Month: December 2017

Abbreviations Used in Web Design HTML & CSS

The following article offers a beginner’s guide to some of the key acronyms and abbreviations used in the world of web design and web development. As with all industries and sectors, esoteric jargon can be a barrier preventing many people from fully embracing web technologies and all of the potential benefits that they can bring to businesses and individuals alike.

HTML

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and is the fundamental language of the web. Basically it tells a web browser what information to display on a web page and how to display it. To that end it can determine the structure of the page (and its content) as well as the formatting or styling (colour and size etc) of the page, although the latter are often controlled by style sheets instead (see CSS below).

The markup primarily uses tags, placed before and after each piece of content, to define what are known as elements. These elements can be individually defined and/or belong to (standard or bespoke) groups which can then be interpreted by the browsers. For example, a portion of text that needs to display as a paragraph should be preceded by a tag and closed by a tag.

The rules (i.e., syntax) that govern the use of HTML and what is standard mark up language are set by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) so that website and browser developers have a consistent language to work with. The latest incarnation of HTML is HTML5, which is intended to meet the needs of the current media-rich, multi-device world of online content, although it is presently still under development. The latest HTML standard is HTML4.01.

CSS

The initials CSS stand for Cascading Style Sheets, but the term is often interchangeable with simply style sheets. In essence CSS is used to specify the style that would be applied to a web page or set of web pages including, for example, the positioning of elements on the page, colour schemes, background imagery and font formatting.

When used in conjunction with properly defined and identified HTML elements its primary benefit is that it allows styles to be specified only once, in one style sheet, and then applied to multiple elements across either one page or an entire site; rather than having to be specified individually against each occurrence of each element (of which there could be thousands). In short, employing CSS means that all pages on a website can follow the same styling theme using just one style sheet. In addition, the same web page(s) can even link to different style sheets so that it can appear with different styling depending on how that page is viewed. For example, one style sheet can be activated if the user is viewing the site on a mobile device and another if on a PC.

The cascading element of the name refers to the way in which the styling is applied to a particular element following a hierarchy of specificity; a style sheet could, on the one hand, tell the browser to display all hyperlinks as blue, but, on the other, tell the browser that all hyperlinks appearing in the footer element should be red. The result would be that, for any links appearing in the footer, the more specific instruction would take precedence and they would display as red.

Gaining an understanding of the terms HTML and CSS, what they do, how they work and how they interact is really the first step in understanding how web pages and sites are put together. In the second part of this article, the terms XML and CMS will also be defined and their role in web development explained.

Best Social Networking Web Design

Today social networking and media are the foundations of advertising and sales. It is difficult to imagine a website selling products and services without integrating with social networking websites, because most of your audience is bereft of the opportunity to view your business. Thus, social networking web design is one of the most important aspects of building websites as it has completely redefined the concept of online advertising.

Integrating business with social networking

Most of the web design companies have expert social media network experts that integrate business portals to top social networking websites to market your services or products with direct links. The impact of social networking web design is at its peak and with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, Instagram and numerous other social networking sites intermingling, it is easy to catch the attention of the specified cliental with ease. Advertising, marking and sales have skyrocketed with the advent of social networks and web design professionals have realized the potential of it.

With a host of social networking web design services available, ensuring that your website is visible is easy now. However, before you select any company ensure that they have verifiable results and samples that give you an idea about their skills and expertise. By enabling social media with your website, you can gauge the customer feedback which is more accurate that surveys. If your company’s services are not up to the mark, instant customer feedback can help you rectify the defects.

And if you are looking to develop your niche social networking website or forums for other users to share views, website design professionals can work on it with equal ease. There are not just the top names that are associated with it but numerous independent sports, health, photography and even cooking social networking websites flourish. With a host of features such as video chats, audio messaging, music, tags and social bookmarking options available, social networking web design has come of age.

Selecting the best social networking web design service

If you look at the numerous free quotations and features that web site design services provide, there are many companies that have options of selecting free one year hosting plans, low cost maintenance plans while ensuring that your website gets high traffic due to search engine optimization techniques. This is why it is essential to search for a web design company that specializes in social networking. You may have a new concept and you surely do not ant to put it in the hands of an inexperienced designer or a new company. Ensure that the company you select has years of experience developing successful social networking web design. Sit with the designers to ensure that they get a clear idea about what you are looking for. Look at the demo pages they create and give constructive feedback so they work as per your own concept.

Though there are many social networking web design companies, it is better to find cost effective service with better service instead hiring inexperienced designers at cheap prices. Tanya writes about website developments and social media integration at http://magpiewebsitesolutions.co.uk/index.php?webdesign=socialnetwork