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Designing with Sketch

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Servage
SketchWeb design has been ruled by Photoshop and other heavy-weights for decades. Even here at the Servage blog we are currently working on a ten-part Photoshop web design tutorial, and there is no question that Photoshop is one of the most popular design softwares available. Unfortunately Photoshop is also a very expensive piece of software and for many hobby or beginner developers it is simply not feasible to spend so much on a software license. Furthermore Photoshop was originally designed for manipulating photos, thus it is not really optimized for web development - even though working with Photoshop renders great results, it could be more efficient. Over the years there have been a few ...

Snap tool makes working more efficient

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Servage
better-snap-toolAre you also one of those computer users who ends up with way too many open windows? Do you know the situation where you are loosing track of which windows you have and where they are? Do you find yourself dragging your windows around a lot, to make room for other windows, to get a better overview, or to work across multiple open windows at the same time? If you are recognizing some of the just mentioned issues, then you will likely be very happy to know that there is relief available. Many developers work like mentioned above, and thankfully BetterSnapTool helps you out in these situations. It enables you to drag ...

Web-based code editor for your website

Monday, March 11th, 2013 by Servage
Are you coding on a local server and upload to your hosting account? Or do your maybe even code straight on the web server in the live page? Either way, you may strongly consider a web-based coding editor, which integrates your development environment with your hosting account even better. Below is a list of some great tools to help you. CodeAnywhere https://codeanywhere.net/ Very robust development tool with Code editor, FTP Client, CSS Editor, Dropbox support, Sandbox, iPhone App, iPad App, Android App and BB Playbook. Coderun http://coderun.com/ Mature tool with projects in multiple languages, syntax coloring and code-completion, compile code and review build errors, run and debug code in multiple platforms, and more. Koding https://koding.com/ Brand new, formerly ...

Track web analytics for your site

Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Servage
One of the most important things to know in order to optimize your website, is analytics about your visitors. The type of information relevant to you - visits, pageviews, geographic location, demographics, time spent on pages etc. are individual and up to your specific site. However, in order to do anything, you need to collect the data first. Some major services like Google AdWords have placed themselves as big players in the market, but are facing criticism increasingly for violating privacy or other infringements. Therefore a lot of smaller projects have surfaced, self-hosted or not, but with better control and sometimes better features - depending on your needs. Take a look ...

Centralize all your productivity apps

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 by Servage
Do you struggle with a lot of information from a lot of sources online? Engaged in multiple social networks, using many web apps, getting info here, there, everywhere. It's hard to keep track and stay efficient with this information overload we sometimes experience. Since the invention of the internet, the daily media consumption has doubled, which basically means more info, sometimes at the same time, frying the brain. Anything to help simply this process is an improvement of our own health over time - plus you get the feeling of staying more organized, being able to work better and more focussed, because things are right there, where you need them, sorted. ...

Fetch external content with pipes

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 by Servage
Pipes is a great concept to get content from external sources and include it on you page. Obviously this is not meant as a copy-machine, to simply steal content from everyone else and present it as your own - but rather a useful aggregation service if you need to collect content or snippets from multiple sources. The customizability is great and you can fetch exactly what you want in the format you wish. Yahoo Pipes is a great tool, the developers describe it: Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web. Like Unix pipes, simple commands can be combined together to create output ...

Minify your script code for faster load times

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 by Servage
Have you ever thought about how the way you code affects file sizes? Nice formating, line breaks, documentation, it all adds to your script files. Take a JavaScript file for example. Mainly a bunch of static code, which rarely changes, but filled with a lot of unnecessary information. If your remove that, you could get pretty small files - adding to the overall performance of your website. If you wish to minify your files, this removing all the unnecessary clutter, then you don't want to do it manually. It would be a crazy job, which had to be repeated with every update to the file. What you want is Minify, an open ...

Simply track issues with DoneDone

Friday, September 14th, 2012 by Servage
Properly tracking development and code issues is helping all projects grow and develop faster, more efficient, and with less risk of things getting forgotten or neglected along the way. Therefore a proper issue tracking software is really important to help you with that. DoneDone attempts to do that for you. Real-time notifications DoneDone is the only issue tracker which pushes real-time notifications straight to your browser. This way, you can focus on your work instead of your email inbox. Integrations: Basecamp, GitHub, Beanstalk, Subversion Push updates to your DoneDone projects directly from your favorite flavor of version control. Likewise, you can import and sync users from your Basecamp account. Create issues, add files, leave ...

Increase your website traffic with HitTail

Monday, September 10th, 2012 by Servage
Getting traffic and converting it to sales is the primary source of income for most websites. Therefore optimizing content for search engines and ads is a essential part of everyday life for a webmaster. HitTail offers a tool to assist you with this important task: "Drive targeted search visitors to your website by focusing on the most promising organic keywords in your existing traffic." Killer Keyword Suggestions HitTail tells you, in real-time, the most promising search terms you should target based on your existing traffic. We do this using a sophisticated algorithm tuned by analyzing over 1.2 billion keywords. As a website owner, one of your biggest assets is the proprietary data ...

Move your website into the spatial web

Monday, August 27th, 2012 by Servage
Spatial data is becoming increasingly popular to use for websites and apps. Services like Foursquare, Facebook and Google Maps are relying very much on places and other geo-referenced content, which the users wish to consume based on geographic search or location. Therefore handling geographic - or spatial - data is important to understand for web developers. Database software MySQL and PostgreSQL are some of the most popular database software, which is used by millions of websites around the world. PostgreSQL has spatial functionality though an extension called PostGIS, which has been widely acknowledged as one of the leading solutions for spatial databases for a long time. However, MySQL has improved and is ...