Community website is NOT a business model unto itself

Has there ever been an Internet buzzword that has been more abused and confused than community?

Remember back in the naive ’90s, when theglobe.com’s stock rose 606 percent on its first day of trading-an IPO record at the time-because it supposedly was the hot place to chat? Or how about GeoCities, which offered free “homesteads” in online subdivisions, complete with street addresses, as if the first thing you’d do after creating your free homepage would be to hop over to the neighbors’ for a cup of digital coffee.

In a $4 billion deal, Yahoo!! paid more than $100 for every piddling dollar of revenue that GeoCities had from its inception in 1996 through the spring of 1999. But does anyone believe these “communities” would fetch any premium today?

Yet there really is something quite powerful and valuable behind the concept of online community, provided it is used to support a real business objective.

Mistakes were made

The mistake such startups made was in believing that community was a business model unto itself. Interactive tools that allow people with common interests to exchange information work as a revenue opportunity only when they are attached to an established business model. When that’s the case, communities can help a real business acquire and retain customers at a lower cost for a longer time.

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What is important in product design

Product design requires creativity, experience and, if you are going to be building the product yourself, a substantial amount of technical know how.

The process of product design starts with the need of a full understanding of the requirements. Requirements gathering is a very distinct skill – sometimes the customer has a great idea, but it takes experience to know how it can be improved, tweaked and slightly changed to make it even better. Very occasionally, it is the job of the product designer to let the customer know that the idea they have just won’t work. again, this ability comes with skill, judgment, and experience and can save the company vast amounts of money!

Product design could be as simple as updating an existing product to make it better, or starting from scratch on a completely novel idea which exists only in someone’s mind. These are often distinct roles and not the same skill set. A good example of product improvement would be Dyson’s bagless vacuum cleaner – a massive improvement on a product that had been around for decades before in the same form.

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Mobile Marketing to enhance your business

There is a lot to look forward to if you understand just how mobile marketing is used to enhance your business. It is fun, too, to learn about how mobile devices are utilized in this type of marketing. Mobile marketing is an incredibly effective way to promote your business, when done well. This article will help you unleash the power of mobile marketing with the following tips.

Add a link to your social media pages on your main website and encourage your visitors to find you there. The odds of potential customers stumbling across your social networking accounts by accident are slim, but visitors to your main site will be much more likely to be interested.

Try using Multimedia Messaging Service for sending out coupons for new prospects or to reward the old ones. Include promo codes within the coupons themselves to make it easier for customers. These coupons should contain a special code that your mobile site can track. These coupons are great for attracting new consumers and rewarding loyal ones.

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How DoctorEbiz ( Dr Ralph Wilson) pioneered online publishing

Someone happening upon one of the Websites of Wilson Internet Services for the first time might imagine an army of writers and editors working behind the scenes, all fed by venture capital millions. With about 1,000 idea-crammed pages at WilsonWeb.com and its associated Doctor Ebiz site, plus more than 7,500 links to Web marketing and e-commerce resources, the Wilson sites comprise the largest research center on Internet marketing anywhere on the Web.

Yet creating and managing Wilson Internet Services is largely the work of one man. Ralph F. Wilson, a Baptist minister, runs the site, handling ad sales and nearly all of the writing, with the help of just two link editors and his daughter, Ann, as subcontractors.

“I’ve very deliberately kept my organization lean, so I can focus on what I do best, be nimble enough to change as the markets change, and have the freedom to pursue my calling in the Christian ministry,” Wilson says.

When the industry mantra was “grow, grow, grow,” such amazing efficiency was regarded as quaint and silly. But with so many venture-funded dot-coms now dead or in trouble, bootstrapped Internet operations that have attracted a following, despite a tiny staff, begin to look smart.

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Why we need an information architect

Information was once a sought-after and treasured commodity like a fine wine. Now, it’s regarded more like crabgrass, something to be kept at bay. When Information Anxiety was published in 1999, the cry was: less data, more information. But more than a dozen years of exploding quantities of information have elevated us to a higher level. How can we find what we want and tune out the rest?

Living in the Information Age has profoundly altered our lives, and those who fail to recognize that the rules of information design are changing will find themselves left behind. Businesses clamoring for an audience find that it’s harder to be heard. When content streams 24 hours a day from multiple channels, the rules of navigation change.

Designers need to rethink how they can make the journey more meaningful, how humans navigate down the path to understanding and what information designers can do to make the trip more compelling.

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How to become a website designer

We receive many emails from high school students asking about how to become a web designer. They often pick out graphic or Web design because of all the cool perks and stories they’ve heard. Perks like the lady who is having a limo drive her to her work every day, free admission to events, or the fantastic presents from clients after they designed something really cool for them. There are stories about the amount of free time, about what a lax profession it is, or that it is constantly changing.

Well, forget about these dreams, it’s really not so easy at all, for most designers at least! There are some things that you should know before deciding to pursue a career in the world of graphic or website design. First, you need to have at least a high school or GED diploma. If you don’t, you can easily prepare online with Bestgedclasses.org for your GED diploma, it’s all free there lessons and practice test and secondly, you will need to find out whether this profession fits your personality. To discover if it does, check out this easy and fun career quiz from MyCareerTools.com. Just get started, and check if your personality meets the results. If it shows you are a creative type, well, that’s good for you, so read on.

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Joomla vs WordPress Web Design

Both Joomla and WordPress are established web design applications used by millions of websites across the world. Web Design Companies and web designers have in general supported various open source software for developing websites. Joomla and WordPress are two of the most popular ones and have established communities on the internet.

There are hundreds of quality forums and blogs dedicated specifically towards the use of Joomla and WordPress for designing websites. Other web design and content management systems including Drupal and Typo3 have also proved popular and effective. However, WordPress and Joomla seem to have an edge over the others in terms of global popularity and use.

WordPress vs Joomla

Usability

WordPress probably scores higher in terms of usability, both from an end user as well as developer’s point of view. Due to its simplicity WordPress is easy to learn and get acclimatized to. However, this is also due to the fact that Joomla offers many more features than WordPress and offers more advanced functionality. The new version of Joomla, the 1.5x version has made significant improvements in usability.

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What is a wordpress theme

Parties used to be pretty predictable things.  Some drinks, some nibbles, some music, some fancy outfits.  Perhaps a party game or two.  After a while, like anything predictable, they got boring.  So thank heavens for themed events – the modern party craze that makes today’s shindig as unique as its host’s imagination.

Themed events are to parties what Cecil B. DeMille pictures were to shadow puppetry. All-singing, all-dancing, super-lavish affairs in which attention has been paid to the tiniest detail.  Turning parties into themed events makes them an experience, rather than a simple gathering:  imagine, for example, a fully-staged Arthurian hall, complete with serving ladies, magicians, flickering torches and medieval food.

The guests are dressed in doublet and hose; real mead is being poured from metal flagons.  A band of minstrels plucks a tune in the gallery.  Themed events are like miniature plays – evening-long excursions into a fully-realized world.

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Joomla eCommerce

The popularity of Joomla development needs no introduction. Throughout the world, it is one of the most widely used content management systems. One of the reasons that make it popular is Joomla e-commerce extensions that can be easily integrated for clients.

Joomla developers can create awesome e-commerce solutions using these extensions to meet your specific needs. Most of these are easily available online and you can purchase them for small amount, which help in continuous development of these applications.

In this day and age of online commerce small and big businesses opt for custom development of their e-commerce platform. This is where Joomla e-commerce extensions come to use. From shopping websites to bidding website, Joomla has a solution for all. Developers sitting in offshore development centers around the world develop high-end e-commerce websites to meet the demands of competitive markets.

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joomla tutorials

Joomla Video Tutorials are fast becoming the ideal way to learn Joomla and the elements to put together a website using the world’s best open source platform. Joomla training online is eminent than traditional offline Joomla courses because of its affordability, benefit and as technology continues to advance.

All of the software programming for this open source web platform is either free, and more designed templates can be purchased for a small license fee, this means the bulk of your web development costs are free. This leaves the learning and training, final configuration and customization to the end user – either a web developer, your staff member or you. Joomla video tutorials bridge the one-time installation gap between paying a technical web developer and using up your time as the end user.

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