What Makes a Good Web Developer?

What Makes a Good Web Developer?

web developerIt’s one thing to watch coding tutorials, read programming books, and make portfolio sites. It’s quite another to have to build websites from spec, to meet deadlines, and most importantly, to make sure that your bosses and clients are happy!

Success will never happen overnight. But it often happens after days, weeks, months, and years of trying hard and not giving up. Web development is a broad field, and like any skill, it takes a long time to really get good at it. You have a long road ahead of you, and at this moment, there is a lot that you don’t know.

People skills are just as important as coding skills. Even though we work with code, we are ultimately working with people. The websites and apps that we build are meant for humans. And no matter your job, you’ll be working with human customers, clients, or coworkers.

Learn how to support and motivate yourself. Researching and testing on your own will help you learn how to teach yourself new concepts.

Know when to seek for assistance. Instead of giving up early and asking someone else to do work for you, do as much as you could yourself. And when asking for help, show that you’ve done some work on your own.

Don’t settle for less. Keep improving. Analyze and learn from your mistakes. When you feel like something is wrong, step back and think. Make a decision for the better. Never stop learning new things.

Stay curious. This desire to understand how things work is at the heart of every engineer. Let your curiosity feed that desire. Don’t shut it off just to get things done. Understanding the why is extremely important.

The best web developer isn’t just good at coding. He is also really good at understanding the big picture, and at working with people.

Mobile Design Proficiency

Mobile Design Proficiency

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With mobile traffic increasing every day, responsive websites have become obligatory in the last years. In 2018, it is time to really master mobile design. The question is no longer: Does our website work on mobile? It is: How is our content presented best on mobile?

80% of internet users are owning a smartphone and they are using it. In fact, the average time spent on android phones is steadily increasing. It has gone up to over 5 hours per day, according to TechCrunch. Mastering phone design and understanding how content can be best consumed on smaller devices will be a key challenge in 2018.

Some key challenges of phone design are, you don’t want your screen to seem cluttered and you don’t want users to find the same content on their smart phone and on your desktop version. Another issue is that you want to keep a similar functionality and navigation of content. Moreover, you might want to display ads, which are a challenge for mobile. Lastly, you want to trigger the same emotions and brand feel your desktop website triggers.

Users must love your mobile experience otherwise they will churn. A recent study by Google has shown that essentially no question is too small for users to take out their smartphone and do some research. Be it about toothbrushes, water bottles, or salt (Yes, salt!). Mobile search for “best” have gone up by over 80+ percent in the past two years, according to the Google study. One key element to achieve mobile priority is that your content must be easily navigable with one hand. Think about how you are using your smartphone. You might read articles while standing in the bus or subway and you might be texting when walking through supermarket aisles. You might be looking for “the best red wine in 2017” when you are on the way to see a friend. Chances are you are doing some of these things with just one hand.

Things to Avoid in Website Maintenance

Things to Avoid in Website Maintenance

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Maintenance is a good idea for every website, but it’s a requirement for websites using open source code. The upside of open source is that everyone can participate. The downside is that means keeping up with everyone’s changes. Code gets patched, which causes other code to stop working and need patches in turn. Exploits are found and then blocked. Fancy new features are developed, and your users want them. All of this means you need to keep up! The most important weapon to combat these forces is maintenance.

Reinventing the wheel: I’m not saying that custom code or a new system is always a bad idea. Just make sure that’s the best solution to your problem before leaping in. Instead, use software that’s being maintained by others, and change your setup cautiously. Despite its limitations and frustrations, this makes maintenance faster and easier. You might have to deal with a patch that breaks something it shouldn’t. But that’s exactly what would happen with a custom solution, too.

Biting off more than you can chew: A big, complicated website generally has big, complicated maintenance needs. If you start small, it’ll be easier to isolate and solve issues as they appear. You’ll have time to become familiar with your setup before you introduce complications.

Not keeping (enough) backups: Make sure to set up automatic backups and keep multiple versions. Back up at least weekly, and keep at least three month’s worth of them. Statistically speaking, you’ll need those backups at least once, and you’ll feel okay you have them.

Not doing (regular) maintenance: Maintenance is an important part of everyone’s life. It’s the key to long-term happiness. Think about what happens if you stop maintaining your body. If you stop eating or sleeping, you’ll break down. Eventually you’ll stop functioning altogether. If you don’t maintain your website, it too will break down—but not before it sabotages your reputation by giving your visitors a frustrating or ugly experience.

What is Web Security?

What is Web Security?

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Web security is an interesting topic and should be high on the radar of anyone who has a Web presence under their control. Ineffective Web security leads to all of the things that make us hate the Web: spam, viruses, identity theft, to name a few.

The problem with Web security is that, as important as it is, it is also very complex. I am quite sure that some of you reading this are already part of an network of attack computers. Your servers are sending out spam messages without you even knowing it. Your emails and passwords have been harvested. Thus it has been resold to people who think you need either a new watch. Fact is, you are part of the problem and don’t know what you did to cause it.

The reason is that security experts don’t like to talk too much in public about what they do and where the issues lie. Sadly enough, they can also come across as arrogant in their views. This could be the result of people not taking security seriously and not following the most basic advice, such as using passwords that are clever, not “password” or “letmein.” Another reason is those tutorials that show you how to “do something in five minutes”. It conveniently neglect to mention the security implications of their advice. If it sounds too easy to be true, it probably is. A perfect example of this is PHP solutions that use a file for data storage and ask you to make it writable to the world. This is easy to implement, but it means that any spammer can write to this file.

Web company Cenzic released a report detailing trends and numbers related to Web security. Among the most serious vulnerabilities were path traversal, cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery and SQL injection. So, unmentioned are a newer threat, clickjacking, and a user interface issue called phishing. You may have to deal with all of these as a Web developer if you touch PHP and HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

CSS Animations vs Javascript

CSS Animations vs Javascript

 

CSS AnimationsCascading Style Sheets (CSS Animations) has really evolved through the years. Before, changing simple static properties like color, size, and border style is its only usage. It improved steadily though, and now we’re at the point that Javascript rivals the animation power of CSS. The king language of web development is getting usurped!

animation-direction: This property refers to the animation’s behavior between cycles. It’s values include: normal, reverse, alternate, and alternate-reverse.

Normal means that the animation will start from the very beginning on each cycle or iteration. Reverse animations always play backwards, starting at the end every cycle. Alternate animations start at the front, then alternate between going backwards and forwards through the animation.  Alternate-reverse means the animation does its first cycle in reverse, then alternates going forward and backward.

animation-duration: How long do you want the animation to last?  0.5 seconds is usually my default. Not too slow, but not too jumpy.

animation-delay: How long do you want to wait for the animation to start? Let the browser know. Declare it in seconds or milliseconds. So, if you want the animation to start halfway through, make it negative.

animation-timing-function: Transitions use the same as timing function. It determines how fast the animation moves depending on how far the progress of the animation is.

animation-iteration-count: How many times you want the animation cycle through.

animation-direction intertwines this property. You can also set it to decimal places; if you set animation to rotate through 360 degrees.

animation-play-state: This property’s main function is keeping track of if the animation is running or paused. It allows you to pause an animation and keep it at it’s current state, then run it from that state.

animation-fill-mode: This property refers to how you want the element to be styled after the animation runs it’s course.

Perks of an E-Commerce Software Development Company

Perks of an E-Commerce Software Development Companye-commerce

E-commerce is a fast-growing industry because of the rapid use of smartphones apps and internet. All business process of selling and purchasing of products and services, payment and transaction proceed through online in e-commerce business.

To start an business you must have a sound knowledge of those products and services which you’re going to sell on your online website. In addition, you need to find an e-commerce software development company who provides all the services and also can develop the web applications or apps with full functionalities including payment transactions or payment gateway. Although many e-commerce businesses offer door to door delivery and take payment on cash but online payment is also very common and useful method. Therefore, the company should have provided a secure solution for your e-commerce business. It must have familiarity with latest tools of development and also should have the knowledge about all available payment gateways. A good company can increase your sell and business.

Prasad Solutions will be your right choice if you are looking for your e-commerce web application development. We believe in Quality and customer satisfaction. For achieving this goal we have the team of talented and skilled web developers and Testers. We work dedicatedly to deliver our best to the client. We work on all web development technology PHP, ASP.NET and WordPress. We also develop smartphone apps. We work on all latest tools of development including all payment gateways integration. The Company always gives innovative solutions and ideas for web development. Therefore, customer satisfaction is our top priority.

This website is an easy way to start an online store where the owner or seller can sell his products and services. Many famous brands and companies running their online store website. Online purchasing demand increasing day by day.

Search Engine Optimization’s 3 Cs

Search Engine Optimization’s 3 Cs

Simply put, the fundamentals of Search Engine Optimization can boil down to The 3 Cs: content, code and credibility.

Content: As outlined in an earlier Search Engine Optimization article, content is indeed king. Without keyword-loaded HTML text on all key pages, there is little chance for a Web site to gain high visibility in search engines. Search engine spiders can’t read what they can’t see. Without eyes, the spider does not inherently know what an image or Flash animation depicts or contains. Therefore, it will never give that content as much weight.

Code: With the proliferation of database-driven content management systems (CMS) and WYSIWYG editors, much of the source code behind a Web site that helps define the content and layout is large and clumsy. Spiders have trouble with some forms of programming languages that may make it easier to build or manage a Web site, like Javascript. The ideal solution to ensure your site is thoroughly indexed by search engines is to design it to widely accepted Web standards.

Credibility: To push yourself above and beyond the noisy competition, you need to build a sense of credibility with the search engine. The best way to do that is to acquire links from relevant industry sites that are ideally popular and are also visible in search for your target terms. So, the more popular and relevant a site is that links to you, the higher your link credibility will be with Google.

Bonus – Conversion: The best way to ensure your keyword phrases are relevant is to closely monitor and analyze your site traffic via a Web analytics package like WebTrends. Thus, it can tell you what phrases generate traffic and from what search engine. If you have the proper setup and configuration, you can tie those to conversions.

How Does Email Service Affect Your Business?

How Does Email Service Affect Your Business?

email serviceEmail service has become an indispensable part of our everyday lives. In our businesses we rely on email as a way to communicate and record business tasks. Email services are not all the same and your choice of an email service provider can make a big difference in the way your business handles this critically important communications tool.

To make a good choice in email services it is important to understand the basic difference in email technology and related terminology. Then, we will discuss the differences between webmail and email clients, the mail email protocols, and how the cloud is part of email.

Webmail vs. Email Client

Webmail is an email program that is created to run in a browser. So, if you have ever used Yahoo Mail, Gmail, or managed your company email through a browser window, you have used webmail. There is nothing to download and no extra program is installed on your local computer. Relatively, an email client is an email program that is installed on personal computers. It runs on the operating system of the computer. Microsoft Outlook and MAC Mail are the two most popular forms of email client.

 

POP3 (Post Office Protocol) vs. IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol)

Whether using webmail or an email client, both can be configured as POP3 or IMAP. The first version of POP email was created in 1984. It has a simple goal of creating a way for an email program to pull a message from the server and get it to a local computer. In contrast, IMAP was also created way back in the 80’s. It is more suited to today’s faster Internet and abundance of storage space. Moreover, in an IMAP set-up, mail stays on the server and can be viewed by different email clients.

How to Choose The Best Service Provider?

How to Choose The Best Service Provider?

 

service providerChoosing a domain and web hosting is not that easy task and selecting something without thinking leads to disaster in future. It is highly required to do enough research on the domain name you are going to buy. Having a perfect domain means it should satisfy many things like short-length, related, and attractive domain name. But do you think it is just enough? No, you have to know details of the domain provider too. Many domain service providers are often tricky and try to attract their customers through different methods and here we are providing some of them so that you can choose the best domain name service provider.

Different prices: You must have to check different domain service provides before buying it. Do you know why? You may find the difference in the price of the domain. For example, some providers say the domain name price is 650 INR some may give it for 500 INR. So choose the service provider who is giving the domain name for a low or reasonable price.

Renewal Charges: Be careful! Domain service providers may attract you with their low prices. But remember, that is just a trap! They say the cost of a domain will be as less as 400 INR or so but when you check the renewal charges, it will be sky high and you will be in great loss if you buy it. Also, domain service providers charge really high if your website is successfully running because you cannot stop working on it.

Coupon codes: Some domain service providers offer coupon-codes which helps you get some discount on buying the domain. You just have to copy the coupon code and paste it while buying the domain and then you can see the reduced cost of the domain name. So, it is better to check various domain service providers who offer the best coupon codes.

Special Offers: Like, every other business, domain service providers will also provide special offers for festivals and special days. If you buy the domain on those special or festive days, you can get it for really low-price. Some festivals in which domain service providers give offers are Black Friday, Christmas, New Year, etc.

All About Web Hosting

All About Web Hosting

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Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page on to the Internet. A web host, or service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.

When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpage will be delivered to them through the browser. Most web hosting companies require that you own your domain name in order to host with them. If you do not have a domain name, the web hosting companies will help you purchase one. The basic features of a web hosting plan include:

Email Accounts. These are common features of web hosting, especially if you are hosting a domain. There are three main types of email accounts: POP3, forwarding, and aliases.

POP3 accounts are the traditional inboxes. Forwarding mail accounts are useful if you are employing the service of another company to filter your emails for you. Aliases accounts are similar to forwarding accounts.

Bandwidth or Data Transfer. Very often web hosting talks about bandwidth and data transfer as the same entity. However, they are in fact, different. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred at one time. While data transfer is the actual amount of data transferred.

Disk Space. All accounts offer a certain amount of disk space that you can use to store your web files. So, it is recommended that you have some sort of estimates on what you need for various tasks – the amount of space you need for your emails, web files, databases, etc.