Constructing a website, whether it be a platform for showing off the business hours and information for your small shoe store, or a large online shop for selling items through the internet, is a much easier process than it used to be. Twenty years ago you had to reach out to a developer who would charge you thousands of dollars. The setup would take quite a while, and they would be making the site from scratch. That’s not the case anymore, because you can select from one of these top website builders on the market. Hundreds of solutions are available for you, but we have tested them all and have come up with the top five: WIX, Squarespace, WordPress, Shopify and Weebly.
It’s been almost a year since PHP7 shuffled shyly onto the Internet. The lack of attention it received is positively baffling. Perhaps it is fear of the unknown, or perhaps it is because there are enough people around who still remember what it was like upgrading from PHP4 to PHP5.
Or it could be simply that as a free, open source product, PHP doesn’t have a multi-million dollar budget lavished on marketing it. Yet, this being the first major update to the Web’s most popular server-side programming language in 12 years, you’d think it would have generated considerably more excitement.
The world of web design seems to have a cyclic nature. Some fascinating new technology gets released, designers rush to experiment with it, marketers get excited and latch onto the experiments with a view to exploiting the potential, and the poor old users have to endure yet another design trend boom, with all the decline in UX that comes along with it. Eventually everything that was wrong with the trend becomes self-evident, and usability experts finally manage to get a word in edge-ways.
Transparency is a very useful effect, and actually quite simple. There are many different ways to apply it, and it has a variety of uses, from simply enhancing the visual style of the interface through to serving a specific purpose. For example, various degrees of transparency may be used in a game interface to indicate the state of something.
Designing for a major corporate client with a multinational business presence is quite a different experience to designing for small business. The good news is that the budget can be massively higher. The possibly not so good news (depending on how you look at things) is that expectations are likely to be much higher as well. This can place a lot of pressure on you. But if you’re really confident in your ability, this pressure won’t be a burden upon you, it will drive you to greater heights.
Today there are many different choices available to people about how their website might be put together and hosted. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and the decision should really be based on the needs of the client, their budget, and what actually works for the design team. Not all of the different methods will give the same result for the same design, which is why the choice needs to be made with due consideration to what each method provides.