6 Reasons To Consider WordPress Web Development For Online Business

Being evolved as a blogging platform, WordPress has gained worldwide popularity as a powerful content management system. Millions of websites worldwide are built on this platform. WordPress web development is the best and most affordable way to obtain a solid web presence in a convenient manner. Easy-to-manage, simple to use and SEO-friendliness are some of the major features of this incredible tool. Powering over 17% of the internet, WordPress can be used to develop all sorts of site, including simple blog sites, enterprise websites, sophisticated online portals and even e-commerce sites.

When it comes to the usage of content management systems, WordPress beats Drupal and Joomla with the biggest market share of 54%, where Drupal and Joomla hold 7% and 9% share respectively and rest of the CMSs hold 30% share. Around one-sixth of all the sites are built on WordPress. A few popular sites that are empowered with this robust tool are eBay, Forbes and TechCrunch.

Benefits of WordPress Web Development For Businesses

  • A WordPress-powered website has enough potential to rank higher in the popular search engines.
  • It provides easy integration with the social media sites, which is the best way to give your business maximum exposure. This enables you to drive more traffic to your website and gain potential customers.
  • If you have various sets of content written in advance and do not want to post them all at the same time, WordPress allows you to upload the desired number of contents and schedule date for every post.
  • RSS feeds enable your users to get the latest updates as soon as they are published with the tool (RSS Feeder). Your subscribers can choose to get the posts through email or newsletters.
  • WordPress takes care of the mobile users as well. It can automatically identify the type of device, which is being used to access the site and instantly adjusts the settings for optimal mobile viewing.
  • It is affordable for the small businesses to create a website using WordPress as it eliminates the need to spend money on the maintenance of your website in the long-run.

Thus, there are many reasons to use WordPress for developing your business website. But, if you want to compete in the cutthroat online market, it is recommended to seek a reliable company, which promises exceptional quality WordPress web development service at the affordable prices.

15 Useful Free Android Apps for Web Developers

Firefox MobileThe apps that you will find below have not been designed to be an alternative mobile solution to typical development desktop software, but are, in there own right, really handy apps to have when you are out and about and on the move. You just never know when you will be struck with a dev idea or are suddenly struck with a code solution, and these apps have enough functionality to write and test and your inspired code ideas.

Firefox 4 Beta Mobile

Firefox 4 Beta is currently available for most Android 2.0+ devices (sadly not for my Hero!). The browser itself is fantastic and feature-rich, but accompanied by some of its currently available developer extensions (yes, it does support mobile specific addons) it truly is an essential requirement for any developer.

touchqode Code Editor

With touchqode you can view and edit source code that comes with syntax highlighting, autocomplete and other features found on a regular desktop IDE. It currently support Java, HTML, JavaScript, Python, C++, C# and Ruby.

HTMLeditor

HTMLeditor is a super-simple HTML,ASP,JS and CSS editor for quick coding when you are on the move.

Eval your Javascript Code

Eval your Javascript Code is a simple tool for test-running Javascript snippets directly on your Android.

Phoenix Mysql Client

Phoenix Mysql Client allows you to connect to a Mysql server, and perform SQL quires, insert, delete, select,… and list the tables,views and sprocs.

AndFTP

AndFTP is an FTP, SFTP, SCP, FTPS client that allows you to manage several servers. It comes with both a device file browser and an FTP file browser. It offers download and upload features with resume support. You can rename, delete, copy, set permissions and create folders.

Android Codepad

Android Codepad is a simple source code viewer that supports all C-like, Bash-like, and XML-like languages and automatically syntax highlights depending on the file.

View Web Source

With this app you can view the source of any website. You will also be able to select text, search for text, copy and paste the HTML and also share the snippet with your friends and colleagues.

PhoneGap Developer

This app is a useful resource for PhoneGap developers, it includes docs, guides, API reference and a handy tool for testing your application.

Design Snack Mobile

Design Snack Mobile is a featured-rich, interactive and socially-powered inspirational web design gallery.

HTML Test

This free app puts your HTML skills to the test. This interactive testing approach is used in dynamic real-world environments to test and train professional Web Developers.

Magic Color Picker

Magic Color Picker is a color selection tool for designers, artists and programmers for selecting colors using different color models. It supports 7 different modes and RGB, HSV, HSL and YUV color models.

devcheats

This free app is a must for every developer by offering a concise collection of cheatsheets, including: PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails, jQuery, CSS, SEO, Apache, Regular Expressions, SVN, C++, Drupal, HTML5, Javascript, Mysql, WordPress and much more.

W3C Cheatsheet

The W3C Cheatsheet provides quick access to useful information from specifications (incl HTML5) published by W3C, the leading international Web standards community.
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CSS Reference

This CSS reference & cheatsheet includes syntax, examples and limitations for CSS1 and CSS2 properties.

6 Reasons for using a Professional Web Developer to Build your Site

They make it look and sound so easy, don’t they? The ads you see on social media offering a DIY website platform for free or for a low monthly fee. They make you believe it is a fraction of the cost of a professionally built website and have you believe that building your own website is so simple, a child could do it. It’s often not until you start to actually use your site that the shortcomings of this way of creating your online presence become apparent. This post explores the world of the DIY website and provides you with 6 reasons why you should think twice before building one.

First, let’s be clear – there are plenty of people running blogs, not for profit organisations and the like, for whom a DIY site is perfect. Blogger, and those who read their work, don’t care if their site looks very similar to a host of other blogs. People who visit the websites of volunteer organisations are less likely to be deterred by a less than professional looking site and appreciate that the money the organisation saved by building its own website will be spent instead on the activities they care about. So for these people, a DIY site can be a perfect solution. But if you’re in business, relying on your website to attract and keep customers, a DIY site can be a disaster. Here’s why:

  1. Time: Web design is among the fastest changing elements of modern business. However bright you may be, it’s going to take you a substantial amount of time to master the necessary skills. Now a professional developer is applying his skills across their client base. By contrast, as your own web developer, you have a client base of 1! Accordingly, your business must bear the time cost alone. Properly accounted for, that makes your time extremely expensive, even if you have all the necessary skills.
  2. Design: it’s easy to fool ourselves that because we know what we like to see in a website, we’ll easily be able to turn the telescope around and create a compelling design at the drop of a hat. In reality, professional and qualified web developers have been through a good deal of training and more than a little trial and error, to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge needed to create designs that speak to the client’s customer-base.
  3. Coding: We’ve all been irritated by sites that take ages to load or refresh – that’s bad for the site-owner’s business. Behind every web page lies a blizzard of code. It’s in every website operator’s interests to keep the code as “slim” as possible. Professional web developers have a bag of tricks for achieving this. By contrast, many of the drag-and-drop DIY platforms that look so appealing are notorious for delivering bloated code and code which is not “liked” by the search engines – a disastrous outcome for the online presence of any business.
  4. Search engine optimisation: a lot of people, even if they are familiar with the concept of SEO, think that it’s just about writing copy that the search engines “like”. And it’s true that optimised content is, in itself can be a persuasive reason to use a pro. However search engine optimisation goes a lot deeper than the published text. There are meta tags, image attributes and links that must be correctly constructed and applied, if a site is to succeed in its primary function – to grow your customer base and transact business with them. SEO is fast moving that depends on keeping abreast of developments that may radically affect the success of your site. Few people in other areas of business can devote the resources needed to stay current. “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client” is an old saying that has a lot of truth for the development of successful websites!
  5. Cross-platform compatibility and responsiveness: Most of us use just one browser to visit sites. Perhaps we just assume that all browsers work the same – but in reality this is not the case. The truth is that we need our sites to work equally well on all the browsers and on difference devices. With the rise of smart phones and tablets, it’s increasingly important that your website is “responsive” – meaning that they detect the platform being used to display them and adapt automatically to display optimally. Having a responsive website is now more important than ever with the latest Google algorithm update which you can read more about here.
  6. Functionality: most businesses’ sites exist not merely to advertise and inform – they are there to take orders. It’s essential that your website’s secure payment facility is set up properly, and that, should it ever break down, you have someone to call on who can fix it in short order. There is nothing worse for your business than to turn away paying customers because – they can’t pay.

Good planning makes for successful web development

Whether the job is a small adaptation of the functionality of a web site, or a major development project, to keep costs low and to ensure a smooth build process, planning is everything.

We had an enquiry this week for the development of a site with customer login, account management, the ability to purchase credits and then redeem the credits for a service on the website. The prospective client had no scope of work and had given very little thought to the mechanics of the site or even the customer journey. After several conversations and emails, we walked away from the project because the prospect was unable or unwilling to sit down and define a specification for the project.

A written specification on any web development project is essential. The one thing either the web development company or the client does not want is ambiguity. A lack of understanding of how each component part of the project needs to work, leads to a finished product which may well not be either what was in the mind of the client or worse, not fit for purpose.

This particular client has been given a fixed price by another company based on very ambiguous wish list. Many years of project development tells us that something will go wrong and the client will not end up with what he either wants or more importantly needs.

Many people have really good ideas that need web development behind them. Before going to tender or canvassing for prices, our advice is to sit down with a very experienced web developer and walk through every stage of the customer journey. The developer will always bring ideas to the project or help the entrepreneur understand elements to the delivery of the web side of the project which left undiscovered, could result in added costs, time delays and frustration later down the project time line.