Approximately a quarter of all internet users in the UK use adblockers in order to circumvent pop-ups or ad banners. And while it may be nice to peruse through your favourite content unhampered by advertising, these extensions cut into the profits of both advertisers as well as those running ads on their brand or company. However, only few seem to be aware of the fact that it’s precisely these ads that are responsible for financing such free content. That’s why it’s up to the designer of these apps to come up with viable solutions so that website designers can adjust to today’s rapidly changing internet landscape. [...] ►
For creatives and those who are aspiring designers, many programmes from Adobe make up a key part of their standard equipment. InDesign is a very popular tool with large publishing houses as well as smaller publishers thanks to its huge range of functions. But quality (and name) come at a price: monthly fees put a hole in the cash register, especially for small companies and self-employed designers. Luckily, there are some good, free InDesign alternatives. [...] ►
In so far as is possible, the communist state of North Korea has managed to shut itself off from the rest of the world. However, a western IT expert recently succeeded in sneaking a peek at their internet domains and as a result we now know that there are only 28 domains for the entire country. From recipes to maritime affairs, here you’ll find an insight into what a North Korean can find online. [...] ►
Most people don’t spend much time reading into laws and paragraphs of legal jargon. But for online business it is extremely important to know your rights and obligations, both as a merchant and as a customer. Even for simple matters such as an online sale contract, there are some regulations which differ from physical retail. The law has laid out some important duties for online merchants that are intended to protect the customer – transparency and disclosure of information are a must in e-commerce. [...] ►
What exactly is a website? Who needs one, and what are the different options available for private users and businesses? There are solutions for beginners, which require no programming knowledge. These solutions, especially content management systems, have established themselves in the last few years due to their flexible content management. Professionals, however, still swear by self-written source codes. [...] ►
Did you know that you can submit your site to Google, Bing, and Yahoo! in order for it to be found more easily in the search results? These search engine providers allow web operators to register their URLs so they can be added to the search index. We’ll show you how you to register your web project, a simple procedure that can increase its online visibility. [...] ►
Vector-based graphics programs can be used to create drawings and designs for web-based or print media. Of all of the applications on offer, Adobe Illustrator is by far the most popular with many professionals swearing by it. But the specialist software comes with a hefty price tag. However, there are several lesser-known vector graphic programs available free of charge. So, what free alternatives to illustrator are there, and which functions do they provide? [...] ►
Module tests are one of the most effective methods of identifying as many errors in the source code as possible early on in the software development process. The special feature: the smallest isolatable components of a program are placed in a neutral test environment. If errors appear, it’s obvious they are occurring in the module being tested, which makes them easy to correct. [...] ►
Web design is an increasingly demanding and complex art, especially when it comes to adaptability. Websites must now satisfy far more requirements: they must look appealing on devices of all sizes, be easy for visitors of a wide range of abilities to navigate, and most importantly of all, the user experience must be perfect, regardless of the device used. Responsive design ensures that the content of a website adapts dynamically to the interface of any device, from PCs to tablets to smartphones. This creates interesting new challenges for web designers, particularly in the area of responsive navigation. [...] ►
Embedding Twitter on your website doesn’t just mean a pop-up window to your Twitter news feed; thanks to the Twitter widget, you can add actual elements of your Twitter account to your website. This could be tweets you’ve favorited, lists you’ve compiled, or even your entire news feed – it’s up to you. Find out how this works and what the benefits are in our guide to embedding a Twitter feed. [...] ►
The 1&1 Web Hosting Guide: advice for website administration
Hosting an internet presence (web hosting) is getting easier and easier thanks to the variety of tools and increasingly user-friendly content management systems. But it’s still good to familiarize yourself with the finer points of online service administration: and this is where our Web Hosting Guide comes in. In our Digital Guide to hosting, you’ll find in-depth information and recommendations on programs, tools, plugins as well as general hosting tips. These useful articles are designed for all levels, from beginners to professional users: with relevant content and comprehensive detail, the 1&1 Web Hosting Guide offers expert knowledge to a broad readership.
CMS, blogs, and technical matters
The ‘Hosting’ category is one of six sections of the 1&1 Digital Guide. This is then split into three further subcategories: ‘CMS’, ‘Blogs’, and ‘Technical matters’. The first of these is devoted to content management systems, looking at the considerable number of options available for website creation and administration. The ‘Blogs’ subcategory offers advice and guidance on the establishment and operation of a successful weblog. Here, we also introduce the many extensions and tweaks available for the most widely used blogging and CMS application of all – WordPress. Our final section focuses on information and tips on ‘Technical matters’. This subcategory explores the different sorts of web hosting, the various programs which lighten your web hosting workload, new hosting opportunities, and everything else you need to know about the administration of internet resources.
From beginner to expert: hosting tips for every ability
Our Web Hosting Guide isn’t just for checking basic requirements and techniques of site administration – trained professionals can also expand upon their existing knowledge by reading our articles. Articles like ‘What is shared hosting?’ or our ‘Blog with success’ series are suitable for readers who are new to web hosting, whereas specific posts like ‘Indexing management with robots.txt’ or ‘The top ten .htaccess tricks’ require prior knowledge and experience. This variety makes our Web Hosting Guide attractive and accessible for anyone interested in website administration. Whether you’re a small to medium-sized enterprise, a blogger, a developer, or simply a technology enthusiast: 1&1 has got you covered.