Be A Productive Web Developer When The Internet Is Down

Recently, I was met with a partial working day without internet. As a business owner with many clients, being a web developer, and as a general internet user with a mild tendency to enjoy checking technology blogs, this scenario had potential to be a scary thing let alone quite inconvenient. However, productivity rose substantially as I discovered that I could complete a lot of my tasks and online activities offline, breaking the grand illusion that I needed an internet connection to work and be productive. Another added plus was that I was now distraction free.

A brief outline of how I worked without internet includes simply this: drafting emails in CODA (my coding text editor) saving each to be distributed at a later time, preparing quotes – which I found very therapeutic and self – motivating discovering that all the expertise needed was either in house or vested within – , using books as information resources when necessary, and completing work using my local development environment rather than through an external web server and then committing the changes later on. Apart from that, I feel the time could be used wisely by strengthening client relationships through use of the telephone, or scheduling time with your business colleagues to work on floating demands or internal business processes. Perhaps work out a new process to follow as default for when the internet goes down for half the day.

Clients Understanding Web Design Language

From experience I’ve found it helps when clients, collaborative artists, programmers, directors and project managers are up-to-date with the jazz and latest buzz words circling the web design scene. For clients working with their web designers/developers, I stress this to be especially important so that as a client you know how to express your requirements in a website, you know your options and also, you know that you’re investing in the latest technology. Below are some key terms that business owners and web designers alike should know about (it’d be especially scary if your web designer didn’t).

RESPONSIVE DESIGN
A key term that clients should be aware of before going into business with a web designer is “Responsive Design”. What is responsive design you ask? Simply put, it means that you’re website has been developed to be user-friendly on mobile devices and not just on the desktop browser. When viewing your website on an iPhone, Android and Windows smart phone, if you have a responsively designed website, you’ll notice graphics are sharper, buttons and menus are larger to work with these touch devices and text is designed to be readable, and by this I mean there is certainly no frustrating pinching and zooming. Always ask about this service when getting a website.

SEO AND SEM
I’m talking about marketing here and I’m especially talking about Google. If you have used Google before, you’ll know that it finds things you are looking for with a few simple keywords in a search box. Well, SEO (search engine optimisation) and SEM (search engine marketing) basically mean consumers who are searching for products in your area of business, if done effectively, will find you! That’s the aim of SEO, to be at the top of the Google search results when people type in specific keywords related to your business/products. SEO = getting to the top of the organic or real (non-paid) search results; and SEM = paying Google directly to be found in the advertising space at the top. See below.

What is SEO and SEM?


SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ just to name a few are all forms of Social Media. Web designers will tell you how important it is to leverage Social Media when developing your business’s online identity, and which forms of Social Media depending on what your business and strategy is. Tying in a business themed Facebook and/or Twitter page, and committing to keeping it active with regular posts will help you reach an audience that no doubt, is full of potential clients for your business, especially if you work it right. Facebook for instance; friends of yours can like your page, then your friends friends will see that they’ve liked this awesome new business page of yours, and depending on your business, relevance to the audience and whats currently trending, you could see a formidable chain forming of marketing brilliance taken care of with the help of a few friends.

Essential social media
So there you have it! If you know the key terms above, you’ll be smooth talking your way to a great, up-to-date website. You’ll have your web designers sitting up straight listening to your requirements because they know you know what you’re talking about. For all businesses and organisations out there looking to develop their websites, have confidence in your ability to express your vision, but remember to never be afraid to ask questions either.

Jewellery Web Design

L.C. Jewellers commenced in 2004 when Larry Corbo bought on board two talented jewellers to achieve the best service to large jewellery chain stores for repairs and hand makes. They bring together expertise and knowledge from various working backgrounds and training to harness the flexible workings and design of jewellery.

L.C. Jewellers also offer the latest in computer aided design technology, allowing strikingly accurate representations of designs. Combined this technology with the best quality casting services and proficiency in sourcing the right diamonds and coloured stones, you can let your imagination run wild.

L.C. Jewellers approached worktrainweb with the need for a beautiful website to showcase their amazing work and to provide potential clients ways to contact them. Visit L.C. Jewellers today for all your jewellery needs!

 

Accounting Web Design

J & J Australia are a Sydney based accountancy and business consultancy firm that has more that 20 years of valuable accounting and business services experience in Australia and China. Their specialty is they act as a bridge between Australia and China; They focus on serving Chinese clients wishing to invest or undertake business operations in Australia.


This website was built using our industry-leading $149 Website Package! We also created a logo to reflect what the business stands for. Check out J&J Australia today!

 

 

CFO Nexus website launch

We’re excited to announce the completion of a brand new website for CFO Nexus which was launched last week at a spectacular launch party event in the heart of Brisbane!

Quality business solutions and CFO services

The night was filled with amazing entertainment provided by some of Brisbane’s best local bands, great food and a surprising reveal of the CFO Nexus website which recieved a great response from the crowd.

CFO Nexus Launch Party

Jodie McNab, founder and business principal said on the night she was excited about the launch of CFO Nexus and looks forward to providing quality business solutions and CFO services that guarantee peace of mind to the small to medium business owner.

CFO Nexus Launch Party

worktrainweb is providing web design, hosting and SEO services as well as custom Facebook and Twitter apps.

Visit CFO Nexus today for more information and don’t forget to ‘like’ CFO Nexus on Facebook and stay up to date on the latest CFO updates and legislation changes that may effect you via Twitter!

Web designers. Making the world a better place.

Web designers and developers are changing the world and not just pixel-by-pixel. The role, which is perpetually defining itself, and in contrary to popular assumption, extends well beyond the practice of exercising the creative muscle, processing layouts, aligning and animating buttons and making sure everything works ok in Internet Explorer. A web designer should incorporate into his skill set, the qualities that make him a businessman, a correspondent, good researcher and excellent communicator. These days, imagine your web designer as a spandex-clad figure with piercing abs, harbouring a cape, a pair of D&G slim line glasses and a MacBook (or just a smart guy or gal who seems themselves this way).

As a web designer, your journey onto the information super highway should begin with integrity. Being a designer of integrity means you demand quality, you will settle for no less and you should try to hold off offering your services until you can meet this prerequisite or have others around you that can help you to do so. It is integrity, mixed with passion and a solution oriented mindset that materialises the visions felt and conveyed by the client, with integrity more specifically being the core process that ensures that the developer has invested in his ability to deliver.

It is important for the designer to consider that their contribution is part of a much larger scale – thinking in terms of making content to add value to the web where value can be derived by others, avoiding adding to the mass of clutter that already exists. That’s why a web designer should take responsibility to be conscientious of their work acknowledging that what they produce can potentially reach billions of people. A good web designer will recognise their responsibility to be an ambassador of good practice and quality information on the web.

In modern times, web design has become a more intricate task. Although it doesn’t necessarily require a cape and abs of steel to get the job done, it does however require commitment, patience and a thirst for knowledge for bettering ones self, their service and the quality of their offering. Complacency is disabling in the wonderful sphere of wwweb design and a personal investment into developing a core of integrity will help keep you grounded and on the straight and narrow to success with your work, production and ultimately success with your clients. At worktrainweb, we are devoted to good practice, delivering more than we promise and understanding that we can always do better.