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Web Design in 2014 Needs to Take Google Chrome Seriously

Web marketing is a complicated beast. You have to write high-quality web content that people want to read, you have to build a vibrant presence on social media platforms, and you have to focus on search engine optimization. As eCommerce levels continue to rise -- web users are expected to spend $1.5 trillion in 2014 -- those tactics are only going to become more important.  While those methods are important, they are arguably not the most important tactics for success online in 2014. Web design is the crucial element of any successful advertising campaign this year. Quite simply, your web design is the lens through which your customers view everything you do. You can write great content, but if it's published on a poorly designed site, it won't matter.  Understanding web design is often reduced to learning code and basic design principles, but to anyone in the industry, it's a much more complex science. Take, for example, web browsers: web pages need to be designed to work with the most popular browsers. This year, that means making sure Google Chrome can display the pages you design as intended.  How Microsoft Lost the Browser Wars Anyone who grew up alongside the internet...
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5 Web Design and Development Trends Set to Take 2014 By Storm

If you’ve been paying any attention to the web development world in the past few years, you’re likely already familiar with the one thing that’s remained constant: change. Every new year brings new innovations, especially given how mobile web browsing continues to climb in popularity. More websites are optimizing for mobile use through responsive design, and developers are even launching apps that allow for coding on tablets and, in certain situations, even smartphones. Talk about mobility. But those advancements, though groundbreaking, are now technically old news. So, that begs the question: What can we look forward to in 2014? If we look at past trends as indicators of a possible future, this year is already shaping up to be one ripe with new features both for design and development. For example, keep a lookout for... 1. Long-Scrolling Websites This one harkens back to the early days of user-made sites, when GeoCities seemed to rule the web. Before site designers fully figured out that a lengthy post could be parceled out over separate pages in order to score more ad space, readers could just keep scrolling for what seemed an eternity. Now, with mobile technologies becoming absolutely ubiquitous, there’s a move back...
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What's essential for a good eCommerce website design?

Today, it is so simple to set up an E-Commerce website that almost anybody with even a primary Knowledge can do this. However, you should provide your E-Commerce website the same value of thoughts, preparing and concern that you would if you were investing large amounts on it. Your E-Commerce web style is an essential aspect, so here are a few factors you should consider when designing and developing your website. Functionality is key to its success It needs to have operated and it needs to perform. It must be developed so that there are as few limitations as possible. It must be simple to get from getting on the website to completing the checkout. Included applications, video clips, pictures, hyperlinks, and the components must all operate completely. Quick running is very important Quickly upload and covering all SEO elements. You should make sure that it plenty easily. Design the website so that even third party web designers cannot pressure one web page with too many pictures. Does it work? This is a very excellent query, and the response can only come through repeated groping. You need to be sure that every factor loads in such a way that it is...
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Magento Issue: Repairing a Rebill Module

One of our clients owns a website that provides instructionals, tutorials, and online classes for a monthly fee. One of the issues that Magento has is that sometimes, when the rebill function is called in a module, it accesses the database, memcache, and zencache to recall the previous order.However, sometimes, for reasons our developers couldn't find out, that memcache, or zencache, which is supposed to be cleared after each unique session, somehow calls the wrong customer or customerID for the rebill module. Essentially what this means is that the wrong person is being billed for someone else's usage. Imagine the call you'll get from that first valued customer and you'll see why Customer Paradigm put not one but two of our developers on the issue.Here's a quick summary of the issue: The Rebill function takes the previous order information and uses that to bill the client on a monthly basis. Instead, our Rebill function is calling the database, and both caches, and returning incorrect customer information and the CustomerID assigned to the user via Authorize.net After an hour of searching from two developers, disabling memcache, the problem either lies in how the module is calling the database, or it is getting...
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Lead Team Consultant Describes Importance of Being Oneself in a Job Interview

This lead consultant who speaks from personal experience, encourages actual job seekers to keep spirits up! She explains that everyone makes mistakes in job interviews, and that in the end, everyone gets a job sooner or later. I work as a lead team consultant for a company that sells educational items online and offers online support to homeschooling families. I have been at the company for 5 years now and I love it. I found this job basically by word of mouth. A friend of a friend knew that the company was hiring and told me to apply. However, I had to go and fill out an application online and I also had to put my information on Monster.com for the HR people. Since I work as a lead team consultant, I often participate in the hiring process especially for people on my team. When I am looking to hire people for my team, I prefer to use word of mouth first of all. I would ask around and see if my friends or colleagues know of someone who might be a good fit for the job. If I get a recommendation, I would look on Monster.com to see if I...
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Top Tips For Improving Your E-commerce Site

4 things every e-commerce website can do to make sure their traffic are happy spending cash on their site. Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular with more and more people preferring to do their shopping from the comfort of their computer rather than having to drag themselves out to the shops and deal with other shoppers, angry customers and rude shop assistants. As well as the convenience of shopping online you’ve also got the practicality as you can compare competitors in a matter of seconds and even make sure you’re not missing a great price from a retailer you might never have thought of visiting before. It’s much easier to do a quick Google search than it is to traipse across town to another store. So with so many people choosing to shop online and all the advantages so clear what can you do to make sure it’s your e-commerce site people are spending their cash with? Reviews The great thing about going down the high street is that you know the shops; you recognize those household names or those old family businesses that have been in your town for generations. If a shop is no good you’ll soon know about...
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