Archive for July, 2011

New Website: Premiere Senior Travel Companion

Posted on July 26, 2011, under Webmaster.

Naples Webmasters has done it again. Here is another clean web design using the latest in content management technology. Premiere Senior Travel Companion Inc. is an elderly travel companionship company, which is available to assist seniors who are in need of traveling escort. Premiere Senior Travel Companion Inc. works hard to ensure that traveling is comfortable and enjoyable.

New Website: Aqua Construction

Posted on July 22, 2011, under Webmaster.

Naples Webmasters has just completed development of a new website for AQUA Construction. AQUA Construction is the Florida Division of Bushnell Companies, which is a full service construction company that has been in business for 20 years. We have built more than 250,000 sq ft of commercial buildings and built over 100 custom homes.

The new website was built with the lastest in blog software technology, and has integrated features like photo gallery, google maps, and user friendly back-end interface.

Visit AQUA Construction: http://www.aquaconstruction.net

WordPress 3.2 Editor – Distraction free writing

Posted on July 10, 2011, under Webmaster.

When I first used the new WordPress 3.2 I was struck by the contrast between the new and previous version user interface design. WordPress developers have created a stunningly faster and lighter version of the already innovative WordPress blogging software.

Looking back just a few years, I now see a huge evolutional leap forward with the latest WordPress release. Drupal was my first expereince with blogging software. After using drupal for some months I got fed up with the backwards nature of the user interface. Drupal seemed very well thoughtout from a programer php/mysql database point of view, but from the end users point of view it was very confusing and overly complicated.

After Drupal. I found Joomla. Joomla enabled users with very limited expereince to build elaborate websites. With the evolution of joomla users got better integrated features and more practical extention development.

Like Drupal, Joomla seemed overly complicated sometimes when it came to content. Content could only be organized into section/categories. While section/categories seemed logical as a API delopment point of view it failed to provide the simple method of dealing with taxonomy.

My first expereince with WordPress was the 1.0 version. I liked the simplicity of the user interface, and the fact that it could be extended rather easily. I had grown tired of the maintenance of over 100 Joomla Websites. This is why I was looking at WordPress. The Joomla CMS was great for elaborate websites, but it proved to large and unwieldly to manage. Add to that a complicated upgrade process, and having more than a hundred Joomla sites became a nightmare to keep secure.

WordPress offered onclick upgrades, and easy organization of content. Creating content was also simplified with a great built-in WYSIWYG. More importantly WordPress was proving to be a formidable tool for SEO experts. WordPress blogs yeilded more traffic and better ranking for competitive keywords.

  • Faster release cycle than 3.1 — More focused release. 
  • The theme is “faster, lighter.” Dropped support for outdated technologies.
  • List Tables API improvements – API for third party use and more flexibility.
  • List Table XHR loading — To be investigated only after List Table API has stabilized.
  • PHP 5.2 (5.2.4, specifically) to be required. Drop compat. But don’t go adding a bunch of PHP5 stuff.
  • MySQL 5 to be required.
  • Distraction Free Writing (My Favourite Concept!!!). This is the headline “ooh, shiny” user feature. Replaced old fullscreen interface implementation with something more beautiful, more useful (in terms of line-length and font size), and simpler (only limited RTE functionality). Developers looked at WriteRoom, OmmWriter and others for inspiration. Koop is investigating this, and may crank out a quick plugin to jump-start development efforts
  • Upgrade improvements. Changed-files-only upgrades can be done with zero changes to core. For the first effort, let’s just do updates to the latest point-point from within the same major version. So, 3.2 to 3.2.2 and 3.2.1 to 3.2.2. Optionally consider scanning for changed core files and offering them a full upgrade to overwrite those changed files. Skip the wp-contents directory when upgrading (no more upgrading the default theme or bundled plugins).
  • Speed improvements. There are a bunch of little things the devs did do to make WordPress load or at least “feel” faster.  They calso made the dashboard faster by not doing async requests for panes if the cache is hot. Finally the devs made some FTP improvements that should make upgrades a lot faster for people using a certain FTP server.
 

Google+, the search giant’s answer to Facebook

Posted on July 8, 2011, under Webmaster.

Google is looking to jump into the social networking game and compete directly with Facebook. This would be Google’s 3rd try. The previous attempts included the Google Wave, a communication and online collaboration platform rolled into one package, and Google Buzz, a twitter like service that allowed sharing of videos, photos, and updates.

Google+ focuses on clean interface, and unique social interactions and connections. The simple and elegant interface was created by a former Apple designer. Google+ builds off the Google service called Profiles. Google Proilces is similar to a Facebook profile. Google+ adds in all of the social features like friending, posting, and liking that you find on Facebook with the ability to follow people like you can on Twitter.

Circles is the Google+ way of creating groups of friends that you can selectively share content with and control how they can connect back to you. Hangouts is a quick way to set up a video conference with up to 10 people while Sparks is an integration of Google’s email alerts honed down to its essence: letting you know about stuff you are interested in.

 

Real Life Social Network v2

Posted on July 4, 2011, under Webmaster.

Ex-Google UX (User Expereince) director Paul Adams has created a slideshow called:  “The Real Life Social Network,” which highlights the perils of having one default group for sharing and emphasized that the ideal social networking service would be designed for multiple groups. The slideshow illustrated the flaws in Facebook’s lump sum friend model and called for a social network where users could set sharing levels to correspond to the separate relationship groups that people tend to have.

The Real Life Social Network v2

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