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  • Developing Awareness Selects Pallasart to Build New Website

    Developing Awareness needed an attractive and informative website to share their revolutionary approach to fundraising.

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  • Pallasart - Best Texas Home Builder Website Award

    The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) announced and presented the 2014 Star Awards Winners. The highly-coveted Star Awards are given annually to recognize excellence in all areas of the home building industry. Olsen-Defendorf Custom Homes won best website for 2014.  Pallasart designed and programmed the site.

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  • What are Pinterest Rich Pins?

    Pinterest has introduced an extremely valuable tool called "Rich Pins" for businesses looking to drive traffic and sales to their websites. Rich Pins allows businesses to add extra valuable information and content to photos pinned from their website. This information is automatically added when items are pinned (or re-pinned) from the original website that has implemented rich pin functionality.

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  • What is Responsive Web Design?

    The core concept behind "responsive web design" is to implement a single website that is optimized for easy viewing and use regardless of the device and its display size.

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  • Twitter Accounts to Follow During SXSW in Austin, TX

    It's SXSW time in Austin, TX again, and there are tons of unofficial free parties and events going on around town. Most of the parties have live music, and many have free drinks and food too.

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  • Google Announces Top Search Trends in 2013

    Today Google Zeitgeist announced the top search trends in 2013. Their fun and informative website highlights popular searches from the past year.

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  • Texas Municipal League Launches New Website

    Pallasart implemented a fresh, clean redesigned look for the Texas Municipal League. We implemented the new website using "responsive design" in order to make the website function well and look nice on mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. The site's layout adapts as the browser view port size changes.

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  • Twitter Tips for Businesses

    Twitter recently relaunched their site Twitter for Business that aims to help businesses learn how to harness Twitter in their marketing efforts.

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  • Texas Army National Guard Enlists Pallasart

    The Texas Army National Guard selects Pallasart Web Design to create a new website.

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  • Top Fitness Websites for Getting in Shape in 2013

    With New Year's Eve right around the corner, it is that time of year that many people start making their New Year's resolutions for the upcoming year. Getting in shape, exercising more, and eating better are often at the top of many resolution lists.

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  • Lessons for social media websites from Instagram controversy

    Instagram has announced that they are reverting to their old "Terms of Service" following the uproar over revised language that indicated they might sell their users photos or provide them to advertisers without compensation.

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  • The Difference Between Mobile Websites and Apps

    Often we get potential customers asking us about developing mobile websites and apps. Sometimes people confuse the two -- since they are both accessed from mobile devices. This article discuses how they are different.

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  • How QR Codes Can Help People Find Your Website

    QR codes (abbreviation for Quick Response codes) are two dimensional matrix barcodes that have become a very popular method for allowing smartphone users to quickly scan a QR code on printed materials and automatically be directed to a website without having to type in a long URL.

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  • Website Design Tips for Smartphones and Tablets

    These days, people are often accessing the internet through mobile devices like smartphones and tablets - the number of mobile  users is only increasing. When designing a website, one should always remember to consider these users and their needs -- with the ultimate question being "Will my website work on a cell phone or tablet?

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  • Researching Jewish Ancestry - Finding Uncle Nat

    My name is Rob Moshein and my Grandmother's family has been a mystery for me to trace. There are no records for her family, Feldman, from Poland where she was born.  I know she came from a town called Miedzyrech, pronounced "Mid-zrich", as she had told me so, and there are a few mentions of it in some records. Here's a blog post on how I found Uncle Nat.

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  • Moskowitz or Frank? Researching Jewish Roots

    Discovering more about my Moshein Moskowitz ancestry. How I finally solved a family mystery.

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  • Top Attributes of Winning Austin Web Design

    The web is now the number one environment for business marketing and you need the top-rated Austin web developer and design company to get the success you want.  Learn more about the benefits of working with Pallasart...

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  • Comparing My Ancestry.com Results to GEDMatch

    I was amazed when I took my raw DNS test data from Ancestry.com and ran it through GEDMatch. My Eurogenes K36 and other tests showed amazing information Ancestry.com won't give you - by Bob Atchison.

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  • Russian Painter - Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov

    I first met Nick when we worked together on the Jewels of the Romanovs Exhibition that toured around the USA a few years ago.  Pallasart did the website for the exhibition and I gave a lecture at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts on the Alexander Palace and daily life in a Russian palace.  In this blog posting Nick gives us an introduction to one of the favorite painters of the last Russian Empress, Alexandra and her sister, Elizabeth....

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  • Great Design is the Key to Your Success on the Web

    Great design delivers sheer aesthetic pleasure. It sparks the imagination and inspires that “gotta have it” feeling. Great design tells a great story, the story of your brand and who you are. Every design element helps your story to unfold; every functional aspect advances the plot. Learn about our philosophy about great design and how we create award-winning designs for our clients..

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  • Chief Tuskingo Shoe Boots, Clarinda Ellington and my DNA

    Ancestry.com DNA test verifies Bob Atchison's descent from a Cherokee chief and his wife, who was captured in a 1797 raid on Morgan's Station, Kentucky.

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  • 5 Practical Design Tips from Timothy Corrigan

    Timothy Corrigan is renowned for his ability to create lush, comfortable and incredibily beautiful interiors.  Tim is regularly featured in leading publications on design and living around the world.  This article offers guidleines anyone can use to make your home more beautiful and liveable at the same time.  Pallasart, top rated web designers in Austin Texas have been working with Timothy for many years...

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  • Tim Gunn in Austin on Saturday

    Tim Gunn, fashion design guru and honestly blunt host of "Project Runway" is coming to Austin to host the Lucky You Runway Contest featuring the spring 2012 Lucky Brand Jeans collection on Saturday.

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  • Problems with your DMOZ listing?

    We had a problem with our DMOZ listing, it was years old, outdated, and we couldn't get DMOZ to change it.  Here's a quick tip on how to override it on Google and Yahoo...

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  • Trader Joe's Comes to Austin!

    Just a few months ago, rumors were buzzing about Specialty and Organic foods retailer Trader Joe's coming to Austin. This is rumor no longer as Trader Joe's has announced the opening of a downtown Austin store for next year...

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  • Why We Love Pinterest

    Everybody seems to be talking about Pinterest.  Companies here in Austin and across the world are exploring ways to integrate it into leading edge web design.  In the last week I have had a number of people ask us for ideas on how to integrate Pinterest and how it works...

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  • Wine Riot Heads to Austin

    The concept was simple: they wanted to create a fun, non-intimidating place where people could learn about wine. So in 2008, Morgan and Tyler maxed out their credit cards, called in every favor they had, and made Wine Riot a reality. It was an instant hit.  Now Wine Riot heads to Austin in July...

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  • Central Texas Gardener on PBS Films Pallasart Garden

    Austin local PBS affiliate KLRU visited the home of Pallasart Web Design President and Founder Bob Atchison to film his garden for their program Central Texas Gardener....

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  • My Sullivan Family Ancestry and Pocahontas

    How I discovered my ancestor Pocahontas and her Sullivan family descendants of Northern Virginia using the web - a genealogy posting by Bob Atchison.

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  • Pallasart Hosts Annual Russian Easter Party

    On Sunday April 15, Pallasart and its President Bob Atchison hosted their annual Russian Orthodox Easter Open House. There was an amazing Austin connection relating to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Titanic.,.

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  • Instagram API Web Design Project for Austin Company

    Fleur-de-Stone commissions Pallasart to add exciting Instagram functionality to their popular website "order your own" process with a new feature called Coastergrams.  With Coastergrams customers will be able to upload images directly from Instagram onto a set of stone coasters.  Pallasart recently completed a complete redesign of the Fleur-de-Stone website. Pallasart is a web design company based in Austin, Texas.

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  • A Pallasart Introduction to Austin

    From time to time Pallasart publishes a short summary about Austin and its attractions.  As a web design firm with its offices here we are rightly proud of our hometown and like sharing some of the things that makes Austin unique and a fun place to work and live...

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  • Wrigley Fields Picks Pallasart for Fifth New Site

    What a surprize!  Wrigley Fields Rooftops in Chicago has awarded an Austin web design company, Pallasart, the contract to design a fifth site for them.  In this article we'll give you a preview....

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  • Nick Long Jr. and Ancestry.com

    Building a historical timeline and tree for a forgotten star of Broadway Melody of 1936 using ancestry.com - by Bob Atchison.

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  • Amanzi Party Rentals - Before and After Redesign

    Here's a real example of a stunning web design transformation Pallasart just completed for Amanzi Party Rentals.  It's amazing - see a new bright and fresh web design for an Austin company. SEO was very important to this customer....

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  • Austin Wine Culture - A Guide

    Wine culture in Austin is at the forefront of the country.  We have an amazing selection of both retail and restaurant and wine bars to choose from. Read this article to learn more about specific places to buy and enjoy Wine in Austin.  If you are in the wine business - or anywhere in the country - contact us for an online brochure or complete ecommerce solution in Austin - or anywhere across the country...

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  • Creating Your Facebook Business Page

    Everybody wants to maximize their business presence on Facebook.  This posting explains the image sizes you will need to use, image quality issues and the end results. Pallasart is an Austin, Texas based web design company ...

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  • Websites on New iPad Retina Display

    The new iPad resolution of 2,048-by-1,536 pixels allows more content to be viewable onscreen at one time, but at that resolution the text would likely be too small to read without zooming in to enlarge. Learn about the iPad Retina Display and related issues. If you are looking for a web designer in Austin Texas contact Pallasart...

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  • Coupon Codes Popular With Online Shoppers

    Records numbers of shoppers are turning to the internet to make their holiday purchases. Black Friday and Cyber Monday were extremely popular days for shoppers to make online purchases this year. Tech savvy shoppers are always looking for a bargain, and most use the internet to compare prices and find deals. This holds true for both online and in-store purchases. Users will often view the in-store advertisements online ahead of time, before they venture out to the stores.

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  • More Adobe Drops Mobile Flash Dev

    Yesterday we published a long blog article on this subject.  This morning I found an interesting online article on the same subject.  It was wriitten by Todd Pasternack, Senior Director of Creative Technology at Pointroll, as a special to ZDNet.  You can read the complete article by clicking here.

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  • Catherine the Great - a New Biography

    An old friend of mine, Bob Massie, has a new book out I think you'd be interested in reading.  It's a biography of Catherine II - called 'the Great' in the West.  She was a minor German princess in the small state of Anahlt-Zerbst - Sophie was her original name - who came to Russia to marry the heir to throne at the age of 14.  Catherine went through many adventures to become the most richest and most powerful woman in the world....

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  • Adobe Drops Mobile Flash Player Dev

    Having an iPhone myself, I'll guess we'll never know how a Flash player would have performed on Apple's hardware. It is likely true that highly interactive Flash elements would have been processor intensive and a battery drain. Given the wide variety of hardware specs on mobile devices, it would have been difficult to determine how your Flash application/element would have performed across those devices....

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  • Why Blogs and Journals Are So Important

    Courtney Mills has just published an important new article on the recent Google algorithm update and what it means to webmasters and companies with sites on the internet.  A link to the article can be found here.

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  • Clean URLs and URL Rewriting

    The advantages of Clean URLs and URL rewriting from an SEO perspective are topics we are incorporating as a standard part in the process of planning, designing and programming customer websites.  Pallasart has created our own custom PHP rewrite engine for the web and are implementing in all of the sites we create with great success.  The most significant advantages are; one, static URL’s rank better in Search Engines; two, Search Engines crawl the content of the static URLs much faster as compared to the dynamic URL and three, static URLs look much prettier and friendlier to the end-user....

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  • Top Chef Heads to Austin

    Fans hungering for a taste of Season 9 have some new information to satiate them until Top Chef returns -- the ninth season of the Emmy-Award winning (and recently nominated once again) show will head South, to the great state of Texas...

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  • Using TypeKit in Websites

    TypeKit is a Web-based typography service and it making the web more beautiful, readable, and fast. It offers subscriptions to those who want to use sophisticated fonts in their websites with new abilities in CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). We have used TypeKit in a large number of websites with great success.  TypeKit is a great way to add a fresh new look to a sie at little or no expense.  It is easy to set up and easy to manage...

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  • What is Facebook Connect?

    Learn about integrating with Facebook by using their API to improve your users experience and help foster social media site interaction.

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  • New Luxury Store Selects Pallasart

    Desiring Eden is a new apparel company headquartered in Austin Texas.  They have announced that they have selected Pallasart to build a new ecommerce site for them.  The project is fully underway and will be completed by the end of 2011.  Designs have been completed and programming is in full production....

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  • New Google Update - What it Means

    A few days ago I received an email from a group I subscribe to called  "Web Pro News".  They provide great information on what's happening in the SEO world and what impact various changes have for web design companies and website mangers who are concerned about search engine placement (isn't this everyone?)....

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  • Tips for installing Apple iOS5 with Error Code 3200

    Here's some advice if you are having trouble updating to Apple iOS5 and receiving the dreaded "error code 3200" that so many people seem to be having a problem with. I tried to update my iPhone 4 numerous times on a PC that had the current version of iTunes installed -- and each time after the painfully slow initial back up of files, I would receive an error code 3200. That particular code isn't covered in any of Apple's help documentation....

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