365 Days of Free PSDs

365psd is a simple concept, give away your old PSDs. Basically designers create amazing designs which clients do not like. So instead of discarding them to never see life the designers give the designs away for free.

Of course you cannot resell the designs, though who would?

The designs are simple great.

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Outputing PHP to Excel

A few people have recently asked me about outputting data to Excel. This is a very simple thing to do from PHP with two lines of code.

[cc lang=”PHP”]header(“Content-type: application/vnd.ms-excel”);
header(“Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=webbased.xls”);[/cc]
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A website is your number 1 sales person

A website needs to be thought of as a sales person who is always working, takes payments upfront, and costs significantly less (no holidays, no super, and no christmas party). As such your website does need to be treated as apart of the sales team, it should present the image of your company, be up-to-date on your offerings, provide advise, make cross and up sells, and most of all help your customers buy off you.

Biggest benefits

  • Take orders 24×7
  • Receive payments instantly
  • Save on costs
  • A website can provide as much or as little information as a customer wants
  • No time is wasted on tire kickers

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Build a website using XHTML and not HTML

XHTML is the engine which drives the content which is displayed on the screen in it’s rawest form. Basically XHTML describes the sections of a screen. For instance <p>some text</p> tells the browser that some text is a new paragraph. XHTML is very simple and follows strict rules which help you update your website in the future.

XHTML is better than HTML as it limits the tags to only describing what the elements of the nage are and not describing how they should look. CSS should be used to describe how things look. There is no font, b, i and center tags which will save a lot of headaches when you want to update your site or move to another media like the iPhone. The font and center tags are very 1990’s and makes it extremely hard to update a site. For instance you might want to change site wide your font Gill Sans, with XHTML this is 3 lines in CSS compared to 1000’s of changes in HTML. You can have an in-depth read of the differences at http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/
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