Websites

User experience design – for the perfect user experience

User experience design is becoming more and more important among web designers and software developers: a good user experience (UX) is now the goal as well as the standard for serious websites and software. But what exactly is UX design? It is often difficult to define due to the many related terms, such as user interface (UI). Read everything you need to know about user experience design and get inspired by our best practice examples. [...]  

Spring – the framework for complex Java applications

Java doesn’t play a big role when it comes to simple web development, although the programming language has still maintained a strong appeal. The language, which is no longer supported by browsers, has established itself as an efficient solution finding tool, especially when designing backends for business applications. The Spring framework contains various modules that serve as a basis for complex web and desktop applications and significantly simplify programming when using Java. [...]  

Web frameworks – overview and classification

Frameworks are an integral part of web engineering. Instead of writing applications from scratch, programmers can rely on tried and tested software frameworks from pre-defined classes and methods for object-oriented software development. Choosing an appropriate web framework is anything but easy. We explain how different kinds of frameworks work and what you should know to find the perfect web framework for your software project. [...]  

Reading habits on the web: keep your online content snappy

When it comes to content design, trends are always moving forward. Long-established patterns in the offline world have moved into the digital age and evolved into a whole new way of reading web pages. In both conveying and consuming information, our online behavior has changed our communication and reading habits. Online content is now scanned rather than read word-for-word. These developments have knock-on effects in the world of online marketing. [...]  

Create your own visitor counter: How it works

At the start of the internet, a visitor counter on a website was a classic marketing instrument that significantly helped the success of a web presence. Today, the practical scripts are primarily used for presenting click numbers on specific content, such as videos or blog entries, as well as for collecting basic user data for web analysis. If you don’t want to rely on free or paid downloads, or finished CMS modules, you can easily create your own visitor counter in relatively few steps. [...]  

Six tools for creating infographics

Do you want to create high-quality infographics to enhance your content and display information that is easily understood by your readers? With the help of online tools, you can create impressive infographics by yourself – whether for your presentations, websites, blogs, or posts on social networks. With the many free tools on offer, you can even visualize data and enrich your web presence with infographics without any prior specialized knowledge. [...]  

Website ratings: how important are ratings and comment boxes?

As the saying goes: 'The customer is king'. This principle is emphasized online: By providing ratings, reviews, and commenting possibilities on your website, customers and visitors are given the opportunity to be heard. This also increases trust in your website. Read our article about why ratings on websites are getting more and more important, what types of ratings there are, and how they can be integrated into your website. [...]  

Intelligent search: a user-friendly search bar for your online shop

For many customers, the search bar is the first port of call when visiting an online shop. It is the most important tool for research and shopping online; something which most e-commerce retailers have been aware of now for quite some time. But a search bar is often not enough. Many retailers choose to use very basic standard solutions, despite the fact that an intelligent search with features like autocomplete, error tolerance, and useful filters will all seriously improve the user experience. This article outlines how an intelligent search can improve the search usability. [...]  

HSTS: How the HTTPS expansion works

HTTPS, the network protocol for TLS-encrypted data transfer online can be circumvented in some cases. The danger is that encrypted websites can be accessed via unencrypted HTTP. But the HTTPS extension HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) forces website access via TLS encryption, closing the security gaps that hackers like to use to intercept the HTTPS connection during transport using man-in-the-middle attacks. [...]  

Learn PHP: a PHP tutorial

With a market share of more than 80%, PHP is the go-to scripting language for many programmers when it comes to creating dynamic content. Whether you’re operating your own weblog, running an internet forum, or designing an online shop, it’s likely that the software behind this will be written via PHP. Our PHP tutorial for beginners will introduce you to the basics of the popular scripting language. With our help, you’ll create your first PHP script, learn how to implement variables with practical examples, and insert your own external files. [...]  

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.