Think mobile and build for the small screen

Mobile friendly webdesign

Responsive web design is now a basic standard expectation of a new website.

According to smartinsights.com, the USA has internet users spend 71% of their time on their mobile. This is matched by China. In the UK 61% is the amount of all users accessing from a mobile.

Google traffic on mobile has long since overtaken desktop and major brands expect to compete to deliver exceptional beautiful user experiences. Recognizable navigation, large shopping cart icons, Clear calls to action and clear email and call links all feature in the mind of the user, even if subconsciously, as hallmarks of a great mobile experience.

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Tools and resources to use to stay up to date in 2017

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.

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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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Solve your web design problems with UI patterns

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.

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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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Take the pain out of file sharing by using the file hosting service that’s right for you

file hosting services

If you have ever tried to share a 4gb file over email then you know what a painful process it can be. The file can easily be rejected due to its size, information about file size limits are not always easily available and speeds for upload and download can be bitterly slow.

After all that the attachments may even be rejected at the recipient’s side if their security is particularly tight. In some cases, firewalls are set up to never let attachments through.

It’s a clunky process and fortunately, there are much better alternatives by using services specially designed for file hosting and sharing. There are two main options when it comes to file hosting services:

1 Dedicated file sharing services
2 General file storage

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IMAP, POP or Exchange, how to choose the best hosted email option for you

Understanding the different kinds of email when choosing your hosting provider

When choosing your host you may need to consider email. This is because hosting providers offer the option to host email associated with your domain. Sometimes people will choose to host only their email if they want a professional looking email address but without the need to bother with maintaining a website.

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How Do I Find a Cheap Hosting Service That Isn’t Awful?

Everyone wants the best deal at the best price, there is nothing wrong with that but choosing a good host is about more than finding the lowest price.

When it comes to hosting there is no shortage of options. There is also an abundance of providers seemingly offering the world for rock bottom prices.

A cheap deal is not always the best deal but it’s not always the worst either, It might be perfect for someone else but what you need is something that is perfect, or as close as, for you.

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