Think2.0 – Easy Draw it Yourself Web Design Online App

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My favorite method of learning, and doing projects has always been the one where anything goes. No need for an outline given by the instructor that lets in no original work of your own. Also, I feel my blog is missing a factor, the one that creates interaction between the blogger and the reader (if I have any readers) so I decided to try a new segment where I take one of my best ideas, share it with everyone, and see how much readers add to it over time. Maybe even at some point an idea or two may become something worthwhile to make real.

Today’s topic is: Creating an online service that lets users design a custom web page using for free presets and tools that insert Divs and such. Heres an example of an application similar to my idea:

Considering the fact that users will be able to draw things using an online application, all the divs and such drawn out can be inserted using absolute positioning. Here’s some other features that I think should probably be included of mine making no prior expertise needed:

– Use a “Code” and “Visual” view so that users can edit the HTML itself as well.
– Option of using PHP for better users.
– Anybody know what programming language WordPress’ word processor is made of? Maybe the same language should be used for this. Or maybe Ajax?
– Have option of using preset border designs.
– Have option of creating and saving styles as an external style sheet instead with IDs and Classes.
– Don’t want to make it seem like myspace, but maybe there should be a blog feature, and on every other page a small box with the most recent blog posts and more could be shown.
– Upload and insert images or insert images on another server like Photobucket.
– Integration with Photobucket would be better actually. Log into Photobucket from this account and simply drag and drop or images into a div or use absolute positioning.
– Have filters to add glossiness, and effects such as those found in Picnik. Or rather integrate Picnik as well.
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Blog Action Day – Be more productive and save energy.

Now when I say energy, of course I mean save electricity as well as save your own supply of whatever you run on (doughnuts, coffee, candy, etc.), so since today is Blog Action Day I have already scoured the internet for a few useful tips and wrote some I discovered on my own so you can better organize and speed up your blog, your website, or your own life. 🙂

For the Blogger-
Creating a Blog Maintenance Start Page with Netvibes – Most Bloggers should agree, going through dozens of websites to keep track of your blog’s community, your email inbox(s), and more can be very annoying and time-consuming. This is where creating a Blog Maintenance Page is handy. But you can do more than just what is mentioned in this post. How about using Netvibe’s tabs to your advantage by using the “Web Page” widget under “External widgets. Simply create a new tab, insert one of these, click on on the top-right side of the widget and insert the url of a web page you need to visit frequently. Repeat as many times as need, and now instead of having several windows open, you can have only one window with several tabs within one page. Yeah I know, that doesn’t make much sense, but look at it this way, all you will have to type afterwards is “netvibes.com”, and all of the web pages will be right there, no further typing necessary.

Create a Tag Cloud to put anywhere, no javascript needed – Ever wondered where I got that awesome Tag Cloud on my “Newcomer?” page? Well thanks to Engtech (pronounced Enj-Tech), I can make one uing his FREE software. Isn’t that awesome?

The Web Designer
30 Usability Issues To Be Aware Of – Pretty much sums up the whole philosophy of how to make a great website. Quite a long read, but at least now we have a pre-made guideline to use.

Save your readers ink and paper by using a special “Print Style Sheet” – Don’t you just hate it when people don’t do stuff like this and all of your money goes down the drain buying more ink cartridges?

Other tips-

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Make Your Websites Stand Out with Great Javascripts

These days becoming a good website maker is starting to take its place as a great stay at home job. Except it can be very complicated and frustrating at times, and these days to make sure you get a good job, you have to make sure your designs stand out. Now among the 6 billion plus web pages, it can be very hard to do, since anyone with a fifth grade education can learn how to use Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Thats why these days other than CSS, javascript is one of the best ways to make your web page something extraordinary. (In case you didn’t know Javascript is not the same or related at all to the “Java” language.) Recently I’ve surfed the web for some of the best javascripts I could find, and found some places that have some great javascripts. All you have to do is upload them to your server, add a link in your page’s head section to them, and then you’re able to do things such as “magically” add reflections to images without using Photoshop, and much more.

MooTools – This is a great piece of javascript framework which is very compact, modular, and object-oriented. With it you can write great scripts that will work on just about any browser, and be considerably shorter. This is only for people at an intermediate and advanced experience level with javascript. Javascript is definitely worth learning though.You can choose what you want to be included in the MooTools script such as FX.Transitions or just the Core script and if you want it to be compressed or uncompressed so you can easily edit it. I’d go with downloading the Core and most of the rest of the code except the effects and such, which you can easily add later if you need it. Also, leave the file uncompressed so you can easily go and add more code afterwards.
| MooTool Home | Download Page |

Reflection.js – Found over at http://www.digitalia.be is another handy little script that uses MooTools to let you add reflections below your images like this:

and it lets you change the size and everything of the reflection easily. This creates some restrictions if you’re using light box with it but if you avoid them this goes great with lightbox.
| Reflection.js for MooTools|

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Random Links Part 2

Well considering the fact that Random Links Part 1 has risen to the spot as #1 post on my blog in less than a day, I’ve decided to continue with it for a while. Here is a second round of useful links that might help you find new websites you’ll like. If you feel that your website, or another website or blog should be shown here too leave a comment and I’ll check out the site and respond as soon as possible. 🙂

Project Releases to look forward to:

  • WordPress Comment Ninja – Script for Greasemonkey (Yes i am obsessed with Greasemonkey). Lets you respond to comments from the comment administration panel on your dashboard. Release: End of August. Click for more info.
  • Blueprint CSS – Create web page styles using a new type of CSS Framework that uses easily customizable grids to make it perfectly organized and aligned. Its a great idea from a tech-student, but it shouldnt be used yet for publishing websites because it is still in development. Example.

Software and Web Services:

  • Wordrackers | Keywords Type in a word and find out what related words are searched most daily. Too bad it costs money though, but theres a free trial, and you can always lie to keep using the free trial.
  • DivShare – Another file hosting service, but with this one you can even embed files on websites, show your company logo in your embedded files, get 200 MB of space, not have your files deleted after a certain period of inactivity, create image galleries, get support for a lot of your files, and much more. (Free to Sign Up)

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