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Great WordPress plugins enrich your site

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 by Servage
wordpress-pluginThe Wordpress content management platform is one of the most popular and most widely adopted systems among web publishers. The users include everyone from amateur hobby site owners to professional publishing magazines. The Wordpress system provides the foundation for a really great website, suiting almost any need you might have. One of the great advantages of Wordpress is the easy and straightforward scalability of features through plugins. You can easily extend the core Wordpress functionality even as a novice user, and this is really convenient. Rarely the basic Wordpress system fulfills all of your needs, so using plugins is something you will likely need some time. This post has aggregated a few ...

Enrich your WordPress site with a modern theme

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 by Servage
Wordpress-ResponsiveHave you ever wondered how you can get started with an own website in a quick and easy way? Or maybe you already have a website and wish to have a better, less time-consuming, and more easily changeable system? Over time Wordpress has evolved to a super stable and super versatile platform. Used by millions to power their blogs, websites and even complex apps, Wordpress has great capabilities today which make many of the traditional custom web development work obsolete for smaller projects. You can literally drag and drop websites together using systems like Wordpress - and the right themes. The latter is where you can greatly set your work apart from ...

Cheap and professional WordPress themes

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 by Servage
Previous articles have covered a variety of sources for good Wordpress themes. One of the main problems is that often the good stuff costs money ;-) Like everything else, no one can afford to work for free, and good stuff deserves a reasonable price. Nevertheless lots of people are working with hobby-projects on the side. They just want a quick and nice solution. While there are various systems available open-source, like the vast amount of content management systems out there - the good design stuff is yet to be more publicly available. Elegant Themes has a membership-approach to sharing professional Wordpress themes among a large audience. By signing up ...

Manage your business from one single place

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 by Servage
There are many business management, collaboration, communication and CRM apps out there, with more or less functionality. But what really makes a good one stand out from the crowd? It's depending a lot on your needs, but certainly Skylight is a very interesting player in the field. It offers a wide range of functionality to improve the work processes in your organization. Projects and milestones is your project management tool, which lets you and your team stay on top of current tasks, overall progress and workload. Core functions are: Project activity feed keeps you up to date on everything that’s ...

Manage your web development more efficiently

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by Servage
Web development goes though many stages. It all starts with a great idea or vision that turns into a real concept, the base for your application and business. Often multiple persons are involved in the project, it takes a team effort to be successful. And being successful is what it's all about, since no one can feed himself from great ideas alone. So how do you ensure success from the beginning? You can't! But what you definitely can do, is improve the odds. You can surround yourself and your project with skilled and ten-oriented people, you can use professional management tools, and much more. Another thing that you definitely can do, is to use a great tool to organize your collaborative effort, to streamline development and make sure everyone is pulling in the same direction.

Validate your code for a better web

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 by Servage
The problem isn't new, but it's still present. Standards and best practices have not just been invented for fun, or mere entertainment for nerds. They actually fulfill rather important purposes. Without standards and best practices, we wouldn't know how we should do things. Without compliance to the defined rules there would be chaos. Or actually, there is chaos... Because the standards and best practices for the web are not being followed completely at all. The World Wide Web Foundation is responsible for the definition of such rules, and continuously works to improve and strengthen the possibilities for web developers, by providing a flexible, yet standardized compendium of possibilities. However, even though ...

Pretty JavaScript tools for your website

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 by Servage
There are many JavaScript tools out there, trying to help you adding some functionality to your website. Dialog, overlay, loader, image gallery, rating, social icons and many many more. The quality of those scripts is very different. And also the documentation and usage are at various levels. For new users to quickly find and integrate something without too many problems, both code quality and documentation are important. Have a look at this collection of JavaScript widgets for your website from no-margin-for-errors.com PrettyPhoto "prettyPhoto is a jQuery lightbox clone. Not only does it support images, it also support for videos, flash, YouTube, iframes and ajax. It’s a full blown media lightbox. It ...

Shift scheduling made easy

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by Servage
Are you ever working according to a schedule? Or maybe in charge of creating such schedules? Then you know about all the problems arising from shift planning. Getting the schedule done in the first place can be very tiresome. But afterwards, challenges arise as well. Very commonly is the management of people staying home sick, shift swaps between employees, holiday planning etc. Scheduling quickly becomes a very complex task, and simply managing it with an Excel sheet can be very inefficient. Thankfully there are many tools available out there, to make the task easier. What you really want is help creating the schedule based on predetermined parameters, like employee availability, holidays ...

Copy-to-clipboard with Javascript

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 by Servage
It's amazing what you can accomplish with Javascript. Frameworks like jQuery make it quite easy to get going with your own functionality. We have some articles about it here on the Magazine: Create a jQuery plugin and Element-specific data handling for jQuery plugins, and a presentation of Starter. You can pretty much do whatever you like, and quite fast as well, using jQuery, or similar Javascript technologies. The web also provides you with a whole lot of free/open-source scripts you can use, to add rich functionality to your web apps. Today I am going to show you how easy you can add a copy-to-clipboard function. "The Zero Clipboard library provides an easy way ...

Promote your offers regularly

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 by Servage
Every business-owner knows how hard it is to get customers to buy something. It counts for retailers as well as online stores. Offline as well as online service providers. No matter the product, you are likely to find yourself in a highly competitive market, where other businesses are looming around like sharks, trying to get their share of the customers. Plenty of marketing methods evolve around spam, where businesses somehow send out information in bulk, to any recipient they believe could somehow remotely be interested. This is valid for email, flyer, posters, magazine or newspaper advertisement. Smart people have learned to optimize this process, using demographics and other user-derived information, so ...

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Efficient web-based project management

You probably know the hazzles of project management. Always trying to maintain the big picture, understanding the milestones and goals for the project, collecting information aboutproblems, solutions and progress. Some people keep all this stuff in their head, and the edge of explosion, some people use notes, some use Excel, some use apps. Some use great apps that really make your project management easier. There quite a few project management apps ...

Local development with PHP and MySQL

Developing quickly and efficiently is important to create value for your users. Having an environment which endorses swift programming and designing really helps you satisfy your customers better. So, how do you develop your web apps? Are you always working on the live code on the webserver? Or are you using advanced version control systems to roll out tested changes? Are you testing on a local machine, uploading your changes every ...

Speed up your website – Part 6: Cookies & Mobile

This is the sixth and last part of a simplified explanation of the “Yahoo best practices for speeding up your web site“. Read the fifth part here. The fourth part is about image related optimization. Reduce cookie size Basically cookies consume resources in terms of data in requests. The article "When the cookie crumbles" by Tenni Theurer and Patty Chi provide the following conclusions: Don't use unnecessary cookies. Think before ...

Speed up your website – Part 5: Images

This is the fifth part of a simplified explanation of the "Yahoo best practices for speeding up your web site". Read the fourth part here. The fourth part is about image related optimization. Minimize image file size Avoid using GIF files. If you have GIFs, try to convert them to PNG, in order to evaluate if you might save some size. PNG files are more efficient in terms of quality ...

Speed up your website – Part 4: JavaScript

This is the fourth part of a simplified explanation of the "Yahoo best practices for speeding up your web site". Read the third part here. The third part is about CSS related optimization. Preferably place scripts at the bottom Scripts block parallel downloads of multiple items in the browser. Therefore you might want to place the scripts at the bottom of the page, if possible. It is a problem ...