How Active is Inter-Active?Written by Stefene Russell
"Interactive," like "post-modern," is an impressive word, though no one precisely knows what it means. This can be confusing--not to mention annoying-but lack of a clear definition provides a good launching point for brainstorming.
We'll leave "post-modern" to Derrida theorists. What does interactive mean, then? Let's break it down into components: "inter," means through (a relationship is established between two objects) and "active," means it actually does something. Using this definition, a simple email form becomes "interactive." The user acts upon form, and form sends mail. Simply put, it's cyber version of conversation: exchange in all its forms. You just want user to leave feeling as if they received something, whether that is a return email, a bit of trivia, or a slideshow.
Most of us (including myself) are used to thinking of "interactive" as a Rube Goldberg whiz-bang collection of interactive flash features or auto-checking radial-dot forms that are smarter than we are. Of course, this causes us to push concept of "interactive," out of our heads, because it sounds too complicated to be bothered with. But believe me, it's worth pondering (and implementing) at least a few interactive features.
Here's a short list of ways to make your site more interactive without drastically increasing download times, or giving yourself a migraine as you attempt to decipher a complicated audio/video/bell and whistle software package.
Why is any site special?Written by Steve Nash
Is it because site is unique? Is it because site loads quickest, has freshest content, is easiest to use, or contains best resources? Is site so useful or so much fun that people SIMPLY CANNOT stop talking about it?
You guessed it, it's all of above (and more!).
Making any website a "wow!" takes time, and there really are no quick-fix solutions. But it is possible to make your site special - a site that visitors bookmark without you asking; one that they willingly tell ALL their friends about.
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Use your brain! It is *the* single best resource you have when trying to create a website with wow-appeal. It is vital you use your brain to be creative, to be inventive, to be different! (I mean just how interested are you in yet another version of (the brilliantly simple) http://www.amihotornot.com ?)
If you have yet to build your site, I can recommend Site Build It!, however (http://buildit.sitesell.com/shopping101.html). Site Build It! lets you use your brain, lets you explore your passion. It provides tools to allow you to build (and promote) a site that pleases both search engines AND site visitors. Quite simply, you concentrate on your business (or passion), let Site Build It! do rest!
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Intelligent and imaginative use of these excellent services WILL make your website a compelling place to visit, a website with "wow!"
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