Monthly Archives: March 2011

How web design contests help you to find a design for your website

Choosing a website design can be very easy, but on the other hand, it can also be very difficult. Modern day website owners are more concerned with website design, rather than the contents they have. With multimedia screen effects, and lively video clippings, everyone is out there to get a better website design for their site.

There are few selected ways to choose a website design. One way is to hire a website design professional and get the website design created by the professional. The other way is to design your own website, which could again be very difficult, especially, if you do not know much about designs. The best way would be to go for a web design contest to choose a website design for your website.

Web design contest offers you a bucket full of designs. You can easily choose one, two or three, and even more designs for your website. There are endless opportunities for you to match various designs on the site, and then finally choose the best among the lot. Web design contest is also a little cheaper compared to other ways of designing a website. Consider the case, when you hire a web designer to design your website. You have to pay decent amount to get a single design, but with web design contest, you can get many website designs by paying only a small prize as a gift. Web design contest is indeed the best way to get web design for your site.

Why Graphic Design Contests are so useful

If you are looking for an effective graphic design for your own website and are not really happy to outsource the work to any of the available freelancers, then you may sufficiently think about the option of throwing open graphic design contests at various levels. These contests ensure that you get the right graphic design for your website.

Holding graphic design contests has its own benefits and advantages. One of the most important benefits of holding such contests is that you will have a good number of graphic designs at your disposal so that you can start your own business of providing web design and graphic design to other websites as well. All the competitors of the contests will be sufficiently compensated of course. If they are sufficiently compensated for their creations they cannot exercise any sort of right over them anymore. Hence you can conduct your own business of graphic design. It is also for sure that such contests will attract good number of designers from across the globe. The good the designs the better it would be for the blogs or websites. Web design has an active part to play in the positioning of the website in the search pages across the Internet.

As a matter of fact web design along with methods like article marketing, forum posting, link building and other forms of organic traffic building methods is very vital as far as the search engine optimization techniques are concerned. Graphic web design is no exception.

A Story About A Story Short

One of my favorite shows is Jim Henson’s Story Teller. Each episode started with the old storyteller recounting an old European Fairy Tale to his dog and us – the audience. The Dog of course was a muppet and the storyteller well he was the actor John Hurt. FOr me the series was a success because it brought to life a lot of the fairy tales and amazing stories.
Several tales were told and at one point the series came to storyteller’s story. And its tale was called A Story Short.
It goes like this…
The Storyteller and the Beggar tricked the cook into giving them food by telling him they could make the most wonderful soup from a stone. Needless to say the Cook was mad when realized he had been fooled by the Storyteller and the Beggar.
Taken before the King and his court the storytller retold what happened and the King and his court was so amused that they did not punish the Storyteller and the Beggar. Instead , much to the frustration of the Cook, they were each given a golden coin and set free – on the condition that the Storyteller would tell a story everyday for about a year. Each story would earn the Storyteller a golden coin. However, should the Storyteller fail to tell a story he would then be taken to the Cook’s kitchen and bee placed in a man-sized kettle of boiling oil – the Cook kept such a kettle for special occassions – parties and feasts not for executions, but the Cook was angry so he was just as willing to use it for torture and death for this occassion.
A year nearly passed: It was the last day for the Storyteller to tell his story but alas he had ran out of stories – there were no stories in him. And from his mindseye he could imagine the Cook and his man-sized kettle bubbling with oil.
The Storyteller walked, hopped and bumped about. Trying to get a story out but there was none. Suddenly a knock was heard it was theBeggar.
It was his Old Friend theBeggar and he came on the day of all days to gamble. The Storyteller who was out of stories obliged theBeggar.
But he lost
And he lost
And he lost
Till all of his Gold coins brlonged to theBeggar
TheBeggar then told him to try again and try to recover his lossed by betting his wife. The wife agreed. The Storyteller reluctanly agreed.
But he lost
The Storyteller who had no stories to tell, who last all his money and who recentlty loss his wife was despondent. But theBeggar yold him why not bet himself so he can recover all his belongings – especially his wife whom he treasured so much.
But he lost
TheBeggar then turned the Storyteller into a hare and placed him into his bag.
Then theBeggar went to see the Cook, who was busy boiling the oil. As theBeggar went inside the kitchen he tranformed the Storyteller into a flea. And theBeggar also began his prank on the Cook. The Cook was left with less an ear, less a few fingers from the prank.
Naturally, theBeggar was taken to court where he played a prank on the King. Making his heir disappear.
But pranks are pranks. And within a few moments – as fast as three swishes of a lambs tail or even a dragon if it is more appropriate – everything was restored. The King’s son soon appeared, A wiser and more humble Cook was restored all his body parts, and the Storyteller ceased to become a flea and returned as a man.
And before the King and his Court the Storyteller told the everyone the day the stories ran out and his adventures thereafter.

One of my favorite shows is Jim Henson’s Story Teller. Each episode started with the old storyteller recounting an old European Fairy Tale to his dog and us – the audience. The Dog of course was a muppet and the storyteller well he was the actor John Hurt.  The series was a success because it brought to life a lot of the fairy tales and amazing stories.

Several tales were told and at one point the series came to storyteller’s story. And its tale was called A Story Short.

It goes like this…

The Storyteller and the Beggar tricked the cook into giving them food by telling him they could make the most wonderful soup from a stone. Needless to say the Cook was mad when realized he had been fooled by the Storyteller and the Beggar.

Taken before the King and his court the storytller retold what happened and the King and his court was so amused that they did not punish the Storyteller and the Beggar. Instead , much to the frustration of the Cook, they were each given a golden coin and set free – on the condition that the Storyteller would tell a story everyday for about a year. Each story would earn the Storyteller a golden coin. However, should the Storyteller fail to tell a story he would then be taken to the Cook’s kitchen and bee placed in a man-sized kettle of boiling oil – the Cook kept such a kettle for special occassions – parties and feasts not for executions, but the Cook was angry so he was just as willing to use it for torture and death for this occassion.

A year nearly passed: It was the last day for the Storyteller to tell his story but alas he had ran out of stories – there were no stories in him. And from his mindseye he could imagine the Cook and his man-sized kettle bubbling with oil.

The Storyteller walked, hopped and bumped about. Trying to get a story out but there was none. Suddenly a knock was heard it was theBeggar.

It was his Old Friend theBeggar and he came on the day of all days to gamble. The Storyteller who was out of stories obliged theBeggar.

But he lost

And he lost

And he lost

Till all of his Gold coins brlonged to theBeggar

TheBeggar then told him to try again and try to recover his lossed by betting his wife. The wife agreed. The Storyteller reluctanly agreed.

But he lost

The Storyteller who had no stories to tell, who last all his money and who recentlty loss his wife was despondent. But theBeggar yold him why not bet himself so he can recover all his belongings – especially his wife whom he treasured so much.

But he lost

TheBeggar then turned the Storyteller into a hare and placed him into his bag.

Then theBeggar went to see the Cook, who was busy boiling the oil. As theBeggar went inside the kitchen he tranformed the Storyteller into a flea. And theBeggar also began his prank on the Cook. The Cook was left with less an ear, less a few fingers from the prank.

Naturally, theBeggar was taken to court where he played a prank on the King. Making his heir disappear.

But pranks are pranks. And within a few moments – as fast as three swishes of a lambs tail or even a dragon if it is more appropriate – everything was restored. The King’s son soon appeared, A wiser and more humble Cook was restored all his body parts, and the Storyteller ceased to become a flea and returned as a man.

And before the King and his Court the Storyteller told the everyone the day the stories ran out and his adventures thereafter.

Google’s Farmer Update and Its Effect on Independent Publishers

Working as an online publisher has been great in recent times due to the steady development of the market – but just recently, Google made a move which has been regarded as highly questionable by most, even though it was ultimately aimed at solving the usability issue for the average user. We’re talking about the “farmer update,” which was aimed at removing malicious content from the search results returned by Google – fair enough.

But how does one define “malicious”? According to Google, they wanted to filter out the copycats – but the results were a bit more staggering than that, with some highly reputed websites and content directories becoming completely filtered out from relevant search results in Google.

And for the independent publisher or writer, the effects of the farmer update can be devastating – many of us choose to publish our works through these websites exactly, due to their open nature and the way they allow users to freely share information. Now though, it seems like we’ll have to consider other options for spreading information online.

The effects of the farmer update are yet to be considered – some say that it’s for the better and that the reputation of the affected websites would go back up once the offending content has been removed from them. But is it really worth it to deprive the user of so much interesting information, simply to filter out the few bad apples?