Postcard Printing 101

Despite the fast pacing changes in the marketing scene, especially with the help of technology, many people say that they still consider postcard printing as one of the all time best marketing tools. But they should first know a lot of things about postcard printing.

There are four basic and essential aspects of postcard printing that you must know. Each of these four aspects of postcard printing has their significant roles and functions to be able to give you the assurance that you will get a hundred percent of the best quality postcards printed and here are the following:

Design formats- it is very significant that you ask your printing company the different materials they are accepting to complete the job. Some does not just accept files; they use specific software which chooses limited file formats too.
Postcard size- The postcard size does not necessarily mean that there would be only one standard size to fit all the sizes of postcards. It is because there are different sizes required for different printing equipment. Even a slight change in the size of the postcard may have a huge effect on the price, not to mention on your postcard mailing requirements. Hence, it is always smart to get first the printing quotes so that you would not be surprised and overwhelmed when you see the price of the job order after it was already done. By this, you will need help in figuring out how much your printed postcard will cost you. So you should never think twice to ask your postcard printer on the postcard size that would work best on their equipment.
Paper stock- Paper stocks can either be glossy or matte. But the aspects of the stock will also affect the pricing of the postcard.
Coatings- The finishing is as significant as the first two of all the steps in printing postcards. There are two types of postcard finishing or coating – the UV coating and Aqueous coating. The UV coating is the one that could give the postcard with an ultimately shiny look and texture. It is very applicable for colored images which you may want to stress out more. On the other hand, the aqueous coating will be the coat that would provide for just a minimal shine or gloss and it will only have a much faster printing process for your postcard order. The reason for this fast printing process is that aqueous finishing dries up faster and so it gives a smoother printing process.

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How to convert PSD into WordPress template

In the field of website development, converting PSD to HTML can be done in various ways but the conversion of a PSD file into a functional WordPress template is a critical and different matter. Proper and advanced coding and programming skills are required if you wish to use your Photoshop designs as a WordPress template.

With the help of PSD to WordPress conversion services, one can add more creativity plus professionalism in his web portal. Select most suitable marketing strategy in order to secure position of web portal in highly competitive online market. There are several ways to convert a PSD to HTML.  However, the process of converting a PSD file into a functional WordPress template is a different matter.

PSD to WordPress conversion is one of the crucial factors of successful web development. While it might be tempting to think transferring designs from PSD to WordPress is easy if you know a little bit of coding, it is actually much more complicated due to a heavy reliance on CSS and the need to create separate theme files for all the different theme components. But the truth is, PSDs are difficult to manage because they are useless until they are converted into WP.

WordPress is a user-friendly application that can be used easily but if we take professional PSD to WordPress conversion services, we can enjoy additional benefits, such as semantic html markup, valid w3c compliant code and commented style sheets that are beneficial to the website. Moreover, Cross browser compatible coding that enhances the websites performance.

Once we have the perfect design for your WordPress website, we can convert our design – a PSD into a WordPress high quality theme. This is extremely helpful when you have an existing website.

Below is the step-by-step process each theme goes through:

* Analyzing your PSD

* Breaking the PSD into HTML

* Slicing Images and Taking Measurements

* Adding CSS Magic to Our HTML Framework

* Add PHP and WordPress functions to enable the features your theme requires

* Perform browser compatibility testing for all major browsers and their respective versions

* Tweak your code, and Keep Building

At Biztech Consultancy we  provides high quality css slicing service, html coding service and converting PSD to HTML, PSD to xHTML, CSS, PSD to WordPress theme, PSD to joomla, PSD to magento and PSD to drupal conversion services.

WordPress Blogging Tip – Get Known in a Huge Way Using Social Networks

Get your WordPress blog known quickly and in a huge way by using  the Social Networks – like Twitter and Facebook. You can have your posts go automatically to both so your friends and followers will be alerted when you have posted something new. 

Use Twitter Tools in your WordPress blog to have your posts go to Twitter automatically,  Then hook up Twitter and Facebook with the Twitter application in Facebook.  Another great social network to use is FriendFeed.  It’s really gaining in popularity and just recently it was announced that Facebook bought it.  It’s really up and coming and you can set it up to get your tweets automatically – all of them.  Not just your blog posts.  It’s easy to build a presence there too with the auto tweet feature.

Use the WordPress plugin Share This to let your readers send your posts around the net to their favorite social networks and social bookmarking sites.  In Share This your reader can also e-mail your post to their friends!  Three automatic ways to get your posts out on the web and all you have to do is set them up once.

After your post has gone to Twitter and Facebook, go to your account in each network and talk about your post.  Since people are on the social networks at different times of the day, it is fine to talk about what has already been sent automatically.  Even your followers and friends don’t see everything that appears in their stream.

Ask your friends and followers to retweet for you.  When you can get people to retweet for you, you put yourself in front of all their followers too.  A few retweets can get you in front of many thousands of people and get new followers for you too.

Don’t neglect the social networks as time wasters.  They are not. 

Tie Maintenance 101

If a tie could speak, it would implore you to treat it patiently for longevity. A badly treated tie, has a short life and you spend more money than necessary for replenishing your stock of ties.

Proper care of the tie will ensure that there is no wearing of the fabric and prevents damage to the tie. The most common mistake in the caring is at the end of the tie-wearing time period. Most of us have a tendency to just yank off the tie and pull hard to untie the knot.

To avoid damage to the tie while taking it off and untying it, exercise a little patience. Carefully loosen the tie and take it off and then untie the knot. The best way to untie is to reverse the steps used to tie the knot. After untying, loosely roll up the tie and store it.

It is highly recommended that even as a novice tie wearer, you never store your tie without untying its knot. It can lead to permanent wrinkles on the tie. Keep a few days space between wearing the same tie. This allows the tie to return to its wrinkle-free state.

Always store your ties by loosely rolling them. To roll a tie, begin by holding the narrow end against your palm, and then winding up the rest of the tie, with the wide end on the outside. Lay the roll on a flat surface on the coiled side. This will ease out the wrinkles in a few hours, leaving your tie fresh for use again. Same method is used to store ties while traveling. Another way to store ties can be to invest in a tie organizer or a tie case.

If you get a stain on your tie, take it to the dry cleaner and explain the origin of the stain. Silk ties do not fare well in dry cleaning, so the stained tie is either treated by hand or replaced with another one. Do not machine wash ties as it stretches and spoils the tie.

Do not pull any loose thread on the tie; carefully trim it down with the help of scissors.   

You can lightly iron the tie (without steam) at low temperatures to smooth out some wrinkles.  Hot ironing is not good for ties as it weakens the fabric. Use the appropriate fabric setting while ironing the tie.

You can also steam out the wrinkles by hanging the tie in the bathroom during a hot shower, or by holding it over a kettle with steam. You must not allow water to touch the tie though. To dry the tie, roll it up in a clean towel and leave for one day. You will have a wrinkle free tie the next day.

Washing your tie can lead to shrinkage so you must avoid hand or machine washing, instead trust a dry cleaner with your tie. If you dry clean silk ties or they will lose their luster and color. Also keep water away from your silk ties as it will stain them. Keep cologne away from your tie. It is the fastest way to ensure your tie loses color. Blot any stain on your tie, but do not rub it. Rubbing will spread the strain. Some patience and a little careful handling can give your tie longevity and durability.

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Maid of Honor 101

The most important people outside the bride and groom in a wedding is the bridal party. Both the groomsmen and bridesmaids play important roles in helping get the bride and groom ready for the big day providing emotional support and help organizing key events and helping with the other details of planning a wedding.

If you are reading this you are most likely a bridesmaid given this honor and are looking for ideas to help you if this is your first time in this role. Well I am here to help. The following are just some ideas to get you started and thinking. In the end it is all on you to interpret your duties in interesting and fun ways that will make the wedding a success.

One thing you need to know is that you are in charge of key events like the bridal shower and the bachelorette party. These will be your biggest duties in terms of planning and execution. The best part about this is that you can rely on the help of your fellow bridesmaids for assistance. Here are some tips to help you execute the planning for these events.

Get together with your fellow bridesmaids and come up with a budget for these events. The decorations, food, entertainment, and even favors will cost money. So you need to know how much everything will cost theoretically and plan accordingly. Planning your expenditures will also help give you a map of where to start when looking for all the previously mentioned items and do it in good time.

When you are done split the duties between yourselves and get started. The good news is that traditionally a bridal shower is about 4 weeks before the actual wedding and the bachelorette party is the night before so this gives you breathing room to plan for both and not feel as overwhelmed.

Now to actually find items to use as decorations think about what will be the party’s theme. A good place to start is to use information you’ve gathered from helping the bride plan her wedding. If she has picked a particular theme or color scheme use that as a guide.

If not use any specific design element that echoes something she wants in the wedding. Otherwise it is up to you to pick the theme. Make sure that it is something interesting and gets guests thinking about weddings. You can also keep a lookout for decorations online. The internet and modern manufacturing have made it possible to find items and decorations to fit almost any occasion.

Also look into the type of favors that you can give to guests. Some great gifts ideas are bath sets or soaps. Also you can go with scented candles. These are gifts that are useful and yet are popular and will be great mementos.

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Best Premium WordPress Themes – 5 Quick Tips For Choosing The Right Theme

One of the most debated questions I hear in forums is where to find the best premium WordPress themes, as well as what exactly makes premium  themes that much better to free themes. In this article I am going to provide you with five quick tips to consider when going premium.

Tip 1 – Be Supported!

Most premium themes, if not all, come with a great level of support. This is an advantage these kind of themes bring to the mix. By having theme support you can have peace of mind, that should you need help it will be there for you.

Tip 2 – Get a Professional Design

Best premium WordPress themes are also clearly evident by the way they are designed. Unlike most free themes, the look and feel of premium themes are more elegant, professional-looking and come with a variety of customizable styles. Really good to have if you don’t want your website looking like your typical, run-of-the-mill “template” structure.

Tip 3 – Is it Extensible?

If the theme developer has taken the time to produce a well-constructed and robust theme, then the functionality should be in place to extend the theme as you need it to. Whether it be adding more widgets or customizing the header of your site, check the features and make sure this option is possible. A good indicator is to have these available through the WP dashboard and NOT having to get your hands dirty in the code.

Tip 4 – Search Engine Love

Search engine visibility will be key to your websites performance and ultimate success. Remember to make sure that the theme you’re considering comes “SEO-ready”. By doing this you will make sure that your site will be found by search engines.

Tip 5 – Read Reviews

Remember, that a for a theme to fall under the “best premium WordPress themes” category, you best bet that it would have gained some kind of reputation. Be sure to read the reviews of users that have purchased the theme before you and read carefully the kind of experiences they’ve had with the theme in question. Also, confirm that the developer actually responds to the questions that arise – this will show that they’re active and actually care about their customers experiences.

If you follow the above tips, you will avoid making the wrong decision when choosing the best premium WordPress themes from whichever marketplace you choose to go to.