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What Is Responsive Web Development?

August 27th, 2018

Responsive layout and responsive design are the buzz words in the world of web design that keep a lot of people on their toes and help them make sure that they are doing everything right and really moving in the right direction with everything. Design has become one of the most important selling points in every type of business venture, and if a product has bad design it simply will disappear without a trace. That is true for be design where yours are so spoilt for choice they will leave a website that is not up to par in just minutes and will certainly never come back because they can always find a much better designed one and have as much fun with it as possible.

So what makes web design amazing? Well, first of all, it has to be clean and elegant, with the purpose of the website being loud and clear the minute you lay your eyes on it. The customers who want to do something with the website don’t have to guess what it is for and what the organization does – the design should speak for itself, coupled with high quality copy. Nowadays, it is important to have secure websites that are visible correctly form a multitude of different devices that are getting smaller all the time. If design has to be minimal, let it be.

Mobile use of the internet is always on the increase and that should always be kept in mind. No matter how beautiful a background image is, if it slows down the page it is absolutely unnecessary and the choice should always be for speedy loading time rather than some dubious aesthetic value. Customizable designs that respond to the users’ needs immediately are the hottest thing and you should always look for things that can make your user feel cherished and valued, and if the design of the page fulfills that goal, then you have succeeded. Web development is as important as design, and the back end should work just as well as the front end. It should be easy for admins to make changes to a website as the internet is a dynamic area where many things change constantly and making sure that the interest is kept alive should be the goal of every organization that maintains a website.

Usability and optimum user experience is what always comes first for all these endeavors. Thinking about the user should be the first priority of developers and designers, as well as tester who get rid of bugs. The result is what matters and you should always know what it means to have a great product on your hands – dedicated clients and many clicks.

Indications That Your Web Developer Is Not a Genuine Online Marketer

August 26th, 2018

Marketing online is not as easy task as it may seem. Many claim to have full knowledge of online marketing, but they don’t. There are various indications that will signal to you that your web developer is not an online marketer, but a fraud.

You should be aware of this so as to choose your web developer wisely. There are genuine firms that do a marvelous work when it comes to online marketing of your site at a fair price. However, others just want to swindle your money so they will do a quick and reckless job. This will tarnish your website’s credibility and lead to the demise of your business. Therefore, you will use even more money to get a better web developer to clean up the mess made and make your site much better.

To help you be on the lookout for such firms and fraudsters, go through the following warnings.

  1. Not once will they enquire about your business’ performance and goals that will lead to its success.
  2. Even if you outline your objectives and performance to them, they will never raise any question about them or advise on the best methods to improve them.
  3. Suppose you are not in a position to clearly state your business’ objectives, they will not give you any suggestions that will guide your decision-making. For instance, they do not know how to advise on making a reasonable budget or avoid wrong usage of money.
  4. Suppose you have a constant budget on how to use money on your site, they are unable to advice on the correct implementation of your budget or changes that you should make.
  5. They are not keen on understanding how your business operates, its target market or close competition so as to come up with effective methods to lure new customers to your online business.
  6. They are not interested in finding out your current marketing ideas so as to capitalize from them, come up with better ways to expand your business and acquire more customers.
  7. They will not discuss the issue of having your site mobile-enabled. When your site is mobile-enabled, you will lure more clients.
  8. They are not aware of the ‘call to action’ and its relevance to your site.
  9. They do not have any knowledge about SEO (search engine optimization) and do not point out that they will submit your website to the top search engines.
  10. They will insist on creating a micro-site.
  11. They are reluctant on showing their portfolio which is evidence of their previous works and successes.

Do You Need a Web Developer to Build Your Website?

August 26th, 2018

The short answer is “No, you do not need a web developer to build a website for you.”

However there are other points to take into consideration. Do you have the expertise or are you willing to learn how to build a website? Will your budget run to hiring a web developer? Building your own website is not too difficult and could save you money so I would suggest you first explore the possibility of doing the job yourself.

What is Involved in Building Your Website?

  • First you must decide what to name your site. Go to a website registrar such as Godaddy.com which is an online company where you buy a domain name. There you will find out if your chosen name is available. If it has already been taken you have to find an alternative title; often it will require a small change only, perhaps substituting a number for a word, eg.’4′ in place of ‘for’. Once the title is decided you buy a domain name which will cost about $10 for a.com name.
  • Next comes hosting for your domain. A Host company connects your computer to the World Wide Web and you will upload your files to the host company where they will be published. All domains require hosting and this can also be purchased at Godaddy.com, but more often a separate host site is selected. The cost this time will be between $10 and $20. There are good hosting sites which charge slightly less than $10 or if you belong to a good membership site they may provide free hosting. This is a good option because you are in effect receiving a $10 discount on the monthly membership fee. If you choose a separate host from the domain registrar, then the Name Servers will need to be changed. Name servers are just the links between the Registrar and the Host.
  • Now you need a Web Page Editor. This is a piece of software which converts your text to computer language in order to create web pages. This you can download from the internet. Some are expensive and some are free. A good free editor is Kompozer which does an excellent job.
  • Having constructed your web page on the web page editor it is then uploaded to the Host and published on the internet. The page or pages require formatting and the colour scheme and illustrations to be developed to make the site appear attractive to visitors. Don’t forget to make the site easy to navigate around or your visitors will become frustrated and leave.

Building your website is not too difficult if you are willing to learn new skills and have the determination to see the job through. A useful option is to use web templates. These are the fully developed framework of a website which you can customize to suit your needs. They are quite suitable for simple or even not so simple sites.