LATEST FROM OUR BLOG

Take your daily dose of (only) relevant news, useful tips and tricks and valuable how to's on using the latest web technologies shaping the digital landscape. We're here to do all the necessary information sifting for you, so you don't have to, to provide you with content that will help you anticipate the emerging trends about to influence the web.

What Are the Best Types of Navigation Menus? And Which One Best Suits Your Project? Top 10
Let’s talk navigation menus! Navigation menus are a key element of the user interface – without them, there can be no website! Any web page you have ever visited had a group of links somewhere on the page, either in the footer or in the header. Design-wise, navigation menus are very dynamic and change often in order to improve user experience. Interestingly enough, even boring navigation menus will come in handy once in a while. Since 2016 had its own set of preferable types of navigation menus, 2016 is no different – here’s a rundown of 2016’s best navigation menus. Hamburger Menu Buttons This is one of the most popular choices available when you want to gather all the navigation links in the same place. Hamburger menus are dynamic, subtle, mobile-friendly, and stylish. Its form is composed of three lines placed one after the other – this part always remains the same but the inner part which features the actual links can vary from image-based items to lists. Navigation in the fixed centered layout Navigation buttons can be scattered around the welcome section of your website – this will give it a fresh and original look. As a rule of thumb, this type of navigation menu can be found on personal websites or personal portfolios – it can provide the webmaster with plenty of room for innovation. Its only drawback is that it can only be applied for menus consisting of just four items. Full-screen multimedia based navigation menu Videos and images can also be used as supporting devices for your menu items. Modern technologies allow incorporating lots of media elements without damaging productivity, accessibility, or functionality. This type of menu is very dynamic, lavish, and sophisticated. Interactive navigation menu Interactive menus are meant to draw attention – these can include dynamic features, static scenes, virtual walks, or interactive videos. That being said, these types of menus are not always fully compatible with browsers and devices which can create a huge gap in your website’s conversion rate. Slide-out menus Slide-out menus are similar to hamburger buttons – the concept was borrowed from mobile UIs. Slide-out menus became popular due to their compact size and versatility. You can also add certain visual clues in the form of icons or text in order to make it a bit flashier. The menu can slide out from the bottom, right, left, or top side, with the left side being the preferred choice. Static sidebar navigation menu Static sidebars were very popular a few years ago but recently they gave way to more compact solutions. There are still plenty of blogs or online magazines that use these navigation bars and for good reason – these simple bars make users feel more comfortable and improve user experience. Streamlined navigation bars This was one of the most popular types of navigation bars last year, along with the hamburger menu button. It’s a stylish and elegant choice when it comes to presenting the main links of your project. It can include 7 or fewer items and it’s often located in the right corner of the screen. Massive drop-down navigation bars These are huge dropdowns rich in multimedia – these menus are the perfect choice for huge companies such as online newspapers, international e-stores, famous sports brands, and industry leaders. Dropdown menus are multifunctional and highly complex components that extend over the entire width of a web page. Most drop-down menus feature a balance between videos, images, text and some even have extra components such as weather widgets and shopping carts. Footer navigation menus Footer navigation menus are similar to the streamlined navigation bars. You can find these at the bottom of the page. Users tend to usually search for the menu bar in the upper part of the page but the footer navigation menu does have its uses. Navigation menus in websites powered by parallax Projects powered by parallax usually opt for plain graphic-based navigation menus. These menus often feature dashes or circles accompanied by titles that help visitors find the information they need quicker. Conclusions If making hard decisions is not really your thing, there’s one other option you can go for: No navigation menus at all. Yes, it’s possible and it’s definitely doable – one-page websites are gaining popularity around the world, and abandoning the navigation menu is definitely possible. This solution is suitable for smaller projects with minimal layouts.   ... Read more
Adrian Ababei / May 24'2016
Eight Design Tips You Need To Know
Working as a developer you might sometimes find yourself in a situation where you’re dissatisfied with your work but you simply can’t figure out why. Even if you research and read design theory books, it’s very though to create seamless design work at the snap of a finger. Luckily enough, there are ways to improve your work with very little effort. Here are 8 tips on creating great design. Font weight Thin fonts are all the rage in 2016 but they are risky to use simply because they can cause eye strain. Eye strain occurs when users have a hard time reading text or they must focus more in order to be able to read it. This can quickly exhaust anyone and force them to exit your website. Thin fonts are usually quite hard to read, especially on certain backgrounds, so it’s a good idea to make changes whenever necessary. The optimal font weight is around 400 as this will create the least amount of eye strain – try to be more receptive when you get feedback regarding the readability of your text and fonts, it will pay off in the long run. Colour contrast When entering a website, the first thing a user does is to quickly scan all the content and search for information regarding their problem. If they can’t find a solution to their problem, they’ll most likely bounce. When designing a page, any page…you need to keep the user’s needs in mind. Let’s say you are designing a services page – your visitors need to be able to find the “next” button or a contact button fairly quickly or else they will just leave. Contrast is an excellent way to help your visitors discover all nooks and crannies of your website. Using rich and vibrant colours for links and buttons is highly recommended. Icons will give you some personality Let’s start off by saying Font Awesome really is awesome. Make use of icons whenever and wherever appropriate – your visitors will thank you for it. We live in a world ruled by signs – red is danger, green is safe and blue is comforting. Use it to your advantage! Spare your visitors the effort of reading every little bit of text on your website by simply adding an icon next to it – it will help clarify your text and make it a bit more user friendly. Clarity is the key to good content When writing content for your website or pages, it can get pretty confusing. Your average user will spend less than 10 seconds on a website to try and find the information they need before they search for another one. It’s a good idea to always have simple ~5 word headers over any block of text. This will help your user know if the information is of any value to him or her – time’s expensive! Clickable elements need to be obvious If you want someone to click on a link or button, you’d better make it obvious that it’s clickable! Menu items, buttons and links are common clickable items on a website. That being said, make sure that your buttons have a high colour contrast compared to the rest of the page and that your menu items have an icon next to them. You can also play around in CSS to change their colour when the user hovers over them. Links should always be in blue – having some call to action text next to the link can also help. Colour your website properly Colours should bring order and clarity to your website. You should never use too many similar colours as this can cause eye strain for your user. Colours can also clash with each other, making the user’s brain work harder to figure out what is what. Colour balance needs to be attained through careful and patient testing! Keep information consistent Every piece of content on your website should have the same layout and approximately the same size. Your information’s colour, format and proximity to other links or related pieces of information should be consistent throughout the whole website. Different portions of content that are different but fill the same role should also be consistent. For example, if you offer a basic, medium and premium offer all information regarding these offers should have the same size and the same font. You can get creative, but keep it consistent! Text alignment If you want your user to feast on all the information provided on your website, you should make each and every piece of information as digestible as possible. Alignment can help you do that easily. Alignment should be where the user’s eye begins – either left or centre-aligned.  Conclusions When coding, you can make mistakes and you’ll get error messages. But with design, mistakes or errors can be difficult to spot. Think about these tips when building up your project or go through them when you’re in a pickle and soon enough these principles will be imbedded in your workflow! ... Read more
Adrian Ababei / May 23'2016
What Are the Cross Browser Testing Tools Worth Taking for a “Test Drive”? Hint: Start with Browsershots
Most developers nowadays are plagued by cross-browser issues and considering the fact that there are tons of popular browsers and operating systems available, it’s impossible to manually test your website on all of them. That’s why we came up with a list of our favourite ten cross-browser testing tools, including Browsershots. These tools are both free and paid so take your time to check trough each of them. Browsershots Browsershots is a very simple yet useful free tool with plenty of functionality to go along. Browsershots’ list of supported browsers is huge. You can select your screen’s depth, colour, size and whether to check for issues or not by using Flash, Java and JavaScript. The free service offered by Browsershots doesn’t include features that handle navigation testing or scripting and in our experience, it also takes a long time to see the results. All in all, it’s still a pretty good tool for showcasing pages to clients – the paid version of Browsershots with priority testing and tons of features will set you back just under $30 a month. Browser Sandbox Browser Sandbox is next on our list, featuring a good list of browsers which you can use for testing. Unfortunately, Browser Sandbox is only available for Windows Users but the developers are planning to release a Mac version soon. The list of browsers supported by Browser Sandbox includes Firefox Nightly, Opera, Safari, Firefox Mobile, Chromium Canary, Chrome, Firefox and the ever popular Internet Explorer. If you go for their free service, the only limitation you’ll have is that Browser Sandbox will only test your page with the latest version of each browser. If you need access to older versions of these browsers you can get started with just a little under $5 a month. That’s quite a bargain! BrowserStack Browser Stack is number 3 on our list of cross-browser testing tools – it’s also one of the most popular products by the way. Browser stack is a great tool for mobile testing and it also supports over 700 desktop browsers. Other features include quick screenshots, local testing and resolutions from 800x600 up to 2048x1536. Browser Stack will set you back between $12.50 to $29 a month, depending on your needs and the type of your organization. Open source projects can get this tool for free. This tool offers a nice mix of both free and paid services but not all of the paid services are that necessary so you might get the job done with only the free ones. IE Testers If you want to test your page on IE, here’s a list of free Internet explorer testers you might want to check out: Netrenderer Net Renderer allows you to test websites in IE 5.5 up to IE 11. It’s a pretty simple tool without too many features – it’s free so get testing! Microsoft Edge Microsoft Edge offers testing in other browsers as well, not just IE. Microsoft Edge will show screenshots of your website in the browsers you select and on mobile devices as well. The Azure Remote App also allows you to test in IE remotely. My Debugbar My Debugbar which is also known as IETester is another tool web developers can use if they want to test in IE. This tool requires a 60MB download and can only work on Windows. Unfortunately, My Debugbar has plenty of limitations and bugs so it’s better to do some research before installing it. Browsera Browsera will set you back between $39 and $99 a month, depending on the features you need. Although it might seem a bit expensive at first, you are getting quite a lot for your money. Browsera can test password protected pages, dynamic pages, layout and JavaScript so it’s definitely worth taking a look through it. Mobile Ready’s Webshot Webshot is a free tool which you can use to test mobile cross-browser compatibility. All you need to do is register and then you can get started. CrossBrowserTesting Interestingly enough, CrossBrowserTesting uses real devices to run the browsers and tests. Emulators do a good job indeed but nothing beats the real thing. CrossBrowserTesting’s features list is extensive and definitely worth its money. CrossBrowserTesting’s list of supported browsers and operating systems is possibly the largest in the industry – it’s over 900! CBT also supports over 40 operating systems including Mac, Windows, Android and iOS. Developers can also use its “live testing feature” – it allows you to test pages in a real environment. You can test Flash, JavaScript, HTML forms and AJAX. Other features include screenshot comparisons, Selenium tests and local testing. CrossBrowserTesting will set you back $29 a month, with a 7 days free trial. Conclusion Generally speaking, paid services are well worth the effort and there’s really no way of saying which tool is best – it strictly depends on your needs and the type of project you’re working on.   ... Read more
Adrian Ababei / May 20'2016
What Are the Essential UX and UI Tools that Shouldn’t Miss From Your Toolbox?
To help you make the right choice or choices, below you can find the most valuable UX and UI tools on the market today. InVision InVision is the world’s leading product design and collaboration tool. It’s equally useful for individuals and small teams, and if you work on multiple projects, or projects involving large numbers of team members, the cloud-based Enterprise version is perfect. InVision Enterprise can accommodate an unlimited number of team members working on an unlimited number of projects. InVision’s unlimited testing capability, which allows you to test your prototypes directly on users’ mobile devices, record their interactions with your prototypes, hear their voices, and even see their faces, is hugely helpful. Feedback doesn’t get much more contextual than that. With such relevant feedback, you’ll have the power to make the right UX and UI decisions quickly, rather than having to rely on days or weeks of serial usability testing activities. Proto.io If you’ve been searching for a high-fidelity prototyping tool with powerful collaborating features, you need to look no further than Proto.io. Some prototyping tools, including many of the more advanced ones, can link screens together, but don’t go beyond that. With this tool, you can create prototypes that are feature-rich, animated, and interactive, and do so in minutes – without having to rely on coding. That’s half the story. The other half is your ability to overcome those pesky communication gaps that can exist between the project manager and the team, between team members, and among other project stakeholders. Proto.io gives you the capability of producing prototypes that are so realistic that your team, or your company, will be able to make the right decisions before investing resources in the final design and development efforts. Appsee Mobile App UX Analytics Appsee’s app analytics platform goes beyond reporting basic, quantitative data by providing mobile teams with visual data. The user recordings and touch heatmaps allow you to see for yourself how users actually behave within your app. These tools can help you pinpoint where you can optimize your user experience and troubleshoot issues from performance to usability. In conjunction with these visualization tools, Appsee supplies mobile teams with insights regarding retention, user journeys, usage, and conversion funnels. These insights can answer questions like: “Which navigation path do my users take the most? “ Or “How many users return to my app after a month?” Overall they can help paint a clearer picture of how your users behave. PowerMockup If you are a PowerPoint user, PowerMockup is a wise choice. This prototyping toolkit enables you to create mockups and wireframes for virtually any website, or for any mobile or desktop application. Select your shapes and icons from the PowerMockup library, drag and drop them onto a PowerPoint slide, and let PowerPoint functionality do the rest. The PowerMockup library is constantly being added to, and you can add your own custom shapes, and share them with other users as well. Pidoco Pidoco offers a better way to create and share beautiful, interactive wireframes. This web app has it all, from making easy sketches to making custom templates, adding interactive elements, and using features that allow quick and easy previews of your work as you progress. Your prototypes feature all of the necessary clicks and touch gestures you’ll need to trigger the system reactions you are looking for. Pidoco offers four different plans, ranging from the Starter Plan (2 projects/ month), to the Platinum Plan (100 projects/month), and you can try any of their plans for free. Lucidchart Lucidchart is an online, cloud-based, multipurpose wireframing and diagramming application that will be an excellent choice if you are looking for an easy way to sketch and share professional-looking wireframes and mockups. Lucidchart employs drag and drop functionality, a variety of useful keyboard shortcuts, and features a large library of icons for the full range of device types. This application can be used on PCs, Macs, and all browsers, and it is fully integrated with Google Apps, Google Drive, Visio, and Jive. Notism Collaboration Notism Collaboration is the ideal choice for creative teams who would benefit from having a real-time design and video platform through which team members can discuss and share their design efforts with others. You can share mockups, videos, interactive web, and mobile prototypes, or any other design-related activity. Notism provides everything needed to ensure that team members and project stakeholders are always able to participate in the feedback loop. You can also use this handy toolkit to support your task management needs, including enhanced data backup and security features. Loop11 Loop11 is the type of usability tool that individuals or teams look for when they need a quick way to perform website, wireframe, and prototype UX testing. Instead of tossing your design over the fence and waiting for a response, Loop11 enables you to carry on a continuous conversation with your customers and users. This usability tool provides heatmaps, clickstreams, task analysis, and other feedback types that enable you to make data-driven design decisions with confidence. It offers the perfect solution for all types of usability testing, including A/B testing. Patternry If you are fortunate enough to have all the UI and UX work you can handle, Patternry might just be one of the most useful tools you can have for storing your design and code assets and sharing them with your team. Patternry gives you the ability to store more than just shapes and icons. Design patterns run the gamut from shapes and icons, to code and screenshots, to guidelines and recorded or documented discussions. You can store all of your valuable design assets in a logical, carefully arranged way that not only supports your deliverables, but gives you and your team a library of reusable design patterns as well. As you can see, there are a number of truly excellent prototyping and UX and UI tools to choose from; and you can feel free to do so without fear of making a poor decision. UI design is one thing, but having an ability to verify the UX performance of that design can be something else entirely. Because of this, we’ve included several usability tools that are easy to use while providing rapid feedback of qualitative results. Whether you are happy with our selections, or you believe we have left something out, we would like to hear from you. Form Analytics by UseItBetter Form Analytics by UseItBetter is an invaluable tool for analyzing user data; particularly with respect to form abandonment, fixing forms, and improving conversion rates. This usability tool may be more specialized than most you could choose from, but it gives you the information you need to fix problems or potential problems on the spot. Form Analytics can also be a tremendous form event tracking time saver. A couple of clicks gives you all of the metrics you might need to determine which form field or fields are causing customers to drop out, and why that is the case. ... Read more
Adrian Ababei / May 12'2016
Are Your Using These 20 Useful Git Commands? You Should!
Git is one of the most popular version control systems in the world. Since its release more than 11 years ago it became a must have for web development specialists and web development agencies alike. Here is a list of very handy Git commands which you can use for app development or web development:   Setting details git config --global user.name "John Doe" git config --global user.email john@example.com Use --global to set the configuration for all projects. If git config is used without --global and run inside a project directory, the settings are set for the specific project.   Ignoring file modes cd project/ git config core.filemode false This option is useful if the file permissions are not important to us, for example when we are on Windows.   See current settings git config –list   Clone a remote repository git clone https://github.com/username/somerepo.git This creates a new directory with the name of the repository.   Get help for a specific command git help clone   Create and Checkout a New Branch git checkout -b   Checkout a Remote Branch git checkout -b origin/   See differences between two commits git diff COMMIT1_ID COMMIT2_ID   See recent commit history git log   Abort Changes git checkout --   Modify the Previous Commit's Message git commit --amend   Partial Change Checkin git add --edit   Undo the Previous Commit git revert HEAD^   Temporarily Stash Changes, Restore Later # After changes have been made... git stash # Do some other things here #Re-apply the changes git stash pop   Delete a Remote Branch git push origin :   Pull in the Latest from a Shared Repository # Add a remote branch git remote add # Get changes from that branch git fetch   Pushing, deleting and tagging tags # Create a Tag git tag # Delete the tag git tag -d # Push Tags git push --tags   Making changes and creating patches git diff > some_patch_1.patch   Adding files and creating patches git add newfile git diff --staged > some_patch.patch   Applying patch patches git apply -v some_patch_2.patch     ... Read more
Adrian Ababei / May 09'2016
How to Build a Better Website: 8 Best Practices
Here is a list of 8 tips on building a better website in 2016: Keep your design fresh and simple The homepage is the most important part of your website – it’s the first thing a potential customer sees. Make sure your homepage provides visitors with all the information they requiere in order to make a purchase – what you have to offer, who you are and your contact information. Think about the fact that you have less than 10 seconds to make a good impression and what you want to communicate to potential customers. It’s a good idea to keep your homepage clean and easy to read – your overall text should not be longer than 120 words.   Make sure your website is fast Nobody likes to wait for pages to load. If your page fails to load quickly enough you’ll most likely miss out on a potential customer. There’s a direct correlation between website speed and the conversion rate of a website. Apart from that, Google also takes loading time into account – a slower loading website will rank lower than a fast loading website. So, if you want to have a great website you’ll need to consider your speed. Try getting a better host for your website, minimize HTTP requests, use a CDN, minimize CSS, JavaScript and HTML and you’re good to go.   Image optimization is important One of the most important parts of a website is images – these tend to be very large and take a considerable amount of bandwidth, effectively slowing your website. By using a few tools you can make your website faster and also save bandwidth. Image optimization is based on choosing the right size and format, using images only when it is necessary and finding a balance between weight and quality.   Build a mobile friendly website Mobile browsing recently surpassed desktop browsing so it’s extremely important to have a fully functional mobile friendly website. Luckily enough, it’s not hard to modify your website and make it responsive. You can simply use CSS media queries to get the job done.   Using webfonts instead of icons is a great idea Using webfonts instead of icons is extremely easy. All you need to do is download a font or create your own. Once that’s done, you’ll need to upload your files to your webserver and add the downloaded stylesheet to your website – you can increase performance by copying the stylesheet’s content directly into your website’s style.css file. Now, all you need to do is just drop the markup in the html file. If you prefer SVG icons, you can use those as well in the same way.   Search engine marketing & search engine optimization are important SEM and SEO should be your second priority – search engine marketing or search engine optimization campaigns can either make or break a business, thus they are two extremely important concepts especially for small businesses. When in doubt, always seek professional help – it can help you on your road to success.   Content is critical Bad content will just make visitors leave your website. Pay attention to your headlines as these can be the difference between a visitor leaving your website or staying to read the rest of the content. It’s a good idea to write catchy and relevant headlines so that visitors can quickly scan it and decide if it’s worth the read or not – large blocks of text simply will not do. Keeping your content fresh and relevant will make visitors turn into customers quicker.   Get a high quality hosting service You can’t have a high quality website without a high quality server – if you want a fast and reliable website you’ll have to use a better hosting provider. Look for a hosting provider with unlimited bandwidth, 24/7 customer service and dedicated servers. ... Read more
Adrian Ababei / May 06'2016
Web Development Tools Essentials for any Web Developer
Web development can be a real hassle without any help from tools, friends or services. That’s why we’ve set up a list of web development tools that can save you many hours of work. Shrinktheweb Shrinktheweb.com helps web developers take automatic screenshots from the server they’re working on through server-side languages and complete plugin integration. With as little as 10 bucks a month you’ll get custom size captures, full length captures and the private label service which lets you add your own logo as the placeholder – you’ll be able to use the image for marketing purposes. Muffingroup The BeTheme is a Muffin theme that gets your WordPress website up and going in a matter of minutes, thanks to its lightning fast drag and drop builder which offers plenty of possibilities. The theme also offers a layouts generator which can provide you with unlimited layouts for customizable pages – you can pick between different skins, grids, layouts, headers and logos. Muffingroup is one of the best web development tools out there – it offers over 200 shortcodes which you can use for your pages, a custom font uploader and plenty of template pages for help pages, gallery pages, about us pages and features pages.   Simbla, One of the Must-Have Web Development Tools Simbla is a powerful site-building platform with plenty of features. It’s one of the simplest web development tools available on the market today – it features a drag and drop system which can help you build code free websites in just a couple of minutes. Thanks to Bootstrap3, all websites built in Simbla are mobile responsive. Flyzoo.co Flyzoo is another interesting web development tool – you’ll be able to create embeddable group chats which you can use for different pages or layouts. All you have to do is log in to Flyzoo, click on setup, group chats and then get embedding code – you’re ready to go! Just copy the code into your page and adjust its height and width accordingly. Group chats are a great way for web developers to improve user engagement. Iconfinder for web developers Brand icons can be difficult to create but even so, icons are an important aspect of marketing as well as web development. Iconfinder can help you get in touch with a professional icon creator. Fill out a design brief, some specific details, target audience and other data about your brand or website and you’ll soon start receiving price quotes from designers. Themify Themify is another quick web development tool. You’ll start by importing a layout, replacing images and text and that’s it! Themify only works for WordPress though, for other more complex projects you’ll need to use other tools. Pidoco.com for web development Pidoco is an online prototyping tool and a real time saver any web developer. You’ll have over 400 elements in the library to play with and plenty of communication features such as sharing, commenting and so on. With Pidoco just about anyone can participate in critical design decisions by seeing the prototype in action. Optinmonster Optinmonster is an essential lead generation tool which you can use for your projects. Over 275.000 websites use Optinmonster with its built-in analytics, page level targeting, A/B testing, exit intent technology and the drag and drop builder. Building mobile responsive forms takes just a couple of minutes with Optinmonster, making it one of the most useful web development tools. actiTIME ActiTIME is a great time tracking solution for a small web development team. Users are able to track the time spent on various tasks, record business trips and days off. Team leaders can create projects, assign them and keep track of the project’s costs and deadlines. Thesquid.ink Squid Ink is another web development tool worth mentioning – it offers a huge library of over 2000 icons, divided into three types: solid, line and flat. There are many different formats and categories so you’re sure you’ll find the right icons for your web development project.   Bowtie Database driven websites can have security risks and require constant maintenance to boot. Bowtie offers a faster and cleaner solution which includes all the features required to share and publish content with ease. Web developers can also have access to version control through git.   48hourslogo.com One of the most popular web development tools is the 48hourslogo platform – you’ll get a beautiful looking logo for a reasonable price and in just two days. ... Read more
Adrian Ababei / May 04'2016
Why Use a Content Delivery Network? Because It Boosts Conversion: Here’s How...
What is a CDN?   A CDN or Content Delivery Network will make your website load much faster for users from all around the world. The system is simple – instead of having a single host, the CDN allows for multiple hosts all around the world and when a visitor logs in to your website they will see it through the host that’s closest to them. Starbuck’s website loads very fast no matter where you travel – they use CDNs as well.   Web hosting As you all know, each website requires its own web host in order to work properly. After you build your website, the hosting will hold all of your website’s content on a server in a data centre with other servers. These are large warehouses where companies rent servers to keep data on.   Web hosting with content delivery network The content delivery network is like an add on for your web hosting – it doesn’t replace it fully but it enhances its capabilities, effectively making your website faster. When using a CDN, the network will copy your website and store them in different servers around the globe. When a visitor comes to your website, it will now load from different countries such as the USA, Canada, England, Germany, France, etc. It will automatically load from the server that’s physically closest to your visitor.   How can this help load your website faster? All your website’s scripts and images are loading from different servers located in different countries across the globe but how does this speed up your website? Latency! Think that latency is a piece of string – the longer the string the greater the latency and the longer it takes to get to the end of it. The same concept can be applied to physical distances between data centres – the further the visitor is from the server, the further the data needs to travel and this can create delays in loading. If a user visits your website from Germany but the site’s hosting is in Atlanta, your website will still load very fast because of the data centre in Berlin. This reduces latency by a great deal.   Do you need a content delivery network? This question is often redundant as CDNs offer plenty of advantages including:   Better performance One of the first reasons why you should implement a CDN is the better performance – your website will load much faster to users regardless where they are located in the world.   SEO perks Google loves fast loading websites and takes loading speed into its ranking algorithm. With a faster loading website you’ll also get lower bounce rates and increased conversion rates, as well as higher ranking. Your content will also be indexed much faster by Google.   Higher conversion rates A one second delay in page response can result in 7% lower conversion rate – take that into account for a moment. If you increase your website’s speed by just 3 seconds that means your conversion rate will jump 21%! That’s huge!   Content delivery networks are affordable You might think the system is extremely expensive but that’s not the case at all – CDNs are quite cheap and well worth the investment.   Websites using content delivery networks are reliable Technical difficulties can be a real drag but with a CDN those problems are long gone – If one server goes down, the closest server to it will take its place. This ensures a more pleasurable web experience for your visitors.   It’s easy to switch to a CDN CDNs are not complicated to setup – they can be used on just about any platform in just a couple of minutes – Magneto, Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress, etc   Conclusions Content delivery networks are especially valuable to websites or companies with international clients or visitors – with minimal investment costs and fast returns it’s one of the best ways to grow your business.   ... Read more
Adrian Ababei / May 03'2016
How to Choose the Best OS for Web Development: The 4 Major Operating Systems’ Pros and Cons
Over the years we’ve heard plenty of arguments regarding the best OS for web development, hence we’ve came up with a list of advantages and disadvantages of the most popuar operating systems – Windows, Linux and Mac OS.   Features available on all platforms Most developer tools, including IDE’s are available on all platforms Most platforms can run another platform within themselves through a 3rd party app All platforms can use Git Most languages can be used on all platforms   Windows OS Features Most services or products are specifically designed for Windows Some servers use this platform It’s not POSIX Has plenty of security issues Can use Photoshop Very few useful apps are pre-installed Major upgrades are slow – 2-3 in a decade   Mac OS Features Can use Photoshop Too many features are pay-to-use Is POSIX Visually stunning Major upgrades are often – every few years and easily installed Very few servers use this platform Many useful apps are pre-installed Installs programs through the GUI by default   Linux OS Features Many servers use a variation of this platform Is POSIX Offers Photoshop alternatives but no Photoshop Is not user friendly Most apps are free or open source Installs apps and programs through CLI by default Has a few useful applications pre-installed Major upgrades are often, every one or two years   Conclusions: Which Is The Best OS for Web Development After All? All operating systems have some advantages and disadvantages and in the end it’s a good idea to pick the one you feel most comfortable with or the one which benefits you the most. ... Read more
Adrian Ababei / Apr 29'2016