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Archive for February, 2014

Image formats & web graphics

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 by Servage
Meet the Formats Once you have your hands on some images, you need to get them into a format that will work on a web page. There are dozens of graphics file formats out in the world. For example, if you use Windows, you may be familiar with BMP graphics, or if you are a print designer, you may commonly use images in TIFF and EPS format. On the Web, bitmapped (pixel-based) images need to be saved in one of three formats: GIF (pronounced “jiff” or “giff’), JPEG (“jay-peg”), and PNG (“ping” or “P-en-gee”). There is a fourth format I want you to know about, SVG (Scalable Vector ...

Optimizing PNG images – Part 2

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Servage
sx Photoshop also asks if you’d like to start with your own optimization settings or let Photoshop select GIF or JPEG automatically. Curiously, PNG is not an option for automatic selection, so start with your own settings if you want to save as PNG. Optimization in Review If this collection of optimization techniques feels daunting, don’t worry. After a while, they’ll become part of your standard production process. You’ll find it’s easy to keep your eye on the file size and make a few setting tweaks to bring that number down. Now that you have the added advantage of understanding what the various settings are doing behind the scenes, ...

Flat design changes the historical design paradigms

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 by Servage
These days, web designers are experiencing a new trend on the horizon, termed as flat design. At first, this trend seems ordinary, but with a closer look, we see that designers are heading towards a paradigm shift in our digital designing era. So, let’s dive deeper into flat designing. About Flat Design At present, web designers prefer a minimalistic approach in their designing. This is due to many reasons, and the responsive web designing trend is one of them. Since responsive designs demand inclusion of only the essential components in order to fit the tiny screens, flat design is fulfilling this criteria. There are some distinct advantages of flat design such as: It ...

Remember to test your webshop regularly

Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Servage
When dealing with e-commerce website development, It is important to remember that any small change in the setting of your e-commerce store might have a larger impact than you think. Therefore, it is crucial for any web developer, during or after the e-commerce development process, to do testing that confirms changes are in fact beneficial and not harmful in anyway. We Need to Test E-commerce Website Frequently There are many ways to test your e-commerce website; including simple browser or mobile device testing, as well as intensive testing that uses modern e-commerce testing tools. You might believe seasoned e-commerce developers know exactly which settings will affect which part of the website. Unfortunately, ...

Move into your own server for more flexibility

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 by Servage
Do you want you own server? Do you need special software? Are you tired of performance problems? Are you just curious? Well, there are many good reasons to get an own virtual private server. The price is definitely also one of them! Consider this offer from Servage. It's pretty much the same cost as a shared webhosting account! RAM Memory: 256 MB Traffic: 100 GB Diskspace: 50 GB Full root access Power On/Off from CP Backup (snapshots) ACPI shutdown from CP Console access from CP Check out the plans. Cloud Based Server Virtualization The TotalCloud server virtualization offering is based on a modular setup where the servers are clustered in pairs. In these pairs, one server acts ...

Optimizing JPG images – Part 1

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 by Servage
Optimizing JPEGs JPEG optimization is slightly more straightforward than GIF. The general strategies for reducing the file size of JPEGs are: • Be aggressive with compression • Use Weighted (Selective) Optimization if available • Choose Optimized if available • Soften the image (Blur/Smoothing) This section explains each approach, again using Photoshop’s and Fireworks’ optimization tools. Notice that there is no color table for JPEGs because they do not use palettes. Before we get to specific settings, let’s take a look at what JPEG compression is good at. This will provide some perspective for later techniques in this section. Getting to know ...

Variable scope in Javascript

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 by Servage
image_thumb4   Like other programming languages, JavaScript too has variable scope and accessing factors. This concept is very important for advanced Web Development. There are times when you’ll want a variable that you’ve defined within a function to be available anywhere throughout your script. Other times, you may want to restrict it and make it available only to the function it lives in. This notion of the availability of the variable is known as its scope. A variable that can be used by any of the scripts on your page is globally scoped, and a variable that’s available only within its parent function is locally scoped. JavaScript variables use functions to manage their scope. If a ...