Importance of WordPress:Since the introduction of WordPress in the year of 2003, it has become famous blogging software in the market. WordPress also have become most popular content management software of option for non-blogging sites also. Here are the reasons behind the popularity of WordPress and why should you enter into a wordPress platform for the benefit of your company.
- ★ Easy to handle – You will find WordPress is very comfortable to use and has the quality of intuitive interface like attaching new pages, blog posts etc. On a everyday basis, it is very swift to use and can be completed quickly. As because of its technology which is so swift, you don’t have to spend much time on formatting is hugely decreased. You will make your modern web design.
- ★ You can look after your website from any company – It is a great feature of WordPress is that it is fully browser based. It is so unique that you can login into it from any internet enable the computer to handle your site.
- ★ There is not a requirement of HTML editing or for that matter FTP software – You will be amazed to read that HTML is a self-obtained system and it does not need HTML editing software tool. If you wish you can create a brand new page, upload documents, image galleries, format text, blog post , video files etc. You can do all of these without the help of added HTML or for that matter FTP software. With WordPress you can also make your logo.
- ★ All the search engines like WordPress website – The coding behind the WordPress is very neat and clean and also simple, it makes easy for the search engines to read, crawl and index a website’s content. Additionally, each page image and post can have their own meta keywords, title, and description and also can be further optimized for definitive, permitting for very exact search engine optimization. If it is needed you can also utilize tags for further increasing your search engine attempts.
- ★ The management of your website will be in your hand – You don’t have to wait for the graphic designers to create ordinary updates to your website. With the help of WordPress, you almost have complete control over your website and can effortlessly create those ordinary updates by yourself. With the help of WordPress you will be able to make a modern web design.
- ★ The design of your website is fully Personalized – The WordPress works a turbine for your website. The overall appearance of the website can be completely personalized so that your brand name twinkles through on your website and offers an exclusive experience for your website visitors.
- ★ A blog is created in and prepares to perform – Since WordPress was naturally built as a blogging platform, blogging abilities are created in and very simple to integrate, if you want so. Establishing RSS/email subscriptions to your own blog, abilities to comment automated adding up the most current blog posts to another page of the website are also very easy to establish and provides help to enhance the reach of your company and create your website more interactive and dynamic.
- ★ Increase the functionality of your website with plugins – If you want to add up a Facebook Fan Box, video gallery, news feed, event calendar, Twitter, make your logo and much more to your website? WordPress will make it happens with the help of plugins, most of them are either free or affordable priced.
- ★ Your website evolves as your business develops – The sites of WordPress are scalable. You can have many pages or article post or blog post on your website and the working of the website will not be decreased by any means.
- ★ Have many users – At the position of the WordPress administrator, you can built-up many users for the site and accessing levels and abilities to each and every user.
2016 was a big year for web design. In an ever-changing digital landscape we have evolved principles, explored new platforms and pushed the boundaries of creativity to make our website solutions better than ever.We’ve got the best of the best to take a look back at the myths, truths and what’s hot to look out for in 2017.
Changing Role of UX in Web Design:
Firstly, we take a look back at the ever-changing role of UX in web design and developments. We’re more than just people who design wireframes- but what do we mean by that?
Myths- What was predicted last year?
Usability tests have long challenged the so-called three-click rule or two tap rule. Contrary to popular belief, people don’t leave your site or app if they’re unable to find the desired information in 3 clicks or taps. In fact, the number of necessary clicks affects neither user satisfaction, nor success rate. That’s right; fewer clicks don’t make users happier and aren’t necessarily perceived as faster.
What counts here is ease of navigation, the constant scent of information along the user’s path. If you don’t make the user think about the clicks, they won’t mind having a few extra clicks.
Truths – what were we right about?
A/B testing is just a small part of what we do:
Across a few projects in 2016 there has been excited talk in meetings about how A/B testing can solve all user experience issues. A/B testing only specifies that you need to test new designs against each other. It can’t be used to create solutions for the user. Some companies have mistakenly relied on A/B testing as a quick and easy way to develop their user experience.
Nothing about A/B testing determines what you’re going to test. A/B testing multiple crappy experiences does, in fact, lead to a final crappy experience.
The best way to come up with great products is to go out and observe users and discover any issues they face, and then use good UX design processes to help solve them. A/B testing can be powerful but only within the full complement of UX disciplines.
What didn’t we see coming?
Jellyfish loves to hire people with the right skills, the ability to work together and the eye to produce and present great work. As the UX team at Jellyfish grows, we endeavor to find the best people to join us.
Demand across the industry is growing at an unprecedented rate in 2016 and what has become apparent is that a lot of people coming forward as candidates view wireframe and prototype creation as “UX”. This makes it inherently difficult to hire someone successfully into a generic UX role, they must be extremely versatile and adaptable with skills covering a variety of disciplines (see diagram). The best of the best UX designers are out there but we continue to keep our ears to the ground to find them.
2016 has seen a lot of new work and clients for the UX team and thanks to our efforts, moving into 2017 we will have a growing and talented team to continue that work.
What do we think we should look out for next year?
There are lots of new tools to look out for in 2017, some of these are detailed below.
Pixate, a platform for creating and sharing complex interface designs, was shut down… On the bright side, the company had been bought and merged into the Google family.
At the same time, another company “Relative Wave” – Form (software for building quick and native prototypes across multiple devices), was also brought into the Google Material studio.
Both teams had some great ideas, and with the help of Google, they’ll be able to bring those ideas to the design community at scale. When the new incarnation of the software appears, it could be a fantastic tool for all UX and Creative designers.
It is a very exciting prospect just for the fact that Google products usually offer great team collaboration, ease of use, a broad range of tools, integration with other Google products, mobile integration, and flexibility.
The first stage of this Google vision can be found at https://material.io/stage/
We will watch it’s development closely in the new year as they will be giving the established Axure, Invasion and Framer a run for their money.
The importance of Digital Guidelines:
As the shift from more traditional formats to online continues, there has never been a greater need for brands to take a digital-first approach. And as digital designers, we need to constantly reevaluate what it means for a brand to be successful in this digital space.
Myths- what was predicted last year?
Historically, brand guidelines had been designed to be a physical, printed document that expressed the personality of the brand. More recently, the reality was that these documents, although designed for print, were never actually printed.
There was also a tendency to look at the actual elements of the brand identity with this print based mindset – this is your flat logo, here it is in mono, use this typeface at 38pt. But a brand’s identity has to work so much harder in the digital space, across a range of smart devices with varying screen sizes and resolutions.
What should we look out for in 2017?
In 2016, we have started to see more brands move towards digital guidelines. Not only are the guidelines themselves moving online to create a ‘living document’, but the content itself is taking much more of a digital-first approach. Responsive web design has been around for a while – and is here to stay especially with Google now boosting the rankings of sites which optimize their content to mobile devices and users. A brand’s identity needs to adapt to these spaces and work within these responsive frameworks and variable sizes.
Brands that are doing this well are creating digital identities that are simple and flexible, that work on a website or scale down to the size of a social icon. So that when the site is optimized for a device the brand is also optimized. We will be seeing much more of this approach moving into 2017.
Google Material Design:
Although originally launched back in 2014, we have seen a continuing trend in 2016 for the infiltration of Google’s material design language – ‘a set of design principles and guides which (Google) developed to create a more consistent user experience.’
Building on the traits of flat design (simple, bold, graphic), material design introduces more tactile attributes which offer more intuitive feedback to the user and an overall improved UI. Designer Matías Duarte explains ‘unlike real paper, our digital material can expand and reform intelligently. Material has physical surfaces and edges. Seams and shadows provide meaning about what you can touch.’
2017 will likely see more websites adhering to these design principles with designers exploring new ways to bring richer, more engaging experiences to the user. Expect to see more sophisticated micro-animations that add meaning to interactions, bold and graphic interfaces that immerse the user and more layered 3D elements that add a new depth to the UI.
As these UI and UX patterns begin to emerge we are starting to see a more consistently user-friendly web. And if this tried-and-tested design functionality works then it makes sense for brands to use it rather than re-inventing the wheel every time.
You could argue that this more unified online experience will lead to every website looking the same. For brands to stand out against the competition and to make that all import connection with their audience they will need to focus more on creating unique content that represents who they really are. Content should be relevant and genuine and we are likely to see more custom illustrations, icons, and typography, as well as authentic, commissioned photography moving into 2017.
Node Js Vs. Traditional Stack:
As we look at how we build websites at Jellyfish we are more and more interested in frontend development platform developed by Google called NodeJS.
Myths – what was predicted last year?
NodeJS was predicted it would replace the traditional stack on a widespread scale. Additionally, at the time there was a strong debate within the development arena on “Native Apps vs Mobile Web” and which would “win”.
Truths – what were we all right about?
From our developers’ perspectives, this time last year there was a lot of hype around NodeJS which led to a period of strong adoption around associated technologies throughout the industry such as Sass, Less, Gulp/Grunt, Web Sockets and AngularJS which was fantastic to see. We adopted a careful filtering of the new technologies which led us to extend our use of Sass across most of our new builds which brought both great efficiencies, and a period of struggle while we attempted to convert old methods to new. We were successful and now find ourselves reaping the benefits of the efficiencies which these technologies provide. We’ve always advocated using “the right tool for the job”. Having a responsive site has become the norm. However, we have noticed an uplift in the amount of requests we are receiving for Native Apps.
What didn’t we see coming?
The speed at which Web Services such as those provided by Amazon, Google and Microsoft would expand. The toolset has improved so rapidly we’ve found that we can offer a distributed, auto-scaling service to our smaller clients. It’s given us a greater array of tools that are more accessible, reusable, performant and easier to set up via templates. These have allowed us to offer more ESB / micro-service based developments allowing teams to focus on, and targeting of a specific component.
What do we think we should look out for next year?
Many of the recent developments have provided increased load on web clients which incurs performance issues. Therefore, it’s likely that we’ll see a greater adoption of more performant technologies such as Web Sockets and compiled (and possibly newer) languages such as Golang. These technologies will reduce the number of full page loads making for a faster web experience by only reloading portions of the page and maintaining a consistent, lightweight connection to the server.
It’s also likely we’ll continue building more custom ESB (Enterprise service bus) solutions for our clients which will lead to a reduction in the cost of future updates as web components become more modular. For those who do not know ESB, a simple ESB example of this would be that the service that fuels the date for your websites will be separated from the websites themselves allowing you to upgrade each component individually, rather than having to upgrade everything at the same time.
- Design the logo for your website – The web designing company has to work closely with your business firm on the design of the logo. This is very important because it will project the brand as well as your company identity. You cannot ignore the value of a unique logo as it becomes the very foundation of your business.
- Design the layout of the homepage – You will have to give them some ideas and cooperate with the web designing firm to arrive at a particular look and a feel with the landing or the home page for your business website.
- Design the layout of the inner pages – This will be closely linked with the colours and the layout of the homepage of your website.
- Convert the photo shop layouts into CSS and HTML for images that are web-optimized.
- Develop the back end database.
- Identify the keywords and keyphrases for your website for search engine optimisation – There are various tools that can be used to identify select key words and key phrases that may become relevant for your particular field of business to increase the chances of visitors finding what they are searching for, when they browse your website. The formation of the content and its layout is half the work done for your website.
- Combine the selected content with programming and offer templates.
- Prepare for search engine submission and all reciprocal and relevant link exchanges.
1. WordPress Strength: MarketingProbably the most well-known due to its host and self-hosted options, WordPress is a free and open source so you can install it on your own host with no issues. Starting out as a blogging platform, WordPress’ plugins have added so many features that you can practically do anything with it. There’s no need for programming or HTML experience as editing can be made using any normal web browser from anywhere in the world, even with your iPhone. Moreover, it eliminates calls to your CMS web design company for any changes because you’re already a certified DIY when it comes to managing your website so scratch problems on delays of getting new content online off the list.
2. Concrete5 Strength: Easy Content EditingA website with heavy content or it has many pages with static information that needs to be changed or added to frequently would do well with Concrete 5. Also a free and open source, it’s best if you’re aiming for a simple CMS that enables you to edit content easily and tweak a bit of the design.
3. Joomla Strength: CustomizationUnlike WordPress which maintains a similar look even when using different themes, Joomla sites don’t look anything alike because a user can customize everything. Joomla is powerful because you can do almost anything with e-commerce site but then there’s are many setting and tweaking involved to get it running; hence, if your site is more than a blog that has major text content and a YouTube video, Joomla works best.
4. Drupal Strength: SecurityNot so different from Joomla, Drupal is a bit more flexible and secured. Also a free and open source, Drupal comes with plugins that tend to be the same while Joomla has a lot of paid plugins.
Strength: Simplicity FlexibilityA CMS that’s a cross between Concrete 5 and Drupal, it’s easy to install and use but requires many tools for customization and tweaking. If you wish to install it and add content, that can be done but if you need to create your own design or tweak, you can do so too. If you want to create your own design and you have an idea of how to code your pages then Textpattern would be ideal as it exposes the code for pages while making CMS easy to use. Via Business2Community.
These simple words of wisdom are quite enough to set the tone for your E-Commerce venture. As a matter of fact, being on the internet is not quite enough; the virtual world is pretty much like the real world, you could be anywhere and no one might ever find you. So, the idea is to be where you can be seen and to make sure that people adore you when they see you. The internet of things is not an affair of the millennial crowd. Yes, your business might not cater to the Gen Y but that doesn’t mean that you should not have an ecommerce website. Even if you are running successful offline retail units, the situation may soon implore that you move online because the consumers are becoming more comfortable shopping online day-by-day and you do not want to disappoint them. There are a plenty of E-commerce platforms that can help you launch your business on the web but as it is said earlier, it is not enough just to be on the web. Your choice should be in accordance with your requirements and should help you create the desired experience for your existing customer base and also to expand it. Here are some top E-commerce platforms that offer you a wide range of themes and the flexibility to build a great experience for your consumers.
“If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business.” – Bill Gates.
1. MagentoMagento has come up as a popular ECommerce solution for big and small enterprises alike. You can download and install it to your server for free. Magento is pretty intense on features, so much so that you need to host it continuously. It is for this reason that Magento is chosen by various massive retailers including Musikshopen.com, Shoprite.com.au and Petsworld.in. If you can use it to effect, your products will roll.
- Perfect for novices with no technical knowledge and experts alike
- User-friendly admin area to set the basic store easily
- Highly scalable, and thus allows you to scale your store from 100 products to 1,00,000 on the go.
- Provides you with built in SEO support and newsletter management.
- Allows you to receive payment through multiple gateways.
- Optimize your site for mobile viewing.
- Handles customer service, coupons, gifts and more…
- It manages your inventory and handles shipping charges.
2. BigCommerceBigCommerce empowers your business with plenty of great e-commerce store management features along with easy online payment facilities. All you need to do is sign up and set up your e-commerce store to your heart’s content with the countless customization features on offer.
- Taking care of orders, managing and adding products, tracking analytics – this all is fairly easy in BigCommerce.
- It secures your web store with top of the grid security features.
- Offers you an in-depth insight on analytics and statistics.
- BigCommerce is well equipped to deal with sudden spikes in your traffic.
- It integrates with PayPal and allows credit and debit card transaction and customer privacy is ensured as the checkout is done via SSL.
3. ShopifyShopify is a one-stop e-commerce solution for beginners and veterans alike. The best part is the simplicity and cost-effectiveness it offers you. It is truly multipurpose and allows you to set up a store real time fast. You can start selling an unlimited number of products online through Shopify in a matter of a weekend. Let us take a deeper look –
- You get a working core platform straight away; you can obviously twist and tweak it to your liking, yet you get a well-structured shop effortlessly.
- The platform optimizes your store for viewing on mobile or tablet.
- Shopify integrates with Paypal; allows you to receive online and offline payment from multiple gateways. Bank transfer, cash on delivery, credit and debit card payments- you can allow your customers complete freedom if it suits you.
- Just change the color to match your company colors, edit the texts, put the pictures and prices; you are all set to fly.
4. VolusionVolusion is an ideal e-commerce solution to help your company with all the technical support needed to scale and grow. It has an easy to use interface that does not require loads of experience building e-commerce sites to get the most out of it. If you are just starting out, Volusion can be a worthy friend.
- Volusion is pretty easy to handle and works fine even for those who have no ecommerce experience.
- It has an amazing inventory management system.
- Volusion helps you build a complete website, integrating both e-commerce and non-commerce parts.
- You can choose from more than 300 responsive designs.
- You get 24/7 support, dedicated account managers and built-in marketing & SEO tools.
- You can manage your store on the go through iOS, Android and smartwatch apps.
- It accepts payment through debit and credit cards, PayPal and Amazon Payments.
- With advanced inventory management, secure hosting, security and easy order processing, Volusion is quite a superstar when it comes to e-commerce development services.
5. 3dcart3dcart gives you access to an advanced structured store that can handle thousands of products without any experience or site building skills. This feature-rich e-commerce platform has powered more than 23,000 stores around the globe and offers you its services without making you spend a fortune.
- Its unlimited storage allows you to handle massive catalog on the go.
- Hundreds of designs to choose from and all designs optimize for mobiles and tablets.
- It handles order management and processing.
- It is marketing and SEO friendly and also supports customer reviews.
6. Big CartelBig Cartel is a great platform for the creatives like musicians, artists, and designers to sell their goods directly to the fans. It is way easier to use than most e-commerce platforms and you can get it running in a very short amount of time. While being super simple and user-friendly, Big Cartel is not as high on features like other platforms, but if it is perfect for your niche, it indeed is a great tool.
- Big Cartel is perfect for those who are looking for a simple ecommerce store without much functionality. This works in favor of small ecommerce store owners, but might be frustrating if you are looking to base your store with 1 million products on it.
- It tracks your inventory and manages your orders.
- The feature-light approach of the platform is otherwise well-supported by in-built automation tools including time-sensitive discounts, pre-orders and other functions.
- It lets you sell in person and sell on Facebook.