iPhone Application Development – Blunders That Can Be Avoided

iPhone has been one of the most unique smart phones in the market, so much so that it can be said that it has the potential of overrunning the competition. The iPhone is not only empowered with the built in features but also has the capability of being customized with other add on features. The innovative strategy of starting the iTunes store to motivate the developers to develop new iPhone applications is worth a eulogy. This move increases the add-on features of the iPhone but also gives the developers a chance to earn money by using their iPhone application development skills.

Mistakes happen in any web development task but only need proper testing after completing it because in first attempt there may be possibility of errors. iPhone development is not an easy task and very new in the market so with simple tracking and expert knowledge will he to avoid few silly mistakes without any extra research.

There have been cases where the applications have not worked just because of blunders on the part of the application developer. Some of the most common mistakes that can be avoided are as follows.

Do Not Experiment:

Enough effort has been put in to develop the user interface that is currently being used in various applications. The developer will find lot of UI elements in the library of the SDK. There is hardly any need of developing a new UI. On the other hand it is possible that if you try to experiment and build a new UI it may complicate the matter and make the application unreliable. Thus it is always better to keep the application as simple as possible. There is no need of customizing the sidebars, buttons, tables and dialogs that you get from the SDK.

Right Resolution:

The screen of the iPhone is comparatively smaller than that of the laptop. So the developer may be tempted to embed large graphics in the application for better resolution but this usually backfires. A large graphic adds load to the application and finally slows it. When a small graphic can serve the purpose there is hardly any need to use a large graphic. The resolution can be perfect with small graphics too. This all depends on the technical expertise and experience of the application developer. One can embed two dimensional and three dimensional animations with the best of resolutions.

Job work:

There are a number of iPhone application developers that try developing multiple applications simultaneously. The developer should understand that the each application needs to deal with differently and with individual attention. Usually when the application developer takes multiple job work, he/she ends up mixing the application leading to utter confusion. This could lead to waste of time, money and resources not only on the part of the developer but also the client and final user.

It is better to avail the services of a professional iPhone application developer who has enough experience at delivering quality application and fulfilling the commitments made.

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Web Design Company

“Do Your Homework” – I bet this is not the first time you have heard this phrase. This is one of the most valuable advice any business guru can offer you. Never take a vital decision without researching, analyzing, and cross checking, i.e. Doing Your Homework / Doing Groundwork for Success. For example: choosing a web development company to design your website. It’s too important a task to risk a hasty decision. Don’t forget you are planning a website that’ll represent you or your company on the internet. The task needs a company you trust. This article will help you find a web design company to whom you can safely entrust this task, while you attend to other pressing business matters.

Portfolio and Organizational Culture

What better way to analyze a firm than to scrutinize their prior projects. Experience is not all it’s made out to be, so don’t go by numbers. Even if they come short on the numbers game, don’t ignore them. Review all their projects and client testimonials; they may have the exact necessary skills that you need for your project.

Once done with their portfolio, check out their employees. Talk with them and ask tough and direct questions such as: How good are you at what you do? How do you update yourself with the latest trends? Do you have certificates to show your industry expertise?

Responsiveness and Affability

Responsiveness – an often overlooked quality in a web design company. How quickly they respond to your inquiry reveals a lot about the company and their work ethics. Keep in mind, it’s not necessary they should respond with detailed answers to the mail or message. Sometimes, a simple acknowledgment would suffice to show the company has applied its mind to the message you have sent, and that you’ll receive a detailed response at the earliest.

Affability – It’s not skill alone that determines the worth of a company. How a firm treats and interacts with its clients show how much they value your business. Don’t trust a company which blindly gives you what you want without ever trying to find ‘what you need’. A good web design company will spend time with you, try to connect with you on a personal level, dig deep to find what you actually need, and constantly ask you the right questions.

Repeat Business

A true mark of a successful web design company is the number of repeat clients they have. Don’t forget to ask this question to the web design company. A high percentage of repeat clients show the company in good light. It proves that the firm’s aim is not just to bag your project, but to deliver satisfactory results so that you become their long term customer.

Price

Price is always a factor to consider; more so if you are just starting your business. It’s wise not to reveal your budget for the project at the start. First, ask what it’ll cost you for the whole project. What other companies are quoting for the same workload? How much would each module of the site cost? Will the total cost also include after launch edits and maintenance? Etc.

Of course, there’ll be other companies ready to offer their services at haft the price. Be wary of such firms, cheap price is no substitute for skilled staff and quality service. Price should be your least important factors while selecting a web design company.

How Web Design Can Affect Search Engine Rankings

Uniquely built web sites can create unique issues when being promoted on the search engines. From a basic 3 page brochure site to a corporate site with hundreds of dynamically generated pages, every web site needs to have certain design aspects in order to achieve the full effects of an SEO campaign. Below are a few points to take into consideration when building or updating your web site.

1. Size Matters.

The size of a web site can have a huge impact on search engine rankings. Search engines love content, so if you have only a few pages to your site and your competitors have dozens, it’s difficult to see a top page ranking for your site. In some cases it may be difficult to present several pages of information about your business or products, so you may need to think about adding free resources for visitors. It will help in broadening the scope of your web site (which search engines like) as well as keep visitors on your site longer, possibly resulting in more sales.

2. Graphics-Based Web Sites.

While web sites that offer the visitor a more esthetically-pleasing experience may seem like the best choice for someone searching for your product, they are the most difficult to optimize. Since search engine robots cannot read text within graphics or animation, what they see may be just a small amount of text. And if we learned anything from point #1, small amounts of content will not result in top rankings. If you really must offer the visitor a graphics-heavy or Flash* web site, consider creating an HTML-based side of your site that is also available to visitors. This site will be much easier to promote on the search engines and your new found visitors will also have the option to jump over to the nicer looking part of your site.

* Author update – As of July 2008 Google has updated their algorithm to take advantage of Adobe’s searchable SWF library, enabling the indexing of Flash content for the first time.

3. Dynamic Web Pages.

If most of your web site is generated by a large database (such as a large book dealer with stock that is changing by the minute) you may find that some of your pages do not get indexed by major search engines. If you look at the URL of these pages they can be extremely long and have characters such as ?, #, &, %, or = along with huge amounts of seemingly random numbers or letters. Since these pages are automatically generated by the database as needed, the search engines have a tough time keeping them up to date and relevant for search engine users.

One way to combat this problem is to offer a search engine friendly site map listing all your static pages just to let them know that you do have permanent content on your site. If search engines see links going to and from these dynamic pages within a good internal linking system, this may also lead to the pages getting indexed. The link popularity of your site may carry more weight in this case as well, so if you can’t offer as much static content as your competition, make sure you have an aggressive link campaign on the go.

4. Proper Use of HTML.

There is quite a bit of sub-par web design software out there. Word processors usually have a way to create HTML documents which can be easily uploaded to a site via ftp. However, in many cases the code that the search engine robots see is mostly lines and lines of font and position formatting, not relevant content. The more efficiently written web sites usually achieve higher rankings. Our choice for web design software is Adobe Dreamweaver, as it is an industry standard. It also makes using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) a breeze, which can drastically cut down on the amount of text formatting in HTML code. Hand-coding HTML to design sites is also a good method if you are proficient enough.

There are some no-brainers too: Web sites with abnormal amounts of hyperlinks, bold or italicized text, improper use of heading, alt, or comment tags can also expect to see low rankings.

5. Choosing a Domain Name.

The golden rule to web development of any kind is to keep your visitors in mind above all else – even search engine optimization. When choosing a domain name, one should pick either your business name (if you have a high-profile business name such as Chapters or Coca-Cola) or a brief description of your products. Domain names can always help with search engine optimization, as it is another area of your web site that important keywords can appear. Forget about long-winded domains such as http://www.number-one-best-rare-used-books-on-earth.com as no one will ever remember it and it will be hard to print on business cards or in ads.

If you need to change your domain name for any reason you obviously don’t want to lose existing rankings. An easy way to do this, and one that is currently supported by most search engines, is the 301 redirect. It allows you to keep your existing rankings for your old domain name, while forwarding visitors to your new web site instantly.

6. Using Frames.

Don’t use frames. Frames are a thing of the 90’s (and in the Internet world that is eons ago) and are not even supported by some search engines. The search engines that are able to index your site through frames will most likely frown upon them. Whatever you are trying to accomplish by using frames can usually be done with the help of PHP includes or CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Some browsers are not frames-compatible, so there is the danger of some visitors not being able to see your site at all. Bookmarking of individual pages within a frame becomes difficult without lengthy scripts being written.

7. Update Your Information.

Not only does stale information look poorly on your organization when it is read by a visitor, you could also be missing out on some good rankings by not having content include new trends in your field. Web sites that continuously update and grow their web sites usually experience higher rankings than stagnant sites when dealing with an industry that experiences a high rate of growth or change. While the age of a web page is looked at as part of a search engine algorithm, it has no bearing on searches for items recently in the news. Consider creating a section of your site devoted to news within your organization, or have a constantly updated blog.

Many shortfalls of web sites can easily be attributed to designers who just don’t keep the user or search engines in mind. Search engine algorithms are quickly improving to try and list the most user-friendly sites higher, given that the content and link popularity are there to back it up. So first and foremost, know your target market and make your web site work for them before focusing on search engine optimization. If you build it (properly), they will come.