Selling online: the top English-speaking online marketplaces

You want to sell online – but where? If you don’t want to be entirely responsible for your own online shop, then you should offer your products on...

MOOC – the online education platform

MOOC opens the door to a new era of learning. Massive open online courses give everyone with internet access the opportunity to receive education at...

What is Chrome 68?

Early next month, Chrome 68 will be launched and the new browser will distrust all webpages that do not have HTTPS encryption as “not secure”. This is...

Why it is absolutely vital to register your .uk domain right now

Cybersquatting, typosquatting or legal battles over domain names – these are the potential risks of not taking advantage of the right to register your...

E-mail marketing: the best time to send newsletters

When do you read your e-mails? In the morning over a coffee, on the train en route to work, or even stretched out on the sofa in the evening? The question sounds odd – but it’s one that plagues marketers for hours when choosing a delivery strategy for newsletters. The send time and frequency of newsletters are closely connected to the open and click rate – and so play a key role in the success of...

Everything you need to know about e-books – part 1: creating an e-book

The interest in e-books has largely increased in previous years, and modern reading devices with energy-saving ‘e-ink’ display technology have now made the once niche product a mainstream contender. In our multi-part series, we give you tips on creating your own e-book. Welcome to part one: things to consider regarding planning, structure, and publishing.

Web stack—the software framework for web development

Terms like web stack or web application stack refer to software packages that are used to develop and operate websites and web applications. The most well-known example of this technology, the LAMP stack, has witnessed increasing competition through the likes of JavaScript-based framework bundles, which feature unified programming languages for servers and clients. This gives them a considerable...

MongoDB tutorial: installation and setup

MongoDB is a document-based database system that competes with the more traditional relational systems. The setup and configuration is comparable to classics like MySQL, making it fairly straightforward to switch over. So how do you save and call up data with this modern software? Our MongoDB tutorial will explain the installation process and first steps to get you started on this open source...

Mobile First: the new approach in webdesign

Are smartphones and tablets the beginning of the end for stationary computers? Many developments confirm this, not just the increasing number of mobile search queries on Google. The mobile first approach follows this trend and places primary importance on creating mobile websites. A slimmer scope and more dynamic layout yield satisfy more than just smartphone users — they boost search result...

The basics of web design - part 3: design and colour scheme

Many users are often unaware of what exactly goes into making an aesthetically appealing website. But most successful websites follow some basic principles to ensure that a unified design adheres to a basic theme or message that is to be conveyed to the viewer. These questions and more influence the site’s conception: What effects do certain colours bring about? What should you be mindful of when...

The basics of web design - part 2: user-friendliness

The layout and use of a website is often quite intuitive, even upon your first visit there. Conventional design patterns ensure quick usability and are not employed without reason: these common practices and standards guarantee smooth functionality for a website. Every web designer should be familiar with what these practices exactly entail and how to optimally integrate them into their web...

CSS compression for consistent loading times

It’s rare to see creative information directly placed into HTML code. Colours, fonts, and sizes of HTML elements are normally defined in style sheets, such as CSS. The more complex a website becomes, the more the range and amount of required CSS files increase. The extra burden can have a considerable effect on your website’s loading time, but this can be avoided by compressing your CSS.

Compressing images: an absolute must

Computer storage volume is increasing by the year. But while we have access to more gigabytes and terabytes, it’s best to keep the file sizes down to a minimum–especially if you operate a website. This is because compressed data leads to quicker loading times, happy visitors, and a higher Google ranking. Pictures bound for the internet in particular should be compressed. We’ve compiled some of the...

How to integrate icon fonts into your HTML document

Icons can be easily included in HTML through CSS classes. One of the most popular icon fonts is Font Awesome, which offers more than 600 vector-based pictographs. This open source toolkit has proved popular with its ease of use and regular updates. The installation kit contains a pre-configured CSS file, which makes starting out with this toolkit much easier.