Do you want to become a web developer?

Website Development: Key Skill Requirements

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Do you want to become a web developer?

Website development is the designing and planning of websites. Website development requires knowledge of design and an understanding of the code used to create a design idea as a functioning website.


There are a number of online resources for teaching yourself one or more of the various programming languages commonly used in website development. Each language can be learned at a basic level or can be studied in great depth according to the level of product that you are planning to produce.

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Responsive Website Design Methods

Responsive Website Design Methods

When creating responsive website design, you will discover many techniques for creating website content that displays on all devices. These are some ideas for responsive website design.

Elastic Videos using CSS

For embedded videos that us the iframe or object tag, using the common HTML5 max-width:100% and height:auto solution does not work. A way of getting around this problem for ensuring that your videos are elastic and respond to your screen size is by placing the embed code in a div container and specifying the child element within the div to a 100% height, 100% width and absolute position.

Full Resolution Resizeable Images

To ensure that your images get resized with the text on your webpage, you can assign the image to a class which will set widths to an em value. Em sizes are scalable sizes ensuring that fonts remain a readable size and can be applied to images in the same way.

Optimising Your Email for Mobile Devices With the Media Query

Any business or organisation that sends out regular emails, needs to pay attention to the development of responsive email technology to ensure the highest level of response from recipients. The growing percentage of people that open emails on mobile devices means that you could be letting more than half of your emails go unread.

Using media queries, you can produce email content which does not become unusable when viewed on mobile or tablet devices. Designing email for mobile devices has become an essential part of website design.

Responsive Design for Email, the Largest Mobile Audience

Designing emails for mobile devices ensures that you do not fall short of targeting the ever growing market that view the majority of web content on mobile devices. Considerations that need to be addressed when designing for mobile devices include margins, font size and usually a vertical layout provides the best user experience.

Media Queries in HTML Emails

Media queries offer a way of detecting the resolution and/or size of the device using boolean statements. A boolean statement returs a true or false reply to a query about the properties of the device being used to view the content.

Guide to CSS Support for Email

CSS support varies between each email provider and it can be tricky to find out and learn the variety of CSS options available when using each particular client. This link provides an easy to read guide to the CSS features available on each email client.


Responsive Website Design Techniques

Responsive Website Design Techniques

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These are some examples of how to use images in responsive website design.

Fluid Images

Before fluid images became common use, an image set to a particular size would only appear correctly on screens that were not much larger or smaller that the original screen size that it was designed for. This became obviously a problem as more people began to use smart phones and other devices to view the web. By using a max width of 100%, images will display on the page with the correct proportions adjusted to the full width of the screen.

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Website Development using WordPress

Website Development using WordPress

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Many of the industry leaders in website development began as DIY developers using the WordPress content management system. WordPress offers a great platform to start out in website development as it offers a huge online community, easy to understand coding and enough reference material to help you along the way.

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Web Design Basics: What is an API ?

Using API for improved Web Services

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Website Design Basics: What is an API?

API offers a way for creators of new technologies to share the working of their products so that other developers can add useful add-ons and develop the product further than an individual company could have in-house.

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Website design basics: What is Ajax?

What is Ajax?

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Website design basics

Ajax is created from a combination of web development techniques which are interrelated in producing client side web applications. Ajax provides web applications that provide processing of input/output before a transmission has completed (Asynchronous I/O). This allows for faster results while data passes to and from a server.

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