Website Development

5 Most Effective Web Development Tips

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Just like fashion, web development is changing rapidly with new fads and tends coming and going. When it comes to development of a website with a professional impression, you must keep everything updated and on the trend. Here are some tips to develop a professional website.

Keep in clutter free and clean

The modern world is a bit cluttered and the internet is no exception. Banners, icons, Ads, signs and buttons can get quite heavy. So you need to safe your site visitors from all the clutter and noise. The most effective way is to embrace things like white space and flat design. This will give your visitors great experience as they navigate your website. Keep your site simple with the most crucial content spotlighted.

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Updates to your website code

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:39 am

With hackers becoming more and more wise to vulnerabilities within websites it is vital to try and protect your website from an attack. Websites need to be updated not only on the front end (visualy) but also the code behind the website. There are new programming techniques and standards being released on a frequent basis and if you do not take action to ensure that your site is programmed in the correct way, you could find yourself open to being hacked.

If you have an e-commerce website where visitors can purchase products or services online then the effects could be detrimental for not only your business but also your customers, as you may find personal details such as payment card details have been accessed. If you are concerned about any aspect of security when it comes to your site, then talk to your web design company who will be able to run checks and confirm if the code needs updating.

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Don’t forget your own marketing

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Being a website programmer can be a very stressful job at times. Often you have tight deadlines looming and very demanding clients and just when you think you have finished the site something stops working. With all these challenges it is very easy to find all your time taken up with working on client’s websites and forgetting to look after your own.
Making sure that your website and online marketing is kept up to date is not only important in terms of improving or maintaining your search engine rankings but also from a portfolio point of view. If a potential client lands on your website, they will want to see examples of previous work you may have done and information about yourself or company. This information needs to be as up to date and as relevant as possible. If it looks like you have not had a new project in the last 12 months they may go elsewhere assuming that you are no longer trading.

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Testing a website before setting it live

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Any good website programmer should thoroughly test the website they have built before passing it back over to the client. Although this is the correct procedure, unfortunate this does not always happen or it does but the programmer may have missed something (often they are a little too close to the project). If you are the client having a website created then I would strongly urge you to test the site yourself and if possible also have a few other people test it that maybe have not seen it before.

Setting a website live that has problems, doesn’t work properly or broken links can be detrimental to a new business and not only lose you instant custom but future business. If you do come across any issues note them down. Once you have a complete list, then pass them on to the programmer to fix. Ideally you want to try and give them all the issues in one go as it will be quicker for them to fix them all in one go.

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Choosing the right CMS for your website

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

CMS stands for Content Management Systems and is the backend system attached to your website which will allow you to make certain changes and add / amend pages and products listed.

There are a variety of Content Management Systems available, some that can be purchased “off the shelf” and others that are bespoke. There are pros and cons to both types of CMS software versions and which one you go for depends entirely on the website development company and the functionality you require.

If your website is quite complex and you want to be able to add in quite a lot of additional functionality (especially if it is specifi to your business) then you may find that a bespoke CMS is the best one for you, as the developer will be able to amend it and add in the elements you require. If you have something that is not going to require complex functionality then an off the shelf option may suit your business. Be sure to ask you web developer what CMS system they intend on using and what this will allow you to do in terms of making changes.

Be sure to check an restrictions such as the number of users or pages that can be added and find out what should happen should you wish to move the website to a different company further down the line.

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5 Factors to Consider Before Hiring a Web Programmer

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm

The importance of having a good website is imperative. Any business that wants to generate leads for increase in sales should have an appealing website that can grasp the attention of the web surfers. Most website owners only care about the look and user interface of their websites and very few of them are interested to know what goes behind them. The fact is that there are various programs and codes that make a website run effectively. In order to make the websites work efficiently and ensure compatibility of different website functions web programming languages are used. The programmers work hard in order to make the structure of a good website and often their efforts are overlooked.

It is very important to develop an attractive website that is also rich in features. In order to have a highly responsive and attractive website the need of a web programmer is imperative. Therefore, one should choose a programmer that would make a website that functions well. There are various factors that one should consider before choosing a web programmer for his website.

1. Knowledge – The first factor that needs to be considered is the knowledge of the programmer. He should have extensive knowledge of web programming, which is a vast field, and can work out the programs well. There are different languages that the programmers use for building up websites like HTML, PHP, JavaScript, XML, ASP.Net, Perl and MY-SQL among others. One should consider asking him the language he will use for developing the website and the applications. It is also a good idea to check the certificates of his academic qualifications that would serve as a proof of his knowledge.

2. Experience – The experience of the web programmer is also of utmost importance when it comes to programming. If a programmer has enough knowledge in his field of work but has no prior experience then he might not be able to create a good website. A web programmer that has been working for years gains a lot of experiences to deal with different problems that might come up while developing websites and applications. He also develops the ability to solve the technical issues easily.

3. Portfolio – The portfolio of the web programmer is also a great way to judge his abilities to make websites. The past projects will give an insight about the kind of work he has done for his previous clients. It will also make it easier to judge whether one wants to move forward with him or not.

4. Communication Skill – The ability to effectively communicate with his clients is one of the most important factors to consider while choosing to hire a web programmer. As a businessman and layman it is difficult to understand web programming, so the programmer should be able to explain the terms to the clients in a simple language.

5. Technical Support – Finally, technical support is very important and unavoidable. Websites crash and virus attacks are also predictable, so one should choose a programmer that will continue to provide technical support even after the work of website development is complete.

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