Websites

Ruby on rails: the MVC framework for complex web applications

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. [...]  

CRUD: the basis for data management

It won’t take long for those looking to get into to software development to encounter the term CRUD. The acronym stands for the typical operations used for communicating with database systems; these normally form the basis of database management. But just how are these access functions for data management actually set up? And how much of role does CRUD play when it comes to the databases’ programming language and language environment? [...]  

Mock-ups and wireframes: visualizing your web concept

There is a lot of work between the original idea and the finished result when you’re developing a new website or app. One of the most crucial and demanding stages of realizing a concept is the visualization of your ideas for the layout, design, and functionality. This is when mock-ups and wireframes are the most useful. [...]  

ZURB Foundation: The CSS framework for responsive frontends

If you don’t have a ready-made template or a homepage kit for the development of a front-end, but also don’t want to completely start from square one, then you should think about using a CSS framework such as ZURB Foundation. The open source solution offers a flexible grid system, numerous other pre-made code snippets, and everything you need to implement a responsive web presence. [...]  

Error 404: what the error page means and how to use it

How often have you stumbled upon a dead end while surfing the net? HTTP 404 error pages are commonplace online to inform users that the requested page isn’t available. As well as being annoying for visitors, they spell bad news for website owners since a dead link may have a bad influence on a website’s search engine ranking. In this article, we’ll demonstrate the importance of 404 pages and explain how you can create your own. [...]  

Mobile app design: create your own app – part 3

Designing an application isn’t just a question of shapes and colors – mobile app design covers the positioning of app content and app usability, too – and these factors are vital in helping create a successful app. The more time and effort you invest at this stage, the higher the chance of creating an app that people will want to use and keep on their device. [...]  

Create your own app – part two: app makers

If you want to create your own native mobile app, you’ll need to think about the technical implementation of it. When it comes to classic programming, integrated development environments are useful tools to help make the process easier. But since this requires prior knowledge of software development, many beginners prefer to find an alternative option. The answer for inexperienced users usually lies in specialized app makers. These require no coding experience and sometimes come with a surprising array of functions. We’ll show you how they work. [...]  

Create your own app – part one: the planning phase

Mobile apps offer us information, entertainment as well as many other purposes and are a part of everyday life for smartphone and tablet users. If you also have an interesting idea for an application, you shouldn’t shy away from creating it: developing an app for iOS or Android isn’t all about programming, there’s much more to it than that. In our series on creating your own app, we’ll take you through all the steps you need to offer users a new native mobile app. It all starts, of course, with the planning phase. [...]  

Design patents: protecting your design idea

Ever wondered why no products ever have the same shape and ornamentation, even when it comes to everyday items like toilet paper or bottles of beer? The answer lies in design patents. They may be less common than traditional utility patents, copyrights, or trademarks, but design patent applications have led to many high-profile court cases in recent years. But what exactly are design patents, how much do they cost, and how does the USPTO issue them? Our guide will take you through the process of obtaining a design patent to secure protection for your idea. [...]  

The best screenshot tools for Windows and Mac

What exactly is a screenshot? How do you create one? And how do the different screenshot shortcuts work when trying to create screenshots on Mac and Windows? Besides the built-in features on operating systems, what are the other, third-party options when it comes to screenshot tools? We’ll take you through our introductory guide to making screenshots and the best keyboard shortcuts and screenshot programs to help you. [...]  

1&1 Website Guide: website advice for all

A website isn’t just a website – these days, there are countless ways to create an online presence in a way that matches your expectations. The ‘Websites’ section of the 1&1 Digital Guide offers detailed information about creating, managing, and optimizing websites as well as facts and general background information on the World Wide Web. For a closer look, you can also explore one of several subcategories about different topics. Here, we present website advice for everyone, from mere enthusiasts to qualified professionals.

What’s in the 1&1 Website Guide?

The ‘Websites’ section is one of six main categories in the 1&1 Digital Guide. ‘Websites’ is then broken down into four further subcategories: ‘Website creation, ‘Web design’, ‘Web development’, and ‘Digital law’. While ‘Website creation’ focuses primarily on the technical aspects of internet sites, ‘Web design’ articles look at the optical makeup of content, in particular the use of text, images, and responsive displays through HTML or CSS. ‘Web development’ covers the use of scripting languages, like PHP or JavaScript, as well as specific tools for the development of internet services. But basic information about the standards and trends of website development can also be found here. The subcategory ‘Digital law’ presents online laws and practices, like image usage rights and privacy policies.

Website advice for beginners, advanced users, and professionals

The Website Guide serves as an information portal for small and medium-sized companies, along with developers, web designers, technology lovers, and general internet enthusiasts. Many articles on the 1&1 Digital Guide require little background knowledge, though some are also aimed at more experienced users. Beginners can enjoy posts on topics like ‘What exactly is a website?’, ‘The basics for modern web development’, or ‘How are websites accessed?’, while more advanced readers can broaden their knowledge of specific topics with comprehensive articles and tutorials. So whether you are a novice, an advanced user, or a professional: our handy Website Guide has plenty of useful tips and tricks to help you become an expert on the World Wide Web.