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6 Things Every Website Developer Should Know

August 28th, 2018

With all of the tools out there to help you build websites these days, it seems that anyone can call themselves a “web developer”. However there is a lot more that goes into making a website than adding some links and images. Websites today usually require thorough planning, development and testing processes to ensure functionality when the site goes live.

Before venturing into the world of professional website development, a developer should have an understanding of the following.

Design of the website: You want the design of the website to positively portray the business. In a global economy most people will never meet you at your office, so having a professional looking website will greatly improve sales. Having a website designed by an amateur shines a poor light on the business making it appear untrustworthy or amateurish. A website should be pleasing to the eye. Using obnoxious colors, extremely tiny or extremely large text (not for design purposes) will make users go elsewhere to fulfill their needs. Take a look at websites in your industry and if your website doesn’t compete with them, you should seriously consider revising your design.

Website Structure and Coding: If you’re still building with table based layouts…stop! Tables are an extremely antiquated way of building sites; they are code heavy and do not allow for design nuances today’s visitors are expecting to see. Using Cascading Style Sheet (CSS)-based layouts will allow you to design and build more complex sites that allow for greater functionality and visual imagery. Your code should also validate to XHTML standards. For example, when you have an opening tag there should also be a closing tag related to it. Tags should not be closed out of order. If you are bolding, italicizing, and underlining you should close with underlining, italicizing and then bolding. This ensures browser and platform compatibility.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO): All website developers should have a basic understanding of search engine optimization. All Flash sites are cool and fun to look at but they rarely rank well in search engines. Unless your customer is a household name chances are they need people to find their services and a Flash site will hinder that. You don’t need to be an SEO expert to build a site that is SEO friendly. Be sure to use well formed code (as stated above), adhere to the rules of H tags (using only one H1 tag per page), use H2-H6 tags for headlines not to change font size, and make sure that you leave room for at least a paragraph (50-100) words of text on each page.

Programming Languages: Although this is not mandatory for web designers (people who create the graphics) and the casual website builder, a website developer should know at least one programming language. Knowing one or more languages allows you to create interactive features for users. Think about the sites that you may frequently visit such as Facebook and YouTube. There is considerable programming involved to create the functionality, however it is that functionality which keeps the users coming back. Keep in mind you can always contract out with a more experienced programmer for those jobs that may be above your skill level.

Server Configuration & DNS: If you plan on developing websites for a variety of customers you’ll eventually need to put those websites onto a server. Your client will most likely expect you to know how to get their website onto the web. If you’re not sure how to load the site to a server and where to point the domain name to you really should not be on your own developing websites for customers. Generally when you purchase a hosting package from a hosting provider they will supply you with the domain name, ftp username and password and other related information. However if you have a client who purchased their own domain at some earlier time you’ll have to change the name servers in their domain registrar to the hosting companies server that you are using. This is all fine and dandy with basic hosting, but with more and more spam problems arising the email and website may be split onto multiple servers. This can cause major headaches with your clients if you are not making the correct entries where they are needed.

Customer Service: This should go without saying; treat your customers like you want to be treated. Web developers and programmers sometimes get a bad rap from the multitude of programmers who have a “programmer personality”. If you have ever needed more advanced technical support chances are you have met this type of personality. Being friendly and helpful will go much further toward getting additional business and being respected in your field.

Is it Safe to Outsource Your Website Development to a Developing Country?

August 26th, 2018

The whole western world seems to be outsourcing everything to the developing nations but is it a good idea for Website development?

Firstly, let us look at some facts – taking India as an example.

* India has 1 billion inhabitants

* The Indian culture has a very strong work ethic

* The cost of living in India is very low compared to the developed nations

* India has very strong family ties

* India has a very good education system in the cities

In the past many Indians would leave their country in the hope of finding a better standard of living abroad. While many have succeeded, the vast majority of educated Indians have had to accept less intellectually stimulating jobs.

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Improved telecommunications and technology have now given a large number of people the opportunity to stay in their home country and maintain a decent standard of living.

However, the vast number of inhabitants causes the demand for these outsourced website design and development positions to be very high – with the result that a person is likely to be more highly qualified in India for the same position than a person in the developed world.

So what does this mean to the Web Development market for IT outsourcing:

* Large number of highly skilled, motivated staff

* Much lower overheads than the developed world

* Time difference is excellent for support

However, if anyone thinks that an India web development company can simply send a form to a customer for them to complete with their website requirements and build a perfect website – they will be in a very bad surprise in all but the simplest of cases.

Web design is not like buying a microwave oven. The customer will have a very clear idea what they are trying to achieve but communicating these thoughts in black and white to someone 12000 miles away is no easy matter.

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This is where the local IT Business Analyst is so important. Their role is three fold:

* Understand exactly what the customer requires and write it down in a manner that the Website Developer can understand

* Act as the intermediary throughout the development process, conducting regular reviews, using the Internet, at key milestones to ensure that the project is on track

* After the development is complete, the BA provide assistance to the customer in testing, migrating and implementing the new website.

We believe that website development outsourcing is a good idea as the cost savings will be large but only if the correct infrastructure is in place – otherwise you, the customer, will be severely disappointed when you get delivered a microwave oven when you thought you had ordered a grill…

What do you think?

4 Critical Web Design Elements For the Success of a Website

August 24th, 2018

Web design is perhaps the most important aspect of a website. It has a direct effect on the appeal and popularity, and actually determines how successful the site is going to be. A site that is poorly designed will most likely be a failure, no matter how much marketing you do to promote it. Even if your site attracts visitors, it must have the appeal to make them stay. Site owners should learn as much as possible about web design, so that they can create pleasing designs that are a pleasure for the visitor and a financial success for the owner.

Basically, web design refers to the development of web pages to make up a website. Each web page should present information that is relevant to the subject of the site. In the past, web design only involved the development of the content and appearance of a site, but as the Internet has become more popular and the competition has become more intense, web developers have begun to expand into other design concepts to create a more effective formula for online success. The design concerns of a non-commercial site are varied, and are mostly dependent on the objectives of its owner. On the other hand, commercial sites have a fixed set of design concerns and issues that are paramount to having online success.

Content refers to the information (text, graphics, videos, pictures, audio, etc.) that is presented in a website. Having engaging and useful content will make your site more enjoyable and worthwhile to visit. You should make sure that your content is relevant to the subject of your site. If you’re selling car wash products, you should only provide information about car washing, car washing products and how your car wash products benefit the visitor. Going off topic from the main subject is definitely detrimental and will drive your visitors away in disgust. It is important that the information is well-written and interesting, so that it can compel your visitors to take the action you want.

Usability of a website determines how easy it is for your visitors to find information and navigate about the site. If your site has an easy-to-use interface and a convenient navigation system, your visitors will actually enjoy going through your site. Internet users do not like to spend excessive time trying to figure out how to get the information they want. Ideally, they wish to get the information they are looking for in just one or two clicks. You have to make the information on your site easily accessible with good navigation in oder to not drive away visitors.

Appearance of your website is important. The graphics and the written content on your site should complement each other, so that there will be a certain sense of consistency throughout. If your site has a consistent theme, it will look more professional and appealing to the visitors. The layout of graphics and text on a web page is somewhat of a science. There have been many studies on what works and what will cause visitors to leave. For example, there are specific areas on a web page that people naturally look within the first moments of visiting a site. If these key areas are appealing then a visitor has a much higher probability of staying. If these areas are trashy then the visitor is likely to make a quick exit.

Visibility of a website is required in order to draw adequate visitor traffic from the world wide web. In order to be successful you will have to improve or boost the visibility of your website to gain the traffic you need. This can be achieved through online marketing strategies, such as paid advertising and search engine optimization. You can actually improve your search engine visibility by using keywords and key phrases relevant to your topic in your design and content. Submitting articles to article directories and creating back links (links from other websites) to your site is another way to promote site visibility.

Having a good web design will not only bring more traffic to your site, it will also ensure visitors will stay for a longer time to explore. If the visitors feel comfortable and compelled, they may just buy something from you, use your service or perhaps recommend your site to others. You will only stand to gain if you spend more time and effort to create a well-designed site.