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Mobile Web Development

Hi, John here living in Northern America, I run this blog. With a degree in Web Design, I currently work as freelancer mobile web sites developer, and have interest in mobile websites, mobile apps development, Drupal, Web Development (Flex, HTML5).
Apr 17 '14

3 major reasons for website owners to use Ektron 9

It is imperative for commercial websites to be optimized for business promotion. In this context, using Ektron 9 while hosting your website can be an important step. A versatile content management system like Ektron can mobilize your website effectively. It comes with a plethora of features that can be really handy for the web developers. Let’s have a look at some of the most important advantages that Ektron 9 based websites enjoy.

Comprehensive backing for responsive design

A common problem most businesses face is that they need to build a separate website for different platforms, so that the readers can view the website properly from any device like smartphone, tablet or PC. However, this is a time consuming process and requires a lot of effort. But Ektron 9, which supports responsive design, can optimize the website design for all platforms. You will have complete control over all the elements of your website and can determine what to display and how to display on any platform. Mobilizing Ektron websites is now an easier job with the introduction of version 9. It even features previews for mobile devices. You can fix anything before it goes live. Sounds great, huh?

Customized Personas for better ROI

It is extremely important that your customers get exposure to relevant content. If you think creating user-specific content is too technical a task for you, think again. Ektron 9 can easily get the job done for you with a simple feature called Personas. Using SEO tools like Google analytics, Ektron 9 creates tailor-made content for specific user-groups. The easily understandable interface helps you to create such Personas without much effort. If you create a Persona for a specific target audience, you just need to define the audience type. Your target audience will have direct exposure to this content while others have to navigate the website to find it. This type of Personas can play an effective role in your promotional campaigns and can fetch you high ROI.

Your Google friendly CMS

Are you struggling to get your website indexed by major search engines? Stop blaming your website design and don’t bother to change the HTML codes. May be it’s time to use Ektron 9. This CMS works in perfect harmony with the search engines. Remember, no matter how attractive the design is, only an optimized website with an optimized CMS works best with the search engines. When people easily find your website and can easily navigate the content, it will result in better user experience. They will subscribe to your RSS and come back time and again.

You can’t underestimate the role of an advanced CMS like Ektron 9 while optimizing your website. The latest version comes with a host of features that can play a crucial role to enhance the effects of your digital marketing. It puts you in complete control of your website and helps you to manage as well as update your website regularly. Finally, it is a secure CMS that offers features like access permissions to guard against unauthorized access.

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Apr 17 '14

Learning Android Apps Development The Eclipse Way

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Apr 16 '14

Think About Smart Mobile Website Development

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Apr 16 '14
Think About Smart Mobile Website Development

These days, it does not just seem like everyone has an iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android phone. Millions of people in the United States actually do, according to comScore statistics.

Think About Smart Mobile Website Development

These days, it does not just seem like everyone has an iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android phone. Millions of people in the United States actually do, according to comScore statistics.

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Apr 11 '14

Pivotal Mobile Web Development Trends Of 2014

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Apr 11 '14

Pivotal Mobile Web Development Trends Of 2014

What mobile website development trends do you think we’ll see in 2014? I am betting on more simplicity, more cleanliness, and more focus on smaller screen sizes, among other things. This collection is largely based on observation, vaguely educated guesswork, waving a finger in the air, and a bunch of other posts I have compiled in recent months. As such, some of these predictions may be more accurate than others!

No doubt I have missed all manner of trends, so do share your own thoughts and predictions in the comments section below.

Flat User Interface will continue to grow

As a fan of sans serif fonts I am happy to report that clean currently beats fancy. Windows 8 was really influential in this regard, and then Apple ditched skeuomorphism when it launched iOS7. I think flat design has a lot of legs left in it.

Mobile first

Smartphone and tablet usage has skyrocketed in recent years, and is overtaking desktop traffic for many websites. In 2014 mobile devices will continue to dominate, forcing designers to rethink the user experience for smaller screens. The need to adapt to a growing mobile-enabled user base can make a company more agile, driving innovation within organisations.

Of course the reality is that ‘mobile first’ does not really apply. It is still very much ‘mobile second’, at least for now, but for those that embrace responsive and / or adaptive design, the ROI can be nothing short of majestic.

Scrolling… scrolling…. more scrolling

I explored scrolling websites back in 2012, when it was a relatively nascent trend. It has grown a lot since then. Partly I think it is because scrolling is easy enough to execute, and partly it is because designers are thinking about mobile and tablet devices, and about how to design with the swipe in mind.

Parallax scrolling, horizontal scrolling, column-based scrolling and infinite scrolling are all things that we will probably see more of in 2014 and beyond. There are a few things to be wary of though, particularly around infinite scrolling.

Less text

The web seems to becoming a lot less text-heavy, and some apps and websites have almost no visible text, instead relying on images and icons to convey information to the user. In some cases this works really well, but in others I think the absolute avoidance of text is unhelpful.

Minimalist navigation

Stripped-down navigation is a trend that looks set to grow in popularity. Partly influenced by the need to design condensed navigation for mobile, we are seeing a lot more focus on icons, rolldowns, and navigation that shrinks as you start to scroll down the page.

Video / moving backgrounds

This is definitely something I think we will be seeing a lot more of. The Guardian’s ‘Firestorm’ provides a good example, and I reckon more brands - rather than content sites - will make the most of dynamic backgrounds in 2014.

Richer content experiences

Some publishers are moving towards far more engaging online content experiences, which combine text, images, video, interactive functionality, and a fair amount of scrolling.

Making the most of one page

More and more sites avoid loading new pages, preferring instead to present additional content on the current page. Lightboxes, overlays, and expanding / repositioned tiles can all reduce the amount of clicks in an average user journey.

Fixed position content / navigation

This is when you scroll down and the navigation stays on the page. Sometimes the navigation will reduce in height into a narrow bar, or a small icon that can be expanded.

Agree? Disagree? What other mobile web development trends do you think we will see in 2014? Do share your thoughts.

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Apr 8 '14

Mobile website development trends for 2014

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Apr 8 '14

Drupal developers love the CMS owing to its flexibility and scalability

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Apr 8 '14

How Android apps help your business grow – 4 Reasons to opt for it

How Android apps help your business grow – 4 Reasons to opt for it

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Android is one of the most happening things in the market today and that too for reasons more than one. There are a huge number of benefits associated with Android applications and this extends to a lot of fields. If you’re a businessman looking to make the most of Android applications, then you could get in touch with Android app developersand get things done according to your needs and…

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Apr 8 '14

Drupal developers love the CMS owing to its flexibility and scalability

Mobile is getting bigger each day. Since the mobile web is going mainstream, various companies and organisations are trying hard to mobilize their business. Today’s websites must provide a tailored experience to a mobile user who use exclusive features – those which are available only on a mobile device, such as, screen rotation, geolocation, etc. Surfing the web on a mobile should be as fast and flawless as it is on a desktop or a laptop. However, there isn’t yet a one-size-fits-all approach towards Drupal mobilization. But what are the benefits of mobilizing Drupal? Here are some of the advantages of Drupal mobile websites:

  1. Drupal is free: Since Drupal is an open source content management system (CMS), this helps the Drupal developers save on their costs. This free CMS removes the huge expenditure in developing a mobile website.

  2. Drupal is Search Engine Friendly: Once your Drupal website goes live, search engine optimisation plays a key role in increasing and improving the reach of your website. Drupal was basically designed for search-engine friendly platforms. Therefore, if your Drupal mobile site contains a wide array of add-ons, it facilitates the SEO process further.

  3. Drupal is mobile-friendly: Drupal mobile sites can be accessed with the use of any smartphone, irrespective of its operating system. Moreover, if you want to add a personal touch to the site, you can customise your site with the vast array of themes and plugins available in the market.

  4. Drupal debugs problems easily: Are you facing problem with your Drupal website? If yes, you need not worry since Drupal developers are always at your service to resolve any Drupal related problems for you. All you have to do is post your problem on a relevant forum and you will be provided with the correct answer in the forum itself.

  5. User-friendly interface for content upload: Drupal has a user friendly interface that allows you to manage, upload and edit your content as smoothly as possible.

  6. Drupal lets you administer: The CMS comes with some of the finest options for new user permissions and accounts. Drupal admin theme makes administering a page or a profile much easier. Users can always be assigned more than a single role and each of these roles can be set up with detailed permissions enabling users to create what the administrator permits.

  7. Drupal lets you collaborate: Drupal allows you to focus on social publishing which lets you create applications and sites and gives your users an opportunity to engage more. The CMS provides you a tight control over who can view, create, publish and administer content on your website.

  8. Drupal helps you connect: Drupal makes it easier for you to connect your mobile site with various other sites as well as services across the web with the help of feeds, aggregation, search engine connection abilities, etc. Social networking integration should be given immense focus owing to its ability to connect to a wider audience. It also helps your site interact with file services and external media.

Developers love Drupal’s flexibility and site administrators love its high scalability. Are you thinking of developing Drupal mobile site for your company as well?

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