Staying relevant in the 2018 web dev job market

stay relevant in web dev

Web development stays still for no one, anyone in the industry longer than 12 months can tell a newbie this from first-hand experience.

In 2018 it feels like this is the year the industry starts to feel the impact of recent disruptions and many web designers are already beginning to feel the effects of AI tools taking over tasks that were once a staple of their skill set.

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Build on Bootstrap for fast and quality web design

website design

Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile projects on the web.

You have probably come across Bootstrap as a web designer along with other technologies such as Sass, LESS, Grunt, Gulp, npm ect and felt like it you need to absorb an avalanche of knowledge before you can get started on your website. This can feel like overkill for smaller sites too.

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Three types of landing pages and when to use them

Landing page design

Everyone is looking for high conversions for their website, and this does not apply only to those who are selling an actual product, be it physical or digital. Service providers such as small businesses equally seek to gain leads for their services and publishers are looking to attract viewers for their content.

What is a conversion?

To define a conversion, it is the completion of an action on a website by the website’s visitor. The web designer will put together the elements of a page with the intention of the visitor completing this action.

This action needs to:

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4 web design trends of 2018 and the award-winning websites already using them

As the end of the year draws closer distinct trends are emerging and are set to grow in popularity over the coming year.

For web development this year, as predicted, we have seen the rise of 3D, VR & AI and the is a trend that looks to be growing strong. For front-end web design several trends seem to be emerging that leading designers agree are set to grow in popularity.

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Discover the advantages of 4 WordPress alternatives

There can only be one WordPress, it is the Worlds favorite free CMS system by far. It’s versatile, super-friendly and incredibly easy to set up.

WordPress has many fans. Some of its users adore the system and its popularity has spawned endless information instructing even the least technically savvy how to make the most of their website. Some users, however, find the platform frustrating and find themselves forever battling with incompatible plugins and badly coded adding in an effort to bend WordPress far beyond the blogging platform it was originally intended to be.

So what alternatives are there available to these users. For example, could switching to a purpose-driven CMS help to solve their problems making tasks like running an online shop easier?

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User experience design, what’s new and what’s practical

user experience design

One of the most important things to remember in user experience design is that how you think is probably different to how users think. In fact, if you are a web designer or a web developer you almost certainly do think differently.

Another important feature is user testing, getting to know your real-world users and investigating how they use your website or application on their terms. Learning what they want and how they expect they will get it. Something else you may want to consider when planning for a good user experience is A/B testing.

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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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Get familiar with browser developer tools for speedy debugging

Browser development tools have been around for a long time and have and for web designers, these form defined place in the workflow. I use development tools in my own projects very frequently to the point that I probably take them for granted. But every so often I do hear a new announcement or discover a trick that makes me remember how useful they are and how I really could not live without them.

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