For SynthaSite Users: Exchange Design Tips?

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If it's OK, this doesn't require support staff help. :) But join in if you want.

What are your best site designs, and what techniques and tips can you share? What are you doing with text + image widgets vs. importing something you did in HTML?

Surrounding a slide show with an iPhone using widgets is about the most I've done: http://www.psychedelictreehouse.com/m... and it's a bit flawed.

Many of my site pages come as comic pages: http://www.lilnyet.com/128.php
I'll have to use my imagination if I want to develop them.

Now that I am doing some major site upgrading I am eager to compare notes with other users.

Beginners or expert, share your best work, your best tips, or even ask a question on this topic that doesn't require a staff person. (Start a new thread if you need staff help.)
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Bengo

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Hi, hirs example of my work http://featured.synthasite.com
i did not use manual html, i just use some widget and those option built on the panel, im not beginners, im not also an expert, although i know how to use some html code i still prefer on the hosting site that with friendly interface like what synthasite have which i can make a site quick and easily without putting/using a code, and regarding on the design all i can gave tips is to "experiment" until u found the design that u think is better.
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Hello Bengo,

Boomer of forsite.synthasite.com fame gave me this lead recently.

It's a widget that can preview at approx thumbnail dimensions, and adjustable, any link. Including images and movies.

You can make it selective for any page and turn off various classes or specific links. I used it for a very droll list of literature references just to add a little toy.

snap.com is their website. The widget is free and requires registration.
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Bengo

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@Rich - You've got the look that many professional blogs have obtained through more involved techniques. Thanks for sharing.

@Boomer is always there to help. This is a new one on me, I'll check it out. Sounds fun.
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Bengo,

Another useful utility to enhance links etc. is an on-line thumbnail creator: shrinktheweb.com. There are probably others that I am unaware of

The process is straightforward and fast. Maybe a minute is the longest I've had to wait, instantly is the average. You have a choice of six thumbnail sizes. Can be a bit dodgy for pages captured with flash graphics, otherwise a gem.
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Bengo

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Aiee! Suddenly a new, disruptive technology requires some design re-thinking. I didn't try it yet, but I read every bit and I'll mention it to friends. Very good find.
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Great thread - here's my 2 cents:

When using html code for page elements that will be visible, I've found it very useful to drop the code into text widgets as opposed to html widgets. This allows you more options in terms of formatting: you can do div tags for alignment, and enter values or br tags for the margins.

You can find many examples of neatly aligned ads, comment boxes, and other widgets at my site http://cosmicsensorium.com and my blog. It might not be evident as you have nothing to compare it against, but when testing different designs on different browsers I found this makes the page a lot neater.
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Bengo

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Excellent point. The HTML widgets really are intended for inserted material and tiny adjustments, aren't they?
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Cosmic Sensorium

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I guess so. Nonetheless, a lot of the instructions for dropping, for example, a Disqus "recent comments" widget, or Adsense code, just say to put the html on your page. If you do this via a text widget you have the additional formatting options I mentioned above.
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Make it original, :) for example my site is http://www.lauramay.synthaste.com