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Archive for October, 2010

Nice admin-panel designs for your webapp

Monday, October 25th, 2010 by Servage
It's not easy to create a great web service and have maintain a nice looking design as well, unless you're one of the gifted few, that can do it all - or have a whole team working on your project. Nevertheless, this article about 34 great admin panels designs shows a few really nice templates that you can use in their entirety or as inspiration for the creation of your own design. Design discussions are always subject to personal preferences, but there are some methodological questions as well, as to what type of layout people prefer. Some of the presented designs are fixed, while some are liquid designs. Personally, ...

How to speed up WordPress?

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 by Markus
Using WordPress? Wow cool, then this article can be very interesting for you! Can I speed up my WordPress ? Can I reduce the hit-count ? ... Yes YOU can! The first thing you can do, is to reduce the count of HTTP requests. If you  are using plug-ins, watch them carefully for inefficiencies like added CSS and JavaScript files. Combine, minify and compress these files. Some plug-ins allows you to turn off their bundled CSS file in the settings page of the Where possible, copy the plug-ins CSS into the current theme's style.css and turn off the extra file. Also you can disable or remove plug-ins you're not using. (Only disabled plug-ins ...

File-sharing API from Dropbox

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 by Servage
In this earlier article I described Dropbox as a neat product for syncing data between multiple computers. They have developed their services even further, and in the meantime released an API, so third-party developers like you and me can add Dropbox functionality to our web applications. This is pretty useful because it enables you to integrate file-sharing between your application and your users' Dropbox account. The typical Dropbox user will have many (most, or all) of his files stored on that account, so web apps that utilize this functionality will allow the user to interact more deeply with your application. Obviously not all web apps are word processors or ...

Use online marketing tools

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 by Servage
Many websites are not marketing themselves properly online! Are you? There are a bunch of tools out there, that make it simpler for you. Eventually you will get more visitors and more sales. Using the right amount of resources on the different marketing options is the tricky part. There is no real recipe for success on this, but instead of not doing anything, I suggest the good old empirical principle of trial-and-error. Create a pool of funds, and use them for testing. Make sure that you follow up on your results, because a good review of your own campaigns is the only valid tool you get, to show you which ...


Sunday, October 10th, 2010 by Servage
Wow, what an overwhelming amount of crazy people are trying to tell us what's gonna happen on this "special" date. Like 09-09-09 and 11-11-11 these type of dates have occurred, and will occur on a regular basis. It's a simple by-product on our dating system, actually based on our numeric system. It's not a countdown to annihilation or doomsdays, or whatever. And yes, some of us have seen the movie... We know what's supposed to happen on 12-12-21... I'm not going to comment further on these "prophecies". I will, however, use this topic to remind you about one of the greatest glitches in computer history. The story might be rather ...

Streaming music renders the MP3 archive obsolete

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 by Servage
I remember the days where MP3 started to kick in. It started with long CD-ripping sessions, copying own CDs onto the harddrive. Thankfully online databases made it unneccessary to type in any details for the music, since it was automatically fetched from the Internet. Growing my music archive I shared CDs with friends and downloaded from the net (from emerging online music stores of course...). However, when the fascination with the new world of digital music began to shrink, and music was more a commodity that was used, rather than an experience of growing the archive, it began to be hard to keep up with new tracks. It became a ...