What do Visitors Want in a Website? Speed, Graphics or Compatibility?

One of the most frustrating things about visiting a website is when it takes a long time to load despite the fact that you know that you have a fast internet connection. One of the reasons behind this can be connected to the type of development platform that was used in order to create it and, as such, this article focuses more on giving the pros and cons of three different platforms in order for you to understand which would be the most suitable for your needs.

Flash Is Not Quick
Despite its name, Flash based web architecture is far from what one can describe as being quick. The reason behind this can be connected to its development platform that focuses on a graphics intensive user interface. While on the surface, a Flash based website may look impressive and very “modern”, the fact remains that the length of time it takes to load up can actually dissuade users from visiting the site in the first place. Not only that, Flash has a considerable number of vulnerabilities that have been identified, resulting in few developers truly choosing the platform for robust website development.

HTML is one of the most well known methods for website creation and its latest iteration, HTML 5, has shown great promise in implementing the necessary software to match the demand for ever more complex web applications. HTML based coding is seen in a vast majority of websites today due to the overall familiarity of web developers towards its usage. Do note, though, that due to its very nature as a flexible standard markup language, it has been integrated into other programming languages to create more complex websites.

Through the use of new development frameworks such as PHP Codeigniter, a PHP based website utilizing this platform is considered to be very fast and is somewhat “lighter” given the nature of its code. The end result is that this allows web developers to create websites that are lightning fast yet still continue to have the same level of detail seen in standalone HTML 5 based websites.

When it comes to your choice of development platform, be sure to select one that meshes with what you are trying to accomplish when it comes to drawing in customers. If you want Flash, use Flash. If you want PHP Codeigniter use it as well. The beauty of web development is that if one platform seems to be the wrong choice, you can always switch to a new one.

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Common Mistakes When Hiring Your First Volusion Developer

One of the biggest reasons that Volusion has become such a popular ecommerce platform is that the system itself is designed to be very easy to use. This allows people with all levels of experience in web design and development to create a storefront without suffering through a steep learning curve or endless hours trying to figure out what to do.

Everything is built into the basic Volusion site, from the shopping cart to inventory control and management. However, there are a lot of limitations on how much you can customize these features without knowing about programming. This is where our Volusion developer becomes a major asset for your website.

Developer or Designer?

In general terms, the developer deals with the programming and underlying functionality of the site and the designer handles the look and customer experience portion. Most developers and designers, especially with our company, work closely together on the website to create a good all-around experience for both the site owner as well as the end-users.

If you are hiring a Volusion developer, we recommend looking for a Volusion specialist team. This will allow you to address all your site’s issues from SEO to integration of apps to customization at one time, giving you a terrific website at launch.

Hiring on Price

We understand that starting an ecommerce website isn’t a low-cost proposition and that most small businesses, entrepreneurs, and startup ecommerce sites don’t have an unlimited budget.

Hiring a website developer based on price alone literally guarantees you are getting what you paid for. It takes training, ongoing professional development, experience, and technical skills to be a top developer, all of which cost time and money. However, hiring the most expensive person isn’t necessarily the best option either.

Instead, look for an experienced, expert developer and team that offer a package of services that will fit into your budget. Hiring an inexperienced, low-cost developer often ends up costing you in the long run, as there will be ongoing issues and problems you will have to pay to have resolved over time.

The Proof

When hiring a Volusion developer we also strongly recommend you ask for references and take a look at the work the developer and their team have completed for other businesses.

If you like what you see and you get positive recommendations from past customers running ecommerce businesses similar to yours, we think that is a great indicator that you have selected a top developer and company for your website project.

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