Web Design & Development

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What is Javascript?

JavaScript (JS) is more than just a mark-up language like HTML. JavaScript is a scripting language used by web developers to write complex instructions for a website to enable extended functionality and design features.

JS is similar to PHP in the way that it is a scripting language; however it is important to note that JS is a client side scripting language, whereas PHP is server side. This means that although JS can be used for more complex scripting, it is limited in its security and its application. JavaScript used on a website is easily viewed by any user which means the instructions and any information contained within the JavaScript itself can be read.

Although JavaScript does have limitations in application it (and its associated libraries) is widely adopted as the language of choice for web developers looking for a quick and easy way of achieving dynamic like functionality on an HTML/CSS only website.

What is CSS?

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets are formatting and design instructions that go hand in hand with HTML. CSS provides a way of extending the formatting instructions provided by HTML tags so that a web page's layout, colours and fonts can be manipulated.

CSS in the same way as HTML is read and understood by your web browser. An HTML web page references design and formatting instructions within a CSS file, these instructions are then interpreted by your web browser and the colours, fonts and layout you see are all governed by the CSS.

What is HTML?

HTML or HyperText Markup Language is the most basic coding language for the web. HTML is known as a client side language, compared to PHP for example which is a server side language.

HTML is a mark-up language, this means is not used to manipulate data or provide complex instructions for a website but rather it is used to simply change the look and feel of text and images on a website.

HTML provides a way of structuring a web page's images and text using HTML tags. These tags work as a pre-set list of instructions that are interpreted by your web browser. The tags can 'mark-up' text to provide formatting, spacing, size and distribution on the page. Along with CSS, HTML is used to give each and every website its look and feel.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open source blogging platform and content management system based on the PHP scripting language and MySQL database technology. WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform, giving users a simple-to-install online application to design, create and manage a blog.

Overtime WordPress has grown in popularity with millions of users worldwide and has become the number one content management system worldwide, powering 22% of new websites. Further to this WordPress has grown as an application. Since its inception WordPress has sprouted thousands of new features and functions that have enabled it to become the number one content management system not only for blogs, but for an array of websites.

WordPress enables users to create pages, manage content including text and images as well as extend its functionality with plug-ins. WordPress also has a template based system using a template processor enabling the easy install and deployment of pre-made design templates. This functionality enables almost any WordPress user to install and change WordPress themes with the click of a button while maintaining the information on the site.

WordPress' advanced plug-in architecture allows users to effortlessly install plug-ins from a library of over 17 thousand. These plug-ins are designed to extend the features and functionality of WordPress beyond the out-of-the-box feature set. Plug-ins can be found for almost any requirement, from SEO and e-commerce to gallery and user management.

Zoom Digital provides a professional website solution that includes the upload, template installation and deployment of the WordPress CMS for your business.

What is a content management system (CMS)?

A content management system (CMS) is an online platform that underlies many websites enabling the website owner or webmaster to administer the website. This can be as simple as making changes to text and images on the website or as complex as changing the layout and complete look and feel of a website.

Content management systems are designed and built to enable business owners or employees to makes changes to websites without the need for technical knowledge and know how. CMS platforms will often include what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editors that function in much the same fashion as well known word processing software such as Microsoft Word.

Content management systems come in various forms including custom built applications specifically tailored to a business's needs or pre-built open source applications such as Joomla or WordPress.

Content management systems are deployed using various web technologies including PHP or ASP scripting languages and MySQL or MSSQL databases. These technologies are the core of a content management system's user friendliness.

Content management systems are used by millions of websites as a way of reducing costs and increasing efficiency. CMS platforms remove the need for businesses to constantly contact web developers when changes are required. This means no additional web development charges as well as no waiting times for changes to be implemented. Changes to the website can be completed instantly and easily by internal staff when required.

Although content management systems allow the not so savvy web user to make changes to a website they do still require an initial design, set up and build by experienced web developers.

Zoom Digital provides a professional website solution that includes the upload, template installation and deployment of the WordPress CMS for your business.