Web Design and Programming

Web design and programming implies a lot of topics and elements, and it is almost impossible to know it all. But that's not reason not to try!

  • Meet Swift, Apple’s New Programming Language

    Meet Swift, Apple’s New Programming Language

    Apple unveiled several new goodies at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) held early in June in San Francisco, but none excited the developer attendees more than the introduction of Swift, Apple’s new programming language. It eclipsed even the news of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple’s latest versions of its operating systems. Ordinary consumers might not understand the developer frenzy over Swift, but they soon will feel the aftershocks once the next generation of Swift-based apps comes to their beloved Apple devices.
  • 15 Flat File CMS’s for Building Fast, Lightweight Sites

    15 Flat File CMS’s for Building Fast, Lightweight Sites

    Since 2009, we’ve been writing about content management systems (CMS’s), a popular and sometimes controversial topic.
  • Learn How to Code For Free At These 12+ Interactive Sites

    Learn How to Code For Free At These 12+ Interactive Sites

    These days, it seems it’s not enough to know how to operate your computer or hand-held device and how to use the Internet. These days, if you’d like to become competitive in the job market or to keep up with rapidly changing technology, you need to know how to code. Information technology is now so pervasive in our lives, that even designers, architects, writers, marketers, other non-technical professionals, and even kids need to know—or at least appreciate—the language of computers and Internet tech: code.
  • Create a WordPress Child Theme in 5 Easy Steps

    Create a WordPress Child Theme in 5 Easy Steps

    Creating a child theme in WordPress isn’t as difficult as it sounds.
  • Designing the Navigation Menu

    Designing the Navigation Menu

    Ask any designer what single element of any website can make or break its mass appeal and usability, and they'll almost always respond with the same word: Navigation. Today's Internet users are, generally speaking, comfortable with the medium. They've had decades to get used to things like search results, URLs, blogs, online product listings and more. No matter how commonplace the Internet has become, however, and now matter how familiar users are with the way things work, there is one thing that still varies between websites and can make or break any transaction. Navigation elements on a page must adhere to principals of basic design, straightforward labels, and easy-to-read characteristics that draw users in rather than send them away.
  • Make Your Website Faster

    Make Your Website Faster

    If the Internet has made just one substantive change to the way people behave or develop their expectations, it's safe to say that it has made everyone a bit more impatient than they used to be. This impatience manifests itself in a number of ways, from an emphasis on shorter paragraphs and brevity in blog posts to page load times that are lightning-fast and designed to impress. Today's website owners have a number of really great benefits to enjoy if they simply ensure that their website is as fast as possible, loading within a fraction of a second on the vast majority of computers around the planet.
  • 2013-10-22

    Two Easy, In-Person Usability Tests for Website Designers

    Since the dawn of modern, standards-based web design, a number of competing firms have been trying to create the Internet's top usability validator. These tools focus on behind-the-scenes coding and tags, including things like alternate text for images and reader-friendly text that works well with today's most popular screen reading applications. The problem, of course, is that these online validators can't actually use the website. They're simply analyzing the site's code, looking for certain tags and pronouncing the site widely accessible and usable for a broad audience. In practical applications, a usability or accessibility "validator" is more theoretical than practical. People, not robots, are going to be using the site, and they're going to see the results of the code rather than the code itself.
  • Designing for an Effective Online Shop

    Designing for an Effective Online Shop

    Over the past few years, the Internet has transformed from a place where larger, online retailers thrived, into one that is increasingly allowing small business owners to pursue national and international markets. That means great things for entrepreneurs who are looking to increase their profit margins and dramatically increase their reach, but these benefits must be carefully managed so that they meet or exceed expectations. Indeed, it would be a mistake for business owners to assume that their mere presence in the online environment would guarantee the success of their e-commerce venture.
  • 2013-09-03

    The 7 Most Common CSS Mistakes

    Though CSS is considered one of the easiest and most accessible ways to create modern, standards-based websites, the process of writing a stylesheet still lends itself to a few common errors among even the most seasoned designs. Fixing these errors will result in even more consistency within the design, and they'll create a smaller and faster-loading file that simply works better with the wide variety of both mobile and traditional broadband connections that today's consumers are using. By fixing these errors or avoiding them entirely, designers will simply create a better-looking, more compact site that more easily translates across multiple platforms.
    The 7 Most Common CSS Mistakes
  • 2013-08-28

    20 Best Tools to Analyze Your Website

    With all of the work that goes into creating a website, those who assign themselves the duty of a designer or website owner need to make sure that it will all pay off in the end. To make sure that everything from color choices to web standards and content quality are in line with the broader Internet community’s expectations, entrepreneurs and major web standards organizations have created a series of optimization tools. They check everything from HTML code and CSS syntax to color choices, inbound links, and landing page quality. Put together, these 20 tools are an effective roadmap to long-term success in a growing online community.
    20 Best Tools to Analyze Your Website

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