Understanding More About Web Developers

A web developer is the one who specializes in developing websites (or apps) that run through Hypertext Transfer Protocol (http). The following are some of the technological issues that a web developer has to be reasonably acquainted with, to create virtual real estate online (VRE):

What is an app?

This term is short for ‘application’ – a program that can run on a person’s computer or mobile phone, that allows the user to manipulate data in a customized way. There are even apps that allow users to create their very own app for free (open-source code). Apps can be anything (a video game, store locator, number cruncher, etc).

What is HTML?

HTML is an abbreviation for Hypertext Markup Language. This protocol is used to format and display documents on the World Wide Web. It is also the means by which websites connect to one another – using links. When you go to a website and it has a line of text that says ‘click here’; once you click it, you are taken to another website – this is the work of HTML: Using hypertext markup language to transfer you to other related site.

What is C++

C++ is programming is an object oriented language used to create programs like Windows, CGI and is even used in NASA’s robotic space missions. Object oriented programming involves code (a program that gives the computer a set of instructions) that can be used by itself or in conjunction with other pieces of code; C++ has pre-made lines of code a user could choose from (C++ library); but C++ also allows the user to create their own code/library. C++ is used by many credit card companies & credit bureaus that have massive databases of peoples’ personal financial information. As with all forms of code, glitches & mistakes tend to happen (often) – go to www.deletingdisputes.com/remove/quick to see what happens when computers fail to managed financial data properly.

What is word press?

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows the user to create content online (websites), without having to know a line of code. WordPress also allows you to use plugins (miniature programs) that further enhance your website, in terms of appearance or more functional capabilities (like email, social media, opt-in pages, etc.).

What is Linux?

It is one of the world’s most popular operating system (OS) when it comes to open source code. To put is simply: Linux makes sure the software & hardware of a device, communicates with each other – to work successfully. Because of its efficiency & reliability, it is used in a myriad of devices (smartphones, freezers, tv accessories etc.).

What is a blog?

Initially called a We(b) (Log)…now ‘blog’ for short, a blog is a website showcasing a discussion of informational key points, usually done by one person – but this can also be done by a small group or even a large number of people. Once a post is published online, visitors are free to read it, and lob acidic comments at the author(s), till their heart’s content. : )

What is PHP?

With HTML, when a user interacts with a web page, the content of the web pages remains the same, regardless of the information the user has submitted. PHP, on the other hand, is a scripting language (code) that allows web pages to be more dynamic, meaning, the web page changes based on the user’s input – making the web page more interactive. Sites that request financial information, or prompts the user to take a survey (to give you an assessment based on the answers submitted) are perfect examples of sites that use PHP script/code.

What is social media?

Social media is a web platform that allows people to socially interact. Skype, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, GoToMeeting are examples of social media platforms that allow people to teleconference, post comments, post videos, post pictures…post anything of personal relevance – and share it with others, online.

What is Search Engine Optimization?

It is the process that maximizes the number of visitors to a specific website, and ensures that the website is ranked high on the listing results of a particular search engine. The more visitors a website receives , the higher it will rank will be.

What is E-commerce?

It is also known as electronic commerce or simply e-commerce. Through the use of the internet, users participate in a trading system that allows them perform transactions online or trading goods & services online. Examples of e-commerce sites are Ebay, Paypal, Target or Amazon; people can send money, buy food, purchase niche-related goods or just -flat out- buy whatever is for sale online (as it faster & easier). It should be mentioned that, to the uninitiated, the convenience of comfortably shopping online (while at home) can cause one to overlook online predators looking to access an unsuspecting shopper’s financial information. Anyone who fell prey to lurking online predators that ran up charges on their credit card, can get a transunion dispute to have the charges removed from their credit report.

What is RSS (Really Simple Syndication)?

This site publishing feature allows the latest content of a website to be sent out to all who subscribed. To those with millions of subscribers, this feature can spark trending topics.

What is CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)?

Its primary function is to add style to the presentation of a documents (color, spacing, fonts), thus, making the content more readable and accessible.

What is Joomla?

This is an open-source content management property (like wordpress) that is also used to publish web content.

How do you build a website?

First you need a domain, like www.mywebsite.com. Then you need a web host, a place where you can house the site, so it can have a site address. When you connect the domain to the web host’s name server, your site is live, with a web address online. You can then use a content management system, like wordpress or you can upload content via FTP (file transfer protocol) – Filezilla is one of the most easy FTP programs to use.

What is outsourcing

When a simple task of a job (writing an article, building a website, etc) is too tedious or demands the kind of time that would be better spent elsewhere – paying someone else to do this simple task is called, outsourcing. One must take special care to delegate wisely, because incompetence can become very time consuming (because you can still end up doing the simple task, yourself) , and it can also become very costly (because you have to spend more money to get the job done correctly). Entrepreneurs who fail early and end up in debt because of the overwhelming financial expense of incompetence, can learn how to do financial damage control using an equifax inquiry.

Those who make it a point to acquaint themselves with the aforementioned topics, are off to a great start to becoming a web developer.

What is Photoshop?

Photoshop, as the name suggests, is a kind of software package that gives a self-proclaimed photographer or a person who simply love taking photos, all the necessary equipment present in a professional photography studio. Simply put, all the essential photography equipment and tools are condensed into one package on your personal computer. In year 1987, Photoshop has been a fad and used into image editing, creation, and manipulation programs. It became so powerful that it (in many respects) was feared to have replaced the traditional photographer, since any layman could come along, use this technology and produce high level photography.

With Photoshop, an individual has the ability to enhance a captured image, and turn it into a professional looking photo. Photoshop is basically capable of fixing images with low or poor hues or lighting conditions; remove the “red eye”, improve clarity & detail in faded images, repair old photos, create photo composites; combine numerous different photos together (to produce a panoramic photograph); use built-in styles and filters, to apply numerous effects to images or texts – and much much more! These abilities are also the reason why you often find remarkable, astounding photos captured by novices.

For those  who venture to learn or use Photoshop, there is a high possibility that you will get overwhelmed upon your first try. A massive arsenal of tools awaits the typical beginner. Different tools are available for altering colors, retouching blemishes, enhancing portraits – and so on. The basic tools are too many to mention – therefore, it is recommended that one learns and try one tool at a time. Numerous comprehensive guides are available over the internet. In general, learning Photoshop requires time and a bit of effort. But it sure will be worth it at the end. You can create astounding, professional looking photos in a breeze! It can also help you enhance the look of your website.

Web Design vs. Web Development

Numerous people often use the terms, web development and web design, interchangeably. A clarification of the two terms are in order. These two terms are not the same – and here’s why…

  • Web development refers to the back-end of a website – the page interactions and programming, while web design refers to the part of the website that interacts with customers. The latter is all about the appearance of the site, while the former focuses on the site’s functionality.

  • Web design refers to the process of web designing or webpage layout (which typically includes all of the webpage graphical elements). Web designers often use graphic programs like Macromedia Fireworks, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw and many more. Web development, on the other hand, refers to the art of making an operational website. Web developers are responsible for including all the essential parts of a website, including login, e-commerce capabilities (like online payments), online forums, shopping carts and the like.

  • Web design does not contain code. The webpage’s graphical representation is utilized by the same party as the foundation of a code. The coding aspect will be needed on website development.

To further clarify or to make the differences simpler and easier to understand, let us unveil the certain characteristic of people who handle web design, and those who handle web development. Web design generally involves creativity, imagination and a degree of vision (in terms of the overall aesthetic appeal of the website). Web development, on the other hand, involves technical, linear thinking and creating a practical interface that is both intuitive & efficient.

One last thing- you can meet a good web designer who does not know anything about PHP, HTML or JavaScript. However, you will never meet a good web developer who does not recognize the importance of web design.

Knowing the difference between design and development is of paramount importance, especially if you are after hiring a professional who will work on your site; a nebulous understanding of these two terms can be very costly, as you can inadvertently hire a techie who’s poorly equipped for the job.