Saturday, 8 September 2012

Know these terms before having custom template design

| Saturday, September 08, 2012 | |

When ever you go to a designer to get a custom template designed you must know some things in web designing. I don't say to use this knowledge to argue but to stay calm and better understand, what the designer wants to say. This will serve as a source of common sense and prevent yourself from getting fooled only because the designer don't has proper knowledge or because you have a low budget project and he/she wants to make you go away as quickly as possible. Well generally this don't happens because their work grows better only because of your recommendations to other.

Responsive- 

A design is responsive when it adjusts its width in accordance to the browser window size. According to the limits of responsiveness the template can be-
  1. Non-responsive- Remains of same dimensions and do not responds to change in browser size.
  2. Semi-responsive- Responds to browser sizes, but not completely. Template gets re-sized till some extent.
  3. Fully-responsive- Responds to browser size completely. Template will get re-sized up to the smartphone's dimensions.

Sharebar- 

Sharebar are quite common and are very necessary to let the content spread easily by providing the users with easily accessible share buttons for various social websites. They are of two type-
  1. Fixed sharebar- Do not scrolls down with the page.
  2. Floating sharebar- In HTML codes the position of sharebar is marked as fixed and the sharebar remains at a fixed position. It scrolls down with the page.
You can have the share buttons inside the post page, and in between the content too.

CSS- 

Cascading Style Sheets are used to define how HTML elements will be displayed.
Javascript- 

Type of template-

You can get your template designed using different languages like HTML, PHP, XML. If done with effort no one can distinguish which template is done in which language. On a website a encountered one wordpress template, it was highly appreciated by the commenters. I downloaded it in a jiffy and when I saw the codes, I found it was done in simple pure HTML though it looked like PHP based template.
Wordpress templates is designed using PHP whereas Blogger templates are designed using XML.
  1. Static Web page- delivered to the user in the same form in which they are stored.
  2. Dynamic Web page- delivered to the user after being interpreted on the server. WordPress uses PHP which is a server side scripting language, the web page requested is first interpreted from php into HTML and then send to the user.

Related post widget- 

In blogging world, related post widget is a very essential element. It keeps the user engaged by letting him/her peek on other related articles. This reduces bounce rate and helps in getting higher number of page-view per person/user.

Sidebar- 

Another important aspect of successful blogs is its sidebar. Sidebar can be on right as well as left, but it is preferred to be on right side. Sidebar lets you have additional widget content and features. Sidebar can be entirely neglected but that is preferred in case of personal blog, public release blogs, etc.

RSS- 

RSS means Rich Site Summary. RSS allows regular visitors to subscribe and get new posts published, directly in their inbox.

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