Web development is the building and maintenance of websites; it’s the work that happens behind the scenes to make a website look great, work fast, and perform well with seamless user experience.
Web developers, or ‘devs’, do this by using a variety of coding languages. The languages they use depends on the types of tasks they are performing and the platforms on which they are working.
Web development skills are in high demand worldwide and well paid too – making development a great career option. It is one of the easiest accessible higher-paid fields as you do not need a traditional university degree to become qualified.
The field of web development is generally broken down into the front-end (the user-facing side) and back-end (the server-side). Let’s delve into the details.
1) Get The Website Layout Ready
How you decide to arrange your content will have a dramatic impact on both the appearance and functionality of your site. Although there aren’t any specific rules when it comes to website layouts, there are definitely some principles you should follow. If you don’t know how to write code, it becomes essential to understand the limitations of different website design tools so you don’t get stuck halfway through your design.
2) Blog Page Design
WordPress is the most popular blogging platform and a powerful content management system. By default, it comes with two content types: posts and pages. Often beginners get confused between the two.
Blog posts are displayed in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest) on your blog page because they are timely content which means your users will have to dig deeper to view older posts.
Pages are static “one-off” type content such as your about page, contact page, products or services pages, the home page, and more.
3) Website Security
Website security is a critical component to protect and secure websites and servers. Websites are scanned for any possible vulnerabilities and malware through website security software. This software can scan for backdoor hacks, redirect hacks, Trojans, and many other threats. A website security software notifies the user if the website has any issue and provides solutions to address them.
Enterprise Networks are always at high risk of vulnerability and ensuring website security is vital.If the Network gets compromised, the server and the website get compromised as well – this would let the malware infiltrate through the enterprise network and introduce malware activities
4) Ensure Your Site Is Easy To Navigate
A sitemap is like a directory of your website. It is a page with text links to the most important parts of your website. Sitemaps help your users navigate your website, but they are just as important for SEO. They give search engine crawlers an easy way to find pages on your site.
There are two types of sitemaps: HTML and XML, and you may want both. An HTML sitemap helps a person navigate your website, with links to the most important parts of your website. An XML sitemap helps a search engine navigate your website, with links to all of the pages and information about how frequently the content is updated.
5) Responsive Web Design.
Responsive Web design is the approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform, and orientation.
The practice consists of a mix of flexible grids and layouts, images, and intelligent use of CSS media queries. As the user switches from their laptop to iPad, the website should automatically switch to accommodate for resolution, image size, and scripting abilities. One may also have to consider the settings on their devices; if they have a VPN for iOS on their iPad, for example, the website should not block the user’s access to the page. In other words, the website should have the technology to automatically respond to the user’s preferences. This would eliminate the need for a different design and development phase for each new gadget on the market.