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You might have encountered the multisite feature if you have a WordPress website. While this configuration can offer great benefits, it is not suitable for everyone. Here is a beginner’s guide for utilizing a WordPress multisite. What Is a WordPress Multisite? A WordPress(WP) multisite is a configuration that allows for the creation and management of…

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You might have encountered the multisite feature if you have a WordPress website. While this configuration can offer great benefits, it is not suitable for everyone. Here is a beginner’s guide for utilizing a WordPress multisite.

What Is a WordPress Multisite?

A WordPress(WP) multisite is a configuration that allows for the creation and management of multiple websites from a single dashboard. This advanced feature was first introduced with WordPress 3.0.

There are many reasons why users decide to implement a WP multisite configuration. It allows the owner to change and update all the websites from one area. This is a much better fit for a company than creating separate WordPress websites for all of the services they have.

When comparing a multisite configuration against separate website installations, it saves significant server space. In addition, this feature is also more cost-effective and reduces time.

For example, it is cheaper for an organization to utilize WP multisite than to design multiple WordPress websites. It is also a lot faster compared to the time it takes to professionally design and develop a single site.

A popular site using the multisite feature is the WordPress website itself. Users create their own subsites on the platform, such as blogging sites.

The Role of a Super Admin

In addition to the five roles a standard WordPress website offers — Author, editor, contributor, administrator and subscriber — it also adds another role called a super admin or a network administrator.

When a WordPress installation switches to a multisite configuration, the administrator becomes the new super admin. The super admin is the one who controls all the connected subsites on the network.

A multisite configuration does bring in some changes. One noticeable difference is that regular admins can no longer install themes or plug-ins on the website. Only the network administrator can do this. However, normal admins can choose to enable or deactivate them if they wish to do so.

In terms of displaying content, there is no significant change. The super admin can manage content across all the websites, but the regular administrator can choose whether they want it to appear on their site.

In addition, while a multisite configuration does share all plugins and themes, it is not the case for media items. Each site will use its own media upload directories to store items. For example, the images uploaded to one of the connected sites will not be accessible on the others.

The Main Features, Benefits and Drawbacks of a WordPress Multisite

Before deciding if a WordPress multisite is the right option, it is worth knowing all its benefits, drawbacks and key features. Here is a short summary:

Main Features:

  • Can manage multiple websites or blogs from a single WordPress installation.
  • Create subsites under one WordPress Installation using the same database and hosting account.
  • Create separate sub-domains for each subsite or have a network of sub-domains.
  • All subsites use the same plug-ins and themes.


  • The super admin can manage the websites from a single dashboard and does require logging into each site individually to make changes.
  • Can manage all connected website updates.
  • Can install and manage all the plugins for all the subsites — they all use the same ones, but you can choose to deactivate some of them.
  • In addition to the super admin, regular administrators can still effectively manage their respective websites.


  • Effectively managing a WP multisite configuration can prove challenging for many users.
  • If one website’s security is compromised, the entire network of sites suffers.
  • If your hosting provider does not have the option to add a domain to the same server, you can’t use a multisite setup.
  • If something happens to the network, all the sites will experience downtime.
  • Not all plugins integrate with a WP multisite configuration.

Who Should Use a WordPress Multisite?

Since the feature was released, many businesses have started utilizing it. However, while a WordPress multisite configuration offers many associated advantages, not everyone will benefit from it. Here is a summary to show who and who shouldn’t use this feature.

Five Cases When To Make Use of a WordPress Multisite

  1. The most obvious use case is when you are a business with multiple similar subsites. For example, if you are an organization with different subsites for all your services.
  2. If the company is a blogging website that allows sub-site creation for other topics.
  3. A company using subsites for its different departments with the same branding. For example, a business who has created websites for their employees.
  4. A business who has multiple websites with the same aesthetic design.
  5. A company with a website that allows visitors to create forum subsites with different topics. One of the most famous examples of this is the Reddit website.

Five Cases When Not to Use a WordPress Multisite

  1. Your hosting budget does not allow for it. Most hosting sites charge on the number of visitors. If you have multiple sites, you will require the capabilities for more visitors, meaning you will need to upgrade your hosting plan.
  2. You want to use individual plugins and themes for each site. While you can still do this to a certain degree on a WordPress multisite integration, it could become unnecessarily difficult to manage.
  3. You don’t want to make the necessary security changes or can’t afford it. For example, some hosting providers only offer a free SSL certificate for the main website.
  4. This means you will need to pay additional charges for the subsites. Even if only one of the subsites does not have an SSL certificate, it can compromise the entire network’s security.
  5. You are not an experienced WordPress developer and can’t afford a professional to do it. Enabling a WP multisite configuration could present itself as a challenging task for non-WordPress developers. If you don’t have the capital to hire someone, perhaps it’s better to examine alternative options.
  6. All the websites differ from each other and have different designs features or functionality.

4 Steps To Install a WordPress Multisite

The official WordPress website has a great guide on how to set up a WP multisite, but here is a quick rundown you can follow.

1. Have Everything Ready For the Switch

Go over all the settings required to make the switch. Ensure you are the administrator, the hosting you have will suffice, all plugins are up to date and you can access the core files for each site. Remember to back up your site if anything should go wrong.

2. Add The Required Code

The next step is to add the required code. Using file transfer protocol (FTP) software, go to the core files and select wp-config.php. option.

From here, look for the line of code that says, “That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing. */.
After you have found the line, post the following code above it.

/* Multisite */
define( ‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true );

Restart the browser to continue.

3. Perform the Network Setup

Next, move to your dashboard and select network setup under the tools tab. From here, you can choose whether to use a sub-domain or sub-directory. You can change it again later if you want.

4. Activate the Network

Afterward, follow all the instructions carefully and save between each of them. You can click the login button once you have successfully edited every line. Under the network admin, you can now see all your websites — under the “My Sites” option.

A Game Changer

With all the advantages a WordPress multi-configuration can bring, it is no wonder the feature has become so popular. The main selling point is it allows you to manage all your websites from one dashboard instead of logging in to each site individually. While many WordPress users will never require this feature, it is a game changer for the select few that do.

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What’s an HTTP 302 Error Code? And How to Fix It https://designerly.com/why-get-http-302-error-code-and-how-fix/ https://designerly.com/why-get-http-302-error-code-and-how-fix/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2023 18:42:39 +0000 https://designerly.com/?p=16567

If your webpage displays an HTTP 302 error code, you should fix it as soon as possible so visitors can continue to access your website. Here’s why you might be getting the error code and what you can do to fix it. What Does an HTTP 302 Error Code Mean?  An HTTPS 302 error code…

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If your webpage displays an HTTP 302 error code, you should fix it as soon as possible so visitors can continue to access your website. Here’s why you might be getting the error code and what you can do to fix it.

What Does an HTTP 302 Error Code Mean? 

An HTTPS 302 error code is a sign your page isn’t redirecting properly, preventing visitors from getting to the location you’re trying to send them to. You can get it when you attempt to visit a resource that you’ve moved or when your redirect attempt doesn’t work. 

Typically, HTTPS 302 is a handy way to temporarily redirect visitors when you perform site maintenance, display different pages to target demographics or want to carry over your link juice. However, if you see an error code, it isn’t performing as it should. 

Does an HTTP 302 Error Code Affect SEO?

Luckily, an HTTP 302 error code doesn’t directly impact SEO since search engines view it as a routine, temporary change. Google won’t deindex the original page, so it retains its ranking and domain authority. However, this may pose a problem if you want to genuinely redirect visitors. 

Although your website’s SEO remains relatively unaffected, you can’t improve it at all as long as the error is present. A 302 redirect is only supposed to be temporary, so it’s best to fix any issues immediately.

Since HTTP 302 causes Google to continue indexing the original page, the new URL doesn’t receive the link juice. If you intend for the redirect to contribute to your website’s SEO, you must readjust it. 

Why Are You Getting an Error Code? 

Misconfigurations, plugin conflicts, redirection issues, and server incompatibilities can be why you get an error code. 

Here are some common causes of an HTTPS 302 error code: 

  • Plugins: WordPress has nearly 60,000 plugins on its official site. While people often use one to help redirect visitors, it won’t work properly if it conflicts with other tools or has incorrect settings.
  • Settings misconfiguration: Misconfigurations in your website or URL settings can confuse the server, causing a 302 error.
  • Redirect loops: Accidentally setting a page to redirect away and then back to itself creates an infinite loop that servers can’t handle, causing an error code to appear.  
  • Web host provider: While error codes beginning with “4” stem from end-user complications, the 302 code occurs because something went wrong with the web server host. Sometimes, the hosting provider has technical issues that are the cause.
  • Server logs: Since browsers keep records of every action on the servers, they sometimes accidentally retain incompatible changes, causing an error.

While there are many reasons why a 302 error code could appear, these are the most common. Luckily, all of the solutions are relatively straightforward.

How to Fix an HTTP 302 Error Code

Use one of these seven methods to fix your 302 error. Some solutions may differ since WordPress websites have multiple hosting options, web server types, and plugins.

  1. Deactivate Plugins and Themes

Misconfigurations or incompatibility in plugins and themes can sometimes cause HTTP 302 errors. If you deactivate them all and your website suddenly works as it should, turn each off one at a time until you find which one causes the issue. 

  1. Clear Server Logs

You must clear your logs to fix incompatibilities with server logs. To do so, log into your admin account with cPanel or hPanel and remove them. If you want to manually clear browser logs on WordPress, use the WP_DEBUG PHP constant. 

It should be set to “define( ‘WP_DEBUG’, false );” by default for security reasons, so you must change it to “define( ‘WP_DEBUG’, true );” to begin. From there, you can access the error log and make adjustments.

  1. Check the Validity of Redirects

If your page displays “ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS,” it’s in a redirect loop. You create one when you direct a visitor away from a page and then bring them back. It’s a straightforward fix, as you only need to verify the domain name and URL spelling is correct. 

You can also get an HTTP 302 error if you accidentally redirect visitors to the wrong location. The fix is the same, as you simply must ensure everything is correct. On WordPress, go to the dashboard, navigate to Settings, and click “General.” Make sure the “Address (URL)” and “Site Address (URL)” fields match and are correct. 

  1. Check Software Compatibility 

HTTP 1.0 Request for Comment (RFC) is an important internet standard that controls when pages display a 302 code. Websites are supposed to ask visitors to accept the redirect, but they sometimes proceed without confirmation. This automatic redirection creates server issues, causing the error code. 

The newer version — HTTP 1.1 RFC — utilizes 303 and 307 codes as a workaround and can handle “POST” and “GET” responses. Ensure your software is compatible with HTTP 1.1 to fix your 302 error code. Be mindful that this method may affect your SEO since most SERPs don’t index pages with a 307 redirect like they do a 302 version.

  1. Check Website Server Configuration

Since a website-server misconfiguration can cause an HTTPS 302 error to appear, you must ensure you’ve configured everything properly. Use a control panel or FTP client to access the root directory and open the “.htaccess” file. 

Apache web server users must look for the “RewriteRule” and “RewriteCond” directives. If the “RewriteRule” line displays “[R=302]” at the end, it’s telling the browser to perform a temporary redirect. 

Nginx web server users need to find the “nginx.conf” file and rewrite the redirection directives. You can adjust these directives here to fix the issue. To be safe, save a backup before making changes.

  1. Restore the Website from a Backup

Since an HTTPS 302 error code can come from a malicious redirection attempt or misconfigurations, a backup restoration is a straightforward cure-all. You should be in the clear as long as you restore from an iteration that doesn’t have the issue. 

  1. Contact Your Hosting Provider

If the HTTP 302 error code persists despite all of your attempts to fix it, the issue may require an expert’s technical insight. Contacting your web host provider is the best approach when all else fails — especially considering they may be causing the issue. 

Can You Prevent HTTP 302 Errors?

You can double-check your work whenever you reconfigure or redesign your website to prevent future HTTP 302 errors from appearing. Once you fix it, make a backup so you have something to compare any future issues against. You must back up your website with a plugin, a control panel, or an FTP client since WordPress doesn’t automatically perform backups for you.

Although no method guarantees you will never get an error code again since a web-server miscommunication can be entirely out of your control, you can significantly reduce the chances of it reoccurring with the correct methods.

Prevent Future Error Codes

Although fixing your HTTPS 302 error code can be tricky, preventing it from happening again is very straightforward. Since you know what caused it in the first place, you can keep an eye out and prevent it from happening again.

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7 Best Apps for Learning Coding in 2023 https://designerly.com/best-apps-for-learning-coding/ https://designerly.com/best-apps-for-learning-coding/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2023 13:00:00 +0000 https://designerly.com/?p=16462

Looking for the best apps for learning coding in 2023? We ranked today's top seven coding apps for beginners, kids, pros and more.

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Looking for the best apps for learning coding in 2023? We’ve got you covered! Our team assembled a beginner-friendly guide to the top coding apps for casual learners, beginners, aspiring professionals and even kids. No matter what learning style you prefer, there’s a great coding app out there for you. 

We ranked today’s top seven coding apps based on several factors. These factors included availability on iOS and Android, free content, affordable pricing, quality of content, languages offered and variety of activities. 

What are the seven best apps for learning coding in 2023? 

1. Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a go-to resource for learning virtually any topic on Earth, including programming languages. It’s one of the best coding apps for learning coding in 2023, thanks to its wealth of content and high affordability. 

Khan Academy has a variety of coding courses, including JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL and even animation. Every course has informational guides as well as activities and quizzes. Best of all, everything on Khan Academy is free. You can access it online from your desktop or laptop or on your mobile device with the iOS or Android app. 

2. Encode

Encode is a great place to start if you want a beginner-friendly coding course taught in small chunks. It’s perfect for doing a quick lesson on your lunch break or during a five-minute breather from work or school. 

The lessons are short enough to complete in a few minutes while still conveying coding principles and skills effectively. Lessons are followed by practice challenges with real code, not just multiple-choice questions. You can run all of it from the mobile app, too. 

Encode is available on iOS and Android. A lot of its content is free, although there are in-app purchases to access premium, higher-level lessons. 

3. Mimo

Mimo is similar to Duolingo, only for programming languages instead of spoken languages. It’s a robust learning app available on iOS, Android and on the web on desktop or laptop. It includes a wide array of courses for all skill levels, from beginner basics to advanced career prep. 

Mimo has lessons in Python, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and SQL. Several languages are bundled together into a complete web development career path course. All languages include beginner courses, though. 

Your activity on Mimo can sync between your computer and mobile device, so you can pick up a lesson on your phone anytime. Some practice activities are fill-in-the-blank, much like Duolingo. There are also larger practice projects that involve real hands-on coding. 

Overall, Mimo is a highly versatile and flexible platform. It easily earns its place as one of the best apps for learning coding in 2023. It has a fairly affordable price, as well. After a free trial, a monthly subscription costs about $10 per month or you can pay for a full year for about $80. 

4. Codecademy Go

Codecademy is a fantastic learning platform for those who want to build professional coding skills. It started as an online desktop site but has since added a mobile app called Codecademy Go. Both the website and app perform great and offer a wealth of features and learning materials that make it worth the somewhat high price. 

Codecademy Go works best in combination with lessons on the full-scale website. So, it’s not ideal if you want to learn exclusively from a mobile app. 

Codecademy as a whole is a very well-rounded platform for building coding skills, though. Courses in dozens of languages and skill sets are available, from basic Python to video game design. Every course includes a variety of lessons, tutorials and hands-on projects. 

The monthly subscription price is a bit high at $35 per month, but you can take as many courses as you want for that fee. It is also significantly cheaper with an annual subscription or student discount. The pro plan even includes professional certifications and career guidance. So, for those looking for robust career-focused coding courses, Codecademy and Codecademy Go are a great option. 

5. Enki

Enki stands out among the best apps for learning coding due to its unique focus on data science. Many apps can help you learn different programming languages. There aren’t as many that hone in on data science skills and concepts. 

What’s particularly interesting about Enki is its use of AI. An AI algorithm customizes your experience and acts as a personal “coach” that can answer your questions and help explain concepts. Enki has a massive content library, as well, with courses available in dozens of subjects, including high-demand niches like cybersecurity. 

Unfortunately, Enki is free to download but requires a subscription to use. Luckily, subscription rates are fairly affordable. You can purchase a monthly subscription for $7.99 or pay $47.99 for a full year. Enki is available on iOS and Android. 

6. SpriteBox Coding

If you’re looking for the best apps for learning coding for kids, check out SpriteBox Coding and its companion app SpriteBox: Code Hour. Both of these apps are fantastic kid-friendly coding platforms. They teach the foundations of coding through engaging platformer video games. 

The SpriteBox: Code Hour app is very similar to the main SpriteBox app but breaks up play sessions into short one-hour chunks. This setup can make it more appealing to kids who may be new to coding or struggle to stay focused. 

SpriteBox is ideal for kids in grades one through six, particularly complete beginners. If your child or student already knows the basics or is a bit older, Hopscotch may be a better option. Hopscotch is designed for kids aged 10 through 16 and teaches coding through several different video games. 

Both SpriteBox apps are available for free on iOS and Android. Unfortunately, Hopscotch is only available on iOS and is designed specifically for iPad. 

7. Udemy

Some people learn to code best through structured, college-style courses. If this is your case, Udemy could be a good fit for you. Udemy is an online learning platform where you can take a la carte courses on thousands of different subjects. 

Many Udemy courses are taught by real college professors or industry experts. The best even offer skill certificates you can use in your portfolio or resume. Courses are available in everything from complete basics to advanced coding skills for game design or cybersecurity. 

Udemy courses vary in price, length, content and style. They all start at $14.99, though. You can pay for a single course without paying for a subscription, which some users may find appealing over subscription-reliant apps. 

The Best Apps for Learning Coding Today

Learning to code is challenging and requires frequent practice. Mobile apps can be very helpful for getting that practice every day. Many of the best apps for learning coding include beginner content as well as more advanced tutorials. 

If you are looking to expand or kickstart your coding education, remember there are also valuable resources available for free online. FreeCodeCamp and The Odin Project are both popular platforms for learning many foundations of coding at no charge. These websites are a great complement to mobile coding apps. 

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Chrome DevTools Will Transform Your Coding Workflow https://designerly.com/chrome-devtools/ https://designerly.com/chrome-devtools/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2023 13:45:59 +0000 https://designerly.com/?p=15669

Web developers are always on the lookout for tools that make their lives easier. One such time-saver extraordinaire, tucked inside your browser, is Chrome DevTools. It’s a robust toolkit waiting to boost your coding workflow, make debugging a breeze, and even streamline your design and performance tasks. With Chrome DevTools, you can turn your web…

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Web developers are always on the lookout for tools that make their lives easier. One such time-saver extraordinaire, tucked inside your browser, is Chrome DevTools. It’s a robust toolkit waiting to boost your coding workflow, make debugging a breeze, and even streamline your design and performance tasks.

With Chrome DevTools, you can turn your web development hurdles into smooth strides.. It tranforms the way you code, test and even learn. Discover how this powerful toolkit can revamp your coding workflow and make web development more productive and fun.

What Is Chrome DevTools

Chrome DevTools is an integrated set of tools built directly into the Google Chrome browser. These tools are designed to help developers edit pages and identify problems quickly. Therefore, it saves lots of time and makes web development a much smoother process.

Its main features are split into different panels, each catering to a specific aspect of web development:

  • Elements panel: Lets you see everything in one DOM (Document Object Model) tree, which is a representation of the structure of a webpage, and allows live editing of HTML and CSS. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is used to structure content on the web, and 94% of websites use it. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is used for styling this content.
  • Console panel: Provides two major functions — a place to log diagnostics information and a shell prompt to interact with the JavaScript on the page. JavaScript is a programming language that makes your website interactive.
  • Sources panel: Helps you debug your JavaScript using breakpoints, which deliberately stop or pause places in the program. 
  • Network panel: Records information about each network operation on a page, including detailed timing data, HTTP request, response headers and more. 
  • Performance panel: Gives you a complete overview of where time is spent when loading and using your web app or page.
  • Application panel: Lets you inspect all resources that are loaded, including IndexedDB or Web SQL databases, local and session storage, cookies and more.

In a nutshell, Chrome DevTools is a powerful suite of web development and debugging tools compacted into your browser.

The Power of Chrome DevTools in Coding Workflows

Chrome DevTools has an enormous impact on web development workflows, and understanding its capabilities can save developers countless hours of work. This versatile toolkit equips developers to swiftly identify and fix issues and create better websites.

For instance, how many times have ever had a task with fixing a tricky layout issue? With the Elements panel in DevTools, you can inspect and modify CSS directly in the browser, providing immediate feedback without multiple file edits and page refreshers.

JavaScript debugging can often be a headache, too. Yet with the Console and Sources panels, you can interactively debug your JavaScript, set breakpoints, inspect variables, and see the output right in your browser. This feature eradicates the need to use ‘console.log’ everywhere in your code.

Additionally, when it comes to performance optimization, DevTools truly shines. The Network panel lets you see exactly what resources your website requests and how long they take to load. Meanwhile, the Performance panel provides insight into how your code is running and where bottlenecks may be occurring. 

Key Features of Chrome DevTools That Can Enhance Your Workflow

Now that you have a better understanding of Chrome DevTools, consider the key features below to learn how this suite of tools can enhance your workflow.

Inspector Tool

One of the fundamental features of Chrome DevTools is the Inspector, accessed through the Elements panel. Here, you interact directly with the DOM and CSS of your web page. 

Have you ever wanted to see how a different color or font would look on your site? With the Inspector, you can tweak CSS properties in real-time and view the results instantly, with no file-saving or browser-refreshing required. 

Additionally, you can directly modify HTML in the DOM, add new attributes, or even change the entire structure of the webpage — making it an essential tool in rapid prototyping and layout troubleshooting.

JavaScript Console

With JavaScript, the console is your best friend and is much more than a place for error messages. The console is an interactive JavaScript shell that allows you to execute arbitrary JavaScript code seamlessly.

If you’re testing a function, input the call directly into the console and get immediate results. Moreover, it’s instrumental for debugging. You can use console.log() statements to display variable values at certain points in your code. Therefore, it’s helpful in identifying exactly where things are going awry. With the console, you can bid goodbye to guesswork in JavaScript debugging.

Network Panel

The Network panel is your window into how your web page interacts with the web server. Every file your page requests, be it an HTML file, a CSS stylesheet, an image or a JavaScript file, shows up in the Network panel along with its load time, size and more. This makes it incredibly valuable for performance tuning.

Are too many large images slowing down your page? The Network panel will reveal them. It even lets you throttle your connection speed, allowing you to understand how your site performs under different network conditions.

Performance Panel

Here is where Chrome DevTools shows its power in making your web page faster. The Performance panel provides a detailed breakdown of where your site is spending its time, from loading resources to executing JavaScript. If a particular function call or CSS style is causing a slowdown, the Performance panel will highlight it, helping you ensure your website is running as speedy and smoothly as possible.

Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Chrome DevTools

Getting the most out of Chrome DevTools involves more than understanding its main features. Here are some nifty tips, shortcuts and hidden features that can further elevate your web development:

  • Docking options: Did you know you can move DevTools around? You can dock it to the right or bottom or even separate it into a standalone window. Find what best fits your workflow.
  • Console shortcuts: In the Console panel, use ‘$_’ to access the result of the latest operation, and use ‘clear()’ to clear the console.
  • Device mode: Check your responsive designs directly in the browser using the Device Mode feature, allowing you to emulate different screen sizes and resolutions.
  • Color picker: With DevTools, you can go without a separate color picker tool. Simply click on any color in the Styles pane to open a color picker.
  • Search all files: Use ‘Ctrl+Shift+F’ or ‘Cmd+Option+F’ on Mac to search across all your scripts.
  • Performance recordings: Use the Performance tab to record and analyze runtime performance, helping you optimize your code.

Enhancing Web Development With Chrome DevTools

Chrome DevTools is an invaluable asset for any web developer aiming to enhance their coding workflow. Its power to streamline tasks, facilitate debugging and optimize performance is transformative. Consider experimenting with it and learning about its capabilities. With Chrome DevTools, you can take your web development to new levels.

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Discovering the Best PHP Frameworks for Your Development Needs https://designerly.com/php-frameworks/ https://designerly.com/php-frameworks/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2023 14:01:00 +0000 https://designerly.com/?p=15647

PHP is a powerful server-side scripting language. The code stands as a cornerstone in the world of web development. Its versatility and efficiency have made it popular. To leverage PHP’s potential, a sturdy framework is critical. The best frameworks provide needed structure. They simplify the development process. They allow for faster, more secure coding. Consider…

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PHP is a powerful server-side scripting language. The code stands as a cornerstone in the world of web development. Its versatility and efficiency have made it popular. To leverage PHP’s potential, a sturdy framework is critical.

The best frameworks provide needed structure. They simplify the development process. They allow for faster, more secure coding. Consider the best PHP frameworks available today. We’ll help you identify a framework that suits your specific development needs. What you’ll gain will be valuable to your future coding endeavors.

What Is a PHP Framework? Why Should You Use One?

A PHP framework is a platform for developing web applications using the PHP language. Frameworks give developers a basic working structure. They simplify complex coding tasks. They promote rapid application development (RAD). These frameworks allow users to better understand the principles of various architectural patterns. The software separates the application logic from the user interface. The code is easier to manage and maintain.

One key benefit of using a PHP framework is its efficiency. Frameworks, such as Laravel, come with an elegant syntax that makes tasks easier. You’ll develop routing sessions, caching or security features. The structure allows developers to focus more on creating the application. You’ll avoid routine coding tasks.

PHP frameworks also enhance security. They have built-in functions and libraries. Out-of-the-box solutions help with input and data sanitization. The software protects applications against threats. Avoid SQL injections and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks.

PHP frameworks often enforce proven development practices. They lead to better code organization and allow for scalability. For example, Symfony allows developers to reuse software components. Tapping into a library saves time. Using pre-written code leads to more reliable applications.

Key Considerations When Choosing a PHP Framework

Choosing the right PHP framework is critical to your project’s success. Choosing the right option hinges on several factors.

  • Project requirements: The size and complexity of your project should dictate your choice. Consider any special needs, too. Laravel is excellent for large, complex projects due to its extensive features. Meanwhile, Codelgniter may suit smaller projects because of its simplicity.
  • The learning curve: The ease of understanding and usage is another crucial consideration. Some frameworks, like Laravel, have a steep learning curve but provide many features. Others are easier to grasp but may offer fewer functionalities. Consider your team’s capabilities when deciding.
  • Community support and documentation: A well-documented framework offers quick help. An active community provides extra resources. Access to detailed fixes is crucial for resolving any issues that arise.
  • Performance and scalability: Many frameworks offer speed and efficiency. Others scale with the growing needs of your application.
  • Integration and compatibility: Consider the framework’s compatibility with other technologies you use. Your selected framework should integrate with different databases. Ensure it works with libraries or other tech stacks to ensure smooth development.

Many PHP frameworks exist in today’s tech landscape. Some are better known than others. The ones detailed below are the top choices developers gravitate toward. Top selections feature robust features and reliability.

1. Laravel

Laravel is a modern, open-source PHP framework that uses the MVC architectural pattern. Its key features include:

  • An ORM (Object Relational Mapping) for database operations
  • A routing system
  • Powerful query builder
  • Out-of-the-box support for user authentication.

Laravel shines due to its elegant syntax, extensive features and scalability. It is suitable for complex projects. Yet, it comes with a steep learning curve and can be overkill for smaller projects.

Laravel is ideal for developing large-scale enterprise applications. Creators also use it for e-commerce platforms and content management systems. The software integrates with other popular technologies. Robust features make it a prime choice for developers building comprehensive web applications.

2. Symfony

Symfony is a high-performance PHP framework utilized for large-scale enterprise projects. Some of its standout features include:

  • A reusable set of standalone PHP components
  • A flexible routing system
  • Extensive database support.

On the upside, Symfony offers high customizability, scalability and strong community support. Its standalone components can be useful in any PHP project, increasing its flexibility. But, Symfony has a considerable learning curve. The framework may not be the best fit for small, simple projects because of its complexity.

Symfony works for complex web applications with a high level of customization. The software scales up as your business does. The program works well for e-commerce sites, social networking platforms or business applications. The framework’s focus on modularity makes it a go-to choice for professional developers. Contributors also focus on code quality.

3. CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter is a lightweight, open-source PHP framework recognized for its simplicity and performance. Its key features include:

  • A small footprint
  • Excellent documentation
  • Built-in security tools
  • A straightforward installation process

The advantages of CodeIgniter include its simplicity and speed. It has a smaller learning curve compared to many other frameworks. It also has fewer server requirements. It lacks some of the modern features found in more robust frameworks like Laravel or Symfony.

CodeIgniter is best suited for small to medium-sized web applications. If you need rapid development, this is the perfect choice. The software offers a straightforward framework that gets the job done. One example is web applications that don’t demand a high level of scalability. Use it when you don’t need complex functionalities.

4. Yii

Yii, standing for “Yes, it is,” is an object-oriented, open-source PHP framework. It offers:

  • Easy installation
  • A powerful ORM layer
  • Robust caching support
  • Extensive security measures.

The benefits of using Yii include its high performance and efficiency. It is one of the fastest PHP frameworks. It’s also extensible and provides comprehensive security features. It’s not as beginner-friendly as some other frameworks. You’ll need a good understanding of object-oriented programming.

Yii is best for developing applications that need high-performance and complex workflows. Use it to build forums, portals, content management systems or e-commerce websites. If you’re dealing with extensive data manipulation, Yii could be the right choice. The software offers a secure, efficient solution.

5. CakePHP

CakePHP is an open-source PHP framework that emphasizes convention over configuration. You’ll appreciate the active record patterns, making the coding process more intuitive. It provides:

  • Built-in tools for input validation
  • CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery) protection
  • Form tampering protection
  • SQL injection prevention
  • XSS prevention

CakePHP features an easy learning curve, rapid development capabilities and built-in security tools. It also offers excellent documentation. It may not be as efficient in handling large applications with complex requirements.

CakePHP is ideal for rapid application development. It works particularly well for commercial web applications. Developers also use CakePHP for small business websites and software prototypes. It features a comprehensive set of libraries and tools. The program is an excellent choice for developers looking for speed and simplicity.

6. FuelPHP

Another open-source software many developers use is FuelPHP. Fuel PHP opened in October 2010. Contributors included Frank de Jonge, Philip Sturgeon and Dan Horrigan. Sturgeon and HOrriban also worked on CodeIgniter framework. Advantages include:

  • URL routing system
  • Profiling and debugging tools
  • Database migration like the Ruby on Rails framework
  • Operations available through command line

FuelPHP offers many pros. Full HMVC implementation is part of its architecture. Strong security features stop hackers in their tracks.

FuelPHP framework is ideal for those getting started in coding. The system is easy to learn. You can make changes and not write new code. FuelPHP has a modular structure. Modules help with the learning curve you’ll experience from any new framework. The hierarchy of properties makes the software easier to pick up .

7. Phalcon

As with most popular PHP frameworks, Phalcon is an open-source program. The creators released the program in November of 2012, offering it under the BSD license. The full-stack PHP framework arrives as a C-extension. Users don’t need to know how to code in C to use the software. Some of the features include:

  • Load Zephir/C extensions with the PHP framework to the web serve start process and the package is ready to go
  • ORM allows you to change database records as classes and objects
  • Work with MySQL, SQLite and PostgreSQL to start
  • Set hook points to create customized events
  • Active community for hacks and bug fixes

Find the right PHP framework to suit your needs. Consider how involved the development community for the software is. You want people who answer questions and share tips daily. To get the most out of your framework, you need help from contributors to the open-source software.

Choosing the Right PHP Framework for Your Development Project

Choosing the right PHP framework is a decision impacting your project’s success. Each framework has its unique strengths and potential drawbacks. It’s essential to match your project requirements with the features of these frameworks. Be open to exploring and experimenting with these tools. The journey to discovering the perfect fit can be a great learning curve in itself. Along the way, you’ll enhance your skills and expand your knowledge.

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Java Keystore Essentials: What Every Web Developer Needs to Know https://designerly.com/java-keystore/ https://designerly.com/java-keystore/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2023 13:30:31 +0000 https://designerly.com/?p=15723

Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I make my applications more secure?” Java Keystore holds the key to this question. As a vital part of Java-based web development, it’s your security guard, managing private keys and certificates for your applications.  Simply put, it’s like a safety deposit box that shields your sensitive data from…

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Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I make my applications more secure?” Java Keystore holds the key to this question. As a vital part of Java-based web development, it’s your security guard, managing private keys and certificates for your applications. 

Simply put, it’s like a safety deposit box that shields your sensitive data from prying eyes. Understanding this tool can set your work apart, ramping up security and trust in the applications you create. Here’s everything you must know about implementing it in web development.

What Is Java Keystore?

Java Keystore is a highly secure storage facility in the Java programming environment. It’s designed specifically for handling cryptographic keys and certificates. Think of it as a secure vault where your private keys, public keys and certificates — essentially, your application’s digital signatures — are safeguarded.

Java Keystore works in concert with the Java Keytool utility, enabling you to create, manage and utilize this secure storage. When a web application interacts with a server, it often needs to prove its identity — a process akin to showing an ID card. This is where the Java Keystore comes into play. It provides the necessary ‘ID card’ in the form of a digital certificate, helping the server authenticate the application. 

Moreover, it plays a critical role in SSL connections, safeguarding keys and certificates used in the SSL handshake process. By using Java Keystore, you’re adding an extra layer of security to your web applications.

Importance of Java Keystore in Web Development

In web development, Java Keystore is pivotal in maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of data. It shields your applications by securely storing the cryptographic keys used in data encryption and decryption. In other words, it acts as the guardian of your application’s secure communication, ensuring your data isn’t compromised.

Why is it a must-have for web developers? One key reason is that Java Keystore enables SSL encryption for secure data transmission over networks. It guarantees that data flowing between your web application and servers is protected against unauthorized access and eavesdropping.

Moreover, Java Keystore promotes the authentication of your application. By issuing digital certificates, it confirms your application’s identity, fostering trust with your users and servers. 

It’s more than about security — Java Keystore offers a centralized system to manage and control keys, easing the management workload. Utilizing Java Keystore can significantly enhance your application’s security while streamlining your development process.

A Practical Implementation of Java Keystore

Now that you understand what Java Keystore is and why it’s essential, let’s walk through how to implement it in your web development projects practically.

Step 1: Generate a Key Pair

First, use the Java Keytool utility to create a key pair. The command may look like this:

keytool -genkeypair -alias mykey -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -keystore keystore.jks

This command uses the Java Keytool to generate a pair of keys, a public key and a private key. The ‘alias’ is a unique identifier for the key pair in the Keystore.

Step 2: Create a Self-Signed Certificate

After generating the key pair, create a self-signed certificate. This acts as an identity confirmation, tying the public key to your details. Use the following command:

keytool -selfcert -alias mykey -keystore keystore.jks -validity 365

Step 3: Export the Certificate

Next, export the self-signed certificate from your keystore. The command is:

keytool -export -alias mykey -file mykey.cer -keystore keystore.jks

This will export the certificate to a file you can share with others, allowing them to verify your public key.

Step 4: Import the Certificate

Finally, import the certificate into the client’s truststore. This ensures the client trusts the server’s certificate. Here is the command:

keytool -import -alias mykey -file mykey.cer -keystore clienttruststore.jks

Now, let’s consider a use case. Imagine developing an e-commerce site that handles sensitive user data, including payment details. Implementing Java Keystore allows you to establish a secure SSL connection between your website and the user’s browser. This ensures the data transmission remains secure from potential threats.

Troubleshooting Java Keystore Issues

Working with Java Keystore is often straightforward, but like any technology, you may encounter issues. Here are a few common ones and how to tackle them:

  • Lost or forgotten Keystore password: Unfortunately, if you lose your Keystore password, Java doesn’t provide a way to recover it. Always keep a secure record of your password, or else you’ll need to create a new Keystore and reissue certificates. This issue often happens when passwords aren’t securely stored, but secure password management can prevent this.
  • Certificate not recognized: If your certificate isn’t recognized, it’s likely not properly imported into the client’s truststore. This can be due to an incorrect alias or a mismatch in the certificate details, so it’s crucial to double-check the information during import.
  • Keystore corrupted: Corrupted keystores often result from software issues or abrupt system shutdowns. If a keystore gets corrupted, it becomes unusable, and the data inside it may be lost. Always maintain keystore backups to prevent data loss.

Remember, a systematic approach to troubleshooting often yields the best results. 

Best Practices for Using Java Keystore

Incorporating Java Keystore into your web development practice can boost your application’s security. Here are some best practices to maximize its potential:

  • Strong passwords: Always use complex and unique passwords for your keystores. It’s the first line of defense against unauthorized access.
  • Regular backups: It’s crucial to perform regular backups of your keystore. That way, you can swiftly recover from data corruption or loss.
  • Use certificates from trusted authorities: While self-signed certificates are great for testing, always use certificates from trusted Certificate Authorities (CAs) for production environments. These are globally recognized, building more trust.
  • Keep private keys private: Keeping keys confidential is especially crucial because they are sensitive. If a private key is compromised, anyone can impersonate your application and cause a serious security breach. Therefore, the corresponding certificates need to be revoked and reissued if this does occur.
  • Periodic certificate review: Regularly review your certificates for expiration dates. Update them well in advance to avoid surprises.
  • Automate certificate management: Consider using automation tools for certificate and keystore management. These tools can simplify processes like renewal and revocation, saving time and minimizing errors.

Incorporating these practices can significantly enhance your keystore management, providing a more secure environment for your web applications.

Establishing High-End Security With Java Keystore

Java Keystore is more than a feature — it’s an essential tool for every web developer. From its fundamental role in managing cryptographic keys and certificates to its importance in securing your applications, Java Keystore is indispensable.

By understanding its workings, implementing it practically and following best practices, you can fortify your applications against threats. Utilize this knowledge to start implementing Java Keystore today. Remember, in web development, your application’s security is as strong as its weakest link.

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How to Create a Google Developer Account: Steps and Cost https://designerly.com/how-to-create-a-google-developer-account-steps-and-cost/ https://designerly.com/how-to-create-a-google-developer-account-steps-and-cost/#respond Wed, 31 May 2023 17:42:00 +0000 https://designerly.com/?p=15682

Take on the role of an app developer and experience the process firsthand. You’ve finished all the prerequisite tasks required to create a usable app. starting with doing research, understanding the function of your app, deciding on the branding, and selecting the features. Even though it might seem like plenty, there is still one crucial…

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Take on the role of an app developer and experience the process firsthand. You’ve finished all the prerequisite tasks required to create a usable app. starting with doing research, understanding the function of your app, deciding on the branding, and selecting the features. Even though it might seem like plenty, there is still one crucial step that needs to be done. Publishing would be that. Having an online presence is becoming more and more crucial for businesses. in order to benefit from the numerous instruments at their disposal. Every app developer has a choice between two different platforms. Businesses must have a Google Developer Account in order to publish content on the Google Play Store. This post will go over what a Google Developer Account is, how much it costs, and how a business can use it to its advantage.

What is a Google Developer Account?

App developers can publish their apps on the Google Play Store using a Google Developer Account. Further features and integrations that further improve the app are also made available, including access to the Google Play Store. Developers can make their apps available to millions of users and earn money from them by using a Google Developer Account. For app developers to succeed in the app market and broaden their company’s exposure, it is a crucial tool.

Benefits of Having a Google Developer Account

Get Discovered

You may access the Google Play Store, one of the biggest app shops in the world, if you have a Google Developer Account. among the more than 111 billion downloads and 2.5 billion active users of the Google Play store. This increases your chances of success by allowing millions of potential consumers to view your app.

You may further ensure that the proper individuals are seeing your app by using the sophisticated targeting tools available on the Google Play Store, such as keywords.

Tracking App Performance

All the data and statistics you require to monitor the performance of your app are available through your Google Developer Account. These findings can be used to track trends in the app industry and zero in on promising expansion opportunities. In order to provide your users with the best experience possible, you can use the information provided by your Google Developer Account to make updates and alterations to the current functionality. Making sure your app is always up-to-date and running smoothly can help you stay ahead of the competition and keep your business competitive.

Create Income

A Google Developer Account lets you monetize your app with in-app purchases and ads. This boosts software sales and company revenue. To boost downloads and usage, promote your app on Google Play. If you want to make a premium paid app or monetize your free app, you need a Google Developers account. You set prices and monitor profits.

A Google Developer Account’s price

A Google Developer Account will set you back $25 initially. Access to the Google Play Store requires payment of this non-refundable charge. You can publish your app and make it accessible to millions of users after paying the charge. There is no restriction on how many applications you can publish to your Google Developer Account. The possibilities are endless once the cost is paid. You can utilise all the Google Play Store features, including analytics, advertising tools, and in-app purchases, by using a Google Developer Account.

How to Register as a Google Developer

You will first go to the Google Play Console website and sign into your Google Developer account there. This URL: https://play.google.com/console/signup will take you there.

Remember that you must have a Google account in order to open a developer’s account. Thus, if you don’t already have one, make sure to do so.

You must select your account type after logging into your Google account. You will be given two choices. To start, select “yourself.” If you are creating your software for leisure or as a hobby, this choice is best. Selecting “organization” is the second option. This choice is great if you are creating an app for your company, regardless of the kind. We’ll go over both possibilities.

Your Own Self

You will be taken to a “about you” area after choosing an option. You must list any prior experience you may have had with Android or the Playstation. Then you will be prompted to answer a question about whether you have recently used Play Console to access or use any other Google accounts. Finally, if you have a website or a social media profile, you can submit the URL for it as identification proof. If you don’t have a website or social media account, you can select that option instead.

The next step is to create your account by selecting a developer account name, contact name, contact email address, chosen language for future email correspondence, contact address, and contact phone number. Remember that you must confirm the phone number and email address. You will then click “verify my email address/phone number” after entering each. Once you have both codes, you can proceed.

reaching the “apps” area, the pre-final stage. You would give a general description of the app you made and want to publish in this part. For instance, the number of apps you want to publish and the categories for your apps, if you intend to monetize your apps in the future.

Finally, there would be “terms.” You must read and agree to both the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement and the Google Play Console Terms of Service before you can finish your account and pay the one-time charge. When you have carefully read and agreed to them. That will immediately take you to the payment page. You are now free to fly and publish as many apps as you wish. Simply follow the Google Play Store standards to avoid reactions and ensure a smooth publishing procedure every time.

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Is Web3 Just Crypto, or Something Else Entirely? https://designerly.com/web3/ https://designerly.com/web3/#respond Tue, 23 May 2023 20:16:44 +0000 https://designerly.com/?p=15469

The cryptocurrency boom wasn’t that long ago, and more recently, people started using the term Web3 in everyday speech. However, it feels nebulous and misunderstood. Many discuss these topics in the same breath, but are they the same or different? Do they relate or react symbiotically? Does it have anything to do with the metaverse? …

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The cryptocurrency boom wasn’t that long ago, and more recently, people started using the term Web3 in everyday speech. However, it feels nebulous and misunderstood. Many discuss these topics in the same breath, but are they the same or different? Do they relate or react symbiotically? Does it have anything to do with the metaverse? 

With the new age of the internet on everyone’s doorstep, it’s critical to know how Web3 will influence the future of tech for AI engineers and web developers alike.

What Is Web3?

Web 3.0, also known as Web3, is the third iteration of the internet. Some may have yet to learn there was a second version. So, what’s different now, and how are those in the know changing digital landscapes? Before understanding it, it’s vital to understand it’s still in development, and even professionals struggle to hammer down its potential because it’s still growing.

It’s an expansion of the Semantic Web, where Web1 focuses on webpages and centralized networks, Web2 focuses on apps and distributed networks, and Web3 focuses on sharing and communicating data with decentralized networks. How do people access and use the data they find, and how fast do the internet and its resources collect and store it?

The next level of the World Wide Web wants to give information to the people, and blockchain, machine learning, VR, AR, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and AI are at the forefront of that revolution — no matter what kind of press it gets. These technologies are contentious, yet they have enormous promise. Nobody wants the internet owned by a single person or company, and all of these technologies work together to stop that from happening. 

The issue is the stage humans are in — Web3 is still in budding stages, and so is the rest of the technology that promises to help it flourish. Note how ChatGPT took the world by storm in its open-source format, yet it’s still spreading misinformation in its developmental stages faster than the world can manage. These consequences make people fear what Web3 has in store, despite the idealizations of its finished product giving internet users daydreams.

How Does it Relate to Crypto?

Web3 and crypto overlap because they both rely on blockchain to thrive. Web3 employs blockchain technology to decentralize its assets — decentralization is the key to everything in Web3. With blockchain, every request goes through a digital ledger of all the users in the chain, verifying and securing every communication.

The ledger monitors activity to prevent cybersecurity breaches, among other questionable activity online. In theory, blockchain will make the lives of everyone from web developers to cybersecurity experts more streamlined.

Internet users discovered that they wanted the internet, with all of its apps and data, to belong to everyone simultaneously instead of one entity. Everyone is equally responsible for overseeing and authenticating transactions and searches just as much as someone worldwide. It makes resources more accessible and protected because the infrastructure provides greater cybersecurity and verification tools.

How Does Web3 Impact Web Developers?

The most obvious way it impacts these groups is by providing more jobs. The field is changing to adapt to blockchain and its potential, giving developers new ways to employ their favorite languages to create innovative, secure web-searching experiences.

The applications of blockchain started in cryptocurrency and leached into traditional finance landscapes. Transfers across nations that took days now take seconds because of blockchain hashing and authentication. Banks saw the opportunity it gave to reduce fraudulent activity and keep a robust log of transactions. If someone purchases an item, the blockchain keeps hold of that exchange, tracks it, reports it to suppliers, and a medley of other bytes of data. Web developers must see this potential and expand it to other sectors leveraging the internet.

The way companies and nations could use Web3 and blockchain is a mystery. Its potential is sitting, waiting for people to play with its potential. Web3 and blockchain consist of smart contracts, public keys, and proof of work that web developers must learn to manipulate for their clients. How could a smart contract help artists keep their music safe? How could keys protect immigration document approvals across nations? 

For example, web developers are responsible for advancing the technology to be less energy-intensive. How could they shape things to be more automated and efficient? It uses so many resources when thousands of blockchain nodes mint and manage everything from NFTs to cybersecurity. Cryptocurrency alone is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and web developers are responsible for manipulating their tools to advance toward a more sustainable future. 

How Does Web3 Impact Designers?

User experience (UX) is the most critical change designers will notice during the Web3 transition. Decentralized apps (dApps) require different design properties than old-school versions, especially if they must embrace the core principles of blockchain. The first is transparency, so designers must consider making every communication and transaction as transparent as possible. 

They must also consider how navigation influences content creators sharing and posting data. Though this is in assistance with web developers, designers will create the first impression for users. Plus, what they decide will influence programmers and developers every step of the way. The assets have to work symbiotically.

Here are some other questions designers can ask when crafting a webpage or app to make it embrace the strengths of Web3:

  • How will they show exchange rates and fees? 
  • How will they visually provide disclosures discussing data privacy? 
  • How will the design reflect how the app operates under a decentralized theme?
  • How can designers maximize “chain-view” for interfaces reliant upon sharing the intricacies of code while keeping everything user-friendly on the front end?

Additionally, designers will be responsible for crafting experiences in a way that embraces the ideals behind Web3 and must educate the users. The issue surrounding Web3 is confusion — nobody knows what it is because it’s surrounded by jargon. Designers could be unlikely heroes in this regard, translating dApps and online experiences into visual representations of the power of blockchain and Web3 assets. 

In a more literal design sense, creations like the metaverse — its longevity, yet to be determined — will require artists to craft digital pieces and styles for avatars and storefronts in an ever-evolving digital world. How can they forge digital art that works well alongside what developers prepare for the world? Will they render at different internet speeds? How high-quality must they be? 

The Internet Is Changing Forever

Both parties must accept how they will forge their work and leave it in the hands of users — that’s the nature of decentralization. The way users manipulate resources will keep designers and developers on their toes as use reveals challenges and opportunities for adjustments and improvements.

Web3 is the next stage, and it will change the scope of anyone who works online, especially developers and designers. Developers will need to experiment and learn how blockchain can combine with their existing knowledge to create new tools for sectors worldwide. Designers will need to craft sites to optimize for user interfaces and experiences. Though it’s still changing and continuing to grow, everyone must want to know — if this is Web3, then what will the internet’s fourth iteration have in store for users and their data?

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Top 8 Web Developer Languages Every Programmer Should Know https://designerly.com/web-developer-languages/ https://designerly.com/web-developer-languages/#respond Fri, 05 May 2023 17:12:53 +0000 https://designerly.com/?p=15520

Whether you’re a seasoned programmer or an aspiring web developer, mastering web developer languages is crucial for success in your field. That way, you create alluring, interactive websites and seamless user experiences. Yet, what are the top web developer languages that programmers use today? Consider these languages below, as they are the foundation of modern…

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Whether you’re a seasoned programmer or an aspiring web developer, mastering web developer languages is crucial for success in your field. That way, you create alluring, interactive websites and seamless user experiences.

Yet, what are the top web developer languages that programmers use today? Consider these languages below, as they are the foundation of modern web development. Once you have a solid grasp of each, you’ll have a competitive edge that gives you a head start in your journey.


HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is technically not a programming language. It’s a markup language, hence the name Hypertext Markup Language. However, it’s a key part of web development that every programmer should know, as it’s a language that provides structure. 

HTML uses a series of elements called “tags” to define the structure and format of the webpages, such as headings, paragraphs, images and links. HTML is an essential language to learn, regardless of experience level, because web developers rely on it to create basic layouts of websites. 

Fortunately, HTML has a relatively simple syntax that’s easy to learn, making it beginner-friendly. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can combine HTML with other languages like CSS and Javascript to create visually appealing, responsive websites.

2. CSS

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is the web developer language that brings style and design to your web pages. While HTML is the website’s skeleton, CSS adds visual flair to make it attractive and engaging. With CSS, you’re in control of your web page’s layout, colors, fonts and other design elements, acting as the website’s skin.

CSS is crucial for creating responsive, stylish websites, and you can easily apply the styles across multiple web pages consistently. The language uses a system of selectors and rules to target specific HTML elements and apply the desired techniques.

One of CSS’s most powerful features is its ability to create responsive designs using media queries. With this feature, you can adapt your website’s layout and appearance to the device and screen size — ensuring you make a user-friendly experience for all. 

3. JavaScript

Javascript is one of the most popular web developer languages used today. The powerhouse programming language breathes life into web pages, transforming them from static content to dynamic, interactive experiences. 

Javascript is responsible for the functionality, logic and interactivity that modern websites demand. It enables developers to create fully-functioning features, such as animations or real-time updates.

As a web developer, you’ll use Javascript to create engaging websites. It’s a versatile language that runs directly in the browser, making it essential for client-side scripting. With the advent of technologies like Node.js, Javascript has become popular for server-side scripting, further extending its capabilities.

JavaScript is a widely used programming language because of its rich ecosystem of libraries and frameworks, including the following:

  • JQuery
  • React
  • Angular

This can streamline your development process and allow you to create sophisticated web applications with less code.

4. Python

Python is a versatile programming language known for its readability, simplicity and broad range of applications. It’s a popular language for its clean syntax and extensive library support, making it an excellent choice for beginners and seasoned developers.

Python provides powerful web development frameworks, such as Django and Flask. These frameworks allow developers to create robots, scalable and secure web applications with ease. That’s because they offer pre-built components that make it quicker to develop websites.

Python’s popularity also extends beyond web development, with applications in data science, machine learning and automation. Learning Python is a great way to diversify your skill set and explore new opportunities in the tech industry.

5. Ruby

Ruby is an open-source, object-oriented programming language that emphasizes simplicity and readability. Designed with the principle of “developer happiness” in mind, Ruby ensures the language is powerful and enjoyable to use. Ruby has gained significant traction in web development due to its clean syntax and the popular web framework, Ruby on Rails.

Ruby on Rails is a full-stack web development framework that promotes rapid application development. It follows the “convention over configuration” approach, providing sensible defaults for many common tasks. For example, web developers can build web applications using a simple command to create boilerplate code. 

Rails is particularly well-suited for creating database-driven sites and supports various features, such as authentication, caching and internationalization. Ruby’s developer-friendly nature and productivity boost Rails offers make it a valuable addition to any web developer’s skill set.

6. PHP

PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is an open-source scripting language, widely used for over two decades to power websites. PHP is primarily useful for server-side scripting to create dynamic web pages that interact with databases, manage user sessions and process form data.

PHP is a popular language for its ease of use, flexibility and the fact it powers content management systems like WordPress. For web developers, PHP opens vast opportunities for freelance work and developing custom themes and plugins. Additionally, PHP has various frameworks like Laravel and Symfony.

This simplifies the development process further and promotes best practices like modularity and maintainability. With PHP in your back pocket, you can create dynamic and feature-rich web applications that cater to the diverse needs of users.

7. TypeScript

TypeScript is a powerful, open-source programming language that builds on JavaScript by adding optional static types. Microsoft developed it to address some of the shortcomings of JavaScript, particularly in large-scale application development. It also has a strong typing system that helps developers catch errors and improve code readability.

Typescript is a superset of Javascript, meaning any Javascript code is also valid TypeScript code. Therefore, this makes it easier for developers familiar with JavasScript to transition to TypeScripts. The language compiles to plain JavaScript, ensuring compatibility with major browsers and existing JavaScript tools and libraries.

Web developers that take time to learn TypeScript can harness the benefits of static typing and other advanced features such as interfaces and namespaces. This can lead to more scalable and robust code, improving your development and overall productivity.

8. SQL

SQL (Structured Query Language) is the standard web developer language for managing and interacting with relational databases. In web development, SQL is crucial in storing, retrieving and manipulating data behind the scenes of web applications. It enables developers to create, read, update and delete records, ensuring users can access the necessary information. 

SQL is integral to working with databases, allowing you to write efficient queries to search, sort and filter data. It even allows you to join tables and aggregate results. Therefore, SQL ensures your website can handle complex data operations and deliver a good user experience.

While various database management systems (DBMS) like MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQL Server exist, the core SQL syntax remains consistent across these platforms. With SQL, you have a powerful tool to create data-driven web applications that meet user demands.

Code Effortlessly With the Top Web Developer Languages

Knowing how to use these web developer languages is the key to creating a fulfilling, thriving career in web development. Yet, it’s important to remember that the journey to success is paved with continuous learning and adaptation.

Embrace new challenges and let your curiosity guide you in exploring the changing landscape of web developer languages. Remember, the more languages you excel in, the more room you make for yourself in conquering the digital world. 

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Are you considering a career in web development? There’s no doubt that you must have loads of questions — such as what is the average web developer’s salary? Or, what skills do you need to master to become a successful web developer?

Salary can be a tricky topic to navigate, especially since there’s no fixed annual income for web developers. The pay can depend heavily on various factors, including skills, years of experience, location and the company.

However, you can establish a realistic wage by learning more about the industry below.

What Is the Average Web Developer’s Salary?

According to Payscale, a web developer’s median annual salary is $61,016 in the U.S. Meanwhile, the lower-paid makes $42,000 and the highest-paid web developer makes $90,000. Keep in mind that these numbers are for the starting salaries of junior web developers.

You can always expect to make more as you gain experience, develop more skills and get promoted. 

Starting Salary for Senior Web Developers

Once you become a senior web developer, you can earn around $99,096 yearly. This number also applies to web developers with at least four years of experience in the field. 

Again, this salary depends on various factors. However, this is a good starting point of what to expect if you intend to stay in this industry.

Types of Web Developers

The skill set is one of the most critical factors that determine a web developer’s salary. Generally, web developers fall into three main categories — front-end developers, back-end developers and full-stack developers.

Each position works on different sides of a website and requires knowledge of various tools. Here’s a closer look at each role.

Front-End Web Developers

Front-end developers work on the visual aspect and user experience of a website. They ensure the web’s design is functional and all elements are working properly, including buttons, internal links, navigation and more.

A front–end developer must have the ability to use numerous programming languages to create a website successfully. These tools include CSS, HTML and JavaScript. 

On average, front-end developers make $109,479 each year. 

Back-End Web Developers

Back-end developers mostly work on the technology that houses the website’s power from behind-the-scenes. These would include databases and servers. They ensure the website is stable and functional. 

Back-end developers write code to help communicate the database to visitors. In addition, these developers ensure the user interface is up and running smoothly.

If you choose to become a back-end developer, you can expect to make around $95,574 per year. 

Full-Stack Developers

A full-stack developer is someone knowledgeable in both ends of development. In other words, they can develop the front and back-end infrastructures to support a fully functional website. Therefore, they have the skill set to build an entire website alone.

These are the most sought-after types of professionals in the web development market. The average salary of a full-stack developer amounts to $101,106 every year.

While these are the main categories of a developer, there are also other subtypes of web developers you can specialize in, including:

  • Mobile Web Developer: These developers must understand mobile responsiveness when designing websites for mobile visitors. This subcategory of a web developer also overlaps with app design and software development.
  • WordPress Developer: These developers specialize in developing WordPress websites — a popular content management software. They must be proficient in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP, including WordPress’ back end. 
  • Web Security Developer: A web security developer is also known as a security software developer or cybersecurity developer. Their job is to secure and protect websites from hackers and fix any attacks that occur.
  • Web3 Developer: These developers specialize in decentralized networks like blockchain technology. 

What Skills Must You Have to Become a Web Developer?

Web developers must possess various skills, depending on the position they hold in their job. There are also numerous options for their work environment. If you become a developer, you can choose to work from the comfort of your home. Or, you can work in a lively office environment — whichever is most suitable for you.

To become a web developer, you must have a well-rounded portfolio, whether you have a formal college education or not. In addition, web developers must also possess certain skills, including:

  • Experience with many web languages and frameworks.
  • An analytical mind.
  • Project management
  • Adaptability to changing sets of standards and languages.
  • Communication

Are Web Developers in High Demand?

Web development is one of the most rapidly growing industries worldwide. Though the job industry is growing, salaries will also continue to increase. There’s no oversaturation of this market since the demand for developers is high. 

The only downside to this industry is that it can be highly competitive. Yet to maintain a competitive edge, it helps to learn multiple languages and stay abreast of the latest frameworks. On top of that, web developers must have a wide variety of skills to be in demand.

The good news is that the job outlook for web developers is continuing to grow. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it projects there will be a 23% growth in the occupation. 

What’s Trending in the Web Development Market?

You can stay relevant in web development by learning what’s trending moving forward. Use the information below to gather inspiration for what to focus on in your career.

Here are some ideas of what to expect will be trending in the near future:

  • Single-page apps: These applications run within browsers. They don’t require users to switch pages to find new information. This boosts the user experience by increasing the pace of website browsing.
  • Progressive Web Apps: These are websites that act like apps. Users can install and interact with them on any device and typically don’t need a network connection.
  • Artificial Intelligence Development: Developers can implement AI in various ways on a website. They can use it to analyze user patterns and behavior, provide customer support with chatbots and automate website maintenance tasks.
  • WebAssembly: This allows developers to write code in any programming language and convert it into bytecode, which runs in a browser.
  • Voice Search and Navigation: More people are using voice search to look up information in search engines. The use of this tool will continue to increase even further.
  • Native apps: Developers create these apps specifically for mobile operating systems. Native apps are powerful in performance and can provide a better user experience. 

Enjoy a Career in Web Development

A career in web development can be financially rewarding, seeing as a web developer’s salary is above average for most U.S. workers. If you seek this career, it could be the perfect fit for you.

Continue to search and compare salaries on job boards to see what the general compensation looks like in your area. Once you’ve gained further insight, you can fulfill the demand in this industry and take the next steps to become a qualified website developer.

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