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Requirement - Java Developer:

Job Description :

Should have development experience in Core Java/Spring/Struts/oops. Excellent analytical skills required 2-3 years experience as a Java developer JEE multi-tier development across client, web, business and database tiers Experience with Struts, Hibernate and Tomcat Experience using web development languages including HTML, CSS JavaScript, AJAX and JSP Databases & SQL skills using Oracle, MySQL, Postgres or an equivalent RDBMS Knowledge in PHP

Upload your profiles through our website Career page or email us : hr@uniqwebtech.com

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Happy 6th Year Anniversary !

To all our employees, clients and friends - I thank you for your continued support to Uniqwebtech on this 6th Anniversary

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Java Developer Requirement - Naukri Link !

Java Developer - Naukri.com Link You can apply via naurki.com website by using above link.

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Happy 5th Year Anniversary !

To all our employees, customers and friends – I thank you for your continued support to Uniqwebtech on this 5th Anniversary


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Google Webmaster Tools Gets Updated Robots.txt Testing Tool

Google has released an updated robots.txt testing tool in Webmaster Tools. The tool can be found in the Crawl section.

The aim of the new version of the tool is to make it easier to make and maintain a “correct” robots.txt file, and make it easier to find the directives within a large file that are or were blocking individual URLs.

In the above you will see the current robots.txt file, and can test new URLs to see whether they’re disallowed for crawling,” says Google’s Asaph Amon, describing the tool. “To guide your way through complicated directives, it will highlight the specific one that led to the final decision. You can make changes in the file and test those too, you’ll just need to upload the new version of the file to your server afterwards to make the changes take effect. Our developers site has more about robots.txt directives and how the files are processed.”

“Additionally, you’ll be able to review older versions of your robots.txt file, and see when access issues block us from crawling,” Amon explains. “For example, if Googlebot sees a 500 server error for the robots.txt file, we’ll generally pause further crawling of the website.”

Google recommends double-checking the robots.txt files for your existing sites for errors or warnings. It also suggests using the tool with the recently updated Fetch as Google tool to render important pages, or using it to find the directive that’s blocking URLs that are reported as such.

Google says it often sees files that block CSS, JavaScript, or mobile content, which is problematic. You can use the tool to help you fix that if it’s a problem with your site.

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Mobile App Development – Native vs. Cross-Platform

Given the current proliferation of mobile touchpoints, we are often tasked with helping clients create mobile roadmaps and strategies. Inevitably, we are asked if there is a way to build content or functionality once and deploy it on a variety of different mobile platforms. The answer, of course, is yes. In fact, there are several ways, and the benefits of doing so vary from a more streamlined development process to higher adoption rates to lower costs. However, when is the right time to use cross-platform solution? What kind of requirements lend themselves to this simpler approach? When is the cross-platform approach actually simpler than developing for native applications?

Mobile App Development – Native vs. Cross-Platform

In this post, I’m going to examine some of the existing technologies for cross-platform development of mobile apps, with an emphasis on determining when they might be appropriate for an app or business and when they might not.

What are the available cross-platform tools (CPTs)?

There are many—at least 100+—of these CPTs in today’s market, though we only typically hear of a few. Those with the most usage include:

Adobe PhoneGap Sencha Touch Mono Appcelerator Titanium Unity Corona AppMobi RunRev MoSync

The most prominent of the bunch and the ones I’m most familiar with are:

PhoneGap

PhoneGap uses HTML5 inside of a WebView on your device. It essentially creates a mobile “web app” that sits inside a native application wrapper. The web code is packaged with a library that bridges web code to native functionality. PhoneGap is open source (free) and supports iOS, Android, BlackBerry (not yet 10), WebOS, Windows Phone 7, Symbian and Bada.

PhoneGap developers report advantages—such as low barrier to entry (HTML/JavaScript/CSS is the only skill needed to get started), a single code base for all platforms and rapid testing and deployment. Reported disadvantages include poor performance—there’s only so much you can get out of a WebView on any platform—and lack of support for native UI elements and widgets. Reports indicate graphically-intensive applications are not a good fit for PhoneGap.

Appcelerator Titanium

Titanium is similar to PhoneGap (it’s free), but not exactly the same. The main difference lies in device support—it’s built to produce iOS, Android and web apps only. It actually compiles the JavaScript code into a native binary—converting the JavaScript into native class and object files—whereas PhoneGap simply renders a WebView with the code being interpreted inside.

“So, a simple way to think about it is that your JS code is compiled almost one-to-one into the representative symbols in nativeland. There’s still an interpreter running in interpreted mode, otherwise things like dynamic code wouldn’t work. However, it’s much faster, much more compact and it’s about as close to pure native mapping as you can get,” states Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator.

Proponents of Titanium argue performance is not an issue because the app is compiled as a native app. They say using native UI elements—as opposed to PhoneGap, which creates its own—allows apps to more closely resemble the look and feel of a native app. This is probably as close as you can get to having a CPT app resemble an actual native app.

Unity

Unity focuses on gaming on other graphically-intensive applications. It currently supports Windows, Mac, Unity Web Player, iOS, Android, Nintendo, Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with upcoming support for Adobe Flash Player, Linux, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Nintendo Wii U. It is essentially the industry standard for game development.

Unity provides a development environment with which graphics, physics and sound can be programmed. According to its Wikipedia article, “Game scripting comes via Mono. Scripting is built on Mono, the open source implementation of the .NET framework. Programmers can use UnityScript (a custom language with ECMAScript-inspired syntax), C# or Boo (which has a Python-inspired syntax).”

The downside of Unity is that it tends to be expensive by comparison particularly when you add in the cost of plug ins used to build on multiple platforms. However, Unity is as close as you will see to an industry standard, so clearly someone feels the cost is worth it.

When Considering a Cross-Platform Tool

Here are a few things to take into account when considering whether to use a CPT:

Design

There are design differences among mobile platforms—iPhone: the tabs go on the bottom, Android: the tabs are on top, Windows 8: everything scrolls horizontally. Custom icons are made at different sizes, and there are multiple screen resolutions and aspect ratios to consider as well as multiple screen densities and image sizes to account for. What if an app’s requirements include the need to perfectly fit an iPad screen right up to the edges, support the iPhone—including retina and non-retina graphics—and must also fit perfectly on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet of varying sizes and ratios? The designer for that app needs to be skilled in both iPhone and Android design, and the designs could conceivably be different enough to warrant two completely separate code streams.

Technical Limitations—Playing “Catch Up”

Each cross-platform solution can logically only ever support a subset of the functionality included in each native platform. When new features come out, developers must wait until the CPT developers have a chance to incorporate them into the API. Without the control of being able to incorporate new capabilities as soon as they’re introduced into each native platform, you run the risk of major lost opportunity (e.g., being first to use a new feature is far more compelling than becoming a “me too” app). In addition, there’s a decent chance certain required functionality will require the development of “plug-ins” for each platform, which can become an unanticipated, costly and time-consuming part of the project. The only surefire way to ensure an apps is built within the appropriate, and most efficient, technological parameters is to build it natively.

Risk

What if Apple stops accepting PhoneGap apps? What if an app’s requirements change, and now PhoneGap or Titanium won’t work? How hard will it be to “port” the CPT code into a native app? These are all questions you need to ask to assess the risk associated with using any CPT before embarking any project.

Further, you might hire a team of developers to create an app using a CPT; halfway through the project timeline, you may realize there’s a significant piece of functionality that requires native code or plug-ins—which you thought, due to the marketing materials, was supported by the tool you’re using. Now, you need to hire an iOS or Android expert in order to keep the project moving forward. The time spent hiring, designing and coding around the issue could turn out to be very costly.

These are very real considerations. At the same time, the advantages of cost savings and time to market when using CPTs can also be very real. That’s why these decisions should not be made lightly.

Scenarios to Consider

What are some real world examples of times when it might be appropriate to use CPT’s and which ones might be appropriate?

Online Store

A retailer of online widgets wishes to create a mobile app. They want to have a presence on as many platforms as possible—including iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. The app is not deemed to be graphically-intensive, and the initial design wireframes require a conventional mobile app layout. The design is similar—though responsive—whether viewed on a phone or a tablet.

This is the sort of app for which I would consider a platform such as PhoneGap or Titanium. The decision between the two would likely be based on the question, “Just how much do you want to support devices other than iOS and Android?” If the answer is “we really want to support other device types,” then PhoneGap wins. Otherwise, the improved performance and “native” compiling of Titanium would win out.

Social Networking App with Lots of Cool Features

A fresh new startup wants to create a social networking app that incorporates location-based functionality, camera usage, some cool graphical animations and sound interactions. The app should also be optimized for tablets where appropriate.

For this app, a careful approach must be taken. Location-based functionality is available in most CPTs, yet each OS truly has different ways of handling location accuracy and performance. Camera usage is included as a service in each CPT, yet if you want to bring advanced functionality—such as augmented reality or even take advantage of built-in editing features—the cross-platform approach might yield even more work than building separate versions.

Video Game—Two Scenarios

A mobile gaming company wants to make a video game for multiple mobile platforms. In one scenario, the company is small and doesn’t have a big budget for tools and software. It might be okay to use an open source, free framework—like cocos-2d or cocos-3d—to build the app on one platform and then port it to the other. I have personally ported a game created with cocos-2d for iPhone in only three days. Since the code is so similar, a straight port isn’t that hard. The downside, of course, is multiple code streams in multiple languages, which essentially makes for multiple products.

In a second scenario, the company is large enough to spend on equipment. In this case, I’d recommend they invest in Unity, which I mentioned earlier is the industry standard for game creation on multiple platforms and seems to be the perfect tool for the task.

Conclusions and Recommendations

In conclusion, when considering whether to use a CPT instead of native mobile development, some important deciding factors include:

Platform requirements—which platforms must the app support and which platforms are considered “nice to haves” Technology requirements—which mobile device features must the app support and which are “nice to haves” Performance requirements—are there aspects of the conceptual apps where performance, especially graphical or computational, a consideration Design constraints

—how desperate are the designs for different device types

If these parameters fall squarely within the capabilities of a particular CPT, then consider yourself one of the lucky ones and use that CPT. Otherwise, in my opinion, making the case for being risk-averse and using proven technologies with which each platform natively ships seems the least scary solution for those about to invest time and money on creating a mobile experience.

 

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Google Launches WordPress Plugin For AdSense And Webmaster Tools

 

Google has released a new plugin for publishers using WordPress. The official Google Publisher Plugin offers support for Google AdSense and Google Webmaster Tools, with more services likely to be added in the future.

Google-WordPress-Plugin-AdSense-Webmaster-Tools  

This is a beta release, so as an early adopter, you’re also a test case. Google said in the release announcement, “We’re still fine-tuning the plugin to make sure it works well on the many WordPress sites out there. We’d love for you to try it now and share your feedback on how it works for your site.”

By allowing publishers to link their WordPress sites to their AdSense accounts, the plugin is designed to make getting ads up and running easier and eliminate the need for manual HTML modifications.

As you can see in the screenshot from Google below, once the plugin is installed, you just need to click on one of the plus signs to add an ad unit to the page.

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Happy 4th Anniversary - Uniqwebtech !

Has it been 4 years already? It is as if we got started just a while back. We started our journey as Uniqwebtech on Dec 12, 2010.For the level that we have reached today,would like to extend my Thanks to all of our clients and staff, We could not have arrived this far without the dedicated support of our clients and perseverance of each member of the team.

We are also looking forward to the next 4 years at Uniqwebtech. We continue to invest heavily in our people and technology to ensure we continue to provide the best event experiences and state-of-the-art programs.

With your continued support, I am certain the next 4 years will be better than the last 4!

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How to create &use wordpress child themes

A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme. Child themes allow you to modify, or add to the functionality of that parent theme. A child theme is the safest and easiest way to modify an existing theme, whether you want to make a few tiny changes or extensive changes. Instead of modifying the theme files directly, you can create a child theme and override within.

Why use a Child Theme?

Here are a few reasons:

If you modify an existing theme and it is updated, your changes will be lost. With a child theme, you can update the parent theme (which might be important for security or functionality) and still keep your changes.

It can speed up development time.

It’s a great way to get started if you are just learning WordPress theme development.

How to Create a Child Theme

Child Theme directory structureCreate a directory in your themes directory to hold the child theme. The theme directory is wp-content/themes. You should name the directory without any space as part of the name, and it is common practice to use the name of the parent theme folder with “-child” appended to it. For example, if you are making a child of the twentyfourteen theme, your folder name would be twentyfourteen-child.

Overriding Parent Theme Template Files

To override the template files in the parent theme, open the original template file and save a copy to the child theme folder with same file name and folder structure. Basically, the file structure has to match with the parent theme.

FOR EXAMPLE:

let's say you want to edit the loop.php file in the parent theme and it is stored in the "includes" folder

open the loop.php file and save a copy in the "includes" folder of the child theme

edit and save the loop.php in the child theme

How to create &use wordpress child themes FOR ANOTHER EXAMPLE:

let's say you want to edit the page.php

open the page.php file and save a copy in the child theme

edit and save the page.php in the child theme

HERE ARE SOME OF THE TEMPLATE FILES THAT YOU CAN OVERRIDE:

header.php

footer.php

index.php

single.php

page.php

sidebar.php

includes/loop.php

includes/slider.php

Child Theme functions.php (optional)

If you need add additional PHP functions, create a functions.php in the child theme folder. It will load in addition to the parent theme functions.php file.

<?php /* custom PHP functions below this line */ ?> Activating The Child Theme

Finally, activate the child theme at Appearance > Themes.

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Big Data Analytics - Introduction

Is the process of examining large amounts of data of a variety of types (big data) to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations and other useful information. Such information can provide competitive advantages over rival organizations and result in business benefits, such as more effective marketing and increased revenue.

The primary goal of big data analytics is to help companies make better business decisions by enabling data scientists and other users to analyze huge volumes of transaction data as well as other data sources that may be left untapped by conventional business intelligence (BI) programs. These other data sources may include Web server logs and Internet clickstream data, social media activity reports, mobile-phone call detail records and information captured by sensors. Some people exclusively associate big data and big data analytics with unstructured data of that sort, but consulting firms like Gartner Inc. and Forrester Research Inc. also consider transactions and other structured data to be valid forms of big data.

big-data-analytics-introduction

Big data analytics can be done with the software tools commonly used as part of advanced analytics disciplines such as predictive analytics and data mining. But the unstructured data sources used for big data analytics may not fit in traditional data warehouses. Furthermore, traditional data warehouses may not be able to handle the processing demands posed by big data. As a result, a new class of big data technology has emerged and is being used in many big data analytics environments. The technologies associated with big data analytics include NoSQL databases, Hadoop and MapReduce. These technologies form the core of an open source software framework that supports the processing of large data sets across clustered systems.

Potential pitfalls that can trip up organizations on big data analytics initiatives include a lack of internal analytics skills and the high cost of hiring experienced analytics professionals, plus challenges in integrating Hadoop systems and data warehouses, although vendors are starting to offer software connectors between those technologies.

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Announcement of Corporate Logo Change

Dear Customers, Partners and Vendors,We are pleased to announce that uniqwebtech will change its logo with effect from August 1st, 2014.

Our Old logo logo

has been replaced by this new corporate identity

uniqwebtech_logo

You will notice our logo on the products, brochures, web site, correspondence, mailing and promotional materials will all be replaced by our new corporate logo

Although we’re changing our logo, you can rest assured that the products, services, support and long-term commitments towards our valued customers and partners will remain unchanged.

Thanks again for your continued support and confidence. We look forward to taking our business with you to the next level.

The old logo is still in use and valid for the items currently in the market, yet from the next item we will introduce in the market, the new logo will be used.

Should you have any questions or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Uniqwebtech for further information.

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Advantage of Wordpress CMS

1. Ease of Use

WordPress is very easy to use and has an intuitive interface.  Adding new pages, blog posts, images, etc. on a regular basis is a breeze and can be done quickly.  Because the technology is so simple, time spent on formatting is greatly reduced.

2. Manage Your Website from Any Computer

WordPress is browser-based. You can login from any Internet connected computer and manage your site.

3. No HTML Editing or FTP Software Required

WordPress is a self-contained system and does not require HTML editing software (such as Adobe Contribute or Dreamweaver). You can create a new page or blog post, format text, upload images (and edit them), upload documents, video files, image galleries, etc. all without the need for additional HTML or FTP software.

4. Search Engines Love WordPress Sites

The code behind WordPress is very clean and simple, making it easy for search engines to read and index a site’s content. In addition, each page, post, and image can have its own meta tag keywords, description, and title, and be optimized for specific keywords, allowing for very precise search engine optimization.  You can also use tags to further enhance your search engine optimization efforts.

5. You Have Control of Your Site

No more waiting for your web designer to make simple updates to your site. With WordPress, you have control of nearly every aspect of your site and can easily make those simple updates yourself.

Advantages-of-Wordpress-Development 6. The Design of Your Website is 100% Customizable

WordPress acts as the engine for your website. The look and feel of the site can be 100% customized so your brand can shine through on your site and provide a unique experience to your visitors.

7. A Blog is Built-in and Ready to Go

Since WordPress was originally created as a blogging platform, blogging capabilities are built-in and are easy to integrate, if desired. Setting up RSS / email subscriptions to your blog, commenting capabilities, and automatically adding the most recent blog posts to other pages of the site (your home page, for example) are also very simple to set-up, and help to extend your company’s reach and make your site more dynamic and interactive.

8. Extend the Functionality of Your Site with Plugins

Want to add an event calendar, video gallery, Twitter Feed, Facebook Fan Box, and more to your site? WordPress makes this possible with plugins, most of which are free or very reasonably priced.

9. Your Site Can Grow as Your Business Grows

WordPress sites are very scalable. You can have hundreds of thousands of pages or blog posts on your site and the performance of the site will not be compromised in the least.

10. Have Multiple Users

As an administrator of a WordPress site, you can set-up multiple users for the website and assign access levels and capabilities to each user.

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CMS comparison - WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal

WORDPRESS

WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. It started out as a platform exclusively for blogging, but has grown and advanced significantly over the years. Today, over 40% of sites using CMS’s are using WordPress. In addition, over 60 millions websites are using WordPress which shows just how popular it is. WordPress offers many advantages to those looking to create a website, including the following:

Easy to Install – Many web hosting companies offer automatic installation of WordPress sites, which means you can have a new site up and running in well under five minutes. Even with manual installation, you can create a new site in less than a half hour.

  • Easy to install.
  • Easy to administer.
  • Easy to add popular and common features.
  • Easiest learning curve; ideal for those with little to no technical background.
  • Strong SEO capabilities.
  • Highly flexible (blog, eCommerce, website, etc.)
  • Does not require coding to edit.
  • Easy posting using WYSIWG interface.
  • Stable plug-in API architecture (i.e. easy to develop plugins)
  • Websites can be completely customized through the use of widgets and plug-ins.
  • Most extensive number of extension vendors and themes.
  • Extensive support via Google searches.
CMS comparison – WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal DRUPAL

Drupal is the second most popular content management system available today. It is a fully open source program, which many people prefer, especially those who are more technically minded. The Drupal platform is extremely powerful, and is less resource intensive than that of WordPress. Drupal can be set up for anything from a simple blog to a content portal used by large corporations. Some of the most significant benefits to Drupal include the following:

Technically Advanced – Drupal is the most technically advanced of these three content management systems. It doesn’t use nearly as many system resources as WordPress, so people won’t have to worry about upgrading to a more expensive hosting option as quickly.

  • Steep learning curve.
  • Requires code (lacks editor tools such as WYSIWG)
  • Difficult to use for those without technical backgrounds/knowledge.
  • Developers forced to create their own solutions.
  • Lack of free plugins.
  • Lack of themes (great designers necessary).
  • Posting requires setting options for URL Alias, Menus, Revision Logs, Comments, and Author Meta data.
  • Lacks in terms of unofficial support beyond the main documentation.
JOOMLA

Joomla is often thought of as the compromise between WordPress and Drupal. It is a powerful content management system, which can run smoothly on most web servers without any problems. It doesn’t require the same level of technical experience to run as Drupal, but it still offers many of the extra features. Like Drupal and WordPress, Joomla does have a lot of plug-ins and themes available to choose from, so you can customize your site to look and function in any way you desire. Other reasons people choose Joomla include: Social Networking – This is perhaps the biggest benefit of Joomla. Of the three, Joomla makes it the easiest to create social networks. Social networks can be a powerful asset for many sites, and with Joomla, you can have one up and running extremely quickly and easily.

  • Easy to install.
  • Ideal for those who fall between tech-pros and tech-newbies.
  • Strong content management capabilities.
  • Automatically creates responsive sites.
  • Thousands of features and designs.
  • Extensive plugin (‘extensions’) library.
  • Strong well maintained support communities and forums
The Conclusion?

When it comes to a pure website application, Joomla comes out tops – the code is stronger, there are more features, and it is growing and expanding as a platform on an almost constant basis, which makes it easier to adapt to the ever-changing requirements of large-scale websites.

However, if you are looking for a basic website or blog that looks like a website, and you want something quick, easy and simple, WordPress is more than up to the job.

More often than not, creating and launching a website with Drupal requires IT professionals as this program lacks editor tools such as WYSIWYG and uses code instead. With its foundation in code, Drupal is difficult to use for those without technological backgrounds or knowledge and the learning curve is so steep it may as well be vertical

Of the three, you will need more technical skill to manage and maintain a Joomla or drupal site, so if you are worried about your skill, it might be better to opt for the simpler WordPress option.

In all, both of these CMS packages are great, easy to use, adaptable, and low cost. Decide whether you need a monstrous, mega site, or a simpler site that showcases your business in the best light, and then work from there. Joomla is up to managing just about anything, including thousand page mega sites, while WordPress will give you a clean, stylish and simple business site without breaking a sweat.

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How to secure your wordpress websites from hackers

    • Use secure hosting
    • Update all the things
    • Strengthen up those passwords
    • Never use “admin” as your username
    • Hide your username from the author archive URL
    • Limit Login Attempts
    • Disable file editing via the dashboard
    • Try to avoid free themes
    • Keep a backup
    • Use security plugins
    • Rename the db from wp_ to something random
    • Different DB users for different sites
    • Never use Admin as a user name
    How to secure your wordpress websites from hackers Disable File Editing

    The WordPress Dashboard by default allows administrators to edit PHP files, such as plugin and theme files. This is often the first tool an attacker will use if able to login, since it allows code execution. Wordpress has a constant to disable editing from Dashboard. Placing this line in wp-config.php is equivalent to removing the 'edit_themes', 'edit_plugins' and 'edit_files' capabilities of all users:

    define('DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', true);

    This will not prevent an attacker from uploading malicious files to your site, but might stop some attacks.

    Securing wp-config.php

    You can move the wp-config.php file to the directory above your WordPress install. This means for a site installed in the root of your webspace, you can store wp-config.php outside the web-root folder.

    If you use a server with .htaccess, you can put this in that file (at the very top) to deny access to anyone surfing for it:

    order allow,deny

    deny from all

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Responsive Layout Advantages

What is Responsive Web Design?

Responsive design is a web design and development technique that creates a site or system that reacts to the size of a user’s screen. Responsive design will optimise a user’s browsing experience by creating a flexible and responsive web page, optimised for the device that is accessing it.

There has been a distinct audience shift towards mobile browsing and responsive design represents the simplest way to reach users across multiple devices and ensures a seamless user experience. 2013 has been hailed as the ‘Year of Responsive Design’, and with increasing preference of readers to read news online across multiple devices (i.e. tablets and smartphones), responsive design is becoming increasingly important

Increasing your reach to tablet and mobile audiences

Increasing use of the internet and proliferation of web applications on tablet and mobile devices has been the driving force behind this development. Traditionally users would be re-directed to a device specific site (e.g. mobile), but responsive design means one site can be implemented across devices.

Responsive Layout Advantages

Tablet sales are expected to exceed 100 million this year, meaning that responsive design has never been so important for those looking to optimise their online content. Indeed, some Byte9 sites are already experiencing up to 40% traffic from tablet and mobile devices, a strong commercial imperative to accommodate the smaller screen size in a unified design.

Increase sales and conversion rates

Another benefit of responsive design is that the user has an improved site experience as there is no need for redirection, use of standardised Style Sheets (CSS) across devices and unified design approach will also create a consistent look and feel. Consistent user experience will have a positive impact on your conversion rates as people are familiar with navigation and site or system use across devices. Responsive design removes some of the barriers that having multiple sites can present, i.e. in functionality, performance and consistent look and feel.

Consolidate your analytics and reporting

A single responsive site means that you no longer have to track user journeys, conversion paths, funnels and redirections between your sites. Site analytics tools like Google Analytics are now optimised to handle multiple devices and responsive reporting. All of your tracking and analytics will continue to function and be condensed into a single report, allowing for easier monitoring and analysis.

Increase your visibility in search engines

Responsive Design means you can manage one website with a single set of hypertext links; therefore reducing the time spent maintaining your site. This allows you to focus on link outreach with a consolidated Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) strategy. SEO campaigns can be time consuming and costly, but by creating a responsive site, all of your efforts can be focussed on a single site, with unified strategy and tactics across devices.

Content is vital in SEO, good quality content which is regularly released improves your search engine ranking page positioning, therefore a further advantage of responsive design is that fewer resources can be wasted in low-level duplication of content across sites, the content need only be applied to a single site, increasing your chances or a higher search engine ranking.

Additionally Google suggest that mobile optimised, responsive sites are featuring prominently in localised search results. This is obviously of huge significance to high street and online retailers, amongst other burgeoning mobile use cases.

Save time and cost on mobile development

A primary benefit of adopting a responsive design is that it takes less time than creating an additional stand-alone mobile site, which has been the traditional approach. Testing across a number of websites also increases your development, support and maintenance overhead. As styles are re-used and optimised by device standardised testing methodologies can also be used.

Save time and cost on site management

Clients will also find it much easier and less time consuming to manage and maintain a single site, with much less content to manage. Additionally a single administrative interface can easily be optimised, using layout and workflow tools to manage the correct content, or site templates that are being used for different devices. Business logic can be applied such that the overall multi-device experience can be significantly enhanced within a single administration.

Enhance user’s offline browsing experience

Responsive design allows site owners to deliver quality content to audiences across devices, the offline browsing capabilities of HTML5 mean that sites can be easily accessed ‘on the go’. As HTML5 enabled tablets and smart phones proliferate this will become increasingly important. Email newsletters, and content contained in hybrid HTML5 web applications will increasingly be consumed on the move and in the absence of an internet connection.

Conclusion

Responsive design allows you to stay ahead of the trend. As the demand for media rich mobile internet and apps is burgeoning, several important implications must be addressed; development and maintenance costs, visibility in search engines and better conversion rates. It is these factors combined with a unified approach to design that will be beneficial for all stakeholders.

With the increase in Tablet sales and smartphone device use exploding, responsive design is key to keeping up ahead of your competitors and establishing market share; content consumption on mobile devices will only continue to balloon as 2013 progresses.

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Overview of SEO and SEM

By most people’s standards, the internet is still very young. New technologies and developments in existing technologies are appearing at an extraordinary rate. As technologies change, so does the terminology used to describe them.

A webmaster may be the leader of a large team, including developers, writers, marketers, designers, usability experts, technical support people, and yes, search engine optimizers. Or s/he may perform all or some of those duties alone.

Overview of SEO and SEM

The same is true for search engine optimization. For many people, the term is a new one, and they have no idea what it is an SEO does. To others, SEO is synonymous with SEM — search engine marketing. In my opinion, there is a big difference between the two.

Search Engine Marketing

I see SEM as a rather broad term. It’s everything that can be done to utilize the technology of search engines with the goal of promoting a web site and increasing its traffic, its “stickiness,” and, in the case of sites that promote a business (or are a business), increase profits. SEO, therefore, would be a subset of SEM.

Aspects of search engine marketing which I would consider to be outside the realm of search engine optimization include the following:

Paid Inclusion

This is simply the practice of paying a search engine or a directory to add a site to its database immediately, rather than setting up that site so that it will be found by the search engine spiders on its own. In the case of some search engines and directories, paid inclusion is the only way to get listed. For others, it’s presented as an option. If you’re willing to pay, your site will be listed sooner. It’s also a useful practice if you wish to make frequent changes to your content, because your site will be spidered more often and you will be able to test how changes affect your ranking.

Traditional Ads

This involves placing paid advertising on the search engine result pages (SERPs). Normally, these ads appear based on the keywords entered into the search engines, and one is charged based on the number of impressions, i.e. appearances, of the ad. In other words, you pay whether the ad sends anyone to your web site or not.

Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising

PPC ads are simple enough to look at. They’re text-only. PPC ad campaigns are completely controlled by the advertiser. You decide which keywords should bring up your ads, you write the copy, and you decide how much you want to pay. And, as the name indicates, you only pay for an ad when someone clicks it and is brought to your site. There are two main networks of PPC ads, run by Google and Overture, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but in both cases, one should be prepared to spend a great deal of time (and money) monitoring and adjusting such a campaign.

The Advantages of These Practices

In contrast to pure SEO, these SEM practices offer the advantage of immediacy. If you need to increase your traffic and your visibility right away, and you don’t have a problem with spending a lot of money, this may be the way to go.

The Disadvantages

You knew this was coming, didn’t you? Think about it this way: you’ve spent your time and money to bring people to your web site. What will they see when they get there? You’ve convinced them, at least for the moment, that your site is worth visiting, so they’re expecting to find exactly the information they were seeking. Is it easy to find? Is it there at all? You only have a few seconds to convince them that your site can deliver what they want. Will your visitors, failing to find what they’re looking for, click their browser’s back button and try another site?

Your site has to be ready for your visitors. It needs to be written, structured, and coded in such a way that the information is clearly laid out and easy to find. If it isn’t, your site will either be immediately forgotten by visitors, or worse, it will be remembered as one that fails to deliver.

SEO First

No SEM campaign is complete without SEO. Moreover, since the purpose of SEO is to make the site better for both search engines and users, you may find that it will suffice on its own. In any case, the advantages of SEO over the other aspects of SEM make it clear that, even if you are going to spend additional money on advertising and paid placement, SEO must be your first step in promoting your site.

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