52: Blogger Now Has Real Time Stat

Blogger Now Has Real Time Stats

Real time statistics are a new feature for all public Blogger blogs. There is a new “Stats” section, which displays a dashboard of web traffic and visitor activity, including most popular posts, geographic location of visitors, and from traffic referrers.

Currently, Google’s more popular web statistics tool: Google Analytics does not contain real-time data–-it updates every few hours.

51: Website Trends

In 2009 it became easier to design your website. Businesses had the choice of do-it-yourself website builder’ tools or open source software like WordPress etc. The open source software may require some initial setup help unless the business owner is technically savvy. In 2009 ready-to-use templates also got more sophisticated in the appearance of the finished product, i.e, the published web site, and at the same time got easier to use for the end user. Another new trend for 2009 was getting a design for your website or logo as a contest through “crowdsourcing” with sites like 99 Designs, CrowdSpring and Genius Rocket.

Highly competitive businesses use technology like websites, online marketing tools etc to succeed (Small Business Success Index June 2009). With over 47% of small business not online, 2010 is an important year to get their business online and have a web site.

Low cost or no cost ways to get a web site increase
With the enormous variety of web site tools available for small business, it may be easy to start a web presence for almost no money at all. Hosting providers offering free websites tools, blogging software providers like Blogger, WordPress etc also let you start a web presence easily. Small businesses could try these free tools to experiment and then advance to a customized hosted option. A hosted option with your own domain name would be more credible and more brand friendly for your business.

Updating frequently.
Realizing the power of a Blog as a business tool
In the previous years, small businesses had set up websites and did not update them often. Even if they are not online businesses in 2010 businesses will pay attention and update the content of their websites more frequently.

More businesses will add Blogs to their existing websites.
This will give them an additional way to interact with customers. Customers can comment and give feedback on the blog. An added bonus is that these businesses have a better chance to be in search engine results as blogs are updated more frequently and search engines like blogs. Customers will like this as they get a chance to comment and also get to know the business in a very friendly and conversational way.

Flashy out;  practical in
2010 is the year of simplicity. Information on the internet is already overwhelming for users. Websites that quickly provide the information without too many flashy promotions will get more visitors. Of course the exception is if you are in the entertainment business.

Do you know who is knocking on your web site door; Web Analytics are a crucial tool
Websites without analytics is like running a business without accounting. Websites will focus on using web analytics tools to learn which content is more popular, who is visiting and from where. Tools like Google Webmaster tools will be important to find stats for indexing.

Widgets and Apps
Widgets showing collaboration between your website and other properties will become expected for websites. Some examples of using widgets is adding your latest Twitter comments, best selling products, most popular articles. This will extend to the ability to share the content using widgets like Share This, Add this allowing the website content to be shared by the visitors to their own networks.

Can I call you now? Adding Interactivity to your website
Chat and calling buttons on your website will be back. If people find something interesting on the website, features like ‘Click to Call “and chat or send a message will reemerge. This will also be an important analytical tool so as to track where the lead came from by using different incoming phone numbers. Earlier, these tools were only affordable by large corporations in 2010 these tools will become affordable by more small businesses. More website owners will start using  Skype, Google Voice or several commercially available options.

More Multi-media will be added to web sites.
Videos and photo galleries will form part of websites. Small business will use cheaper and convenient options like FLIP HD cameras to tell the behind the scenes stories of their business and products. Uploading them to video sites like YouTube, Blip.tv etc for videos, and Flickr for Photos and embedding them in their own website and will have the advantage of being seen in both the website and the photo or video network.

50: Unifying Theme

Creating a unifying theme is one of the most important steps in designing a website. Your theme should reflect the purpose of your website and provide a continuity of design elements throughout your site.

Convey your message
In other words a theme should help you to convey your message and impart a consistent look that runs throughout your website.

Your site should not attempt to be “all things to all people”. Observing some limits also involves NOT using every graphic, javascript, animation, music or HTML coding trick that you have available on one web site.

Using color
When the theme is a color combination, the links, buttons and graphics should all reflect that color theme. Use this type of theme for websites that don’t fit neatly into any particular category.

Logo should be incorporated on every page. A logo can be any graphic that hints at the central focus of your internet site.

What you are doing, with a theme, is providing cohesiveness to your site – letting visitors know they are still in the same place no matter what website section they are viewing. Web users don’t like the feeling of being ”lost” and will leave a site if they feel they don’t know where they are or how to find information.

More importantly a theme should tell a story or convey an idea. Your theme should enhance your message. It can help to make your visitors understand what it is that you are trying to say. Picture your theme as a frame for your message.

49: Theming, Motif, and Motive

Theming is the “the use of an overarching theme, such as western, to create a holistic and integrated spatial organization of a consumer venue.” Themes are usually derived from history, or other cultures, but can also be based on fantasy. Theming can vary in intensity from just interior design, to whole architecture  based on the theme, with Theme Parks being one of the largest scale applications of theming. Theming is applied to themed spaces which may include theme parks, restaurants, casinos, museums, airports, resorts and other spaces. Consumers sometimes theme their homes with specific themes and Internet spaces are also themed. Theming is widely applied in the events industry.

    * Theme (arts), the unifying subject or idea of a visual work
    * Theme (literature), the unifying subject or idea of a story
    * Theme (music), the initial or principal melody in a musical piece
    * Theme music, signature music which recurs in a film, television program or performance

Theme (computing), a custom graphical appearance for certain software, similar to a graphics skin.

Motif (visual arts), a recurring theme or pattern in artwork, a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration.

motif = motive (French)

A recurring or dominant element; a theme; unifying idea

recurring, repeated, elaborated

In art, a motif is a repeated idea, pattern, image, or theme. Visual motifs are a language to communicate visual ideas.

Motive is an incentive to act; a reason for doing something; anything that prompted a choice of action; Alternative spelling of motif; a theme or subject, especially one that is central to the work or often repeated; To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move; Causing motion;

Motivation refers to the initiation, direction, intensity and persistence of behavior. Motivation, a temporal and dynamic state, consists of the desire and willingness to do something.

48: Website Decoration Themes

A style, or theme, is a consistent idea used throughout a website to create a feeling of completeness.

These themes often follow period styles. Examples of this are Louis XV, Louis XVI, Victorian, Islamic, Feng Shui, International, Mid-Century Modern, Minimalist, English Georgian, Gothic, Indian Mughal, Art Deco, and many more.

The evolution of website decoration themes has grown to include themes not necessarily consistent with a specific period style allowing the mixing of pieces from different periods. Each element should contribute to form, function, or both and maintain a consistent standard of quality and combine to create the desired design.

47: Users’ attention is a finite resource.

There are two important aspects to achieving success with simplicity:

   1. Remove unnecessary components, without sacrificing effectiveness.
   2. Try out alternative solutions that achieve the same result more simply.

BALANCE of Hard and Soft data

Hard data
    means facts, like news, stock prices, train times, or how much money is in your bank account.

Soft information
    covers the qualitative aspects of communication, like the first impression about the quality of a company, the sense of how approachable a service provider is, and whether you feel a product will be right for you.

46: Database of Intentions

As soon as a company begins an advertising campaign, it can get feedback from an online focus group and then tweak its message accordingly.

discovering what data is popular

Blackberry maker RIM warns of bandwidth crisis
http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/technology/blackberry-maker-rim-warnsbandwidth-crisis_441940.html

AT&T and worsening bandwidth crisis
http://bizanywhere.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/att-and-worsening-bandwidth-crisis/

Bandwidth Overload

http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
http://www.bandwidthplace.com/test speed sites

What’s Next in Web Design?
http://informationarchitects.jp/whats-next-in-web-design/

The more advanced a design, the less it is visible, or, as Apple’s Jonathan Ive put it: “A lot of what we seem to be doing in a product like that is getting design out of the way. With that sort of reason, it feels almost inevitable, almost undesigned and it feels almost, like of course it is that way. Why would it be any other way?”

The kind of designers you want to hire
http://tagstorichness.com/post/651422566/the-kind-of-designers-you-want-to-hire

http://mashable.com/2010/01/16/united-states-internet-speed/
United States Internet Speed Is on the Decline [REPORT]