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The Key Benefits of Web Development Tools

August 9th, 2018

Web Development Tools help to facilitate the web development projects with enhanced features which help to increase the development speed, reduce debugging and retesting time and effort, and at the same time, improve the quality of the development work.

Below are some of the essential, must-have web development tools for web developers who are looking for ways to further enhance and ease their complex development work;

a. Firebug – facilitate and speed up one’s development time and efforts significantly regardless of whether it is for coding, CSS, viewing HTML or others. It is fast and effective in hunting down any XML, CSS, HTML errors and allows one to search and find that specific errors quickly.

b. Y-Slow -This is an excellent tool used to evaluate a site performance based on the Yahoo’s seven categories. A score will be assigned for your site after the assessment and evaluation.

c. Web developer extension toolbar – This tool came handy and have proved to be very user friendly which enable one to inspect and check on all the possible aspects about a page inclusive of its accessibility, version, images, icons, JavaScript for possible defects and bugs. It can rapidly validate the HTML, JavaScript, webpage structure, shortcut key, header and footer information for errors and defects.

d. CSS Sprite – this is an excellent feature to improve your web page performance, by reducing the amount of HTTP required to launch the page images. This required significant planning and coding to be in place to enhance this improvement.

e. DOM Tool – A simplification to convert a particular DOM coding into a simple statement, help in reducing the time required to code for DOM structures. User only need to copy and paste the pre-written statement and click of a button to accomplish the task.

f. Test Plug-in for JavascriptMVC – is a great JavaScript testing framework which helps to make development faster and speedier by simplifying the entire process of unit testing with the availability of the complete sets of utilities in a web page.

g. Test Everything – A web-based application for multi-purpose testing without the need for online valuators. You can validate your website for web standard and quality, its accessibility as well as competitiveness, evaluate the design and structure in each web page and many more.

h. Pingdom Tools – A web-based application, used to assess the loading time and review how the performance can be improved by identifying unnecessary objects which you can leave out to launch the page. Example if one has noticed that his blog was slowed down by some advertising ads but can’t really identify which one has actually caused this slowness; Pingdom tools are useful to test out how different advertising scripts affected the loading time of his blog respectively.

In this modern world which speed is everything, no web developers can live without these useful web development tools, because their benefits and contributions are way too valuable to fore-go.

Outsource Web Development – What to Look For in Your Partner?

August 8th, 2018

As the arena of offshore web development services continues to flourish, finding professional web developers have been easy like never before. They operate online and most of them have their offices based in strategic outlets like U.K and U.S. Offshore web development services providers may be in galore, but what you do not want to miss out on is the perfect and right vendor for you. So, here are some considerations for you to ponder on before finalizing on your vendor.

One-stop Solution

Always try to search for an offshore web development services provider who has state of the art infrastructure, needed resources and capabilities. Be it a simple static website or complex multi-level interface programming, they should know it all and well. This will save your money and time to search another vendor when you want another web development work done. Moreover, when you work with one service provider, you develop sort of camaraderie with them to understand your business goals and objectives better. Also, a new one will take time to understand your work.

360 Degree Development

An offshore vendor should have holistic development process starting from the very beginnings and initial requirements. They should have every specific capabilities like architecture design, coding, testing facilities for product maintenance and QA support. Their process, software should be capable of customization according to need of business and can offer you reasonable advice on technology and software application.

Expertise with Experience

They should have strong domain expertise and experience to handle various business portals. This can help them to understand the objectives and needs of your projects.

Quality Standards

if you have decided to outsource web development services check for their quality process. Quality should reflect in their every step of navigation. Their processes should be compliant to international standards at every phase of development.

Skillful IT Professionals

your outsourcing web development partner should has team of business analysts, project managers, software architects, web and graphic designers, flash animators, software developers, quality assurance and testing specialists to deliver the maximum value of your money and project.

Better Understanding of Your Needs

only if they have focus and patience to understand the purpose of projects and needs of your business, they can provide you competent solution. They should maintain the privacy of data and information entrusted to them by you. It should not be about only giving maximum return of your money; they should be able to maintain credibility and win trust as well.

8 Steps to Hire a High Quality Web Developer – What You Need to Know About Your Project

August 7th, 2018

What parts of your website do you have materials for already?

Your website consists of many pieces: the “look and feel”; writing, layout, photography, graphic art, marketing, user interface, etc. It is not reasonable to expect that one person will have all of these skills. In fact, you may need to hire several people to do the various tasks. Take stock in the high quality photography and written materials you already have before you decide whom to hire.

How many pages will your website have?

The size of your site will make a marked different in whom you hire to build your website. If your website is very large, you may need to hire a web development company with a team of employees who specialize in different areas of development. If your site is small, a high-quality private contractor working from home could save you a lot of development costs.

What is your timeframe?

Your chances of finding a high-quality web developer just sitting out there waiting for your job is extremely unlikely. Even the shoddy web developers have plenty of work – you have probably run into a lot of their sites! If your site is small, and you have all your materials ready, and you happen to catch a developer with open time, you could have a website in a month. However, many sites take a year or more to plan and create. (A good reason to start with a small site.) Ask prospective developer what her time availability is.

Does your website have programming?

If your website needs a shopping cart, or map functionality, or a catalog of any type, you need a programmed website. Programming requires a special skill set and a whole new set of decisions to make. Now you need both a designer (look and feel) and a programmer (functionality.) It is possible that these two functional areas might not work well together.

For example, I once had a former student who built excellent websites for clients. One website needed programming; so, she hired a programmer. The programmer could only work in .NET and she worked in Dreamweaver. Every time the client asked for a design change, my former student had to create the design and turn it over to the programmer to put into the programming. It should have been the other way around. It was her site. The programmer should have given her the programming to put into the design. This caused the development process to be delayed and frustrating.

How much can you pay for a website?

Ask some of your business friends how much they spent on their initial web development. Generally, expect that your website will cost you thousands of dollars. If your site is very small (5 pages or less) you may get one for hundreds. The budgeting problem lies in the fact that web development is a process, and very few owners have enough experience in planning a website for a developer to give an accurate estimate of the cost. It is highly unlikely that you will like every bit of work that your developer does. And, it is not reasonable to expect your developer to read your mind. Changes and tweeks are just part of the process. You can reduce your costs by having a clear plan and communicating your needs well.

If you can only afford a few hundred dollars for your website, or if you hire an intern, you cannot expect a high quality, professional site. However, there is a wide range of prices even in professional web development companies and contractors. At the high range, it is not unusual to pay over $100.00 per hour for web development.

How much will you be involved in the development of your site?

Will your schedule allow you to spend an hour or several hours every week gathering images and text, discussing the best options for your website and reviewing the work finished? While there is a fine line between driving your developer crazy and being a working partner in the development, the more you understand about the development (listening,) and the more you help your designer know what your want (communicating,) the less you will pay in the long run.

For example, I had one would just agree to everything and tell me to do whatever I thought. Then he would get very angry, if the work didn’t suit or if there was a typo. I have other clients who proof carefully and send me a list of the changes through email. That is so helpful to me as a developer. A good website is good for both of us!

How much will you be involved in the maintenance of your site?

If you want to do your own website maintenance, your needs are very different than if you expect your developer to be available to do the work over time. First, unless you plan to pay your developer a salary, you can’t expect him to jump on your work immediately and push other clients aside.

If you plan to do your own maintenance, you will have to purchase the software you need to make the changes. And, hopefully, your developer will be very good at teaching you how to do the work. If you don’t plan to do your own maintenance, make sure that your developer has your work in his future planning! I do recommend that every website owner be able to make quick site updates. You might have a very important website change while the developer is on vacation!

What tools will you have available to maintain your site?

If you plan to work on your own website, you will need the software tools to do so. If you already have software, such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Joomla, etc. you will want to work with a developer who is using those tools, or who can easily make a site that works in those tools. If your software is very old, it would be best to start with new software. You can expect to pay up to $1000.00 for software to work on a website. However, in the long run, you will be surprised how quickly you can recoup those costs, compared to paying a developer to do the work.