One of the most important steps in the process of setting up an online store is selecting the e-commerce platform that will best suit the needs of your business as well as your customers. Choosing the right e-commerce platform is no easy task; there are hundreds of e-commerce solutions available for businesses of all sizes, and numerous ways in which one platform is distinct from the next.
With that being said, one consideration that is often overlooked by business owners is to what extent the platform is built with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in mind.
Selecting an e-commerce platform built with certain SEO functionalities in place can prevent a lot of headaches further down the road, in the case that you need to make certain structural changes to your site. But the actual selection process can be hard to do without a clear outline of what an e-commerce platform should offer, or without adequate SEO knowledge. To make matters worse, there are a number of e-commerce companies out there touting the “SEO-friendliness” of their platforms which are, in all reality, quite SEO-unfriendly.
Before making a final decision about which platform is best for you, be sure to consider how your chosen platform stacks up against the 5 recommendations listed below. If these recommendations are hard for you to understand, a representative at the given e-commerce company should be able to walk you through how their platform handles these issues. (And, if they can’t – let that be the first red flag!).
The world today seems to run on apps. If it is something that people can interact with, then it’s likely that there is an app available for it. Well designed apps are eye-catching and make you want to use them, whilst poorly designed ones are just frustrating and don’t do what we want them to. While some basics such as usability, functionality and layout help the user experience, one of the most complained about issues with apps are the features, be it lack of expected ones or bad use of those which are there.
Many people have short attention spans and if you make your app difficult to navigate then they will lose interest fast. If your customer cannot access their information quickly and easily, they will become frustrated and do it another way – possibly by using a competitor’s app. Clear, uncluttered screens with obvious leads to the next step in the app process and no ambiguity improve the customer experience and will encourage them to continue to use it.
Fast loading screens are vital. No one likes waiting, particularly when all they have to look at is a screen-loading symbol and this frustration soon gives way to boredom resulting in a decision to seek something better. Speed means an appropriate set of graphics and not fetching large tables and databases. Keep it simple and keep it quick.
3. Good image resolution
While you have to balance app speed against functionality and resolution, you have to ensure that what you have on screen is sufficiently detailed to make the user experience worthwhile. We are well past the times of blocky graphics and today’s users expect to have hi-definition and 16 million colours. Anything less will limit your app sales.
There are three main mobile operating systems – iOS, Android, and Windows – and in order to achieve the best out of your app, it needs to be available on all of these. Android apps are easy to upload to the PlayStore, but iOS needs to be tried and tested by Apple before they are allowed on the App Store. The coding doesn’t necessarily need to be different but you may be dealing with different screen sizes and resolutions so make sure to test on both systems before uploading.
Internet security is becoming an ever-increasing issue and the same applies for your app. With many applications storing personal and sensitive information or credit and debit card details, security is an absolute must.
Hackers may attempt to:
- Place malware into apps and onto devices where it can access data and steal screen lock passcodes
- Intercept sensitive information travelling over the network
- Steal customer data for identity theft or fraud.
- Get hold of private business assets
All of those potential issues mean that your app security must be watertight, rather than something that you tack on as an afterthought.
Android is a software package and Linux-based operating system for mobile devices such as tablet computers and smartphones.
It is developed by Google and later the OHA (Open Handset Alliance). Java language is mainly used to write the android code even though other languages can be used.
The goal of the android project is to create a successful real-world product that improves the mobile experience for end users.
After learning what is android, let’s see the features of android. The important features of android are given below:
1) It is open-source.
2) Anyone can customize the Android Platform.
3) There are a lot of mobile applications that can be chosen by the consumer.
4) It provides many interesting features like weather details, opening screen, live RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds etc.
Categories of Android applications
There are many android applications in the market. The top categories are:
- Music and Audio
- Media and Video
- Travel and Local etc.
It happens all the time, a business owner invests in a new website and abandons his “shiny” property after a few weeks. A new website is not a printed leaflet and without any attention, the owner will miss the necessary results. For a successful website, a site owner needs to work on his website continuously. Don’t know how? In this blog post, I will show you how to use the WOC to improve your website.
My website is live and is not yet finished. Actually, not quite. Your website is maybe ready to present to your customers, but this isn’t good enough. A really good website is a process and not an end product.
“Your website is never finished because there is no such thing as a perfect website.”
To make it more understandable, below you will find 5 influences that make it necessary for you to improve your website frequently.
- Your products or services change. New products become available and old ones disappear. Or you change the way you communicate the product’s advantages. Or you got new testimonials from customers. All of these are reason enough to update your website.
- The competition grows. A new competitor enters the market or old competitors are improving. Which means you have to work harder to reach the same results.
- The environment changes. For example more old people are using the web now, and are not so skilled as millennials.
- Changes to law and regulation. As a website owner you have to take care about new laws and regulations. Remember about the impact of the GDPR?
- The web innovates. The web has evolved so much during the last 10 years. That’s why your website needs to change too. Don’t forget the mobile revolution. More and more people are using only their phone to visit your website
Apple’s smartphone OS running on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch hardware is iOS. For these computers, Apple offers tools and services for developing iOS apps and accessories.
In this article, we’ll explore how to build iOS apps. We’re going to look at how you can learn to develop an iOS application and play with existing apps.
As with learning something new, learning to build iOS is difficult. Although, It is enjoyable, exciting, and satisfying!
Here’s what we’ll get into:
- Setup your MAC for ios app development
- Setup, your editor for ios application
- Create your first ios app
- Run the ios application
Setup your MAC for ios app development
Apple prefers a closed ecosystem over an open system. iOS can only be run on Apple’s own devices, including the iPhone and iPad.
We can run Mac on window machines using VMWare or Hackintosh, but these are not recommended for iOS coding purposes. So basically, as an iOS developer, you will need a Mac for the development/debugging/testing of an iOS app.
To start developing iOS apps, Xcode is the only tool you need to download. Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) provided by Apple. It includes the iOS SDK (Software Development Kit), a source code editor(UI), debugging tools, and much more.
Mobile application development is the process to making software for smartphones and digital assistants, most commonly for Android and iOS. The software can be preinstalled on the device, downloaded from a mobile app store or accessed through a mobile web browser. The programming and markup languages used for this kind of software development include Java, Swift, C# and HTML5.
Mobile app development is rapidly growing. From retail, telecommunications and e-commerce to insurance, healthcare and government, organizations across industries must meet user expectations for real-time, convenient ways to conduct transactions and access information. Today, mobile devices—and the mobile applications that unlock their value—are the most popular way for people and businesses to connect to the internet. To stay relevant, responsive and successful, organizations need to develop the mobile applications that their customers, partners and employees demand.
Yet mobile application development might seem daunting. Once you’ve selected the OS platform or platforms, you need to overcome the limitations of mobile devices and usher your app all the way past the potential hurdles of distribution. Fortunately, by following a few basic guidelines and best practices, you can streamline your application development journey.
Many independent application development teams choose to build their apps for Android first. Why? The vast majority—around 70 percent—of smartphones run Android, and the Google Play Store has fewer restrictions than the Apple App Store. On the other hand, mobile applications developed for iOS have far fewer devices that need support, making optimization simpler. And user retention is typically higher for iOS applications.
Web development refers in general to the tasks associated with developing websites for hosting via intranet or internet. The web development process includes web design, web content development, client-side/server-side scripting and network security configuration, among other tasks.
In a broader sense, web development encompasses all the actions, updates, and operations required to build, maintain and manage a website to ensure its performance, user experience, and speed are optimal.
It might also, but not necessarily, include all those strategic actions needed to ensure its proper ranking on search engine results. Usually, those tasks pertain to a different specialization, namely search engine optimization (SEO)
Web development is also known as website development, while the professionals that maintain a website are called web developers or (more commonly) web devs.
Web development is the coding or programming that enables website functionality, per the owner’s requirements. It mainly deals with the non-design aspect of building websites, which includes coding and writing markup.
Web development ranges from creating plain text pages to complex web-based applications, social network applications and electronic business applications.
The web development hierarchy is as follows:
- Client-side coding.
- Server-side coding.
- Database technology.