Archive for April, 2008

Perhaps you’re an advertising agency or production house, and you need a custom jingle to flavor up your your client’s monthly radio or tv commercial. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a custom music score for the soundtrack to your company’s multimedia presentation. From commercial music beds and broadcast radio tv jingle production, to custom soundtracks and music scoring, Bob Fontaine can make it happen, all at an affordable, royalty-free, buy-out price.

Jingles can also be used for parody purposes, popularized in Top 40/CHR radio ormats primarily Hot30 Countdown, used
primarily for branding reasons. Parody also allows radio networks to bypass copyright law through parody provisions. It brands the segment as both
light-hearted and commercial, thus fulfilling its use as a branding component.  Does your Business need branding?

Contact Big U Media Today at 1-813-984-2800

“How To Incorporate Video Into your Marketing Plan.”

Posted by admin on April 29th, 2008

New technologies in video production equipment combined with the emergence of videos particularly digital videos as an acceptable medium for film has made it possible for almost anyone to become a film director virtually overnight.

While the cost of film and film equipment is financially prohibitive, video production equipment is relatively inexpensive and can be mastered quite quickly. While there is a great deal more to the art of film that just having the right equipment, the accessibility of video production equipment has encouraged many amateur filmmakers to give it their best shot. Understanding the basics of video production equipment is the first step to becoming the next Steven Spielberg.

Contact Big U Media today for more information on how you can incorporate Video Production into your business and make your marketing and advertising more effective.

Big U Media Offers Professional Radio Jingles

Posted by admin on April 25th, 2008

Perhaps you’re an advertising agency or production house, and you need a custom jingle to flavor up your your client’s monthly radio or tv commercial. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a custom music score for the soundtrack to your company’s multimedia presentation. From commercial music beds and broadcast radio tv jingle production, to custom soundtracks and music scoring, Big U Media can make it happen, all at an affordable, royalty-free, buy-out price.

tampa radio jingles

Jingles can also be used for parody purposes, popularized in Top 40/CHR radio formats primarily Hot30 Countdown and Christian Music News Scoop, used primarily for branding reasons. Parody also allows radio networks to bypass copyright law through parody provisions. It brands the segment as both light-hearted and commercial, thus fulfilling its use as a branding component.

Once again proving that Big U Media does it all.  Professional Radio Jingles, advertising, commercial video production, web development and hosting.  Digital signage and Audio Visual Rentals and sales.  A true one stop advertising resource in tampa bay, Florida.

Big U Media Secures An Emmy Award Winning Videographer

Posted by admin on April 14th, 2008

Tampa, FL – April 15, 2008 Big U Media a Tampa Florida Advertising and Marketing company welcomes Joseph Bamford to its video production team. Joseph Bamford began his career in video production and photo journalism in 1991. In 2003 Mr. Bamford was awarded an Emmy Award for his photo journalism. Big U Media is a full service commercial video production company that produces and edits videos for all types of businesses in Florida.

 

 

For more information, go to http://www.bigumedia.com. Questions can be directed to (813) 984-2800 or email: info@bigumedia.com

 

About Big U Media (http://www.bigumedia.com)

Founded in 2003, Big U Media helps is a true one stop shop for advertisers. We provide campaigns for television, radio and print media. Full service video production of promotional videos. We help advertisers to reach their target market using various methods of advertising and marketing. Big U Media also offers complete Audio/Visual services. Professional installation of video conferencing, audio systems and digital signage.

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Contact: Keith Webster

Email: kwebster@bigumedia.com
Phone: 813-984-2800

View press release here:Press Release: Big U Media Secures An Emmy Award Winning Videographer

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 You need a content management system (CMS), but you don’t know which application framework to choose. The software must be free and open source, with a web-based user interface. Perhaps your employers have already mentioned that they want to avoid committing to a proprietary, closed application. With all the choices available, it can be daunting to choose one.

Whether you want to build the next big social networking site or a personal weblog, there is a CMS for you. Rather than searching for the CMS par excellence, choose the solution that best fits your project’s requirements.

This article provides an overview of five of the top open source software (OSS) solutions: CMS Made Simple, Drupal, Joomla!, WordPress, and XOOPS. I describe their differences and similarities — based on my personal experience — to help you choose.
The similarities

All five OSS applications are free and licensed under the GNU General Public License. Their server-side code is written in PHP, and they use MySQL as the database. And all five are operating system–independent.

Software bundles such as WAMP (Windows), MAMP (Macintosh), and LAMP (Linux) make it easy to install the set of components (usually Apache, MySQL, and PHP) that make up the web server infrastructure.

All five CMSs have:
Online communities that provide free support via forums
Developers who contribute modules to add new functionality
Human-readable and search engine–friendly URLs for search optimization
Web browser WYSIWYG interfaces for site maintenance
Themes and templates to update the page design
Translations and multilingual content integration
Syndication of site content in RSS/XML feeds

They can be used to create the following and more:
Blogs
Contact forms
Events calendars
Guest books
Image galleries
Online newsletters
Search engines

While these five CMSs have many similarities, each one also has unique benefits and limitations. The following sections describe each application and make comparisons based on my experience.

CMS Made Simple and Drupal both include workflow engines for process management beyond basic approval of content. You can get up to speed much faster with CMS Made Simple, but Drupal has far more features (which you may or may not need).

I found that setting up a CMS Made Simple site was very straightforward, but not nearly as easy as using WordPress. Creating site navigation is easy, and you can quickly launch a simple site.

CMS Made Simple, Drupal, and WordPress all follow the W3C specification for XHTML compliance.

Theme templates enable you to easily update your site’s layout, and modules extend functionality.

Unlike the other CMSs, CMS Made Simple does not offer support for creating the following features:
Forums/discussion boards
Tests/quizzes
Wiki sites
System-wide content versioning
E-mail verification (using an activation key)

On the support forums, there’s a great deal of activity in the German language section, which creates a bit of a barrier for English-language speakers. The documentation is not as extensive as the other CMSs reviewed in this article, so accessing help in the forums is essential.

Drupal

Drupal is pronounced droo-puhl. (To hear the correct pronunciation, listen to the Drupal song.) This CMS won Packt Publishing’s Overall 2007 Open Source Content Management System Award.

Drupal has extensive online documentation, supplemented with active forums, and Drupal.org is chock-full of instructions, such as the Drupal Cookbook, to help you get started.

I’ve found that Drupal is flexible and accessible, while being fairly easy to use as a powerful solution for a wide variety of projects. However, its vast feature set may be too much of a good thing if you are only planning to build a simple blog.

Unlike the other CMSs, Drupal offers some database replication for better scalability. And only Drupal supports NTLM authentication.

Drupal includes a PHPTemplate theme engine to create custom themes. PHP code snippets are used to define the look of the site, and are kept in a presentation layer — enabling designers to own the page layout without interacting with site functionality code.

After installing modules, the process of enabling, setting, and configuring permissions feels a bit redundant. Locating the areas to perform each of these tasks in the Administration menu can be challenging until you have done it a few times.

Drupal really shines in the way taxonomy and permissions can be assigned at a granular level. Rather than being limited to groups, individuals can each have their own access levels. And the level of categorization in Drupal is unlimited, so you can set up infinite views.

Drupal’s global developer community participates enthusiastically and contributes new modules with add-on functionality at an amazing rate.

Sample site: FIEL
Joomla!

Joomla! is a forked evolution of Mambo. The differences between Joomla! and Mambo are subtle to the end user. Joomla!’s administration panel has been redesigned, but the primary difference is the large online community involved with Joomla! that is committed to the principles of open source development (there is a frenzy of activity on the Joomla! forums).

Developers create free extensions to add functionality, and these are available in the Joomla! extensions directory. It is worth noting that, for now, extensions that work with Mambo also work with Joomla! without requiring modifications, although this may change in future versions.

Joomla! supports e-commerce functionality, such as shopping carts, inventory tracking, and payment processing through third-party vendors. However, taxonomy is an area that could be improved because you are restricted to only a few levels. This may or may not affect your development — depending on the levels of categorization you need for your site.

Although I haven’t experienced it myself, I have read that sites with high traffic report slower load times. I have also found the WYSIWYG editor to be less intuitive to use than the other CMSs I evaluated.

Sample site: ArtSessions.net
WordPress

Since 2003, WordPress has become the largest self-hosted blogging software in the world, visited by millions of people every day.

Due to its popularity and longevity, there are more themes available online for WordPress than for any other CMS I investigated. The ThemeViewer is a great way to find one to use for your site.

According to WeblogToolsCollection.com, 0.8% of the Internet is run by WordPress. They project that at the current growth rate that number could reach 2–2.5% in a few years.

There are many online resources, such as the very clear online documentation, the WordPress Podcast, and plug-ins you can download to extend functionality.

Some high-traffic sites report slow performance, but by installing the WP-Cache plug-in and doing some tweaking to the wp-config.php file, you can enable caching to help increase load times. Many online tutorials address this if you happen to run into this issue.

Sample site: Ford Motor Company