Jan 17

Top 5 Web Design Mistakes

We could produce of a list of 50 top web design mistakes but lets limit this list to 5, to get to the point and help you speed the recovery of your site. As always, please comment on this list in case we’ve missed something you feel is more critical.

1. User doesn’t know what the purpose of your site is within 5-7 seconds.

Most users will give up soon after that quick window vanishes…   You already know what you site is there for, so you take it for granted that the user knows too. But often they don’t, and boy oh boy when it comes to those ‘integration solution’ type businesses that appear to do everything and nothing all at once, it can sure be confusing.

A user should never have to work to figure out what your site does. Take that to the bank.

2. User has to wait for your site to load.

Again, users are impatient. Unless your site is a cult design site that users know will be worth waiting for, it’s an epic fail to make ’em wait more than 5-7 seconds for the site to load. Many will say “3 seconds max, loser!!”.

Given all the places where latency can slow things down, don’t assume the user has the same lighting fast  fiber connection that you do.

If you are a design house and want to show off, give the potential client (everyone who comes to your site is a potential client) a “work examples” page on your site where they can see your seriously tricky Flash work…but don’t lose the potential client before they see your work. Continue reading

Jan 17

Top 30 Most Important Web Technologies

This all comes from Builtwith.com – which is a really engrossing site full of web trends and analytics that will leave your head spinning as you try to make sense of it all.

See below this chart for an interesting trend in Google Adsense too!

Name Type Websites Usage % Change %
IIS Web Server 28,408,510 22.82 0.03
ASP.NET Frameworks 27,327,098 21.62 0.03
PHP Frameworks 26,056,938 36.65 -0.03
jQuery JavaScript 24,636,038 33.58 0.04
Google Adsense for Domains Advertising 16,040,583 1.84 0.03
Shockwave Flash Embed Frameworks 8,541,143 14.02 -0.08
RSS Feeds 7,784,774 19.98 -0.07
Frontpage Extensions Frameworks 6,867,908 12.33 -0.07
Limiter Modules Server 6,411,848 12.1 -0.08
Auth Passthrough Server 5,770,257 10.57 -0.07
Really Simple Discovery Feeds 4,807,263 12.04 -0.06
IIS 7 Web Server 4,625,688 8.31 0.03
WordPress CMS 4,489,002 11.63 -0.07
Pingback Support Feeds 4,244,904 10.83 -0.07
Live Writer Support Feeds 4,241,365 10.54 -0.06
Atom Feeds 3,173,484 6.22 -0.04
Google Adsense Advertising 2,775,213 10.36 -0.02
WordPress Plugins Widgets 2,771,895 9.28 -0.05
AJAX Libraries API CDN 2,155,279 8.86 0.03
Ubuntu Server 1,775,256 2.41 0.05
Passive Localization JavaScript 1,330,312 4.73 -0.29
Facebook for Websites JavaScript 1,216,712 8.14 0.03
YouTube Media 1,053,488 2.49 -0.04
jQuery UI JavaScript 925,740 5.28 0.03
jQuery Cycle JavaScript 779,449 4.1 0.02
Google Plus One Widgets 304,080 5.31 0.02
Hover Intent JavaScript 291,579 1.67 0.02
jQuery CDN CDN 109,038 0.42 0.02
jPlayer Media 2,724 0.11 0.02
SiteSpect Analytics 628 0.06 0.05

From: http://www.coolhomepages.com/Top-30-Most-Important-Web-Technologies/blog-144.html

Dec 26

Sothink SWF Editor V1.1–Direct Editing of GLS Data for SWF Developer

We are very excited to inform you that SWF Editor is upgraded to version 1.1!

SWF Editor is designed mainly for users to fast edit SWF files. With SWF Editor, you can get rid of the complicated Adobe Flash tool to execute changes. Instead, you only need to open the SWF in SWF Editor, and then fast locate the target tag value and change it as needed.

swf-editor-interface

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