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Category Archives: Web Development

Avoid When Choosing a Web Developer

1 – The Developer Overpromises

Extreme promises on the developer’s end, while nice to think about and definitely pleasing to the ears, is more often than not, only a set-up for disappointment.

Whether the rates are high or on the lower end, if the developer’s plans seem to unrealistic or too exaggerated given the time frame, such as “doubled traffic in a month” or “turn every visit into a conversion in less than a year,” you may be better off with a different developer, one that’s realistic in what they can provide your business.

With a more realistic (and honest) developer, your mind can be more at peace when investing in their services.

2 – They Focus Too Much on Aesthetic

While a visually-appealing site is important, it must be noted that customers today are more about user experience than anything else. What’s the point of a very pretty site if the customer can’t even find the navigation button, right?

If the developer’s pitch seems to focus too much on just the visual aspect of things, like color palettes or bouncing buttons, rather than taking into consideration matters like page loading time and how well it’s going to mesh with the content, then it’s best to keep on looking.

Remember that while a visually pleasing site is important, it’s only one part of a great site, and the other components shouldn’t be overlooked in favor of aesthetic.

3 – They Don’t Ask You Questions

When it comes to developing a site, factors such as SEO and your website’s copy are important factors, not to mention your overall goal with your website.

If your developer doesn’t ask you about your SEO efforts and the kind of content you produce as well as the direction you’re going for with your website (i.e. creating a full online outlet for your customers’ transactions or just an online catalogue), then you might end up not being on the same page at all, leaving you with a website that won’t work with the rest of your strategy.

Hiring An Experienced Laravel Website Developer

#1 – Laravel development is adopted by numerous people for their PHP-based web projects. Though finding a highly proficient Laravel developer is not that easy as you may think because it is actually a complex platform and to get the best use of it, you have to find someone who has excelled in the Laravel development. There are so many things that a Laravel developer has to develop like routing, middleware, views, blade templates, eloquent models, responses, requests and several others. So, it is crucial that the developer you hire should have clarity of the architecture of this framework.

#2 – The Laravel developers possess an advance knowledge about multiple services related to Laravel like cache, elixir, hashing, helpers, billing, artisan console, package development, queues etc. With full knowledge of these subjects, they create a flawless application using Laravel framework.

#3 – By hiring an experienced Laravel website developer, companies get unexpectedly impressive results. This PHP framework utilizes a simple yet expressive language to describe various aspects of the web project. The Laravel development is truly developer-friendly and the syntax and codes inclusive to it are easily manageable by the developers. Moreover, with years of experience, they gain that much knowledge about customization using Laravel platform.

#4 – Using Laravel technology, the developers get the confidence to make the edge touching development through the expressive syntax and codes, modular packaging system and multiple ways to reach local as well as global databases. Being highly skilled in Laravel development, the Laravel website developer knows the right way to use these features to deliver and maintain a complete development package.

Use Webinars to Drive Sales

Decide Your Objectives: When you consider creating and promoting a webinar, develop a clear plan with goals and objectives, as Knovel did. As an example, Knovel was clear that they wanted to demonstrate thought leadership, had a number of attendees in mind that would make their efforts a success, and they created a compelling reason for people to view and listen to what they had to say.

Consider Your Platform: There are great platforms on the web that will help you create a professional webinar. These tools include GoToWebinar, ClickMeeting, or Zoom. My team uses Zoom for all of our video meetings because of its reliability, ease of use and the fact that it integrates well with our Owl Labs video conferencing camera. Whatever you decide to use, just make sure that it’s reliable and easy to use.

Create Your Presentation: Developing a presentation has two components: 1) What is the content that you can provide that your attendees want to know?; and, 2) How can your presentation be delivered in a way that looks professional and engaging? Concerning the first topic, think carefully about what you can offer to your audience about thought leadership. Think of 2 to 3 valuable insights they can take with them at the conclusion of your presentation. As for the second topic, there are plenty of great tools available, including Keynote, Slidebean, and PowerPoint.

Butts in Seats: So you can have a successful webinar, you’ll want to get as many people attending it. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a good idea to determine the number of attendees you want to have for your webinar. Then, begin to market your webinar. Remember to use multiple marketing channels, including social media (including paid advertisements), emails, and using other strategies that will get people into your webinar.

HTTP Web Sites to HTTPS

The HTTP protocol is now so common browsers don’t even display it in the address bar anymore.

But when visiting an HTTPS Web site, the data between your computer and the Internet is exchanged with the SSL protocol that encrypts the content exchanged between your computer and the server to prevent hacking and spying.

Google now uses SSL as a ranking signal and encourage webmasters to use HTTPS to protect their visitors.

HTTPS pages now have an actual SEO boost in search and are displayed to users by default. What’s important for webmasters is to ensure they’ve implemented SSL security certificates properly In Web sites to provide the best possible user experience and retain their search rank positions.

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, the standard encryption technology used to transfer data from a user’s browser to the Web server. Web sites with SSL encryption prevents hackers from intercepting and misusing the data that users leave on a Web site (like checkout pages, registration, or contact forms). SSL scrambles public information while private encryption keys decrypt it so that it can be read by someone monitoring the transmission.

When a person visits an https:// page, his or her communications, data, and transactions are safe from possible hacking. Company and eCommerce Web sites that collect personal information such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers, where the use of SSL security certificates is a matter of necessary credibility will find the SSL useful to protect data..

Key considerations when getting the SSL certificate

Having a SSL security certificate on a business Web site can shape the way consumers perceive the company. However, SSL certificates come in different forms and there are several things that need to be taken into consideration, when choosing the right one.

These steps should be handled by professional Web site designers and developers.

In order for Google to index a Web site properly there are steps to take after choosing the right SSL provider and getting the certificate.

1. To verify the Web site as a trusted source, use SSL certificates issued by trusted certificate authorities to protect visitors from potential hacks.

2. Decide on the SSL certificate you need: single, multi-domain or wildcard certificate.

3. Use 301 redirects to point both users and search engines to the HTTPS pages.

4. Use protocol relative URLs to minimize the possibilities of serving 404 errors when a user lands on a URL loaded from a development environment.

5. Use a web server that supports HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security)

6. Test your pages using Qualys SSL/TLS

Set up all the pages to point to the HTTPS versions

7. Check server settings to properly redirect all URLs to point to their HTTPS versions by editing the htaccess file of your Web site.

8. Redirect your server to point to HTTPS instead of HTTP.

9. Inspect your internal links to ensure all pages, images, JavaScript, CSS, etc. are using HTTPS. This part may turn out to be quite exhaustive, but it is definitely the most important one in the whole process.

10. Set SSL for your CDN.

11. Consider setting Google’s SPDY networking protocol to make your site faster.

Increase Your WordPress Blog Reach

1. Change Heading Styles with a Tap of a key!

Saving time is one of the most important things you can do when you are a blogger and creating content has already taken your days to polish the final piece.

Use Ctrl+2 (if you are a Windows or a Linux user) and CMD+2 (if you are a Mac User). This is used when you want to change the H2 tag and then this function can be performed by putting the cursor on the line.

2. Save time by automatically linking to your existing content/ posts:

WordPress offers an easy way to link to an existing content. Sadly, the option to link to your existing content or posts are easily ignored by most of the bloggers when they are publishing their posts in the WordPress blog.

In the Click/ Insert Link in the content editor, a pop up box appears and a list of already existing content to help you choose what you want to link in your present post.

3. Easily Paste Rich text- No need to format!

Div Codes and formatting from another website or blog content can be conflicting with your blog’s format so the best thing to paste the text in your WordPress blog would be to click on the plain-text clipboard icon in the Menu Bar!

Google Page Creator

Signing up

When I tried to sign up, due to very high demand Google had stopped providing new accounts. Of course, I felt discouraged because I always like to see Google as the never ending source of information for everyone. Google asked me to submit my email address so that I remain in the queue for Google Page Creator. However, after 5 minutes I again tried and this time to my sheer delight I got the account but again felt disappointed that Google Page Creator does not support my browser (Opera). So, I entered Google Page Creator with Internet Explorer and this time it opened very well.

* A Gmail account is a must

* Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 1.0, or higher, with JavaScript and cookies enabled- Then you can work with Page Creator.By signing up with it I got a sub domain from Google with a capacity of 100 Megabyte. For me it is so interesting to note that for signing up I did not have to fill up any form. Just my Gmail was enough. Even I did not have to spend anytime for selecting a url for my sub domain. I did not have to do any email verification. I am sure this process will attract many users in Net.

Help section

Before doing anything, I visited the help section. I spent 10-15 minutes to read the topics and I was totally satisfied to see that the topics were written in very easy and non Technical English. It provided the necessary information about Google Page Creator. Then I visited Google Page Creator Help Center . It was written in a very easy manner too. The troubleshooting tips are useful too for a new user.

My first page

When I saw my home page Google Page Creator I felt like working an Microsoft Word and MS Frontpage. There are places where I should just click and then type something- It is just as easy as that. No download, no support from any other software. Just type some words and hit the publish button- that’s it. If you are not satisfied with the Layout then you can change it within a minute. There are 4 kinds of layouts and all you need is to just click on one of them. The same goes for the Look too. If you are not satisfied with the Look of your webpage then there are 41 Looks to select. I liked some of them while the others did not appear to be very impressive to me.

My first Picture

There is an option for uploading a picture. You can upload by two ways: you can select an image from your PC’s hard drive or you can give a url of any picture from Internet. Both of them worked pretty fast.

Adding a page

After I finished my home page I wanted to add a new page titled About Me. The process is almost same like working on the first page. After I finished creating the page I really felt that Google has been able to overcome the biggest challenge of allowing everyone to have own website at free of charge.

Will my page be found in Google Search

Yes, it will be because Google has informed in its website that within a few hours of my website being created by Google Page Creator it will crawl and add to its search. When something gets indexed in Google, other search engines wont waste time to index it too.

What next for

Google Page Creator is surely one of the biggest revolutions in ICT sector in recent times. Google Page Creator is a giant step in overcoming the problem of ordinary users to make an online presence without any technical know how. By it Google entered into the web hosting industry and the best thing with Google Page Creator is that any website created here is supposed to be blessed with unlimited amount of bandwidth.

Difference between Blogspot and Google Page Creator

Google’s Blogspot is very popular among everyone and there are thousands of blogs hosted in Blogspot. In Blogspot, a person needs some basic ideas about webpage design and HTML but in Google Page Creator anyone with the ability to browse Internet through Internet Explorer and Firefox will be able to create their own website.

No ads in Google Page Creator

I am not sure about it yet but I did not see any ads of any company including Google after uploading my website. If this continues, then Google will dominate the market of free websites. I have seen many of my students and friends to get annoyed from Tripod and Geocities about advertisements and gradually losing interest about free web hosting altogether. I am sure that Google Page Creator is going to influence the writing industry a lot in the coming days.

Good SEO Article Writing

Learn the purpose of SEO article writing. Search engine optimization helps in increasing web traffic to a website. The site’s ranking is moved higher. A highly ranked site features on the results generated by a search engine. Such a site is bound to attract a user’s attention.

Choose a topic. This is the theme of the article or what you are writing about. It could be healthcare, family life, law and many others. Do not be anxious about which title to give your article. It will come after you have completed the article.

Develop content that interests people who surf the Internet The articles should provide information in a simple way. The style of writing is like the way you would talk to someone seated next to you. Do not use words that are difficult to understand. Make use of simple vocabulary. SEO article writing is not meant to be a forum where people compete to show off their English. However, ensure the words are correctly spelled and the rules of grammar adhered to.

Avoid plagiarism. This arises when you copy another person’s work word by word and purport to show it as yours. Use articles written by others to develop your own content. If your articles are too similar to others the search engine will treat that as duplicate text. Writers are supposed to be creative. Come up with your own stuff or paraphrase from other articles.

After completion, read through your work carefully. Remove any errors such as typos and grammatical mistakes. Viewers of your content may doubt the credibility of a website if there are too many mistakes. Polish up the article by ensuring there is a smooth flow of ideas. Each paragraph should address a different idea and all paragraphs should contribute positively to the topic under consideration.

Joomla or WordPress For Website

Ease-of-use

WordPress is known for its straightforward approach and simple user interface. WordPress powered site can be used by anyone with minimal technical expertise. It is user-friendly with most menus, navigation options within a hand’s reach. Similarly, there are no as such hard and fast rules of using Joomla. It features a comprehensive control panel that lets users or website owners to manage all modules from one place.

Flexibility and customisation potential

When it comes to comparing WordPress plugins with that of Joomla’s extensions, the latter is definitely a winner. While there are 12,000+ plugins available in WordPress, Joomla has a whopping number of 6000 extensions. Thus, Joomla offers better flexibility to when it is about customizing a site to meet up to the requirements of clients.

Security

While both the softwares have high-end security and can assist the owners to respond to all vulnerabilities in the security, Joomla has more advanced extensions to offer for creating backups and supports only authorised access. It has dual options to force connections and over SSL and 2FA, on the dashboard and also has its own extensive extensions for security. Used by a huge number of big brand and companies, Joomla is no doubt a more reliable framework.

SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)

In the aspect SEO, both the platforms are advanced capabilities. However, Joomla slightly outruns WordPress in this front too. It offers the option to the website owners or developers to set Meta descriptions as well as keywords. Joomla’s Easy Frontend SEO (EFSEO) empowers them to carry out different SEO related tasks directly on the front-end like editing meta details.

Good Business Website

If your website is not properly developed and if it lacks features, it then won’t be able to reach to the target audience in a desired manner. That’s why, having a good website for the business becomes important as it takes a lot of effort on a regular basis to get the attention of users.

So, what is a good business website? Well, a good business website is one that is easy to read and simple to understand for users. All its content should be visible and legible and this is only possible when right colour combination is used. Similarly, there has to be a proper formatting of the images and content so that they get read easily by the users they are meant to serve. Similarly, the site must be easy to navigate with all the important links at the top. All links should be visible so that users don’t have any problem in locating them.

What’s more, a good business website is one that should be comfortably viewed across devices. It must deliver a consistent look-and-feel across devices, be it tablets, mobile or desktop. In addition, mobile users should access every aspect of the website in the same manner as those from desktop or other devices do with ease. That apart, the site should not take more than 2-3 seconds to load and if it does take more, then it can’t be a good website for sure. And dead links should never be present on your website and if they do, it will harm your website’s reputation for sure.

Furthermore, businesses need a website that is cross-browser and multi-device compatible so that it can deliver more prospects. Apart from being easy for users, your website should also be friendly to search engines. Which means, the site’s development work must have been done keeping SERPs in mind. Not doing the same means either your website will need a massive effort in gaining visibility on search engines or it will have to live an anonymous existence. Your website should have answers for all the questions and doubts users generally have. Having FAQs will help in this regard as herein, you can answer those frequently asked question in a right sequence.

First Time Webmaster

  • De-construct To Construct – Yep, it sounds dumb, I know. The point is this, there is no reason to start off with a blank page if you want to learn how to build a huge and complicated page. Just barrow somebody elses work and see how they did it and then make your own. It is much easier to understand many web concepts when you can see them in practice, so don’t be afraid to look at many different examples of code and templates.
  • Use Web Standards – If you do not already know what web standards are, do some research and start using them today. This will not only assure cross browser compatibility, but his will also make sure that your web creations will work with future online technologies for years to come.
  • Videos Multiply Your Learning Experience – Yes, videos can give you the best of both worlds and excellerate your webmaster training in many cases. Don’t discount free webmaster training video as an educational tool. Use sites like YouTube and 5min to your advantage. They are free after all!
  • Ask For Help – Other more experienced webmasters love to help the new guy. Don’t be afraid to ask people how they did something on their site or visit webmaster forums to get the help you need.
  • Use Visual Editors – Learning to code from notepad used to be something to brag about, now it is something that is laughed at. I actually learned HTML in notepad and the only thing I have to show for it is hours of wasted time. Grab a free visual editor like NVU and then you can flip back and forth or even view the code and output simultaneously, there is nothing as powerful as being able to view these two separate screens!