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April 27, 2011

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What is a server header response? Here is an infographic to explain it.

Server header responses are very interesting. These are things that happen everyday but we are not away of it when we go on the internet. It is basically a text record that the web server sends back to our browser window. Why? It is in repsonse to our http request when we enter a webpage url. The server header response contains a date, size, type of file the server is sending back and the data.

We usually get a status code as 200 when it is okay. But there are times when we encounter 404 pages, where the server cannot find the page you requested. While going over a few design blogs, I stumbled upon this interesting info graphic on server header responses. This is a great refresher to understand what to do and how to compensate  when these errors happen with proper redirects.

November 17, 2010

By Orange Aura

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Creating an iPhone & iPad homepage icon for your website

Even if your website does not have a iPhone/iPad application, you can still have an iPhone homepage icon. You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about at this point. The iPhone browser actually allows you to bookmark websites so it appears as an iPhone application icon on the home screen. There is no more typing in a long url or using a bookmarks sidebar for the apple devices, just an icon on the homepage. This way, your end-users will have easy access to your website on their apple device.

1)      Creating the iPhone and iPad icon

The icon needs to be a clear logo or image of your choice. Once you have decided which graphic image you will be using, open a graphics editors like Adobe Photoshop and change the image to at 57 pixel by 57 pixel square. This is the exact size of the icon in iphones. But you can make it larger and it will not matter because the iPhone will scale the graphic to the correct size. Don’t worry about rounding corners or adding the gloss or glare effect, it will be automatically changed on the iPhone or iPad device.

2)      Saving the logo

When you are finished with the editing, save you image in the following file format PNG. The file name should also be apple-touch-icon.png. Now, open up your preferred FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and upload the PNG file to your home directory for the website. I used FileZilla FTP to do this.

3)      Test and icon

The third step is the easiest because you are finished. But to make sure, let’s check if it worked. Go to your iPad or iPhone safari browser. When it loads, look for the plus (+) symbol. When clicked, it will open up  a drop down with the following menu, “Add Bookmark”, “Add to Home Screen”, and “Mail Link to this Page”. You will want to choose “Add to Home Screen”. You should now see the icon you created for the home screen instead of a cropped version of your webpage.

With the release of Apples iPhone, mobile technology and the internet on the mobile phone has been rapidly changing with faster speeds and more accessibility. This is just one way to keep updated with the standards

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November 4, 2010

By Orange Aura

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Does Facebook Connect work for your business?

Over the past several months, I have noticed more and more web application sites using Facebook Connect. Facebook Connect feature that Facebook launched near the end of 2008 and is changing the internet as we know it. In the World Wide Web, Facebook is the world’s largest social network today with over 500 million users and it is continuing to grow rapidly. The strength that Facebook has is tremendous, especially since they have become the the only website to surpass Google in how long users spend time on the web. So as I observe the change of the internet and see Facebook Connect on more and more websites, I am excited to explore its potential it has for all businesses. How effective is it and will it benefit for your business?

First off, what is Facebook Connect? It is basically Facebook for websites. Websites integrate this development feature on their websites. You may have seen i  as “Connect with Facebook” where users click on the button, login with their Facebook ID and whala! You account with that website you were looking at is now connected with your user information. There are no long sign ups, no large forms, just a couple clicks and you’re done.

Here are several websites that use Facebook Connect:

Social Fly (http://social-fly.com/)

Red Bull USA (http://connect.redbullusa.com/)

Living Social (http://livingsocial.com)

May 6, 2010

By Orange Aura

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Questions to ask when designing a website

What a web designer/company needs to know for your website!

When you contact a professional web design company, they will ask you several questions in order to create you a website tailored towards your needs. This is useful to give an organized and directional approach on how you can get a website that you can use, scale, and market properly to your audience. Here’s what we at Orange Aura would like to know:

  • We start by finding out about you (the name of your company and intended website? We would like you to describe your company and describe the concept/product/service your site will provide.) We also need to know the contacts for the website project. If you are a one person start up, it would be just you. But for a larger company, we would like to know the main contacts for the project and their roles.
  • A project cannot start without deadlines. So we like know when you would like to start and when you need the website to be completed and why. (product launch, event, etc) A realistic answer would be helpful in this scenario; answers like I would like to start tomorrow and I need it to be completed today or tomorrow is not realistic. A great designer would like take the time to see what areas you need to focus on for a website and analyze your competition to keep you on top of the market.
  • This is the probably the most commonly thought of question everyone has. How much does a website cost? Websites vary in cost, from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. And there is a big difference in quality. Website Design is more than just visual and graphics. It’s an analyzed and thought our process to see what functions you need to display your company in the right image. At Orange Aura, we would like to ask you what your budget is for a website. A Budget dictates how much time we can devote to your website. What are you looking to spend to achieve your vision, compete against your competition, and be the dominant player in the market? (i.e. $500, $1000, $5K-10K, $20K, $30K, $40K+)
  • Next, we would like to know what your goals are by asking you to list several main reasons for wanting to develop a new website. What are you business objectives for your website and if you have a current site, what aspects work well and what does not.
  • Our next task is to figure out what audience you are trying to approach. Who’s coming to your site? Describe the different types of visitors to your website in as much detail as possible. How do you think your audience currently perceives your company and the services you offer? What do you imagine people using your site for? What will they want to do there? Why will people choose your site over others? Outline any ideas for features you have for your site. How do these features support your business goals and the goals of your user?
  • Our final goal is to grasp a design concept. If people are coming to your website for the first time, how do you want them to feel about your company? Tell us a bit about your competition (including their website addresses)? What do you think works for them? What doesn’t? Looking beyond you competition, have you seen any sites recently that you’ve liked the visual design of? What did you like about it?
  • Functionality is a key aspect of creative design. Aside from the features we discussed above, what else do you want your site to do? Do you need a software or content management system and what kind? For example, a company intranet, customer interface, website management tools, updatable news, multiple authors)

Knowing all this detail allows your web design company or designer to create you the perfect site for your business.

March 30, 2010

By Orange Aura

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How much does a website cost?

The most commonly asked question:

How much does a website cost?

Searching for how much to a website costs can be daunting, but here are some websites that give a general idea of market rates today.

Websites vary in cost, from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. And there is a big difference in quality. Website Design is more than just visual and graphics. It’s an analyzed and thought our process used to identify functions and layouts needed to display your company in the right image. At Orange Aura, we would like to ask you what your budget is for a website. A Budget dictates how much time we can devote to your website. What are you looking to spend to achieve your vision, compete against your competition, and be the dominant player in the market?

It’s always great to take time to do the research and see what you can budget to develop your business and idea.