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Archive for December, 2014

Styling with CSS3 is good and easy

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by Servage
css3Originally the HTML standard (Hyper Text Markup Language) included all styling inside the source code. Until HTML version 4 it was therefore often a very confusing task to read and understand large code files because of all their structure, content and design mixed together. With the HTML standard constantly evolving over time the need for separation of content and style became apparent, thus the principle of dividing these things has become the accepted way of developing websites today. The mantra is simple, just remember that HTML is content, and CSS is design. Example of mixed content and style Like described above, the older HTML pages would include style-specific tags such as the <font> tag to set text ...

Interactivity and motion in your design

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by Servage
motion-designWith the introduction of newer operating systems like iOS7 the skeuomorphic design is binned, making room for a modern and minimalist flat design aided by simplistic and helpful motions. The trend is being adopted among many sites and apps, so there are plenty of reasons to have a closer look at how to adopt this on your own projects. There are certain principles to keep in mind while implementing flat UIs and motion design. With the continuous advent of new and changing technologies, we get a growing arsenal of tools to offer better user experiences and making mobile applications more usable and beautiful than ever before. Touch gestures, voice commands, and air gestures have added many new dimensions in the ...

Mobile ERP brings benefits to you

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by Servage
ERPEnterprise Resource Planning may seem like a heavy concept for small web projects, but nonetheless its principles can provide significant benefits even for small organizations with few members. Over time such systems have grown with the technological capabilities, thus becoming larger and more important for their users. However, like any other IT solution nowadays, ERP is challenged with mobile concepts. The capabilities and availability of mobile devices all over the organization makes mobile ERP more important than ever, because having the right tools available provides a real competitive advantage. What is ERP? Usually it is a software that knits all the parts of an organization together. For a typical small business this could ...

Handling HTML forms with PHP

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 by Servage
formsOne of the first dynamic interaction between frontend HTML and backend PHP was through forms. This almost ancient HTML element is still one of the principal ways of submitting data from users to the server system. It is brilliantly simple and very easy to use, while actually providing vast advanced input fields. In conjunction with JavaScript, forms can turn any dull website into a modern web application. Working with forms The process of working with forms is a multi-step process consisting of the same steps every time. Initially the HTML is built to produce the form elements. This could be hardcoded HTML or dynamic HTML built by JavaScript. Often a combination is used, ...

Working with large typography in your design

Friday, December 5th, 2014 by Servage
typographyIt is interesting to use large typography on the web to increase curiosity and achieve some desired results from your audience. However, you need to find a balance between the design and type as well as keeping the readability intact. We usually don't treat text as a visual element on the screen unless we think about a group of elements set up in a visually appealing way. Otherwise text is just "dull" information. If we see any visual property in texts, it is readability and sometime color. However, newer web design trends have changed the perspective on this, and now they have a hard time to keep that readability intact across the different sizes of ...

Markup your website using HTML5

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 by Servage
HTML5_Logo_512HTML5 has been around for a while now, yet many websites are still not making use of the great advantages introduced with the new HTML standard. Obviously you don't necessarily need to convert an existing site just for the conversion itself, but could combine it with other maintenance work on your site - or in combination with a relaunch. This post will highlight some of the benefits you could get from using HTML5. New tags in HTML5 Old websites often used tables for structuring layouts. That technique was later replaced by <div> containers used in conjunction with CSS positioning. HTML5 has taken this to the next level by introducing a range of new ...

Ending a session properly in PHP

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by Servage
securitySessions last until a user closes the browser window. If the user navigates to another page and returns to your site again without having closed the browser, then the session will still exist . This behavior is usually desirable for your web application. You can even make the session last beyond closing the browser window, which enables you to remember users and their data over longer periods of time. This is the underlying functionality that enables "Remember me" login functions for example. Use PHP's built-in session handler You may just as well take advantage of the built-in functionality in PHP - as long as you remember that default settings may not always be what you want, and they may not always ...

Optimize the mobile experience

Monday, December 1st, 2014 by Servage
mobileMobile devices are fundamentally different from their larger counterparts. Users with mobile devices often have a totally different environment, expectation and cause for a given visit to your site, when compared to desktop users. This post will explain why you might benefit from doing a little more than just adding responsive CSS to your site, when you optimize an existing desktop version for mobile users. What are mobile devices? The IT world classified consumer devices into desktop/stationary and mobile devices for a while, but understanding the different needs of different users requires to look a bit more at the device types, and maybe a differentiation in larger, medium and small devices would be ...