Three things to know about planning a web design project

So you’re hiring a webmaster to build you a new website or application. You want three things. Quality, you want all the details like SEO, usability and standards testing all from the start. You want it to be built quickly. If it takes 6 months to build, you could miss other marketing opportunities. You also want it on the cheap so you’ll have money in your budget for your other marketing programs. You want it all.

It’s impossible to get all three, without very (1) clearly defined goals, (2) very clearly defined deliverables and (3) clear communication.

Either you get it very quickly and cheap with a lack of quality. Or you get high quality, very quickly with a big budget. Or you get high quality on the cheap without any adherence to release dates and you’re project releases late.

To get everything you want in a website, application or pretty much any project, know the skill sets you’ll need. Know your responsibilities and deliverables and read Sean Carton’s article for successful RFPs at Publish.com.

10 Tips for Successful Web Design RFPs : By? Sean Carton (for project managers and anyone hiring web contractors / web masters)
http://www.publish.com/article2/0,1759,2003582,00.asp?kc=PBRSS05039TX1K0000788

Designing Through the Storm : by Walter Stevenson (for designers)
http://alistapart.com/articles/throughthestorm

Jah! jajah.com Microsoft VML Patch and Apple iTunes Fix

JAH! JaJah. Their new service will take some of Skype’s users with anywhere VOIP services. Your phone might even be supported and international calls could save you the most.

Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings Director is teaming up with Microsoft for new xbox games. Microsoft has a patch you should update to fix some IE VML issue. Arrr, Pirates and Hackers beware Microsoft is still coming for you. They also released a new version of their Data Protection Manager.

Sling Media has launched a new versions of the Slingbox and Google AdWords has new weekly review reports. Check your AdWords account to see the new reports.

and finally, Apple released iTunes version 7.0.1.

MySpace beats YouTube – Jumpcut Sexy – Del.icio.us hits 1 Million Mark

If you’re wondering how MySpace’s popularity is holding out, Bambi Frisco at MarketWatch has some early numbers from comScore Media Metrix. It turns out that MySpace is serving more video than Google. More than YouTube and other giants like Viacom. Social is big and it’s just one facet of Web 2.0. Visit our site for some great links to Web 2.0 beginner resources.

Jumpcut, mentioned a few months ago, has just been acquired by Yahoo! Jumpcut is an onlione video editing service that makes video editing software tools manufacturers cringe and it makes young netizens feel sexy. If you’ve got a pretty fast connection or some short videos, you have to try it. Go mashup your own video at jumpcut.com

Another Yahoo! company, Del.icio.us has reached the one million user mark. For perspective, Digg has only about a half a million. Get the rest of the story at TechCrunch.

Tech News and How to Search with your Cell Phone

Apple is serving Podcast Ready with a cease and desist order for trademark infringement. Apple believes the term podcast is theirs. Podcast Ready makes this cool tool that lets you download mp3 files to most mp3players. It’s a podcatcher and it enables more people to listen to music without relying on Apple technology. I don’t think the name matters.

Anders Bylund at arstechnica.com is citing a report that "Out of $13 billion in VC investments in the first half of 2006, only $262 million went to Web 2.0 companies." That certainly keeps it all in perspective.

If you haven’t tried searching with your cell phone, try this. Create a new contact. Call it Google Search. For the phone number, type 466-45. Anytime you want to search for something, just send a text message with the search term to that number.

Lime Wire is suing the RIAA and TechCrunch reports ebay possibly pulling out of China.

Introducing a New WOW Technology Minute Website

We’ve got a couple of news items but first, a big mahalo (thanks) for checking out our new site. Yeah, we succumb to the WordPress pressure. Playing with the Podpress plugin encouraged us to switch. Updating the site and creating the feed wasn’t too too bad but the plugins for WordPress promise to help us deliver lots of upcoming features for your benefit.

If you’re having any problems with the new site, let us know and you can always return to the old site for now.

AOL has a sweet video search tool and player. Too bad it doesn’t use Flash.

Steve Rubel reports that Google will try to integrate product results into Google search in time for Christmas. and Joel Spolsky has has written the funniest cell phone review I’ve ever read. For all the links visit wowtechminute.com.

Apple Security Update Google Webmaster Tools and Video Ad Optimization

A couple vulnerabilities were discovered and quickly fixed yesterday to keep your Mac and Apple AirPort secure. Update through your OS Updater or follow the links on our site.

If you're not sure if your site is being indexed by Google, go to Google Webmaster Tools and see. You'll need a google account and you'll need to cruise over to the new Google Base site. They've made some great interface changes and I think it'll make more sense when you look at it this time.

Microsoft Watch is reporting that Nokia will be using Microsoft's Live Search in their N Series and S-60 software phones.

and finally, Bismarck Lepe makes some sound recommendations for optimizing your video ads using Google Adwords metrics. We've got the links to for everything mentioned in this podcast at wowtechminute.com.

Apple Security Update Google Webmaster Tools and Video Ad Optimization

A couple vulnerabilities were discovered and quickly fixed yesterday to keep your Mac and Apple AirPort secure. Update through your OS Updater or follow the links on our site.

If you're not sure if your site is being indexed by Google, go to Google Webmaster Tools and see. You'll need a google account and you'll need to cruise over to the new Google Base site. They've made some great interface changes and I think it'll make more sense when you look at it this time.

Microsoft Watch is reporting that Nokia will be using Microsoft's Live Search in their N Series and S-60 software phones.

and finally, Bismarck Lepe makes some sound recommendations for optimizing your video ads using Google Adwords metrics. We've got the links to for everything mentioned in this podcast at wowtechminute.com.

How to get your content into search engines now

Google Base is the best way to get your content to Google if you have a lot of content. Yes, it works if you have a little content but for large inventories it rocks. There are still questions regarding standards or whether or not they should give Google all their inventory information but the truth is, if you're going to put the information on the web, Google is going to get it. After all, part of the Google mission is to “Organize the World's Information.” That's a good thing in the right context.

What many people may not understand is that if you have just a little information and it's not in an RSS or XML feed then you still have a some great options. Blogs are great and Google has that too. No not Blogger, but the Google Page Creator. Here, you basically create a website or a blog site using their online tools. No I'm not trying to sell it, I'm trying to explain a solid option for getting your information indexed almost immediately by a Google bot. So if you're not being effective at getting Google to index your website, try Google Pages.

Adobe Acrobat 8 replaces Breeze – partial review

Today we're gonna dig a little deeper into Acrobat 8. Before you hit the pause button, hear me out. For starters it replaces Breeze, formerly a Macromedia product that provided video conferencing, white board, chat and more. It was basically the tool to use if you wanted to communicate something to multiple people or teams in disparate locations. Acrobat now lets you combine just about any combination of files. Yep, you can package things up and send them as a single pdf.

Acrobat Connect, what was Breeze, then allows your teammates to mark comments on the documents and video conference if necessary to work out any issues. Then there's automatic form creation from Word.docs. Apparently, the converted forms are interactive and collect data over the internet securely.

This all sounds like a bit much to me. But if it works like they're saying, it will be big and Adobe will surely cut into some Microsoft business mindshare. This could be just what Adobe needed. Personally, I don't know if I can ever bring myself to like Acrobat but I'm willing to take a chance.

Flash and Usability and Accessibility Tips for Designers

So you may not be able to build a web application but you can create a basic form and you know Flash pretty well. How do you maximize your skill set? Well here's a few tips from Becky MacNamara in Cleveland Ohio.

First, Becky says to implement Flash completely and correctly. She recommends a standards-based approach to loading the Flash movie from an external JavaScript file to get around the Eolas Active X issues. There's a Flash 8 Active Content Update template in Publish settings.

She says to always add accessibility information and tab orders to your buttons. Open up “Other Panels” from the “Window” pull down.

I liked her final thought the best, always use big hit areas on your buttons to give your design a friendly feel. Flash doesn't have to feel like html. I agree Becky, and thanks for the tips.

Send us your tips. If we use them in our podcast, we'll send you a t-shirt or something. Email brent at wowtechminute.com.

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