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How to create a “Coming Soon” countdown page

If you are planning to launch a new product, an online project, or simply an ordinary blog site, posting a “Coming Soon” page with a countdown informs your potential visitors about the release date as well notifying them that the site is still in progress. You can even have a subscription form for your potential visitors to sign up with and receive an email notification once the site is ready to launch. There are plenty of coming soon page and under construction templates available online for a couple...

Dealing with client/developer conflicts

Working on a website with a like-minded client can be a thing of beauty. There’s a mutual trust in each other’s ability to make decisions that will benefit both the client and their customers. The client asks for your opinion on what’s best based upon your experience and expertise. The site comes together nicely and everyone’s happy. While that type of scenario is possible, we know that life doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes there are simply going to be conflicts. Whether they are...

8 reasons to rely on a CMS for web development

Every website owner, before ordering a website, faces a dilemma: whether to use a professional developer’s services or try one of the ready-made solutions that content management systems offer. It’s a fight between web developers and ready-made website builders: who offers a more comfortable option for creating a fully-functional website that is easy to manage, customize and that looks great on any device? Professionals blame CMSs for providing low-quality code and site vulnerabilities....

Why building a gift card option is essential for ecommerce

Gift cards possess huge potential for merchants who want to increase revenue, acquire new customers and get their brand noticed. It’s generally believed that a gift card program is a marketing tool perfect only for the biggest holiday season or that it can be applied merely by big brands. However, gift cards can be a great tool to drive customers and increase sales, regardless of the season or the brand size. According to the National Retail Federation 2014 survey, 60% (or 6 in 10) of shoppers say...

How to get noticed as a web developer

Exposure: it’s what we all strive for and desire as freelancers. We want the exposure and recognition, and rightfully so. The bad part about it is that we aren’t alone — there are a ton of developers, at all different levels, attempting to get that same exposure that we’re all competing for. Another issue is that many developers don't have a solid strategy for what they're doing. They want to do it all and hope that something sticks. And trust me, there are so many different avenues we can choose...

How to usability test your project for free

Usability testing is sometimes one of those things that developers conveniently ‘forget’ about. Why? Well do a search for it. Usability testing, as it is generally practiced, costs money. There are interviews to perform, a variety of tests to create for each and every project, services to pay for… and what if your client’s in another country? Or what if they’re a small business with a small budget, or a brand-new startup? What if the only reason you learned web development in the first...

8 ways to be the perfect web developer

Evan Campbell recently wrote an informative article for employers at WebdesignerDepot titled "How to Find the Perfect Web Developer". In this article, we will share a few tips with you to help you ensure that you’re the kind of developer that Evan and his readers would want to hire. 1) Avoid becoming a “specialist” ... Trends on the Web move quickly. If you spend five years exclusively fine-tuning your knowledge of Drupal only to find that suddenly overnight everyone wants a Wordpress site (or...

A transparent box: the case for developing from scratch

In all types of computer programming, be it web or desktop development, most developers don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Why spend your time and effort writing some code that someone else has already written? The code that is available ranges from small jQuery plugins, right up to full platforms which enable full applications to be built on-top of them. I refer to them as “black boxes”. Essentially you input some data at one side and get some different data out on the other side. In some cases you...
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