Christian Web Design & Hosting

Believe me, I come across a lot of clients who have come to me after having been through many web designers and developers and are totally disillusioned with my industry. It’s not an easy place to be after having been let down, cheated, ripped off, or manipulated. Often they sit in my office and look at me through skeptical eyes and understandably so! Most have spent thousands of dollars already in web development with not much to show for it or with a website that is not what they wanted.

It is unfortunate that this happens but as in any industry, there are people who promote honest and dishonest practices. Based on the information that I have gathered from clients and talking to other professionals within my field, there could be three major causes to having a bad or negative experience with your web designer or developer.

1. Personalities just do not blend.

It’s very important to find a web designer whom your personality best blends with. You will be working with this person for most likely a long time and if you don’t feel you can work with this designer or developer from the initial start, it won’t get better. There will be many decisions and suggestions you’ll need to make on the road ahead so its crucial this relationship is one your comfortable with from the onset.

2. Not understanding the difference between a web designer and web developer.

There are essentially two breeds in the web world and both are very different from each other. The two titles are not interchangeable, really. Speaking in general, the web designer is the creative being that if skilled, can create beautiful designs and concepts for you. Clearly, this is a left brained thinker and would also be the more personable one of the two. Often however, a really good web designer can lack the technical skills to take their design concepts to the coding or development of a website. The web developer on the other hand, can be a highly skilled, technical person and can take a design from start to final phase. However, the right brain developer lacks the creative skills to manifest beautiful designs and concepts. Because each have a weak area, they often contract the other to compensate for other. This is fine but what happens with the overall cost is passed down to the client. It’s important to find a web designer/developer who is well rounded and able to do both equally well. You’ll save time and money in the long run.

3. Lack of understanding about the Web Design process.

Unless you are a designer or developer, your not going to have a good knowledge of the flow and process it takes to design or develop a website. But at the same time, your web professional should assist you in helping you understand the process by educating you along the way. This is where trusting your web professional is important. You need to be able to trust him or her knowing that they have the best interest for your website. Too often, a lack of understanding causes misunderstandings and opens the door to future problems.

Doing your homework and interviewing several web designers or developers is a must before you employ anyone with your website. You will be investing a good amount of money for a website and its critical to find someone whom you can trust and will be able to work with for the long haul. Having a web professional who is local in proximity is good but if you are able to find someone who meets the three factors listed above, then its perfectly fine to have a web designer or developer from a remote location. Just make sure that he or she is always accessible either by phone or email.

Because the web jargon can be confusing, it is easy for you as the customer to be manipulated. Be cautious and always ask for an explanation that you can understand. I believe the need to find good, honest, ethical web professionals will continue to rise. Christian web design and hosting companies are often sought after because those seeking them already have a preconceived notion in the type of ethics and character of a Christian website designer. Its good to work with others who share in the same belief system as you and that work and service is done at a higher standard.

Most Christian web design companies offer hosting as well as design & development services. It is always a good idea to host your website with your design firm if that is available. This way, the designer can work more efficiently since they are already familiar with their hosting servers. Finding Christian web design & Hosting will be worth the effort!

How to Develop iPhone Programs and Apps

Are you interested in developing an app for the iPhone? These apps are a major way to making heaps of money. If yes, then there are four ways to learn, how to do this:

1. One thing you can do is, take your idea to the developer who can build an app for you.

2. You can use an online program builder tool that requires little or no programming.

3. You should learn how to convert a program developed in HTML or other programs for use on the iPhone.

4. You can learn to develop your own apps by learning all the programs and skills yourself.

First of all, you need to decide whether you want to use “web app” or “native app”, after considering all the pros and cons of each approach.

Once you proceed it is necessary for you to know about the apps.

What is a web app?

A web app is fundamentally a website that is specifically designed for or modified for the iPhone. You can use various tools to adapt an existing website for use. It is built with web technologies like HTML, JavaScript etc. If you can build a website, then you can develop a basic web app. You need a URL and link, most of the functions and hardware are not available for you. The Web app is installed on the phone like a native app and not available in the iTunes app store and it is not written in Objective – C.

Pros:

  • Web developers can use the tools what they know and they can modify the current web design and use existing development skills.
  • Not limited to Mac OS.
  • The app can run on any device that has a web browser like Blackberry, Android, etc…
  • Bugs fix in real time and not require the users to upload revised versions of their phone.
  • The development cycle is much faster.

Cons:

  • Hardware access is not available.
  • You must develop your own payment system if you want to charge for the app.

What is a Native App?

A native app is developed using the iPhone system and is installed on the iPhone. The application can use all hardware like speakers, accelerometer, camera, etc. It is available in the iTunes App store which increases their appeal for users. But means that the apps have to be submitted to apple and approved.

Pros:

  • There are excellent tools available through the registration of Xcode, Interface Builder, and the Cocoa Touch framework.
  • You can access all the excellent hardware features.

After considering all these pros and cons, now you have to decide which way you want to go ahead.

1. You can take your idea to the developer who can build an app for you.

There are several developers who will work with you and create a program for your idea and make it registered with the app store. They will fully develop the native or web app for you for an upfront fee, a monthly fee or a share of the profits.

2. You can use online program builder tool that requires little or no programming.

You can use online tools that can use to build your own apps from the templates and various tools any functions, which have the templates and tools. There are some general online app builders that are designed for general business and entertainment needs and more specific ones that target specific needs. Some of the others allow the developers familiar with HTML and Java Scripts to write the code with a specific knowledge of development. It would be nice if you know HTML, Ruby, Java, JavaScript, CSS, Python, PHP.

3. Develop your own apps by learning all the programs and skills yourself.

It may be you need to play various roles for the programming skills and understand the iPhone system, you have to be a researcher, creator, idea developer, entrepreneur, project manager, information architect, user information designer, accountant, developer, marketer and advertiser.

You need some aspect to work on an iPhone app, that includes:

  • You must have an ability to know what works and what doesn’t work for existing systems.
  • You should have market research skills to find out what is in demand.
  • Graphic and layout design.
  • Graphic user interface design, and so on.

Website Development – The Main Stages Of the Process

Developing a website is not all about writing codes and programs. Before the code writing period and after the coding process, there are numerous others stages that ensure effectiveness of the website. If you need a website designed for your business, it is good to be aware of the basic stages of development. Below given is a brief elucidation.

On a broad basis, development can be divided into three stages – pre-development, development and post development. In between, the process includes client feedback and revision stages.

Predevelopment stage

Predevelopment stage is all about finding the right path for development. This involves analysing sensibilities of target audience, understanding goals and objectives of the client’s business, analysing competitor websites and their effectiveness, and several other factors. In other words, developers do the ground work in this stage.

Based on the ground work, a rough draft is drawn up. Layout of the website is prepared. This is only the first look of the website. Essential technologies and other technical aspects are not included at this moment. A project report is prepared and shared with the client.

If the client approves of the draft, the process moves to the next level, which is making technical decisions. In this stage, based on the data obtained from analysis, the technologies that are most suited for the website and its required functionalities are decided.

Development stage

This is the stage in which the actual development work takes place. The development plan and schedule drawn up in the predevelopment stage are executed. At the end of this stage, you get the beta version of your website. Documentation forms a very important part of development stage.

In addition to creating layouts and backgrounds, the development stage involves uploading content in the website as well. Texts, images and videos are uploaded. In short, the entire site is ready to go on to the web in this stage. However, your website is not released yet. It needs to go through thorough testing process in the post development stage before going live.

Post development stage

Post development involves thorough testing. The website is tested in all ways and snags are fixed. Testing is done in two ways – offline mode and online mode. Offline mode testing is done before the website goes live on the web.

Online testing is done after the beta version is released on the web. Some problems might arise in the website while loading it on to the web. These issues are fixed and all performance parameters including efficiency of hosting are tested online. In this stage, your customer cannot see the website yet. As a client, you can check various aspects of the beta version and suggest changes if any. Developers implement changes and fine tune the website as per your requirements.

If everything is found to be robust and like the way you want it to be, the final version of the website is released on the web. Your customers can see it at this stage.

When you hire a web development company, make sure that it follows this process. This way, you can be assured of a thoroughly efficient website.