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3D in your web pages

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How to put interactive 3D images on a web page? What technical solutions for them to be visible by a maximum of Internet users, in other words supported by a wide range of browsers? How to implement them?
Several solutions exist, but none has yet emerged: technologies, equipment and standards are constantly changing in this area, so the choices are not obvious. To schematize, there are solutions that have proven themselves but which do not seem to have a future (Flash 3D, Java3D) and promising solutions based on standards but which are not yet universally supported (WebGL, CSS3 3D).
Flash 3D: proprietary solution (Adobe), user side requires the Flash plug-in, design side a good knowledge of ActionScript or go through a dedicated 3D Flash engine (Away3D, CopperCube …).
Java3D: open-source solution, Java API (not included in the JDK), user side requires the Java virtual machine, design side some knowledge of 3D programming or go through software like WireFusion.
The Flash plug-in and the JVM are installed on almost all (98%) desktop computers.
WebGL: open-source solution, port of the OpenGL standard for web browsers, user side requires compatible graphics card, driver and browser (more and more widespread, 70% at the time of writing this newsletter, updated info on WebGLstats), design side some knowledge of 3D programming and Javascript or go through a rendering engine exporting WebGL (CopperLicht, CopperCube …). It is actually a Javascript API that allows browsers to use the power of calculating graphics cards to display images and animations in real time via the <canvas> tag of HTML5.
SKETCHFAB: AN ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO LEARN …
Recently, a very practical solution has emerged that will meet the immediate needs of some people: the Sketchfab gallery.
It is a 3D model hosting service designed on the same principle as YouTube or Vimeo. You import your file in its native format and the service is responsible for posting on the Internet. You can then publish, share and integrate it into your web pages. The service is based on the WebGL standard and an alternative solution for users whose hardware configuration is not compatible.

Web Development Mauritius: WordPress

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The different stages of creating a site are considerably easier under WordPress thanks to its flexibility and its performances. In order to fully understand the benefits of WordPress, let’s detail the steps of building a website in chronological order.

Web developmet in a nutshell

The specifications: This is the document that takes up the final schedule. It includes functional behaviors and plugins that will bring the project to its final release.
The model (also called “Wireframe”): it is an overview with a tree and a graphical interface.
Integration: this is the phase during which we add content such as articles, images, etc.
Developments: it is the step of the code that it is HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, MySQL …

Delivery of the project

In WordPress, development can take place throughout the entire project.
This flexibility makes it possible to continuously improve the project even if it is already delivered, very simply and quickly.

Concretely how does it work with WordPress?

The flexibility of WordPress makes it possible to proceed with the development of the site in parallel with the other stages of creation of a website.

The production steps in WordPress

Define appearance: typography, page templates, color charter and semiology. This is done by choosing the theme and the UI kit best suited to the project.
Add content: integration of texts, photos, videos, product sheets. WordPress has many tools such as the text editor and the media library to facilitate different content integrations.
Add features: plugin integration like forms, share buttons, comments, new menus and related content.
Adding content and adding features can be changed over the different stages of creating a site. These time savings allow us to focus on editorial quality and on a better-thought-out SEO.
You too, take advantage of these valuable benefits that WordPress offers you.

How to write good content for your website?

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To be more precise, your content must be relevant, digestible, interesting and memorable, identifiable by the search engines. And they must be kept up to date. And if your content is good, why reserve your talent to your website?

Relevant and digestible

When you write a text, strive to think like your readers. Address your visitors, your customers. Use specific terms. Go straight to the point in your texts and descriptions. What works best is necessarily short. Avoid any entrepreneurial jargon, talk like your customers would. Otherwise, they may never come to your site. And if they succeed in falling on them, they will not understand much of it, and will go to other heavens.
People do not read websites, they scan the screen until something catches their attention. If there is too much text to inspect, or if they do not find anything they expected, they move on to something else. Split your texts. Make short sentences and small paragraphs.
Choose your titles carefully. Do not say too much, or too little, it is the rule. And give care to the language you use, it’s important: If your site is for children, say “How to make paper flowers”, if it is addressed to specialists say: “Model for Origami: Pink “.
Use illustrations. A picture is worth a thousand words. If possible, replace some paragraphs with a photo or video.

Search Engine Performance

Approximately 40-50% of visits to a well-organized website are attributable to search engines. The other half of the traffic consists of direct visits, for example if your site has been bookmarked by your visitors, or if a third party site makes a link to yours. It is therefore crucial for any site to properly appear in the search engines, and be attractive enough to be recommended on other sites.
Search engines are quite disappointing in terms of indexing videos, audio, photo. So you have to look after the textual content of your site, which Google will display in its results. You should include carefully selected keywords in your texts, which will be used as search terms and will channel the interest of your potential visitors.
Rich and relevant texts in the eyes of your potential customers, will also be for the search engines. And then write interesting content, so that people want to create links to your site. These two axes are formidably strategic if you want to promote your site and your activity.

Keep your site up to date

Stimulate your visitors with your content, make them want to come back – Content should not only be interesting, but it should also be kept up to date. With a good blog, a section devoted to your products that is constantly evolving, links to consumer opinions, etc. Your site must stay alive. You must give the impression that someone passionate animates your site permanently.
The freshness of the contents of a site conditions its placement in the search engines.

Recycle your content

If the content of your site conforms to the above, then this content is good. Maybe even some of this content is valid enough to be used several times. 1) on your website, 2) in the internal company newsletter, 3) in a presentation to be presented at a conference or trade fair, etc. And why not in a press release or in a book? There may be a lot to learn from your passion …

Web Design Mauritius: Why create a website?

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Creating a website is a powerful communication tool.

A website is a unique way to communicate with the world. So whether you have chosen to create a website to share your passion for music or animals, to make your company known to potential customers, to sell crafts or other items, there are no more barriers. With a site, a multitude of possibilities is offered to you.
The Internet is the ideal medium to reach a large audience at little cost.
A website gives you:

  • A business card of your company
  • A permanent and detailed advertisement
  • A facility open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year
  • Increased competitiveness
  • Better reaction speed
  • Increased credibility

Mass media communication

Internet is the only communication medium where you can broadcast photos, music or videos. This ability makes it a rich and dynamic medium. Creating a website is an essential step in a company’s growth strategy. Today, the website has become a true communication tool and a powerful marketing tool.

Creating a website for all

The first step in building a site is to know its goals and choose a topic accordingly. Will it be a professional, recreational or other site? Do you want to share a passion, meet people, create a business network, present your services … you decide! Having its website makes it possible to open doors to the world since it is a simple way to meet all kinds of expectations.
Today, it is risky for a company to stay away from new modes of communication. It should also be borne in mind that the presence of a company on the Internet must be sustainable and follow the evolutions of the web.
If you want to be accompanied, set up and exploit the full potential of your presence on the internet, contact us!

Web Design Mauritius: 2017 on the Web!

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Web design remains one field that is always evolving. Meaning that you always have to upgrade your site to fit the current generation of features. This year began loudly on the web design side of things – three dominant features are ruling new designs and this is what our article is all about. Here are the three trends to keep an eye on this year and to maybe add on to your website to be on the trendy side of things.

A video to replace images

The display of large-format video clips to replace banner images is a good way to boost a website. Increasing the speed of web connections allows us to integrate more and more media items in better resolution. The html5 video tags allow us to easily integrate them and ensure a good cross-browser compatibility. The only barrier to this trend: Apple mobile devices do not support automatic video playback to preserve battery life.

“Landing pages”

One very common feature being used nowadays remains the Landing Page. Landing pages allow several companies with a smaller budget to maintain a high-quality presence on the Web. They also allow a company that already has a web presence to launch a targeted campaign or online offensive and increase the conversion of visits – thus not only increasing their visibility but also increasing their gain in clients.

Endless-scroll pages

Web pages without a scroll bar presenting all the content inside the initial window are becoming more and more popular. The scrolling action is often re-used in these pages to advance the content, which is built as a story or timeline. On these pages, you will often find a multitude of animations and transitions to reveal the content. These pages look like a book or a brochure and cause a wow effect.
Keep tuned for more updates about WEB!
 

WEB DESIGN: Edge the new browser from Microsoft!

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Edge is the new Microsoft browser (code name: Spartan). It will be released with Windows 10 whose launch is announced for July 29. The publisher has Edge as a new generation of browser, powerful, innovative, and especially designed for the modern web. It is already possible to test it in beta by downloading the Windows 10 desktop Preview, or Windows 10 beta Mobile (designed for smartphones and tablets). Edge will not replace Microsoft Internet Explorer completely, but will be offered as an alternative to it. It will be integrated with Windows 10 alongside IE that will remain present in the desktop version of the OS.

A browser that is more efficient than Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft insists on the optimization work conducted around the motor of its browser. Objective: To accelerate the implementation of websites, including improved JavaScript JIT compiler Chakra. According to the publisher, the optimization allow Edge to go well beyond the JavaScript execution performance of Chrome and Firefox. In support of its analysis, it highlights the results recorded by the browser during the Jet Stream tests (developed by Apple) and Octane 2.0 (proposed by Google).
The results of the Jet Stream test states that Microsoft Edge runs web applications 1.6 times faster than Internet Explorer 11. According Octane test, it would even be 2 times more efficient in this exercise as its predecessor. Both comparisons were made with a variation of browserst on an HP machine (equipped with Windows 10) with 12 GB of RAM and a next generation processor (Intel Core i7 860 CPU clocked at 2.80GHz).

Cortana Integration

Microsoft has also integrated the browser Cortana. Limited for now to the beta of Microsoft Edge in the US version of Windows 10, the personal voice assistant allows particularly the pushing of content associated with current web page view. If it is the site of a company, Cortana may propose a route to the office of that company from your location, associated content, or trace a contact of this company you have saved in your phone book.

Support extensions

Another major change compared to Internet Explorer was announced: Microsoft Edge will support the extensions. In April, the group hit hard by announcing that extensions designed for Firefox and Chrome can be worn under Edge with minor changes.

And for web site developers?

Initially, Microsoft Edge must be fitted with the MSHTML rendering engine (based on Trident), to ensure browser compatibility with sites designed for older versions of IE. This is what Microsoft has indicated in a post published on January 22. It will eventually be the case. In a post on 24 March, Microsoft said it had changed its mind. Edge will be limited to EdgeHTML new engine designed by the American group to support the latest web standards. The publisher also emphasizes the work of its teams to support these standards “on the model of other modern browsers.”

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HTML: Definition

HTML or “Hypertext Mark-Up Language” is a “marking” language whose role is to formalize writing a document with formatting tags. The language is nowadays most commonly used in the creation of webpages. The tags allow you to specify how the document should be presented and the relationship it has with other documents.
The tags used are written in between angle braces. For example, <html>.
Here is a list of all existing html tags.

HTML: Internet

HTML allows the playback of documents on the Internet from different computers, thanks to the HTTP protocol, allowing access via the network to documents identified by a unique address, called a URL.
The World Wide Web (WWW for short), or simply Web is a “virtual canvas” formed by the various documents (called “web pages”) linked together by means of hyperlinks.
Web pages are usually organized around a home page, playing a central point in the navigation using hyperlinks. This coherent set of web pages linked by hyperlinks and centered around a common home page is called web site.
The Web is a huge living archive composed of a myriad of websites offering web pages that may contain formatted text, images, sounds, video, etc.
Web principle
The web is composed of web pages stored on web servers which are machines constantly connected to the Internet and loaded to provide the requested web pages. Each of the web pages, and more generally any online resource (image, video, music, entertainment, etc.) is identified by a unique URL.
The key to navigating through web pages is the web browser, software which are able to query web servers, exploiting their results and to format the information through the instructions contained in the HTML codes.
The major browsers used to browse the Internet are:
1. Mozilla Firefox, by far the most famous one
2. Internet Explorer, from Microsoft and about to be replaced by “Spartan”
3. Chrome, a Google product
4. Safari, a browser coded by Apple Corporation.

HTML standard
It is important to understand that HTML is a standard, that is, the tags are recommendations published by an international consortium: the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The official HTML specifications therefore describe the “instructions” HTML but in no case their implementation, that is, their translation into computer programs to allow web pages regardless of the consultation of the operating system or computer architecture.
However since not all browsers are the same, the same web page can be displayed differently depending on the browser the user is using, thus affecting user experience.
Also, sometimes some software publishers add proprietary HTML instructions which are not part of the W3C specifications. Web pages containing this type of instruction pages can be perfectly displayed on a browser and will be fully or partly illegible to others, hence the need to create web pages following the W3C recommendations to increase user experience.

HTML Versions
HTML was originally developed by Tim Berners-Lee, a researcher at CERN in 1989. This officially announced the creation of the Web on Usenet in August 1991. The web browser used back then was named NCSA Mosaic.
RFC 1866, dated November 1995 is the first official version of HTML, HTML 2.0.

HTML 3

After the brief appearance of HTML 3.0, which was never formally established, HTML 3.2 became the official standard on January 14, 1997. The most significant contributions of the HTML 3.2 were the standardization of tables as well as a large number of presentation elements.

HTML 4

On 18 December 1997, HTML 4.0 was published. Version 4.0 of HTML including standardized style sheets and frames (frames). HTML 4.01, appeared on the 24th of December 1999 making minor modifications to HTML 4.0.

HTML 5

HTML 5.0 was specified in 2012. Version 5.0 of HTML DOM defines two syntax: HTML5 and XHTML5. This version brings new opportunities in terms of creating “rich Web applications” benefiting from the integration of multimedia elements and interactivity, like Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight.
At web companies, we strive to give you a webpage with perfectly coded HTML so that the user gets the best experience possible.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Web Companies

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2014 is nearly over and our favorite time of the year is about to come. A fabulous year, rich in emotions. Lived with passion at the Web Companies family.
Decorations to welcome the upcoming 2015 in good spirits. Like every year, we are always keeping updated with the trends of web development which is always in the process of evolving. And always, our teams are into the effort of raising our standards to offer more excellent services to our dedicated clients.
We at Web Companies are zealous to fight this New Year 2015.
We want to say thank you for having supported us for our 20 years of existence.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Web Comapnies

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Web Comapnies