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Issue 095 - Nov 11, 2009



1. Consulting - Your Virtual Development Team
Consulting - Your Virtual Development Team

Customers have been taking advantage of our consulting service for years now, using us as their expert virtual development team for a ton of content management projects, large and small. We can help you in many ways: CMS Builder integration, custom programming, project management, vision and guidance, and more.

A lot of web designers are finding that CMS Builder is so popular that they're getting more projects than they can handle. In turn, they design the site and pass off the integration work to us.

What's best about this is just like our software, our consulting service is private label. We work behind the scenes, integrating a powerful content management system that automates your entire website. When all is said and done, your customer is happy to get what they asked for and you charge a premium for our service. We do the work, you take all the credit.

We do this kind of work so often that we can do it fast and for quite possibly less than what it would cost in house or from any other professional CMS shop. CMS Builder is also the best application on the market for rapidly integrating a content management system into your website. The speed of work and the rapid deployment of CMS Builder, coupled with our experience, keep your costs down.

Why keep a team of 2-3 programmers on payroll when you don't always need their services? There's really no need to manage your ongoing in-house expenses if you don't need them. Hire us as your on-demand consulting service when you need it. We'll work as part of your team to get your project done fast, on time, and on budget.

Have a project? To get started visit the Consulting page and contact us for a free, no-obligation estimate.

2. Sneak Peak of New CMS Builder Interface
Sneak Peak of New CMS Builder Interface

Over the last few weeks we've been secretly working on a new CMS Builder interface, giving our flagship product a totally new look and feel.

The new interface is an updated, modern design. These changes make CMS Builder more intuitive, giving your users larger text fields, larger fonts, and simpler navigation.

I wanted to give you a sneak preview of the new interface and get your feedback. Below are some screenshots:

Login Page Login Page

You can really see here how much larger the fields are. The buttons and fields are also much more slick.

List of Records List of Records

This page lists the records belonging to a section editor. With larger fonts and fields users will find the new CMS Builder much easier to use.

Edit/Create New Record Edit/Create New Record

From this page you create or update a record. With this screenshot you really get a feel for how modern the new design is.

Plugins Plugins Manager

You can see how the admin menu expands to show additional links. Also, you get an idea of how links and dialogue boxes look.

Also, as with the current CMS Builder interface, you'll have an external style sheet where you can easily change the colours to match your companies colour palette and brand. This way the product can look like your own solution when reselling it to your customers.

3. Tips from the Forum
Tips from the Forum

The latest tips, tricks, tutorials, and more from the community of the interactivetools.com forum.

CMS Builder: Unique WYSIWYG Options for Each Section
In this post Dave shows you how you can create a unique WYSIWYG Editor for the different sections of your CMS Builder, each with their own options. For example, have your WYSIWYG Editor support image uploading for your news section but have image uploading disabled for your About Us section.

CMS Builder: Create Custom Presets
Why reinvent the wheel every time you start a new CMS Builder project. In this post I explain how you can create custom presets for your CMS Builder. For example, you can create an "Articles" preset and use this same preset for all of your future projects.
4. Developer Resources
Developer Resources

Here are a couple of useful resources for web developers and designers. Email me YOUR favourite resource and I might feature it in a future newsletter.

20 Do’s and Dont's of Effective Web Design
For the average person who wants a website or blog for their business, they are after one very important thing?? sales. Now, they may tell you that they want the big flashy logos, or the overdone textures/gradients, but it is the job of a well skilled web designer to steer their clients in the right direction.

45 Incredibly Useful Web Design Checklists and Questionnaires
Designing websites can be a long and complicated process. Dealing with clients, designing prototypes, coding, programming, and testing – there’s a lot to keep track of and a lot to make sure gets done. That’s where checklists can make your life a whole lot easier. With lists of points covering multiple areas from content to usability to accessibility to standards, you’re a lot less likely to overlook important parts of a site.

15 CSS Tricks That Must Be Learned
As web designers and developers, we have all come to learn many css tricks and techniques that help us achieve our layout goals. This is a list of 20 excellent "must know" css techniques to keep in mind when developing a website.


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