web design

Improve SEO using Usability Techniques {4}

When it comes to SEO and website usability, focusing only on one attribute or the other can negatively effect the long term success of a website. However, when both are given equal consideration they can have a synergistic effect that results in a site with great SERP rank and usability. At first glance, SEO and usability can seem to oppose to one another. An example of this would be the fact that “visitors often prefer graphic-based webpages as opposed to text-based webpages.” (Visser, 2011) This can be a problem given that web crawlers rely on text to determine the website content. As I will explain in this blog, even this does not have to be a problem if the designer holistically applies usability techniques and not just SEO by itself throughout the website. Let’s first take a look at some usability elements that readily lend themselves to good SEO.

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Responsive Web Design {9}

Making software easy to use has been a major focal point for developers since the dawn of the microchip.  Whether or not an application or website is successful often depends on how quickly users come to familiarize themselves with an interface.  Applications that inundate users with too many buttons or options often struggle to find a wide user base. Similarly, websites that are ‘clunky’ or difficult to navigate are often left in the dust.  Even sites with solid accessibility but that are visually unappealing will find themselves with a timid following. These two issues have historically been major pains for programmers and developers who are trying to add mobile functionality to their software.  Now with the advent of CSS 3 modules, it is easier than ever for developers to provide media rich content that is customized for any type of mobile device; tablet smart phone or otherwise.

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Node.js {4}

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 Node.js was developed in 2009 by Ryan Dahl it was created to address issues with efficiency of traditional  platforms which took far too long to communicate over the network, spending magnitudes of more time processing web requests and responses than other parts of applications. “Node.js is a platform built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices” (nodejs.org, 2013).

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Covering ASP.net in the Curriculum {1}

Colleges need to teach students about new software and how to use them. There can be infinite opinions on the amount of lecturing on old versus new technology, but most can see that a mixture of both new and old is mostly beneficial for the student. The authors recommend instructing on “traditional mainframe as well as the Internet client/server environments.” Both Wallace and Wolf foresee an integration of the mainframe and web based technologies. Although the article is from 2006, it is still relevant today.

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.NET Framework Upgrade {Comments Off on .NET Framework Upgrade}

Microsoft upgraded their .Net Framework and Visual Studio. The upgrade should “‘significantly increase’ scalability of .Net applications for both client and server.” It will allow for applications to be 10 to 20 times larger than they used to be. It also adds extra features including “ASP.Net Dynamic Data. Dynamic Data allows developers to build a data model using Language Integrated Query, the ADO.Net Entity Framework, or LINQ to SQL.” The updated client side’s application’s load time will decrease by up to 45%.

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Visual Basic simpler and better than C# {Comments Off on Visual Basic simpler and better than C#}

Visual Basic was designed to be relatively easy to learn and use. Programmers know the annoyances and limits of programming and Visual Basic stepped in to create a better and simpler way to code. The article talks about 10 different ways Visual Basic is better than C#. It talks about the case sensitive code that C# uses that makes it very and prone to mistakes and typos in the code. Visual Basic allows for a simpler select clause than C# in that you do not need to add ‘break’ to each and every single case. The symbols used in VB are equivalent to the English language ands, ors, and nots instead of using symbols.VB is also more forgiving in the way it handles code and strictness. You don’t have to go through messy variable conversions because VB is a smarter language that understands what the coder is trying to do. The article lists a total of ten reasons of why VB is better than C# and voices his opinion of each of these topics.

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JavaScript on the Web {Comments Off on JavaScript on the Web}

Baciacally this week I learned a little more about java script and how it actually works. There are many different parts to java script that I didn’t even know about. Like I did not know that java script is actually not written just like you would java. There is some variation. There are many different things that need to be taken into account when you use java script in your web pages because you cannot use java script so store anything it can just check and see if there is information in required fields if there is not it can shoot you an error message and you have to do what it wants before it uses your information and places it into some type of database. I also learned that java script is not all that secure people can do things to the code to get access to your information so its not really that great to use. I found that kind of interesting because there are times that we are on sites and believe they are safe but they may not be safe at all. Your information can be sent to their e-mail address in some instances and never placed into a database. That is what I think was kind of interesting about reading this article this week.

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Importance of JavaScript {1}

The article I read was interesting I was wondering why javascript was important for a webpage because why would you want to use java when you can use other stuff. But after reading the article it makes sense. When you look at a web page you usually judge a web site really quickly. Does it look professional or not. Is the page cluddered with links or are there things that stick out and grab your attention to the page. When you use Javascript you are pulling the visitors attention to your site because it looks professional and you are able to even plave slideshows on the page. It also doesnt need a server to validate information it can check required fields and give error messgaes if needed. The good thing about JavaScript is it can be placed in script files so it cant be ranked. If it was ranked with the code it lowers the ranking and since it can be placed in a folder it can be ranked higher then other sites. So Javascript is really benifical for someone that is a web developer and wants to have higher ratings and look professional.

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Why CSS is the Preferred Method in Web Design {2}

Almost all if not all of today’s websites are designed in CSS. Current websites are designed to be easy to use and beautiful to look at while having to be compatible with multiple web browsers and search engine optimized. This article talks about a small amount of features and advantages that CSS has over its predecessors. The article touches up on search engine optimization, browser compatibly, appearance, maintainability, and bandwidth savings.

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CSS Is Vital To Learn {1}

Cascading style sheets have been around for a while they have been around since 1997 so they have been around for 15 years. Cascading style sheets are useful for any web developer. There are really no web developers now that do not know how to use css because it is so common and is now so important. Style sheets are good because they will override peoples defaults settings so it is good becuase it will be seen like that across all web pages. CSS is very important because it can affect the entire mood of a web page. It can make or break your page because it creates consistancy across pages. CSS is not that hard it is just a little harder than plain HTML and it is vital to learn because without knowing how to use CSS will prevent you from getting a job in the web development field.

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