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9:22 pm on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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looking for some new ideas for my web site. Its getting pretty boring just waiting for updates that my company wants me to post, so im looking for some fresh ideas.

the site i have is developed in asp. we have videos, screenshot tours, little pop up informational windows, some image maps, graphics.....and some flash animation.

what is everyone else doing lately?

im guessing i need to start studying a new language?

9:43 pm on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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...im guessing i need to start studying a new language?

...a multi-lingual site perhaps - language content fed from a database based on user preference/geographic location - Spanish perhaps? Should keep you busy! I could perhaps help out with some English to Indonesian if you're stuck?! :)

5:07 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Direction that you might want to focus on: Mashups, Ajax, Web 2.0
5:53 pm on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well, my two cents is (are?) newly emerging technologies do not make for an interesting site.

To this day I still have designers approach me with this thought: "It needs to be in Flash. I want this site to look technologically advanced and modern and you can't do that without Flash."

The tools you apply won't make your site look or feel any more "new" or advanced. If they do, it will be a temporary rush. Everyone has seen the online "drawing" toy. Very cool, very new. But how many times have you gone back to it?

The other thing to remember is people visiting your site don't care about how well-versed you are in technologies. The only thing they are interested in is whether or not you can solve their current problem or answer their current question. So adding a technology for the sake of showing you have the tools and power will probably only serve your own ego. Remember who your site is supposed to be for.

If you want truly "new" stuff - think about your customers. What would they be interested in? What would get them to view even more pages of your site? What would solve their problems even better? I'm sure you will find the answers in rock solid old-school stuff - static HTML and basic interactive web services, such as message boards, etc.

12:28 am on Dec 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Agreed with rocknbil. Very often customers come to us saying 'we want a Flash timeline' or 'we want a AJAX photo gallery'. First thing we do is find out what problem they are trying to solve - we can usually suggest a better approach thatíll benefit their customers more.
 

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