Month: May 2016

Useful Coding Techniques for Web Developers

Superior programming skills and coding techniques indicate a professional programmer, although CSS is considered a simple and straightforward language, sometimes to develop a perfect website it requires skill and a bit of experimentation, web design community is complex, designers and developers all around the globe often face similar problems and share their insights with others.

We are always looking for such articles or posts so that we can provide the most useful content to our readers.

In this post, we will look at some useful CSS/jQuery coding tips, tricks and techniques for visual effects, layouts, and web form designs.

CSS Layouts: Techniques and Workarounds

Adaptable View: How Do They Do It?
This tutorial explains how to manually change a layout.

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Easy Display Switch with CSS and jQuery
A quick and simple way to enable users to switch page layouts using CSS and jQuery.

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Quick Tip – Resizing Images Based on Browser Window Size
This quick tip shows how to switch between two image sizes based on the size of the browser, the DIV .

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One Page Résumé Site
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Pegs: Automate Display: fixed++
Chris Wetherell posts on Pegs, a strategy for having one scroll bar but independent scrolling areas.

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CSS 100% Height
This explains how to get a div to stretch 100% of the window’s height.

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CSS3 Drop-Down Menu
A clean, simple a nice navigation menu, designed by Nick La.

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Fluid Images

Scroll/Follow Sidebar, Multiple Techniques
A really simple concept: the sidebar follows you as you scroll down the page.

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Vertical Centering With CSS
There are a few different ways to vertically center objects using CSS.

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Create YouTube-like adaptable view using CSS and jQuery
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How To Create a Horizontally Scrolling Site
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Purely CSS – Faking Minimum Margins
min-margin is non-existent in the CSS world. After you’ve pondered and Googled it, check out the solution here.

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The article helps you to find solutions to the problems you are dealing with or will have to deal with in future.

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How to Build a Mobile Application with Appcelerator Titanium

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Today we will look at another cross platform app development tool – Appcelerator Titanium.

PhoneGap allows us to build an app that supports a variety of platforms , We were only left with the user interface (UI) that did not offer the same experience as that in a native application. Our PhoneGap solution rendered the UI with HTML5 and CSS3.

Appcelerator Titanium apps are used to provide the experience of a native UI, along with portability between the iOS, Android, and BlackBerry platforms.

Titanium provides UI objects for things like buttons, text fields, and lists and so on, and these are backed by the mobile platform’s truly faithful representation of the respective native controls

Appcelerator consists of a suite of products, including the Titanium SDK for building mobile applications, and some cloud services that can be used for the back end of the application.

An Eclipse-based IDE named Titanium Studio is offered by Appcelerator. This IDE contains a JavaScript editing environment, along with a source-level debugger.

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Titanium Studio IDE overview. (Large preview)

Starting Your First Project 

  1. To use Titanium, you must create   a free developer account on the Titanium website.
  2. Once you have a developer account, you’ll have access to Appcelerator’s developer resources
  3. Now install the native SDKs for the platforms you wish to support.
  4. From the “File” menu, choose “New” → “Mobile App Project.” This will open a dialog box that lets you choose an Alloy or Classic development project.
  5. Selecting the “Default Alloy” project will give you a simple project with one “Hello World” screen, a useful starting point. Clicking “Next” opens the next dialog:
  6. Running the app is as easy as selecting a simulator in the device drop-down menu and pressing the “Run” button:
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  1. The “Run” button has a drop-down menu of its own that provides options for debugging and packaging your application for distribution.

Defining The UI

On the first screen of our application, the UI is defined by the views/calculator.xmlfile. It contains elements to describe each TextField, Button, Label and so on on the screen.

Navigating Between Screens: Dealing With Platform Differences

function clickedSettings(e) {

var settingsController = Alloy.createController(‘settings’);

var win = settingsController.getView();

if (Alloy.Globals.navgroup) {

Alloy.Globals.navgroup.openWindow(win);

} else if (OS_ANDROID) {

win.open();

}

}

Appcelerator Titanium: Right for Your Project? 

With respect to the cross platform development, gives the better user experience than an HTML based solution like phonegap. Now you can access cutting edge features with a tool from a third party vendor.

Hope this article help you create a successful mobile app for android platforms.

Custom Web Development Agency : iMediadesigns is a reputed It industry which offers custom web design services in Toronto.

 

Must-Have Features for Your Next Mobile App

Must-Have Features for Your Next Mobile App

For small businesses to big corporate companies, Mobile apps become a powerful tool that can give a boost to their business and take it to another level in the competitive market.

To improve the mobile user experience, all businesses are considering a mobile-friendly version of their website. But even when it designed correctly, there’s an obvious issue with the majority of apps. Like security and analytics can consume a lot of time and effort, but many times it’s the small things that make an app work well for your users.

So, keep important features in mind to avoid some of the biggest reasons why users don’t come back to your app-these features can reflect the every aspect of your business.

To make your app successful learn these features about mobile app development.

  1. Feedback system

It is important to give your users a quick way to report bugs and provide feedback of criticisms. Users will appreciate knowing that you are open to their feedback and that their input can shape the future of your app.

  1. Usability first

A must feature for any mobile application is an interface that focuses on usability. Just follow the general application hierarchy of widely used apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  1. Can you customize?

Make sure that you can adjust settings for your app: colors, font sizes and, most importantly, privacy settings if it happens to be a social app.

  1. Keep it simple

Don’t put millions of small features into your mobile app which you think are “cool” or good-looking, Figure out the few basic things users want and build those couple features, and nothing else

  1. Remember, it’s a phone

Always remember the core function of a mobile device: It’s a phone, How user can interact with your mobile application, can deliver a top-notch customer service.

  1. Social media login

Use Facebook Connect or another social icon solution to allow your customers to use their social media logins to sign into the mobile app.

  1. Maintain relevancy

Always focus on pushing relevant information and delivering a richer experience that is beyond what your mobile website can do.

Some other features include:

  • Do not omit or hide any other features
  • Include analytics
  • Offline capabilities
  • Prioritize speed

You can simply attract the mobile-centric customers by developing a mobile app for your business that actually engages with them on a number of levels.

Custom Web Development Agency : iMediadesigns is a reputed It industry which offers custom web design services in Toronto.

Best Practices to Design a Solution Oriented Wireframes

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Before we start the actual process of web design, we must visualize our ideas on a piece of paper to fully understand the structure of its content. One tool we have found particularly helpful is wireframes.

Wireframing helps to express our idea to others as well as to develop our concept apart from the initial level so that we can easily understand the relationships between the elements and flow of the web application such as navigation, imagery and calls to action.

The audience can make suggestions and change the things to the best output. If the visual appearance is not as appropriate as they want, there is a problem with the wireframe. Make sure it is solution oriented.

Less Colors: Use colors for a purpose.

Colors may distract people, so it is better to use minimal color variations.

Consistency is the key to everything.

Your wireframes are designed to give a smooth experience not distract. One of the best ways to do this is to be consistent with things like typography, spacing, and delivery.

Use actual content

Content is kind anyway! It’s a part of designing process. Write your own story and use contents that are very similar to the actual contents. It will only help you understand the client and their needs.

Never wire alone.

Ideas have the potential to achieve greatness. It’s always good to share your ideas with other experts in the same industry.

Practice non-attachment.

Don’t get too attached to your wires, always entertain your client with the frequent changes.

Communicate functionalities and interactions statically. 

Wireframing is the best tool than prototyping as it helps to communicate functionalities and interactions statically.

Set clear expectations. 

It doesn’t matter how good you work is, if the client can’t listen to you. The best way to meet their expectation is to communicate them clearly, early, and often.

Be selective and keep it simple.

When you try to mix elements of one idea into another, things will not for you. Give each idea their own platform.

Control the conversation.

Support your wireframes by controlling the conversation.

Hope this article help you to determine the right tools to solve the web design and development problems. Above steps can help you to design a solutions-oriented wireframe.

iMediadesigns is a reputed It industry which offers custom mobile application development ,web design and development services in Toronto.

7 Writing Tips for Creating Great User Experience

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Great User Experience

When we think about user experience two things come to our mind: copy and design. Both have the potential to make or break a user’s experience as people want to see something creative and unique each time why they logged into the internet.

So these days it is necessary to have a unique content on your website that tells your story so that you can grab visitor’s attention as great writing can enhance the user experience
Website content creation is an art form because unlike other writing materials, web visitors prefer to scoop the text. They scan content quickly to find results. If you don’t offer what they are looking for, they will quickly leave your site.

Here we will see few writing instructions to inspire you for creating great experience –

Make it consistent with your brand

Practice simplicity

No matter how technical you products are or how sophisticated its features, always use simple language so that a non – technical person can understand – the more technical and specific you get, the less likely the reader will stick with you.

Write for your Audience

When you talk about your products repeatedly, you’ll fall into the “we” and “our” trap which can turn users off.

Focus on the experience

Follow your user’s journey closely. Plan your content carefully, make sure they spend their time at whatever point they want to explore your products and services.

Less is more

When users refer to your help, they’re looking for some quick help.

Become friends with the UX Designer

The person who designs the website knows its best. However, the same person may or may not be the most appropriate choice to write content for the website.

Make Your Content Valuable and Relevant

When a user types a topic into a search box on a search engine, they expect the relevant information to their search. If your site contains irrelevant or outdated content, they will bounce from your site to the next result to find what they need.

Make sure it is easy to read

Conclusion

The best user experience is built by effective web design and clear copy of content. If we miss out anything, please share in the comments section below.

Related Article – http://imediacanada.blogspot.ca/2016/02/what-is-user-experience-design-overview.html