Google has released its long-awaited map app for the iPhone. And it delivers all the expected features: voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, traffic, public transit, Street View and so on.
It’s better than Google Maps for Android because it has been built or rebuilt “from the ground up” and didn’t grow by accretion. The bottom line: it delivers. Yet it’s also not 100 percent satisfying (at least in my initial test). I’m not sure what I was expecting.
It’s not integrated with Siri. You can’t say “I need directions to San Francisco” and be taken to Google Maps, as you once could. Instead you’ll go to Apple Maps. You can however use Siri to launch Google Maps (“Open Google Maps”) and then conduct your local search or directions lookup.
It’s also not integrated with Google’s iOS search app or Google search results on the mobile web. When you click a map image in either case you’re taken to the mobile-browser version of Google Maps…Read More…
There’s a lot of talk lately of Google having finally killed SEO through their Panda and Penguin algorithms, which continue to ensnare more and more websites with every new update.
So is SEO really (finally) dead?
When you look at some of the Google organic traffic losses that companies have faced since the very first Panda algo (aka Google Farmer) hit in February 2011, you might certainly think so.
Analytics data showing losses of over 50% of Google organic traffic is not uncommon for afflicted websites:...Click on for more…
WordPress have many plugins which makes blogging easy and interesting
Some of them are:-
Google Analyticator easily adds Google Analytics tracking support to a WordPress-powered blog. Google Analyticator also comes with an easily customizable widget that can be used to display specific information that is gathered by Google Analytics using the Google Analytics API.
Adding a high quality photo gallery is one of the best ways to give your WordPress blog a more professional look and feel and your visitors a more satisfying visual experience.
SEO Ultimate is a powerful all-in-one SEO plugin, available free for WordPress bloggers. Take control of your on-page SEO with user-friendly settings and tools for optimizing your titles, meta data, robots tags, canonicalization, autolinks, post slugs, and much more
FireStats allow you to easily track access to your WordPress blog…….
With built in Captcha functionality and no need to mess around with templates, FSCF is a simple way to add a fantastic contact form. The options page is a little uninviting, but it hides a wealth of settings to customize functionality, including a meeting scheduler……………
Open source CMS maker Plone has released version 4.2, and there are two main features including a new rules-based theming option from Diazo.
Plone’s Collections tool used for building navigation and site sections also has been modified, and both new features should make Plone a bit more powerful and easier to use.
Plone has a good track record among open source CMS options, and the new additions are welcome if not overwhelming. That’s actually on purpose because a new 5.0 version was planned before being pared back and instead being released in stages….Click on for more…
So far the year 2011 has brought upon some amazing changes in design and Internet technology. Web development has become a much smoother subject to jump into learning, not to mention the countless open source libraries useful in streamlining the process. And yet it seems the global design community is farfrom throwing in the towel..
I want to introduce 15 ideas which have grown very rapidly over the past year. These trends encompass web and graphics design techniques which will likely play a big role moving into 2012. You have probably seen a few of these represented throughout many of your favorite sites online….Click on for more…
It is well known that the internet has changed the way many businesses compete and operate. While most media attention is directed at either new industries and the most popular eCommerce websites, the World Wide Web has also impacted many smaller and lesser known companies, many which do not make the news headlines. However, since the vast majority of businesses are classified as small businesses, there is much to be learned from the way they go about the website design process.
The Picture Frame Guys is a typical example of a small business in an industry made up of many smaller players. This case study reviews this company’s efforts to become a leading eCommerce player through the development of a best-in-class website. The case study details the company’s search for a website design partner that could meet their current and future business requirements without breaking the marketing budget. This information may be helpful to other small businesses who have the ambition to grow their internet presence without spending vast sums of money.
Prior to the internet, the custom framing industry was one that was extremely localized. This was due to the fact that any given framing store’s potential market was limited to a few square blocks from the retail store’s location. The only way such a business could grow was either by attracting more customers to the same store or by opening new stores in other geographical markets. Both of these options presented significant challenges.
In the case of attracting new customers, a successful marketing campaign could only increase sales by 10% or 15% and only for a limited time. While this increase in sales would certainly be beneficial to the bottom line, it would have a limited benefit on long-term financial results as at some point all marketing campaigns come to an end….Read More…