As the web keeps growing at an incredible pace, the amount of individuals and businesses looking for hosting increases every single day. For many, a new site starts with web design and development while figuring out a way to manage your content. But once that’s done, you’re going to want to keep your site and all of its information secure. To help you out on this journey, we collect the most useful and informative web design/development, CMS, and security content each month. Here’s the best from February. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google + for the same great content the rest of the month.
Web Design and Development
3 Ways Your Web Design Can Better Connect You to Your Audience - How do people recognize good web design? There is a big difference between good and bad design. Many people can identify a good design, but they don’t know what makes the difference. Continue reading
After the first month of 2014, it’s looking like this year won’t be too different from last year. There was another high-profile security breach, web development and design continues to evolve at a furious pace, and people are branching out and trying all sorts of new content management systems. For that reason, we’ve collected a number of articles from January that we think you’ll find useful and should you get acclimated to what’s going on in 2014. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google + for the same great content the rest of the year.
Web Design and Development
When Design Best Practices Become Performance Worst Practices - Your design team has come up with a gorgeous prototype for the next iteration of your home page. It conforms to known design and usability best practices, and your testers loved it in the lab. You push the design to your live site and the results are … well, a little disappointing. Continue reading
The way we use the web has changed radically over the last few years. Where once a web page was mainly comprised of a few static resources that were loaded once and from a small number of servers, many pages are now complex combinations of resources loaded from multiple servers with extensive interactive components.
HTTP, the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, was designed for an older web and was not built with today’s complex interactive sites in mind. While HTTP 1.1, the current version, has given great service, it’s time for something new. HTTP’s old-fashioned assumptions about the nature of the web causes sites to be slower and less responsive than they should be, forcing browser manufacturers and web developers to implement hacky solutions to work around its deficiencies. Continue reading
Being a great webmaster doesn’t automatically mean that you’re an SEO expert. The skill that leads to the creation of a popular blog or magazine, or a successful eCommerce store, are not necessarily the same skills that are required to do well in the SERPs (search engine results pages). Naturally, many people turn to professional search engine optimizers to help them rank.
The SEO industry is a mixed bag. There are many conscientious and expert SEOs out there, but there are as many, if not more, shady blackhats who will advise a site owner to behave in ways that are contrary to Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. Ill-advised webmasters often take on the role of SEO themselves, and not knowing the pitfalls will often shoot themselves in the foot by engaging in SEO techniques they find on forums and SEO blogs. If you don’t know what you’re doing, discriminating between valid white-hat SEO and black-hat tricks can be difficult. Especially since Google is constantly updating its algorithms, and what we could get away with a couple of years ago will now earn a penalty. Continue reading
If you run a business website, the chances are you also have a blog. If you don’t, you should. Blogs are an essential hub of content and social media marketing for businesses, allowing them to push out their own content into sharing channels. A blog is also a powerful SEO tool, providing the locus for fresh and high-quality content that many businesses find it difficult to generate on their product or service pages.
But it would be fair to say most business’ blogs are an almost complete failure. No one reads them. There are several possible reasons, the most obvious being that business blogs are often pretty boring. That’s too big a problem to take on in one article, so here I’d like to take a look at how businesses can craft less boring headlines that will at least get people to click through to their blog. Continue reading
Most of the people reading this article will depend on the internet to make a significant proportion of their income. The vast majority will interact with the internet and other users in a positive way that adds value to the online ecosystem. But, a small and disruptive minority prey on the work of good online citizens, creating malware and botnets, the sole intent of which is to extract value without giving anything back. Continue reading
2013 has been a year of change for many web related industries. WordPress continued to increase its share as the dominant CMS on the market, but a whole variety of new content management systems have popped up and are gaining popularity as well. In the world of web design, responsive and flat design were all the rage, which brings up the question of what will 2014 bring? Security also remained a huge concern this past year, and we do not anticipate this focus on keeping the internet and your data safe to go anywhere. In that spirit, we’ve collected our favorite web design/development, CMS, and security content from December for your convenience. Some of the content looks back at the year that was 2013, while other articles look ahead at what we can expect in 2014. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google + for the same great content in the new year.
Web Design and Development
How Responsive Design Gets You More From Your Website - We live in a multi-screen world. I remember growing up as a kid in the 80s and our family of five had exactly ONE screen in our lives. It was the family television (a Sony Trinitron I believe) and we used it to watch TV, VHS tapes and the computer (we had a Commodore 64). Continue reading
I’d like to highlight a few of my recent discoveries — and a couple that are not so recent. Some of you will be familiar with many of these, but I hope that even seasoned designers will find at least a couple that they haven’t come across before. Continue reading
The gap between web applications and web sites has been rapidly closing over recent years. Most users expect that web sites will offer some of the functionality of an application, whether that’s interactive elements or real-time data rather than static pages.
Much of that trend has been driven by the explosion of the number of APIs that are available for developers to easily incorporate complex functionality into their sites. There are thousands of APIs out there that will help developers implement almost any sort of functionality they can envisage. In this article, I’m going to highlight 6 APIs that I have found to be most useful when creating sites. Continue reading
Apache is one of the open source universe’s biggest success stories. The world’s most popular web server needs very little introduction: it’s the software behind the majority of sites on the web, serving a share of pages that dwarfs that of its competitors. Apache is an eminently powerful and flexible web server, but it has a problem. On high-traffic sites, Apache gobbles up RAM very quickly, which slows servers down and can result in a poor experience for users.
Apache’s immoderate appetite for memory is one of the reasons for the rise of alternative web servers like Nginx. Apache is designed around a process model, which means that it launches lots of worker processes in order to serve web resources to browsers. Each of those workers takes up a chunk of RAM. Too many workers and too little RAM is an unfortunate combination. Nginx on the other hand is designed around an event driven model. It doesn’t spawn nearly as many processes, allowing it to quickly serve many thousands of requests without putting a strain on server resources. Continue reading