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  • Will micro-video sharing tool catch on in UK? - UKWDA
    time limit means you have to be short snappy and creative just like Twitter with its 140 character limit Who is using it In its early days Twitter benefitted from celebrity users like Stephen Fry Tout is now also attracting a few big names including Whoopi Goldberg and Kristin Chewoetuh Following its 5m investment World Wrestling Entertainment has also integrated the network into its weekly show with many WWE stars now using it to promote their weekly battles Will it catch on and who with Because it s a video format it puts the focus on the user to generate content beyond simple text so some people may be reluctant to perform in front of the camera This will likely make Tout more popular to browse on and consume rather than produce which means it may need to rely more on high profile figures to produce daily content It is certainly a more creative way to make short announcements but it may not encourage the kind of frequency that Twitter does For businesses that utilise social media Facebook and Twitter may continue to be the preferred platforms Many CEOs or MDs will not want to put themselves on camera so regularly especially when the videos may not be well produced and may not show them in their best light In any case Tout boasts that it s all about Life s Moments which suggests they wish to focus on the individual and their capacity to share home videos quickly with family and friends Association with WWE The relationship between the Tout and its major investor WWE may actually harm it Many people view wrestling as a hillbilly sport rather than a professional form of entertainment so if Tout s association with the wrestling giant continues to be at the forefront

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/will-micro-video-sharing-tool-catch-on-in-uk (2016-02-18)
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  • US to oppose UN control of the internet - UKWDA
    International Telecommunications WCIT in Dubai at which control of the internet s address system will be discussed In documents filed with the ITU the US has set out its position opposing any changes to the International Telecommunications Regulations ITR Treaty which was agreed in 1988 and sets out the rules for how data is exchanged between networks in different countries However the explosive growth of the internet and mobile networks has led for calls for the ITR to be updated but the US cannot be forced to comply The US is concerned that proposals by some other governments could lead to greater regulatory burdens being placed on the international telecom sector or perhaps even extended to the internet sector a result the US would oppose said Terry Kramer in a statement published by the US Department of State Kramer went on to say We will not support any effort to broaden the scope of the ITRs to facilitate any censorship of content or blocking the free flow of information and ideas According to documents recently leaked by a website called Wcitleaks org Russia has been particularly vocal in its support for changes to be made to how the internet s address system is managed the role currently coordinated by ICANN the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers based in the US And last year Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was keen to discuss establishing international control over the internet using the monitoring and supervisory capabilities of the International Telecommunication Union a view also shared by communist China according to Russian media reports However Dr Hamadoun Toure the ITU s Secretary General told the BBC that any changes to the 1988 Treaty would need unanimous support and that it would block members trying to put any matter to a

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/us-to-oppose-UN-control-of-the-internet (2016-02-18)
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  • Review: Adobe Creative Cloud - UKWDA
    largely down to the use of Adobe s Mercury Graphics Playback Engine which is a greatly welcomed feature of both the new Photoshop and Illustrator Programs Finally we are empowered with the ability to edit images and watch the changes as they re being made This beats the frustration and tedium of waiting for an image to redraw only to find that the changes you made just aren t anything like what you had in mind Here s where Adobe s new business model comes in With the Creative Cloud you subscribe and pay a monthly fee to receive ongoing access to all of the programs that make up Adobe s burgeoning creative suite On top of this there is a variety of publishing services geared towards simplifying the process of publishing content across multiple formats The Cloud is going to have new products and new services added to it as and when Adobe release them so it s the ultimate way to keep abreast of Adobe s ever evolving software world Also a big part of the Cloud is the community area where creatives around the globe congregate to share ideas techniques and inspiration The Cloud is where you ll find all the free support and training that you re ever likely to need How much does the Cloud cost Currently there are two pricing options available to Cloud Users If you sign up for a twelve month contract then it ll cost you 45 However you re hit with a considerable premium if you re the non committal type with the price creeping up to 68 if you just want to pay for the service on a month by month basis This monthly fee gives access to all the software in the CS6 Master Collection the Business Catalyst hosting service allowing up to six users to share access to your account Typekit for web fonts the Digital Publishing Suite for pushing content to tablets plus Edge Preview and Muse for web development and all Adobe s Touch applications for use on tablets and touch screen devices This is one serious heft of a service package that given the price makes Adobe s Cloud concept seem like more than just a bit of a bargain This payment model is what makes the Cloud so appealing The cost of the creative suite to buy outright currently 1750 makes it tremendously inaccessible especially in view of its relative ephemerality It s all change now though with a monthly subscription fee that makes Adobe attainable for all This ll make the world of difference to a million and one freelancers startups and SMEs who are reliant on being up to date but suffer the restrictions of a tight budget Weighing up the advantages and disadvantages When something as game changing as the Adobe Creative Cloud comes along it really is hard to be critical Whilst there are no disadvantages to the Cloud whatsoever its efficacy and suitability will vary dependant on the

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/review-adobe-creative-cloud (2016-02-18)
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  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Twitter - UKWDA
    followers there are several services offering to get you thousands of followers for a few dollars and they will but these aren t real followers they re robot accounts so it s pointless It s also pathetic so don t do it Do be selective about who you follow don t just follow someone for the sake of it or because they ve asked you Follow accounts that are genuinely interesting or useful to you Don t delegate many smaller businesses make the mistake of letting a junior employee operate their corporate Twitter account You wouldn t let them manage your advertising campaigns or write your radio commercials so don t let them write your tweets Do ensure you re logged into the right Twitter account this might seem obvious but most people running a Twitter account for their business also have a personal Twitter account So before you hit the tweet button double check which account you re using Don t over promote your business ask yourself would I really want to read this before posting it If the answer s no don t post it Do reply to tweets even if they re negative but don t get into a dispute Offer to help and ask them to contact you directly to keep the discussion private Do help people answer questions offer advice where appropriate and be nice Don t get too personal twitter is an informal way to communicate but don t think that means your followers want to know about your personal life Keep it professional but friendly Do share special offers reward your followers with exclusive discounts and special deals An easy way to do this is to include a coupon code in the tweet that can be used on your website Don t ask

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/the-dos-and-donts-of-twitter (2016-02-18)
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  • Review: Content Management Systems - Part 2 - UKWDA
    intuitive way to separate the menu system from the pages you create Designed with the end user in mind and not the developer this system is ideal when taking into account the needs of a client Adding editing uploading and managing are child s play It has its limitations the e commerce module is not suitable for a large range of products and the system itself is less flexible than others However Concrete5 was conceived as a simple building block system where you begin with the design and not with architecture of the CMS Strengths Very simple interface Easy to manage content User friendly Weaknesses Limited amount of modules available Small community Limited documentation Many plugins and themes are costly Symphony Symphony is capable of building anything from a blog to a complex digital management system It uses XML XSLT an extremely powerful and structured templating language If you re a programmer who wants to develop a solution from scratch it gives you the flexibility to develop whatever you want with your own data and markup It doesn t impose its structure on you The user interface is simple and is more or less defined by the way you build the content It may be complicated to understand all of the components but once mastered you have access to a powerful CMS It has a vibrant community with good support on hand to solve anything from problems with installing to producing extensions There is an ever growing collection of add ons to handle most requirements These include caching data migration forums user management etc Symphony has been used to build many different types of website including video sharing communities and a server for Google Maps By focusing on data structure it allows complete control over every single aspect of your site Although capable of producing simple projects it goes beyond the capability of a standard CMS and enters the territory of a web application framework Strengths Vast array of extensions available Vibrant community Good performance under high load Extremely powerful Allows complete control Weaknesses Lack of Documentation Difficult to master Requires knowledge of XML XSLT Umbraco Umbraco is a CMS for NET web developers although you re not limited to NET systems It is relatively straightforward to use but it has a steep learning curve Built for designers and development teams it s not suitable for the novice or non technical users There are skins and starter kits available to help get things started and content is easily managed from a tree based view of your site An open API means that the scope for customising applications is huge You can easily add data sources and applications and it supports previews versioning and scheduled publishing You can extend the system without modifying the source code and it s easy to integrate any flash content into your website A key advantage of using Umbraco is that it works well with content generated in Microsoft Word a definite plus for clients who

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/review-content-management-systems-part-2 (2016-02-18)
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  • Hotmail challenge Gmail with rebranded webmail - UKWDA
    says the new service will automatically sort different types of emails for example newsletters and social updates will be filtered into their own categories leaving the main inbox free for more important emails from contacts and friends Users will also be able to link their Outlook com account with other services A quote from the company s blog states We are giving you the first email service that is connected to Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google and soon Skype It goes on to say your personal email comes alive with photos of your friends recent status updates and tweets that your friend has shared with you the ability to chat and video call all powered by an always up to date contact list that is connected to your social networks The company s Office apps are also integrated which will likely help it win users from rival Google Docs Outlook com will also address the problem of email attachment size limits by integrating with SkyDrive Microsoft s cloud storage service Each user gets 7GB of SkyDrive storage space and any files attached to an email will be stored there with just a preview of the attachment visible within the email itself The preview will then link to the full version of the file The distracting banner ads that Hotmail uses have also been ditched instead discreet ads are displayed to the right of the screen which users can hover over to reveal the full sized ad The company has also taken a swipe at Google by stating that it will not be scanning emails for keywords to customise the ads displayed although they have not yet explained how they are planning to target ads at users Microsoft spokesman Chris Jones describes Outlook com as a bold step a brand new service

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/hotmail-challenge-gmail-with-rebranded-webmail (2016-02-18)
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  • The importance of website wireframing - UKWDA
    not the right This is an unnecessary distraction when you re at a preliminary stage and you re trying to discuss the website s functionality A good way of defining wireframing might be as a precursor to anything aesthetic Wireframing is all about ensuring that everything is correct both in terms of functionality and locality and that all the pages of a site are set out in a way whereby they link with one another in a logical way that is intuitive and enhances the end user s experience Get it right at the wireframing stage and the rest of the project should run smoothly Streamlining design with wireframing software Whilst many designers prefer to stick to the traditional pen and paper approach to wireframing there are a multitude of software platforms available that are designed to improve the wireframing process There are some major plusses to using wireframing programmes For instance there s the convenience of being able to remotely share the process with other members of a design team and with a client without having to be in the same place at the same time Tweaks can be made by a team member before being saved separately making it easy to compare and contrast various versions of a wireframe before deciding upon a final solution that works best Then there s the obvious benefit of being in an ambient environment it s easy to visualise how a site s going to work when you re viewing the wireframe on a computer screen Two major players in the world of wireframing software are Balsamiq and Axure but which one gives you more bang for your buck Choosing the right wireframing software Balsamiq First off there s Balsamiq You can see from their website that they re a passionate bunch with a fun approach to enhancing the process of web design Their system has been created so that mockups can be created in a way that replicates the hand drawn sketchiness of traditional wireframing It is quick to use and easy to grasp which means a lot if you re the type of person that gets easily phased by new software interfaces The sketchiness of the wireframes it produces are a real plus because it encourages project contributors to have their say nothing seems too precious It s intuitive as well seeming to know exactly what you want to do next Perhaps the best thing about Balsamiq is that its entry level version is free meaning that you can jump in and see if it s right for you without even thinking about your finances Axure Then of course there s wireframing s high chief the almighty Axure This is a programme that takes wireframing seriously which is reflected in both the level of power that it gives you and unfortunately for some the amount of time it takes to get your head around some of the great things it can do Axure almost bridges an indefinite number of gaps

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/the-importance-of-website-wireframing (2016-02-18)
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  • Training: Learn jQuery - UKWDA
    The syntax of jQuery makes it easier to learn than traditional JavaScript Furthermore it is cross browser compatible something that is crucial in today s web environment What are the main features of jQuery The jQuery library provides easy HTML element selection manipulation and traversal simple JavaScript event methods CSS manipulation effects and animations AJAX requests and much more With jQuery creating an engaging user experience is faster and more rewarding When you re writing fewer lines of code to achieve the same great result you give your users a rich browsing experience and take more enjoyment from the development process The following websites showcase some of the great results that can be achieved with jQuery Pattern Tap offers sortable content on hover effects animation of DOM elements and modal window overlays John Kavanagh s portfolio site benefits from AJAX loading animated effects and a horizontal scroll interface The BBC Sport website boasts live news feeds calendar widgets and auto populating content for events as and when they happen Can jQuery accommodate plugins Yes jQuery s structure is designed to integrate with many third party plugins allowing even further functionality Some popular plugins available to complement your jQuery website are Nivo slider A customisable horizontal slider SpellCheck Adds a simple spelling check tool to your text areas Ken Burns Sliders Add a stunning Ken Burns effect to your images Live Search Help users search faster with this dynamic search bar What do I need to know before I can learn jQuery Much of the functionality provided through jQuery allows manipulation of the visual elements of a web page As such you should be comfortable with HTML and CSS before setting out to master jQuery What can I expect from the UKWDA jQuery Introduction course The two day course will give

    Original URL path: http://www.ukwda.org/blog/training-learn-jquery (2016-02-18)
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