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Tablets: Another Consideration in Web Development

October 9th, 2018

Let’s face it; many people are still not enamored with tablet PCs. Thousands may already own an iPad or any tablet but there are still plenty of individuals who choose the bulkier but more feature-rich notebooks or even netbooks. The tides of change cannot be stemmed though and tablets will become a major platform in personal computing in the near future.

As consumers, we can see that as an improvement over what we have today. But for webmasters and web developers, it poses yet another challenge. With sales of tablet PCs rising, the time is right to start investing on tablet-friendly website versions. Yes. Versions because you do not have to totally redesign your website to accommodate internet surfers using tablets. Like with smartphone users, you can specify a version of your site to be served to those using tablet.

When developing the tablet version of your website, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Keep file sizes to a minimum. In the future, all tablet PCs would be equipped with Wi-Fi functionality. Today though, plenty of tablet PCs still connect to the web using 3G networks. This means pages would not load as fast as when the PC is using Wi-Fi connection. As a result, you have to ensure that your website’s tablet PC version is light and would load easily. Most internet browsers are impatient and if you cannot deliver the info they need on time, they would easily hit the back button and try another website.

2. No Flash. Android-powered tablet PCs support Flash. Apple’s iPad does not. We can argue all we want that Android-powered tablets are better than the iOS-powered iPad, but it will not change the fact that sales figures are on the side of the iPad. That said, you have to find Flash alternative to use on your site if you need multimedia content on your site’s version for tablet PCs. Furthermore, contents using the multimedia platform from Adobe cannot be read by search engine bots thus lowering your chance to get higher ranking on search engine result pages.

3. Resolution and the accelerometer. Most tablet PCs are equipped with accelerometers so there is no definite resolution to target when designing for tablets. There’s another thing to consider with accelerometers. You have to design your site in such a way that no matter how it is being rendered, the area above the fold is well optimized. Above the fold means the area that the visitor can see without having to scroll down. Make sure that you make good use of this area in any resolution or display layout.

Remember that tablets are still relatively young and in the near future, they would come with better and newer features. Make sure that you are on top of these changes and adapt your site’s design to accommodate future changes.

Finding Professional Web Development Services

October 6th, 2018

Every new and small business owner is at least generally aware of the need to have an Internet site for their business. Creating the site without professional web development services can work if the skills are present, but with the professional support the site can quickly become a time consuming nightmare when the business should be the focus of the owner. There are several things to consider when looking for a professional.

The first issue is cost. Many companies are prone to hiring a family member to create the site to save money. While this seems like a good idea in the beginning, very quickly the family member will grow tired of having to constantly make changes to satisfy the owner’s needs and the frustration with an incomplete site begins to emerge.

Looking for a professional includes asking for references and portfolios. The true professional will have a series of sites and examples that can be viewed and even used to see what features the designer is able to make. Without the portfolio the type of site may be left up in the air, again causing frustration.

Many designers will also agree to setup the domain and hosting services needed. The domain is the actual address that begins with www. The hosting provides a place for the domain to reside. This is required in order for a site to be found on the Internet.

Many designers also have the ability to create the needed graphics for the website. If they do not, they usually have a relationship with someone who can provide these for the owner. In many cases, a photo of the retail location, logo, or other graphics are needed to provide a great presence for the company.

When the site is created, the job does not end. Part of the initial conversation should include what is available regarding site maintenance when completed. Many companies need to have a photo gallery to show their wares, or a shopping cart for sales. These will need to be continually updated after the initial site goes live. Setting a price for ongoing maintenance is best done prior to signing a contract.

When the site is live it is time to begin combining the traditional advertising with the site. Include the domain name in all advertisements, business cards, stationary, and any signs on the building or company vehicles. Just making the site does not guarantee people will visit. But, if people know the site is available, they will check out the products and services long before they ever visit the actual retail location.

Having a website available for people to view before they visit the retail location helps make the sales easier when they do. The customer who has already reviewed the products and services is visiting or calling because they want to purchase. Making sure the web development services are professional and the site is completed on a timely basis is important to get the company online and functioning in the Internet as efficiently as possible. Without a presence on the Internet, a business can be missed because people use the Internet to find what they are looking for more than any other method.

Web Development Basics – 4 Reasons to Make Your Own Website

October 6th, 2018

With a liberal range of web development options, you may think having someone else make your website will be a timely low cost one time expenditure. You will find that cost evolving into a greater expense than your initial expectation, and examine some timely reasons for doing your own website.

The cost of having someone do your site

The initial expenditure may seem quite reasonable, with the assumption being, your site will be done in a timely manner, search engine optimized, tweaked and ready to go. This assumption is if all goes well in regard to clarification, readily defined goals, content and expectations. This is where it gets more involved in these expectations and the cost of implementing them.

Your site will need timely updates, revisions and tweaks

No matter how basic your site, it requires an element of fresh updates, revisions for change of perspective and goals. When someone does your site, you do have to pay additional for each revision you may need or idea you may wish to try out. Want to do a widget, (little box of info, games, quiz or other web toys) then change out for another randomly requires expenditure; you may try something and immediately prefer not to use it.

Access and control over your site

When your site is done by a web designer, and is done with html coding, unless you know coding or prepared to learn coding you will not have the access to maintain your site nor the control to make changes right at the desired time you have allowed for the project. It will always be with someone else scheduling. If you determine you do not feel it worth your continued support of the expenditures, you will have a site languishing for attention until you find a remedy or abandon your cherished project.

There is something cool about doing it yourself

There is a lot to be said for doing everything at your own discretion. You can apply easy tools requiring no html coding or technical skills. These options allow you to create your own site in a matter of days, with an array of personalization you can incorporate immediately or add as you deem ready. Easy to follow instruction is all included for the most tech challenged or aptly energized for the web warrior who just does not want to bother with the coding process. You can aptly test your ideas and avenue of endeavor without burdensome expenditure.

Website basics are neither complex or costly when you choose to make your own site. You will always have access and freedom to do it your way!