Wireframing And Website Prototyping: Best Professional Tools To Design Your Website

Professional wireframing and web design prototyping tools take a step forward compared with free wireframing tools and commercial website prototyping tools, by allowing you to draw highly-realistic mockups of websites. In this MasterNewMedia guide you will find the best professional wireframing and website prototyping tools that you can use to create compelling visual web design projects.

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Professional wireframing and web design prototyping tools take a step forward compared with free wireframing tools and commercial website prototyping tools, by allowing you to draw highly-realistic mockups of websites. In this MasterNewMedia guide you will find the best professional wireframing and website prototyping tools that you can use to create compelling visual web design projects.

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Content Navigation And Search: How To Facilitate Online Content Exploration

A nice, gorgeous-looking web site which has no design or navigation intelligence is a like handsome man with no brains. It may be nice to look at him but anyone would rapidly get bored with such a partner. Same thing happens on the web. While many strive to build super-good-looking web sites, only few really understand the strategic value of building highly navigable and easy to understand web sites. Why? Because we have not yet learned to think with the eyes and heart of our future readers and fans, and we unconsciously keep pushing things, as if such readers could be molded to appreciate, like and read what we want.

Happily for us, as me and you are also readers and users of other people’s sites, this is a good thing. A web site is not like a television channel and you, the web publisher, cannot shove down your readers’ throat whatever you think is great. I, the reader, am now the one in control. One stupid move from you, the web publisher, and in a fraction of a second I can be out of your site.

In this user-centered light, how can you build a website that really meets your readers where they are and allows them to easily and rapidly discover all of the value you have to offer?

It goes without saying that the number one key strategy to make your web site communicate effectively its focus and key offerings, is to make its home and internal pages strategically designed to offer such unobstructed access with the minimum effort.

Achieving this goal involves two basic steps:

1. Navigation: Designing content navigation in a way that allows readers to navigate and discover your high-value content in the easiest way possible, by always having relevant key content suggestions options available in front of their eyes.
2. Search: Making the ability to search and FIND specific content a key requirement on your site. This involves a correct use of tags and categories, a savvy placement, a bit of SEO and an intelligent use of search engines.

In the in-depth analysis that follows, Stijn Debrouwere explores in great detail how to leverage the content search and navigation potential to best serve the needs of your audience. Though this report was originally conceived with news sites in mind, the points it makes and the strategies it suggest are applicable to most any web site wanting to provide high value to its readers.


A nice, gorgeous-looking web site which has no design or navigation intelligence is a like handsome man with no brains. It may be nice to look at him but anyone would rapidly get bored with such a partner. Same thing happens on the web. While many strive to build super-good-looking web sites, only few really understand the strategic value of building highly navigable and easy to understand web sites. Why? Because we have not yet learned to think with the eyes and heart of our future readers and fans, and we unconsciously keep pushing things, as if such readers could be molded to appreciate, like and read what we want.

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Happily for us, as me and you are also readers and users of other people’s sites, this is a good thing. A web site is not like a television channel and you, the web publisher, cannot shove down your readers’ throat whatever you think is great. I, the reader, am now the one in control. One stupid move from you, the web publisher, and in a fraction of a second I can be out of your site.

In this user-centered light, how can you build a website that really meets your readers where they are and allows them to easily and rapidly discover all of the value you have to offer?

It goes without saying that the number one key strategy to make your web site communicate effectively its focus and key offerings, is to make its home and internal pages strategically designed to offer such unobstructed access with the minimum effort.

Achieving this goal involves two basic steps:

  1. Navigation: Designing content navigation in a way that allows readers to navigate and discover your high-value content in the easiest way possible, by always having relevant key content suggestions options available in front of their eyes.
  2. Search: Making the ability to search and FIND specific content a key requirement on your site. This involves a correct use of tags and categories, a savvy placement, a bit of SEO and an intelligent use of search engines.

In the in-depth analysis that follows, Stijn Debrouwere explores in great detail how to leverage the content search and navigation potential to best serve the needs of your audience. Though this report was originally conceived with news sites in mind, the points it makes and the strategies it suggest are applicable to most any web site wanting to provide high value to its readers. Leer más “Content Navigation And Search: How To Facilitate Online Content Exploration”

The Online Video Encoding Formats War: Apple Vs Flash Vs H264

If you haven’t heard the news lately, a new technology war has seen the light, and this time the two main fighters are Apple and Adobe, owner of the almost ubiquitous Flash playback video technology used across the web to play video clips. The key argument is that Apple does not want to support Flash to play video on its devices. Neither now nor ever in the future. Given that smartphones and iPhones make up a growing number of the devices playing back video clips from the Internet and that 50% of mobile traffic in the U.S. comes from iPhones, this refusal to support Flash as the default video-playback technology is definitely no good news for Adobe. In this MasterNewMedia report Enrique Serrano focuses on explaining the technological issues and its implications as well as how this new technology war going to impact your personal online video landscape.


If you haven’t heard the news lately, a new technology war has seen the light, and this time the two main fighters are Apple and Adobe, owner of the almost ubiquitous Flash playback video technology used across the web to play video clips. The key argument is that Apple does not want to support Flash to play video on its devices. Neither now nor ever in the future. Given that smartphones and iPhones make up a growing number of the devices playing back video clips from the Internet and that 50% of mobile traffic in the U.S. comes from iPhones, this refusal to support Flash as the default video-playback technology is definitely no good news for Adobe. In this MasterNewMedia report Enrique Serrano focuses on explaining the technological issues and its implications as well as how this new technology war going to impact your personal online video landscape.

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Website Monitoring And Testing: How To Monitor And Test Your Web Site Performance

Has your web server enough bandwidth to meet your readers requests? Would you know if your hosting provider is a bit sloppy and if it lets your site become inaccessible to the public, even if only for a few minutes? How do you find out if your web pages load fast enough now that Google places ranking value also on page load times? Monitoring and testing your website is a serious matter for any professional web publisher, big or small. Just like you keep under tabs your car oil and fuel levels to avoid frustrating problems, in the same way you need to keep under check your own web site and of all the specific performance, load and speed indicators which can indicate whether your site is performing and serving your content in the best and most efficient way or not.

In this guide, MasterNewMedia tech director Drazen Dobrovodski, explores most underrated aspects of website monitoring and testing.

Find out how to troubleshoot potential web site performance threats such as bandwidth loss, potential server downtimes, or sudden web traffic drops.

These below, the specific website monitoring and testing topics covered in this MasterNewMedia guide:

* Web server availability
* Web site performance testing
* Web site speed monitoring
* Google Webmaster Tools
* JavaScript-based web site monitoring tools
* Log file analyzers
* Image hotlinking
* How to use the robots.txt file
* RSS feeds serving
* Geographic web site testing
* Real-time web site traffic monitoring

This guide can be read and understood by non-technical people, and it is in fact prepared for those who need to coordinate website supervision tasks as well as for those who will actually perform them.

If you want to find out how to best test and monitor your web site performance, speed and reliability, this MasterNewMedia guide has all of what you need to know.


Has your web server enough bandwidth to meet your readers requests? Would you know if your hosting provider is a bit sloppy and if it lets your site become inaccessible to the public, even if only for a few minutes? How do you find out if your web pages load fast enough now that Google places ranking value also on page load times? Monitoring and testing your website is a serious matter for any professional web publisher, big or small.
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Just like you keep under tabs your car oil and fuel levels to avoid frustrating problems, in the same way you need to keep under check your own web site and of all the specific performance, load and speed indicators which can indicate whether your site is performing and serving your content in the best and most efficient way or not.

In this guide, MasterNewMedia tech director Drazen Dobrovodski, explores most underrated aspects of website monitoring and testing.

Find out how to troubleshoot potential web site performance threats such as bandwidth loss, potential server downtimes, or sudden web traffic drops.

These below, the specific website monitoring and testing topics covered in this MasterNewMedia guide:

  • Web server availability
  • Web site performance testing
  • Web site speed monitoring
  • Google Webmaster Tools
  • JavaScript-based web site monitoring tools
  • Log file analyzers
  • Image hotlinking
  • How to use the robots.txt file
  • RSS feeds serving
  • Geographic web site testing
  • Real-time web site traffic monitoring

This guide can be read and understood by non-technical people, and it is in fact prepared for those who need to coordinate website supervision tasks as well as for those who will actually perform them.

If you want to find out how to best test and monitor your web site performance, speed and reliability, this MasterNewMedia guide has all of what you need to know. Leer más “Website Monitoring And Testing: How To Monitor And Test Your Web Site Performance”

Top Online Content Distribution Strategies: Standards, Aggregation, Syndication, Versioning

Which are the top content distribution strategies for an online publisher? In this in-depth report authored by new media and future treneds analyst Ross Dawson, you can find a thorough analysis of the present online content distribution paradigm as well as a set of useful guidelines and examples to make greater sense of content distribution. If you are interested in content distribution standards, aggregation, syndication and versioning trends, this is a must-read document.


Which are the top content distribution strategies for an online publisher? In this in-depth report authored by new media and future treneds analyst Ross Dawson, you can find a thorough analysis of the present online content distribution paradigm as well as a set of useful guidelines and examples to make greater sense of content distribution. If you are interested in content distribution standards, aggregation, syndication and versioning trends, this is a must-read document. Leer más “Top Online Content Distribution Strategies: Standards, Aggregation, Syndication, Versioning”

Large-Audience Webinars And Webcasting Tools: Best WebConferencing Services For Online Events With Hundreds Of Participants


To create, host and manage large-audience webinars and online events, there are a number of web conferencing tools that can help you deal efficiently with hundreds of participants. But how do you choose among all these services which one is best for you? In this MasterNewMedia guide you will find out which are the best webinar and webcasting tools out there that can handle large audiences and what characterizes them through a set of comparative tables and mini-reviews.

As I have already told you in my 2010 New Media Predictions, webinars and live online events will become increasingly interesting in the near future.

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Ning Alternatives: Guide To The Best Social Networking Platforms And Online Group Services

John McDonald, Vice President of Ning, stated clearly on a post on the Ning blog that his company will make new pricing plans effective only in early summer and provide online community owners “a minimum of 10 weeks to transition.”

If you are a Ning community owner, then you only have a limited time left to evaluate whether to remain on Ning or to select one of the social networking Ning-alternatives available on the web.

There are in fact quite a few social networking platforms and online group services that can be utilized as valid alternatives to Ning as these social networking platforms do generally replicate the key basic functionalities offered by Ning-based communities; and they also come in all flavors: free, paid and open-source.


On May, 4th 2010, Ning, one of the most popular social networking platforms on the web, is phasing out its free service. All free online communities will either be converted into premium online groups or discontinued altogether. As a consequence of the subsequent growing demand for Ning alternatives, this MasterNewMedia guide wants to provide a comprehensive list of other social networking platforms and online group services that can be used as replacements to the Ning community service.

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