New Site Launch: Praise Tea!

Project Name: Praise Tea

Praise Tea was founded on the fundamental focus on educating consumers on tea, its medicinal benefits and sharing hospitality through the lost art of “taking tea”. We offer everything from traditional tea ware to the contemporary chic, specialty tea infused chocolates and cookies to tea accessories. You’re sure to find something you will love. Our commitment to you is to provide superior flavor and the highest quality in loose leaf teas from around the world, selecting fine certified organic and fair trade teas when available.

What we did:

  • Magento & WordPress Install
  • Logo Branding
  • Full Web Design
  • CSS / XHTML
  • eCommerce
  • Blog Design and Install (going live soon)
  • Print Design
  • Illustrations

Cool Contest!

My Sister-in-law sent me an email today letting me know about this contest for Pammy J’s Boutique Clothing. In the end my sister sent in 3 designs. You could tell all these women really put alot of time and effort into these designs just like all the small business owners I’ve designed for over the years. So when you get a minute stop on over and vote for one of these designs and keep supporting WAHM’s. Voting is until June 30th!!! :D

www.pammyjdesigncontest.com
 
 

Orphan works bill = art theft

Whether you’re a professional artist, or someone that once took a few photos you think are rad, you should know about some new legislation facing Congress.

Currently before Congress stands the new Orphan Works Bill. If passed, this bill will adversely affect visual artists, as it would drastically affect copyright laws.

Right now, anything you create is protected by copyright, whether you register it or not (although if you don’t register it, you cannot later claim copyright infringement.) Under this new legislation, nothing you create would be protected unless you commercially register it. You would have to pay to own rights to anything you create, commercially or just for your own pleasure, so that other people cannot steal your work.

The idea behind the Orphan Works Bill is to “free up old work” from copyright owners who have passed away (currently copyright laws last through the owners lifetime, plus 70 years.) But what if you’re still alive and making new work? You basically get screwed. In a sense, it will “orphan” anything you have ever created. Unless you want to digitize all your work, or pay big bucks to register your creativity, you’ll want to check out more on this legislation. A good clearinghouse of info can be found HERE.

~ Article by Juxtapose Art & Culture Magazine – click HERE to view.
 
 

RSS = huh?

What is RSS and why should I care?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is a fast and easy way to share/receive news and updates. How many times have you been browsing the net and seen this? Probably more times than you can count. Say you have a few websites you visit regularly to keep updated on topics of your interest. This can become a pain if you have quite a few you visit and we don’t always have the time to check out our fav sites every day and see if they have new content.

Newsletters are a great way to keep updated on a sites big news announcements, but the problem with newsletters are that you aren’t updated each time content changes unless the webmaster is extremely diligent with sending out newsletters, and a lot of time they arrive in your spam box. With RSS you can subscribe to a feed and use a feed reader such as Google reader to keep track of all the news you can handle. Some RSS feeds even have the option to have the feed sent directly to your inbox if you prefer. Though seriously, why clutter your inbox? Take advantage of the feed reader, you will thank me later!

So how do I get one of these fancy readers? If you have a gmail/google account you can easily use Google’s reader, just sign into your account and go for it. I personally use the Google reader and love it! Don’t have a Google account, GET ONE! It takes five minutes and they provide so many great services, you really shouldn’t be missing out. There are many popular readers to choose from though, just do a search for “RSS feed reader” and check it out!

So how do I subscribe to a feed? EASY! Just click on the RSS icon and follow the on screen steps, you can’t go wrong as there are only a few choices to make. But first be sure to get yourself a reader.

So how do I offer a feed on my blog? Again EASY! There are several feed services that can manage your feeds for you. Feedburner.com is the service I use and its very simple and has a step by step setup. With Feedburner you can have your customers subscribe through a reader or email and you also can keep track of your stats straight through your Feedburner.com account. :) For more info on feeds and Feedburner.com go HERE.