Tag: Development

You may have an excellent website up and running: sharp graphics, an intuitive user interface, plenty of SEO'd content. But unless you had the website professionally developed, it may be running slower than you think. And the longer the loading time, the less traffic you recieve, the lower the user satisfaction and likelihood of return, and the lower your search engine ranking will be.

How can you know if your site's loading time is driving traffic away? Here's three warning signs that your site is too slow.

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When you're in the planning stages of a new website or you're thinking of incorporating a corporate blog, the first thing you're likely to do is a quick Google search in the hopes of finding the platform that will suit your needs. Google will display a long list of articles discussing the best CMS or the best all-in-one WYSIWYG editor, usually sponsored by a party with well-defined allegiances. So where should you begin?

Let's say you've narrowed it down between WordPress and Drupal. Another Google search will render you speechless at the near-infinite stream of forum threads containing emotionally-saturated discussions, none of which are likely to prove too useful without significant sifting time and an hour or two of therapy.

Comparing WordPress and Drupal isn't entirely unlike comparing apples and oranges--but if you're in the picnic-planning market and you need a straightforward fruit, I mean answer, this will help set you on the path to choosing the right one for you.

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The path to becoming a graphic designer isn't set in stone—some of the best designers in the world come from the strangest backgrounds. For designer David To, visuals have always played an important role in his life, but he started on his journey of artistic expression in photography. Now he applies his skills to bringing the most creative and functional visuals to life on the web.

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It's human nature that we're interested in the latest and greatest, attracted to recent fads, fashions and subsequent faux pas like red ink edits on the first round of web copy--we're all over it. Especially in the web production industry, trends can be a powerful current. The larger the stream, the more the entire river changes its course.

Watching trends isn't just for those trying to keep up with the Jones--it's also an invaluable metric for understanding the larger economics at play. When the Web 2.0 look developed, why did glossy, beveled edges and reflections dominate new design? The ease-of-use created by CSS3 has opened the web up to new possibilities. And large footers with sub-menus? New SEO algorithms and a shifting importance on User Accessibility directed designers towards revising traditional elements. We're quite guilty of experimenting with a number of the latest trends ourselves; there's nothing wrong with a fad as long as it doesn't compromise the accessibility of the content. Ultimately, the important take-away from web trends isn't so much about aesthetics as it is about the future of the web and the way we use it.

For this reason, we decided to break this topic up into two categories. Trends generally refers to aesthetic treatments or ways of interacting with content, while evolution refers to bigger picture ideas about the way this industry is progressing. In general, there seems to be a stronger focus now more than ever on content on the web. The driving force behind this is that content publishers (authors, bloggers, designers, developers, etc.) now have so little control over how their content is going to be accessed. People might view it on their 2G feature phone, their new iPad 3, their 27" Thunderbolt display, a stripped down version via an RSS reader, Instapaper or Readability, or on a 60" TV through their Nintendo Wii browser. Web designers are being challenged to not only contend with tides of technology, but ride the digital wave as well.

Here's the six most prevalent trends we've encountered in 2012 thus far, along with a run through of six evolutions we expect to continue to shape the face of the web.

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Mark ApplebyRadii is a web design and development production company which, for those of us in the industry, is code for "a company full of interesting people." And our interesting people are simply too much fun to keep locked away for ourselves. So here we share with you an interview with one of our interactive developers, Mark Appleby.

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When you consider the vast (and ever growing) field that development is, it’s easy to see why it can be a daunting career choice. Covering everything from programming to front-end, our developers are all specialists in their own field—development is an increasingly varied industry. And for this industry, this is really only the beginning.

So where do you begin? Here’s the first ten things you should know when learning to code and starting out in the industry.

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I came to Radii with little background in the tech world and for the first few months it was not unlike living in a foreign country. That is to say, as an American from the Southwest, it was actually very much like living in a foreign country. As I walked in and took a first look around, programming chatter and talk of apps and servers swirled nauseatingly about me with no regard nor mercy for my cluelessness. Of course, the Radii folks were patient, but it was clear that my ignorance wouldn’t suffice—both for Radii and for keeping up with the modern world.

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Okay, it’s not actually an app, but Admiral “Hackbar” would have been proud all the same. One of our developers, an unnervingly talented hacker who has worked on innumerable development projects pertaining to anything from Firefox to Android, has created a Star Wars plugin for Twitter.

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The successful completion of a long-term project hinges on the solid direction of the overseeing managers—no project ever came to the desired fruition through poor direction.  So much rests in the hands of the project managers, who are often tasked with multiple accounts or projects, that we have developed a specific process that drastically reduces the headaches a project can bring.

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If our eyes aren't glazed over enough from lines of code or too much caffeine, we're reading up on the hottest articles and events in our industry.  Here's our favourite can't-miss links from last week!

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