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5 Skills Which Every Web Designer Should Master

August 18th, 2018

Art and science go hand-in-hand if we talk about web design. Basically, web design is divided into two halves i.e. first half being the intense knowledge of coding and design know-how, other half is absolutely based on the intuition, what looks good and what not. Doesn’t matter if you are starting your career in interface designing or wishing to become a professional web developer, you must develop a strong foundation of core skills and fundamentals to stand out of the pack!

But, what these skills are and how do you own these skills? Well, these fundamentals do not appear overnight. Let’s talk about various skills every interface creator should possess to reach sublime levels and to master them:

  • Sense of Design

Creativity comes from within, it can’t be learned or understood! Before even thinking about becoming an interactive designer or web developer, you should try to find that whether you are creative enough to create and have a good sense of designs. Design is a vast module in which you should be aware of the basic principles of design, typography, layout, color, flow, spacing, how to use pictures and much more. It’s a smart idea for any interactive expert to have basic knowledge of principles of designing!

  • HTML on Your Finger Tips

The foundation of every website is coding and the language used worldwide for coding is our very own Hypertext Markup Language or HTML. Different interface experts have different mindsets i.e. some of the interactive designers seem to think that it’s not important to know coding while others are obstinate that to know coding is the basic need for every genuine interface developer or creator. At the very least, every accomplished web expert should know the basics of HTML.

  • Capability of Creating Stellar Copy

One step ahead towards a great interface expert is to have the skills of writing unique and promising copy. In today’s market, knowing how to write effective and informative copy is an unbeatable asset as there are fewer interface designers who possess this skill. Being an interactive designer, you will be able to do marketing of your services without any difficulty.

  • Keen Interest for Learning New Trends

There is always a learning curve for anything you want to learn! If you are passionate enough about designing websites, then only you can learn new things. The main reason behind consistent learning is the fact that the industry keeps on developing new trends of designing like currently, Material Design is in fashion. Always be open to new styles and trends of designing and you will become the well-rounded expert.

  • Great Listening Power

Since you work with clients day and night, you should learn to listen and not just you have to listen but because you want to listen. It is quite beneficial for your career as it helps you build a lifetime quality and it will make you a professional and attentive web designer.

Master these skills and in no time, you will become a professional and unbeatable interactive expert!

Things to Consider When Choosing a Web Hosting Plan

August 17th, 2018

Does your web hosting plan really matter? This is a question
pondered by many people starting out in internet marketing.
Unfortunately, not much thought is put into selecting a web
hosting plan as part of the website development process. Many
people don’t even review hosting plans at all, they just trust
their web designer or web developer to choose a web hosting plan
for them because they consider it a minor factor that doesn’t
matter too much.

In reality, a web hosting plan is one of those things that
doesn’t really matter and doesn’t come to attention unless there
is a problem with it. So, if you get lucky and incidentally get a
decent web hosting plan without considering your options, you
probably don’t think choosing a web hosting plan is a very
important aspect of website development. However, if you’ve had
an inadequate web hosting plan, or you’ve been burned by a fly-
by-night web hosting company, you may view the selection of a web
hosting plan in a different light.

The main things to consider when choosing a web hosting plan are:

1. Security

2. Speed

3. Space

4. Email capabilities

5. Reports

6. Administrative functions

7. Reliability

8. Support

9. Extra features

10. Cost

Security

The security features of a web hosting plan’s servers is
important to website development, especially if your website will
be an ecommerce website through which customer payments or
processed, or if customers will be transmitting personal
information to you via your website. Without a secure server,
customers may be hesitant to transmit personal and financial
information through your website. Encryption capabilities and the
ability to set up a dedicated secure server for your company are
security features you should look for in your web hosting plan.

Speed

The speed at which your website loads is very significant in e-
business. When people visit your website, if it takes more than a
few seconds for the site to load they will get impatient and move
on, forgetting your website altogether. When you evaluate a web
hosting plan, be sure to ask the web host what type of internet
connection they use to ensure that it is a high-speed connection.

Space

The space that your web hosting plan allows for your website and
the bandwidth that is available for your use matters. In most
cases, any web hosting plan provides adequate space for a
standard website, but make sure that you can increase the space
provided for your web hosting plan if necessary as your website
evolves. Bandwidth restrictions can hinder the ability of website
visitors to download or upload data.

Email Capabilities

Email capabilities should be included in every web hosting plan.
The number of email addresses provided, the ability to use email
aliases, and the ability to set up autoresponders are things to
be considered. Also, restrictions on the size of files that can
be sent and received or stored on the email server can be of
importance.

Reports

Access to server logs and other reports regarding website
activity should be standard features of a web hosting plan. Using
such reports aids in your marketing efforts as you can tell where
your traffic is coming from and which marketing mediums are
producing results. You can also determine which of your web pages
of most popular and which ones are not being visited.

Administrative Functions

Sometimes a web developer serves as a webmaster, but for the most
part, a website owner needs to be able to quickly and easily make
changes to the website. This is accomplished through the
administrative features of a web hosting plan, generally on
online accessible control panel.

Reliability

The reliability of the company that provides your web hosting
plan is crucial. The length of time they have been in business,
their percent of uptime, and their backup and data retrieval
practices play a big part in whether or not your web hosting plan
is reliable. Downtime results in lost business, so reliability is
a critical consideration.

Support

Technical support is something that should definitely be a part
of a web hosting plan. Different web hosts will have different
levels of support with some offering person-to-person phone
support while others respond to email or online requests. Some
provide 24 hour technical support and others don’t. Find out
about the quality and convenience of technical support that is
provided before selecting a web hosting plan.

Extra Features

There are many standard features that should be provided in a web
hosting plan, then there are options that may cost extra. A full-
service web hosting plan may cost a bit more than limited plans,
but may be worth it. Some of the features to look for include FTP
access capabilities for the purpose of sharing files and support
for software you may use for your website.

Cost

Of course cost is important when choosing a web hosting plan;
however, it is not the most important consideration. Sometimes
you really do get what you pay for. So, cost should be factored
into your decision but going with the cheapest web hosting plan
is not always the best idea. Also, free web hosting plans are
usually not worth having.

Web Site Accessibility and Web Standards — Get More Visitors and Make More Money

August 16th, 2018

Most website commissioners are not interested in Web Standards or Web accessibility – that is clear from the results of DRC Research carried out in the UK in 2004. The research highlighted the appalling lack of accessibility of most UK web sites – with 81% labelled by researchers as ‘impossible’ to use by many disabled people.

So if you are a web developer, don’t waste your time trying to get clients excited by your ethical approach. Instead just get on with the job of creating accessible standards based websites — and tell them you use development methods that will help them attract more visitors — and help them make more money.

Use Web Standards — money can be saved and money can be made

Pages built using web standards tend to be smaller and they tend to load quicker. This leads to the first and most obvious saving — lower bandwidth costs.

What is not so obvious, however, is that faster loading pages can also generate additional traffic and revenue. For example, when Multimap.com redesigned their site using web standards they estimated they saved 40,000 Gb of bandwidth per year — but they also found that their advertising revenues increased. The quicker loading pages encouraged people to spend more time on the site – and consequently advertising revenues went up.

Accessible websites make more money

Julie Howell, Digital Policy Development Officer at the RNIB, talking about one of Tesco’s websites — a website designed to provide easier access for blind and visually impaired people,

“Many fully-sighted people find Tesco’s simply designed Access site offers them a better user experience than any other supermarket website. Developed for vision-impaired users, it now takes a surprising £13 million a year, and seems to attract a much wider audience than originally intended.”

Accessible websites attract more people

Apart from the 10 million Disabled people in the UK and 50 million in America, accessible websites will be easier to use by older people, people with slow connections or older technologies and people with low literacy. Older people are the fastest growing group of new users in many countries. As many older people have multiple impairments, accessible sites are likely to be more attractive to this group.

Disabled people and older people have money to spend

In the UK Disabled people have £50 billion of disposable income, in the USA they have US$175 billion. Older people currently control over 80% of the wealth of the UK. As was demonstrated by Tesco — making your website even a little more accessible not only brings you good press — it attracts the attention of the community of older people and disabled web surfers – who spend their money on your website rather than your competitors.

Web Standards means shorter development times and re-usable content

Production and maintenance costs are lower when content is package in highly structured ways, for example, when standard (X)HTML is used. Separating the structure of content, i.e., headings, lists, images, paragraphs, from the way that content is presented opens up opportunities to create multiple ‘views’ of that content.

As a result, content can be optimized with less effort for delivery on hand-held devices, formatted for printing or delivered to assistive devices such as screen readers.

When the time comes around for a new design, it is easier to substitute a new style sheet than to spend hours changing hundreds of font tags and background colour attributes.

Web standards means you don’t waste time battling with Browser quirks

When using Web standards there is no need to produce multiple versions of pages to cope with the quirks of different browsers. The time and effort previously required to create and maintain ‘browser sniffing’ scripts can now be re-deployed to add value to the site for visitors.

Web standards helps you break free from proprietary technologies

Using Web standards can free organisations from being captives of browsers dependent on proprietary tags and rendering behaviour. For example, IBM’s move to Open Source desktop clients has reportedly been held back due to their web based systems being built on top of the non-standard Internet Explorer web browser.

Less errors in pages means less time dealing with complaints

Without working to standards – it is not possible to check for markup errors; there are no rules to check against. Standards base web pages can be checked against code validators such as the W3C validator – highlighting any errors – and allowing you to get those errors fixed. If you website works for more people on more browsers you won’t have to spend time replying to emails from people complaining your site doesn’t work.

Content is future-proofed and compatible with older browsers.
Pages built using web standards will display more consistently across browsers and platforms, including older browsers. Your content will not necessarily look the same in old ‘non-standard compliant’ browser but the bottom line is that the content will still be available.

Greater search engine visibility

Search engines are able to index web pages more accurately if the content on those pages is well structured. For example, when keywords appear in page headings many search engines give extra weight to those words when indexing the page. A web page where headings are improperly marked up is likely to suffer in the search rankings compared with a page with the same content that is marked up correctly. An accessible website will have alternative text for images and multimedia – and this will provide more text be indexed by search engines.

Accessible websites designed using Web Standards leads to real measurable benefits: more visitors, increased income, decreased cost, greater search engine visibility, faster loading and easier to use pages. Sell the benefits to websites commissioners, not the ideology.