A well-rounded report is built with a combination of data gathered from three sources: personal (qualitative research), community (quantitative research) and network (website analytics). Gathering personal data is a boots-on-the-ground initiative that involves speaking to users and watching them test the website. Community data is gathered by reaching out to the user base with surveys and feedback forms. An analytics tool collects network data on your website automatically. While these types of
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As with any tool from a third-party vendor, there may be some lag before a platform’s new features become available in Appcelerator’s platform. The development team at Appcelerator doesn’t get access to betas of the iOS and Android SDKs any earlier than other developers, so it will take time for a platform’s new features to get added to the product. If you need access to cutting-edge features as soon as they’re released in beta, then you’re better off with a p
For example, imagine Developer A and Developer B are working on a WordPress project that uses the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin. The functionality of the website depends on version 3 of this plugin. One day, Developer A needs to implement a new feature, but he discovers that version 3 of ACF doesn’t provide the functionality he requires. Luckily, a new version is out that will solve his problems. Developer A downloads and upgrades ACF to version 4 and implements the new feature in do
Creating a new project container is the first step. Click the “+” icon in the menu bar of the “Projects” screen to enter the project’s information. Creating the project’s container will update the number of existing projects in the menu bar. You can edit an existing project via the “Edit” button in the header; a project may be removed or its information may be modified by changing the project’s picture, adding members, etc. Additionally, you
However, there is a way around this, and that’s to use Polymer. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s an open community project set up to make future Web technologies usable today, and that includes Web Components and, through them, Custom Elements. Polymer is both a development library, which uses native implementations where available and polyfills where not, and a UI library, with common elements and patterns built using its own technology.
This report (“Acquisition” → “All Traffic”) shows the top sources through which people arrive on the website. Comparing the mobile and desktop segments here will show whether any particular source skews towards mobile users. I’ve often noticed a higher percentage of traffic coming from Facebook on mobile than on desktop, because so many people access Facebook via a smartphone app. This awareness can help you to tailor your messaging at mobile sizes to people wh
We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for six years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each mo
Services such as YouTube provide code that you can copy and paste into your own website to embed content. I tend to recommend to my clients that they host video with YouTube because it will save them server space and, regardless of the user’s browser or device, YouTube will display the video correctly. The two main ways to embed video on a website are the HTML5 video element, which doesn’t work in legacy versions of Internet Explorer, and Flash, which doesn’t work on iOS device
The freedom from needing to know or even think about HTML during the prototyping process is a real benefit to UX designers. When you have to take technical aspects into account in the prototyping process, you could easily start filtering your design thinking. At some point, usually pretty early in most projects, technical capabilities and constraints will become a necessary part of the design process. But during the very early prototyping phases, you might benefit from more freedom to think abou
Another highly effective use of the pattern on publishing websites is to display comments. More and more websites are following Medium’s example of allowing users to comment directly on individual lines and paragraphs in an article. This functionality is usually missing from the mobile version, and Medium is guilty of this. An off-canvas flyout is a perfect solution to this problem. Clicking a comment flag would pop open a pane that contains the comments for the lines that are visible, and
Mike: I think it’s a mixture of both. When you have to build a site with very specific features for a client, you can take away the development part and make it much easier for the client to use it. However, the training that I’ve been doing is for a more general purpose. The people who I train are looking to build and manage sites for themselves or the companies they work for. They need to know a reasonable amount about WordPress (for example, how to build or configure a site with i
Choose whether to use tabs or spaces for indentation, the character set, and the end of line style for the various file types. INIT has common defaults but can be easily adapted. If your editor recognizes EditorConfig files, then those configurations will be applied to your project automatically. The EditorConfig file is supported via a plugin in such apps as Sublime Text, WebStorm, Vim, Emacs, TextMate and more; a full list and links can be found on the official website.
The styles that come in Bootstrap out of the box are quite extensive, and the assumption is that you won’t be changing them extensively. You can override the CSS in a separate style sheet or by using LESS or Sass files. Unfortunately, little documentation is provided for LESS and Sass files, so you’ll need to figure out much of the code on your own. The abundant styles built into Bootstrap make it a popular choice for inexperienced front-end Web developers. (Note that Bootstrap has r
Then you have the flesh. This is the weight around the skeleton. Where you put the thins and thicks will largely be determined by the tool you use to trace the skeleton. Now that you almost have a full body, you must think of the head and feet. Will you have serifs, or do you prefer flats? This is where the design brief splits from a single path into many. If you were to present the first five questions to five different designers, you would likely get different answers to the sixth question and