How to Make the Most of HTML APIs

HTML5 has been around for quite some time and it brought along a whole slew of new semantic elements. If you do a quick search, you’ll be able to find plenty of tutorials that give an in-depth explanation of what’s new in HTML5, what makes it so great, and how to transition from (X)HTML to HTML5. But, HTML5 also introduced various application programming interfaces that are far less discussed, yet they form a large part of HTML5 specification and are predicted to dominate the future of web development....

Beginner’s Introduction to Java EE

Java is incredibly popular, and for good reason. The programming language is easy to learn and is often a university’s first choice for the code it teaches its students. On the other side of it, Java is supported by multiple tech enterprises, most notably by Oracle, Google, and IBM. As a result of these two pillars of support, Java is currently the number one most popular programming language, according to the Tiobe Index which analyzes a language’s popularity by number of online searches for it....

13 Essential Site Launch Plugins for WordPress

Oftentimes, setting up a WordPress website results in a haphazard scramble to configure enough of the right plugins to make the client happy, and address any specific needs they might have mentioned. But a failure to install certain plugins means the client will come back at you with questions as to why it wasn’t done in the first place. Though you’re probably happy to rectify the problem (and collect a little extra money on the project), going back in to install plugins can distract from more profitable...

5 Best WordPress Page Builder Plugins

WordPress beginners have difficulty customizing their websites past simple text changes, especially if they have no background knowledge of HTML or CSS. WordPress page builder plugins allow just about anyone to build a stylish or professional looking web page, through a user-friendly interface - quickly, and without knowing HTML or CSS. Though it may seem like WordPress page builder plugins have usefulness mainly for the technically unsavvy, they can also make a WordPress developer’s job...

8 tips for user-friendly site design

Creating a successful website encompasses much more than beautiful design. While attractive design helps, as a designer or a developer, you should also bear in mind the user experience. There is nothing more frustrating than landing on a website that is hard to navigate and makes finding the information you want difficult. I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself as the end-user. But as a developer, are you keeping the end-user in mind? In this article, we’ll share our best tips for creating...

Working with the JavaScript Battery API

In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to use the JavaScript Battery API to improve the user experience for people in desperate need of a charger. We’ll look at the Battery API itself, as well as some techniques for getting the most out of every drop of the most precious of resources! Some browsers lack support for the Battery API (you guessed it; Safari and IE), so a quick support check can go a long way in terms of debugging: if(navigator.getBattery){ // Battery API available. // Rest of code goes...

How to optimize for voice search, and why you should

Search engine optimization is a pretty big concern for website owners these days. As you add more browsers, more devices, and more user tech-savviness into the mix, it’s becoming harder to stay on top of optimization trends. And whenever you do feel as though you’ve got a decent handle on everything, the search algorithms change, or something else sends everything out of whack. The current SEO disruptor? Voice search. The Key to optimizing your site for voice search ... Chances are good you already...

10 CSS grids for streamlined web design

One of the greatest things about being a web developer today has got to be the abundant amount of resources available to help you code better, faster, and easier than ever before. CSS frameworks, commonly referred to as the building blocks of web development, are one of those such resources. As you aim to reduce the time spent establishing a base to lay your website down upon, CSS frameworks are an excellent place to start. Sometimes, however, you just want something a little more lightweight and flexible....
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