Website creation

Rich Cards: the new Google results format

In May 2016, Google launched the next big change to the appearance of its search engine results pages with Rich Cards. Given that more than half of searches on the world’s most popular search engine come from mobile devices today, it’s hardly surprising that the latest results format update is designed specifically for smartphones and tablets. So what do Rich Cards entail? And how can web operators use this new technology to enhance their chances of good Google rankings? [...]  

Creating a forum: the best options

Despite social networks such as Facebook becoming more and more popular, internet forums for free communities are still in as much demand as ever. Thanks to their exclusivity, traditional communication platforms maintain their place online and enhance numerous web projects. What are the possibilities for creating your own forum? [...]  

Incorporating RSS feeds on your website

The standard RSS format is used on many websites to show news or updates in a compact format. Website visitors have the option of subscribing to RSS feeds in order to see new content without actually having to visit the subscribed website on a regular basis. For content providers, RSS feeds represent an interesting tool for forming connections with their readers. Since information in the RSS standard is available in a structured form, this medium can also be used in content syndication. [...]  

The Facebook like button: how to embed social plugins

If you believe Facebook’s statistics, then users who regularly use the like button have more than twice the amount of friends as typical Facebook users. They also click on around 5 times as many external links. In order to reach such active users, it’s recommendable that companies implement what’s known as social plugins, designed to bring the famous interactive like and share buttons directly from the social network to your website. So how do you use these social plugins? We’ll take you through all you need to know about adding a Facebook like button to your website. [...]  

Online retailer punished by US court: ruling for more accessibility online

In the U.S., a supermarket chain was convicted of discriminating against people with disabilities on its website. The online store hadn’t been designed with web accessibility in mind, which meant that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The prosecutor, being visually impaired, was not able to make full use of the website. The court rules that the company must improve it. [...]  

The best mock-up and wireframe tools

Designers and developers put a lot of time and effort into creating a web project. During the journey from initial idea to finished product, there are many decisions to be made, plans to be devised, as well as there being the possibility of having to start all over again. Mock-ups and wireframes are important tools that can help in the early development phase when creating simple prototypes of designs and ideas. Mock-up and wireframe tools enable you to work more efficiently. [...]  

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. [...]  

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. [...]  

5 Dreamweaver alternatives that you should know

Dreamweaver is Adobe’s complete solution for the development of websites. As part of the Creative Cloud the web editor is characterized by a vast range of functions as well as practical integration possibilities of Adobe assets (like design templates), license-free images, and vector graphics from Adobe Stock. Frequently though, the software is either too complex or too expensive meaning that free Dreamweaver alternatives such as Brackets, KompoZer, and BlueGriffon are becoming increasingly popular. [...]  

North Korea: 28 domains for 25 million inhabitants

In so far as is possible, the communist state of North Korea has managed to shut itself off from the rest of the world. However a western IT expert recently succeeded in sneaking a peek at their internet domains and as a result we now know that there are only 28 domains for the entire country. From recipes to maritime affairs, here you’ll find an insight into what a North Korean can find online. [...]