Top 10 Tips to Build a Successful Website

Posted by | Posted in Web Design, Website Development | Posted on 06-10-2014

If you are a webmaster or a website owner, this article is for you: These 10 tips can help you to build better and more successful websites. We suggest hiring a web developer if you can’t write the HTML source code. Even if you’re able to create a website on your own, it’s often to separate the technical stuff from the marketing part.

Each website project starts with a plan

Write down your ideas to have a plan and think about which sections in your website project are required. Think about which categories you need for your products or services, you need those very soon for the keyword analysis. If possible sketch a simple diagram, this will help you later to remember how your first website’s structure was planned.

Keyword analysis, do some research which keywords need to be used to find your website

Traffic from Google or other search engines is great for conversions on your website. To get your site in Google’s search results you need to know which keywords are used by your customers. By using the Google Adwords Keyword Tool it’s possible to find the most popular keywords. Access the tool and enter 3-5 important keywords which are related to your product or service. From the generated list of keywords it’s not smart to select those with the highest search volume because it’s very hard to compete with existing and more established websites. Go for the keywords with a “higher” volume and check for each of them the competition in Google Search.

Search for available domain names and select a reliable web hosting provider

A keyword sensitive domain name is a good choice for Google SEO. But first you have to decide if you need a domain for branding or a domain name which is better to find in Google. If you choose a keyword domain, you should choose one where the most relevant keyword is included (select a keyword from the keyword analysis). Choose a .com domain name because they gaining more trust than others. If you create a website for a local audience it might be useful to have a domain name with the country TLD.

If your new website need to grow in traffic over the next few month, your hosting account should be able to grow as well. Check the plan you’ve created, if your website success is based on huge traffic you should look for VPS hosting. Other smaller websites running fine on a professional shared hosting account. Don’t go for the cheapest hosting offer, a cheap solution is might become expensive if the hosting account is getting offline at the moment that website has got the some traffic.

Build a website from the scratch or using a Content Management System?

Sometimes it’s better to build a website using a Content Management System (CMS) and sometimes not. The right choice depends on many influences. If you update or expand the websites content frequently, you should go for a CMS. If you have the skills to build a simple HTML page and is your website more static, a basic website without a back-end is often cheaper, built faster and more flexible. If your website has mostly news to publish, you should go for a WordPress blog. There are thousands of premium WordPress themes and WordPress plugins available which you can use to build your website very fast for a smaller budget.

Website templates, choose a stylish layout

A ready to use website template is a good choice for your CMS based or regular website if your design-budget is limited. Remember the plan you made before while selecting a web template for your site. It’s quite common that people choose a design because it looks so good and later they have problems to use a template for the website. If you like great animations and/or sound a Flash template is something for you, but don’t forget that you need special software and knowledge to edit Adobe Flash files.

Writing unique content for your new website

Perhaps you want to juice up the content on your site, or you’re looking to buy a website and improve it editorially. Use the results from your keyword analysis for the text you need to write for your website. Use a set of 3-5 keywords for each section or page, your need more if your text is longer and use less if your copy is short. It’s important that the most important keyword is used inside the headings and the page title (title element) and don’t forget to use this keyword in the text as well. Sometimes it helps to write down the information first and think afterwards about where to use the keywords. Spend some extra time to create great headers.

Building the Website

If you use a Content Management System the building process is very limited. It depends on the CMS, if you need to install some required extensions like a SEO plugin or module (to optimize your website for search engines). If you build your site from the scratch you need to convert your website template into a website. It’s important to use the different header tags (h1, h2 and h3). Use a great page title and use the “alt” attribute inside your image tags. Skip the Meta keywords because they are ignored by most search engines. A Meta description is important because this description is often used as the “snippet” inside search engines:

Test your site and remove all problems

Your website is built and it’s time to do some tests. Test all functions and check your website in different web browsers. Ask more people, which are not involved in your project, to test the website. Resolve all problems before you publish the website.

Web statistics, yes of course!

Your website is live and you get the first visitors, now it’s important to learn how your visitors behave on your site. With web statistic software like Google Analytics it’s possible to learn: What is the bounce rate, how many pages has been viewed by each visitor, how does  the visitor reach your website and much more. Use Google Analytics from the beginning to learn from your visitors and use this information to optimize your site from time to time. The installation of Google Analytics (GA) is very easy; create a profile in GA just and add the tracking code on each page from your website. Google Analytics is 100% free and easy to use.

Promote your website

There are different ways to get visitors to your (new) website. You can do some paid advertising or maybe you like to promote your website for free. Tell your customers and partners about your new website and write also a press release. There are paid and free “press release submission service” sites available, submit your press release there and maybe some journalist or blogger will mention your website in an article. If you’re a member of a group or community? Send your press release to as many organizations as possible, there is always a chance that your website get mentioned in a newsletter. If you’re a member of a social network like Twitter or Facebook, you can mention your site on your profile page as well. But be careful, it’s possible that your friends or followers don’t like this kind of self-promotion.

If you like to build the best website and market it the best way feel free to contact Gulf Webstudio. Our expert professionals will help you out.

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5 Great Techniques For Social Media Optimization

Posted by | Posted in Social Media | Posted on 18-09-2014

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Since a very long time, Search Engine optimization (SEO) for websites has been regarded as the most vital component that determines the success of a website. Though, SEO is regarded as the best tool to drive more traffic, SMO (Social Media Optimization) can help in getting better traffic to a site. The concept behind SMO is simple: implement changes to optimize a site so that it is more easily linked to, more highly visible in social media searches on custom search engines (such as Technorati), and more frequently included in relevant posts on blogs, podcasts and vlogs. Here are 5 policies that can help guide our thinking with conducting an SMO for a client’s website:

1. Increase your linkability – This is the primary and most significant priority for websites. Many sites are “static” – meaning they are rarely updated and used simply for a storefront. To optimize a site for social media, we need to increase the ability to link the content. Adding a blog is a great step, however there are many other ways such as creating white papers and thought pieces, or even simply aggregating content that exists elsewhere into a useful format.

2. Make tagging and bookmarking easy – Adding content features like quick buttons to “add to del.icio.us” are one way to make the process of tagging pages easier, but we go beyond this, making sure pages include a list of relevant tags, suggested notes for a link (which come up automatically when you go to tag a site), and making sure to tag our pages first on popular social bookmarking sites (including more than just the homepage).

3. Reward inbound links – Often used as a barometer for success of a blog (as well as a website), inbound links are paramount to rising in search results and overall rankings. To encourage more of them, we need to make it easy and provide clear rewards. From using Permalinks to recreating Similarly, listing recent linking blogs on your site provides the reward of visibility for those who link to you

4. Help your content travel – Unlike much of SEO, SMO is not just about making changes to a site. When you have content that can be portable (such as PDFs, video files and audio files), submitting them to relevant sites will help your content travel further, and ultimately drive links back to your site.

5. Encourage the mashup – In a world of co-creation, it pays to be more open about letting others use your content (within reason). YouTube’s idea of providing code to cut and paste so you can imbed videos from their site has fueled their growth. Syndicating your content through RSS also makes it easy for others to create mashups that can drive traffic or augment your content.

There are many other techniques that our expert professionals at Gulf Web Studio use to uncover your website in this global world by driving more traffic towards it.

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Top 7 Methods to Promote your website Offline

Posted by | Posted in Marketing | Posted on 16-09-2014

Are you bored with Search Engine Optimization, regular mailing of newsletters and managing other online procedures to drive more traffic to your website? Then you are at the right place. The following write up will give you the top seven offline methods to divert the web traffic to your site. Read on…

Promotion of websites is not confined to online methods. Following a number of offline methods will help you achieve your target.

Method #1
Make sure that you always put the URL of your website in the letterheads, business cards, and email signatures and wherever you feel that the potential visitors are positioned. This will make your satisfied customers to suggest your brand to their circles.

Methods# 2
If the workers of your company wear a uniform, you can put the URL of your website on the T-shirt or anywhere else where everyone can look at it. Your employees will act as an walking advertisement by doing this.

Methods# 3
Get your website’s URL printed on all the promotional items you give away. The promotional items may include coffee mugs, t-shirts, key chains, lunch boxes, bags etc. these act as a daily reminder for the target audience to visit your page.

Method #4
Never forget to include the website’s URL in all the press releases sent to all the media professionals. The media people can add these links while writing about your products and services or even about the news and events of your company.

Method #5
Yellow pages are something which can give you more visitors for your website. Hence do not forget to list your website’s address in the Yellow Pages ad of your company. This increases the daily traffic to your website.

Method#6
If your company has vehicles like cab, trucks, or buses make sure to put the website’s URL on the side of any car or truck that goes out for delivering your products or picking and dropping your employees.

Method#7
Apart from all this, make sure to list your toll free number along with the address for your website at the bottom of all the pages of your company’s catalogs and brochures. This will help your customers to access your online store easily.

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Top 10 tips for Content marketing

Posted by | Posted in Content Marketing | Posted on 23-07-2014

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Content has gained major importance in the last few years with all the recent Google has changing the search engine algorithm, especially Panda, Penguin and the most recent Hummingbird. In fact, the need for the day to make a mark in the internet world has turned out to be “High-Quality Content.” A majority of business organisations are working towards creating quality and sharable content.

But, the question after creating content is “How to market it?” Many businesses still think unique content will speak volumes, even without marketing strategies. However, to get the unique content recognised, it’s important to formulate a marketing strategy. Here are a few tips for content marketing to follow

1.       Define what you wish to achieve through content marketing

The first step in improving your content marketing strategy is to define what your organization aims at achieving. Say for instance, your goal can be to increase the traffic of your business website by 30% in the next 6 months. Once you are aware of this, it will become easy to plan the right content marketing strategy for your business.

2.       Understand your target audience

All the content aims to impress target audience. It is not just enough to know who your target audience are, but also understand what they like and what they are interested in. This will help you write the appropriate content for your target audience.

3.       Create strategic messages

Now that you have understood the interests of your target audience, you must work on developing key messages to impress them. You must design your key content keeping in mind the product or service you are promoting. This can be achieved by introducing a punch line or a signature message to define your product or service.

4.       Choose the accurate content marketing strategies

Depending on what goals you wish to achieve through your content marketing plan, you much choose a strategy that fits your goal best. Long-form strategies include blog posts, press releases and online articles. Short-form strategies include Facebook LinkedIn status updates and tweets. Conversation and sharing form include posting comments on blog posts, actively participating in group discussions and sharing links.

5.       Define a clear plan

Defining a clear plan becomes especially important when you have a team of people working on content marketing strategy. When a team is involved it is advisable to clearly define the roles and responsibility of each and every member of team. Set deadlines for all the tasks that need to be achieved.

6.       Write and rewrite content

You must work towards developing content through which you can sell your product or service. Content must be developed keeping in mind your target audience.  Write content that will grab the attention of your target audience. When working with content remember never to exaggerate. Once the content writing process is completed take some time off and review the content. Put yourself in the audience shoes and judge the content. Make necessary changes to the content before finally launching it.

7.       Build a relationship with your target audience

Now that your content is ready you must start establishing a relationship with your target audience. One way to build a relationship with your potential audience is to start making your presence felt in the various online communities. You can post comments on existing content or participate in discussions on various online forums across the various social networking platforms.

8.       Create awareness through social media

Spreading the word about the product or service that your business deals with through various social media can be achieved through Search Engine Optimization (SEO). You must make sure that the tags that you include in your blog post successfully generate traffic. Another way to create awareness through social media is through e-newsletters.

9.       Conduct a pilot test

Once you have created the entire content marketing strategy, it becomes absolutely necessary to test the same. You can perform a pilot test with a limited number of target audiences. Take your time in doing the pilot test and be patient in obtaining feedback from the group.

10.   Make necessary changes

Once you have successfully carried out the pilot test and obtained the feedback from the group you must make the necessary changes to the content marketing strategy before finally launching it.

Content marketing can sound relatively easy and simple, much like the other marketing strategies. But it needs to be handled with great expertise to avoid any penalties from the search engine giant – Google. Gulf Web Studio has years of experience in assisting clients across the globe in their content marketing strategy.

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10 ways to stay at top in Search Engines

Posted by | Posted in SEO | Posted on 25-06-2014

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With all the havoc after Panda and Penguin updates, the very common phrase related to Google algorithms and ranking is “You never know!” Especially with the changes to algorithms every now and then, that leads to great websites turning spammy in just less than a few minutes. And the Hummingbird update following the footsteps has even made things the worst with every business pondering over the question “How to stay at top in Google results?”

Well, there are hundreds of blogs discussing what to do to achieve high rankings. Just topping the search results isn’t going to be enough as there’s always the question of “what next?” At times like these, you need a lot more than those simple tips to achieve high ranks in Google. If you want to stay at top in search engines, then go ahead and read the list of 10 different ways to try out to retain your rankings.

1. Build your Brand:
Do your customers talk about your brand? No? Then, make them! There isn’t a better way than getting your customers promote your brand to rule the search engine results. Organize memorable and mesmerizing campaigns that people can’t stop talking about. You will get to ride waves of backlinks, social signals and mentions; with a just the slightest effort to encourage your audience spread the word. With people talking about your brand, Google will be playing close attention, which is exactly what you need!

2. Is Quality Content Enough?
This might sound like a state of the art SEO technique that experts always list out as an important strategy to achieve higher ranks. But, content is actually one of the best ways to retain your rankings. Ensure that your articles are beyond just well-written content with rich media including images and video, turning into a point of contact with your customers. Impress your audience with informative content, so that they keep coming back to your site to check for what’s new.

3. Inbound Links:
Every SEO strategy at its core is all about unique, high quality content and the inbound links. Businesses often overlook the inbound linking strategy, when considering search engine optimization for their site. But, SEO experts believe it to be a strategy that can help high ranking websites to thrive on humongous traffic and stay on top of the search engine results always.

4. Domains with Keywords:
With the constant updates in Google algorithm, the shift in SEO trends seems more likely to be toward very less emphasis on “keyword tricks” and much more emphasis on “quality.” But, still registering domain names with the primary keyword in them, and boosting them with backlinks and social shares can surely help you retain your rankings. After all, it’s one of the basic marketing techniques.

5. Loading Time:
Gone are the days, when people were ready to wait for a few minutes to check out the website! In this fast-paced world, waiting for even seconds seems like the impossible task for your audience. At times like these, it’s highly important to maintain your website loading speed at the lowest as possible to retain your page rank.

6. Optimize click through rates
There is always room of improvement when it comes to click through rates of your website that can help you stay on the #1 ranking and maximize the benefits you get. Just because your website ranks higher and tops search results, you will not be guaranteed with hundreds or even thousands of visits per day. Positioning your website is definitely important, but still tweaking your title tags and Meta description to lure your audience can greatly increase the click through rates.

7. Bounce Rate and Conversions
While every aspect of the website counts in ranking, the bounce rate and conversions can more likely be a crucial factor in determining the success of your SEO strategy or marketing campaign. It’s not just for achieving rankings, but for also the profit of your business as the conversion rate will have to be indirectly proportionate to bounce rate to ensure that you are heading in the right path.

8. Social Signals
Your audience like you and your business for sure, but do they love your business to share their experience with their friends and family? May be yes! But do they share on Google+? Well, it comes as not-so-surprising that Google +1’s have a bit more recognition compared to Facebook likes, Twitter tweets and Pinterest pins. Make sure, you have your fan base in G+ too, so Google keeps you in the top of search results.

9. Expand on ranking opportunities
Do you know there is opportunity for expanding on your #1 ranking for even more visibility? No? Many businesses are not aware of the fact that there is still a chance to take up the entire search lists. Expanding the keyword scope of the ranking page to target even more-specific keywords, would allow even more rankings, especially with a prove inbound linking structure and natural high quality backlinks. When you have more rankings for any search engine result page, Google will add a second indented listing to your first search result.

10. Future-proof your SEO rankings
Heard of Black Hat SEO? Exploiting loopholes and using certain tricks for overnight rankings might work well now, but will it last? Search engine optimization is actually extremely volatile and your rankings can be wiped out in less than a few seconds as a result of algorithmic shifts. The key is to future proof your SEO rankings to stand the test of time by building your strategies and campaign around long term signals of quality.

Regardless of what it is you follow for maintaining your SEO rankings, the bottom line is the trust and level of user engagement in your business that matters the most. Gulf Web Studio, with expertise can help you solidify your position among your competitors with focus on customer satisfaction to continue to reap the rewards of topping search results forever!

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How to use social media for small business

Posted by | Posted in Social Media | Posted on 10-06-2014

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Small business owners find it difficult with managing social media as they can’t afford to hire professional help and also chalk out a definite plan and strategy. While trying to observe your audience and making plans to make a social presence, you should also plan effectively on how you would be taking it forward from that point and what kind of experience your audience will get on your social platforms. Here are some tips to help you through it.

Optimize your updates:
You might have tried to super-optimize your profile in the About us section and wherever possible in the rest of the profile. However, it is equally important to optimize each of your posts with the right keywords and tags in order to get the desired effect and traffic.

Localize posts:
The main target of small businesses should be local visitors who live just a few blocks away from your location or those who will just have to travel a few minutes to reach you. When you satisfy your neighborhood with your products and offers, business is sure to catch up and your social pages would be visited and shared often by satisfied customers who in turn could bring in a lot more customers without you having to make special efforts. Therefore, customize your posts to appeal your neighborhood.

Make content shareable:
Shareable content can be described in simple words as content that crisply conveys the message in a few words. For instance, if you have planned a week-long discount for a particular product, you just have to state the message in crisp words rather than expanding it to explain how you came up with the idea or the steps you are taking to make it happen. Audience share only what would be easy and interesting for their friends and followers to read. Thus, help them help you by sharing your message precisely.

Focus on the awareness factor:
Not all of your audience would be aware of all your services and products. A new visitor can’t be expected to take the pain of scrolling all the way down on your profile to learn what you offer. Hence, it would do you good to share old information in an interesting way. For instance, if you feel that some of your products are not moving up in the sales chart, you can re-introduce them in a different way on your social profile to get your new followers or audience acquainted with it and thereby creating awareness among them about your products and services. You should also take care not to just repost your old introduction post so that your old visitors don’t get bored.

Socialize:

Social platforms are opportunities to socialize, i.e., you can become one among your potential customers and build friendships. Therefore, respond to their queries, ask questions, conduct polls and socialize instead of keeping on promoting your products. Push all the promotional ideas to the background and present a friendly environment and experience on your social pages in order to bring more audience to your page.

These are some of the ways in which you could strategize your social presence and get more audience for your social media profiles. Following these ways will also help you get more activity like ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ and ‘comments’ on your posts which would serve as a means to reach more unreached potential customers.

Enjoy your social presence and make the tasks manageable by giving the audience something new and interesting to read every time you post something. This way, you can steer the power of social media to promote your business. Gulf Web Studio has a vast experience in serving a wide range of clientele, with the best practices in social media. With us, you can rest assured and enjoy the way your social presence marks your digital footprint.

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Top 10 Tips for Creative and Cache Graphic Design

Posted by | Posted in Graphic Design | Posted on 21-05-2014

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A picture can say more than what a whole big chunk of text can. When properly designed, an image can tell the whole story without even a need for a single word. But, the trick lies in designing the image. The work of a graphic designer isn’t as easy as you think. Just because there are tools to create anything you need doesn’t need that anything can be achieved. Making every picture a unique one, finding the right elements that will do the ‘talking’, etc are challenges that every graphic designer faces every time they design an image. Especially with Cache designs, there should be variations yet they should all serve the same purpose. If you’re feeling like a fish out of water because of these challenges, here are some tips to help you out.

Use Uncommon Combinations:
People are bored of seeing the same kind of pictures. Give them something new and uncommon to see and they will take an interest in reading your text too. Doing something uncommon doesn’t mean you should do weird designs by combining colors that don’t go well together. Use uncommon images to relate to what you want to convey. It will surely make people inquisitive and want to explore or read more. This way, you can quickly impress readers and also sharpen your creativity just by doing what you regularly do.

Make Unique Images:
Let each image be unique. It may be difficult to make each image unique especially if you need to make several images with the same purpose. After all this is what is done in stock imagery. Yet, try out different backgrounds and color combinations for each image and you will get many ideas to make each of them stand out from the rest. You can also try different combinations of elements in each image to emphasize the part that actually conveys your message.

Add Texture:
Every picture needs the right combination of background, mid-ground and foreground elements to make it really effective. While the background and foreground are get all your attention, the mid-ground is often ignored which makes the images less effective. Add texture to the image by having a nice, professional mid-ground with stripes, horizontal bars or a fine design that weaves nicely into the background to provide depth for the image. Without depth, your image is as good as dead.

Choose Conceptually Apt Images: Conceptual imagery is always interesting. It’s not lost its glamour since it became popular. Moreover, it will tell the story by itself and so you will not run short of ideas to spice up your images. In addition, conceptual imagery will give you more freedom to be creative. For instance, to convey that the investment will grow like trees, you can use a money-tree. Though there is no such thing as a money-tree, you can make it have an impact on the viewer’s mind.

These are a few of the ways in which you can sharpen your creativity and do the new. Keep practicing with enthusiasm and you will soon be churning out unique, impressive and well designed cache graphics. The universal truth “Practice makes perfect” holds true for graphic designing, too.

Gulf Web Studio has a team of expert graphic designers who can design unique images that will add more value to your content. Our experience in handling various projects and creating images to meet different needs of our clients has equipped us with the know-how, tools and creativity necessary to design the right images for your business. Contact us today to learn more on how we can serve you. We’d be happy to talk to you.

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Differences between Websites and Web Applications

Posted by | Posted in Web Application, Web Design, Website Development | Posted on 13-05-2014

The debates on whether you should build websites or web apps for your business are ever growing. There are advantages and disadvantages to both and hence the best decision would only come from a close analysis on the various objectives behind your need for a website or a web application. Launching a web application has become the latest trend because of the many advantages it provides users and companies. However, there are some cases in which a website would be the best. As millions of new users are going mobile each day, they can be better served if you give them a web app instead of a traditional website. Nonetheless, the value of a good old website shouldn’t be overlooked or underestimated. As already said, you can arrive at the right decision if you know the difference and you can know the difference by reading further.

Let’s look at a simple definition of both to clearly understand the functions of each.

Website: A website is a set of related web pages arranged in such a way that they offer meaningful content. Websites exist on a computer connected to the internet and the computers that store them are called servers.

Web Applications: Web applications are interactive pages that help users perform a desired task like shopping for a product or retrieve information from an online database. Any number of web applications can be included on a website and thus it differs from a website.

Going back to the differences between web applications and websites, the following are the few important differences.

Purpose: The main difference lies in the purpose they serve. Web apps usually serve a single purpose and hence will help users achieve only one or a set of related functions such as ordering a product online or retrieving information stored already. Whereas, a website can have multiple purposes like reaching out to its customers, providing product or service information to visitors, building brand image, offer a place where users can contact them, and more.

Interaction: Some of the features of websites may interact with the users but usually a web page is static. A web application is solely built to interact with the user and hence users seek to use a web application only when they want to achieve something. Thus, web applications play a greater role in developing interest among users to stay longer on the site. When this function is used in the right way, you can have better results than otherwise.

Location: Both websites and web applications are located on the web. However, usually websites contain web applications. Thus, there can be several web applications within a website, but not several websites within a website.

How to Choose: There are several criteria using which you can choose the right applications for your business. You may have a website and applications in the website or have the applications separately. The best decisions would result only from a proper study of your needs and users’ expectations. If your users would like to use certain features or retrieve information or perform certain functions without navigating away from your website or if the information on your website would be required to use your web application, it is wise to embed your applications on your website instead of having separate domains for both. However, if your web application is query-intense and needs a different platform to make your website light, it is good to have a separate domain for your web application.

Gulf Web Studio offers quality website and web application development services. You can tap our expertise and get the best from the industry by hiring our services. Call us to get more information on how we can meet your needs.

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How to Build a Smart Web Application?

Posted by | Posted in Web Application | Posted on 09-04-2014

It takes a lot of effort to build each web application regardless of its nature of use and purpose. New technologies are being introduced and new techniques discovered every day, which makes the environment more challenging for web developers. Besides the need to update oneself, one also needs to apply what they learn to what they do. Care should also be taken not to use the wrong techniques which could result in a total damage to the reliability of the organization. Are there ways to keep up with the pressure and deliver robust solutions? Yes there are. Find them below.

Find What Your Users Want: It is more important to offer the users what they want than offering them something what we think they want. You can learn what they want by making a proper research. Interpret the results in terms of features, colors to set the right mood, and content. This will help you decide on the right mix of elements for your web application.

Secure Your Application: Application security is one of the very important features. Consider security as one of the criteria at each stage of development in order to build strong applications that would stay intact even while facing threats. Assess your risks and employ the right methods that would make the application resistant to the risks and threats. Review your codes for possible flaws and eliminate the flaws by rewriting the codes and improve it by making better choices of techniques.

Develop Features to Meet User Expectations: There are certain features that would have to be created by default. However, there are certain others which your users expect to find while using the application. Build those features or provide better substitutes for them in order to make your web application helpful to your users. Users find the features that will reduce their work to be more attractive than the fancy features that are in your application. Therefore, include these features in your objectives even before you start developing the application.

Check for User-Friendliness: In your effort to make the application very exciting to use, don’t compromise on the user-friendliness required to appeal your users. It is very important to always ensure that your users will find it easy to use your web application. If it’s not as user-friendly as expected by users, all your efforts will go down the drain. So, make sure that each menu you opt for, each feature you build and each function you weave into the application would make it more user-friendly. It adds more value to the application.

Enhance the Look and Feel: The look and feel of your web application will not be enhanced if you just introduced a bunch of new features or change the colors. Real enhancement comes when you introduce the right features- those that will help the users do what they want to quickly and pleasant colors that aren’t hard on the eyes. Analyze the various options available and use those that will really enhance your web application. Try different features and looks and stick to the one that seems best.

These are some of the ways in which you can build smart web applications. Never underestimate the potential of web technologies that are newly introduced. Look around and choose the best for your application. Experiment with new models and treat every application as unique in order to develop exciting applications that satisfy user needs.

Gulf Web Studio is a well recognized brand that has developed quite many applications for different users in various industries. Trust us with your web application needs and get the best solutions.

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Differences between HTML5 and Responsive Web Designs in the Current Scenario

Posted by | Posted in Design, Web Design | Posted on 26-03-2014

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There are many pieces of misinformation floating around the virtual world such as HTML5 is the best or only Responsive web designs are the best. If you properly learn what they are, you would find out that the contrary is the truth. Both HTML5 and Responsive Designs are your friends and you only need to choose how much of what will go on your website to make it serve your needs and objectives. Well, let me make it clear by defining each in simple terms you can understand.

HTML5: Being the fifth version of the age old markup language, HTML 5 has brought with it several possibilities and features with it in order to help developers create interesting websites. Shortly, with HTML 5, you can do pretty much anything and what’s more exciting about it is that you can even include media directly in the codes.

Responsive Web Design: It is primarily a set of principles that determine how your website will respond to the different browser requests and how your website will get displayed on different devices and their varied screen sizes. If you have noticed that a website gets displayed on a mobile device as exactly how it looks on a computer screen, you can say that it has a responsive design that alters the size of the website according to the screen size of the device. The quest that began in 2010 for a solution for companies and developers to meet the need of providing exactly the same experience on all devices ended up in responsive web design.

I guess these definitions and bits of information would have given you a good picture of these two concepts. Now let’s dive in to learn what the differences are.

Elements: Responsive web design can have several elements such as HTML 5 codes, java script, and CSS in order to be fully developed. Each of these elements are used to develop different parts of the websites to serve different purposes and produce different effects. For instance, CSS can be used to generate frames and HTML 5 can be used to customize content and determine the response to user interactions.

HTML 5 can also be solely used to develop a website. There’s no doubt that good websites can be developed using it. However, it would be best if other elements such as java scripts are also used in order to get the best of all worlds.

Functions: As Responsive web designs have different elements used, they can make nearly anything happen. Any kind of content and design can be achieved with responsive web designs as there are all kinds of elements used. Each way of coding holds supreme in its own way. If you go for Responsive designs, you can make use of all the advantages and make the final product of your efforts very fruitful and exciting.

HTML 5 is the most advanced version of its kind. Though many people argue that it is still in the developing or not fully developed, they can’t deny the fact that it is developing fast. There are more possibilities discovered with HTML 5 of late and it helps developers to a great extent. But, if you use only HTML 5 for your website, your website may have to let go of some of the features that would better serve the purpose.

Gulf Web Studio has a great team of experts in responsive web design and HTML 5. You can approach us for any web development needs. Learn how we can serve you by contacting us today. You will not regret the decision.

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