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Web Design Quirks: Are we headed towards a ‘Responsive’ world?

Web Design Quirks: Are we headed towards a ‘Responsive’ world?

Mobile-revolution has taken the world by storm. Everything that was once only desktop-friendly, can now be easily accessed on smartphones – all thanks to the existence of the responsive coding. If your favorite website runs just as smooth on your mobile phone or tablet than it does on your laptop, then it is designed to be immaculately responsive. A responsive website, as the theory states, ‘responds’ to the environment it is set in, eliminating any apparent malfunctioning that comes with the change in the handling device. It ensures an ultimate user-experience regardless of the interface- device, browser, screen size, resolution or orientation -they are using. But there’s a lot more to the responsive design that screen-size adjustments and resolutions. We’ll get to that, first let’s look through the idea behind this awesome design!   The ‘Tale’ behind Responsive Web Design (RWD)   ‘Responsive web design’ is a brainchild of Ethan Marcotte, a famous web designer. He was credited with the term following his publication ‘A List Apart’ in the year 2010. The article actively discussed how building separate sites for every device, browser, screen size and resolution was not a sustainable option. The same year, Ethan came up with a more fluid and adaptable option- a responsive option- that would fit every screen possible. Before the responsive evolution (even before the birth of iPhone), there were different development methodologies and concepts for every device. While it saved a lot of development costs, developers and users alike were faced with a number of limitations including hiked maintenance costs, decrease in SEO ranking owing to different devices, the list goes on....
Choosing between Magento Development and OpenCart Development

Choosing between Magento Development and OpenCart Development

So you just decided to have your own eCommerce website and have landed on the same old dilemma: which eCommerce platform should you choose to gear your idea? With a plethora of choices available, there is no one-fits-all solution available. From WooCommerce to Shopify to Zen Cart to BigCommerce to 3dCart and a lot of others, the choices continue. Handpicking among a sea of platforms is thus tedious. The solution? Base your choice on various parameters: How big is your store going to be? Do you have any design layouts in mind? Are there any SEO factors that you should consider? To make your task easier, we will compare Magento and OpenCart, the two giants of the eCommerce market. New to Magento and OpenCart? Magento and OpenCart are both noteworthy platforms for eCommerce development. Both are open source frameworks and provide all the major eCommerce solutions, such as a shopping cart system, content management, powerful search engines, themes to integrate, and plugins. Magento was launched in 2008 and is available in two versions: the Enterprise version and the Community version. Magento platform is preferred by high-end eCommerce sites and is highly scalable and customizable.  OpenCart was also launched in 2008 and is a comparatively simple and easy-to-use eCommerce platform. However, it has its downside on performance due to its native scripts. It is highly preferred by small businesses. This platform can run on any virtual server with the support of databases and PHP. What Do Magento and OpenCart Have in Common? Before comparing the two eCommerce platforms on the basis of their functionality, let us quickly look at the points where...
5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Zend Framework for Enterprise Application Development

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Zend Framework for Enterprise Application Development

Zend plays a very important and crucial part in PHP development. Being a favorite MVC framework for web developers, the framework has only become better with its latest stable version of Zend 3 (back in 2016). The framework is widely preferred and trusted by various corporations, such as Cisco WebEx and BNP Paribas. The scope of Zend is not only limited to gearing up websites for small and mid-sized businesses, but this powerful PHP framework is also capable of boosting enterprise web applications. Featuring a modular approach, event manager, service manager, and PHP composer, the Zend framework can easily boost your enterprise by powering robust applications for you. But, if you are still not confident in Zend to boost your enterprise web application, then read on. Here we have listed a few of its functionalities that would make you go for it! Top Features of Zend Framework Zend framework consists of professional PHP packages. The PHP Zend Packages have millions of subscribers. It incorporates object-oriented coding and delivers highly robust web applications and services. Zend framework is a revolutionary development. It has been carved out of both Zend 1 and 2 and has the following features: HTTP Message Interface Support – Its new features revolve around PSR -7 are Diactoros, Stratigility, and Expressive (Middleware framework of PSR-7). Ships with Micro Framework – It now works parallel to MVC full-stack framework. Components – Components are stored in various GIT repositories in Zend framework 3 which facilitates the development and release of multiple components individually. Why Choose the Zend Framework? Zend framework is the best release for developers who desire to...

What Is Best for You: Mobile Website or Responsive Design?

With hundreds of smartphone and smart devices around us, it is no surprise when statistics show that about 50% of web traffic is driven by mobile devices. Search engines are also favoring sites that are tailored for mobile devices. If you are already convinced that you must have a mobile-optimized site, then you are presented with another dilemma of whether you need a responsive design or a mobile website. Here is an overview of both these techniques to help you choose. Mobile Sites In this type of approach, a separate site is created that is suitable for the small screens and hardware of mobile devices. When a user tries to access the site from a mobile device, the server identifies the device and redirects them to the mobile site. This was the first solution introduced for mobile optimization and has its own advantages and disadvantages. Advantages You can differentiate the content on the mobile and desktop sites. So you can optimize the content for mobile sites and make them more mobile-friendly. It provides a better user experience by providing mobile-specific controls. Disadvantages The bi-directional annotation (redirecting to mobile sites based on a device) may cause complications for SEOs. The changes in the desktop site must also be reflected in the mobile site. You have to maintain two domains for the same site. Responsive Design Responsive web designs use code elements to alter the design of your website depending upon the device you use to access it. Essentially, a single website is made to adapt itself to the environment in which it is used. Responsive sites adjust themselves to the...

6 Reasons Why You Should Explore Drupal 8

Have you been waiting for the release of Drupal 8 since Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert, announced its scheduled launch in December 2013?                                                                 Image credit: Flickr Of course, you are still waiting for the release of the Drupal 8 final version, even though the Drupal 8.0.0 Beta 1 version was released in October 2014. The anxious wait for Drupal 8 is justifiable since it is after all Drupal, which is easily one of the most popular CMS technologies in the world. You will be delighted to know that the latest version of this open source web Content Management System (CMS) is even more flexible than before with more than 200 new features and improvements in comparison to Drupal 7. It is bound to improve the efficiency of the CMS platform being implemented by all types and sizes of organizations whether it is a small non-governmental organization or a Fortune 500 company or a high-profile organization like Whitehouse.gov. In this article, you will be provided with an honest review of Drupal 8 and its features. Having used Drupal for developing many custom websites, we will share useful experiences about this open source CMS platform. 1. Mobile-First Approach To cater to the growing demand for a mobile-friendly experience, Drupal 8 adopts the mobile-first approach by ensuring that all its built-in themes, admin pages, and new admin toolbar are mobile responsive. You need not worry or search for ways to ensure...