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Importance of Images in Website Design & Hosting

January 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Hosting a Website

When it comes to designing and creating a website, it is crucial to take full advantage of using the images. As far as web design is concerned, it has become a trend a trend, where using of graphics powerfully convey messages that reinforces concepts and product sales that we promote.

These elements are very essential and crucial part of visual communication in tackling web design. However, misuse of images is something we can find easily. We see a lot of images, pictures, that doesn’t relate to the topic covered on website and not fits in the design as well as ideas that do not quite close. Sometimes, such excessive use of pictures and lack of text on site confuses the users.

Therefore, “it is highly important, that the text associated with a picture message should be served to clarify and define the idea we want to offer to the user.”

When designing and creating a website, an image is an important aspect and is the perfect hook to the eye when doing a tour of a page. It is always much easier to alert the user with an image that is shocking, funny, transgressive… But the meanings of an image can be various and very different, so if we just simply include an image, it will diffuse and lose the attention that we have captured in the user at first.

Hence, it is necessary that an accompanying text is served with the image to clear the vision about the image. The text will adopt the specific meaning within the possibilities that can offer us, at first glance, the image corresponding to the message you want to convey. This will further increase the users ability to remember what we wanted to communicate.

This technique is very much utilized in advertising. It uses an image that captures the users attention in the first instance, awakens their curiosity, makes them to read it at least to clear the question that has been posed and to understand the overall meaning of the ad. However, this technique is not commonly used when performing web design.

“Another factor that needs to ponder when using images on the web is that, the location of the images is more important. Most of the times people include images as a “decoration” as simple backgrounds that make navigation more user friendly and to indicate text that precedes them. This area is right for isolated cases, but it is best to make the most we can do to images, relating them to the products, services that we provider on the web page, showing the benefits users can get. In short, making communication a little more aggressive, which will certainly increase the impact on the users.

Another factor to ponder is to know the place where you will put the information. Today, people no longer visit sites through a computer. There are various devices available in the market such as Smartphone’s, PDA’s, iPad’s, Tabs, etc… What if a user visit your site through a device that doesn’t support images? Any information that go up will be imperceptible to the user, making the web page meaningless.

There are two different types of images used on the web pages:

  • Aesthetic images such as background, shading, etc…
  • Informative images such as products, services, logos, etc…

CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) is a kind of mechanism in the site that separates aesthetic images from the content. All the aesthetic images that need to be utilized on site should be added using CSS. Since this is purely aesthetic, you don’t need to insert any extra information using CSS.

Now, informative illustrations such as pictures of product, services should be included with the <img> tags, since it is a part of the web page and offers relevant information to the user. Usually, these images carries the ALT attribute to provide a description of the image, when you are unable to see it. For example, a proper ALT text for services image would be “Web Hosting Services”. For a logo image, the ALT text would be “Host.co.in Logo”.

The optimization of images also helps you in your hosting as well. The proper optimization of images using the right tool reduces the size of the images that you are utilizing for your website, helping you save more space on your server to utilize somewhere else.

Hence, when coding the design of a website or web pages, you must consider that it is designed fine, clear and with well defined elements. All the web page offering products and services must have relevant images and accompanying text to simplify the meaning.

What Is Proxy Server?

January 11th, 2013 Comments off

A ‘Proxy Server’ which is also called ‘Proxy’ most of the time, is a computer system which works as a gateway between a local network and comparatively larger network (most of the time internet). Security and improvement in performance are the two major factors making Proxy servers very popular. It also can be used to monitor incoming and outgoing resources throughout a specific network.

The main concept of proxy server working is existing in between connection of sender and receiver of data. The incoming data is received at one port and then it is forwarded to receiver / receivers (network) through another port. Due to it’s critical existence between sender and receiver a Proxy server makes it very difficult for hackers to access the data as there is no direct way to reach to network.

How it improves performance?
Proxy server has the ability to store the results produced for several requests made by number of various user of network. So when the repeated requests made by other users of that same network, for the same data (web-page), it need not to forward the request for the data it has stored in the memory. This saves a lot of time of responding the repeated requests sent by users.

How it improves security?
Proxy servers are also capable of of filtering requests. One can set proxy server to prevent the network users from accessing specific websites. So blocking malicious and unwanted websites by setting filter through a Proxy server is very efficient utility.

What To Look For In A Hosting Service Provider

January 8th, 2013 Comments off

Accompanying the forums recently, I’ve seen at least one topic created by someone who has signed for the web hosting service provider and has not met expectations. Here are some tips to avoid bumping into companies like:

What To Look For:

Customer Service

Most companies have good evaluation from users because of good customer service. Occasionally, this comes at the cost of a higher price than the market or sacrifice of one or the other feature. What you have to watch is if support is available. Sometimes it is necessary to deal with the same person on a request (to avoid having to retell the story), the support team is not present in the forum itself? Contact Emails are not answered?

This may be a sign that something is not right. Test the response time to questions and seek the opinion of those who already use the service. The more contact media assets, the better.

Cost-Benefit Ratio

You have to reach a compromise between features and price. Take stock of what you really need, everything on paper boat. Then do a market research and see which companies offer what you want, within the price range you can afford. If you choose the cheapest, may cost you a delay in support, if you choose more expensive, it can cause a hole in your budget.

There is no point in running to catch a server, even if you cannot afford or do not know much about it. Be realistic and no hurry.

Flexibility

Occasionally, a client – or even yourself – may need a specific configuration – especially if you or your client work with development. Memory limits or upload in PHP and access to basic settings can be a different.

Check possibilities of customization that may be useful to you and your customers. Extra Tip: control panels and systems themselves can be a headache in the future in case of migration.

Scalability

Keep your growth in mind forever. Your orders begin to increase, the company is doing well and more customers are coming. What if you have chosen the plan that is most advanced but it does not allow expansions or custom plans? The only way would be to change the company and it always generates a lot of work.

Make sure about the possibility of extra plans and / or custom in case of sudden growth or demand.

Tools and Resources

Every web host offers PHP, MySQL database, but not all offer partnership with site builders, scripts, SEO, WHMCS licenses and etc.. These differences may be the missing step to attract customers. If the company is innovative and likes to bring new features such as cloud implementation, support new technologies, is one more point to consider.

In case of a change, see how to proceed in case of licenses (you lose? Can migrate to pay?).

What to avoid

There are companies that are sure to most problems. And the biggest warning sign that complaints are on the Internet. If the majority is of users are complaining because something is wrong with the company. It may be a temporary problem, in this case, the complaints should have dates near.

Use common sense, see friends and users of services and you should find a good service.

Good Luck!