XHTML...this

A quick announcement we’re happy to make. Today we acquired a stake in XHTMLthis, a company that’s busy turning PSDs into WordPress templates. Our team can convert your designs into high quality CSS / XHTML that loads faster, ranks higher in search engines & works great with all browsers.

How does it work?

– You send us your web design in psd, png, or another format
– We’ll convert your design to xhtml / css in 1 or 2 business days.
– We’ll send the xhtml, css, sliced images, and any other necessary files back to you.

For those in the market for beautiful markup services we hope you’ll head on over to XHTMLthis now for a free estimate.


Two Tips Of The Hat

Not one, but two tips of the hat to Andrew Houle over at myinkblog.com for his article titled 4 Principles of Good Design for Websites. In his article, Andrew features some of the work we’ve turned out here recently at ten24 Media.

4 principles of good web design

This website is featured for its strong use of repetitive design elements which Andrew explains “help create a consistent look and improve branding”. Instabox, a ten24 client project, was featured for its great contrast.

Be sure to check out 4 Principles of Good Design for Websites for some more great examples of web design.


Tool Time: A New Design Inspiration Gallery

Has the thought of visiting dozens of design galleries got you down? Are you tired of seeing the same designs in all the different spots? That makes three of us. Enter our latest tool, the Elite CSS Gallery.

csselite gallery

The idea is simple….design inspiration collected from the best CSS galleries on the Web and presented in one spot (less the duplicates of course). Another handy little tool courtesy of laziness!


We Love Hockey...Rumors!

Like most Canadians, we get pretty darn excited right around the NHL trade deadline. Rumors are flying this time of year and we get itchy for a blockbuster deal.

But which rumors have any substance to them? Which trades might actually go down? Enter the new hockey rumor democracy, Hockey Rumors .ca. It’s a quick little app we whipped up to keep track of all the juicy off-ice gossip and let you, the hockey fan, bet on the outcome.

hockey rumors screen

The site is still pretty rough around the edges but the NHL trade deadline is less than a week away so we decided to let this one hit the web a bit early. As always, high-5 for any suggestions.


Smashing!

Smashing Magazine has to be one of our favorite publications online, and now, thanks to a recent article, our love has grown ever stronger.

Why is that you ask? Well, we’re tickled that Smashing has chosen the illustration on our very own homepage as one of “40 Excellent Illustrations In Web Designs”.

1024 illustration

“A beautiful yet simple illustration that looks excellent against the brown background.”

A nod from Smashing makes us all warm inside. Thanks!


Latest Launch: Instabox.com

We’ve got a great new site to tell you about. It’s www.instabox.com.

Instabox has been manufacturing high-end, custom boxes and packaging for over 30 years. Their 10 year web presence has been a large success but the site had become dated and difficult to navigate. A re-invention of the brand was in order.

isntabox new site screenshot

We believe the new Instabox is cleaner, less cluttered, and makes more effective use of white space.

Special thanks to Instabox for the opportunity to work with a great company and a hat tip to Petar, Panda & Alex for your hard work on the project. The Instabox redevelopment is one we’re proud of!


How To Send Large Files Online

Simple, easy and free ways to send large files online:

Gmail

It’s an email service, but it’s good. Gmail recently upped the maximum attachment size from 10 to 20 MB.
Registration: Required
Cost: Free
Max. file size: 20 MB

Drop Send

Ryan Carson’s app. Nice user interface to organize your files. Kind of like an online hard drive.
Registration: Required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: 1 GB

Senduit

Squeaky clean Senduit is darn simple. You upload large files and Senduit stays out of your way.
Registration: Not required
Cost: Free
Max. file size: 100 MB

You Send It

A very capable little app with lots of paid options like secure downloads and return reciepts.
Registration: Not required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: 100 MB

Mail Big File

So simple my grandma could do it. Really. Free sending of files to 1 recipient. Up to 100 MB.
Registration: Not required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: 100 MB

Send Space

Upload via the web interface or using the desktop wizard application. Upload multiple file at once.
Registration: Not required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: 300 MB

zUpload

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free
Max. file size: 500 MB

Media Max

Registration: Required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: 10 MB

Mega Upload

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: 500 MB

Bit Road

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free
Max. file size: Unlimited

Media Fire

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free
Max. file size: 100 MB

Transfer Big Files

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free
Max. file size: 1 GB

Aruna Send

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free
Max. file size: 100 MB

BigFilez

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: 200 MB

Big Upload

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: 50 MB

Box Cloud

Registration: Required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: Unlimited

Driveway

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: 500 MB

File Factory

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free (paid plans available)
Max. file size: 500 MB

Just Up It

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free
Max. file size: 170 MB

Leap File

Registration: Required
Cost: Paid plans
Max. file size: 2 GB

localhostr

Registration: Required
Cost: Free
Max. file size: 50 MB

Move Digital

Registration: Required
Cost: Paid plans
Max. file size: 1 GB

Panda File

Registration: Not required
Cost: Free
Max. file size: Unlimited


Google's SEO Starter Guide

In response to the oft-asked question “What are some simple ways that I can improve my website’s performance in Google?”, Google has released a brief guide that lists what they consider some of the best practices for improving your websites’ crawlability and indexing.

Definitely worth a read. You can Download the guide here. [PDF]


Our Favorite Spam Recipes

Hungry for a handful of the tastiest SPAM® recipes? Not the type that would actually be useful and help you fight against web spam, but…actual SPAM recipes. You know…the canned ham we’ve all grown to love.

We geeks love this stuff. So…we’ve decided to share some of our favorites.
Visit Spam Recipes .net for your fill.

Enjoy!


BioFuel or BioFool? Our latest launch raises the debate

Like Michael Grunwald, I’ve long questioned the bio fuel revolution. Are biofuels truly a sustainable energy alternative or are they doing exactly the opposite of what its proponents intended?

Undecided, I gathered up our team here at ten24 Media to create a place for debate. Our latest launch, bio foolish .com, lets you share your views on bio fuels. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Biofuels or biofools?