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....

Google debuts Brotli, the Internet’s newest compression algorithm

Google’s philosophy has always been that faster speeds are better because Internet users just shouldn’t have to wait a while for pages to load. The company’s already made inroads in this regard. Two years ago, it unveiled the Zopfli compression algorithm, which was met with positive feedback from the industry. Feedback for Zopfli was so good that it has since been integrated into a lot of different compression solutions, everything from PNG optimizers all the way to preprocessing web content....

Node.js unleashes v4.0.0

Node.js’ collaborators and the Node.js Foundation’s members have teamed up to publicly release Node v4.0.0. Untold hours of striving have produced a result that features the Node.js project and the io.js project in just one codebase. Though 44 collaborators now run Node.js, altogether, there are more than 100 folks who have contributed code to core since v0.12.7. Get the download here. The features ... Primarily, there’s a slew of new ES6 features enabled by default. These include block...

Meet Rucksack, the latest CSS development tool

Has CSS development become too humdrum for you and just not as fun as it used to be? If that’s been what you’ve found in the last little while, then it’s a good idea to try something new and fresh, such as Rucksack. Rucksack might come in a neat, compact package, yet it’s full of goodies that will make CSS development easier. Both modular and lightning-quick, Rucksack is built on PostCSS and comes with many features. Designers and developers want to start using tools like this right out of the box,...

Migrating a WordPress site, the easy way

Sometimes you may want, or need, to move a WordPress website. It may be to move it to a new hosting provider or from a private development server to a public one. It can be done manually by following a few steps that involve accessing the servers, copying all the files and the database across, plus a few other things like changing some things in the database or the wp-config.php file. Sometimes one step will be missed, which means the copied WordPress install just won’t work. It can be a real pain sometimes,...

Outsourcing for developers: when and where?

For a long, long time I was hardily against the idea of outsourcing. I wanted to be everything behind the site for a client — the mind, the creative, the worker — everything. Outsourcing felt wrong. It felt like cheating and I wanted no part of it. Not until the time when I decided to bite off more than I could chew. There were about four open projects I had going and probably two others that I was putting the finishing touches on — and let's be honest, we all know how clients can be nearing the end of a...

GitHub launches a new desktop application

Today, GitHub launched a new application, GitHub Desktop, for both Windows and MacOS platforms. As most GitHub users will know, GitHub already had applications for Windows and MacOS, although they were wildly different experiences on occasion. According to the blog post announcing the release, the new GitHub desktop provides: “a unified experience across both platforms.” Overall, the new app aims to improve collaboration between developers, which is afterall, what Git does best. Extra...

How Google changes will affect your page structure

A large number of new websites—perhaps even the overwhelming majority of them—have started to take on a really familiar look: there is a navigation bar at the top of the screen—usually inverse in color to the rest of the page—followed by a huge carousel of images (both in terms of physical size and the number of images it contains), often some kind of hideous Google AdSense advertisements, and then finally, if we're lucky, there will be some actual content to read before we have to reach for the...

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...
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