10/7/14 Takeaways

10/7/14 Takeaways

  • Web Servers
    • http://computer.howstuffworks.com/web-server.htm
      • This is a really long article, but it’s broken down into names pages so it was easy to read through. The article goes into more detail about how web servers, client or user machines and the internet work. A user computer’s browser translates the server name into an IP address and uses it to connect to the server machine. After the browser requests the file from the server, the server sends the HTML text to the browser and the browser reads the file so that the page can be formatted to the user computer’s screen.
  • Backend Coding
    • http://manningdigital.com/blog/2014/01/23/difference-between-front-end-and-back-end-development
      • Backend development is created using server side language and database. The backend developer takes front end code and puts it into an application where everything is displayed using data stored on a database. There are also frameworks that the backend coders use to make the code faster and simpler. Backend code is responsible for making a page interactive, like signing up for a newsletter or shopping.
  • Content Management Systems
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_management_system
      • A content management system allows the user, owner or administrator of a site, to make changes and have more control over their website without having to know code. This makes it easy for users to keep their sites updated without having a developer make the changes to the code. Some content management systems include WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Each one has their own advantages and disadvantages.
  • Mobile Websites, .Mobi sites and Responsive Web design
    • http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2013/08/28/mobile-websites#.
      • There are two ways to make a mobile website. One way is to make a .Mobi site. .Mobi sites are optimized to be viewed on a mobile device. Sites can load faster because there is less bandwidth being used. They are also more likely to be found than .com sites on mobile searches. The other way is to use responsive web design so that existing websites will readjust for the size screen they are being viewed on. Sites that use code to convert to mobile layout can be slower to load than .mobi sites.
  • Social Media Marketing
    • Social media marketing can increase sales while decreasing marketing costs. According to this article, 80% of marketers indicated that their social media efforts increased traffic to their websites. Social media marketing can increase brand recognition and brand loyalty. It can also give a company a better understanding of their customer and also relate to their customers better.
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10/3/14 Takeaways

10/3/14 Takeaways

  • Website Design – Alignment
  • Multi-Media
    • http://designmodo.com/more-videos-web-design/
      • This article is from February 2014 and I thought it was interesting because it’s about how the new trend in web design is to use more videos instead of text. I find this interesting because I prefer to scan for information I want and if there is only a video, I personally tend to leave the site. The article says that this new trend is relying on the power of human curiosity and a more fascinating way of getting information. It also said that time will tell if there are pitfalls to this modern trend. The article had a lot of examples of video sites. I didn’t watch them but I did scroll through them.
  • User Interface Design
    • http://www.usability.gov/what-and-why/user-interface-design.html
      • This is a short article about user interface design. User Interface Design focuses on what users might need to do and to make sure that getting what they need to get done is easy to do and understand. When choosing interface elements be consistent and predictable. This means that buttons are recognizable or navigation is obvious among other things. Know the user when designing the interface. Make the layout clear and use colors and typography correctly.
  • Color Theory
    • http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/an-introduction-to-color-theory-for-web-designers–webdesign-1437
      • They used the CNN website as an example in this article. This article is an overview of color theory and how to apply it in web design. It said that by choosing colors on the opposite end of the spectrum a desing will be less streeful on the eyes and using contrast make text more readable and guides the reader. It mentioned an Adobe tool called Kuler that helps create a color palette. The author said that when using a tool like Kuler it’s a good idea to create the palette and apply it before making adjustments to the colors. Colors can look great together in a design, but it might be hard to see that when you are just looking at them as color blocks.
  • Typography (In Web Design)
    • http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/09/29/balancing-line-length-font-size-responsive-web-design/
      • I thought this article was interesting because it discussed how people read or not read web content and how to consider typography when designing for a responsive web site. It discusses proper use of line height and font size and how it has an effect on the reader. It also discussed line length, or measure. Most readers don’t consider typography at all unless it is not used properly. If someone is on a small device a small font size is ok because they are holding the device. But you wouldn’t wasn’t to design only for a large monitor because then someone will have to pinch the screen or move the content around with their finger if they are looking at the site with their phone.
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