Jan 17

Top 30 Most Important Web Technologies

This all comes from Builtwith.com – which is a really engrossing site full of web trends and analytics that will leave your head spinning as you try to make sense of it all.

See below this chart for an interesting trend in Google Adsense too!

Name Type Websites Usage % Change %
IIS Web Server 28,408,510 22.82 0.03
ASP.NET Frameworks 27,327,098 21.62 0.03
PHP Frameworks 26,056,938 36.65 -0.03
jQuery JavaScript 24,636,038 33.58 0.04
Google Adsense for Domains Advertising 16,040,583 1.84 0.03
Shockwave Flash Embed Frameworks 8,541,143 14.02 -0.08
RSS Feeds 7,784,774 19.98 -0.07
Frontpage Extensions Frameworks 6,867,908 12.33 -0.07
Limiter Modules Server 6,411,848 12.1 -0.08
Auth Passthrough Server 5,770,257 10.57 -0.07
Really Simple Discovery Feeds 4,807,263 12.04 -0.06
IIS 7 Web Server 4,625,688 8.31 0.03
WordPress CMS 4,489,002 11.63 -0.07
Pingback Support Feeds 4,244,904 10.83 -0.07
Live Writer Support Feeds 4,241,365 10.54 -0.06
Atom Feeds 3,173,484 6.22 -0.04
Google Adsense Advertising 2,775,213 10.36 -0.02
WordPress Plugins Widgets 2,771,895 9.28 -0.05
AJAX Libraries API CDN 2,155,279 8.86 0.03
Ubuntu Server 1,775,256 2.41 0.05
Passive Localization JavaScript 1,330,312 4.73 -0.29
Facebook for Websites JavaScript 1,216,712 8.14 0.03
YouTube Media 1,053,488 2.49 -0.04
jQuery UI JavaScript 925,740 5.28 0.03
jQuery Cycle JavaScript 779,449 4.1 0.02
Google Plus One Widgets 304,080 5.31 0.02
Hover Intent JavaScript 291,579 1.67 0.02
jQuery CDN CDN 109,038 0.42 0.02
jPlayer Media 2,724 0.11 0.02
SiteSpect Analytics 628 0.06 0.05

From: http://www.coolhomepages.com/Top-30-Most-Important-Web-Technologies/blog-144.html

May 05

Using CSS3: Older Browsers And Common Considerations

With the arrival of IE9, Microsoft has signalled its intent to work more with standards-based technologies. With IE still the single most popular browser and in many ways the browser for the uninitiated, this is hopefully the long awaited start of us Web craftsmen embracing the idea of using CSS3 as freely as we do CSS 2.1. However, with IE9 not being supported on versions of Windows before Vista and a lot of businesses still running XP and reluctant (or unable) to upgrade, it might take a while until a vast majority of our users will see the new technologies put to practice.

While plenty of people out there are using CSS3, many aren’t so keen or don’t know where to start. This article will first look at the ideas behind CSS3, and then consider some good working practices for older browsers and some new common issues.

A Helpful Analogy

The best analogy to explain CSS3 that I’ve heard relates to the world of film. Filmmakers can’t guarantee what platform their viewers will see their films on. Some will watch them at the cinema, some will watch them at home, and some will watch them on portable devices. Even among these few viewing options, there is still a massive potential for differences: IMAX, DVD, Blu-ray, surround sound — somebody may even opt for VHS!

So, does that mean you shouldn’t take advantage of all the great stuff that Blu-ray allows with sound and video just because someone somewhere will not watch the film on a Blu-ray player? Of course not. You make the experience as good as you can make it, and then people will get an experience that is suitable to what they’re viewing the movie on. Continue reading

Apr 02

Eight ways to avoid common website mistakes

Everyone has a website these days, but not every website is equal. As the online environment becomes ever more crowded, you don’t just need to have a website, you need to have an outstanding website. In pursuit of the perfect page, here are some of the top web design mistakes to avoid.

1. Make the purpose of the website clear immediately

The internet is a very fast-paced environment in which millions of companies are competing for the attention of your potential customers. One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your web design is to prepare a site which does not clearly outline the nature of your business and the services that are available online. This information needs to be obvious and should appear on the first page of the website that browsers are likely to encounter. If you make your website too difficult to understand your potential customers will move on within seconds.

2. Use colour in moderation

Another common mistake that can be made in web design, particularly by the inexperienced, is the use of loud and conflicting colour schemes. Certainly contemporary web design does allow for the use of a myriad of colours and background patterns, but that doesn’t mean you need to use seven different themes on each page. Pick two or three colours that evoke the mood of your business and are not so harsh that your customers will need to wear sunglasses to browse through the site! Use colour in moderation. Continue reading

Mar 22

Has SEO Peaked?

Richard J. Tofel at Nieman Lab posted an interesting article, saying that, “someday, the sun will set on SEO,” and that “the business of news will be better for it.”

Will the sun set on SEO? 

To sum up a lengthy post (at least my interpretation of it), the point Tofel makes is that publishers are abusing search to get views (nothing new there), and the news industry is suffering for it, but with Google taking stronger action, SEO tactics might fall by the wayside.

He does make some interesting points. For example, “The Huffington Post/AOL deal may mark something of a watershed in this progression,” he writes. “Much of the $300-million-plus in value HuffPo has built has been in playing very smartly by the SEO rules of the first decade of this century. But if it is true that most entrepreneurs sell out near the top, and it is, then perhaps we have just been sent a signal by one of its masters that the dark arts of SEO have peaked and that the century’s second decade will see them fade, perhaps into near nothingness by the third decade. In other words, it seems increasingly likely that, when the history of this era is written, SEO will turn out to have been a transitional phenomenon.”

He also refers to Google’s recent crackdown (Panda update) on low quality content as a “small step in an inevitable direction, with the direction being the sunset of SEO.” Continue reading

Mar 18

45 Incredibly Useful Web Design Checklists and Questionnaires

Designing websites can be a long and complicated process. Dealing with clients, designing prototypes, coding, programming, and testing – there’s a lot to keep track of and a lot to make sure gets done. That’s where checklists can make your life a whole lot easier. With lists of points covering multiple areas from content to usability to accessibility to standards, you’re a lot less likely to overlook important parts of a site.

Below are 45 checklists to make your design process easier and more organized. Consider using these checklists as a jumping off point for creating your own customized list, based on your own needs.

1. Client-Focused Checklists and Questionnaires

These questionnaires and checklists are focused on making your relationships with your clients better. Use these to gather information from your clients or prospects at the beginning of each project so that everyone is on the same page.

How to Extract the Facts with a Web Design Client Questionnaire
This questionnaire from Freelance Switch is meant to send out to prospective clients to get a good idea of what they’re looking for from a website. It can save you valuable time and allow you to create more accurate proposals.

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Mar 15

10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines

1. Form Labels Work Best Above The Field

A study by UX Matters found that the ideal position for labels in forms is above the fields. On many forms, labels are put to the left of the fields, creating a two-column layout; while this looks good, it’s not the easiest layout to use. Why is that? Because forms are generally vertically oriented; i.e. users fill the form from top to bottom. Users scan the form downwards as they go along. And following the label to the field below is easier than finding the field to the right of the label.

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