Tools for Web Developers

web development

When the internet had just started off a few years ago, developers didn’t have to deal with different software as they were a lot more basic back then. However, the growth of the internet has changed which made building a website a lot more complex than it used to be. New tools have also been developed to make the process of creating a website more easier for web developers. We’ve listed some of the useful tools below.

Text Editors

Building a website consist of coding which means that developers would need to use a text editor to make their coding process more easier to work with. We highly recommend using TextMate for any coding work.

Hosting

All websites need a hosting space. A good hosting space should have a reliable server with a good amount of storage space, traffic, great technical support and most importantly a back up in case of emergencies. There are many hosting companies online and to find the best one it’s important to look out for the factors that we’ve mentioned above.

FTP Clients

The web development process also consists of sharing or transferring files to servers. You would need to use a software that allows you to transfer large data in any formats. We recommend using FileZilla to move any of your files.

Project Management

Creating a website involves a lot of process and communication with either clients or other web developers. In able to keep track of the work and be able to communicate with the other parties, it’s ideal to use a project management software that helps you stay on top of your tasks. Many web developers are currently using Basecamp and Asana.

Version Control

Web development is all about experimenting and errors. With version control, web developers can modify anything on the website without the worry of losing any of their previous work. Version controls allow them to back up any projects whenever they need. We recommend using a software called Subversion.

Different Types of Mobile App Development

app development

There are three different types of mobile app development including web, native and hybrid. If you want to learn more about apps, it’s essential to start off with the basic. We’ve covered the three different types of apps below.

Native

Native Apps are built explicitly for platforms that allow them to run on Android, IOS and Java apps. It’s also known as the most common type of app development. The native platform is popular as it comes with many benefits. Native apps are easily transferred to any app stores which means they can be accessed from any mobile devices. Apps are created explicitly for mobiles which means they are faster and responsive when in use. Users will have a better user experience too. You can also choose to have the app running without any internet required.

Although native has many benefits, there are also drawbacks that you may want to consider. Native is relatively expensive and probably not suitable for anyone on a budget. The app developer can only be used by experienced developers and not ideal for beginners.

Web

Web apps are accessible on any web browsers. Many of you are probably wondering what the differences are between Web apps and websites. Unlike websites, web apps have less information for faster functionality. Web apps are not the same as the mobile apps as they aren’t downloadable from any mobile app stores.

So what are the benefits of web apps? Web apps are relatively affordable and easy to build. It can pretty much run on any platform using a web browser. On the other hand, some disadvantages include the apps are less interactive and slower compared to standard apps. The web app can also be limited.

Hybrid

Hybrid apps are a combination of native and web apps which means it can either run on a mobile device or a web browser. Hybrids can run on a web browser by using codings such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

The Web Design Process

The Web Design Process

Taking the essence of your business and condensing it onto a series of web pages can be a complicated process. For that reason, when designing your website, the agency adhere to a fairly logical design process, in order to deliver their services as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Creating the perfect web and graphic design for your business will take time and money to get it just right. But once you have company branding and a fresh new look, you will hopefully notice more potential clients and customers staying on your page. However, it will take some extensive planning to get it exactly how you want it and working well. This is a job that usually needs professionals. We highly recommend the services of Hertfordshire based graphic and website design company, Stable Web Design. They offer not just bespoke web design but also logo design, ecommerce and seo services.

Most professional companies will fill out a ‘Creative Brief’, the main master plan which sets out parameters for how your webpage should look and what it needs to contain and do. You can either meet up to do this, or if you feel confident, they can send you a creative brief document to fill out yourself.

They will have many questions for you at this point such as:
-What’s the nature of your business or organisation?
– What services and products do you offer?
– How are these different from other similar products and services on the market?
– Do you have a logo (and if not do you need one)?
– Do you have any colour preferences for your site?
– What theme and general styling would be appropriate?
– Do you already have any existing media (photos / images / other designs)?
…and quite a lot more.

Once you have the Creative Brief, a designer will use that to produce a fixed price quote for the design and construction of your website.

Design Process

It’s time to get together any materials that might be useful in the design and creation of your site. If you have a company / organisation logo, then this will usually feature prominently in the design of your site, and may inform theme and colour usage. If you don’t have a logo, but have specified that you need on in the Creative Brief, then you produce this first, before commencing the creative design of your webpage. If you need a professional, we highly recommend the Colchester web design services of Luminous Design. They also provide SEO services along with ecommerce development.

– If you are a member of any industry associations or accreditation schemes, then purpose-made logos can usually be found and are useful for establishing credibility on your new site.

– Do you have any existing photographs of your product or service? If not, and you’ve decided that your new webpage should feature high-quality photographs, then consider using a professional service.

– Perhaps your business is already fairly established and you have