Web Design Trends – HTML5 Vs Flash, CSS3, WCMS and More

November 8, 2017

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As the Internet expands the world of design, there are a few trends to be on the lookout for. Web design constantly undergoes changes in trends as the years pass. Certain aspects of design like HTML5 vs Flash, CSS, content management systems, and software development platforms are all changing how people create on the web.

HTML5

Specific trends like oversized logos and headers, huge images, typography, minimalism, and intro boxes have been popular in the past. For the future of web design, there will be more HTML5, CSS, content management systems, and software development platforms. The large debate between HTML5 and Flash will probably forever continue, but HTML5 has some great benefits. HTML5 is better supported on mobile devices and allows for more interactive design on the web. HTML5 is already compatible on most browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. It also gives developers more flexibility and allows them to do more things in-house and it allows for more powerful and interactive applications. HTML5 lets developers manage data, draw, and play video and audio (which developers had problems doing with HTML4). HTML5 has new canvas and also makes it easy to embed video elements. It also has a new geolocation APIs, client-side database, offline application cache, and thread-like operation.

Flash

Flash still has some great benefits. Flash has better support streaming secure and live video, is more ubiquitous and the 2D and 3D APIs are more usable than canvas (allegedly). The developer community is larger and more mature than HTML5 and the tools are strong and well-supported. Designers are also more comfortable using Flash. Flash also gives access to web cam and audio recording.

CSS3

New trends in CSS3 include change of text selection color, gradually changing links, 1px clicks, easier introduction paragraphs, and box shadow with RGBA on hover. With CSS3, designers can change the color of selected text to match the color scheme of the rest of the site. Also with CSS3, designers can change the opacity of a hover link. 1px click makes links that are clicked on move down 1px and return to their original place after the mouse is released. Introduction paragraphs are also easier and CSS3 allows designers to create a box shadow with RGBA on hover.

WCMS

A web content management system or WCMS lets users with little or lots of web programming language know-how create and manage a web site’s content with ease. A WCMS can use templates and the WCMS uses databases to store artifacts, content, and metadata. Most WCMSs use server side caching and most have automated templates, scalable expansion, easily editable content, scalable feature sets, web standards upgrades, workflow management, collaboration, delegation, document management, content virtualization, content syndication, multilingual capabilities, and versioning.

Software Development Platforms

Also known as HTML editors are software applications used to create web pages. Such applications, like Adobe Dreamweaver, allow users to create and preview web sites in locally installed web browsers, transfer features, synchronize features, find and replace lines of text, find and replace lines of code, and use templates. These software development platforms can also use third-party extensions to increase functionality. Most of them can also be used with HTML and are usually compatible with Mac or Windows operating systems. Software development platforms often support CSS, JavaScript, and other scripting languages and frameworks.

Because the Internet is rapidly and constantly expanding the web design world, trends of web design are constantly upgrading to new software, languages, and editing platforms. By keeping up with these web design trends, designers and developers can make attractive and interactive web site designs that will increase in popularity and ease of use.

Jonathan Roseland has a full service marketing firm in Denver. Jonathan is passionate about entrepreneurship, history, trans humanism and is also the inventor of the most clever cocktail toast ever.

5 Trends to Watch Out for to Deliver a Future Proof E-Commerce Website Design

November 8, 2017

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The world of commerce is increasingly coming over the web. With mobile web getting stronger and sophisticated than ever before, most businesses are now invariably focused to reach their audience with a fluid and versatile experience.

User experience or more precisely, ease of use is the single most important consideration to ensure traction and engagement. It is needless to say that design plays a major role in this. While there is no dearth of creativity and innovation in designing e-commerce websites, the following trends can help your brand to stay future optimized as well.

Material Design

Flat design has dominated for years just because it ensured optimum ease of use and easy access. But as flat design became commonplace, Google brought material design to bring some layers and depth to the flat design. With material design, an interface selling products can allow more layers and help prioritization as well as prominence in certain areas that deserve more action.

For example, subtle use of shadows and gradients can sharpen certain CTA buttons and create a visual hierarchy for the viewers.

More personalization of AI and machine learning

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning became possible thanks to an array of sophisticated sensors that process multiple layers of user data. With devices learning about users and adjusting to their needs thanks to data feedback, websites and web apps could have more scopes of personalization, whether addressing users with notification messages or suggesting them products with in-app messages.

Chatbots

Chatbots offer a complete paradigm shift for the websites and web apps dealing with real-time shoppers. Designed to answer all relevant queries at every step of purchase and browsing it actually replaces the so-called manual customer service to guide users.

Moreover, designed to build a conversation with personalized human touch the modern Chatbots can really sound convincing and pleasant to push customers for better buying decisions. Throughout this year and beyond Chatbots are going to be a mainstay in e-commerce website design and development.

Dynamic search

For any e-commerce site, it is very important to allow ease of searching products with minimum delay. Moreover, with the search results being the same with every user, many users can feel it depressing as they need to reach their desired ones with a lot of efforts.

This is why delivering search results based on the user intents and previous search history is important. Widely dubbed as dynamic search, this new and easy search feature is expected to be a mainstay across e-commerce websites.

Long scroll

Just think of scrolling down the Facebook news feed that seemingly goes on for miles. None of us get bored with scrolling down and encountering new pieces of contents as it continues revealing more.

Long scroll, when introduced into an e-commerce site, does almost the same thing by allowing us to see fresh new options as we scroll down. Moreover, scrolling down is a common action most users are frequently acquainted with.

An Insight Into Web Development Options – Custom Website Design Vs Web Site Templates

November 8, 2017

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Web development has many aspects to it- web content development, web design development, web server scripting, e-commerce business development to name a few. The discussions in this article deal web content development. In considering a website design development, two basic distinctions become important considerations. Whether your website was a custom website design or if it was deigned out of an available website template needs to be considered.

A custom made website may have cost you a lot of time and money, but when its time to develop your website, a custom website design works best. You have the liberty change components of your website taking the current market trends into consideration. Custom design facilitates custom organization and layout. While adding pages into the website, you may want to create a layout that is different from other websites. This can be done easily if your website is a custom design. With a custom website, you can keep developing it constantly. This is crucial in monetizing your website for business leads and to derive profits from your website. A stale website will not keep ranking well and will not attract visitors since it contains the same details it contained earlier.

If your website is a product of a website template, web development options are limited. While you can enhance the quality of the content, adding new pages, new arrangement and alignments are not feasible. This reduces appeal to visitors who may not even take note of the content development on the existing pages because the page mostly looks the same. But as we all know, template web design is a good option for those who are looking to convert clients or make profits out of the website. For information oriented websites, template websites are a good option since they are a great save save on time and money.

Since we are talking about web development here, the verdict should be given in favor of that practice which allows efficient web development and the winner clearly is custom website design.

Small-Business Web Design: Finding the Right Team to Build Your Website

November 8, 2017

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The demand for small-business web design is increasing exponentially, for the Internet has become the new frontier of customer engagement. But as demand increases, so, too, do the methods by which small businesses can get their websites built. This invariably complicated things-new web agencies, freelance web designers and coders, and do-it-yourself templates are sprouting up everywhere, making it difficult to find the quality amongst the quantity.

The process of hiring a website-design team can be simplified by being as specific as possible. Specific questions merit specific answers, and, like tweezers, these questions will get to the essence of the real requirements for project success:

What is the purpose of your website?

To you, this may seem like it has an obvious answer, but it’s of vital importance. Most freelance web designers and coders specialize in a few select categories of web development (such as e-commerce design), so defining the purpose of your site-e.g., to sell a product, offer a service, build community engagement, regularly write and distribute content, etc.-will filter out a significant number of workers from your list of options.

What medium of hiring do you want to use?

There are a number of ways to locate prospects for small-business web design-the three main ones being agencies, freelance marketplaces, or referrals from trustworthy contacts. As with any field, referrals are usually the best routes. If you’re lacking contacts, however, you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of agencies and marketplaces. The former has more to offer, but is usually quite expensive. Marketplaces come cheaper, but involve a great deal of trial and error due to the alarmingly high number of unqualified workers who frequent them.

What questions do you want to ask prospective freelance web designers and coders?

Once you’ve found some potential freelancers who specialize in small-business web design, it’ll be time to ask them some key questions about their specific skills. Inquire about the essentials:

  • What websites have you created in the past? (Look for professional, up-to-date design levels, styles and user interfaces.)
  • Are the sites you create accessible from any browser? (Alignment, text consistency and readability should be static across all browsers.)
  • What logic do you apply behind the page layouts?
  • Do the sites you create load on mobile devices? (You’ll be losing roughly 40% of daily traffic if you’re site doesn’t load properly on smart phones and tablets.)
  • Which days of the week are you available?
  • How many other projects are you currently working on?

Feel free to throw in additional questions that are important to your project.

What kind of team composition will you require?

The scope and budget of your project will have a significant effect on your team’s composition. Best practice in small-business web design, however, is to hire at least one designer and one developer. Some freelancers like to claim that they can do both; these people should be considered with great caution, for although they may have general skills in freelance web design and development, they’re likely lacking substantial talent in one category or the other.

You may have to add more to your composition if you require small-business marketing. In this case-which is typical of e-commerce designs-web analysts and consultants can be of great help.

Do you have example sites that reflect your overall goals?

Once you’ve established a suitable team composition, you’ll need to supply your team with a few strong examples of small-business web design that demonstrate what you’re looking for in your own website. You could also do worse than find a couple of examples that you don’t care for. In effect, your designer and developer will be equipped to create something original that makes your small business unique from competitors.

The ingredients of effective small-business web design [https://www.arrangency.com/] include a remarkable, singular brand and functionality that makes the customer’s life easier. Of course, none of this matters if your online marketing isn’t up to par; for the emerging business with a limited budget, it is possible to find the comprehensive web services [https://www.arrangency.com/] of an agency at the cost of freelance rates.

Web Development Lifecycle (WDL)

November 8, 2017

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The web development lifecycle (WDL) is a more specific variation on the general framework for developing any application development project. Unlike general application development, all web design and development projects follow a similar structure, so the web development lifecycle / process can be drawn upon as a point of reference for both the web development team and the client to determine the status of any given project and the area of activity to address next.

The Web Development Lifecycle is made up of eight identifiable stages described as follows:

1. Initial Consultation

The Initial Consultation seeks to understand the high level business requirements, the scale of the web development, required delivery schedule, and the overall feasibility, web design and cost of the project.

2. Project Specification

The business requirements of the proposed website are iteratively established between the Client and the web design team, and documented in the form of a High Level Requirements Specification. Focus here is on the relevant business rules and outputs. Implementation of the system, how the requirements are actually delivered, is reserved for later. Once agreed, this document will form the basis of the subsequent stages of the Web Development Lifecycle.

3. Web Site Architecture

Here the software and hardware requirements for delivery of the web application are established, such as the most appropriate web and application development language, operating system, database management system (DBMS), and hardware / hosting environment that are most appropriate to support the final website in a robust and reliable manner; taking account of the likely growth of data volumes, visitor numbers web traffic, and functionality.

4. Web Site Design Cycle

Deliverables out of this phase have a particular focus on the web design of the system, include mock-ups or prototypes of the screens that make up the system, combined with system walkthroughs which will enable both the Client and the software developers, designers and project management team to clearly understand how the website will work from the user and administrators perspective. The design of the CRM would also be full considered here also. This web application functionality is considered in the context of the defined outputs and business rules, and may result in the High Level Requirement Specification being updated or changed. Following this, a key deliverable here is a Low Level Website Design Specification / Document precisely defining the required implementation of the web design and forming a blue print of the project for the software developers.

5. Content Collation

Any required textual and graphical content for the web application is developed or acquired by the Client (or the software development company, depending on the relevant situation). Admin functionality which enables the Client to amend the full content of the site from system launch, and on an ongoing basis, is assumed to have been included and defined within the High Level Requirements Specification, as mentioned.

6. Web Site Project development

At this stage a detailed project plan will have been established for the implementation of the web design, resources identified, time scales defined, and project dependencies clearly understood – especially with respect to which parts of the web development can be done in serial or parallel. This stage actually overlaps with the next stage of the Web Development Lifecycle since all web developed modules are unit tested to destruction by the corresponding web development team members. Further, it is very important that all code produced by the software developers is quality checked to ensure adherence to project development standards.

7. Testing & Quality Assurance

Many forms of testing are carried out during this phase, from system and volume testing – in order to ensure that all components work together within the web application and can easily cope with both the initial and anticipated future demands on the system – all the way to User Acceptance Testing (UAT) and sign-off. There are many forms of testing required during this phase that are beyond the scope of this introduction, such as cross-browser and security testing – all contributing towards the delivery of a high-quality website and service to the client.

8. Web Site Deployment (Launch)

Once the website implementation is tested and released by both the client and software development company as being fully operational, the website is deployed to the production environment and open to the relevant user base. Following this there is generally a pre-agreed period of warranty and an ongoing support agreement can be established at the discretion of the client.

The process can vary but, generally speaking, the dependencies and features of a successful process of delivering webs applications to the client does not. I hope this has been a useful introduction to the process of delivering quality web applications to any business.

About Us: Time Critical Solutions (TeCS)

Time Critical Solutions (TCS) Ltd, aka “TeCS”, is an international business company (IBC) incorporated in Cyprus (a full member of the European Union). The company primarily serves wider-Europe, the Middle-East and Mediterranean regions – but also has clients in many other parts of the world. The company was originally incorporated in the UK in 1998 as Radiant Systems Ltd, which operated as an IT consultancy boutique directly serving FT100 companies throughout the United Kingdom. From around 2003 there was a significant growth in the demand for IT services within small and medium sized companies who were realising the opportunity that the web presented to their business, as well as the cost savings that could be achieved through automation and streamlining of their operations.

The SME market for IT services continues to grow to this very day. However, it is true to say that the quality of service being offered by the IT industry to the SME varies widely, often with loose adherence to industry standards of design, development, documentation, support, and general customer care. Unfortunately, the industry continues to be sales, rather than service, orientated – and price, rather than value sensitive – causing many SMEs to fall foul of poorly qualified, inexperienced service providers.

Importance of Custom Web Design

November 8, 2017

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Having a web existence that is up to the market trend proves to be of great value and benefit for all web based businesses. This helps the business to grow and expand at an exponential rate. The outlook of the website of your company tells a lot about how serious and professional you are towards your work and it is through this way that you can gain attention of potential customers. With increase in web page formations, a large variety of templates and applications are available online that helps you develop your web page. They help to give a professional look to, no matter what your business is about. These templates that are available are pre-designed and serve to save your time and resource, but still they are not at par with web designs that are custom made.

Importance of Custom Web Design

How successful your business would be can be easily judged by the look of your website. Because, as most people would not be meeting you in person, the quality of your products or services that are offered and the attitude you have towards your business would be judged by the look of the web page. To put an impression that results in giving you benefit, your page needs to be highly elegant and professional looking, as the page is the whole representation of your company or brand. With the help of web development, you can easily customize your web page according to your need and style. You have the freedom to choose how your web page would look. Developers know how to take your requirements and then implement it in the creation process to help you in giving what you desire.

The liberty to choose all the features that would be contained in your website and how your website would be designed, is one of the greatest perks of using a custom web design. Having a good understanding of your business, what it has to offer and what type of customers, you deal to assist you in the development and choice of features and design that would best work in attracting your customers towards your business. Having your developer create a unique interface for your web page and business would enhance your business performance and growth.

Custom web designs give you the option to edit and add any desired feature, according to your own free will at any time according to your needs, this feature is not available in pre-designed templates. The business flexibility that is offered to you by custom designs is not achievable with a pre-designed template. You can push your limits in making it as attractive and striking as possible so you can keep visitors attracted as much as possible.

A custom web design gives you full control over you developed web. Make sure that the web site is not too complicated for your visitors, keep it as simple as possible. Having a complex site would deviate customers from it. With a simple one, management of all features within the website and to offer all of them to your visitor and to give them a pleasant experience would be an easy job. These visits can then swiftly convert into sales. Content that would target the audience and capture them should be chosen, so that people get the very best when visiting your site.

6 Things Influencing Web Development

November 8, 2017

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Web development holds the prime service part in the Digital Marketing spectrum involving hosting, database and website designing as the crucial aspects of this domain. Once the basic requirements meet the expectations and local hosting checks are complete, the website availability is public on the World Wide Web (www) after completion. Despite of the basic pointers mentioned for website completion, a few segments still hold a major influence in the process of web development to make it a flexible, responsive and attractive to customers or fail to appeal due to lack of proper security features discussed in a quick 6-thing list below:

1) Static website over dynamic

Static websites are gaining importance on an everyday basis providing a stronger focused online content and shelter for bloggers or ventures. Affordable and low costs, enhanced speed and performance with additional ease of understanding and security are amongst a few benefits of a static website. Although, leaving aside the development part, dynamic websites can be complex to understand and load for consumers due to its various database structures created for dynamic website functionality annoying the users trying to use various services, whereas plain text and simple development makes a static website easy to understand and stream through.

2) AI’s incorporation in Web development

Artificial Intelligence (AI) depicts a life created through machines, mostly a computer system intending to give consumer – an easier and smoother reasoning’s and explanations. Although AI is still in the process of reaching the public and making an impact in their life with its existence, the coming future definitely holds a crucial part across the world! The developers are extending these services in the educational department for the benefits of students and easing out the entire learning system. Intense AI development can strengthen the alternates for future generations commencing a new dimension for understanding and living life.

3) Bots functioning or malfunctioning

Automatic programs running continuously over the web are termed as Bots. Python, PHP, Java, AngularJS, and NodeJS are the main languages Bots run on, creating easy to understand graphical user interface over a web page. Bots fill forms automatically, manage and operate through every single step and can be a big security threat for customers or enterprises. However, a developer needs a set of latest skills to make it function or protect it from running over a website script.
Bots reside within chat apps programmed as per human context to assist customers while shopping online, asking help, etc.

4) JavaScript at its Peak

Various methodologies, libraries and frameworks already based on JavaScript offer transactional and deterministic designing for websites and applications with known JavaScript elementary such as DOM, DHTML, Functions, Promises, Classes, Callbacks, RAIL, Node and Express, etc. JavaScript has the ability to enhance website appeal and structures attracting the focus of modern web developers as the main scripting platform for their projects.

5) Single page application

Undoubtedly, JavaScript is slowly replacing HTML creating wide options for developers to use and design web portals and applications for easy consumer interaction and increasing the website engagement. A user prefers to stay on a single page rather redirect or wait for a new page. ES6 invention benefits customers with best user experience and a fresh front-end development view. Thus, users will stay on a single page without navigating or page reloads. Thereby, a single application will lead the user from start to the end.

6) No place for MySQL?

HBase, Cassandra, and Mongo have already started replacing MySQL with the use of JAVA APIs, easy connectivity to Big Data & Hadoop provide operational interface ease over a long run on websites. MySQL does not support a very large database size, whereas Hadoop has such capabilities.

In case there are missing points in the list, please comment, share your ideas and give users the required updated information in this vertical.

What is web development? It is just the making of a website. The creation method can vary, based on individual needs. However, this will mean nothing if you are a developer, whereas based on the research done on the latest technologies, I found some deviating influences against web development.