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Four web technology issues that business websites need to consider

Posted on June 29, 2016

Web technology has changed considerably in the last decade. There are four areas that, until recently, many websites consistently ignored. If a website addresses these issues, then the result could well lead to more visitors and more conversions.

1. Speed

People used to think that if a website loaded in ten seconds or less then its speed was fine. Young people, in particular, have a short attention span and want websites to load faster. Each extra second that a website loads decreases customer satisfaction and can adversely affect (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Why you should outsource web development

Posted on June 15, 2016

Most businesses realise that a good website can significantly grow their business. This is why it pays to have a budget large enough to develop a top website. Unfortunately many businesses try to save money on web development by doing it themselves, or by using one of those free online website builders. It is better to outsource web development to a professional, and here’s why.

There are two main ways to create a website in house, but all have disadvantages that make it is better to outsource web development to a professional web developer.

Website building software

The first in house method is the cheapest. There are several low cost apps and online services that enable (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Six common web development mistakes

Posted on June 1, 2016

Web development has evolved from the time when most sites were built using static HTML pages and the most popular web host was GeoCities (remember them?). Now there are many technologies used in web pages such as scripts, CSS, databases, forms and video streaming. With more complexity comes greater potential to make mistakes.

Here are six of the most common mistakes that web developers make:

1. Inadequate input validation

Many websites have forms that users fill in. The golden rule is (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Does Google’s webmaster guidelines website follow Google webmaster guidelines?

Posted on April 13, 2016

Google’s webmaster guidelines are there to help web designers and developers create websites that get noticed by Google. But how do you find out whether or not your website actually follows the guidelines?


Go to varvy.com and enter the domain name you’d like to check. It could be yours, or one of your competitors. After around 30 seconds a report appears that details 14 areas covered by the Google webmaster guidelines. Factors of the site that comply with the guidelines have green headings, and items that need changing have yellow headings, with particular faults displayed in orange coloured text. After any highlighted issues have been fixed, your website should follow the Google guidelines.

The Varvy service is free and the site also has a very good summary of the Google guidelines.

As an experiment I put Google’s webmaster guidelines website into Varvy to find out (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Four common web development problems and how to deal with them

Posted on February 3, 2016

As a web developer, implementing a website project can be a complex process and, like any complicated project, it helps to anticipate potential problems so that you can plan the solutions.

Problem 1: The cost

One of the first questions that a client asks a web developer is what is it going to cost. Unless the client has a clear idea about what elements are needed for the website then it is difficult to quote for the total cost.

Apart from the number of pages, there are various elements that can add to the cost including forms, shopping carts, databases, videos, slide shows, interactive menus and so on, each of which takes the developer time to implement.

The solution is (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Facebook opens up origami offering

Posted on February 15, 2014

Facebook has decided to offer up something quite interesting for app designers free of charge; a piece of software called Origami.

It’s a design prototyping toolkit that can be used to (more…)

Posted by Steven

Gaining inspiration from the random

Posted on January 24, 2014

Sometimes, inspiration can come from the most unusual sources. With logic being the enemy of creativity, a website named The Thinkerbot has come up with a novel idea to help inspire.

It gathers what it (more…)

Posted by Steven

Layers: the style-agnostic framework

Posted on November 30, 2013

The use of frameworks has become ubiquitous in the web design and development community. Everyone has their favourites and most could debate their advantages and (more…)

Posted by Steven
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