Finding the Best Web Design Solution

Web design has become much easier than it was back when I first began building websites. There were a few programs that offered some WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interfaces, but you still had to do a good deal of the HTML coding by hand to get pages just how I wanted them. Javascript coding was done almost entirely by hand. Add to this all the new technologies that have emerged. CSS, PHP, ASP.NET, AJAX, and Web 2.0. Fortunately new technologies have come along to make things easier as well. You can either install software to build your own site, or use an online site builder.

Webpage creating software.

Web Design Software
Programs like Dreamweaver and Visual Studios now remove any need to do any HTML coding, but there is still the occasional need to modify code, but for the most part all the basic coding is done for you. If you are building a simple static site, this might be all you need. If you need to access information from a database, provide and dynamic and interactive site, or develop an e-commerce site; there is no way around having to know some coding.

Build It Yourself Web Design
Another alternative is to use a one of the online build-it-yourself services. Google lets you build free pages, and you can build an ecommerce site (for a fee) using Yahoo! or Big Commerce. These are just a couple options; there are literally hundreds of options. Having used several of these programs, I can say you can build a very nice website, with a lot of great features quite easily. The problem with these options arises when you need your website to do something unique that is not a feature of the site builder. There are a couple of other disadvantages with these types of sites. First, you are tied to services provider for your site. If for any reason, they go out of business or just decide to stop offering the service, you have to start over. This has happened with Lycos, Angelfire and many others. If you have a site built on HTML / Web programming languages, you can host your site where ever you wish without having to redo anything. Second, with these online site-builders, you are normally charged a monthly fee considerably higher than it would cost to simply have the site hosted on your own. The initial cost of hiring a web designer will be much higher, but if you plan to keep your site several years, you will not only save money in the long run, but you will have a much more flexible and customizable design that you own and do with as you please.

Web Design using Content Management Systems
A third option is called a Content Management System. These are like a hybrid between web building software and online site builders. CMSs are pieces of software that you install on a web server. Some of the best and most popular CMSs are free to use. Once installed they assist you in building your own site much like the online site-builders. CMS software is usually has a steeper learning curve than online site-builders, but can create incredibly robust, well featured websites. In the hands of a seasoned web developer, a CMS can be customized to provide almost anything you wish. One strategy I would recommend is to have a professional web designer build a site for you using a CMS, and let you do your own updates and changes. With a CMS making these changes is very simple and about as complex and using a word processor. With this strategy you’ll have a website that can still be upgraded and customized if needed, but you still control it and can have it hosted anywhere you wish without an additional cost for using the software. A web developer that has experience in building CMS websites will normally charge less to build a CMS based site as opposed to building and coding one from scratch.

Internet Based Business and Relevance of Website Design and Development

Gone are days when the applications of the internet were merely restricted to data transfer. Nowadays the internet and its applications have shrunk the globe to such an extent that the buyer can have accesses to the seller within seconds.

Why is the website necessary?

The word website if examined superficially is a combination of two words; “web” and “site”. This refers to the location of a business identity on the internet. When compared to the conventional business operations, the internet can be compared to a market and the website can be considered a shop or office. Form this sentence itself one can come to know the relevance of website. Having a website has now become a necessity just because of competitive market and cost effectiveness. The competition among the business identities has compelled the businesses to be accessible by the buyer at the earliest. The adage saying “the early bird takes the worm” is apt in this scenario. Usually the website connects the buyer directly with the manufacturer, getting rid of the costs pertaining to the middle men. This makes the product or service cheaper.

Something about website development:

The utility of the website needs to be optimized to generate maximum revenue. This optimization of the website utility is called website development. Website development starts with the planning about website design and is a never ending process (except in the circumstances of the business identity getting liquidated). Some of the phases of website development are website design development, open-source software customization website application development, web-based database programming, content management system, web development services, e-commerce solution, and many more.

The initial phase of the website development is very critical because it pertains to the planning of what has to be displayed through the website. This needs to consider the buyer behavior and preferences. This phase is also about the technology that is going to be used to publish the website on the internet.

Usually the professional website developers take into consideration the elements of search engine optimization (SEO) in the initial stages of website development. This is because large scale amendments in the content are hardly possible after the website is designed. Some of the elements for SEO are key words, incoming links, and keyword phrases, outgoing links, speed of downloading and navigational ease.

The main thrust of website development is attracting as much traffic as possible and converting the maximum number of visitors into buyers. This is possible when the URL features on the top list of the search engines. The website layout needs to be simple, clear and navigation should be easy. The visitor should be able to find what he/she is looking for in the least number of clicks.

A website can not only generate new business but if maintained properly, can also keep the competition at bay. This is only possible if the services of a reliable and professional website development company are hired.

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Drupal Development for Great CMS Solution

Released in January 2001, Drupal is an open source content management system distributed under the GNU General Public License, and is a content management framework. Drupal development is used worldwide in the development of content management websites, blog sites, government websites, corporate websites, social networking websites, community websites and lot more.

Moreover, Drupal CMS supports numerous software frameworks such as PHP, JAVA/ AJAX, Flash/ Flex, etc. along with web server including Apache, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite and Microsoft SQL server. Not only that, Drupal development is cross platform compatible, as a result, a developer can perform Drupal development on any operating system such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and also Linux.

In fact, there are several advantages of Drupal development available to the Drupal developers. These advantages could be classified as:

• Drupal is an open source technology, as it proves to be cost-effective
• Availability of numerous add-ons, themes and templates
• Easy to install and use
• No need to buy licenses
• Used by thousands of users worldwide
• Availability of Drupal community
• Constantly updated by thousands of users
• Availability of free updates
• Drupal development is able to develop solutions for both dynamic websites and CMS
• Supports of various software frameworks
• Capable of building multilingual websites
• And much more…

However, as a main functionality of Drupal Content Management System (CMS) is integrated with several features which had made developers and industries around the world to seek Drupal development for their web development needs. These features of Drupal CMS are:

Build – Drupal CMS allows building internal and external-facing websites in almost no time without the need of custom programming. As a result, developer doesn’t need to start again from the beginning for building a new website. Drupal has a tool for multi-site configuration and Drupal distribution allowing presetting the configuration of the site functionalities and features.

Create – Supports numerous types of content including text, video, blogs, podcasts and polls with easy to manage functionality, along with user management, menu handling and real-time statistics.

Administer – Drupal CMS supports creating new user accounts and user permission. Administrator can assign different roles to different developers as per the priority and skills.

Design and Display – Drupal CMS supports thousands of Drupal themes and templates, and also allows the developer to create their own unique design for themes and templates.

Organize and Find – Drupal CMS allows organizing with the facility of automatically creating URLs, custom lists and by relating content with other content on the site.

Extend – Drupal has more than 6000 modules available which helps to increase the potentiality of the web development process.

Collaborate – Drupal can help to develop social networking and blog sites where the stakeholder can have the control on the users and the type of the content that they may publish, along with the interactions towards the content.

Connect – Drupal CMS allows website to connect with other websites using feeds and search engine connection capabilities. Even social networking is supported via Drupal.

With so many features and advantages, no doubt Drupal development certainly proves to be an excellent content management system delivering top-notch solutions in web development, worldwide.