clearStringclearString codeless web development software brings all website creation and your data apps online using components to manage data, users and structure - with drag & drop building and dialog-box config.

In this blog the team behind the clearString system discuss how to make the most of the system, and talk about some of the general issues of relevance to building online applications.

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Creating a social marketing strategy

4 February 2010 by Bob North

No matter how good your website is, if no-one know it’s there, it’s a complete waste of time. So it’s important you have a strategy in place to spread the word. Naturally you’ll be doing all the standard cross-referencing: including it on your business cards, packaging etc, but if you really want to reach out to new people you’ll eventually have to think about online marketing.



Your web, post-Amazon

3 February 2010 by Bob North

Last time I looked ahead to a world where global players like Amazon overstep their role in the market, and a forced to take a back-seat.

Today I'm looking at what will fill this vacuum, and how you can get position yourself now to be able to take your fair share when it happens. In essence this boils down to two key concepts: ‘own your data’ and ‘structure your data’.



A valedictory for Amazon

2 February 2010 by Bob North

There’s an interesting little argument going on between Amazon and the publisher Macmillan, which led to Amazon pulling all Macmillan title from their site for a while. Whilst I won’t repeat the detail of this particular case I think there are some important lessons for us all about the power of the global players on the Internet.



Cloud computing Oops

22 January 2010 by Bob North

Sometimes the next big thing is too good to be true. Finally it’s beginning to dawn on the big players in the cloud computing market that their business models are holed below the waterline.



Create your own Press Release approval system

21 January 2010 by Bob North

Last time I looked at a simple approval system for a blog comment – basically adding a checkbox that only the admin can see.

Today I’ll look at a more complex scenario, more suitable for a Press Release. In this scenario we want the Press Release to be approved by three people: one checking grammar, another the technical content, and, once approved on those aspects, a final approval by the CEO.



Creating a moderated comments system

20 January 2010 by Bob North

Here’s a quick trick that will make life easy when you want to keep control over what is be added to your site. I’m going to skip over the basic Content Management approval controls, which are documented elsewhere, and look at the form-based techniques that give you even more flexibility over your approval processes.



New to clearString?

1 January 2010 by DRose

If you've just discovered clearString you may be wondering why everyone is so excited. To get you up to speed here are some links to pages that explain how clearString is not simply a 'me-too' content management system, but a whole new approach to building websites and online apps.



The point of ecommerce

10 December 2009 by Bob North

What's the point of ecommerce?

Before you think I’ve lost the plot completely, perhaps I’d better clarify the question. If you have an ecommerce site, what should you measure to judge its success? And if you have a web designer or SEO specialist to hand, what do they think is most important?



Bounce rates

28 July 2009 by Bob North

One of the simplest, yet often misunderstood metrics in website analytics is the 'Bounce Rate'

The Bounce Rate is the percentage of visits to your site that consisted of just one pagehit. The visitor arrived at a page, and that was it. No further clicks.



What were they thinking!

22 April 2009 by Bob North

One of the hardest aspects of designing a site is making sure it meets the needs of your audience. And regardless of how much research you do beforehand, there will always be surprises when the site goes live. People are strange. They act in unpredictable (and sometimes, dare one say, 'stupid' ways!). So you really need to know what they are thinking when they visit your site.



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