4 Do’s & Don’ts of Community Website Development

Web development processes are intended for adding variety of functionalities to any web site. Developers add numerous applications software to make web presence more dynamic and add flexibilities to the site in order to enhance performance level of the site. It is a developer’s work to put the ideas of their clients into practice by implementing newer technologies, creative web solutions and experience. You may find thousands of experts and sites advising dos and don’ts of web development – however, many of them can be irrelevant to particular web developing situations. Especially if you are working on a social networking site, you are less likely to find appropriate guidance. Hence, we have garnered following four dos and don’ts based web developing tips for optimum success.

1. Do give some useful through website – These days people are more keen on finding substance than just be attracted by merely colourful banners and images. Rather too much use of flashy objects and colours distract audience from site as they hinder from reading the main content. Today’s readers have understood very well that ‘all that glitters is not gold’. If you follow the reason that propelled sites like Facebook, MySpace to excel with rapid growth is presence of useful software in these sites. Incorporate useful and innovative software to your community site web development project to keep your visitors spend longer hours in the site.

2. Do integrate the newer functions than enabling them contacting and sending messaging to friends – Currently, social networking site users search for more beyond just usability to search, contact and message their friends. Recent studies have concluded that people look for cool games, widgets and applications to enjoy multiplayer games and compete online with their friends. In this way, you can increase your site’s potential to attract memberships. Adding cool online games allowing people to enjoy competition with their buddies will also encourage them in referring your site and inviting people from their circle.

3. Do facilitate users with video and audio sharing capacity – Gone are the days when people just articulate and share their ideas through text messages. They are now up to sending images, also videos and audio. Thanks to easy accessibility of cameras and video shooting facility thanks to high end mobiles, most of us are up to uploading and sharing our captured videos, images, or even audio files to social networking sites. Make sure your web development plan must include adding functionalities to the social networking site you are creating.

4. Don’t make your users wait too long – Whether it is to search for new friends or connect to existing friends, do not make your members wait for long to be connected. Success of any social networking web site development depends how easily users are accessing their friends and too with a few clicks only. Make sure the website features convenient user interface and navigation since all the users of the site are not likely to be tech savvy or geek.

Another common mistake is that web developers are likely to commit that overloading the website with excessive inclusion of graphics and over emphasis on making the site look catchy. Because overloading the site with large and heavy images, graphics irritate members and divert to other social networking sites.

Website Development – Basic Knowledge and Guidelines to Choose a Website Development Company

Looking to take your business online? Wish to own a website? If yes, then you need to hire a website development company for making your business footprint online.

Website development has emerged as an industry during the last decade. An individual or a company develops websites for placing them over the internet for people to see it. Web development, considered in many countries as the sunrise sector, is a place where tens of thousands of people have found employment. Needless to say, the number of websites across the internet is increasing rapidly.

A website development team comprises of web designers and web developers and other functionaries. As internet technology is advancing each moment, it is important for web developers to know about the latest development techniques and current trends which are being used for building a new website. The work, in turn, generates a good income for the web developer. Besides, site development could be used as a device for making online money these days as e-business and e-commerce has emerged as a major source of income for several organizations worldwide.

It’s wise to have a website but it is quite difficult to find the correct development company for catering to your web development needs. However, most developers today deploy latest applications and technologies for making a website attractive and user friendly. Technologies like Java, ASP.net, XML, HTML, J2ME, PHP etc. are being increasingly used for making your website eye-catching. To find the right web development company, you need to scour through a company’s profile, client list, reputation, client reviews and samples. In a rapidly growing sector employing qualified experts, you can easily find a professional and experienced site development company who would deliver according to your requirements. 

A nice way of finding the right web development company is to search popular search engines like Yahoo, MSN and Google. Search engines offer the perfect resource for finding a web development company according to your needs. No sooner you enter a query, you would get thousands of results. All you have to do is scan the various companies and read carefully the terms and conditions.

The ultimate success of site development can be measured with how much traffic gets diverted to a website. And that’s why promotion of a website is perhaps the most important aspect. There are several ways to promote a website which includes search engine optimization and article marketing and other techniques. 

The site development industry has prospered due to the internet lifestyle coming in vogue. The number of websites over the internet has shot up multifold compared to even a few years ago. The reason behind the phenomenon is that competition has increased in the field of web development and the increasing need among organizations and individuals to make their presence felt online.

With several years of experience in website development with us, pixelsmedia.net has etched out its name in the internet world. Deploying quality professionals and latest technologies, we provide with what the client needs. Visit us now.

Building an Online Business – Phase 2 – Getting a Website Designed and Developed

In Phase One of Building Your Online Business, I described developing a solid plan. A plan takes all of the guesswork out of the equation. Your plan is invaluable because it will describe in detail what you want your website to do. The plan will help the web developer understand what you want the website to do and what goals it must accomplish. The plan does not have to be a lengthy thesis. Just a simple one page description will suffice. Try to be as descriptive a possible.

The plan you choose must include the following phases:

  1. Planning Your Online Business
  2. Getting a Website Designed and Developed (you are here)
  3. Setting up an E-Commerce Shopping Cart
  4. CRM (Customer Relations Management)
  5. Getting Your Website Indexed in the Search Engines
  6. Online Advertising
  7. Email Marketing
  8. Start a Blog and/or Forum
  9. Social Networking
  10. Go to Step 1

The order of the above phases is only a suggestion. The is order is up to you, but each of them should be implemented.

Phase 2 : Getting a Website Designed and Developed Once you have your plan written, Phase 2 of Building Your Online Business is to have your website designed and developed. A great design is extremely important to your online business. In the online world, it is even more true that first impressions are everything. A websites design is not just about pretty pictures and colors. Your website is the perfect marketing resource that will keep your current and future customers informed. It should contain all of your company’s information, brochures and other materials. Are you going sale your products through your website? All of these things must be considered in your design.

If you choose you can of course do the design and development yourself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you have the skill to do this, by all means, do it. That is up to you.

However, there is also something to be said about having a professional web developer build the website for you. To avoid confusion, in this article I talk about website designers and developers inclusively as “web developers”. Since we are designing a website, the professional must be able to do design first and foremost. Development, or programming, is usually a secondary skill. Your website might not require any “functionality”, or interactive parts of your website such a contact form or booking application, for example.

Question: What are the advantages of hiring a web developer to do the website design and development for me?

There are numerous advantages to hiring a web developer. Some of those advantages might be:

  1. Freeing up your time so that you can run your business.
  2. Putting their professional experience to work for you.
  3. Receiving professional opinions and creative ideas.
  4. Getting your website completed faster.
  5. Your website will require less maintenance.
  6. Greater compatibility with all of the major web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.).
  7. Achieve Search Engine friendliness.

Remember that web developers are professionals. Rely on them for their experience and knowledge. For example, while you could fix your clogged sink yourself, wouldn’t it be better to hire a professional plumber? The same goes for any other service you might need.

Question: How do you pick a professional web developer?

Finding and hiring a professional web developer is perhaps the greatest hurdle to overcome when creating your website. There are literally thousands and thousands of designers and developers available to choose from on the internet. Here are some suggestions to make the search easier.

Start Local

Start the search for your web developer of choice by looking in the your local area. The yellow pages might not be the best place to look. Because the primary domain of a web developer is the internet use a search engine such as Google (www.google.com). Type in a search query such as “website design in

If nothing turns up in the search results, look at websites for other companies in your local area. Ask those companies who they recommend.

Use Online Services

There are many websites on the internet that will help you find a professional web developer. The ones that I recommend are Elance, Guru and Design Quote. You might also try job search websites such as Dice, Monster and Career Builder.

Ask for a Portfolio and Client Testimonials

Once you have located one or more web developers ask them for their professional portfolios and some of their client testimonials. Visual representation of their skills is a must. Client feedback and references will further prove that the web developer can do the work you need. If you are still not convinced, ask the web developer for a free mockup, or design draft, of your website idea.

Question: What is the typical website development process?

After you have hired your web developer, typically the website development process goes something like this:

  1. Website design mockup(s) is done via a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop
  2. Review of design mockup(s)
  3. Feedback of the design and further design work if needed
  4. Convert design into website template
  5. Use website template to make content pages
  6. Content is filled in using the information that you provide
  7. Search engine keywords are chosen and content modified for search engine friendliness
  8. Meta tags are written and inserted into your pages
  9. Domain name is setup on your website hosting account
  10. Email accounts are setup
  11. Website is uploaded to your website hosting account
  12. Domain name is manually submitted to the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.)
  13. Continue to add content and improve the website as needed

The above process is by no means set in stone. Every website is different and the process can vary greatly. The saying goes that “A website is never done.” Your website will be a living extension of your business and it should be changed and improved upon. Remember to inform your website visitors of new and exciting things that are going on at your company.

Phase 3 of the crusade to Building Your Online Business is Setting up an E-Commerce Shopping Cart. If your business sells any kind of product having an easy-to-use e-commerce shopping cart where you can accept online payments is a must. We will step you through all of the ins and outs of getting it setup and going. Please subscribe to this blog so you can get all of the details.

Jason Cochran

WebFusion5

“We don’t just create websites. We build businesses.”