Like many, we can’t help but go on and on about how fabulous the new iPhones are. We have our own list of reasons why we can’t get enough of the new phone. But one reason that is an absolute favourite to us is the bigger display with Retina HD display.
For many years the rival smartphone makers had one major advantage over the iPhone – the bigger screen size. While the iPhone was stuck with a smaller screen display, the rival smartphone makers could attract different target audiences; most importantly the ones who love to spend more time playing games. Well, all these shortcomings has been overcome by the great team behind responsible for making the awesome new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Not only the gaming industry, but this advancement in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus lends a great opportunity to all the app makers to make the most of the bigger screen. There are currently over 1.3 million apps in the AppsStore. Apple’s launch of the new 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus does not necessarily mean that the developers will have to redo all these apps to work properly on the bigger screens of the new iPhones.
Phil Schiller, the marketing chief of Apple, in the keynote speech at the launch of the product on Tuesday revealed that the iOS 8 platform has a desktop-class scaler that allows apps to the various screen sizes. This also means that the users, for the very first time, will be able to use the device horizontally on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apart from this, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also has an additional functionality called ‘Reachability’, which allows the users to double tap the TouchID to pull down the notifications with just one hand. As shared by Phil Schiller in the keynote speech at the launch was that Apple is now to giving access to its M8 chips to the developers so that they can run more graphic intensive apps closer to the processor.
Phil pointed out that, all this pain of allowing the users to view and use the apps horizontally has been taken to enhance the user experience. The in-built apps in the new devices have been designed to make the most of the bigger screen. We love how the new mail box and the messages appear in the new iPhones. This sure has opened many possibilities for those in the apps development business. It’s worth noting that CNN has already working on redoing its app to make the most of the bigger screen display. In the subsequent months many will follow. So, are you too ready to make you apps iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus-ready?
According to an article published in the Daily Mail, 82% of the Internet users in the UK shop online regularly. The Centre for Retail Search released some statistics stating that online sales in the UK account for 10.7% of the total retail sales. These statistics may talk about the UK market alone but the truth is that the eCommerce story has grown leaps and bounds not just in the United Kingdom, but globally. Many people who use to buy offline have now moved on to online shops.
As a web development agency into the trade of developing bespoke eCommerce solutions we have come across many clients who have their concerns about this whole thing of getting an eCommerce solution developed for their business. While there are many small business entrepreneurs who have become successful after setting up an online store, there are many who fall prey to the myths revolving around selling things online.
This blog post aims to debunk all those myths that have been stopping you from taking the big step.
- Myth 1: My product is not suited for selling online
Until and unless what you want to sell online is illegal, you can sell it online. Anything from diamonds to vegetables can be sold online as long as it covers all the costs of selling online.
- Myth 2: My business is not registered. So, I cannot sell online.
Thanks to platforms like PayUPiasa, the payment gateway services are now accessible to even businesses that are not registered. So, that shouldn’t stop you now!
- Myth 3: I need a thousand awesome features to make my online store attractive to the customers.
There are many online stores that are doing a 7-8 figure business every month from a site with minimum features. All that matters is the product that you are selling and how user-friendly your eCommerce website is.
- Myth 4: Logistics can be a real pain to handle.
More and more Logistics companies are opening up to eCommerce. Also, there are many eCommerce platforms that offer great logistics support at highly discounted prices. So, logistics will not be a real pain to handle.
- Myth 5: Acquiring customers is pretty expensive.
There are many cost effective ways to acquire customers today. You can start by digitizing your offline customer database, start selling on various online marketplaces and promote via social media, sending newsletters and writing blogs.
See, it’s that simple!
As a business owner who is always aiming to excel, you are constantly working towards making your presence appealing to your customers. A considerable amount of time, effort and money goes into marketing your business, its products and services. Just like your marketing material, your web applications or website must also be designed to appeal to your potential customers. The more professional your web presence is, the more credible your business will appear to your customers.
When considering creating a new web application or a website, businesses are faced with a dilemma. Whether to go for simple web development or get a bespoke web application or website developed that meets to your business needs perfectly. But before deciding which approach one should go for, remember that it all depends on the requirements of your business and what you want to accomplish with your website. A good web development agency can help you take the decision.
There are many platforms available for developing websites. There are numerous generic, pre-built website templates and themes available easily for purchase. WordPress themes are the most popular in the market right now with over 60 million people using it. Even most of the web development agencies recommend it. The reason behind such a success of the WordPress platform is that you can use only what is required for your business. It comes with a set of features that suit simple as well as complex requirements of businesses. There are so many plug-ins available that you can even build an eCommerce website on WordPress.
Building your website on a web development platform is very cost effective. If budget is something that is holding you back from getting a website developed for your business, then website themes / templates are your best bet.
Also, simple web development ensures a shorter development time for your web project.
But with so many people using pre-built templates, your website will look like a lot of other websites. Also, websites developed on pre-built templates are inflexible to your requirements. Additionally, the major problems with plug-in is that you’ll have to buy one to add one functionality to your website, another to add something else and so on. Templates also avoid the SEO aspects and sometimes face compatibility issues with different browsers.
Bespoke Web Development
Bespoke web development ensures unique and flexible web development, something that you won’t get with pre-built templates. Bespoke web development gives you the freedom to add features and functions that you wish to have in your website but won’t find a plug-in for if you choose WordPress or any other development platform. This means that your website will look and function different from everyone else’s website. Also, the website will be more adaptive to your business needs.
Bespoke applications make using web easy and offers a great user experience. Bespoke applications streamlines complicated processes and offers your user an easy and better way of dealing with your business online.
Today, bespoke web development is the first choice of web development agencies, including us. Why? The reason behind this is that bespoke development comes with numerous benefits. For example, your users can access your application from any device which has an internet connection, better communication with external suppliers etc.
From the SEO perspective, bespoke websites perform very well as compared to websites built on web development platforms. If you hire the right web development agency, their talented developers will construct a website with background coding that will help your website succeed in the search engines.
Bespoke web development may take a lot of time and cost more money for developing a web application but it sure is worth it.
Content Management System is one of the most integral parts of web development. A good CMS can help increase efficiency, let you control & manage your web content, help in increasing your Search Engine ranking and help the visitors of your website to search for information with ease. There are many more ways in which CMS helps your website and business. Therefore, it is important to choose a CMS wisely.
If you are looking for a robust content management system, then you must consider Drupal. There is no reason why Drupal will not work for you. The program is capable of powering big sites, and it comes free of cost. Some of the websites are Fast Company, The Economist, the White House and Sony BMG.
This article will give you an insight on why and how Drupal can work for you. There are several benefits of using this framework –
Drupal offers unmatched flexibility and can be heavily customized. It gives you the power to develop applications of any magnitude and complexity.
Drupal allows the developers to customize their applications with the help of free programs called modules. In fact, the extensive number of modules makes it so powerful. Considering the fact that the program comes for free, the functionality that it provides is extensive.
If you are used to using command line utilities, then Drupal is the program for you. The framework entails the ultimate deal breaker in CMS. The site developed on this platform can be easily maintained using Drush, which makes the maintenance tasks rather convenient.
Cost Effective and Easily Maintainable
However, if you are not acquainted to command line utilities, this program also offers the developer an opportunity to perform routine maintenance activities quickly and in a cost-effective manner. In addition, Drupal also allows you to set up multiple sites that can easily be maintained. The Aegir program allows the developer to perform complex tasks like –
- Creating a copy of the site
- Easy migration of the site to an upgraded version
In addition, there are a plethora of tasks that can be easily performed using this utility.
Designed for the Future
Contrary to popular belief, web development is not a one-time project. In fact, it is a continually evolving project. Foresight is one of the most essential qualities of Drupal. The upgrade system available as part of this program is backward compatible and the site can be easily upgraded to the new version without any breakages to the website.
Now that you know the benefits of Drupal, the next crucial question is how and why this technology is the right choice for you. Here are a few reasons –
- Your website is a central element in the structure of your organization
- You have a good money and time budget
- If you are an amateur web developer and you love to learn latest software, then this framework gives you a good opportunity to broaden your expertise
Despite so many benefits, this framework is suited for those not willing to learn the system or doesn’t have sufficient budget to get the system developed. The bottom line is that Drupal provides a stable and flexible solution.
Preparing for trade shows can be tiring, costly and time consuming. We did two events recently and many in the past. Designing your brochure, theme for the event, getting marketing collateral printed; it can be a daunting task. I thought of sharing some of our contacts.
- All our brochures, themes and designs were done in-house, so give us a shout if you need help
- The brochures were printed in India before we flew to London. Happy to share contacts if you are in India.
- We used Total Displays for our Exhibition stand material printing. These guys are great and helped with all our stand material. Great prices and very supportive. We were working with Christine. We thank her for all the support!
- We were changing our branding and business cards had to be reprinted. They did not come up to be as nice the first time we got them printed after re-branding. We were looking for a next day service to reprint our cards and we found Kall Kwik St James. They provided next day service and were reasonably priced. We loved our business cards. Simple and Nice!
For the exhibition, we normally take up Shell Scheme Stands and we wanted re-usability in our display material. We went with Shell Clad systems as they can be reused in different exhibition if the size of the stand is similar. Total Displays did all the printing for us.
Need more info? We will be happy to share a tip of two!