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Friday, 23 September 2011
Featured Friday: JefferyGuide
Topic: Featured Friday

Similar to last week's Featured Site, Rusty's Cage, this week's Featured Friday is a website full of entertaining information. JefferyGuide has something for everyone. Are you a fan of Doctor Who (like me)? Then you will find a great resource of Whovian information (I've spent a lot of time in this category already!). Not a sci fi fan? Not a problem. Maybe you'll find enjoyment looking through the Cash Cab or Iron Chef pages. There are even just general pages like "Everyday Links" and "Everyday Art." If you're looking to spend a lot of time on the Internet, THIS is the place to start!


All along the left-hand side of the website are the categories that JefferyGuide focuses on in alphabetical order so you can find exactly what you're looking for (or easily browse if you're not in search of anything specific). Webmaster Dave Jeffery even lists his email in case you want to request a link you want to see put on his site. Spend some time browsing the useful and most popular links on his site and see for your self what an amazing amount of time and effort Dave Jeffery has put into JefferyGuide!


Check out JefferyGuide at https://www.angelfire.com/trek/amsguy/


Submit your site to be featured next Friday at featured-site.angelfire.com


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Monday, 19 September 2011
10 New Styles!
Topic: Site Builder Updates

You wanted more, so we're delivering: 10 new styles for the builder! Take a look at what we're rolling out: 



 Bed of Blue: This dreamy style is simple and clean. Perfect for hotels or a textile business. 












 Cyan: Add a pop of colo to your website with this style - a great accent to any page. 











 Jellyfish: This striking style will give your website that dramatic design you've been looking for. 












 Luminescence: A delicate design for any business or personal site looking for a subdued accent to their site. 












 Martini: This sleek style is great for a restaurant or bar website - or to highlight your favorite beverage!












 Pink Pixels: Perfect for the lover of pink with a retro 8-bit feel. 













 The Real Teal: Keep it simple with great color on your personal or business page - great for all types of pages.












 The Rings: A fun and playful style, great for a personal site or funky online shop.  













 Treads: Have a site about your love of cars or your automotive business? This style will give it the theme it needs mixed with great design. 











 Trees: A calm style, great for personal pictures, stories, or personal business.  




Posted by team-blog at 2:43 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 19 September 2011 2:46 PM EDT
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Friday, 16 September 2011
Featured Friday: Trash To Treasure For You
Topic: Featured Friday

I love HGTV and anything that has to do with home renovation. When Dan first started building his website on Angelfire, trash2treasure4you.net, I thought it was such a great concept - taking old, unwanted pieces of furniture, either found at a yard sale or in some cases on the side of the road, and making them back into great pieces of furniture that are possibly much better quality than those that you pay hundreds for in stores today!


All created with the Angelfire builder, this website does a great job at displaying different techniques you can use to turn a mirror from tacky to classy and rejuvinate furniture bought at a yard sale. Watch videos, flip through a gallery of projects, read through some tips & ideas, and even submit your own photos of your projects. 


Visit Dan's website at www.trash2treasure4you.net and learn a thing or two about turning trash into treasure!


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Friday, 9 September 2011
Featured Friday: Rusty's Cage
Topic: Featured Friday

I thoroughly enjoy reading books, watching movies, and watching TV but I tend to be one of those people that prefers to read a review first so as not to waste my time (or money!) watching a bad movie or reading a bad book (I'll just record TV shows and delete them if I don't like them). This week, we are featuring a site that I just may have to bookmark so that I can figure out exactly what I should read, watch, or even listen to. RustysCage.com is an entertainment wonderland full of reviews, recaps, and even some general gripes!


A few things that convinced me that this site was great was that:

1) They recap all of the award shows so I can easily know who all the winners all without sitting through hours of boring speeches, possible dissapointments, and a lot of ads!

2) The review of the movie "Unknown" was exactly how I felt about the movie! The final sentence in the review made me laugh: "There is no doubt this film is an action packed advertisement for the Mercedes-Benz brand name" (If you haven't seen the movie and don't understand this, "Unknown" makes it seem as though Mercedes are the only cars available in Germany). Too bad I didn't read the review before I watched almost a 2 hour car commercial!


So what does RustysCage.com's webmaster have to say about the site? "We have been working extremely hard to promote our website to take it to the next level with SEO and similar methods. Also, we are soon moving cross-country and will lose much of the local traffic we have gotten in Buffalo." It is clear just clicking through the endless pages of music, book, movie, and TV reviews plus comical gripes, recaps, and even pop culture obituaries that this site has had a lot of effort put into it! We at Angelfire highly recommend Rusty's Cage and think you should check it out! 


Want to see your site featured next week? Submit it at featured-site.angelfire.com!


Posted by team-blog at 9:03 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 9 September 2011 9:05 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Angelfire Brand Perception Survey
Topic: Your Feedback

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Friday, 2 September 2011
Featured Friday: Michael E. Hutchinson, Ed.S.
Topic: Featured Friday

This week's featured site is the perfect destination for music lovers. Michael Hutchinson is a highly acclaimed conductor, musician, and teacher. With a track record that boasts conducting bands at performances at the Olympics, the Sydney Opera House, and the John F. Kennedy Center (among many other concerts), Hutchinson's site and story is not one to miss.


Using the photo album, video, and guestbook tool to gather testimonials and comments from guests, everything added to the site helps display just how impressive both Hutchinson's career and site are. 


Congratulations, Michael! Keep up the great work!


Visit Michael's site here


If you want to see your site featured next Friday, submit your site here


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Friday, 26 August 2011
Featured Friday: Melissa Yost
Topic: Featured Friday

This week's featured site comes from graphic designer, Melissa Yost. Melissa's site is simple, functional, and perfectly showcases her design work.


You can click through Melissa's portfolio to see the great design work she's done so far (we can only see it vastly expanding!). Her background in Interior Design shows that she has always thought with a creative mind and we only expect to see more great work from her in the future. If you wish to contact Melissa, she lists her Facebook and a form to contact on her site.


Visit Melissa's site here.

Submit your own site at featured-site.angelfire.com!


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Friday, 19 August 2011
Featured Friday: Baby Bear Daycare
Topic: Featured Friday

This week's Featured Friday site comes from a company right down the highway from Angelfire! Baby Bear Daycare is brought to you today by Patricia Coward. Baby Bear is located in Tewksbury, MA (right near Waltham, our headquarters!) and based on the website, it looks like the kids have a ton of fun there.


Here's what Patricia had to say about her site: "I have been using Angelfire for many years. I am not a professional web designer but Angelfire has made it easy to create my own website. I put a lot of time and effort into creating something that I think is attractive to my clients." We totally agree! Babybeardaycare.org is warm and inviting and you can definitely tell that Patricia has been working hard to make it look as great as it does today. 


What I think is unique about Patricia's site and daycare is that she gives you all of the information about what she plans on doing for day-to-day activities up front. You can check out the menu, curriculum, and daily schedule all off of the home page and decide if it's the right daycare for your child. 


Don't just take our word for it that this site is well organized and delightfully cute (you have to check out the slideshow of pictures on the main page!), here are some entries from the guestbook from those who have stopped by to admire the site: 


"You have an outstanding good and well structured site. I enjoyed browsing through it." - Mckenna, USA


 "I am a provider in Minnesota. Thanks for sharing your site with me... I absolutely LOVED it! You did a great job. Your site definitely deserves an award." - Nicole, Minnesota 


Hopefully being Angelfire's featured site of the week is a step towards the award Nicole thinks Baby Bear Daycare deserves! Congrats, Patricia! Keep up the good work both with your site and your daycare!


You can visit this site at babybeardaycare.org. If you want to see your site featured here next week, fill out and submit the form at featured-site.angelfire.com! 



Posted by team-blog at 11:18 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 19 August 2011 11:23 AM EDT
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Friday, 12 August 2011
5 New Styles!
Topic: Site Builder Updates

Want to update your current site design with a fresh new style? Check out our newest offerings:


Black Mamba:  Perfect for your personal site, art site, or whatever funky site you have created!



Brown Stripe: This simple template is ideal for businesses that want to keep their sites clean and simple.




Escape: Use the Escape template to give your site a refined layout with a little tropical flair. 



Emerald City: It's not easy being green - use this hip style as a cool "about me" site or even a trendy site for your business. 




Rainy Nights: Feeling a bit blue? Use this site to showcase your writing, photography, or anything you please!


Posted by team-blog at 4:11 PM EDT
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Featured Friday: The Vincent Price Exhibit
Topic: Featured Friday

Exciting news! Today we have selected our first Angelfire Featured Friday site ever, and that site is ... The Vincent Price Exhibit

The Vincent Price exhibit is an amazingly designed site about (you guessed it) the famed Vincent Price. This wonderful display of everything Price is brought to you by webmaster, Richard Squires. "It's been extremely popular since its creation in 1999, and has been featured in various magazines, news reports (the BBC featured it several years back) and websites" Richard says about his site. Not only does he cover the films that we all so fondly remember Vincent for, but he sheds light on some of Price's more obscure accomplishments that the average horror fan may not be aware of. 


Richard states that his main audience is "fans of actor Vincent Price, film buffs and horror fans" but I believe he can add those who are just interested in well designed sites as well. The website is so easy to navigate and the content is so interesting, you can lose yourself searching through the articles and stories about Vincent Price's life and career as well as Richard's experience with growing up being a Price fan. 


Some of my favorite tidbits from the site were not the common facts about Vincent Price, but the personal comments from Richard. One of my favorite quotes: "I was such a Price nerd at 14 that I begged my parents to buy me American International Pictures stock for my birthday!" If that doesn't prove to you that this site is more than your average informational site about an actor, I don't know what will! You can tell that Richard has put a lot of time and effort into creating his incredibly popular site. With interesting images like a ticket stub from the first time he went to see Price in person or his actual AIP stock certificate, The Vincent Price Exhibit gives you more than you would find on say, IMDB or a generic Vincent Price informational website. 


With all that said, congratulations to Richard for claiming the first Featured Friday spot on Angelfire! You really deserved it as The Vincent Price Exhibit is not a site to miss!


If you want to see your site featured here next Friday, fill out our submission form by following the link below:


Posted by team-blog at 9:29 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 12 August 2011 9:51 AM EDT
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