Spring – the framework for complex Java applications

Java doesn’t play a big role when it comes to simple web development, although the programming language has still maintained a strong appeal. The language, which is no longer supported by browsers, has established itself as an efficient solution finding tool, especially when designing backends for business applications. The Spring framework contains various modules that serve as a basis for...

Web frameworks – overview and classification

Frameworks are an integral part of web engineering. Instead of writing applications from scratch, programmers can rely on tried and tested software frameworks from pre-defined classes and methods for object-oriented software development. Choosing an appropriate web framework is anything but easy. We explain how different kinds of frameworks work and what you should know to find the perfect web...

Reading habits on the web: keep your online content snappy

When it comes to content design, trends are always moving forward. Long-established patterns in the offline world have moved into the digital age and evolved into a whole new way of reading web pages. In both conveying and consuming information, our online behaviour has changed our communication and reading habits. Online content is now scanned rather than read word-for-word. These developments...

Create your own visitor counter: How it works

At the start of the internet, a visitor counter on a website was a classic marketing instrument that significantly helped the success of a web presence. Today, the practical scripts are primarily used for presenting click numbers on specific content, such as videos or blog entries, as well as for collecting basic user data for web analysis. If you don’t want to rely on free or paid downloads, or...

Six tools for creating infographics

Do you want to create high-quality infographics to enhance your content and display information that is easily understood by your readers? With the help of online tools, you can create impressive infographics by yourself – whether for your presentations, websites, blogs, or posts on social networks. With the many free tools on offer, you can even visualise data and enrich your web presence with...

Intelligent search: a user-friendly search bar for your online shop

For many customers, the search bar is the first port of call when visiting an online shop. It is the most important tool for research and shopping online; something which most e-commerce retailers have been aware of now for quite some time. But a search bar is often not enough. Many retailers choose to use very basic standard solutions, despite the fact that an intelligent search with features...

Website ratings: how important are ratings and comment boxes?

As the saying goes: 'The customer is king'. This principle is emphasised online: By providing ratings, reviews, and commenting possibilities on your website, customers and visitors are given the opportunity to be heard. This also increases trust in your website. Read our article about why ratings on websites are getting more and more important, what types of ratings there are, and how they can be...

HSTS: How the HTTPS expansion works

HTTPS, the network protocol for TLS-encrypted data transfer online can be circumvented in some cases. The danger is that encrypted websites can be accessed via unencrypted HTTP. But the HTTPS extension HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) forces website access via TLS encryption, closing the security gaps that hackers like to use to intercept the HTTPS connection during transport using...

Learn PHP: a PHP tutorial

With a market share of more than 80%, PHP is the go-to scripting language for many programmers when it comes to creating dynamic content. Whether you’re operating your own weblog, running an internet forum, or designing an online shop, it’s likely that the software behind this will be written via PHP. Our PHP tutorial for beginners will introduce you to the basics of the popular scripting...

SVG format: how to embed graphic files into your website

Increasing the size of a raster graphic beyond its actual resolution comes with a loss of quality, which can lead to serious problems in your responsive web design, including increased loading times and a lower ranking in search engine results pages. Optimizing GIF, PNG, and JPG images to display properly across different devices can rapidly turn into a mammoth task. Because of this, vector...