Authorize.net CIM Plugin Extension

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Provide your customers with a fast and easy checkout. Allow them to save multiple credit or debit cards to their profile. So when they return to buy something on your site, they don't have to re-enter all the payment details. They simply select a card on file and that's it. Such a fast and easy checkout is bound to increase your sales, and your customers would never go anywhere else to shop.

This is an extension for the WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin. It captures sales through Authorize.net, and keeps the customer on your site at all times.

Features of this plugin extension

Authorize.net CIM

Configure Authorize.net CIM with your Authorize.net API Login ID and transaction key to start capturing sales and customer profiles immediately.

Card Profiles

Customers can save card profiles during checkout and reuse those card profiles at a later stage when they checkout on your site again.

Secure Customer Profiles

All customer shipping, billing and payment data is stored in your Authorize.net CIM panel where it is safe and secure.

Click here to read more and purchase the Authorize.net CIM extension.

Flash websites – Pros and Cons

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Flash based websites have been all the rage for the past few years, and as Macromedia adds more great features into Flash, we can safely predict that there will be a lot more Flash sites on the Internet. Still, Flash based sites are sometimes regarded as bloated and pointless. Where exactly do we draw the line? Here's a list of the good and bad aspects of Flash.

Points in favor:

Interactivity

There is a lot that you can do with Flash's Actionscript. From interactive feedback forms to attractive Flash games, Flash developers have created a plethora of applications. This interactivity results in a lot many repeat visitors.

A standardized website

Flash is cross-browser compatible. Remember debugging CSS code to work perfectly in all browsers; no such effort needed if you use Flash. After you position your site elements in Flash, they will appear as they are meant to provided the user has Flash Player installed.

A moving picture is worth more than a 1000 words

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a moving picture (Flash Animation) is worth more. Flash is a lightweight option for animation because it is vector based. Consequently, Flash animation has smaller file sizes. Compared to this, real movie files are much larger in size because they are raster based.

Points against:

The Flash player

Your website visitors need to download Flash player in order to view the Flash on your site. So by using Flash you limit the number of visitors to your site, because not everyone will be willing to download the Flash player just to view your site. Also, if your visitor does not have the Flash player installed, you will have to redirect them to the download page.

Search Engine Optimization

Most search engines cannot read the Flash content on your website. So if your content was presented in Flash, search engines wouldn't be able to index it. Therefore, you will not be able to rank well in search engines and there will be less traffic heading to your site.

Flash loading time

Users have to wait longer than usual to load Flash content compared to regular text and images. Visitors are not that patient, and they would rather click the back button than wait for your website to load. If your website is extremely slow loading, you risk losing visitors.

To summarize, you should use Flash only when you really need its animation and interactivity. Otherwise, use a mixture of Flash and HTML or simply text and images if that is all you really require to present the information on your website.

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WordPress Wins Hall of Fame CMS Award

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WordPress, an open-source blogging platform, has won the Hall of Fame CMS category in the 2010 Open Source Awards. This award category is reserved for those CMSes that have won the Open Source CMS award in the past. There was a tie between WordPress and Drupal. As a result of that an extra independent judge was brought in to cast his vote and declare the winner.

WordPress is turning out to be a robust content management system with a focus on web standards, aesthetics, and ease of use. WordPress allows you to easily manage the content for your website. This saves time and money, since you don't need to call up your web developer for every small update. If you need to modify the text slightly or replace an image, you can easily do so by yourself.

We build self managed sites that are based on WordPress. Each such site features a WordPress blog, which allows you to stay in touch with your customers by writing brief blog posts/articles.

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Web Design vs. Web Development

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The article title, Web Design vs. Web Development, may sound a bit odd to you. You may think that they both mean the same thing. It’s not your fault to think so, since the terms web design and web development are often used interchangeably. But they are not the same thing, and this article helps you understand the difference between the two disciplines.

Web Design

You arrive at a website and exclaim, “WOW! That’s a nice looking website.” When you say so, you are referring to the look and feel of the website. Website design relates to the aesthetics, the overall appearance of the website – the graphics, colour scheme and fonts used, and the layout of each web page. The web designer must have an eye for aesthetics. He must carefully choose the colour combination and create graphics that help project the image of the business.

The design is what grabs a visitor’s attention. It persuades her to read further and see what the website is all about. People are not going to stay on a website that looks crappy. Having said that, how a website functions is equally important as how it looks.

Web Development

A website may be visually appealing, but how does it function? Is it cross browser compatible? Does it reach the intended audience? Is it accessible? Does it have an intuitive navigation? Does it use semantic code to ensure that the website is search engine friendly? These are the questions that a web developer needs to address.

Functionality relates to the interactive aspect of a website. This includes Flash animated graphics, database-driven dynamic web pages, form processing, content management systems, and other administration interfaces that allow non-programmers to manage the website data.

Conclusion

There should be equal focus on both web design and web development while building a website. A website is a success if it is:

  • visually appealing
  • cross browser compatible so more people can view it
  • accessible to all, including those who are disabled
  • reaches the intended audience
  • uses semantic code for search engine optimization
  • projects the image of the business it represents