Showing posts with label Guidelines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Guidelines. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Guidelines For Choosing the Best Flash Map Tool

Guidelines For Choosing the Best Flash Map Tool

In my last article "Interactive Flash Maps For Enhanced Data Visualization" I had harped on the virtues of using data driven Flash Maps for Data Visualization. If you search the net for Flash Map solution, you'll come across scores of vendors - who put up great demonstrations on their site. Don't fall for those glossy demos, always do a thorough research. After all you don't want to throw money at something that looks good on the surface, but is hollow underneath. In this article I have provided some guidelines that will help you do a proper feature check.


Generally Flash Maps run on XML data, which means that you'll have to configure the chart by creating an XML code in the prescribed format. So, it is a good idea to go through the online product documentation in order to ascertain whether the XML is intuitive and easy to learn. If the vendor provides a GUI for configuring the chart it will be a great convenience. Also ensure that the product provides ample configuration options such as customizable tool tips, back ground color, fill color, fonts, number formatting options etc.


For effective data visualization, it is essential that the product provides a tool for defining criteria for segmenting the data range. This sort of feature can have many implications. Say, you are configuring a population density map, the data range segmentation feature will help you color code the map to indicate regions of sparse, moderate or high population density.


You may want to create custom points on a Flash Map, for instance you may want to create custom points to indicate the location of your company's head office and other branch offices. So, it is important that a Flash Map product facilitates creation of custom markers. It would be advantageous if you could determine the size and shape of each marker - that way you would be able to use a larger and a distinctive marker to distinguish the head office from other branch offices.


If you intend to integrate Flash Maps with a database - it is essential that you buy a product that can work with all conventional scripting languages like ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, ColdFusion etc. Even if the product works well with all types of scripting languages, a problem might arise due to mismatch between XML codes that refer to each region on the map and ids used in your database for the same purpose. This problem can be countered if the Flash Map product provides some mechanism for changing the default region codes.


It is possible that a product may have all the features, but provides very few maps. If so, you'll have a very limited scope for implementing the product. Therefore, buy a product that comes with a wide variety of maps. Once you've zeroed in on a worthy product, make a final check to ensure that it has a NO NONSENSE licensing policy. If you have done your research well, you will have no reasons for regret.



FusionMaps is a feature rich Flash Maps product that comes 535 maps. For more information on FusionMaps visit http://www.fusioncharts.com/maps




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Monday, December 18, 2017

Guidelines For Choosing the Best Flash Charting Tool

Guidelines For Choosing the Best Flash Charting Tool

These days, Flash based interactive charts are deployed on wide variety of websites such as sports portals, corporate websites and personal weblogs. Hence, it is obvious that a Flash charting tool is an essential component of a webmaster's toolkit. So, if you are in the web development business and you still don't have a tool for creating interactive charts, then you are certainly under-equipped.


Sourcing a Flash charting tool can be a tricky business, since a wide variety of such products are sold on the internet. In order to help you make an informed decision, I have identified some vital features which should be present in a good charting tool. 


Most interactive charting tools are XML based, which means that they use custom XML language, through which data and settings are configured. Hence, it is essential that the custom XML language be intuitive and easy to learn. So, you'd have to skim through the product documentation in order to learn about the XML and also about implementation of the product. It is also essential that the charting tool work with both static and dynamic data as you would want to implement it on both static and dynamic websites. And, it should be versatile enough to integrate with all server-side scripts.


A charting tool should offer high degree of customizability so that, the chart can be made to blend in with overall design of a website. This is only possible if aesthetic properties of every chart element can be customized. Furthermore, a charting tool must offer functionalities such as custom scaling, trendlines and v-lines.


If the charts are being put up on academic sites or on corporate PR sites, then visitors might want to save snapshots of a charts. Hence, the Flash charting tool must permit this. Additionally, it must also permit client-side retrieval of chart data as this feature would be of immense help to researchers who might be interested in critical analysis of the data. Finally, you should inspect the list of chart types offered and ensure that the list is extensive. This makes sure that you don't have to make-do with charts that are not suitable for a particular purpose. For example, there is no point using a pie chart for a rating system. A speedometer chart or a linear gauge would come in much more useful here.


If a charting tool you are evaluating has the above features, then you can be rest assured that it will satisfy most of your charting needs.



FusionCharts is a feature rich Flash charting tool supporting all the features mentioned above and can be used for creating charts for websites, dashboards, reporting applications and more.




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Monday, October 23, 2017

Guidelines for ecommerce websites

Guidelines for ecommerce websites

Ecommerce has become a rich industry, as many consumers are moving online, as the online media channels have increased our dependency over internet. Ecommerce continues to grow up the sales from time to time. Internet has provided an opportunity to the standard shift to promote their brand through internet as it is mainly dependant on the fashion. The offline retailers have moved upon to online close sales as they do not want their existing customers to be lost and however their dependence on direct media channels should not get underrated also. Exploiting the ecommerce means exploiting the search engine algorithms to increase the organic sales, as through this channel and through paid search the advertisers do not look merely for the traffic for branded search results. The ability to derive sales through common as well as brand faltering search queries have created an opportunity to easily scale up and a few barriers to trade as compared to the offline world. Savvy marketers understand the internet and how to utilize the opportunities it provides. There are number of ecommerce websites designed for them only. The companies offering this website design knows that through this they can easily promote the company, its products and services all over the world through internet.


The very important element of a successful ecommerce web design is to test out new marketing medium which do not require so much of investments. All that it needs to control the functioning of a website is to manage the product browsing, payments, managing your catalog, shipping, order management and SEO marketing facilities. There are many best online store solutions for the ecommerce dealers and is made available to you at very cheap and affordable prices. To stand different from the thousands of the ecommerce website users, you need to modify your themes and design a unique background experience for the web users.



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