Holiday Season!

It’s finally here: the Holiday Season. As the next few weeks fly by in a montage of holiday parties, marathon gift shopping and wrapping sessions and manic cookie baking endeavors, it’s easy to forget what the point of it all is sometimes.

We live in an amazing time. Information is more readily accessible than it ever has been in history. Our mastery of science and technology grows exponentially every year. While we as a country sort out our differences, we have the freedom to do so without fear of recrimination or violence. These things alone are enough to be thankful for.

I have so much to be Thankful and Grateful for these Holidays!

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Branding Rules

“Your brand is the magnet that draws consumers to your product or service.”

Here are a few rules to follow:

1. Understanding the value of a well designed brand identity.
“Make it a priority and find money to invest in it right away.” So many people have a business idea, ask their cousin or a colleague’s wife, who dables in photoshop, to design a logo and say, ‘That’s my brand.’ That’s a mistake. Your brand often is the most important thing beyond the product itself.”

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iPad’s dominance in eCommerce

Notwithstanding the onslaught of competitors from across the contemporary tablet space, Apple’s iPad remains the dominant device for eCommerce.

Apple’s iPad is still the top dog. In fact, close to 9 out of every 10 tablets that connect to an eCommerce site is an iPad. Even more important for retailers to understand is that iPad owners spend more when shopping online than their Android counterparts.

All told, tablets and smartphones claimed 21.02 percent of ecommerce-related traffic in the quarter, compared to just 2 percent two years ago. Tablets, however, led smartphones (10.44 percent) in ecommerce traffic.

Top 6 Free Ecommerce WordPress Plugins

E-Commerce industry has seen a considerable boost in the past few years as buying things online is becoming quite common. Popular e-commerce websites such as Amazon and eBay have gained popularity since their launch and have become big businesses and are growing since then. If you wish to sell some products on your website, then you can now do it easily and quickly using WordPress plugins.

Many cool E-Commerce WordPress plugins are available out there but not all of them are up to the mark. In order to help you find some of the best plugins for this purpose, today we are going to present a list of Top 6 Free Ecommerce WordPress Plugins. So check them out and pick the ones that suit your needs the best.

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Totorial on how to Build a Facebook Landing Page for Your Business

1. Add the Static FBML App


The tabs at the top of your Facebook Fan Page are apps. Some, like your wall and photos are built into Facebook. Others are essentially plug-ins where fans can view external content, like YouTube videos, Flickr photos, etc.

The app you need for your custom page is called “Static FBML,” located here. If you’re logged into Facebook, you can add it to your Page. It is essentially a blank canvas where you can add whatever content you want, including custom graphics and links via standard HTML.

Facebook Fan Page Image

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Popular CSS Tools For Web Developers and Designers

Even though you may know CSS very well and for some tasks it would take a lot of time to complete and for this there are lots of tools available using which you can complete your projects quicker. These tools can help you in creating forms, buttons, curve boxes, pages and lots of different CSS generated stuff.

Here are some list of tools, which will make your work easier. Don’t forget we are here to help our design community which will grow to a newer heights.

1. CSS Compressor

Use this utility to compress your CSS to increase loading speed and save on bandwidth as well. You can choose from three levels of compression, depending on how legible you want the compressed CSS to be versus degree of compression.

CSS Compressor

2. Blueprint Grid CSS Generator

This tool will help you generate more flexible versions of Blueprintís grid.css and compressed.css and grid.png files. Whether you prefer 8, 10,16 or 24 columns in your design, this generator now enables you that flexibility with Blueprint.

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WebVixxen Goes South by Southwest

Austin, Texas (RPRN) 03/13/11 — WebVixxen at South by Southwest – #SXSW – part One

By Ane Howard

South by Southwest (SXSW) started in 1987 and is this year celebrating its 25 year as one of the most sought-after film, interactive and music festivals and conferences. It  happens every spring in Austin, Texas, and literally changes the landscape of this lovely city with a swarm of musicians, filmmakers, and geeks-type all looking to learn, exchange and promote their goods and ideas.

This is the WebVixxen first time at SXSW and  we came in hope of learning and share some of our knowledge, establish new contacts and get a pulse of what is new and hot in the interactive landscape.

How is it going so far?For starter, the planned ahead schedule has been thrown out the window.  Appointments are missed, and new ones are spontaneously made.

So much happen on the spur of the moment here. It is literally a mash of fantastic events, too many  keynote speakers to choose from, bad audio, and people from all walks of the entertainment, business and interactive world thrown together for a week for what has to be the most intense networking sessions possibly imagined.  That is if you know how to maneuver around the crowd and get into the core of SXSW. What is important here is the people, and what happens after the sessions. The parties!

Words of advice, send your friendliest most open team-member to SXSW, not necessary the highest ranking member of your company, but the one who can stand among strangers turn to his right and to his left and start a conversation with the person standing next to him, knows when to stop and move on to the next one. That individual will do more for your branding, and bring you back greater insight than someone whose ego won’t let him learn from a competitor who may have a better approach to a problem, understand the market better, or possess certain skills that he doesn’t, as so often heads of companies are. If you let it be, if you know how to listen, this is a place to learn, and to grow.

Go West! Go friendly!