000 modules and nearly 1,500 themes to help you build and enhance a website. The Drupal developer community and resources for online support are huge – there are online forums, a mailing list and IRC Chat to support you with a Drupal-based site. Symantec Connect, Popular Science and the White House are a few websites powered by Drupal.

Joomla is the favourite CMS for small and medium-sized businesses

The third popular option for open source web CMS is Joomla. It falls between the two ends of the spectrum. It’s more sophisticated than WordPress, but less developer-heavy than Drupal. While making ground in the enterprise space, Joomla is often the favorite CMS for small and medium-sized businesses.

Joomla powers the Uxbridge College website, designed by Qlue Joomla Web Developers. Based in London, Uxbridge is for teaching practical skills in high-demand industries.

It has a strong ecosystem of developers, users and businesses that provide Joomla products and services to the community, making it an easy option for small businesses to use. It also has tools for developers looking to create more complex websites and applications.

Joomla boasts an international community of half a million members, and more than 20,000 developers and 9,000 add-ons to extend your site. Joomla is a good fit for many types of websites, including basic brochure or portfolio sites, e-commerce, blogs and sites where secure logins are required. Websites using Joomla include International House of Pancakes (IHOP), Uxbridge College, and the US Global Change Research Program.

Regardless of which open source Web CMS you use, the important thing to know is that once you have engaged and deployed the system and made your “purchase” from the commercial service provider, IT shop or developer, you’re not going to be aware on a daily basis that your organisation’s website is actually running on an open source CMS.

“In the end,” Reidy said, “when you use an open source content management system, what you purchase isn’t really all that different from a commercial CMS, except there are differences in the licensing and you have access to portions of the code.”

Article source: http://howto.techworld.com/applications/3342819/how-pick-open-source-cms-thats-right-for-your-business/?intcmp=ros-md-hwt

Hearst Expands Mobile Ad Creation Through Sprout

 

Hearst Digital Media is expanding its tablet and mobile-based ad creation capabilities through a partnership with Sprout, a platform that enables publishers and agencies to create and track their own mobile and tablet ads.

Sprout, which is a division of mobile ad network InMobi, is a cloud-based tool that allows its clients to import materials and create mobile HTML5 ads. Hearst Digital plans to use the service for its mobile optimized web sites for brands such as Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and Seventeen.

Last September, Hearst announced an aggressive 6-18 month plan to optimize all of its magazine web sites with HTML5, acknowledging the importance mobile devices are going to play in content consumption.

Since the optimization program began, Hearst Digital Media vice president of programming and product strategy Mark Weinberg told Folio: that Good Housekeeping, which was the first brand to undergo the transition, has had record monthly uniques.

“With a comprehensive suite of HTML5 applications, we can develop solutions that tap into the inherent functionality of each device—tailoring solutions to consumer interests and behaviors,” says Hearst Digital Media executive director of marketing services Laura Schooling.

 

 

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HTML5 app dev boosted by Sencha Touch 2.0

HTML5 app dev boosted by Sencha Touch 2.0
Sencha’s upgraded framework opens up the App Store to more developers.

Sencha Inc has released Sencha Touch 2.0, a major update to its “high-performance HTML5 mobile application framework”. The company claims that its product is the “only framework that enables developers to build fast and visually impressive applications that rival native applications”. The update significantly improves performance, along with providing single-command packaging for app store distribution.

We spoke to Aditya Bansod (AB), senior director of product management at Sencha, about the new release and what it means for developers.

.net: What was the aim behind this new release of Sencha Touch?
AB: We had three main priorities: make apps faster; make developing easier; and make apps easier to distribute. We’d heard from developers and customers that the rise of Android phones changed the way they look at performance and made their needs to be on multiple device platforms even more relevant. So in Sencha Touch 2, we spent time focussing on making apps run faster. This included analysing HTML5, the browsers that run apps created with Sencha Touch 2, working with hardware makers, and other aspects.

Our goal was to maximise the execution and response of applications built with Sencha Touch 2 on Android, including the Kindle Fire and Chrome for Android. Android developers will notice a dramatic improvement in scrolling frame rates, layout speed, load time, and responsiveness to touch gestures. Touch 2 delivers a faster, smoother and more interactive experience that rivals native for many apps.

.net: What are your main highlights of this new release, and how will said highlights benefit developers?
AB: In addition to the performance enhancements, we focused on improving the overall developer experience, ensuring developers have easy access to app stores. For the dev experience, we made our APIs simpler, added a cleaner MVC, and made a huge investment in our learning resources, including new docs, new screencasts and more fully-baked tutorials.

For developers who want to take web apps and distribute them in app stores, we now include a native packager that lets developers package apps for Android Marketplace/Google Play and the iTunes App Store on both Mac and Windows. This means getting access to the App Store no longer requires you to have a Mac.

.net: What are your hopes for the future regarding mobile app development and advances in HTML5?
AB: We want to see HTML5 grow in two specific areas. First, device access: developers need to get access to APIs such as camera, file system and more. These have been slow coming to HTML5. Secondly, we want to see graphics APIs, such as WebGL, show up in all mobile browsers. One of the last frontiers for HTML5 is high-end games, and WebGL enables that.

For more on Sencha Touch 2, visit the Sencha blog.

Article source: http://www.netmagazine.com/news/html5-app-dev-boosted-sencha-touch-20-121829

An explanation for AJAX Web Application Development

 By: Grey Matter India

The concept of mixing Asynchronous JavaScript with XML to satisfy the aim of development of highly interactive net applications is named AJAX. Credible samples of the recognition of this technology would be Google maps and A9 that are implemented in Ajax and have raised the bar of user satisfaction because of a fashionable shopper finish interactive expertise. Asynchronous JavaScript and XML have individually existed for quite your time currently however it’s the ingenious amalgamation of those 2 stable technologies that has opened the floodgates for innovative offshore application development to thrive.

The Ajax-style net Application Development is illustrated by many distinguished options. Asynchronous requests are created to the net server which implies that even when awaiting a response from the net server the browser user interface isn’t blocked. It will continue interaction with the user or handler. The Ajax-style applications have a high reliance on browser-based logic written in JavaScript that is because of the recent enhancements and standardization of the DOM model that entails support for dynamic client-side user interface updates. The XMLHttp object native or indigenous to the XML language permits communication with the online server while not page reload so creating the exchange of knowledge not helpful presentation between the browser and therefore the web server. The offshore net development and offshore software development arenas have benefited from this innovative technology and its blessings over ancient net Application Development like the absence of the generation of an HTTP request to the net server whenever a user interaction happens. The apparent pluses related to the choice of Ajax net Application Development are a richer user net expertise, avoidance of re-rendering UI widgets on every occasion and improved overall system latency because of reduction in role of net server providing logic.

Magic Logix Named Sixth Best Web Development Company by bestwebdesignagencies …

The independent authority on web design and development, bestwebdesignagencies.com, has named Magic Logix the sixth best web development company for March 2012.

(PRWEB) March 07, 2012

The independent authority on web design and development, bestwebdesignagencies.com, has released their list of the best web development companies for the month of March 2012. Magic Logix has been given the award as sixth best http:// web development firm due to their solid processes for developing professional quality and extensive websites. They were identified during the evaluation and ranking process which compares the top web development agencies and ranks them in the list based on their performance.

Magic Logix provides a custom web development service which focuses on a professional website across various platforms. Their process for development involves meticulous testing, strategy consultation, and dynamic solutions. They provide web development services for Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress among other CRM and open source solutions.

bestwebdesignagencies.com evaluates and ranks http:// web development companies through the use of a set of evaluation criteria, customer references, and various industry resources for web development companies. Five areas of evaluation are used to compare each of the best based on their strengths, weaknesses, and competitive advantages. The five areas include development standards, browser compatibility, code security, services, and customer support.

For a more thorough evaluation, customer references are also used in order to receive unique feedback on each http:// web development company in the evaluation process. At least three customer references are obtained for each company in order to ask the clients general and specific questions about the service and obtain information about how the web development services have impacted their business. Customers of Magic Logix have indicated their pleasure at having custom websites developed for them with their own functionality and features without the bugs and issues which come from internal web development.

The best web development agencies are evaluated and ranked by the independent authority on web design and development to assist businesses in finding the right fit for their custom website needs. Magic Logix offers a professional development service which produces results and recognition for their customers.

ABOUT bestwebdesignagencies.com

bestwebdesignagencies.com is an independent research firm with a dedication to providing a list of the best web design companies and web development firms in the industry. Through meticulous research and developed methods for evaluating and ranking companies, bestwebdesignagencies.com has provided customers of web design and development services with a great resource to find a top performing web design company. Evaluations are carried out by a specialized team of researchers who examine thousands of applicants each month. bestwebdesignagencies.com provides their rankings free of charge to companies and individuals searching for a quality web design firm or looking for other design and development services with updates being provided on the first of each month. The website also provides information and resources for those looking to learn more about web design and development services.

To view the list of the Best Web Development Companies visit:

http://www.bestwebdesignagencies.com/rankings-of-best-web-development-companies

To learn more about Magic Logix visit:

http://magic-logix.bestwebdesignagencies.com/

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topseos.in Announces Red Chilli Media as Best Web Design Company in India for …

topseos.in, the independent authority on search vendors in India, has ranked Red Chilli Media as the number one web design companies in India for the month of March 2012.

(PRWEB) March 07, 2012

The independent authority on Search vendors in India, topseos.in, has named Red Chilli Media the best web design company in online marketing industry for the month of March 2012. topseos.in releases its list of the best web design companies to help businesses find services which can produce brilliant designs and eye catching layouts to help with both a professional design and online marketing initiatives.

Red Chilli Media offers web design services which help capture the attention of visitors through a professional website design custom tailored for the customer with the intention of providing a unique visual experience. This ensures a strong first impression on potential customers and instills the concepts of quality and trust with the experience from the start. Their designs meet industry standards while using the latest technologies and methods of relaying information through a web browser. Their design philosophies ensure a custom tailored layout unmatched by others in their respective industry.

The process for evaluating and ranking the best web design companies in India involves a look at the processes and procedures which each web design firm uses to produce professional website designs. Five areas of evaluation are used to compare each web design company’s produce work and established philosophies. The five areas of evaluation include navigation, visual appeal, compliant code, consistency, and download time. Websites created by web design firm Red Chilli Media have been found to be very unique, easy to view, easy to understand, and are fast to download.

topseos.in also contacts customers of each web design company in order to obtain their unique feedback and experiences. This helps the topseos.in independent research team validate the claims of each web design company to further produce the results of the evaluation process and utilize the latest information to compare each web design company in the rankings. During this evaluation, customers of Red Chilli Media were willing to discuss the project as a whole and their thoughts on the design which was achieved from the project. They indicated satisfaction with the designs and explained their increased interest in their products and services and a higher return on investment due to the increased exposure and stronger first impression.

The companies which have been identified and evaluated are featured in the list of the best web design companies in India. These companies have shown consistent dedication towards customer satisfaction and excellence which is often unmatched by others in the industry. topseos.in is confident that Red Chilli Media is a top notch web design company offering a unique web design experience for each customer.

ABOUT topseos.in

topseos.in is a well-known independent authority on search vendors in India. Established in 2002, the goal of topseos is to recognize and rank those individuals or companies providing the best online marketing services all over the world. A specialized team of researchers examine thousands of applicants each month who are seeking to be ranked as a top internet marketing service provider by the independent authority. This website is being visited daily by thousands of visitors all over the world looking for the best services available. The website also provides various types of facilities other than the independent rankings which provide useful information to customers and providers of online marketing services.

To view the complete list of the Best Web Design Companies in India visit:

http://www.topseos.in/rankings-of-best-web-design-companies

To learn more about Red Chilli Media visit:

http://red-chilli-media.topseos.in/

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W3C CEO calls HTML5 as transformative as early Web

“How many people have heard of HTML5?” World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe asked the crowd at CEBIT on Tuesday. Almost everyone put their hand up. “Now how many of you have figured out a plan for how you’re going to use HTML5 in your business?”

Decidedly fewer hands were raised.

Even if they haven’t fully explored its potential, though, Jaffe told the conference crowd that HTML, just one of a series of specifications that make up the W3C’s Open Web standard, will be among the most disruptive elements to hit organizations since the early days of the Internet.

“We’re about to experience a generational change in Web technology, and just as the Web transformed every business, (HTML5) will lead to another transformation.”

This is in part because of HTML’s cross-browser capability, its improved data integration and the way it handles video, but Jaffe also said the spec makes Web pages “more beautiful, intelligent,” and would offer new avenues of Web accessibility to the disabled.

It’s a lot of promise for a standard spec that hasn’t been fully baked yet. “It won’t really be a standard until 2014, but in the Web ecosystem,” nobody waits,” said Jaffe, who worked as CTO at Novell prior to his role at the W3C. “They’ll make minor adjustments once the standard is done.”

While CEBIT is filled with vendors pitching products, Jaffe’s talk offered a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the W3C, a non-profit organization set up to ensure the Web remains free and opened. Working with a relatively small staff of less than 70 people out of MIT, Jaffe said the W3C has added 22 large vendors to its roster of 340 members in less than two years, including Facebook, Motorola Mobility and LG. A key area for the Open Web standard right now, he said, is the development of protection from tracking on the Web, an issue that ties into the CEBIT 2012 theme of “managing trust.” Tracking protection has become enough of a hot button that Jaffe said the W3C has created a working group to address it.

HTML5 already has significant traction in the Canadian market, where startups like Vancouver-based Mobifyhave launched products that use it to help optimize Web sites for mobile devices such as tablets. There’s enough interest and enthusiasm that Microsoft Canada developer evangelists John Bristowe and Andrew Howell created an HTML5 logo with a Canadian coat of arms that has been placed on T-shirts. Last month, Toronto-based training provider InfiniteSkills launched a new HTML5 training course specifically for the Apple platform.

A good example of HTML5 products at CEBIT came from TeamLab, which launched the TeamLab Document Editor at the show that works online instead of standard on-premise word processing software. Nina Gorbunova, marketing manager at TeamLab, said the product uses Canvas, a part of HTML5 that allows for dynamic, scriptable rendering of 2D shapes and bitmap images.

“This way we can guarantee 100 per cent the identity of document versions in any browser or format,” she said. “It helps us avoid all the negative consequences of using HTML4,” which does not have its own engine and rendering tools and dependent on the operating system.

Apart from major use by mobile solution providers, TV and entertainment companies and social networking services (Facebook has even offered native apps on HTML5), Jaffe predicted major benefits to a wide range of industries. These included retail, where applications could be used to find product information, or airports, to assist with logistics. There could even be HTML5-based software that tells users if a car is ready to go on a particular trip.

There are a few stumbling blocks with HTML 5, of course, including perceptions it may not work as well as other platforms, which Jaffee readily conceded could be true. “There’s always a challenge when you introduce a new technology with performance,” he said. “You don’t always get it right on the first shot.”

And while the rise of mobile devices has created major opportunities for HTML5, much will depend on what users want to happen on the Web itself, or in an application. “I don’t see it as a competition,” said Jaffe. “It’s a question of role. But there’s such a diversity of devices out there that it demands standardization.”

CEBIT 2012 runs through the end of the week.

Article source: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/internet/3342800/w3c-ceo-calls-html5-as-transformative-as-early-web/

Adobe previews free Web development utility



The Shadow lightweight Web development utility helps developers preview designs on multiple mobile devices at the same time

Adobe has unveiled Shadow, a lightweight Web development utility that helps designers and developers preview designs on multiple mobile devices at the same time. The program, posted on Adobe Labs, is in beta and available as a free download. Shadow, which allows your mobile devices to synchronously browse with your desktop computer, is designed to aid in the testing and inspection of new designs and design updates. It promises to make the reviewing and debugging process more efficient by letting the designers see how each iteration will look on all target devices simultaneously.

“Shadow is for front-end Web designers and developers who are interested in building better mobile Web experiences,” said Bruce Bowman, senior product manager of Adobe’s digital media business. “It allows them to connect devices to their computer, and when they browse on their computer, it allows the devices to stay in sync and targets devices for remote inspection and debugging.”

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Shadow, a client for both Mac and Windows, supports iOS and Android, and is targeted to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript workflows. Shadow works through an extension to the Chrome browser. It is not restricted to Adobe programs, and can be used with any development tool.

View and inspect
Shadow lets users pinpoint errors, experiment with new ideas and layouts, and view the changes on their devices in real time. It works over a Wi-Fi network, where all devices are connected to the same network. It takes into account the rapid changes in the development landscape, with new devices, operating systems, browsers, and browser versions. Different browsers have varying levels of capabilities, and are enabling new technologies in advance of W3C rules, requiring constant checking to make sure that a design works everywhere, or at least degrades gracefully.

Shadow’s targeted inspection mode lets users do most of the tweaking on their desktop computer without having to interact with the devices. Adobe explains that whereas today, most developers are working via trial and error, with Shadow, they’re able to control revisions from one place.

“As a Web developer, the more I can keep my eyes on my own screen and my hands on my own mouse, and not have to touch other devices, the more efficient I can be,” Bowman said. “Shadow allows remote control of devices: There’s no ambiguity, no guesswork, just precision editing tools.”

Better browsing with HTML 5
Shadow joins other Adobe Labs Web development apps such as Edge, Muse, and Wallaby in the company’s attempt to propel its HTML 5 Web products forward, and move away from Flash-based mobile sites. This is consistent with the trend away from the company’s Flash platform for content creation on mobile devices.

Article source: http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/adobe-previews-free-web-development-utility-188171

Fake AV Attack Targets WordPress Users

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    NASA is in the news for a security lapse again, and it shouldn’t shock you one bit. The embattled space agency has proven a few times already that it doesn’t have a grip on its information security needs.

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