Digitalization

Everything concerning e-books part two: e-book templates

You may have impressive content, but with an appealing e-book design and a well-structured layout your publication will also look great and be easier to read. By ensuring good readability, creating visual stimuli, and offering more value to the reader, you increase your e-book’s chances of success. In the second part of our e-book series, we reveal how to create your own template and what you need to keep in mind. [...]  

The inverted pyramid principle: how it works

We read online texts differently to how we read printed newspapers: Online, we quickly skim through the most important paragraphs, filter through the relevant information, and click on the next link. The requirements for a text are clear: information must be easily and quickly found. The most effective way to achieve this is by using the inverted pyramid principle. Our article explains what this is, and how you can use it to improve the content on your website. [...]  

Website app, responsive site or mobile site?

To have a successful web presence, it’s now crucial to be able to reach out to as many users as possible by making your site available on a variety of platforms. This means mobile websites and responsive design are becoming ever-more essential tools for website operators. But with web apps and native apps adding two further possibilities to the mix, deciding which option works best for you can be tricky. We break down the pros and cons of these four mobile solutions. [...]  

How to use recommendation systems in e-commerce

Admittedly, automated systems also make mistakes, but overall, it’s quite impressive that online stores can suggest products that users like. By streaming movies and series, the respective platforms are able to 'learn' the users’ tastes and then generate playlists automatically. This isn’t a coincidence, but rather the ability of modern recommendation systems. [...]  

Bitcoin: all you need to know about the digital payment network

When it comes to the peer-to-peer network Bitcoin, published in 2009, opinions are divided. On one side of the argument are those who see the enormous potential of a decentralized payment system, run not by a single authority, but administered and controlled by all users. On the other side are those who use every opportunity to point out the instability of the open source project’s exchange rate and its unknown future. Read here why it might make sense for your online shop to have a Bitcoin account. [...]  

Ruby on Rails: creating your own with less code

Frameworks tremendously simplify web application development. Fundamental architectures, predefined paradigms, and integrated libraries create the perfect platform on which your planned app can be built. One name that’s often mentioned hand-in-hand with web applications frameworks is Ruby on Rails. Based on the script language Ruby, this web framework has attracted many fans through its clean, and elegant code and database-friendly structure. [...]  

How does natural language processing work?

The language errors and mistranslations on Google Translate might often be good for a funny anecdote, but behind this slightly error-prone translation tool lies one of the most complex computer technologies ever developed. Natural language processing may still be in a relatively primitive stage, but its complex technology already enables computers to translate from one language into another, carry out spoken commands, and answer questions automatically. But since human language is complex, occasionally illogical, and constantly evolving, it’s very difficult for computers to learn. So how does natural language processing work exactly and when do problems occur in its application? [...]  

How to create a website on Mac devices

Whether you’re a dab hand or a total novice, web designers are spoilt for choice when it comes to creating their web presence. Even with minimal knowledge of HTML and JavaScript, creating websites on Mac computers can be a simple process; you just need a web editor and a great idea. It’s also easier than ever to realize more complex projects thanks to a wide range of user-friendly, professional software solutions. [...]  

You've been trumped! Domain grabbing in the US election

The internet has completely changed political elections across the world. Online media offers candidates the chance to get closer to their voters, providing an essential communication channel for the electoral battleground. But the freedom of information online means that you’re always susceptible to the dangers of manipulation and slander via anonymous channels. A relatively harmless, but rather amusing technique is ‘domain grabbing’, in which candidates try to secure special web addresses either to use against their opponents or to protect their own name. The master of this in the 2016 election has of course been Donald Trump. [...]  

Live chat: the best software solutions

Live chats are being used more frequently as additional communication channels in an array of different web projects. The real-time solution of contacting customers is especially useful in e-commerce. Unlike traditional support possibilities, website operators and service workers seize the opportunity, using live chats to help potential customers overcome any doubts or problems. Before this, you first have to find the right live chat software. [...]