Does Your Web Site Give You Flexibility, Control and Freedom?

Does Your Web Site Give You Flexibility, Control and Freedom?
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Flexibility, control and freedom are three of the biggest business needs for web sites, yet, so many senior managers do not know how to achieve this unless they design their own web site with the expertise of their own web development team. If your organisation is not in a position to hire it’s own design team then be sure know what to ask for to obtain the flexibility to have your web site reflect the feel of your business, to have control over who develops the site and implements updates, upgrades and other changes for you as well as the freedom to adapt your web site’s capability to meet your business’ developing use of technology.

When you look at your list of developers there are some important questions to ask about the production of web sites and the contractual agreements that are associated with them. Perhaps, today, the most important question to ask is how much of their work is based around open source technologies and who retains ownership over any works that are not based on open source technologies.

Open Source is a term used in the Information Technology industry to describe products or ‘code’ that has been licensed in a manner that allows the free use, modification and, usually, also permits re-release under the same license conditions (though this is not obligatory). One of the most thorough Open Source licenses is the Gnu Public License or GPL. Many very well known web development products are licensed under GPL including Joomla and Drupal, both web site content managers that have active development communities; WordPress and b2evolution, content tools to assist in web sites for bloggers and education content managers including Moodle. Databases that power web sites such as postgreSQL and MySQL are also available under GPL.

These tools are all very powerful because they are supported by a significant number of developers around the world. By using open source tools you are taking advantage of products that have already been purpose built, yet, have the flexibility to be customised to the suit the look and feel of your business and to present your core branding messages directly to your target audience.

It is important to find out from your short list of web developers what licensing is applied to the work that they perform for you and who owns the intellectual property, copyright and any third party sourced materials that are not from the open source community. This can greatly influence your decision, as if you own all work that they complete, then you are able to maintain full control over all aspects of your web site and, should something happen to your developer, you will be able to easily locate another directly from the open source community of developers and designers.

Another bonus of open source products is that you can ask your developer to not just customise the appearance but to also add functionality to the site that was not available previously. This allows the … Read the rest

The Facebook Experience When You’re Going Through MySpace

Life throws new exciting technology at a person everyday. Some of this technology can cost up to 100`s of dollars and some of it is free. There are two technology trends that have hit our youth and even some of our adults with a growing trend that caught on and may never be stopped.

It is called social networking. There are many types of the main two that have caught on and are more popular is Facebook and MySpace Some people will even tell you that if you do not have one or the other you are nobody. It is considered to be that serious for some.

These networks provide a life line between family and friends in that you are chatting for free with no sign-up fees or monthly expenses. It is a way to keep in touch with all the people you love near and far and especially internationally. It is a way for people to chat, post pictures, find past friends and even use web cams. There are even virtual communities that can be joined just for fun.

Facebook is privately owned by Facebook, Inc. It was founded in Cambridge Massachusetts by Mark Zuckerberg along with Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes while being students at Harvard University where it grew into an enormous social website. It started out at as a chatting for free site for only Harvard University students. As of 2008 it had revenue of 300 million with a total of 900+ employees. Some of its features contain pages including photos, profiles, instant messaging and virtual gifts that can be given to other members on Facebook

Another popular social networking site is MySpace It was founded in 2003 by Fox Interactive Media owned by News Corporation with its main headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. It was considered to be the most popular in the United States in June 2006 but was taken over internationally by competitor Facebook in April 2008. Its president is Tom Anderson with 1000 employees after a 30% cut back. It has most of the features that are also available through Facebook with profiles, comments, emoticons, blog pages and with the MySpace Records being a different feature (a record label to discover unknown talent).

These two sites have taken technology and the internet by storm. It has been a way for a person to keep in touch with friends and family in different counties, states, countries ranging internationally. To have this wave of science we extend friendship, thank yous and some regrets. Keeping relationships close is the main goal of these social networking sites and chatting for free features.

To have these sites keeps people closer in a way one will never know. They have kept people in touch far away and in close proximity in a cheaper and more versatile way. It also lets those shares joys through their photo pages and sympathy through their comments. Today this is the only accepted social networks to be involved … Read the rest