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How to Build a Great website in 2021

How to build a great website in 2021

We all know having a website is very important for every person, company, or Brand. In this post I would tech you how to build a great Responsive website in 2021. 

However, you’ll need to follow some rules, Guidelines, and Trends. We would handle some of them in this post. 

 

Steps to build your website in 2021.

  • Get a domain name
  • Get a website Hosting
  • Install the Required tools

 

a) Getting a Domain Name:

In order for your website to get online, you’ll need a domain name. A domain name is a human-readable form of an IP address. Ip addresses is logical addresses computer networks use to communicate with one another. There are a handful number of Domain name registrars such as Bluehost, Hostinger, Namecheap, and many more.

b) Getting a Website Hosting:

A website host is where your website files sit on your server. These files are what tell the website server the commands to follow. There are a number of web hosting providers available such as Namecheap, Hostinger, bluehost and many others.

c) Install the Required tools:

As mentioned in the other sections, certain tools are needed in order to make your website run smoothly. You need to have access to Php and mySql running on the Server.

On this post, go through a step by step process in the Control Panel. On the Control Panel you need to select the Softaculous Apps Installer for a Quick install of your website.

Softaculous Installations

After that you need to install WordPress for your website.

Wordpress Search and Install

After searching and getting WordPress , you then need to select the domain name for which you want to install, thereafter you click on “Quick install”

Wordpress Admin Dashboard

After the Installation, you can now manipulate and change the layout and look and feel of your website. Don’t forget to follow our Guidelines of the 15 Best web design practices for more info.  If you need help in Digital Marketing, SEO, Website Development, don’t forget to Contact Us.

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What is Version Control?

What is Version Control

Imagine 100 people working on a single project and each of them need to submit their code once or twice a day for 3 months, keeping track of it would be chaotic right? Yeah for sure, that’s there’s a walk around that, called Version Control.

Version Control is a system that keeps track of changes to a file or group of files over a period of time. There are some popular version control systems out there such as Git, Bitbucket, Github.

Some Common Terminologies:

1) Working Copy:

Sometimes called Checkout, is your personal copy of all the files in your project. You make copies of all your changes to that copy only you can edit.

2) Repository:

A database that stores all your changes, edits of your project. There are times when some the repository may have some changes that are not found in the working copy.

3) Commit:

When a user saves his instance of his working copy into his repository.

3) Push:

When a user submits his version of his local repository unto the main Central Repository.

4) Pull:

When a user gets all the saved version of the central repository unto his/her own repository.

5) Branch:

A Separate file/folder meant for private use or even research.

6) Merge:

Applying changes from one file/folder to another. users usually merge features from one branch to another.

 

Different Types of Version Control Systems:

1) Centralized Version Control:

Each user gets his own working copy, but there is one Central Repository. Example Subversion, Perforce.

Centralized Version Control

Figure Showing A Centralized Version Control Credits: Git.com

2) Decentralized or Distributed Version Control:

Here there are many copies of the repository available. Here the working copies are mirrored from the main Server, clients don’t have to check often as is in the case of a Centralized Version. So if the server goes down, each user has the same backup code as-is on the Server. Each user gets his/her own of the repository and a working copy, when you commit changes aren’t reflected on the main repository. Others can’t view what you did until you push your changes to the central repository.

Examples of Distributed Version Control systems include Git, Bitbucket.

Distributed Version Control System

Figure Showing A Decentralized Version Control Credits: Git.com

Some issues that may arise using Version Control Systems:

  • Two users may simultaneously push to the same line of code in the central repository at the same time. This is issue falls under conflicts.

Some best practices:

  • Always label your commits with descriptive messages, this saves time and efforts from other members of the team to keep track of what’s happening.
  • Avoid indiscriminate commits, don’t just do a batch commit of all the files in your workcopy.
  • Coordinate with other coworkers, keep them updated on all the latest changes and happenings in your code.
  • In a distributed Version Control system always do the following:
    • Make a git pull request
    • commit changes to your repository and make sure everything works correctly.
    • git pull again
    • Then push to  Local Central Repository

If you need professional help in Web Development, Digital Marketing and IT Consultancy, feel free to Contact Us.

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IaaS vs PaaS vs SaaS, What’s the Difference?

IaaS vs PaaS vs SaaS

IaaS, PaaS, SaaS are all terminologies being used in the Cloud. Data has to be stored in one way or the other, being it On-Premise or in the Cloud. If Data is stored in the cloud, it has to follow one of these three standards:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

You may have probably heard of these terms before but they’ll only become more popular as more businesses move to the Cloud.

We would look at the various concepts, benefits, and differences surrounding those three cloud technologies.

Key Differences:

Difference between SaaS vs PaaS vs IaaS

Not so long ago Companies of IT Systems were required to manage all aspects of Hardware and Software services. Gradually companies of IT systems have been migrating to the cloud.

1) Iaas:

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), IaaS allows businesses to have services that are on-demand rather than buying extra Hardware. IaaS customers can manage and structure their architecture without having to make changes to physical Hardware. These changes are mostly Logical. IaaS is pay-as-you-Go based usually.

Delivery:

IaaS is delivered over the internet. The service providers give clients the COmputer Infrastructures (Routers, Switches, Hubs, LAN Cables), Storage usually via Virtualization, the client usually receives this via a Dashboard or an API call. This saves the company from maintaining Data Centres and Server Farms. But unlike PaaS or SaaS, the client manages aspects such as the O/S, Data and the Applications that run on these IaaS systems.

Advantages: 

  • Variable Cost depending on the usage
  • Maintaining an IT Infrastructure is costly
  • Less Overhead in accessing your platforms and Data, you don’t need an independent Contractor for that.
  • Little Overhead and configuration as many users can access your platform and make corrections.

When to use IaaS: 

Let’s say you’re a small company and you’ll like to minimize cost on Servers, and also Application maintenance. With IaaS you can only purchase what you consume. This is evident during the Network peak periods such as Christmas or even the Thanks Giving periods, instead of buying extra Hardware, you can just pay for what you consume during that period.

Example of IaaS: 

Some great examples of IaaS:

Disadvantages of IaaS: 

  • Although the Service providers host these Servers, it’s up to the clients to configure them.
  • Security risks, from insecure passwords created on these platforms.

2) Paas:

Platform as a Service (PaaS), they provide cloud services to developers. PaaS provide a framework in which developers can build upon and create customized apps. 

Delivery:

PaaS is delivered over the web. The developers don’t have to worry about the Servers and the OS, Virtualization technologies running on these Servers.

Advantages:

  • Access to many users (Availability)
  • Scalable
  • No configuration needed to maintain the Hardware resources.

When to use PaaS:

Let’s say you have an E-commerce project that involves multiple Developers from all over the World working in different tie zones, with the great Speed and Flexibility of PaaS, you can easily integrate and manage these developers all in one place.

Example of PaaS:

Some great examples of PaaS include:

Disadvantages of PaaS:

  • You would have to confirm the versions of Softwares running on the PaaS platform before you begin programming, as issues may arise from conflicts and Lack of Resources.
  • Limited Capabilities as the platform you develop may tend to surpass the cloud limits provided for your PaaS system.

3) Saas:

Software as a Service (SaaS), is the most commonly used cloud computing services by businesses to grow and expand their business. It’s delivered over the internet

Delivery:

SaaS is delivered over the web. 

Advantages:

  • Zero Installation costs, all you need to do is access your user accounts
  • Easy to use and maintain
  • IT staff can now focus on other pressing things in the Organization such as Sales and Marketing.

When to use SaaS:

Startups or companies that want to launch for example an E-Commerce website and they don’t have time to do the configuration and maintenance of Servers and the IT infrastructure. Applications that aren’t needed too often, for example, Tax Softwares like QuickBooks.

Example of SaaS:

Some great examples of PaaS include:

Disadvantages of SaaS:

  • Lack of control over your data, this may happen when the service providers don’t follow government policies.
  • Minimal Customization because you use only what has been programmed. if you want extra functionalities, usually you’ll need to consult the Service providers for them to provide you with this service, this may take a longer time for them to fulfill this service.

If you need help in maintain or configuring your PaaS, IaaS, website Development,  or need more understanding of the insights of SaaS, feel free to Contact Us.

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15 Best Website Design Practices today

Best Website Design Practices

Let’s face it, your website is usually your first point of contact for your business. New Clients would usually judge your business based on the first impression they had from your website. This blog post is going to dissect 15 trending website design tactics out there today. 

1) More of Image, Less of Texts:

Stop filling your pages with so many texts. If you want to write so many texts on your website create a blog post section. Websites such as Tesla, Apple and many others take this a step further by displaying virtual components of their products. 

Tesla.com Wesbite showing best Wesbite Design practice

2)  Be Consistent with your Branding:

Be consistent and always make sure you follow your Brandbook (font style, font colors) and typography on your website.

3) Leave Plenty of White-Spaces:

White Spaces or Negative spaces give website elements (Texts, Images, Blobs) the room to breathe. Check an example from Neil Patel’s Site.

The importance of Negative Spaces in your Website

4) Be Specific on the Product you are Offering:

It’s often good to avoid confusing the user with so many products on your Homepage. Rather it’s good for a website visitor to easily figure out what your business is all about from simple minimalistic products.

5) Hero Headers or Slideshows:

The Bolder you are the better. It’s often good to showcase with you got to offer by using Slideshows. A great example is the Website for Stairway Management Consultancy, Dubai.

 

Homepage of Stairway Management Consultancy

6) Go Straight to the Point:

Use Short easy to understand Sentences. It would be odd going to a website for let’s say Toothbrushes, and on the Homepage, they are lecturing you how brushing your teeth is very important for your health, it’s not important, right? Rather on such a website, it would be good to show the various types of toothbrushes and their efficiencies in eliminating Cavities and Plagues.

7) Make your Call-to-Action clear and Obvious:

CTA shouldn’t be buried but rather it should be visible for website visitors to view and click.

8) Compress Images as much as possible:

The ideal website load time is just 3 seconds, anything greater than that tend to lead to higher bounce rates. By compressing images on your website, you go a long way in reducing your website load times. You can use free online tools such as TinyJpg

9) Signup or Optin option at the bottom:

Having an optin option where users can insert their Email addresses is highly encouraged.

10) Easy Website Navigation:

It shouldn’t be Rocket science navigating your website. An easy to understand menu would greatly reduce your website Bounce rates, while a complex Navigation structure would scare away website visitors.

 11) Optimize for Mobile Devices:

Having a great website on a Desktop, but with a poor UI Design for Mobile Devices would cause you to lose Leads. It is highly encourage to use a Responsive Design for your websites. According to Statista, Mobile accounts for more than half of Global websites traffics. 

12) Search Engine Optimization:

A Mobile-friendly website is one of the most important key metrics for good SEO. Everything about your website should be centered on generating Leads and Sales for your Business. Your website should include all Elements and Meta Description Texts, Keywords, and also an XML Schema for the Search Engine Bots to easily understand.

13) Continuously run A/B Tests and also Optimize your Contents:

As you can see on our website Quark.ae, we continuously make constant adjustments to contents and Keywords, One important tool we use is called Hotjar, using Hotjar, we are able to monitor the behavior of visitors on our website. This data greatly helps us to better understand the areas that need an adjustment on our website. 

14) Be Human: 

You should always consider that you are writing for Humans and not robots. Your content should be easy to understand and they should be straight to the point. If you want to tell more stories to your users, then make sure you collect their Emails for further Email Marketing Campaigns.

15) Social Media:

We all know the power behind Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. You shouldn’t be left behind on what’s trending on your website. It’s good you integrate your Social Media Handles on your website so that users can visit them.