Top 16 Things Need To Consider While Design and Develop a Website!

With the rapid increase of the web development industry, there is a great need to implement innovative perceptions in order for your website to stand out amongst the million websites that exist today. For the successful web development, below are the mentioned points that need to be considered for developing a good website.

1. Domain Name

The domain name in actual is your business identity on the web. You must ensure that the domain name that you choose not only fits your business, but also easy to find and promote. You can target your area instead of numbers or hyphens. So choose the short but business related domain name by means of which one could judge your business and should be SEO friendly.

2. Hosting

To select the hosting is an important decision as from speed and stability of the website to the security and uptime, all depend upon the right kind of choice you do. To choose the bad host is just the wastage of money or you have to suffer a lot and need to give you so much time on it. The hosting should be chosen on the basis of capacity that you require.

3. Technology

Technology is also one of the important things to consider in developing a top notch website or web app. This decision is a little challenging for smaller businesses and startups where there is a limited budget. Technology is the key to the project’s success, so one wrong choice of web app development technologies may be a reason for failure. You should choose the technology in which you feel that you are comfortable or you can easily get the developer.

4. Motive

Every website has different purposes depending on the targeted audience. The motive to create the website should be clear in your mind. Whether you want to do the business or you want to serve some specific services or any corporate business or eCommerce business.

5. Color Effects

Everybody has a clear vision about the color effects of their website. You should have the clear vision, color effects and a neat layout should be preferred. To establish a solid brand identity is extremely important, so the choice of colors is a key ingredient in building trustworthiness, making customers or users feel comfortable. So the color scheme is pretty important.

6. Attractive Design

The design of the website should be professional and a very bright and soothe color combination and the font family should be chosen that doesn’t squint the eyes and looks good. A simple, sleek design proves a long lasting and allows users to easily navigate the website and thus instantly find the data that really matters to them is the key for Effective web design.

7. Content

As Content is the best way to express the purpose of creating your website. The website has to cover the good, informative and keyword-targeted content to the users. The targeted Keywords helps the website to rank on the top in Search Engines.

8. Prevent using Pop-up Messages or Flash in your Website

These are the most annoying things that are used in the websites. So never use such things on your websites that increases your website’s load time and are not good as per the SEO perceptions.

9. Eye-Catchy Buttons

The buttons are the great source to get the visitors engaged. If they are poorly designed, then their powers to attract people get down. So Try to make and use such buttons that attracts users and even doesn’t stop themselves to click on the button.

10. High quality Images

The images should be chosen in such a way that leaves an impression for everyone and the user got clear about the concept just after viewing the image. The high resolution and easily adjustable in every style of website images should be used.

11. Easy to explore

A good exploration buttons makes the process of website understanding easy and smooth. Navigation on the website act as the map that makes visitors to reach their destinations in the clear way. The navigation should be easy so that user could easily explore what they are looking for.

12. Unique and Fresh

The website should be unique from the other and the content and the other parameters should be updated to keep your visitors coming again.

13. Responsive Approach

The website should be responsive in all browsers and devices. Responsive websites help to reach the most potential viewers.

14. Social Media Integration

All the valid and popular social media icons should be integrated into the website to facilitate easy content sharing.

15. Secure

The users should feel safe when leaves their information in your website or enter their banking details to get registered.

16. Impressive Footer

By well optimizing the footer, you can impress your users. So, the valid and the most important details in the optimized manner should be mentioned in the footer.

Challenges Faced while Building Cross-Platform Apps With Xamarin

Xamarin is the excellent idea or the time efficient tool which is used to build applications for different operating systems and hence overcomes cross-platform development difficulties. Here are the challenges being faced by the Xamarin Forms Developer while building apps with Xamarin:

WPF Platform Setup Challenge

To set up WPF Platform is the most infuriating challenge a Xamarin Forms beginner can face. You launch your IDE, Select Xamarin.Forms project template, but sometimes you can’t run it immediately. This is either due to NUGET packages which are not restored or packages which need to be updated. If you face this issue, the first thing to do is to restore all your nugget packages for the solution and update if need be.

Specified Platform The XAML or the code.

When you are a Xamarin. Forms beginner, and new to .Net development tool, you can get very confused in the beginning. XAML is a markup language used to build user interfaces in .Net apps. You have the choice to build user interfaces either with XAML or with C# code and you may ask yourself if you should use XAML the answer is YES you should. Using XAML allows you to better separate UI code from code logic, and is a better choice when you will implement MVVM.

Where is the designer?

If you have previously worked on mobile development platform like Android or UWP, it is required to have a designer where you drag and drop views. But in Xamarin Forms, there is no requirement of such designer at least not yet. This can seem weird at first and even frustrating. There are some paid solutions for Xaml previewing. I already tried Gorilla Player XAML Live Preview but that was not working for .Net Standard. Finally, I found LiveXaml. Works better than others. Great tool, response is extremely quick. It’s very useful when you want to see the change both on IOS and Android platform at the same time.

Compiling and Running the App.

After restoring packages, in some circumstances, you may find difficulties in compiling and running your app. This bug arises because of platform specific packages that are needed to run the application. For example, after restoring nugget packages, you may face bugs like missing package Xamarin.Android.Support.Design or any other Xamarin.Forms supporting package dispute. Your IDE may complain about Missing References to Dependencies or Packages which are actually PRESENT in your solution or, after running your app, it immediately closes. All of these issues and a lot more will hinder compilation.

Sometimes we have to clean and rebuild the solution again and again to deploy the code. It is such a painful task of cleaning the solution often or deleting the bin and obj folder to remove the cached things and compiling again to rebuild the fresh code.

Dealing with Unhandled Exceptions

Catching unhandled exceptions in Xamarin are quite painful. A mobile application should never exit unexpectedly. That’s why you have to catch unhandled and unobserved task exceptions app-wide. Things are not always what they seem! When an unhandled exception occurs, typically Android will be destroying the process.

Android application using Microsoft Azure cognitive Services

FACE DETECTION APP

Android application using Microsoft Azure cognitive Services

As per my previous blog related to Azure Cognitive Services, I have extended this article with practical example using Microsoft Azure vision API for Face detection. I have developed a simple application in Android. Which helps to detect user face from an image and can able to tell person’s Age, Gender and if person wears glasses or not.

On technical note, I have used Picasso to load the image from url as third party library. Firebase storage is used to store the uploaded image. Upload image’s api is called which upload the image to the firebase.

There is Getdata method that is called to get the face characteristics as mentioned like, Age, Gender and Glasses. The code can also detect the face in pic and draw rectangle outside it in red color line.

This is the opening screen in the app. In this we have two buttons choose and upload. We can choose the image from the gallery and then uploading it will use the firebase storage. After successful uploading of the image the activity will move to the next screen. The image will also be seen on the imageview in this screen.

We should have azure subscription for generating subscription key for Face API, you can get Microsoft Azure free account from here.

Here the Microsoft azure api  is called, if the response is 200 i.e ok then in the textview (light blue) the gender, age and glasses will get displayed, from the respective responses.

I have also added a toast if there is no face detected in the pic, it will have when we have IndexOutofBoundException. Which states that no face is detected in the pic.

Please find the source code from my git repo.

Pre-Requisites:

1.       Android studio

2.       Firebase storage account

3.       Microsoft Azure Subscription