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?
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.
The state of client-side web technology continues to evolve. CSS4 and HTML 5.1 has arrived bringing plenty of new features to explore.
Veteran web designers have seen a steady stream of upgrades to the core toolbox languages over the years. Much of this has brought stability and ease of use to their day. But not all has been easily accessible.
By making time for Rapid interactive prototyping in your web design process you can improve the user experience of your designs, you can improve your communication with your clients and you can save time and money.
The method of designing an interactive prototype is gaining popularity and with tools available like Adobe XD and Usability Hub, the trend is set to continue.
One thing that has changed virtually beyond all recognition on the web is search. Incredible advancements in AI and algorithms brought to us by popular search engines deliver an ever advancing user experience capable of interpreting our intention when searching and learning from our language when we search for something it has not encountered before.
Have you decided that 2017 will be the year that you push yourself to keep on top of the emerging technologies and tools in web design? have you wondered how you will sift through these to find the ones that will actually help you solve common problems and not just be fashionable to use?
If so, I have compiled a list of tools that are defiantly worth checking out to help front-end web developers stay on top of this challenging task. Tools that will help you out with solid tasks in developments.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever taken a look at a really well-designed website and wondered how did the designer ever come up with that idea. How could I design something cool like this in a short space of time? How can I even get the inspiration to design something so good?
The answer may lie in understanding user interface (UI) design patterns.
The designer behind the website you are admiring likely has an understanding of how to use UI patterns in their design. It’s kind of like one of the best-kept secrets of web design.