Tablets: Another Consideration in Web Development

Let’s face it; many people are still not enamored with tablet PCs. Thousands may already own an iPad or any tablet but there are still plenty of individuals who choose the bulkier but more feature-rich notebooks or even netbooks. The tides of change cannot be stemmed though and tablets will become a major platform in personal computing in the near future.

As consumers, we can see that as an improvement over what we have today. But for webmasters and web developers, it poses yet another challenge. With sales of tablet PCs rising, the time is right to start investing on tablet-friendly website versions. Yes. Versions because you do not have to totally redesign your website to accommodate internet surfers using tablets. Like with smartphone users, you can specify a version of your site to be served to those using tablet.

When developing the tablet version of your website, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Keep file sizes to a minimum. In the future, all tablet PCs would be equipped with Wi-Fi functionality. Today though, plenty of tablet PCs still connect to the web using 3G networks. This means pages would not load as fast as when the PC is using Wi-Fi connection. As a result, you have to ensure that your website’s tablet PC version is light and would load easily. Most internet browsers are impatient and if you cannot deliver the info they need on time, they would easily hit the back button and try another website.

2. No Flash. Android-powered tablet PCs support Flash. Apple’s iPad does not. We can argue all we want that Android-powered tablets are better than the iOS-powered iPad, but it will not change the fact that sales figures are on the side of the iPad. That said, you have to find Flash alternative to use on your site if you need multimedia content on your site’s version for tablet PCs. Furthermore, contents using the multimedia platform from Adobe cannot be read by search engine bots thus lowering your chance to get higher ranking on search engine result pages.

3. Resolution and the accelerometer. Most tablet PCs are equipped with accelerometers so there is no definite resolution to target when designing for tablets. There’s another thing to consider with accelerometers. You have to design your site in such a way that no matter how it is being rendered, the area above the fold is well optimized. Above the fold means the area that the visitor can see without having to scroll down. Make sure that you make good use of this area in any resolution or display layout.

Remember that tablets are still relatively young and in the near future, they would come with better and newer features. Make sure that you are on top of these changes and adapt your site’s design to accommodate future changes.

Web Development Pet Peeve: This Site Best Viewed By …

It only takes a little looking around the web (even among professional web developers) to find the words “This site best viewed by…” emblazoned somewhere for all to see (as if it were something to be proud of.) A quick Google search shows several hundred million results. This particularly abhorrent practice is a major pet peeve of mine. It means that someone was too lazy to do their job properly and probably got paid for it anyway. That’s just wrong.

There’s also the implication that any site visitor not using the specific browser, browser version, or screen resolution listed as “acceptable” by this particular wannabe webmaster (or better yet, “webfailure”) just deserves whatever garbage comes out on their screens. You’d think that no one else had ever heard the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

I keep trying to imagine what day to day life would be like if this practice were adopted by any other industry. Can you imagine a television station that advertised the best brand of television on which to watch their broadcast and was unconcerned by the fact that their signal was blurry or unwatchable on any other brand? Can you imagine a sign outside your local grocery store that said, “This parking lot best used by Toyota Camrys, 1995 or later, 2-door, not 4-door.” Tell me you wouldn’t want to stick some massive, old RV across 14 of those parking spaces and dare anyone to say a word.

People, the time has come to end this practice once and for all! There have been efforts and all-out campaigns to do this before, but they’ve had very little success. I have a plan that I think could be pretty effective. I call it my “Many Happy Returns Plan.” It goes like this:

  • Everyone starts contacting the real owners of these sites and telling them to get their money back. It’s clear that the person they paid to do this was either too incompetent to do it properly or too lazy to finish the job. They should get their money back to pay someone else who knows what the heck they’re doing. It’s only fair. I think that a few well-publicized lawsuits would end this particular trend in laziness.

It really comes down to this, the only time that you should see the words “This site best viewed by…” on a website is if they’re followed by the words “…anyone in any browser they prefer.” If you don’t know how to do this, ask, search the web, learn, find out. Don’t just stick some piece of garbage site up and charge a client for it. In the immortal words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, “Make it so.”

How The Best Web Development Firms Can Affect Your Business Profile

There are a lot of different websites that can help you with the designing of the websites. You should try to find the firms that can help you in having the finest looking website that is laden with the right set of features too.

There are a lot of firms that work in the field of website development. The type of website you have would play a huge role in determining the kind of affect it would have on your sales. So, if you really want to improve your business and you are looking to have the perfect online business, it is time you concentrate upon the website that you have.

If you are not skilled in the process of making a website, you can always seek help from web development firms as they have the perfect blend of skill and experience and thus they can make some of the finest websites that would impress your customers.

While making website, one has to be sure of the quality and style as well. Whatever style you choose, you need to make sure that it is in conformance with the theme of the business because a mismatched layout would fail to impress your customers.

So, the thought process that goes in making of websites is extensive. You need to make sure that you are delegating work to the right website design firms as it will continue to be of paramount importance all throughout your business cycle.

So, the first step in the field of online business has to be setting up the best website that is laden with the right features and can stand good traffic levels and work fine with it as well. So, explore the work that the different firms have been doing and choose the ones that can bring you rich dividends.

The best website design firms are those that are aware of the intricate details of web designing. They explore the areas in which the firm works, their past work experience, the track records and so on. After they have assimilated all these details, they then chalk a plan as to which designs shall look best for the firm and it is after careful analysis that they come up with befitting designs.

So, be very sure of the company that is excelling in this sphere. You need to watch out for the price factor as well, but even though the company may charge a little higher amount, do not compromise with quality because a poor web design can bring down the entire sales of your firm and wreck huge destruction on the way you want to carry out business.

So, after you have a good and well planned website, you can start promoting your firm and there are companies that provide SEO services along with website development. So, if you want to avail both the services, you should look for companies that can provide both the packages and thus you may benefit from it.