I have collated some articles about website design, web development and other things relating to the industry aimed mainly at people hoping to start out in the industry and also people who are looking for their website designer with whom to start a web project.
With many years of designing, building and advising on websites for a large variety of businesses and organisations under my belt, I’ve made some alarming observations about the misguided understanding of what a website is, held by many, that can have a detrimental effect on the success of a web project and ultimately the satisfaction of your client.Read the rest
What will improve business for our client?" may seem like a normal question to ask but you would be surprised. A vast majority of the web development world tends to favor a "Features-oriented" business model; in other words, they try to sell you as many nifty gadgets and widgets as they possibly can. And sometimes you need nifty gadgets and widgets. But if you fail to ask that crucial question, then it is all glossRead the rest
So in order to determine if our websites are effective we have to be able to measure stuff. Fortunately we have access to all the tools we need to do this. Analytics software is available in many guises, both free and paid for depending on your requirements. (a quick search on 'analytics', 'metrics' or 'usablitiy software' should put you on the right track, with options like google analytics, clicktale, crazyegg, clicky, mint and piwik all getting a nod from this author)Read the rest
We all face challenging times ahead. The industry continues to surge ahead with new innovations, more competition and changing customer expectations. On the whole customers are becoming more educated about what is available and I for one welcome this. Increasingly opportunities arise for experienced, professional hybrid designer/developers to position themselves as online solution providers. I believe that this is the direction all web design businesses must take in order to remain sustainable in 2010. I want to talk briefly about how to go about this.Read the rest
When it comes to web solutions, websites, web applications or any combination of these, it has become increasingly clear to me over the years that we are dealing with 3 very different sets of expectations, understanding and objectives. Be assured, not everyone will be singing from the same song sheet.Read the rest
Having spent the last 8 months working with a trainee and taking it upon myself to give them a firm grounding in all aspects of web development, I decided to write this article which is primarily aimed at young school leavers or under graduates hoping to embark on a career in the web industry . Of course those of you reading who are yourselves involved in the industry and have a few years experience behind you may like to add your own ideas on what you feel are the 3 most important skills to acquire.Read the rest