8 tips for user-friendly site design

Creating a successful website encompasses much more than beautiful design. While attractive design helps, as a designer or a developer, you should also bear in mind the user experience. There is nothing more frustrating than landing on a website that is hard to navigate and makes finding the information you want difficult. I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself as the end-user. But as a developer, are you keeping the end-user in mind? In this article, we’ll share our best tips for creating...

Working with the JavaScript Battery API

In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to use the JavaScript Battery API to improve the user experience for people in desperate need of a charger. We’ll look at the Battery API itself, as well as some techniques for getting the most out of every drop of the most precious of resources! Some browsers lack support for the Battery API (you guessed it; Safari and IE), so a quick support check can go a long way in terms of debugging: if(navigator.getBattery){ // Battery API available. // Rest of code goes...

How to optimize for voice search, and why you should

Search engine optimization is a pretty big concern for website owners these days. As you add more browsers, more devices, and more user tech-savviness into the mix, it’s becoming harder to stay on top of optimization trends. And whenever you do feel as though you’ve got a decent handle on everything, the search algorithms change, or something else sends everything out of whack. The current SEO disruptor? Voice search. The Key to optimizing your site for voice search ... Chances are good you already...

10 CSS grids for streamlined web design

One of the greatest things about being a web developer today has got to be the abundant amount of resources available to help you code better, faster, and easier than ever before. CSS frameworks, commonly referred to as the building blocks of web development, are one of those such resources. As you aim to reduce the time spent establishing a base to lay your website down upon, CSS frameworks are an excellent place to start. Sometimes, however, you just want something a little more lightweight and flexible....

The ultimate website launch checklist

Launching a new website is infinitely more complicated than you might think when the project first starts. If you’re not working with a completed website launch checklist, problems will occur down the line that may hinder business goals. Whether you’re the client, or the web developer, it’s important to cross the t’s and dot the i’s before officially declaring a web project “complete.” To make the task a little more easy and organized, here’s the ultimate website launch checklist:...

Essential server security for web developers

Not everyone relies on shared web hosting for the sites they work on. Many developers have turned to dedicated hosting, virtual private servers (VPS), colocation hosting and other methods that give them greater freedom to work and allow for more control over the environments where they host sites for their clients or business. While these hosting environments offer a developer much more flexibility, they do put the responsibility of securing that server in the hands of the developer. This can pose...

How to pick a WordPress starter theme

  You’ve just landed a large agency client for a custom WordPress theme project. The specs include 20 non-standard templates and a large set of complex mobile screens. With a daunting task list for this project, as well as other client work, you’re anxious to get started right away. So where to start? For many developers, selecting a WordPress starter theme is the most efficient route. Starter themes generally include basic, required WordPress files, commonly used templates (e.g., pages,...

6 Creative Ways to Integrate Social Media Into WordPress

Social media is an effective way of driving more traffic to a website and reaching a new audience for published content. If you or your clients use WordPress, you probably know there is a myriad of plugins that allow anyone to quickly share every published article across a variety of social media networks. But, sharing is not the only way to integrate social media into WordPress. In fact, there are a few other ways of making a website more social and helping your clients get more eyes on their content. 1....
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