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The Web Development Mistakes To Avoid

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

If you want to ensure that your website constantly runs smoothly and is always available for use by your clients, you will need to ensure that you have some effective web development services behind you. No one is perfect, however, and even the best developers in the company are prone to making a mistake or two every now and then. The following list comprises some of the most common mistakes made across the industry, as well as some tips on how to avoid them:

  • Include copyright information on your web pages to protect your content and design from being stolen by others. If your website is effectively stolen, it can actually lessen the number of visitors (who may think that you were the one who stole the design!).
  • Limit the amount of web development technologies that you use in your work. Whilst it is great to use the latest and most up to date technologies, it is important to remember that these can actually distract visitors. Instead, use only a few of the latest technologies.
  • Don’t post a visitor counter on your website. Let’s be honest here – no one, other than you, actually cares how many visitors your website has had. And the counter could come back and bite you in the butt – numbers that are too low are a deterrent, whilst many visitors will not believe numbers that are too high.
  • Make sure that your navigation is user friendly and that all links work. Having unfriendly navigation and broken links are the biggest no-no’s in the web development industry. You need to make sure that visitors can easily find the information they are after.
  • Make sure that each web page features a call to action. Every single page should provide visitors with instructions on what they should do next, whether that’s “order now” or “sign up”. Only putting these calls to action of select pages will actually lower your sales.
  • Don’t produce long pages of content. Your visitors aren’t actually all that interested in reading your whole life story – they want all of the information they require to be presented to them in the shortest form possible, like dot points or mini headings.

When working on your next web development project, making sure that your website does not include any of the above mistakes will go a long way towards ensuring the site’s success. When your developer sends you the prototypes for checking, make sure that you keep an eye out for broken links, calls to action, excessive web development technologies and all of the other elements that could affect your traffic flow.

The Tools And Resources That Are Handy In Web Development For The iPhone

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Many who work in the web development industry find the iPhone (and smartphones in general) highly intimidating, especially if they have never worked with applications before. With the popularity of this Apple device on the rise, however, development services for the device are becoming hard to escape. The list compiled below includes a number of tools, tutorials and resources that you may find useful in getting you started:

Tutorials

There are a number of tutorials currently on the internet that are designed to introduce you to web development for this smartphone.

  • ‘Your First iPhone Application’ is a tutorial directly from the official Apple OS Reference Library that is aimed at developers who are creating their first app.
  • ‘Building PhotoKast: Creating an iPhone App in One Month’ is a photo tutorial that visually displays who to build an app.
  • ‘Perfect Multi-Column CSS Liquid Layouts: iPhone Compatible’ is a tutorial that shows you how to build liquid CSS layouts.
  • ‘Advanced iPhone Development’ is an article that looks at some of the more advanced aspects of development for this device; not for newbies!

Tools

Once you are delving into the world of web development for this smartphone, you may find that you require some additional tools to help you achieve the look and feel that you desire for your app.

  • ‘PhoneGap’ speeds up the app development stage for people who already have an understanding of HTML and JavaScript.
  • ‘Three20’ is a library of open source app elements and frameworks that you may find useful.
  • ’35 Free Icon Sets for your iPhone’ provides developers with 35 icon sets that they can use in their work.
  • ‘TestiPhone.com’ is an iPhone simulator that allows you to test how your app works before launching it.

Resources

Finally, the following resources are useful for anyone who works in web development for this smartphone to ensure that they are kept up to date with any changes or advancements.

  • ‘iPhone Dev Connection’ is the official development website run by Apple.
  • ‘The Darker Side of iPhone App Development’ is an article that looks at some of the restrictions and limitations that are imposed on the creation of apps.
  • ‘Seven Things all iPhone Apps Need’ is an overview of some must-have features for creating a popular app.

If you work within the web development industry but are yet to move into the ever-growing field of iPhone app creation, there has never been a better time to make the change. Use the above tutorials, tools and resources to help you get your foot in the door, then use your experience and contacts to do the rest.