web-based & free HTML form builder application-Fully ajaxed based: pForm

Thursday, June 25, 2009 11:18
Posted in category Ajax, Development, Forms, web tools

pForm is a web-based & free HTML form builder application for creating good looking forms easily.

It offers various color schemes to get started & enables you to design your form with an Ajaxed interface.

Online HTML Form Builder

Any type of form objects (text fields, checkboxes, dropdowns, file upload fields, etc.) can be added & every field can be customized (field label, type, size..).

Once the form design is completed, it can be previewed & ready-to-use HTML/CSS files can be downloaded as a .zip file.

To get amazing features like saving entries to database, input validation & much more, you can check the commercial product of the service: MachForm.

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Best Tools to Improve Your Site’s Usability on a Low Budget

Thursday, June 25, 2009 11:14

Our visitors, however, don’t have this advantage. This means that testing for usability is the only reliable way to find out how well a website works.

Usability testing allows you to discover many ways in which your site can be improved.

How much testing should I do?

Usability testing may sound daunting, but in reality, a small investment can yield large gains. Jacob Nielsen, one of the best-known usability gurus, says:

“The best results come from testing no more than 5 users and running as many small tests as you can afford.”

– Jacob Nielsen (Why You Only Need to Test With 5 Users)

Number of users vs Usability problems found

That’s right. Just 5 users will provide enough results to help you make effective updates to your website. While you could test with 15 users to find most or all problem areas on your site, testing with just 5 will uncover 85% of issues, which gives you the most value for your money.

Other trouble spots can be identified by testing a subsequent round of users, and with each additional test, the number of issues uncovered will decrease.

It’s important to note that the very first usability test offers the greatest insight. Even a small amount of testing can yield significant results and reveal big issues and problem areas early on.

This means that you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money to benefit from usability testing.

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Open source Free Collaborative File Sharing Client: Jake

Thursday, June 25, 2009 11:08

When working on projects as a group of designers & developers, it sometimes requires an effort to keep all files within the project synchronized.

Jake is a free & open source software which keeps everything synchronized in a group of any number of users & does not require a central server.

File Sharing Client

Usage of the software is very easy:

  • create a project
  • drag’n drop the folder of the projects
  • invite other people to see the project

Jake uses Jabber and open source chat server engines for the communication & users can login even with their Google username/passwords or any Jabber server.

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Amazing collection of Free PHP Frameworks and CMS

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 14:53
Posted in category cms, Development, Framework, Jquery, php

MODx

MODx helps you take control of your online content. An Open Source PHP application framework, it frees you to build sites exactly how you want and make them 100% yours. Zero restrictions and fast to build. Super-simple templates in regular HTML/CSS/JS (any lib you want).

Documentation: Documentation is clear and compact.

Community: Large community with forums, wiki and Jobboard.

License: GPL

Last releases: 0.9.6.3

Size:3.26mB

Project example: Youth Fitness Magazine

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Collection of Free Useful Joomla! Extensions – May 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 14:19
Posted in category cms, Development, Extenshion, Joomla

ImageSlideShow

A rotating image display module or slideshow / image carousel. ImageSlideShow also has the ability to have multiple copies of the slideshow on one page, a choice of sorting options and ability to link slideshow to another URL. In addition ISS can create resized copies of the images to use in the slideshow. A Module Class Suffix can be specified. ISS does not require flash or any other component, plugin or module, it will work straight away with any standard Joomla! 1.5.x install.

Daily Banner

Daily Banner module helps us to shown our special banner or image on Joomla site on what day it is. The Banners or Images could be as Ads Banner, Event Images, Affiliate Banner, Special Images, and etc. More simple, stable and effective.There are seven days in one week, and in this module you only fill in your banner or image for the day that you want, able to enter your link for every image too.

AJAX Header Rotator

The “AJAX Header Rotator” module offers a smart and eye-candy image rotating mechanism (or slideshow in plain English) for the masses! It is an alternative to Flash image rotation scripts, which are sometimes difficult to implement. The module borrows the nice effects from such scripts, but uses javascript (the JQuery library in particular) to auto-“magically” rotate images from any given folder

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Create Flash Websites With Ease: Wix

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 9:48

Wix is a free web-based service for creating simple to advanced Flash websites.

It offers 100s of ready-to-use and well-categorized free Flash templates (like e-flyers, photographers, business & more) or everything can be created from scratch with a blank one.

Wix

Wix is very easy to use with its drag’n drop editor that enables anyone to add:

  • any type of media (sound, video, images)
  • shapes, cliparts, animations, effects
  • advanced photo albums (slideshows, coverflow, carousel & more)
  • & lots of widgets like Google Maps, RSS, contact forms

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