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Nigerian Website Designer: Getting a website is quite easy, only 4 steps are required, too many people are scared of the whole concept because they think its cumbersome expensive and stressful. Here are the four(4) basic steps required (from my perspective) in getting a website. here’s How to get a website
Over the years working with clients, one scenario keeps repeating itself, some clients have no clue of what they want! This could be a problem for both the website developer/designer and the client (project owner). From the client perspective, he knows the internet brings exposure and he wants the benefits of that exposure and that’s all he knows, this state of mind can sometimes lead to insatiable clients, they may never be satisfied no matter what they get!
From the designer/developer point of view, this can bring confusion, when you don’t know what your client wants how can you deliver it? Experienced designers/developers know how to solve most of such cases (some can never be solved, trust me!)
2. Find a Website designer/developer
It is important you do this first before jumping to the last two steps, I’ve met clients who did this last and till today, they’re regretting their actions. Meeting a web designer/developer first can save you a lot of stress and money, the developer would help to guide you decipher what you really need for your company/ business/ church as the case may be. The designer/developer would also give you options as regards hosting and web technologies to be used, giving you the downside and upside for each option for you to make a choice. This step alone would shape the entire process, it would help you get an estimate of the total cost, information required and the roles you need to play in the whole process. click here to contact me to help you
3. Pick a domain Name
The importance of this is gross and should never be done without the advice of your selected web designer/developer, its implication includes SEO, uniqueness and many more.
The client (to be site owner) must understand the following things about domain names;
- Domain names are paid for annually forever!
- They are your trademark (there can be only one yahoo.com, it belongs to yahoo)
- Changing domains like hair styles and shoes is lame and would cause serious confusion for the client’s(to be site owner) clients(site owner’s clients), if I used to find your site at http://www.ibrucentre.org , I expect to find it there everytime I go to that address.
- Domain name extensions have meanings: .com –commercial, .org organization etc (I advice Nigerians to take advantage of the .ng extensions)
4. Get hosting for your website
It is important your web developer/designer help you decide this, two main reasons for this are stated below:
- The payment problem
I’ve met clients who believed anything foreign was the best, they eventually paid for foreign hosting of which renewal became a problem and the unsteady nature of the forex market meant they couldn’t exactly tell the cost of their hosting monthly/annually as the case may be. In truth Nigerian webhosting companies don’t host sites in servers based in Nigeria since we do not have reliable power supply and quality/cheap internet services to power servers, they buy the right to use/control oversea servers and control it from Nigeria, and this makes it easier for prospective site owners since they can now pay for hosting in naira and in our local banks.
- The technology problem
I’ve also had a client once who after agreeing with me what technology and cms, went ahead to buy windows hosting for a linux project, this made things very complex for me and the project was quite unstable until she realized and accepted the blunder and decided to buy the appropriate hosting with my guidance, but she had already wasted over $300 for the wrong hosting.
Note: payment for hosting like the domain name is recurrent of which can be monthly, annual, bi-annual payment as the case may be!
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This is a continuous problem with the Internet, it will never go away, such that as long as the web exists, there would always be a need for improved security. New threats come to light every day and as a day to day web user, you may not be able to keep track of all these security loopholes as an individual, but your browser vendor does! When new threats are discovered, patches/updates or even a new version of your browser is released to curtail the new threat.
Every day, the web evolves, every second, there are new websites that come online, new discoveries are made in this regard and these could make older browsers crash, even security threats can bring instability to the user experience online, you could experience browser crashes regularly as a result of a security breach or because your browser may not be capable of rendering what you where opening. To enjoy stability of your browsing experience, it is advised you update your browser.
3. Better Experience:
As technology evolves, so does design, and the evolution of these phenomenons affect the evolution of browsers greatly, over time, web browsers have evolved to looking nicer and slicker. This evolution includes the browser logo, interface and speed. Newer browsers have been known to be faster and slicker than their older counterpart.
With the advent of modern trends like CSS3 and HTML5, web users with older browsers will definitely not enjoy the best of the web, there’s also the possibility you may loose your password, credit card information and other private data to hackers, Please Update Your Browser!
Evolving With The Web
Tablets are currently developing and evolving very fast, with the introduction of better processors like the tegra 3 chip which consumes less power and does more work, Tablets are fast becoming very capable devices. They are fast evolving from a luxury device to devices with quite some capabilities. They could be equipped with as much as 1gb of ram and 1Ghz processor. But let’s face it, they still have a long way to go in being a replacement for the laptop/ notebook/ netbook or even being a very capable must have mobile device. I’ve written out some things/features you might see in future tablets.
Improved Batteries and/or Inbuilt solar charging system
Tablets still can’t perform a host of task laptops and desktop can. Tablets still can’t run high end apps like Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop and other apps like it with a high system requirement.
Tablets would get better in the future; they’ll get more powerful and the more powerful they get the more power they would require to run. As a result of this development, either or both of the following scenarios would take place:
- Better Batteries would be developed
- Tablets Would have inbuilt alternative solar charging system
This is a key factor in the future of tablets; The Os of a tablet is an essential core as regards its ability, capacity, price and use. Tablet Os which includes iOS, Android, WebOs, Blackberry and the upcoming Mozilla Firefox Os have come a long way already. As the Os develops, the inbuilt apps are improved for stability, a better user experience and increased functionality. New and very capable app apps are also developed frequently taking advantage of the Os development.
Like the desktop, tablets would keep evolving, better processors, better scratch resistant HD displays, scratch proof, shock proof casing are all expected in the future. Even add-ons like CD-ROMs are a possibility in the future.
Dedicated Tablet Functions
As the Os and hardware of tablets improve, the functions of tablets would expand resulting in a drastic increase in their use. I see tablets evolving from being just accessories to essentials. Tablets would become much more capable devices in the future and as such they’ll have dedicated functions such that it wouldn’t make logical or financial sense to perform such functions with some other device. Take Access control for example, organizations may prefer to install tablets that can function as a facial recognition hardware via camera, retina scanner via camera, finger print scanner via touch screen, palm reader via touch screen, voice recognition via microphone, barcode scanner via camera than to install a dedicated hardware for the same purpose.
One might argue that the cost of one tablet compared to the cost of any of the above access control systems would be higher and as such become a disadvantage, however one tablet can function as voice recognition hardware, facial recognition system, retina scanner, fingerprint scanner, palm reader, barcode scanner and a password restriction system and this would be its selling point, Imagine having all this security options in one device alone and this device being cheaper as one item purchase compared to buying multiple devices for each of these purposes. The cost of installation and maintenance would also favor tablets.
Access control tablets can also function as communication devices between entrance points and the restricted area.
Organizations would prefer to install tablets instead of dedicated hardware since they could also be transformed for other use if need be making them the ecological and economical smart option.
A Universal Docking Port
With both Os and Hardware development on tablets, their purpose would greatly increase and tablets would replace lots of gadgets. We already know how tablets are currently replacing GPS devices in cars and public places. I envisage they’ll do a lot more replacement and as such, a universal dock/port for maybe not all tablets (iPads especially) but most tablets be adopted. Tablets may adopt USB 4.0 or 5.0. Tablets would in the future replace more than mobile music players and cameras, it would replace entertainment systems in airplanes, ships, trains and even cars, it’s already doing so, Coach travelers on Singapore-based carrier Scoot have already replaced their entertainment systems with iPads, I expect to see data centers adopt the new Microsoft surface within four years of its inception.
As a result of all these replacements, tablets would be made to function with a lot of external devices, Microsoft surface which has a USB 3.0 port can already work with external CD roms, external hard drives, almost any printer (with existing drivers for windows 8), USB converters like USB to RJ45, etc.
There would also be scenarios where there would be need to use tablets as an external storage device or even connect an external storage device to it. Tablets could also metamorphose into driverless devices such that users would be able to connect it to almost any kind of printer, scanner or any other hardware either wirelessly or wired without needing a driver. This without driver installation method was adopted in windows 7 such that pc owners could use some printers, scanners and other USB devices in a plug and play fashion.
Research shows that the average tablet owner’s usage a tablet is 35% for surfing the web, 22% social media, 12% playing games, 12% watching videos and 19% usage goes to other apps. In the future, I expect this to change drastically.
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Ipads were the first easy to use and most mobile tablets, they were simple, finer and more mobile compared to any other tablet at the time of its inception. Compared to touch convertible PCs like the Hp tx 2000, they were a tablet owners dream. Many years have gone by since their introduction, after all the marketing hype, user experience and better alternatives, it’s beginning to tell on the iPad market and from my experience, these are the major issues with iPads/iOS devices.
File System Limitation
The iPad has a crapy file system, and this affects it’s overall user experience. An iPad owner does not have the luxury of a file explorer or file manager as it is called in most mobile devices. You can’t just access your hard drive and see all the files and folders in it, iOS which powers the iPad is such that photo, email and graphic apps can access photos, document and PDF apps can access PDF, music apps can access songs, video apps can access videos and so on. With this crappy file system, you can email only photos as an attachment, you can’t attach music files, zip, tar,rar, songs, videos etc, however some applications can email their supported content for you through your default email address. Google docs for example can email PDFs, Izip and its alternatives, can email zip files. This however has a downside, only PDFs and zip files downloaded from the Internet into the iPad can be accessed by their supporting apps meaning you can’t just transfer a PDF or zip file into your iPad through Bluetooth or USB and email it to someone, you must have downloaded it from the Internet with the iPad.
You think that’s bad, just hold on, you can’t also attach PDFs, mp3, mp4, zip, rar and tar files in many websites, even with the default safari browser, Google chrome, opera mini etc (Firefox is not available on iPads). On most websites, the browse button to select a file is not even enabled so you can’t even upload pictures!
The iTunes Limitation
iTunes is the official medium through which you can add items to the iPad, unlike many other mobile Os like android, webos, blackberry etc, you can’t just copy items into the iPad like you do with an eternal storage or entertainment device and expect the iPad to auto-detect it, you must go through the not so convenient iTunes. iTunes, an application entrusted with this humongous task does not support zip, rar, tarr, doc, pdf, avi, wmv etc files such that you can’t transfer these types of files through iTunes to your iPad. So if you have files on your pc or Mac that you use regularly and you want to transfer them into your iPad since your iPad is your mobile device, you can’t by default and that sucks! Thanks to cloud storage like Dropbox, the effects of this problem can alleviated but not solved.
The Safari Problem
iPads iOS already has some limitation which affects safari’s ability to upload files that are not pictures, yet the browser has more challenges! Although it does not support flash, which is no news, it cannot also save files for offline viewing, it does not have an inbuilt download management system, it does not have all the features of the desktop safari (e.g fixed background positioning is not supported) and many more.
I currently own an iPad and a Samsung galaxy s2 (I’ve used the iPhone 3GS though), there is a big gap in the selector accuracy when typing, on the iPad, if I touch a word which may have been spelt wrongly, 90% of the time, I’ll never be able to select the correct spot in-between the letters in word without using the magnifier which is not very convenient, this is not the case in my galaxy s2 which has a way smaller screen compared to the iPad.
I also have to turn my autocorrect function off on the iPad ALWAYS since it corrects automatically for me without my approval, this is not the case on an android powered device, my galaxy s2 would only suggest above the wrong word or the word being typed what it thinks should be there and I’ll have to tap a choice to approve such that in situations where am typing abbreviations or words that are not in English, I don’t have to go back and delete multiple times to retype the word i really want.
The iPad however has lots of advantages like battery life, a solid build and more, the advent of very good alternative tablets like the Samsung galaxy tab, Google nexus, Asus transformer and the incoming Microsoft surface is making me reconsider. I’ll have to abandon the iPad eventually. Apple has already stated some of the things mention above would never change, good luck to them in ten years time!