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Excellent system for creating free website by drag and drop

We are working on Microweber on the past 3 years and finaly O my God we have a demo version! Great not only for us but for you guys to! Why? I tell yon now, Microweber is Free Open Source system that allows you to make your own website, blog or online...
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Super simple Twitter avatars

If you use Twitter avatars in your web site or app then you need to check  out tweetimag.es. It’s a great free service courtesy of Joe Stump that allows you to reference any Twitter users avatar with a uniform URL. Why is this important? If you...
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Think Vitamin Radio: Episode #2

We’re back with Episode #2 of Think Vitamin Radio. We’ve worked hard on improving the sound quality, we hope you will hear the difference. A full transcript is available.
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Wanted: Think Vitamin news editor

Think Vitamin is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer news editor to help contribute to the site on a weekly basis. The aim is to publish two weekly articles (Monday and Thursday) rounding up the hot news stories in web design, web development and web...
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Cookie cutter web sites

The other day, someone lamented, “I can’t tell the difference from this site and the hundred of others I’ve seen. These days, more and more websites look the same.” We’re all learning better practices in web design, and that’s...
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Future of Web Design London 2010 is go

We are delighted to announce that Future of Web Design will be returning to London for the 4th year running. Taking place from May 17th – 19th 2010 in the heart of London it will be packed full of great talks, workshops and networking opportunities....
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The Pipeline with Dan Benjamin

Dan Benjamin recently blogged about his decision to venture into full time podcasting. We love to hear about anyone branching out and trying new things so we wish him all the best with his venture. Two of his new shows solo shows are The Pipeline and...
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Designing for donations

Donating money to a charity should be as quick and easy online as it is to stuff a few coins in a collection pot on the high street. It should also be apparent what the money will be used for. With these two things in mind, it is surprising how often...
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How to do A/B Testing in WordPress

We recently posted about how 37signals increased their sign-ups by 200% with A/B Testing. A lot of you are using WordPress, which makes A/B testing pretty tricky, so we’ve recorded a screencast tutorial to show you how to do it. Editor’s...
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10 Vital Lessons for Web Start-Ups

This summer we launched Perch as a side project from our web development agency, edgeofmyseat.com. Perch is a really little content management system aimed at web designers who want to enable their clients to update their own site content. As this is...
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Revealing Data to Get Attention

I stumbled across a really interesting example of company transparency yesterday. Shirt.Woot sells a different shirt every day and they release all the live data about where their sales are happening. View large This is a radical approach because most...
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What’s in a Name?

Ed: In this article Ben Bodien from Neutron Creations recalls his experiences of naming his new web company. You can learn more about running a successful web company at Future of Web Apps Miami – buy tickets online today! Starting a company around...
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Bulletproof backups for MySQL

You have all your important data backed up, right? I mean, come on folks, it’s 2010. We may not have flying cars yet like we’re supposed to, but “having backups” is a problem that’s solved. And I’m sure you’ve...
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The DOs and DO NOTs of Brand

Ed: In this article Alex Hunter discusses why web developers and entrepreneurs can not afford to forget about their brand. Alex will be hosting an in-depth online marketing workshop at Future of Web Apps Miami in February 2010 – buy your ticket online...
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Think Vitamin Radio: Episode #1 transcript

The full transcript to Think Vitamin Radio: Episode #1 is now available online. In this first episode we chat about the reasons for starting the podcast, online databases, the development of the Chirp website, AB testing and upcoming web events including...
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Alex Hunter on branding, startups, the Valley and online marketing

Editors note: Alex is running a half day workshop on “kick ass online marketing techniques” at the Future of Web Apps Miami on February 24th. Find out more. In this installment of “5 questions for…” we ask Alex Hunter his...
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Doctype: Speed

Editors note: Interested in web apps? Join us at the Future of Web Apps Miami on February 24th to learn from companies such as  Twitter, Facebook, Mint, Reddit and more. Buy your tickets now and get $50 off. In this week’s 8 minute episode of Doctype...
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Think Vitamin Radio: Crush It winners

Did you enter our Think Vitamin Radio Episode #1 Crush It competition? If you are one of the ten names below then you will be recieving your copy of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book very soon. For those who didn’t send their addresses please email...
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Visual Website Optimizer: Beta code for TV readers

After our chat about A/B testing on the first episode of Think Vitamin Radio last week Paras from Wingify got in touch to tell us a bit more about their product “Visual Website Optimizer“. It’s an interesting take on A/B testing elements...
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Conversational and short URLs on Rails

Editors note: Interested in web apps? Join us at the Future of Web Apps Miami on February 24th to learn from companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Mint, Reddit and more. Buy your tickets now and get $50 off. Friendly URLs are plenty popular these days,...
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Announcing the CSS3 Online Conference

I’m really excited to announce our very first Think Vitamin Online Conference! Please join us and Andy Clarke, Ethan Marcotte, Matthew Smith, and Jina Bolton for the CSS3 Online Conference. Speakers Ethan Marcotte (Happy Cog, @beep and Unstoppable...
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Making dough or spam? The perplexing case of designing lead generation pages

I spend a lot of time working on large-scale site designs, redesigns, and app designs, so it’s kind of fun when the pressure is on to develop a single lead generation page. For the purposes of this post, let’s define a lead generation as a single...
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Doctype: CSS3 gradients and local databases in HTML5

Editors note: Interested in web apps? Join us at the Future of Web Apps Miami on February 24th to learn more about HTML5 and hear from companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Mint, Reddit and more. Buy your tickets now and get $50 off. In this weeks 10...
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Future of Web Apps Miami: Are you coming?

Save $50 off your pass by entering promo code THINKVITAMIN when booking your pass. Buy your tickets now » Did you know Carsonified, the team behind Think Vitamin, also run a number of web industry events? In a couple of weeks we head off to Florida...
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Website Owner’s Manual Review

Ed: You can learn more about how to run a successful web app business at Future of Web Apps Miami in February 2010 – buy your ticket online today! Recently I received a copy of  “Website Owner’s Manual” by Paul Boag. Unlike other...
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Website Owner’s Manual Winners

Last week we published a review of Paul Boag’s new book “Website Owner’s Manual” and offered readers the opportunity to win one of six free copies courtesy of Manning Publications. To enter all you had to do was leave your best...
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How to Increase Sign-ups by 200%

When I had coffee with Jason Fried of 37signals after FOWA Miami, I asked him if he had learned anything about A/B testing that they hadn’t blogged about. And wow, did he have an amazing little tip to share … Four Amazing Words He said that...
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23 Essential HTML 5 Resources

Editor’s Note: Bruce Lawson will be doing a 1-hour tutorial called “How to build a HTML5 Web site” at the FOWD Tour. Everyone is excited about the possibilities of HTML 5, but there’s a lot to learn and absorb as well. With that...
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Free is the Future of Failure

“There will always be a company that replaces you. At some point your BlackSwan competitor will appear and they will kick your ass. Their product will be better or more interesting or just better marketed than yours, and it also will be free. They...
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FOWA Summer Sale

FOWA Summer Sale is heating up! Grab ‘em while you can.
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How to Design a Portfolio Site

If you’re a freelance designer, you know how important your portfolio site is to your business. Therefore, we decided to commission Elliot Jay Stocks, a well-known web designer, to film two 30-minute screen-casts on “How to Design a Portfolio...
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Five Interesting Links to Brighten Your Day

We’ve rounded up five great links for you today. Topics range from Firefox plugins to CSS3. Enjoy! 3D CSS Visual Effects demo using pure HTML, WebKit’s 3D CSS Effects extensions and JavaScript An amazing demo that shows what’s possible...
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Carsonified presents Carsonified Summer Camp 2009!

In the spirit of summer and school being out, Carsonified is hosting a two day “Carsonified Summer Camp” on July 20-21. Summer Camp will take place right at the Carsonified campground (office) in Bath, England and the two day event is structured...
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Sneak Preview of new Carsonified Site and a Treasure Hunt

We’re launching the brand new Carsonified.com site this Thursday (July 9th) so we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at one of the major images for the site. This is an image that’s going on the homepage of the new site. It’s...
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Workshop Winter Warmers

We have some awesome workshops coming up for you in the second half of ‘09. Carson Workshops are a more intimate setting, with only 40 seats available in each one. This way you are able to interact, learn and be inspired by the biggest names in...
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Dont Let Your Baby Die – How to use Social Capital to Market Your Web App

There’s a worryingly high web app mortality rate right now. I think the primary cause is the lack of marketing knowledge and how to apply it to web apps. I spoke at FOWA Tour Leeds on this subject so I’m going to summarize the major points...
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Get Started with DNS

Editor’s note: Chris will be doing a workshop called Setting up Your Web App – Powerful Alternatives to LAMP at FOWA London in October. DNS is a big topic, and I’m certainly not going to try to cover all of it here. However, I think...
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Little UX Touches that Go a Long Way

It’s always the little things that count. I recently noticed the download notification bar on the bottom right of Firefox 3.5. It tells you how many downloads are active, and roughly how long they’ll take to finish. The reason why this works...
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14 Applications for Project Management and Collaboration

In this article, we list several great applications for project and time management as well as collaboration between you and your clients. There are free and commercial options available. These project management apps are here to save you time, but they...
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Make Money off Your By-Products

Editor’s note: This article is a summary of Jason Fried’s talk at our event The Future of Web Apps. You can also listen to the audio or watch the video of the talk, which is below the article. I think the future of web apps is more about...
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Get Clients to Say ‘Yes!’

Editor’s note: This article is a summary of Paul Boag’s talk at our event The Future of Web Design. You can also listen to the audio or watch the video of the talk, which is below the article. I’ve been thinking recently about the relationship...
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Welcome to the new ThinkVitamin!

Welcome to the brand new ThinkVitamin! We’ve made a couple big changes around here so I wanted to explain what’s happening and why. We are so thankful for all of you, our readers, and we want to work even harder to deliver a valuable and...
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Ryan Singer on UI design, Frontend Development, Project Management and Inspiration

We recently sat down with Ryan Singer, lead designer at 37signals, to ask him several questions that are on web designer’s minds. He talks about copywriting, being a project manager, frontend development skills, handcoding and where to find inspiration....
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Event News: FOWA Summer Sale, Stack Overflow Dev Days Selling out & your chance to speak on the FOWD Tour

In this edition of “Event News” we offer you the chance to save up to 50% of FOWA 2 day conference passes, announce new cities for the upcoming Stack Overflow Dev Days series of conferences, reveal new speakers and details of the new uber-cool...
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To Spec or Not to Spec

There’s been much debate of late regarding speculative or ’spec’ work and the associated problems (and benefits) of it. Blogs have been buzzing for a while with negative rants by some high-profile designers regarding the practice and sites...
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Kevin Rose: How to Promote Your Web App

In this 11-minute interview we ask Kevin Rose, founder of digg and WeFollow five questions about web entrepreneurship. In case you don’t have time to watch the interview, we’ve summarized Kevin’s answers below. Feel free to share your...
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Beginners can now build lucrative websites for free

 Beginners can now build lucrative websites for free    Free offers all over the internet makes it possible for anyone interested in creating a website to build an attractive website absolutely free of cost. All you need is some knowledge...
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6 Ways To Kickstart Your Customer Service

Most web design companies are one or two person operations, with little to no free time for items like after-sales service. You are usually so busy with current projects that answering calls from past customers can seem like an unnecessary and non-profitable...
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10 Tips for Working With Clients Remotely: Part 1

Collaborating with clients you never meet face-to-face has become normal for most web workers. Ours is an industry where working remotely poses very few real obstacles — nearly every part of the web design process can be done from the comfort of...
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10 Tips for Working With Clients Remotely: Part 2

When you’re working with clients remotely it can sometimes be difficult to keep everyone happy and your project on track. Without the benefit of face-to-face meetings, it’s easy for a client to feel neglected or out of the loop. The key to successful...
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