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Digg Labs Goes Live

Digg.com has introduced its own lab, named (accurately, if not creatively) Digg Labs. This new addition will allow visitors to test features and consider concepts before they are introduced to the main Digg site. User feedback could also prevent things from making the transition from Digg Labs to Digg.

Web Design: Three Great Ways to Preload Images

If you want to preload images to your website, there are actually a few options available.

ad:tech Chicago 2006 – Day Two Roundup

Day two of ad:tech Chicago rounded up with a sigh. With all the parties Monday night, I think some of the attendees were looking forward to the end of the day.

Stack And Swarm At The Digg Labs

User-contributed news site Digg has entered experimental territory, as founder Kevin Rose disclosed the debut of Digg Labs.

Copywriting And Design Rules for Successful eCommerce

What are the secrets of converting visitors into customers? Most ecommerce sites that struggle to convert suffer from the same half dozen minor problems.

Rand Fishkins Tips For More Traffic

Every site owner wants one thing: more visitors. After that, their requests might vary from “more with my family” to “more ice cream in the freezer,” but they can all agree on that one wish.

More Questions to Ask Your Web Designer

Last week’s article addressed some important questions to ask a web designer before you move forward with a website.

Questions to Ask Your Web Designer

No business has an unlimited marketing budget. If you are having a web solution developed by an outside design firm it is crucial to ensure that you are getting the most “bang for your buck”.

Microsoft Response To Outlook RSS Design

I’m happy to see that Michael Affronti has responded to my post about the design decisions regarding Outlook 2007’s RSS reader.

Streaming Videos Not the Same as Podcasts

I was intrigued by the PRWeek headline: “Free podcasts become driving force in BMW branding push.”

Site Design According To Drost

Website design is as much an art as a science. Still, some there are some guiding principles that will, in just about every case, make for a better site. Herman Drost has compiled a list of 16 of these elements.

Search Engine Promotion: No Strategy, No Success

Whether you’re planning the launch of your first site, or wondering why your site counter is actually moving backward, stop.

Using Design Clichs

Web 2.0 is the new black, rounded corners are the new complimentary accessory, drop shadows are a part of the status quo, and you’d better not wear a bevel before Labor Day.

Site Design With Vaastu Shastra
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Would you like to improve your website? Then utilize vaastu shastra – “the science of direction that combines all the five elements of nature and balances them with man and materials.”

10 Step Web Design and Development Contract Agreement
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This is not written by a professional lawyer or anyone close to one. It is written by a typical business owner of a successful web development company who has no law degree or the budget to hire a lawyer to write a web development contract.

Conversion Optimization: Picking Up Where SEO Leaves Off

Search engine optimization (SEO) gets them to the site. What they do (or don’t do) once SEO has done its job is up to the site owner or designer.

Two Sides of the Marketing Coin

Advertising Age covers Sephora’s coffee cup lipstick smear ad (reg. req.) and raises an interesting question.

Top 3 Design Priorities – Old and Wise, But Still Not Recognized

Imagine it – a new, shiny red sports car that is simply stunning to behold. A beauty. A masterpice of shape and design. But, it doesn’t move – not an inch.

Liquid VS Fixed Layout Debate in Modern Web Design

For the last 10 years the question of whether to use fixed or liquid layouts when designing a website has raged on in the web design world, with major design players on both sides of the proverbial fence.

Recently though, as screen resolutions have increased dramatically, fixed layouts have all but replaced liquid, but there are still come major advantages to a liquid layout if designed properly.

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Netscape Back with Hybrid Journalism Site

Netscape is back baby and in a big way.

The Problem with Accessible Website Design

Worrying about being prosecuted under the UK Disability Discrimination Act for the inaccessibility of your company website?