How To Develop Your Own Website

Do you know what web developing is? If you are a web developer and do not know how to explain your job to others, then this article is the answer to all of those questions. The word web developing is referred to as the development of different types of websites over the internet. This development procedure includes a variety of tasks such as scripting, network security, web designing, server side, web content development and web server along with e-commerce development too.

During the 1990s, the internet took its turn by spreading around throughout the world with a boom in the market. This phenomenon also reflected the industry of web development that took off since then. Today after a decade, there are over a million of websites on the internet with information based on every topic.

To begin, you need to know about the web design language which is HTML language. Through this language, you will receive a code on your browser. You will click on the link given and open the code. You will find a haphazard looking text on your screen consisting of various numbers, symbols and alphabets. You will not understand it but you will understand it later as it consists of an easy method for a mark up. Other essential parts of web development include the Cascading Style sheets or more commonly known as CSS. This feature allows web developers to upgrade the visual features of many different items that you are most likely to find on a web page.

In short, CSS is a helpful key to change fonts and add colour to the navigation keys. As HTML cannot help you to add any dynamics on the web page, another programme like Javascript can do that. In order to keep a regular account of the transformations made to the webpage, you can use programmes such as web applications. They are able to recognize various users and the changes made to their content.

Keeping a basic development method in mind, the process also caters to a number of stages. The first step includes an analysis which sets a target audience and considers all the existing software, hardware and data. Moving on, you can begin with the specifications regarding the overall navigation, layout and all other types of dynamics that can be made to the website. Then, the most important element of web designing comes which consists of templates and images.

Along with the above, the database of the website needs to be prepared with the entire sample and structure information. Following with that, the website’s content needs to be decided. This includes all the information which should be conveyed with the help of the website. For this job, one can hire a professional content writer whose content is proof read as well. Then, the process of coding needs to be completed in a way that it does not come in the way of the layout and design of the website. To make sure that the process is being run smoothly, the testing plans and the important documentation needs to be conducted. For example: in order to understand the code flow of Java, its users use the Java Docs to get help.

Finally and most importantly, the automated and annual testing needs to be run while using a variety of testing features that are available. This testing includes: load testing, cross browser testing, integration testing, stress testing, resolution testing and scalability testing. Without doing any promotion, all of the hard work will be a waste of time. The promotion can be done by putting in the link of your website in various types of search engines and giving it an update. You can also keep a check on it on a regular basis.

Open Source Vs Proprietary Web Platforms

In the fast growing industry of online software, web platforms are considered the foundation and more often than not, the success factor behind the most prominent creative service companies and their clients.

The major differences between all web platforms are the two key types, Open Source and Proprietary.

Any business which is reviewing which web platform to use for their new website or to upgrade their existing should wisely weigh up the differences between these two types.

Why do we say be wise in choice? The answer is simple, if you decide on (or are sold) a web platform without assessing its features and power to be expanded or modified according to your business requirements now and in the future, you could be setting yourself up for serious loss or ongoing expenditure.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OPEN SOURCE AND PROPRIETARY WEB PLATFORMS?

The difference between the two types of web platform is simple…

OPEN SOURCE

Open Source as a type of web platform, is primarily free software which is made available to the general public under a GNU (General Public License). Open Source platforms are very popular with many developers and development companies, this is due to the flexibility, power and future proof benefits of Open Source.

Some of the most well known and used Open Source web platforms are Joomla!, WordPress and Drupal.

The most popular and widely used web platform by web developers to create websites and all sorts of web applications is Joomla! which is a Content Management System.

Open Source web platforms range in their focus from Content management systems, eCommerce and even multimedia delivery.

One thing to remember about Open Source which is a common misconception is that even thought it is free software, it is not poor quality. In fact it is very much the opposite, you will find with minimal research that Open Source is secure, reliable, flexible and has plenty of power to drive future enhancements for many years.

PROPRIETARY

Proprietary systems are completely opposite to the basic structure of Open Source. That structure being that most if not all proprietary platforms have ongoing license fees which the user / client is expected to pay.

The license fees may not necessarily be paid by the end user or client but will be covered inside the cost of the company supplying the platform to develop and implement it. License fees are normally included in the support or hosting fee and treated as normal.

Some website design businesses even have their own proprietary web platform which they use for all their services, this is perfectly fine as long as you stay with them and the working relationship goes without a hitch.

Any business/forward thinking person would recognize the faults with this. If said person did not want to be supported by that particular company/platform any more it would mean redevelopment into an alternative, which involves more cost and is essentially starting from scratch.

Proprietary software in a lot of instances can be very good, there are a lot of powerful and feature rich proprietary web platforms out there which will fit the bill in a lot of customer cases, proprietary platforms range with focuses on CMS, eCommerce or multimedia.

Some Open Source web platforms are also proprietary; in this instance you get all the benefits of Open Source but pay license fees to use the software. Some of these solutions are similar to your SaaS web applications or products.

GREAT, BUT WHICH TYPE OF PLATFORM DO I NEED, OPEN SOURCE OR PROPRIETARY?

So after touching on both types of platform, the real question is, what do you need in a website and a web platform? Do you fit into the Open or Proprietary category as a business and as a customer?

The easiest thing for you as a customer would be to speak with a web design and development company that either supplies an Open Source platform, or Proprietary and choose accordingly.

Obviously either company will try to sell you their particular solution, so you need to identify your needs and ensure the solution on offer will meet those and potential future requirements.

Is Your Web Designer Going to Finish the Job? Tips For Finding the Right Team

Avoiding a bad web design experience.

Unfortunately, the following is a very common story.

Chris, a small business owner, needs a web site for his new business. He does a few Google searches and comes up with a company in a different state and finds a “Gold Package” that seems to cover everything he wants for his web site. The price is less than half of what he thinks a local developer would charge (though he has never checked) and the web site of the company looks nice, so he submits his credit card data pays for his new “Gold Package.”

He then sets about to describe in writing (the company only communicates through email) what he wants. After sending his design ideas and content, he waits. And he waits. Finally, a few weeks later, he finds all of his content placed in a web site template and is told his website is “done.” There is no custom design and the box-like web site template looks like thousands of web sites he has seen–in the early 2000s. There is no custom graphic design work, and his web site looks very old-fashioned.

When he contacts the company, they respond with a email saying that if he wants to upgrade his package, he can have a better web site. All the samples on the web site are from the “Diamond Package”, which, of course, is more expensive.

So, after tens of hours of work and a few thousand dollars spent, Chris has very little to show for his efforts. It also turns out that if he wants to keep the web site, he will have to pay high monthly hosting charges and he is not able to modify the web site without using the development company.

Chris has wasted his time and money.

What could Chris have done to save money, time and get a great web site?
1. Chris’ first mistake was not to check for local web designers. Almost every community is served by at least a handful of local web designer. He could have met with a few local designers, checked out their references and received price quotes from them.

There are several advantage to local sourcing. The most important is responsibility. A local developer is much less likely to take on projects she can’t complete, because failure to complete a project will subject her to spending a lot of time in small claims court. An out-of-state developer, or worse yet, an out-of-country developer is unlikely to feel the same legal responsibility. Furthermore, a local developer is most likely well-aware of the value of referrals and developing a network of references. Finally, a local developer will be able to communicate face-to-face–an invaluable option when talking about design-related issues.

2. Chris also would have been wise to ask the online company a lot of questions. How much would the XYZ web site in their portfolio cost? Can I have the phone contact information for some of your clients? How many revisions am I allowed? Can I have the web site hosted on my server of choice? Does the price quote include setting up email accounts, changing the nameserver information, setting up the server, a grace period for changing typos?

3. While it’s a matter of great discussion in the web developer world, a client should not be expected to make more than a 50% deposit. No reputable web developer would accept less (except, perhaps from established clients), but to demand 75%-90% before any work is begun should raise some red flags.

4. Examine the web design contract closely. If there is no contract, find another developer.

5. Don’t base a web design project solely on cost. A good web site should represent a business well for a few years (or more). Look at the total costs, including the cost of your time, when determining the cost of a project. Also consider the risk of losing everything if your developer is out of state or in another country. If you can’t meet with the designer and have to describe everything in email, your time costs will be much higher. A poorly designed web site might not be of any use to your business.

Unfortunately, web design businesses can appear and disappear as fast as it takes to set up and turn off a web site. A smart business person will look at the all the risks and costs in the web design process.