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Archive for August, 2011

Cheap and professional WordPress themes

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by Servage
Previous articles have covered a variety of sources for good Wordpress themes. One of the main problems is that often the good stuff costs money ;-) Like everything else, no one can afford to work for free, and good stuff deserves a reasonable price. Nevertheless lots of people are working with hobby-projects on the side. They just want a quick and nice solution. While there are various systems available open-source, like the vast amount of content management systems out there - the good design stuff is yet to be more publicly available. Elegant Themes has a membership-approach to sharing professional Wordpress themes among a large audience. By signing up ...

Present your website in the Servage Magazine

Sunday, August 28th, 2011 by Servage
Are you working on a great project, but you want more publicity and users? Servage is proud to host so many great websites for a variety of purposes. Thousands of creative developers are using Servage hosting accounts everyday for professional products they have developed. Even hobby-developers have great stuff to show, ranging from informative websites for specific topics, to complex gaming applications. Do you have a great project? Contact us per mail at magazine@servage.net with your website URL. Together we can find a way to present your application here on this website. Thereby your app can reach a large audience, both Servage customers, but also many visitors to the magazine ...

You can get a Servage VPS for $8/month

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 by Servage
Sweden's best uptime again with 99,9% Read more in InternetWorld 03/11. Do you want you own server? Do you need special software? Are you tired of performance problems? Are you just curious? Well, there are many good reasons to get an own virtual private server. The price is definitely also one of them! Consider this offer from Servage. It's pretty much the same cost as a shared webhosting account! RAM Memory: 256 MB Traffic: 100 GB Diskspace: 50 GB Full root access Power On/Off from CP Backup (snapshots) ACPI shutdown from CP Console access from CP Check out the plans. Cloud Based Server Virtualization The TotalCloud server virtualization offering is based on a modular setup where the servers are ...

Great online banking anywhere?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 by Servage
I wonder why the online banking experience has been very bad for many years. Not only poor design and low performance, also primitive functionality and login-hassle has been restricting the users from having a good experience. Maybe that's just because I've been unlucky with a few smaller banks? Maybe large banks have better solutions? However, it seemed to me, that even large institutions had poor online solutions. Now, roughly a decade into web 2.0, we are finally seeing some cool stuff with quite cool functionality. I guess large companies like banks have a lot of issues when developing and rolling out changes, so creativity might be delayed, or even killed in some projects. Still, I find banking is such a simple tasks, that it shouldn't be a hassle. Fortunately nowadays it seems the first projects have been successfully finished. Let me present some of the cool ones to you:

Code tips for .htaccess files

Monday, August 22nd, 2011 by Servage
The .htaccess files are often underrated and forgotten, but they do have great powers to manipulate your web server. It's possible to set and change various server settings, for example the Apache configuration. Thereby you can have individual configurations based on files in folders, rather than configuration files that require server restarts to take effect. You can also change settings for plugins, like PHP settings. I've stumbled over a few great .htaccess snippets here, which I found quite useful and wanted to share.

Optimize your website for mobile devices

Friday, August 12th, 2011 by Servage
Have you ever thought about optimizing your website for mobile devices? What most people are doing, is optimizing their website for various browsers. The never ending story about browser incompatibilities seems to be something developers are generally aware of. The web is flooded with tips and tricks about it. Optimization for different devices, however, is something people are forgetting about. In the 90's we had all these "optimized for 800x600 pixels" warnings, but with increasing screen resolutions it seems device optimization was forgotten. However, an ever growing amount of different small-screen devices like smartphones make this old problem new again. WAP There is a whole generation of cellphones supporting WAP. They are usually from a time ...

Is WiFi just a transition technology?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 by Servage
Wireless Networks, most commonly known by the abbreviated term WiFi are available around the world. I'm not even sure how many WiFi access points there are, but simply counting the number of sold WiFi routers and access points from major suppliers like DLink, Netgear and Cisco show that it's millions and millions around the globe. Private home access points, business networks and public hotspots - WiFi is everywhere. Even in trains, buses, on ferries and almost in every hotel and cafe. Staying connected has increasingly become not only a wish, but also a necessity. First for business, now even for an increasing number of private people, being on vacation or similar. Being ...

Adobe Edge could be the new Flash

Monday, August 8th, 2011 by Servage
Adobe is not really in a very convenient position regarding their Flash technology. Since Apple has decided against it, it will very likely become phased out among web developers over time, because an increasing amount of people are using iOS devices, where Flash is not supported. It's easier for developers to switch a technology, instead of getting users or Apple to change their devices. So, Adobe didn't just ignore the problems. For a long time it seemed they were actually fighting Apple, to get Flash on iOS. The famous Adobe vs. Apple conflict has been going on for a while now, but it's been quiet lately. It seemed like Adobe had ...

How to create an offline HTML5 page

Saturday, August 6th, 2011 by Servage
HTML5 has added new functionality, one of which is the possibility to use HTML5 web apps in an offline mode, because the app can be instructed to cache files. This is particularly useful for web applications that use large resources, such as script libraries, or if a complete offline mode should be available. Data can then later be synchronized with the server, when operated online again. This is a quick guide how to get started with offline HTML5 functionality. Use the HTML5 doctype Like any HTML document, you need to specify this, so the browsers know you're talking HTML5: <!DOCTYPE html> <html> ... Set manifest with .htaccess Enable .htaccess support, and make sure you have the ...

Experts paid to provide advice via online chat

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Servage
Sometimes it seems hard to imagine which new ideas could possible still be out there for online services. Sometimes they are just sooo obvious... Experts being paid to deliver advice via online chats sounds too simple, but according to Springwise this is excatly what MinuteBox does: It’s one thing to tap the crowds for advice on general topics — that’s what apps like Crowdbeacon and Opinionaided are for. Sometimes, however, there’s just no substitute for the insight of a true expert. Enter MinuteBox, a service that lets those with a particular area of expertise monetize it by the minute using online chat. Users of London-based MinuteBox, which is ...