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Why You Absolutely Must Have A Website?

a website is your business cardA Website is Your Business CardIn today’s culture, a website represents your business card – even if you don’t have a business! Your child may have a website, your neighbour may have a website, and even your local place of worship has a website.

A website allows you to communicate – keep in touch with as many people as possible, while at the same time minimising the cost of doing so. Can you imagine the cost of consistently printing and mailing to 2000 loyal customers every month?

A website cuts down on your total cost of postage, and your everyday word processing software cuts down on physically writing out every greeting, or piece of correspondence.

However, a website does the one thing that you’re always looking for: a website helps to free your time.

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Wordpress Themes: Selecting an Effective Theme

WordPress blogWordpress BlogIf you're blogging on the Wordpress platform, I'll bet my entire life savings that the first thing you ever did was try to install a new Wordpress theme. I'll bet my future earnings that even today, you're still occasionally changing themes and wasting a lot of time doing minor modifications, that when summed up merely distracts you from blogging itself.

It's actually easy to see why this single aspect of running a blog demands so much attention. With the correct theme, you can accommodate all the nifty little widgets and codes, and may also mean better search engine rankings, and tons of fresh traffic every day.

So what are the factors you need to consider to make theme-hunting easier? Here are five important ingredients:

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Working with Royalty Free Music

in trouble with the lawIn Trouble With The LawWhen creating Multi-Media Content, Flash or Video Clips for a client's web site or CD Rom Project, the last thing you want is to get him in trouble with the law. If there's a need for music in a project, using royalty free music is essential.

Here are some general music tips that you may find useful:

1) Finding the right kind of music

There are hundreds of choices when it comes to royalty free music and making the right decision can be hard. After all, most TV production companies have music supervisors on staff, whose only job it is to select appropriate music for projects. Selecting music is an art in itself. In general, you will find that your clients would prefer to use something they heard on the radio, something from their favourite album etc. Unfortunately, that's copyrighted stuff, and licensing an N Sync song for your next 'how to' video or CD-Rom may cost you a fortune. What you want to do is find buyout music that sounds similar to today's popular music. It's a little harder to find than your typical 'canned' music. A lot royalty free music may sound like music from a 70's sitcom or worse, a cheap porno flick.

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Working with Shockwave and Flash

shockwaveShockwaveMany website designers now take advantage of Shockwave and Flash to add multimedia effects, such as animation with sound, to their websites. Both Shockwave and Flash are Macromedia technologies that let web designers add multimedia elements to web pages. Shockwave movies are the resulting files exported from Macromedia Director, that display animation, special effects, and other types of applications for the web. Flash movies are animations, and other types of interactive web elements exported from Macromedia Flash.

Web designers add Shockwave and Flash files to web pages for several reasons, including to make web pages more interesting and interactive, to add colourful navigational components, to enhance a site visually with animation, multimedia, and special effects, and to add more complex components such as online games.

Most Shockwave and Flash movies require a special plug in that is easy to obtain, since many browsers and operating systems include the plug in. You can also export Flash and Shockwave movies such as Java, which does not need a plug in to view.

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