Web development

How One Small Firm Replaced Its AWOL Site Designer -- Fast

It should have been simple: Ola Morin-Muhammed, founder of custom stationery boutique Ijorere The Invitation, wanted to add a small "shop online" component to her existing website, Ijorere.com. "I wanted to introduce something called ‘Love Letters' for Valentine's Day. I realized it would hurt my sales if I couldn't accept payments online," she says. But things got complicated, fast.

A New Tool for Adding Facebook Features to Your Website

Good news for the social media-minded business owner: Facebook has made it easier to integrate its social functions into many websites. The Menlo Park-based social media giant released its own pre-made plug-in for popular website and blogging tool, WordPress.

Beyond Web Analytics: 5 Types of Online Data You Should Be Tracking

When business owners talk about analytics, they often are referring to web analytics. They talk about setting up tools such as Google Analytics or Adobe's SiteCatalyst to track page views, test variables and gauge their website's performance.

But they're missing the bigger picture. While web analytics are certainly important, they are only one type of metric that entrepreneurs need to know about -- especially when starting up.

3 Website-Building Lessons From the HealthCare.gov Debacle

The federal government's disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov is an embarrassingly perfect example of basically everything you shouldn't do when going live with a website for the first time.

From crashed servers to security snafus, to dozens of bugs and tortoise-like load times, there isn't much the White House didn't screw up. Seriously. Only six people managed to sign up for health insurance on the site's rocky launch day. Not good. 

4 Design Strategies That Make a Compelling Call to Action

In today’s do-it-yourself world, many business professionals handle their own website design. They may be using a template-based service likeWix or WordPress to create a professional-looking site, choosing from one of many designs available. More often than not, businesses opt for a design that is easy to update, accommodating existing logos, colors, and text. By doing this, you may not realize that ongoing mistakes in your design are resulting in lost sales.

Want to Be a Web Developer? Here's Where the Best Opportunities Are. (Infographic)

With the constant talent wars waging on in major startup hubs, the ever-changing technology landscape and the skyrocketing salaries, it's good be a web developer. But how good? Well, it depends.

While there currently are approximately 18.2 million software developers worldwide (the figure is expected to balloon to 26.4 million by 2019), not all are treated the same, according to AppDynamics, a software application data analytics company.  

5 Tips for Hiring a Great Web Developer

A web developer can be one of your most critical hires. After all, that's the person who will create the online face of your company and enable you to interact virtually with your customers.

So, it's especially important that you hire the right talent the first time out. Otherwise, you risk hurting your business, as well as wasting time and money seeking a replacement.

6 Common Misconceptions CEOs Have About Web Development

Remember your last web development project? You went over budget, blew past deadlines and became frustrated with just about everyone involved at some point.

The bad news? It was rough.

The really bad news? It was probably your team’s fault.

Most CEOs have serious misconceptions about web development. This is a problem because businesses are more reliant than ever on their online presence.

Designing for Simplicity

Before we get started, it's worth me spending a brief moment introducing myself to you. My name is Mark (or @integralist if Twitter happens to be your communication tool of choice) and I currently work for BBC News in London England as a principal engineer/tech lead; and I'm also the author of "Pro Vim".

Quick shout out to Steven Jack who took the time to review this post. A lot of what we've done right, he either helped instigate or was a fundamental part of its success

The "responsive" BBC News website receives approximately 8 million visits per day (that's on average for a quiet news day). Those numbers will go much higher once the responsive site replaces the current static desktop offering and starts to incur many more users. But for the moment that gives a rough idea of the sort of traffic we get on a daily basis.

20 Tools To Make A Web Developer’s Life Easier

If you work as a web developer nowadays, you’re sure to have your work cut out for you. The influence the Internet has in our everyday lives is undeniable, therefore it is natural for all businesses and organizations to have a strong presence online. This means that there’s a lot of pressure on web developers and designers to produce impressive results in as short a period of time as possible. Luckily for them there are a number of tools that will help make their lives easier and we’ve gathered up the top 20.

How to Work as A Freelance Designer and Travel

Life as a freelance designer is not always as glamorous as it may sound. There is often work to be done … even when you have travel plans.

Sometimes you have freelancing to do while traveling for work (another job or other freelance jobs), but sometimes you have freelance jobs to finish when traveling for pleasure as well. And while it is not something we often like to talk about, there are tools and tricks to help you make the most efficient use of your time while traveling.

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