Refine your new developer skills by completing projects

Posted on March 26, 2022 at 8:31 pm

With web development taking off rapidly in the industry, the demand for Web Developers is skyrocketing. In fact, web development has emerged as a promising field attracting people from all educational and professional backgrounds. One of the best ways to progress in this field is to work on web development projects. The more you practice and experiment with challenging web development projects, the better will be your real-world development skills.

The first one to try is to see if you can build a survey form or questionnaire. This can be used in lots of contexts and is easy if you are proficient in HTML or HTML5. Even today, lots of companies use survey forms as a means of collecting relevant data about their target audience. The project, which will test your webpage structuring skills, will require you to design a survey form that includes relevant questions like name, age, email, address, contact number, and other questions, depending on the type of company you are shaping the form for.

Another useful project would be to add social share buttons on a static site that is not based on WordPress. In this project, you will face the challenge of writing a JavaScript code that will allow you to add social share buttons. While you can do this by incorporating HTML elements or images in the site’s template, using JavaScript allows you to add the share buttons dynamically.

By working on projects such as these you will not only expand your skillset, but you will also enhance your professional development.

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Facebook for your business

Posted on November 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

There are so many ways in which you can market your business online. Social media marketing through Facebook can be a great tool for businesses that want to reach a new audience or simply stay in touch with their customers. Not only do you want to promote your Facebook page within Facebook but also externally on your website, business cards and even on your sign written vehicles.  

When someone first lands on your Facebook page it is important that it looks professional. Try and think about what photo you are going to use as your cover photo and check how it displays not only on your computer but also your phone and tablet. Make sure that your description or welcoming paragraph sums up what you do but in an interesting way. If you sell products you may want to list them on your Facebook under the shop area.

Photos are a must for a successful Facebook page. Categorise these photos, if possible, to allow the views to go straight to the ones they are interested in.

When your page first goes live, be sure to ask as many friends as possible and family members to like it.

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Are you missing out on business?

Posted on December 24, 2020 at 10:30 am

This year more than ever it has been. Italian to grab every single sales opportunity with both hands. Many businesses have really struggled and ongoing business is vital in order for them to keep going. If you do not have a website or have a very basic site you may be missing out on a huge amount of sales. If you have a product or service which can be sold online then you should have an e-commerce website to accommodate this. Year upon year more and more people buy items online and this year has seen a bigger increase than ever. I’m even if your product is aimed at an older audience that may not do as much online shopping, they may well ask a relative to buy something online for them on their behalf. After the initial outlay for the website, you will probably find that there is not a huge ongoing monthly cost and that often you only pay more when you are earning more.  You don’t have to go to the expense of getting a merchant account and using a payment gateway like Sage Pay etc, you can use PayPal or similar which is often lot easier to interstate and although their fees are higher you only pay when you make a sale.

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How to improve the number of conversions you have through your website

Posted on September 14, 2020 at 8:03 am

A website is an extremely powerful selling tool. Some businesses do not have a physical shop or showroom and therefore rely totally on their website to produce sales.

You may find yourself constantly checking where your website ranks for your most popular keywords in the search engine results as this will impact the number of visitors you get to your site. The higher you appear on the search engines result such as Google the more traffic you are likely to get. Although it is important to track this you should also check what your visitors are doing once they land on your site. If you are receiving a fair amount of traffic to the site but are not benefitting from enquiries or sales then it may be time to revisit the content within your website and have a look at what is happening. You may find that one of the pages is not displaying properly or that maybe your products are priced too high in comparison with the competition. There are some great analytics packages out there that will track the flow of customers through your website showing you what pages they clicked through to and also which pages they left on. This can be vital information which you can use to improve your site.

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The Web Development Process

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 8:37 pm

The process of web development follows various steps, all of which are designed to ensure you have a functioning, beautiful website at the end of it. You will find that the best web development agencies don’t make you a website overnight; they work over a number of weeks to develop a site that is a good fit for your business.

The web development process will roughly involve:

  • Ideas and brainstorming. You will meet your web development team and come up with ideas together. They will work to get an understanding of what you need your website to be.
  • Design. All good websites are well designed and a professional designer will come up with initial ideas for you.
  • Development. Once designs are approved, you move on to development, where your designs are turned into a fully functional website.
  • Editing. Make tweaks and amends to your website.
  • Going live. Set it live and let the world see your site.

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Is Web Development a Good Career Path?

Posted on August 5, 2017 at 11:58 am

Web development can be an excellent career choice for people who are skilled in subjects like maths and sciences. It requires a specific type of person – someone who is analytical, can retain a lot of information and who can also work well under pressure. If this sounds like you, then web development could be an excellent career option.

You might want to find out more about the job market in your area before making a final decision on your career choice. However, in most parts of the UK, web developers and designers are highly in demand. If you are skilled in what you do, there should be plenty of opportunities for you. It may be a good idea to try learning some coding yourself, to see whether it is something you enjoy and feel you will be able to get your head around. If so, enrol on a higher education course to get the proper training.

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Is an eCommerce Site Right for you?

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 10:50 pm

eCommerce sites can help you to achieve a vast amount of sales, compared to you simply having a physical shop. If you want to know more about eCommerce sites, read on. There is some information for you to consider if you think this approach to selling your products might be beneficial for you:

• Do you have the time to send products out to people? If people buy your products online, they will expect delivery. Packaging orders takes times.
• Do you have enough stock? Small business owners may not have enough and you want to be able to fulfill all orders.
• Do you have the money to spend on a good eCommerce site? Pay for a good web design that will last you a long time and that can be amended to keep up with the latest trends.
• Are you passionate about your product? If so, selling more online is a great option for you and your business can go a long way.

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Hiring a Web Developer for your Business

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm

You’re thinking of hiring a web developer – but what now? If you want to make sure you hire the right person for the job, there are some things you need to know and think about very carefully. We have put together a list to help you make the best decision for your business when hiring a web developer:

  • Make sure your developer has a professional qualification. This shows that they have studied their subject and understand it fully. This will help you to know that they are capable of doing a good job.
  • Consider setting them some tasks. Web development can involve writing intricate and complicated code, so see whether they are able to work well in a real life, pressurised situation.
  • Ask them about their experience. Get a clear idea of the kinds of industries they know and the types of development work they have done.
  • Ensure you can offer them a competitive package. Web design and development are incredibly popular at the moment, with lots of companies needing to hire someone to complete programming work for them. You will need to make sure the position you are offering is reasonable, as a good developer will probably have a lot of job options. Carry out some market research to see what other employers are offering.
  • Think about how their role in the company will actually work. What will you require your developer to do? What kind of systems will they be working on? Will they be part of a large IT team? Will they have any contact with your clients? By carefully considering these questions, you will be able to work out what kind of person you need to fit into your existing team.

Hiring – and keeping – a good web developer can be tricky, as it’s the kind of profession where people are used to moving around regularly. However, if you have a role that is well rewarded, you can find the right person for your company.

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What Does a Web Developer Do?

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 10:47 am

Web development encompasses lots of different processes to do with the development of websites. It can range from creating pages of plain text to developing complicated functionalities which will make a web page look and behave in a certain way.

Usually, web development and web design will be two separate fields. Web designers will put together a concept for how the finished website should look, and then programmers will build this and make it into a usable website.

Developers will have to complete a number of tasks in the overall process of making a website. This can include client-side and server-side scripting, network security configurations, coding and writing markup.

Web developers are usually very highly skilled, and proper professionals will have studied to gain a qualification which will show that they have the necessary developing and programming experience.

If you want a new website for yourself or your company, use a professional web developer to produce it for you. This will give you the best results and will ensure that everything looks professional and works as it should.


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Not Taking Into Account the End User on Website Design Projects

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 7:47 pm

It may seem like a strange concept, to ignore the fact that you have an end user. But ignoring the fact this is eventually going to be used by a human can allow you to see the development of the website in a new light.

Ignoring the end user works as a thought experiment. Without an end user to worry about you and your development team can ask questions such as:

  • Do we like how this looks, in our opinion? To our personal standards?
  • Does this fit with other websites we’ve designed and if not, how can we make it fit in with their styles?
  • What else can we put into the website that we like?
  • What could other potential end users make of the website and how might they receive it?

Of course, ignoring the end user as a default business plan is not going to allow you to do the job you are being paid for. But nevertheless it can yield some useful creative ideas.

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