Web

What Is a Website?

 
A website is a collection of web pages (documents that are accessed through the Internet), such as the one you’re looking at now. A web page is what you see on the screen when you type in a web address, click on a link, or put a query in a search engine. A web page can contain any type of information, and can include text, color, graphics, animation and sound.
 
When someone gives you their web address, it generally takes you to their website’s home page, which should introduce you to what that site offers in terms of information or other services. From the home page, you can click on links to reach other sections of the site. A website can consist of one page, or of tens of thousands of pages, depending on what the site owner is trying to accomplish.
 
Why Do People Visit Websites?
 
Generally, people look at websites for two primary reasons:
1. To find information they need. This could be anything from a student looking for pictures of frogs for a school project, to finding the latest stock quotes, to getting the address of the nearest Thai restaurant.
2. To complete a task. Visitors may want to buy the latest best-seller, download a software program, or participate in an online discussion about a favorite hobby.
The main thing to remember in creating a website is that you’re not creating the website for you; you already know about the information or service you have to offer. You’re creating the site for your visitors, so it should contain the content they want, and be organized in a way that makes sense, even to an outsider.
 
 A website is a means of communication, and it is only successful when its message is received by the intended user.

7 Great Web Development Tools

1. Sublime Text

Let’s start with the basics: a first-rate code editor – one that features a well-designed, super efficient, and ultra speedy user interface. There are several that do this well, but arguably the best (and most popular) is Sublime Text.

Artfully run by a one-man development team, the secret to Sublime’s success lies in the program’s vast array of keyboard shortcuts – such as the ability to perform simultaneous editing (making the same interactive changes to multiple selected areas) as well as quick navigation to files, symbols, and lines. And when you’re spending 8+ hours with your editor each day, those precious few seconds saved for each process really do add up…

 


2. Chrome Developer Tools

Wouldn’t it be great if you could edit your HTML and CSS in real-time, or debug your JavaScript, all while viewing a thorough performance analysis of your website?

Google’s built-in Chrome Developer Tools let you do just that. Bundled and available in both Chrome and Safari, they allow developers access into the internals of their web application. On top of this, a palette of network tools can help optimize your loading flows, while a timeline gives you a deeper understanding of what the browser is doing at any given moment.

Google release an update every six weeks – so check out their website as well as the Google DevelopersYouTube channel to keep your skillset up-to date.


3. jQuery

JavaScript has long been considered an essential front-end language by developers, although it’s not without its problems: riddled with browser inconsistencies, its somewhat complicated and unapproachable syntax meant that functionality often suffered.

That was until 2006, when jQuery – a fast, small, cross-platform JavaScript library aimed at simplifying the front-end process – appeared on the scene. By abstracting a lot of the functionality usually left for developers to solve on their own, jQuery allowed greater scope for creating animations, adding plug-ins, or even just navigating documents.

And it’s clearly successful – jQuery was by far the most popular JavaScript library in existence in 2015, with installation on 65% of the top 10 million highest-trafficked sites on the Web.


4. GitHub

It’s every developer’s worst nightmare – you’re working on a new project feature and you screw up. Enter version control systems (VCS) – and more specifically, GitHub.

By rolling out your project with the service, you can view any changes you’ve made or even go back to your previous state (making pesky mistakes a thing of the past). The repository hosting service also boasts a rich open-source development community (making collaboration between teams as easy as pie), as well as providing several other components such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management, and wikis for every project.

Many employers will look for finely honed Git skills, so now’s the perfect time to sign up – plus it’s a great way to get involved and learn from the best with a wide array of open-source projects to work on.


5. Twitter Bootstrap

Getting tired of typing in that same styling for a container? How about that button that keeps cropping up? Once you start building front-end applications regularly, you’ll start to notice the same patterns emerging.

UI frameworks are an attempt to solve these problems by abstracting the common elements into reusable modules – meaning developers can scaffold the elements of new applications with speed and ease.

The most widely used of these frameworks is Bootstrap, a comprehensive UI package developed by the team at Twitter. Complete with tools to normalize stylesheets, build modal objects, add JavaScript plugins, and a plethora of other features, Bootstrap can dramatically cut down on the amount of code (and time) needed to build your project.


6. Angular.js

HTML is usually the cornerstone of any front-end developer’s toolbox, but it has what many perceive to be a serious flaw: it wasn’t designed to manage dynamic views.

This is where AngularJS, an open-source web application framework, comes in. Developed by Google, AngularJS lets you extend your application’s HTML syntax, resulting in a more expressive, readable, and quick to develop environment that could otherwise not have been built with HTML alone.

The project is not without its critics: some feel that this sort of data binding makes for a messy, non-separated code, but we still think it’s an invaluable skill to have in your front-end kit.


7. Sass

Web dev tools that save time are your best friend and one of the first things you’ll learn about code is that it needs to be DRY (“Don’t Repeat Yourself”). The second thing you’ll probably learn is that CSS is usually not very DRY.

Enter the world of the CSS preprocessor, a tool that will help you write maintainable, future-proof code, all while reducing the amount of CSS you have to write (keeping it DRY).

Perhaps most popular among them is Sass, an eight-year-old open-source project which pretty much defined the genre of modern CSS preprocessors. Although a little tricky to get to grips with initially, Sass’s combination of variables, nesting, and mixins will render simple CSS when compiled, meaning your stylesheets will be more readable and (most importantly) DRY.

How to Create a Website and Blog Using WordPress

WordPress is a free personal publishing platform. It is an easy to use, fast and flexible blog script. It comes with a great set of features, designed to make your experience as a publisher as pleasant as possible. With WordPress you can easily:

  • Publish and edit posts;
  • Sort articles in categories;
  • Search within your content;
  • Manage users’ access;
  • Change your website themes and more.

How to install WordPress?

You can visit the pages listed below to find detailed instructions on how to install WordPress on your website with the help of the Softaculous auto-installation tool or via the built-in web installer. 

How to install WordPress

How to create a blog site with WordPress?

Once you have installed WordPress you can start building your blog. First, navigate to the WP login page entering the admin login URL: www.yourdomainname.com/wp-login.php. Make sure to substitute yourdomainname.com with your actual domain

There you should enter the login credentials, which you have chosen during the installation process. Then you will enter the Administration area of the WordPress script.

How to start blogging?

To start writing posts in your WordPress blog, simply click on the Posts -> Add New link from your Dashboard. You will be redirected to a page where you can create your new article.

Click the Publish button once ready and your post will be immediately visible at the front page of your blog!

WordPress Categories, Comments, and Themes

How to import external posts

In WordPress there is a way to import posts and comments from a Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, etc. account. For the purpose of this tutorial we would use a Blogger account. First you should make an account in Blogger at the following location: Blogger.com. The creation of a new account is pretty easy. All you have to do is to click on the orange button with title “Create your blog” and follow the instructions. Once you are ready and you have a post there, you can import it in your WordPress site. There are some simple steps that you should complete:

  • Log in the WordPress administrator’s area.
  • Click on Tools -> Import.
  • Choose Blogger.
  • Install the Importer by clicking Install now, activate and run it.
  • Enter the login credentials for your Blogger account.
  • Once the import procedure is over, you can see your Blogger content on the main page of WordPress.

Learn More about Website Development below:

W3Schools

WP Beginner

Site Gound

WordPress.com