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Top Ten Tools and Resources for Web Developers

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

If you are a budding web developer then you should be aware of some of the amazing resources that are available online. No list of this type can ever be definitive but I’ve tried to gather some of my particular favourites in one place.

Firebug Plugin

This is an absolute must in my opinion. The Firebug plugin is a free add-on for Mozilla Firefox that really lightens the work load when styling HTML elements. I allows you to view changes to your page in real-time as you tinker with the CSS. Great for positioning awkward elements, where pixel perfect precision is required. It also helps you to identify inheritance problems within your style rules.

Blog.Spoongraphics

Home of graphic designer, Chris Spooner. This blog has an abundance of great tutorials and tips. Some of his resources are free and some must be paid for through ‘access all areas’ membership but there really is plenty of great stuff that can be viewed or downloaded for free. Excellent creative advice on Photoshop and Illustrator as well as some insightful writing about the design process, where he explains the reasons behind some of the design decisions in his work.

CG Textures

I absolutely love this site when I need to make a background ‘pop.’ Thousands of textures can be downloaded for free although some of the larger sizes require registration.

W3 Schools

Definitive reference for all developers and designers. Need to know the correct syntax to use is your code, the W3 Schools will have a page dedicated to the particular task that you are looking to achieve. One of my first ports of call when I hit a programming stumbling block.

Webmonkey

Web developer’s resources from wired.com. Includes cheat sheets, color codes and re-usable code snippets. Also has a tutorials section with a design and development tutorials and Javascript help.

Colour Lovers

In my opinion, this is the best place to go for inspiration when choosing a colour scheme for your site. Users submit their own palettes and colour HEX codes, which are then voted upon and can be browsed through by popularity. Also features sections on the latest web and print trends and is quite a bustling and friendly community.

iStockphoto

Not a free site but the ability to download a water-marked comp to try out in a design before purchase is invaluable. I use this to present ideas to my clients and let them make a decision on whether or not to pay the extra for the larger image. There are quite a few stock photography sites online but this one is my favourite choice due to the large number of images and the site’s ease of use.

DevShed

Comprehensive list of developer’s tutorials. Great for learning about the fantastic world of open-source development and adding the latest functionality to your projects.

CSS Zen Garden

The beauty of pure CSS design. The next time someone tells you that Flash is required to make a site look good, tell them to go here!

Web Know How

More tutorials and free code snippets. Also feature free to use design templates, which can be a great starting point when learning or when struggling for inspiration.

I hope that if you are reading this and choose to visit one of these excellent sites then you will find them as useful as I did. Of course, I might well have made a glaring omission and would be glad to hear any suggestions to make this list better.

What To Look When Hunting For A Web Development Company

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Your company maybe giving you high turnouts every year but, if it does not have a website to boast of; it is non-existent in the virtual world. The World Wide Web tops the list in terms of advertising mediums. Even though the news media, print media and broadcast media are still important mediums of advertising, the internet gets you the maximum exposure. At any second of the day, there are more than 1 billion people from every niche of the world logged in.

A website is a representation of everything your company, business or product is. The primary aim of a company is to attract more customers, reap higher profits, get a larger hold of the share market and have a brood of happy clients; a well designed website can provide a business with all this and much more. Now, not any and everyone is a software engineer and can design web pages. For this a person needs to hire a web development company.

How do you find a web development company?

Web development has become very popular. These days, every second person is a web designer. So, finding the right one can be a little tricky. To help you on your task, here a few simple points:

  • Recommendations– If you know of friends or fellow companies who have recently used one, asking them for recommendations is not a bad idea. In fact, getting to know about their experience with the company and if they were satisfied or not with the service; can influence the final decision which you make.

  • Resources– The internet is a rich source, full of information. With one click of the mouse, a person is exposed to a cartload of options. Browse through the websites of few development firms. The website holds vital facts about the company. The type of pages they design, the quality of work and customer satisfaction is all clearly mentioned on the site.

  • Quotes– Before one can proceed and finalize a company, it is essential to get a rough quote of the entire cost of the job. Remember, the company quoting the cheapest will not necessarily give the best results. Money is a factor but, one’s decision should not be based upon it. Get quotes from a few companies before you make the final decision.

  • Options– Do not be hasty and opt for the very first company you set your eyes on. Taste all the fruits on the tree before you decide which is the sweetest. In simple words, explore your options.

These simple points can help you find a good company for the job.

Essentials While Choosing A Joomla Web Development Firm

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Joomla web development is becoming more and more popular among businesses these days. Joomla is an open source technology that enables you to create and manage your website in the most efficient manner. For building a Joomla website you can hire any offshore company but certain essential points you need to keep in your mind. Here are some essentials that you need to consider:

• Higher Quality Website Design: The most important thing that you need to consider while selecting a Joomla web development company is the quality of the delivered project. Quality is the most essential thing that matters for a website. You should hire a company that can create a feature-rich website by understanding your business objectives as well as their need and requirements. The website must be interactive offering information about your business and products.

• Knowledge & Experience: Knowledge and experience of the company is the other thing that matters while hiring a company. You should hire a company that is experienced in this field and owns developers with great knowledge and skills. The expert developers will help you to build an attractive, informative, functional, feature-rich and user friendly website by understanding your business needs.

• Search Engine Friendly: You need to hire the services of a Joomla development company that creates a search engine friendly website for you. Search engine friendly means a website that appears in the top results of the search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, Bing, etc. Greater visibility will drive more traffic to your website and hence, ultimately increases the revenues of your company.

• Timely Delivery Of Project: Time is money in business. Hence, the other essential thing that you need to keep in mind while choosing a Joomla Web Development Company is the timely delivery of the project. You need to find that the company is delivering the projects within the set time frame or not? So, hire a company that meets deadlines and deliver projects on or before time.

• Reasonable Price: A number of companies are available in the market that charges a huge amount for Joomla development. So, you need to select a company that charges reasonable prices as this is a free open source and does not require huge amounts.

You need to conduct a research keeping all the above mentioned points in mind while choosing a Joomla web development company. There are various firms which are offering these services, hence properly check their reviews and feedback by their clients. You can also take suggestions from other business and your friends.