Can web designers survive in the web industry without coding skills?

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Web building and drag and drop tools are getting better and are have become a viable option for professional website designers. Even web agencies have started to adopt tools like Squarespace and McCaw into their workflows. This is all reigniting the debate – do designers need to learn to code?

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Know how to back up your website and troubleshoot issues when switching your host

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When maintaining a website it is virtually inevitable that at some point you may need to change your hosting provider.

There are lots of reasons why this may be the case – cost, space, server performance and support for example. I recently went through this experience myself as I missed the ability to make remote connections to my database. A feature I had gotten familiar with on a previous package.

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WordPress are moving to SSL, what do you need to do?

wordpress and ssl what do need to do for my website

There are changes ahead for WordPress users as the platform evolves to promote aspects of security including moving towards SSL.

WordPress plan to only promote hosting partners that provide an SSL certificate to their accounts by default. This will happen in early 2017.

Later WordPress will consider making features available only enabled if SSL is present. Such features would be those that would benefit from SSL encryption and like API authentication.

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Add another layer of website security with SSL/TLS encryption

Install SSL certificat

Any savvy web shopper will know to look out for the encryption symbol when buying on the web. It’s the little padlock that signals that a website is safe to use. Using SSL/TLS Protocol encryption means that no ‘man in the middle attacks’ can steal sensitive information like your credit card details.

You can secure your website too. The process is easier than it has ever been before, has lower costs to implement and can often even be free. Web sites secured with SSL will need to have installed an SSL certificate.

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Develop powerful website features with API’s

develop with api for powerful web application features

As a Web Developer, I am frequently asked by my clients to develop applications that integrate with the external online services that their business or customers are already using.

In these situations, I need to work with an API – API stands for Application Programming Interface and acts as a communication gateway between by clients project and the external service.

API’s are used all over the web, they allow you to sign in to websites, make purchases, interact with your social media unique ways and have many more uses.

Why use an API?

Making us of an API for your project is an attractive option for developers and their clients alike when planning their application or website.

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Learn to be a front-end web designer

Fun, frustration, confusion, hard work and a great sense of accomplishment. This is what you can expect from life on the road to becoming a successful front-end web designer.

Building websites and applications for yourself and eventually, your own clients is a rewarding career choice offering opportunities to work flexibly on your own schedule for often lucrative projects. it involves creatively designing unique layouts and finding solutions for code problems. The sky is the limit with the continuously developing field of technology that continues to push boundaries.

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Be a social coder with these top 3 web designer resources

The stereotype of the isolated programmer has become old and tired and if it was ever really true it is far from true now. Coding has become a social activity with online communities, applications and resources dedicated to bringing communities of coders together to share ideas, give each other a helping hand to solve problems and to innovate together.

I have put together this list of my three most useful resources that I use when coding. These are all great for collaboration. Useful in their own way and tools now I have started using them leave me wondering how I got by without them.

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What developers need to know about web typography

A fundamental element of any website you work on is its typography – how your text is displayed. After all, much of the information displayed that your visitors are consuming is displayed through type. The common phrase is content is king so this quick guide to typography for web developers will help you design content with easy to read typography.

One of the easiest ways to experiment and improve your design skills is by experimenting with typography. It’s a skill that will take some practice and refining to get just right so that your web design is readable and effective it’s also something that gives immediate result when giving your design a quick overhaul.

I will describe some of the common typeface phrases you are likely to encounter, how a letter form is constructed is and how to use them effectively in your website designs.

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