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Inexpensive Web Development: A Real Possibility

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

The term that you “get what you pay for” is something that has long been used to guide a consumer to pay for the product that they really want and need. It assumes that many times the cheapest is not the best. And for many situations, this is the truth but today you really need to look closely at the products that you buy.

The internet has changed the way we do just about everything. If you have a business or you want to form a business it is advisable to go online with your products, services or information because you will be able to reach a global audience. To do this you will have to get help with web development so that it is as functional as possible.

You may be talked into thinking that this is another place where you will need to spend top dollar to get what you need, but this is not always the case. In fact, you can take advantage of cheap web development deals that will be just as high quality as some of the most expensive services.

How does this work? The web development market is very competitive. Wondering what this means for you? It means that you can take advantage of the competition and demand the lowest prices for the highest quality services. Web development companies have to lower their prices to compete with other businesses so that they can have as many clients as possible.

The issue then is to find out which of the cheap web development services will actually be able to provide you with a quality product. Your best bet is to look into what the services can provide. Ask for references and then ask to see some of their work. Ask for a break down of their costs so you really are getting a good deal, and then compare several companies to one another. Look at the quality and the functionality of the sites that they have created. When you compare the cheap web development companies to those that are very costly you might just find that the services and the output and end product is very much the same. If this is what you find, you have found a winner and proof that you don’t always have to pay more for what you need. In fact, sometimes assuming that the more costly solutions can cost you a lot of time and much of your resources overall.

Take some time to do your due diligence. While it might take a bit of time to do all of your research, in the end the time and energy that you take to look around will pay off and you’ll have just what you need and more money in the bank than you would have had otherwise. You really can make a competitive market work for you. You owe it to yourself and your pocketbook to really look into all of your options before you spend your hard earned money on web development.

Alternatives To Using JavaScript During The Web Development Process

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Whilst designers and developers alike love JavaScript for the attractive and functional websites that it helps them create, it is important to keep in mind that some internet users will actually have it disabled on their computers. Some people will use unobtrusive JavaScript (which presents this interactivity only when the website registers that JavaScript has been enabled), but this is not always an option. To ensure that you are catering for all of your website visitors, it is important to look into other options of displaying information during the web development process.

  • The Accordion – This is a feature that usually consists of headings and content. When the heading is clicked, a block of content expands down below so that the visitor can read further. By clicking the heading once again, the block of content disappears. One of the most common types of website to find this web development feature is for schools or universities (it is used in their course guide).
  • The Carousel – This is a feature that usually consists of content scrolling around according to a timeout interval or through visitor interaction (such as clicking an arrow). It is possible to have all of the content visible in the carousel or just a teaser (so that, if visitors want more information, they can click through). This web development feature is commonly used in portfolio websites and product catalogues.
  • The Content Swapper – This feature is actually very similar to the carousel, as content is rotated using animation. The difference between the two, however, is that, in the content swapper, one piece of content fades out as another fades in (some people use a hard transition with no fading).
  • The Sorter – This is a feature that allows the visitor to drag and drop content into any order that they desire. This is probably one of the least used alternatives for JavaScript during the web development process, as it does not have many applications. It is commonly found in companies (where managers can reorganize and edit an employees daily tasks in real time) and websites that offer downloads or a voting system.

Even though designers and developers will continue to love JavaScript and all of the wonderful things that it lets them do, it is important for anyone working in these industries to keep in mind that some of their visitors will have JavaScript disabled. This is why it is important to have an alternative to JavaScript up your sleeve during the web development process, as this will ensure that you are able to provide your visitors with the most rewarding experience possible.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Outsourcing Web Development Work?

Friday, September 7th, 2018

There is a lot of hype and debate surrounding ‘outsourcing’, especially when it comes to the information technology sector. Many companies in the developed countries of Australia and the United States are finding it highly beneficial to outsource some of their work, especially web development, to less developed countries, such as India. Other companies see this as cheating of sorts and are completely against it. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, there are pros and cons to both decisions:

Pros

There are a number of benefits granted to a company that decides to outsource its web development, including:

  • Saves Money: It is considerably cheaper to pay a development company in a country like India to complete your work than it is to pay a similar company in Australia or the United States. In this current economic climate, saving money whenever possible is of benefit.
  • Exceptional Skills: There can be no denying that many of the developing countries around the world are filled with people who have exceptional and highly professional IT skills.
  • Larger Audience: Many of the companies who employ Indian developers will view this as an opportunity to extend their business overseas. They might look into garnering jobs from India, which can considerably increase their client base.

Cons

Likewise, there are a number of disadvantages for any company that decides to outsource its web development, including:

  • Security Issues: As so many people need to be given access to the code of a website, there could be serious risks to the security of a site or even to the entire company behind it. Hackers may be able to find their way in much easier, where they can wreak havoc with your company.
  • Communication Problems: As most web development work is outsourced to India, communication problems may arise due to the fact that a large amount of the population still speak standard Hindi.
  • Time Difference: This can be a huge problem if changes need to be made to a website urgently. For companies based in Australia, for example, they will not be able to contact their Indian counterparts until around midday when their offices open up.

Unfortunately, the above advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing your web development work do not make what the best decision is any clearer. Whilst saving money is definitely a bonus for any company, do the disadvantages of lapses in security and severe time differences negate even this advantage? The only person who can really answer that question is you.