Accessing a webpage – what happens in the background?

In order to access a web page in a browser, you just have to enter the URL into the address bar in your web browser and the requested website will pop up on your screen. This seems simple enough, but the process that’s taking place in the background is a highly complex one. Learn about what happens when you access a website – from the URL translation to the relevant IP address via data transfer,...

Icon fonts - web design with vector-based pictograms

Use icon fonts for integrating vector-based pictograms into your website. In contrast to pixel images, vector graphics have the advantage that they can be scaled up or down without sacrificing quality. With the help of CSS (cascading style sheets) web designers can also integrate other code-based design features. There are many different open source projects available that boast large icon...

Introduction to HTML5

HTML5 is the new core language of the internet. But many web developers have opted out of this version and instead still use older markup languages like HTML 4.01 or XHTML. These often require plugins, reducing the site’s compatibility and security. HTML5, on the other hand, supports the direct integration of multimedia elements as well as JavaScript-based programming interfaces.

Getting a privacy policy for your website

Website owners often underestimate the importance of privacy policies, but they are essential for clarifying what kind of user data the website collects, and what happens with it. But is a privacy policy essential for your website, and if so, what details should it include?

PHP7 – shorter loading and access time online

Those running dynamic websites that use complex content management systems benefit from quick loading times. In comparison to its predecessors, PHP7 is a new script language that noticeably shortens loading times for pages. This new feature increases both performance as well as user-friendliness for your web presence.

Modern web development: the basics

The trends driving web development are moving away from static web presences and heading increasingly in the direction of interactive content. Even though languages like HTML and CSS still rule the roost, a growing number of developers prefer the server-side programming language, PHP, for dynamic websites. Client-side script languages like JavaScript make it possible for a site to react to user...

Free graphics, backgrounds, and vectors online

Web designers are always looking for graphics, icons, and backgrounds that speak to their audiences. Many platforms tout their free vector graphics, but these sometimes come with strings attached. Aside from the price, there are many other things to consider, like terms of use. We’ve put together some of the most important points to watch out for when hunting for free graphics and have included...

The basics of web design - part 1: planning

Those looking to create a website should always have both the purpose and range of function of the site in mind before getting started. Only by paying close attention to these two criteria can one guarantee clarity and uniformity throughout the entire design process. Planning should always remain in the foreground for any web design project. Important tips on what to look out for when designing...

Website security: how to protect your web presence

Would you leave your window open at night if you knew there were intruders lurking about? Obviously the answer to this question is ‘no’. Many companies and individuals leave their virtual window open to cyber criminals by not adequately protecting their websites. Website security is an extremely important topic. Only by regularly carrying out security checks and following the proper precautions...