Websites

Graphical user interface: what makes a good user interface?

User interface is one of the most important keywords in modern web design and software development. Graphical user interfaces are currently relevant for both disciplines. Besides these, there are also numerous other interfaces — ranging from voice user interfaces to brain-computer interfaces. These interfaces enable interactions to take place between man and machine. Here, we provide an overview of the types of user interfaces that exist and show examples of how good graphical user interfaces can look. [...]  

Mobile web: the common errors

The mobile web can conjure up a whole host of challenges for web designers but at the same time also offers many opportunities for creating a positive user experience. If a mobile site isn’t configured correctly, then this can quickly lead to a bad user experience. To ensure your mobile-optimised website keeps up with the requirements of an ever-increasing mobile web, you should make yourself familiar with the potential sources of error and avoid common mistakes. We explain the typical mistakes you should pay particular attention to. [...]  

The new HTML5.1 updates

In the autumn of 2014, the long-awaited HTML5 arrived after 15 years of development. Now, the first update to the new web standard is also available: HTML5.1. Programmers will find a number of changes with this updated version. There is a strong focus on adaptations for responsive web design. In addition to the vast array of new HTML5.1 features, many elements and attributes have been given the push. [...]  

Jira alternatives: five project tools in short

In order to optimise teamwork in a company, project management tools such as Jira are being used more and more frequently. The program, developed by the Australian software company Atlassian, is one of the most sought-after solutions in its field with over 35,000 customers worldwide. This software can prove costly if more than ten employees are using it so it’s worth considering one of the alternatives to Jira that might be just as good as the Atlassian product. [...]  

One page design: anything but one-dimensional

The one pager is a new trend in web design: more and more companies are choosing to present their products, campaigns, or project websites in a single page design. This means users navigate their way through a single HTML page by scrolling and exploring content. These minimalistic websites focus on storytelling, aiming to create an intuitive user experience – but they’re not suitable for every type of content. Find out if one page design will work for your project here. [...]  

Client-side scripting vs. server-side scripting: a comparison

Scripting languages play a vital role in developing web projects with dynamic elements. Scripts are a fundamental component for breathing life into static HTML, using movement and interactive elements. This can be executed and interpreted from either the web server (i.e. server-side script) or from the browser (client-side script). But what exactly are the differences between server-side scripting and client-side scripting? [...]  

App store optimisation: create your own app, part 6.1

After publishing an app on the Google Play Store, you’ll need to focus on improving the ranking of your application in the app store’s search results. Applications that receive prominent placing in these search results are likely to receive more user attention – and this usually leads to higher download figures. There are certain specialist strategies that can help your app to place more highly on the Google Play Store. These fall under the umbrella term of app store optimization (ASO) and can be used to improve app ranking for Android and iOS programmes. [...]  

Create your own app – Part 5.2: Upload an iOS app to the App Store

Once you have finished the development and test phases of your native mobile app, you can finally publish it in the App Store. If you want to submit and distribute an iOS app in the App Store, first you’ll have to register with the Apple Developer platform and provide various details and settings. So how exactly does one publish an app in Apple’s store? [...]  

Create your own app – Part 5.1: Upload an android app to Google Play

If you want to upload an app to the Google Play Store and are close to achieving that goal – your Android application is ready in the release version, and now set to find its way onto as many mobile devices as possible – there are still a few small steps left. Submitting an app to Google’s official app store may take some time. Among other things, you will also need to create accounts with various Google services before you can publish your app in Google Play. [...]  

Online retailer punished by US court: ruling for more accessibility online

In the U.S., a supermarket chain was convicted of discriminating against people with disabilities on its website. The online shop hadn’t been designed with web accessibility in mind, which meant that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The prosecutor, being visually impaired, was not able to make full use of the website. The court rules that the company must improve it. [...]  

1&1 Website Guide: website advice for all

A website isn’t just a website – these days, there are countless ways to create an online presence in a way that matches your expectations. The ‘Websites’ section of the 1&1 Digital Guide offers detailed information about creating, managing, and optimizing websites as well as facts and general background information on the World Wide Web. For a closer look, you can also explore one of several subcategories about different topics. Here, we present website advice for everyone, from mere enthusiasts to qualified professionals.

What’s in the 1&1 Website Guide?

The ‘Websites’ section is one of six main categories in the 1&1 Digital Guide. ‘Websites’ is then broken down into four further subcategories: ‘Website creation, ‘Web design’, ‘Web development’, and ‘Digital law’. While ‘Website creation’ focuses primarily on the technical aspects of internet sites, ‘Web design’ articles look at the optical makeup of content, in particular the use of text, images, and responsive displays through HTML or CSS. ‘Web development’ covers the use of scripting languages, like PHP or JavaScript, as well as specific tools for the development of internet services. But basic information about the standards and trends of website development can also be found here. The subcategory ‘Digital law’ presents online laws and practices, like image usage rights and privacy policies.

Website advice for beginners, advanced users, and professionals

The Website Guide serves as an information portal for small and medium-sized companies, along with developers, web designers, technology lovers, and general internet enthusiasts. Many articles on the 1&1 Digital Guide require little background knowledge, though some are also aimed at more experienced users. Beginners can enjoy posts on topics like ‘What exactly is a website?’, ‘The basics for modern web development’, or ‘How are websites accessed?’, while more advanced readers can broaden their knowledge of specific topics with comprehensive articles and tutorials. So whether you are a novice, an advanced user, or a professional: our handy Website Guide has plenty of useful tips and tricks to help you become an expert on the World Wide Web.