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Archive for June, 2013

Searching for the perfect layout

Sunday, June 30th, 2013 by Servage
In web design community we most of visual designers have ever increasing challenges to deal with the width and height of the website in accordance to the devices. The more complexities are entering with the introduction of mobility devices. Despite our journey from big to tiny screens, we have ample choices to create design that is befitting our needs. Therefore, in this post I would like to revisit the various types of layout of past present and future. Layout of the past Since the history of computer and then web, we had some sorts of layouts used in practice and one of them is absolute layout mainly used and still in use ...

Design and display your website in HD

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 by Servage
Hello Retina! Apple’s Retina Display that is. With its high pixel density, it is a driving force in what is turning out to be another significant shift in the way websites are design. As other manufacturers follow suit with similar displays, the need for high definition site design is growing. Though Retina is just the tip of the iceberg for what this topic really entails. In this article, we discuss considerations for pixels with regards to display formatting, the challenges for web designers and the current solutions being implemented. This is not a tutorial piece for how to implement those changes on current sites, but the information here is to help ...

Structure the test-process of web design

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 by Servage
When someone approaches a web designer for a project, she certainly has some definite goals in her mind to achieve through that website. Therefore, we web designers ultimately place the question that what she expects by creating this website at first place. If someone has a B2C or e-commerce business she would think that how she would have good traffic and ultimate customers through an effective web design. Here our main concern is to create graphics and coding in such a way that web site works for the client, means it helps client to achieve her goals. When a client explains her business or goal of the website, we generally try ...

Using Google fonts and styles on your site

Friday, June 21st, 2013 by Servage
As a tutorial, this topic is relatively easy. For those with a familiarity with CSS syntax, it is a basic two-step process with options for stylizing the fonts. This article is aimed at those who may not be so versed in HTML and CSS, and who really want to use any of the 600+ fonts from Google on their own site. In a previous article, we provided a most comprehensive overview of the user interface on the Google Fonts domain. And in that piece, we promised to review the “Use” portion as well as other areas that aid in implementing selected fonts on a site. The “Use” portion is actually ...

OsCommerce from a developer’s perspective

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 by Servage
E-commerce is getting momentum day-by-day with the proliferation of internet through either big screens or their tiny sisters with mobility. Yes, technologies have put whole world in our palms. Have you ever been looked back in the history of e-commerce? Albeit plenty of e-commerce solutions were emerged and set off with the pace of time, but OsCommerce still survive. It is true that the golden days of OsCommerce have finished, but it is still a viable option for small and start up businesses. There are plenty of reasons that small businesses prefer OsCommerce still today. The foremost reason is its low cost of installation and customization. When we examine OsCommerce at the ...

Choose a blog instead of a news-section on your website

Sunday, June 16th, 2013 by Servage
We are often reading in SEO related articles and blogs that search engines like fresh content. If you place fresh and unique content frequently on your web page, search engines will visit your web page more frequently. This frequent indexing leads to place your web page up against your rivals and offers you better exposure in SERP. This is absolutely true from SEO point of view therefore, many of us try to please bots to take visits of our pages more often anyhow. The best way to place fresh content is to include the news relevant to your web page purposes and content. When we are doing this exercise, we simply ...

Design your webshop to meet your visitors’ personalities

Friday, June 14th, 2013 by Servage
Customer behavior is a concern in an e-commerce store, just like in a brick-and-mortar store. When we manage a physical store, we expect our sales persons to learn some behavioral science at first and to know the behavior of the store visitors and then customers. On e-commerce, we don’t have opportunities to get visual clues so we mostly rely on the various analytical tools and some experiences acquired before. We can classify our site visitors based on their behaviors and by the comparison with physical store experiences. The particular set of their behaviors can place them in some definition of the particular personalities so let’s see these personalities closely. Like physical shopping ...

Exciting times for PHP developers

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 by Servage
At first hand, PHP is an evolving language for web development industry. Recently new version came with some badly needed features and some new exciting additions. Due to the greater adaptability of PHP in web development community and businesses, a significant number of new programmers are eager to dirty their hands in PHP coding. With this realization, I have decided to discuss some myths and facts about the PHP in this post. An Alluring Web Development Language Today PHP is found on the somewhat 80% of all the websites whose server side scripts are known. If we dig deeper, we will find that WordPress is covering 17% of all websites and sit ...

Handling common Magento problems

Monday, June 10th, 2013 by Servage
Today Magento is an unbeatable e-commerce solution to meet the requirements of the modern age. Therefore, avoiding Magento is a sin for PHP web developer, for newbie in particular. In due course, I have initiated this post to get accustomed with Magento and its common issues for both, Magento developer and admin. For New Domain If you have, old store and running with constantly updated products there are more chances that you think about some new and cloying domain name. Once you obtain your desired one, it is likely you will consult your e-commerce web developer and expect to migrate from old to new. Now, what your web programmer will do. She will ...

Using WordPress Plugins

Saturday, June 8th, 2013 by Servage
WordPress is undoubtedly most used opensource based on PHP. WordPress is simple and easy platform for web designers since its core does  not consist of many intricate features, but they can be added according to the needs of the clients. Thus, it is great at performance and adaptability. Many novice developers are not much familiar with plug-ins phenomenon. In due course, I have tried to give some introductory knowledge through this post, particularly installing them. As stated earlier WordPress core is simple and devoid of much complexities. Therefore, it is easy to install and smooth in performance. Usually you will have all features and functionality required to run a simple blog ...