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...

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...

Incorporating RSS feeds on your website

The standard RSS format is used on many websites to show news or updates in a compact format. Website visitors have the option of subscribing to RSS feeds in order to see new content without actually having to visit the subscribed website on a regular basis. For content providers, RSS feeds represent an interesting tool for forming connections with their readers. Since information in the RSS...

Rich Cards: the new Google results format

In May 2016, Google launched the next big change to the appearance of its search engine results pages with Rich Cards. Given that more than half of searches on the world’s most popular search engine come from mobile devices today, it’s hardly surprising that the latest results format update is designed specifically for smartphones and tablets. So what do Rich Cards entail? And how can web...

Creating a forum: the best options

Despite social networks such as Facebook becoming more and more popular, internet forums for free communities are still in as much demand as ever. Thanks to their exclusivity, traditional communication platforms maintain their place online and enhance numerous web projects. What are the possibilities for creating your own forum?

The Facebook like button: how to embed social plugins

If you believe Facebook’s statistics, then users who regularly use the like button have more than twice the amount of friends as typical Facebook users. They also click on around 5 times as many external links. In order to reach such active users, it’s recommendable that companies implement what’s known as social plugins, designed to bring the famous interactive like and share buttons directly...

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.

Tag your website with RDFa according to Schema.org’s guidelines

Recommended by W3C as a standard for embedding metadata into HTML, HTML5, XHTML, and other XML dialects, this data format forms the foundation for the semantic web. The project Schema.org provides a standard vocabulary for the markup format. Find out more about its applications and limits and get a feel for tagging with RDFa.

Embedding videos on your page

With HTML5, uploading video content onto your website is easier than ever. The most recent version of this popular mark-up language defines a new native element, video, and the associated programming interface. Website operators can also embed audio-visual content onto their online presences using video platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo.