Tuesday, June 5, 2012
• Mobile websites are just like standard websites, with the difference that they are optimized for the small touch-screen of mobile devices. Sometimes, mobile websites also have features like mapping and click-to-call, which are specific to mobile devices.
• Mobile apps are applications you download on your mobile device from app portals such as or Apple App Store. Mobile apps can work online, offline, or both, and they are designed for a specific (iOS, Android) though popular apps are usually available across platforms.
Mobile Website First, Mobile App Second
Creating a mobile website is normally the first step individuals or companies take when developing a web presence, because setting up a mobile website is easy and cost-effective. Once the mobile website is in place, then a mobile app that serves a more specific function can be developed.
But it all depends on what you’re developing. Games, for example, are best developed as mobile apps from the start, whereas content-based projects are usually best developed as mobile websites. Ideally, you want both a mobile website and a mobile app, but you usually have to build the website first.
Mobile Websites versus Mobile Apps
When your goal is to reach many users quickly, a mobile website is preferable to a mobile app. On the other hand, when you want to provide a powerful tool or a complex game, a mobile app is better.
• Mobile websites work across platforms and devices, an (iOS) user as well as a Samsung () user being able to access the same mobile website.
• Mobile applications work only with the platforms for which they have been developed, an not being able to access an iOS mobile app unless the app is available in the as well...
Article courtesy of: http://bit.ly/IfsRsE
Written by: Jason Phillips
Friday, March 23, 2012
Skimming through the comments on the recent FSW poll about freelance job bidding sites, there’s not a lot of love out there for the freelance bidding sites like Elance, Get-A-Freelancer, Guru, Rent-A-Coder and the like – and it’s no wonder when you see projects offering to pay you $1 per custom designed t-shirt image!
The general consensus seems to be that in the following circumstances they can be of some value…
- If you’re a student looking to get some extra cash and experience
- If you’re a freelancer living somewhere with a lower cost of living that allows you to take advantage of being paid lower rates for jobs
- If you’re just getting started and your main focus is on building up your portfolio
- If you want to hone your skills in a new area
- If you’re looking for quick turn-around jobs
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Article courtesy of Lea Woodward
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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Friday, June 3, 2011
A good design assumes that people make mistakes. A bad one leaves visitors stuck at a dead end because they mistyped one character. The best professionals account for this with smart, defensive design strategies (also known as contingency design).
Defensive Design Means…
I’m a simple guy. In the book Defensive Design for the Web, 37Signals defines defensive design as such: “Design for when things go wrong.”
Gets right to the point, doesn’t it? Defensive design anticipates both user and website error. Then, it tries to prevent those errors and provide help to get the user back on track. Defensive design for the Web usually focuses on the most common points of failure: forms, search, the address bar and server problems.
- Employs validation to check for mistakes before they frustrate the user,
- Expands available options based on the user’s implied intent,
- Protects site visitors from server errors and broken links with informative messages and
- Assists the user before mistakes happen.
Defensive Design: Business Sense
If you want to grow your online business or just improve your blog, defensive design is one of the easiest upgrades — instead of trying to build audience, defensive design helps you better serve the audience you’ve got. The latter is far, far easier than the former.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Facebook: Privatising the internet, one Poke at a time.
At a typically oversold launch event yesterday, Zuckerberg complained about the "friction" generated by having to compose a simple email. You had to type a subject line in, he said, incorrectly, making people wonder if he'd ever used email himself. It's too formal, he concluded. The poor love - I'm surprised he hasn't thought about suing the developers of POP3 for emotional distress, as well as repetitive strain injury.
The Facebook plan is to integrate email and SMS into Facebook, into one great big inbox, which will be stored forever. And which will naturally drown people who are not on Facebook under a tide of real-time chaff - Web2.0rhea, as we call it here.
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Article courtesy of Andrew Orlowski.