Things to Consider Before Choosing a Web Development Company

The most common thing you can find nowadays are organizations who demand of creating the best websites for you. In almost every alley you can get one company who offers the best web development solutions. This makes the thing more complicated and confusing, blunting your decision-making skills.

In this world of virtual reality, websites have become more the necessity and less the luxury. There was a time when an entrepreneur thought twice to create a website. Today, websites have become the face of the businesses. People rely more on the websites than on the physical businesses and it creates the primary impression on the consumers. Moreover, some businesses today totally runs on the virtual platform. So, no doubt that if you are an entrepreneur, in some point of your life, you need a professional website development company to build up your website.

But picking up the right company for constructing the best website for your trade should depend on some factors and as a business owner, you should look out for the qualities given below to build the best website for your business.

The Company’s Profile

You should check out the profile of the company before jumping into any conclusion. This includes the employee standard, the number of employees and the previous work portfolio of the organization. These things actually show how good the company is in creating a website and, whether the staffs there have a clear concept of development & designing.

Recognition & Popularity

Here comes the twist. If you have a limited budget, don’t go for a big budget company that has a good recognition and brand name. Because, no doubt, it will charge you so high that you can’t cope up with it.

With a limited budget, always go for a company that has an identity, but hasn’t promoted to a brand.

Cost

Money does matter and that should be the major requirement before choosing a professional website development company. Check out the cost of the services provided by the companies and tally them on the basis of your budget. Investing your hard-earned money in a wrong company may make you go bankrupt. Moreover, you should get the genuine work in exchange for your money. Ultimately, ROI matters.

Location & Stability

As I have previously mentioned, there are thousands of web development & designing companies and everyone promises you to provide the best services. Are you one of the users who is confused in this crowd? Well, what you look for instead is the location of the company and its stability, i.e., how many days this company is surviving and how ahead it has stood from its competitors. The location, on the other hand, is another requirement, because, if you want to deal with any company, you should choose one that is within your reach and which you can go and watch on your own to check out the circumstances.

Customer Relationship & Testimonials

A good company always bridges a good relationship with the clients and you need it the most. Read out their testimonials carefully and you will come to know about their terms and conditions and can evaluate them easily.

Open Source Web Development

The Picture

Imagine if you will, trying to buy a car, it looks slick, shiny, fast, the salesman wants you to have it as bad as you do. But you’re a smart buyer you want to check things out before you lay the money down. But the salesman won’t let you see inside! Won’t let you look under the hood. You have no idea what the vehicle can actual do or if it can do anything. I feel the very same way with commercial software. It cost half a grand for the Operating System to run a computer, another half grand for some decent graphic design software, and however much for a legitimate HTML editor. From this and, of course from the title, you can tell that I am focusing on software for web development, but many principles discussed here can be applied to all software. So many stores sell on the web, it’s a hassle free environment, and so many people buy from the web because they know they can buy anything. So a web page may be something you really want, but you’re going to want to get what you paid for, or heaven forbid it being an investment….more out of it than you put into it. Read on!

Why Open Source

The reason Web Development is a such a huge industry is because it is a business that has everything all other businesses don’t have. Accessible from millions of locations, in every country that has plumbing, AND….theoretically it can be manufactured, maintained, changed, or destroyed from any internet capable computer (included phones, and hand helds). The biggest upside to anything Open Source is the cost of the software, you cannot compete with free. The cost of a website is pretty high when you go through a company, which takes their cut and then assigns it out to one or two employees that do all the work. But that company has to buy software to run right? Of Course! But what does a company do when an Open Source product is better then the ones it is currently using? Do the people on the inside of the company prefer to use the same software, usually not until they have had that software pounded into their head, and even not then if it costs a lot. So why Open Source, is it the cure all? You still have to work, have hardware to run it on and so on and so forth. But then you can pay just for the time of an employee, you can try different solutions. And since we are speaking about web development, we can look at the amazing content managers that are Open Source such as Joomla, or PHPNuke where anybody can put the content in.

Big Companies and Open Source

So knowing that Open Source is free and it’s freelancers and underpaid programmers that work on this with the occasional paid employees and projects that have sponsors, who benefits and who does not from the Open Source movement? I will readily let you know that I benefit extremely from all the free software that is out there in my own freelance web design, like I explained above, the software to edit graphics and HTML code is expensive, I could not imagine also paying for the FTP (File Transfer Protocol, use to upload files to a server) client. Now it is a given that all us little people save tons of money, but now who does it hurt? I was doing a little research and found that a lot of companies that were beginning to embrace Open Source solutions such as IBM and Novell, also any smaller company providing a service and struggling to become larger. The larger companies like IBM don’t mind that the programs are free because they are making hardware and if people don’t have to spend as much on software they would spend a little more on the hardware. Novell wouldn’t mind because they can make the code flawlessly integrate with the Operating Systems that they can see all the code for. The only software company that is hurting (I’m sure I could find more if I looked) is Microsoft, funny to me it seems that Microsoft would put so much money and time into their gaming console when it specializes in its operating system. At first I though it was another piece of the market that Microsoft wanted to dominate, but now knowing how prevalent Open Source is becoming, it was actually a brilliant idea that will give them something to live off of when people eventually switch over to Linux or any other free OS.

The Internet in All We Do

The reason this article focuses on Web Development along with Open Source is that we spend so much of our computer time on the internet, if it were not for music I think I wouldn’t need a large hard drive at all, I only have a few gigs of applications at any given time. But if my computer cannot connect to the internet I feel stranded! I mean, I got to check my e-mail (the two different online accounts that I have), edit or just view my website, chat with my family in Canada and friends that still live an hour or so south of Salt Lake City, and make web pages for other people. So the internet is critical for myself, and that is why I need Open Source products, I could never afford to buy high end software and then make a web page for as little as I do.

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Thanks for reading and please give Open Source a chance, if you are using Google you can type in Linux, Joomla, SourceForge, or Open Source and you can find all that free software for Linux and Windows. Enjoy!

Why Use W3C For Web Development Standards?

Web Developers have always wondered why they should validate their websites to W3C. Some Web Developers don’t care to validate in W3C and others live by if. Personally you should validate your website in W3C. Having a good coding style and using W3C will make your site more accessible to disability individuals. And will keep you with the technological advancement for development.

What Does W3C Stand For?

The World Wide Web Consortium or W3C, have been put together a precise way to code a site to make it accessible to disability individuals. There a number of individuals that are diagnosed with a disability that uses the internet. Disability individuals might have small desktop resolutions (800 x 600), keyboard navigation or a screen reader. These tools will to help their usability with the content and navigation on the site.

W3C Standards is Easy

With W3C Standards coding your website in W3C isn’t hard, nor isn’t any more work than not coding in W3C. There are some areas you need to consider.

Use Alt Tags and Closing Tags for all Images

Such as your img tags needs to have an “alt” tag with them. An alt tag is a small description about the image. This alt tag is used by the web browser to describe the image in text form or a description when an image isn’t displayed. When a web browser cannot find an image it will display the alt tag in its place. Also close the image tag with a />

Why do I need alt tags when I know my images are not broken? This is where the accessibility issue comes into play. Let’s make a scenario: An individual that is blind is surfing the Internet. He needs to use a screen reader to help him find links and read content. When he comes across an image without alt tags, the screen reader has no description to read. Now he doesn’t know what he clicking on. If there was a small description alt tag included in the image he would know exactly what it is.

Close All HTML Attribute and Element Brackets

Closing all attributes and tags is another common mistake for W3C. If you have a p and a b html tag. You need to close the b tag before the p tag.

Double Checks the Small Stuff

Another to watch for is putting your DOCTYPE, Content-Type and Title tag. But as a web developer you are already doing this, so you don’t need a reminder. Just always run your site through the W3C Validator Service to see if you have any errors.

W3C Validator Service