What Are the Web Development Trends for 2014?

With every passing day, web development is going through tremendous change. Web developers and programmers keep working on making the websites look good in order to build a strong impression on the targeted audience. But it is equally important to realize that your website should offer what your customers are looking for.

Many businessmen and web developers work on making their website look stylish or tech savvy. Their websites look amazing but when the visitor tries to find something they are looking for, they can’t see it because the website isn’t designed by keeping the customers in mind. Among the multiple factors that one needs to keep in mind while offering web development services in 2014, few important ones are:

1. The website should offer what the customers are looking for.

Making your website simple and to the point is very important these days. If you have a heavy website which takes more loading time, it will annoy your audience and they’ll ultimately leave. On the other hand, if your homepage offers everything that the customer wants, the chances of their doing business with you increases. Basically, homepage holds utmost importance. Web developers and businessmen should sit together to design what actually works for the homepage and what a prospective customer would be looking for.

2. The website should offer smarter transitions.

With the introduction of quality displays such as Apple’s retina screen and development in pixel density such as 4K resolution, the web developers need to ensure that their websites offer smarter transitions. Few years back any transition between a website used to be a huge problem but now, developers ensure that websites have enough room for transitions.

3. The website should be tested for all OS and browsers.

There is a new trend of operating systems launching their own browsers for mobile and desktop. Google laptops run on a modified version of Chrome whereas Mozilla also released a Firefox Mozilla OS for mobile. These options are helpful for those buyers who can’t afford to buy expensive smart phones. That’s why; web developers should make sure to test the websites for every OS and browsers.

4. The websites should be launched when they are fully functional.

If you have a huge brand name and you are planning to launch your website live, make sure that it’s fully functional. The testing phase of any website holds utmost importance. Most of the times, businessmen commit to launch the website on a particular date in a jiffy and when the website is launched, it’s a disaster. The owner, web developers and marketing team needs to sit together to figure out a launch date with a little cushion, so when the website is launched, it offers everything you promised.

5. The mobile websites need to have larger text and smaller layouts.

The major issue with most of the mobile websites is the typography. This issue needs to be resolved by the developers with larger text and smaller layouts. With the influx of mobile website users, you need to ensure that your website is compatible with mobile and smart phones or you’ll be losing a big chunk of business.

How to Avoid the Risk of Unclear Requirements in Offshore Web Development Projects

It is common in IT industry to hear complaints from clients about the poor quality of the solutions or about receiving unwanted solutions that do not match with their requirements. However, the reality is that most of the outsourced projects fall short of their purpose not because of the inferior capabilities, but because the project requirements were not properly understood by the development company.

Unclear requirements have been one of most prominent reasons for inferior solutions in offshore web development model. Poorly defined requirements on the part of the clients are usually the case in failed projects. How can you expect to obtain proper solutions when you can’t even define your requirements? This usually happens when the client is running out of time and wants very quick solutions. They usually skip the proper requirement gathering and analysis part or just skim through the documentation of project requirements in order to get quick solutions. However, this is a perfect recipe for complete disaster.

This does not means that you have to define the specifications in overly detailed manner for even mediocre projects, but it means that you can’t expect an effective solution from a one page project concept. The clearer the project specifications are defined since the beginning, the easier it would be for project managers and developers to understand your requirements and work accordingly.
Now the question here is how you can avoid the risk of unclear requirements in offshore web development projects. Mentioned below are some tips that will help you in doing so:

Giving Some Extra Time To The Requirements Gathering Phase: When you outsource web development projects, make sure that the project manager from the development firm interviews some potential users and finds out the desired features and functionalities for the new software. The software would be most probably used by your employees therefore the project manager should try to understand your business requirements, the user interfaces that are required and the high level requirements of the completed system. It is very important that the manager makes a proper documentation of all the requirements along with any milestones that may be helpful in determining the performance. Further, also make sure that he documents the number of users that are expected to be using the software and exactly how they will be using it.

Requirement Analysis: Once the requirements are gathered it is time to analyze these requirements to determine the feasibility of the software. It is very important to make sure whether the project is even feasible or not before you start working on it. The web development company also needs to determine the acceptability of the proposed solution and the ability to implement it.

Requirement Inspection: In this section, the web development company needs to review the requirements that are proposed by the clients and try to identify any ambiguities or discrepancies in the requirements. Further, they should also determine plan for handling any errors or issues that may arise during the development of the project.

Clients should make sure that their requirements are clear to them and to the web development company when they outsource web development requirements to offshore vendors. As you are not physically available to the vendor therefore it is required that you make most effective use of latest communication and data sharing technologies to provide clear requirements to the development team.

About Web Development Plagiarism

When you think about plagiarism, the first thought that comes to mind is probably something to do with writing (such as you might have faced during your university years when plagiarism was likely to get you kicked out) or art (where people are constantly faced with accusations of stealing other artist’s work). You probably don’t think about the same thing occurring in web development, but the reality of the situation is that the plagiarism of code and design is just as prevalent as the stealing of art and lyrics.

Unfortunately, when it comes to web development, the law is fairly hazy when it comes what constitutes as ‘inspiration’ and what constitutes as downright ‘stealing’. Whilst the difference between the two can be debated amongst members of the industry, the only important distinction (at least, for a web developer who has had their code stolen) is the one made by the law.

It has long been believed that there is very little legal protection when it comes to the plagiarism of web development work, but this is not true – there is probably a lot more protection than you have thought there is. In most countries, copyright law protects anything that is a shape, pattern or similar object, which includes design. It is important, however, to look further than this – an intangible design is actually made up of a collection of tangible objects (code), which is 110% copyright-able. On top of this, any images or text that is used in a website is also protected by copyright. This is because all of these bits of information are saved onto a web server.

So, what can someone working in web development get from all of these legal distinctions? Basically, while the design itself cannot be covered by copyright and plagiarism laws (being intangible), the work that went into creating the design is protected (as the code, text and images are tangible). This is an interesting predicament for many web developers – if you come across a website that looks exactly like your own, it will not be considered plagiarism as long as the creator hasn’t used any of the images, text or code that you used to create yours. In contrast to this, you could find a website that has no resemblance to yours whatsoever but, if the creator has copied the code directly from your website, this is a breach of copyright.

So, how can a web developer prevent their code from being plagiarized? You could consider encrypting your HTML (which is not overly desirable as it also blocks search engine spiders from indexing your website), make your own code (because every web developer will have their own style, much like every author and composer does), embed your images (with your copyright information), use unique file names (which can make it easier to prove plagiarism has occurred), and search out plagiarists (the best way to do this is by joining a forum that is specifically for this task).

If you do uncover a company that has blatantly stolen your work (without permission, of course), your next step is to take the matter to a lawyer. Often, however, all a web developer needs to do is point out the similarities between their own website and the new one for its creator to agree to change these things – after all, no one wants to be involved in a legal battle over their website unless they really have to.

The next time you come across a website that you think has breached copyright law by stealing your work, look deeper into the page – if they haven’t used your code, then you don’t really have a foot to stand on. If you do in fact find that the web developer has copied your code, you certainly have a legal grounding to take the matter further.