Developing a website for your organization, whether it is a new project or a redesign, can be a huge undertaking. And a very important one. Because so many different elements come into play throughout the process, it can also take a lot longer than expected to get a website launched. Below are 5 things clients can do on their end, to make sure that the project goes smoothly and stays on track.

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We are working on a site that uses the Joomla! page class suffix parameter on each menu item to change the design (through CSS) of each page. In this case each section/page of the site is defined by a specific color.

As part of the design we made the menu item rollovers and drop down menus match the color of the page's background/accent color. This could easily be done in the CSS by targeting the unique "item" class that is added to every menu item as such:

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8826_162635821012_556501012_4060578_1699670_nRamon De Leon owns 6 Domino’s Pizza franchise stores in Chicago. Yup, you heard right. Chicago - the pizza capital of the U.S., which makes his success all that much more impressive. And not only has he been successful as a Domino’s Pizza franchise owner, he has had great success in the social media world as a visionary and speaker. Ramon has flown to marketing events from Amsterdam to Mexico, and most recently Venezuela, to consult for marketing professionals and companies like Southwest Airlines, and share what he has accomplished with social media.

I first heard Ramon speak at a social media conference at UC Irvine. He impressed the entire room with the amount of knowledge he shared in regard to using social media tools, but what made the biggest impact on me was his passion, his energy and just how much fun he was having. These three things are critical to being a successful business owner (as well as key to loving going to work everyday.)

So what’s his secret? Below are 4 lessons that every business owner, large and small, can learn from the pizza guy to know in Chicago.

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By now I’m sure that a good number of you have heard of Foursquare, Gowalla and the growth of location-based social networks. It seems I can't check my email lately without finding at least one blog post or article related to location-based networks in my inbox.

Location-based social networks (LBSNs) are a trend that marketers and business owners should keep an eye on. Thanks to the rapid growth in the use of mobile devices, consumers are now going online whether they’re at the office or at the grocery store. Just the other day I was having dinner with four friends and at one point we realized that every single one of us had updated our Facebook, Foursquare and/or Twitter status during dinner.

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Whether you love him or hate him, it looks like you can learn something from Ryan Seacrest. And I don't just mean his uncanny ability to get information out of every big name on the A-List while managing to dodge any questions about his own personal life. (Nicely done, Ryan.) No, in this case I am talking about marketing.

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