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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Write, store, and access your documents with a great Editor on the Web. Free.

I noticed I have never done something like this before, so here goes nothing. :)First off, I want to talk about my favorite and only “real” word processor I know about, that can be accessed only on the web. Its name is “Buzzword” (developed by Ubiquity), and its easy to sign up and get into the public Beta. (That’s because it’s still getting new features added.) All you need to use it is a working Windows or Mac computer with Adobe Flash Player. It uses a very unique and simplified interface, and the usual features that let you insert and easily customize tables, spell check, and more are all there. But what really makes it so special is not just one, but several features all talked about in the list below.

1. Have Image. Will Follow. – You can upload an image quickly to Buzzword’s server, drag and drop the image anywhere into the text, and all of the text will easily flow around the image like water.

2. All files stored online – Instead of carrying around a small floppy disc, USB drive, or even your 18 pound laptop so you never have to let go of your important files, fear no longer. Now all you need to do is tattoo your email address and password to your arm to be able to access your files online. FREE.

3. Compatibility with Word – Online your Buzzword documents use their own “Buzzword” format. But when you want to download the file to your desktop, simply choose “save as”, and save it as a doc. file and you can easily open it in latr on in Microsoft Word. Easy right? Absolutely.

4. A little ruler that can easily be stored away and taken back out.

5. Document Version History – By clicking the little Greek or Roman character shown at the bottom of the screen, you can see all of the past versions of your document, and revert to it if it had something important.

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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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Feedburner gives Instant Results!

Only yesterday i subscribed for Feedburner’s services. Its main service is to create an RSS feed for your blog or website. But the other services it provides Feedburner gives involves promoting your site or blog on other websites that get a lot of traffic to help increase traffic at your site. Best of all, its free! (to upgrade and place ads on other websites though costs a bit). Anyway, i signed up for as many services as i could, and received a spike in visitors by about 61, only about 59 more than usual. It also seems like I’m not the only one. It seems like the swiss job had similar results, but even better. He showed up on WordPress’ homepage! Here’s an example of my blog’s traffic in the past 30 days

Update: It seems like Feedburner actually had nothing to do with him showing up on the front page of WordPress, but Feedburner still helps your site gain traffic.

Blog Traffic in past 30 days

That huge spike in at the end is the exact same day i registered for Feedburner!So if you want to help gain traffic for your blog, try out Feedburner and use as many of their services as possible.

Links
Register for Feedburner
Feedburner Services
The Swiss Job’s post on feedburner

And i happen to have had encounters with hackers who’d then spam all over your online account, so i just felt like saying that this is not an ad, i simply wrote it because my experience is real. Not sure what difference it makes though because i could be a spammer and you cant prove it. Haha, well anyway have fun with your feedburner account.

Update: Just to let people know Opera version 9.23 was released recently and it fixes both some security issues and stability issues.

To download for Windows click here.
To download for another system click here.
Or to download it in another language click here.

Platypus! A Partner to Greasemonkey

Platypus logoA few days ago i posted an article on Greasemonkey and its features, but i also mentioned you needed to know javascript, and frankly without a good knowledge of javascript you can’t do much. But now there’s a solution. (Well, actually there has been but I’m posting it right now) Platypus is another Firefox add-on, extension, whatever you like to call it; that lets you edit a web page live and save the result as a javascript file for Greasemonkey that will let you make the web page stay the way you made it with Platypus. You only have to change the url with Greasemonkey to have it work for the entire website, but after that, you’re done!

There are only a few setbacks, such as not being able to undo your previous action and that when you are changing page styles you are limited to only about a dozen colors (that can be changed easily though by editing the javascript code afterwards. Just take a color value such as #da0000 to make the color a shade of red, or #000000 to make the color black) . But other than that it works very well and you do not need to know javascript to use Platypus. Once you’ve downloaded it and installed it, simply right click on a web page and click “Platypus!”, move around some pieces of the web page and when you’re finished click Save.

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Random Good add-ons for browsers.

Here are some free yet good add-ons or plug-ins you can install for you web browser. Please note that they don’t work for every browser or every version of certain browsers and may have different features. But they may in the near future so you should check their site every month or so. (Click on the name to get to the info page of the product, im not including direct links so you know bit more about before you download.)

Cooliris PicLens– Firefox 2.0, Windows XP or Vista required:
Lets you view pictures at full size from places such as Google Image quickly and elegantly. The application and user interface take up your entire screen but has a very clean and simple interface and is very fast at loading.

Cooliris Previews– Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Flock: This lets you preview we pages before opening them. Its loads VERY quickly, and act like a mini browser.

I heard that the Browster add-on for Firefox works very well also and is similar to Cooliris Previews but the website was bought out and i could no longer find a download link.

Download Status Bar-Firefox-
Shows your download(s) status within your status bar and has other options such as color customization and the ability to manage your downloads with a (right) click. Also has a tooltip design that lets you preview the image you’ve downloaded.

Thats all for now. I’ll be posting more every now and then.

Update: It seems that there are some glitches when you have both of the Cooliris add-ons sometimes, such as both of them flashing continuously. That seems to happen rarely though to me, the other one is how sometimes the Page Preview won’t load the page right away or not appear for a while. It seems rather annoying, so I’m hoping to find the Browster add-on which is said to work better.

Greasemonkey, customize the Web’s pages

Greasemonkey Blog Logo Long ago in the dark depths of an iphone-less world in the year 2005 or 2004, i forget; came something totally unrelated to the iphone, the apple company, or even Steve Jobs and his phobia of buttons. It was a monkey, and it was covered in grease. But that monkey was actually a logo, representing one of the most amazing Firefox plug-ins ever. It was called Greasemonkey, which you should have guessed by the title of this article.

Anyway, this plug-in lets you install and use scripts (created using javascript) that can bend the laws of the web page’s creator itself. There may be problems every now and then if your script conflicts with the web pages script, but if you know javascript well enough you can always find a way around. Some features of Greasemonkey is that you can install scripts and have them up and running right away with only the need to reload after editing the page with a script. You can also disable and re-enable or even turn Greasemonkey on and off at any time without the need for the annoying Firefox restart. Of course you’ll have to reload the page being affected by the script, but thats only a minor nuisance.
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