Monday, September 19, 2011

How to Create a Custom WordPress Page Template

The Best Word Press Template Guide

Originally developed as a blog site, WordPress by default shows all comments in a loop, listing the newest entries first and the rest in chronological order from the date of entry. I love this about word press for blogging it allows all your visitors to see your latest comments and suggestions, while giving them the chance to look up older post by month of day.

Making sure that your word press blog only has one landing page, is not that hard to set up but finding the right layout is super important, and sometimes you will want and shouls create your own. By static, I mean that unlike the typical WordPress blog page, the content remains the same. You will be able to create your own custom navigation menu to make sure visitors have the right options on every page.

Sadly creating your own landing page and customizing it will take some knowledge and you will need it in normal then one language. In this simple article I will not be covering the steps in which you need to create a custom word press template, because there isn't enough room, but I will be going over the tools that you will need to make sure you have before we start.

When creating any type of website and even your own custom word pres template it's important that you remember that you should always test it on your local computer before placing it on the web. Having a local server will enable you to keep all of your files in one place without having them get lost in transition. You will also need XAMP, if you run Windows or MAMP on Mac and the newest version of WordPress installed on your server. Note pad ++ is a free download that you can get for coding your own wordpress template and a web browser like firefox.

You should also look into taking some, usually free, tutorials on HTML, CSS and PHP. Hypertext Machine Language, Cascading Style Sheets and Hypertext Preprocessor, originally called Personal Home Page, will be used to create your custom page. I'm not saying that you will have to be an expert at these but your going to need to understand them and be able to read parts of them, for server instructions.

For many bloggers creating a custom WordPress page template can be a struggle as they manage their site and replenish content, not to mention trying to learn new languages. If your not willing t learn the code or it just seems to hard then comsider the customer template generators that are avaiable online, along with the free templates that come with word press.

These theme generators will allow you to define many areas of your blog to match colors and styles to your choosing, but for the most part are somewhat limited in the types of designs they can offer. But of course you click a couple of buttons and then your done, you have a custom word press theme on the other side. This is just a guide to the tools and different approaches that you can have when building a word press template and if your looking for extra functionality then look into word press membership site plug ins.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Web Design For Charity

Charity web design is a part of web designing. There are many charity websites on internet and many more to come. All these websites need web designers. The basic purpose of each website is to let the people know that there is someone to help you. This can be an amazing & satisfying experience to work and promote a charity website.

A specific charity organization works to help a particular community. Some promote feeding the hungry, some try to help people to build their own home, some work to help old people to live their life comfortably. A charity organization can work to help anyone but there basic purpose is the same as help the needy people.

Now it’s on you whether you want to charge for your work or you want to donate your earning along with the volunteer work. You need to make a simple website. There are pictures, videos and other works of the charity so that visitors can easily understand what kind of charity organization is this. Some of the websites have a charity button for donation so that their online visitors can donate something to the charity.

Although these websites are very simple but one should not take this work for granted. There are many charity websites people usually visit. Many times the visitor list per day goes up to many millions. It’s an easy way to communicate with people all over the world. People can donate easily on website rather than posting or couriering. The website should look appealing and catch the visitor’s eye. One should get the whole information about the charity organization & its work in few seconds.

If we talk about the Non-profit organizations and their website then they are quite similar to commercial websites. They also serve their clients but they don’t want profit that’s why they need funding to run the organization.

So there are three categorization of the websites first one is commercial websites, second one is Non-Profit organizations websites and third is charity websites. Commercial websites get their funding from business they do and profit they get. Non-Profit Organizations and charity organizations get their funding from people who want to help these organizations. Websites is of a great help to get more and more donation and help the needy people. Through websites an organization can collect charity from all around the world.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Google Sitemaps

Google Sitemaps are XML files that list the URLs available on a site. The aim is to help site owners notify search engines about the URLs on a website that are available for indexing.

Webmasters can include information about each URL, such as when it was last updated and its importance in the context of the site.

A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for web design, or a web page that lists the pages on a web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion. This helps visitors and search engine bots find pages on the site.

While some developers argue that site index is a more appropriately used term to relay page function, web visitors are used to seeing each term and generally associate both as one and the same. However, a site index is often used to mean an A-Z index that provides access to particular content, while a site map provides a general top-down view of the overall site contents.

XML is a document structure and encoding standard used, amongst many other things, as the standard for WebCrawler’s to find and parse sitemaps. There is an example of an XML sitemap below (missing link to site). The instructions to the sitemap are given to the crawler bot by a Robots Text file, an example of this is also given below. Site maps can improve search engine optimization of a site by making sure that all the pages can be found. This is especially important if a site uses a dynamic access to content such as Adobe Flash or JavaScript menus that do not include HTML links.

Google Sitemaps Benefits:

1. Alert Google to Changes and Additions to your Website Anytime You Want..

2. Your Website is crawled more efficiently and effectively

3. Web Pages are categorized and prioritized exactly How You Want...

4. Speed up the process of New Website and New Web Page Discovery.

5. No Waiting and guessing to see when Spiders crawl your web pages.

6. Google Sitemaps is likely to set the standard for Webpage Submission and Update.

Notification which will extend the benefits to other Search Engines.

7. The Google Sitemaps service is Free.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

How An Ecommerce Website Can Benefit Your Business.....

As the world is heading its way towards new advancements, it is becoming more tech savvy. Internet is being used on a large scale and by an enormous number of people. Computer has become an integral part of almost all households and offices. Computer has dominated all spheres and fields, it has outpaced manpower. Trade has been influenced the most by web and its services. Promotion and buying & selling of the products are conducted on the Internet with the help of :

1 ) Ecommerce Websites

2 ) Banner advertisement

3 ) Social networking sites

4 ) Blogging, etc

Be it a brick and mortar business, a consultant agency, a travel agency, an institute, a sports academy, etc. all have their Websites online.

What is an ecommerce website?

Any website that is meant for the purpose of business is an ecommerce website. It is mainly related to buying and selling of services and products through Internet. The website carries:

Business details- type, infrastructural details, etc.

Products images and their description

Contact information

Why an ecommerce website?

A Business cannot be successful unless it is promoted in a systematic manner. In the present scenario, Internet has emerged to be one of the strong and effective medium of endorsing a business. It has many benefits over other mediums like electronic and print.

Benefits of an ecommerce website: It helps a business earn a huge amount of sales revenue because of the following benefits:

Mass Reach :- Your online store is open 24×7. There are no time constraints, no holidays, etc. Visitors can purchase the required products or services at any hour of the day. This adds to the convenience of the buyers.

Also, as the products are properly categorized on the websites, it saves time of the customer.

Time and convenience :- Your online store is open 24×7. There are no time constraints, no holidays, etc. Visitors can purchase the required products or services at any hour of the day. This adds to the convenience of the buyers.

Also, as the products are properly categorized on the websites, it saves time of the customer.

Cost effective :- Maintenance of the online store is negligible; you just have to pay the web hosts some amount of money to upgrade and renew your site. The money spent on the staff and general maintenance of a store is saved.

As the time is charting forward, the scope and market of the ecommerce business will reach its apex. So, it is very important to advertize your website using various online marketing strategies in order to reap the benefits of the ecommerce business. Thus a well-designed and duly promoted ecommerce Website can be a key to a successful and prosperous business.

Monday, September 12, 2011

What's Of the Definition- Quality Web Design

One can never really say, "Oh that site is the best in the world " But they can say, "Yes, that site is great looking and the designer was pretty awesome "

I have been in web programming , or at the least studied web design for roughly 12 years and I have found that there just is no legit definition for Quality Web Design .

The fact remains that we always grow and develop better and more unique sites. On top of that, we simply have new players enter the game and bring a new type of Great Web Design that we have not seen before.

When sliders came out, everyone needed that on their site. Why? Becuase sliders were able to show different parts of their site content or even different parts of their services, right on the front page when the visitor shows up.

That is what puts the newer site designs ahead of the old... media, whether sliders, video, animation, whatever it may be, the media of today makes the internet easier to navigate.

While searching through some old sites recently, I found that I had about 40 sites I personally own that just did not look like I wanted them to, and I definitely needed to update them. Of course, I am no rich webmaster, not by any means.

That meant that I needed to find a cheap quality web designer, an affordable awesome web designer, a professional but low cost web designer.

What a war that was. I mean, I went through tons and tons of sites (the first on google may be fine for others, but I don't go for the first thing that pops up). And I finally found one I liked, eventually.

I actually paid double the cost for less than half of the services I got with Phase 3 web design

. I spent too much with the first three sites I redeveloped, and then when I finally found these guys, I saw a blessing in disguise.

I ended up doing six sites with them and my satisfaction was tremendously higher than with others. I will continue to develop with them, but let me run down what I received for an insanely low cost.

My main site was totally revamped and they added media to it that fit exactly what I needed.

Another mobile site, that automatically added my main sites content, was developed for me as well, way cool.

My logo for the site was outdated and they gave me a new look, a look I desperately needed.

And finally, they made sure that my site was Yahoo and Google friendly. Who doesnt want to be added to that huh?

I also went ahead and checked out their promotion services, which boosted a couple of my sites way, way, up there. As awesome as that was, everyone has to check that out for themselves.

In the end, this is definitely the right choice for any business or any niche. Quality over quantity, remember the motto.