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Is CMS the Future of Web Development
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Nowadays, a content management system (CMS) has become pivotal to website development. CMS is basically an application or software tool that empowers you to create, edit and publish content on your website. So, with a CMS, you no longer need to rely on a Webmaster for managing website pages, blog posts, images, videos, links and other data on your website.


There are two important elements of a CMS: Content Management Application (CMA) and Content Delivery Application (CDA). The former helps in editing, whereas the latter is the web publishing tool. In order to streamline the web development process, it’s very important that you flawlessly integrate both CMA and CDA in your CMS.


In contrast to CMS software programs, web-based CMSes have witnessed a skyrocketing rise in their popularity over the past few years, since people prefer using a web interface that makes the website updating process a doddle. Moreover, automatic updates of most web-based CMSes ensure that all users are equipped with latest tools to manage their content. Some of the most popular examples of web-based CMSes are: Wordpress, Blogger, Joomla, Drupal, Weebly, and Wix.

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Let’s understand why CMS is called the future of web development

  • CMS gives you direct control over your website: Since you know you website better than designers and developers, you can better explain your business to your target audience by managing content on your website on your own. A CMS enables you to do exactly the same by allowing you to edit and manage content yourself, that too without learning the complexities of HTML and other technologies.

  • Allows you to schedule your updates: One of the key factors that play a big role in the success of a website is posting fresh content on regular basis. Although search engines are known to give more importance to fresh content, many website owners fail to live up to the challenge of regularly posting fresh content on their websites. That it may, some CMS providers, like Joomla and Wordpress, come to the rescue of such website owners by allowing them to schedule their content.
    So, if you have written 20 articles, you can easily schedule them for the next 20 days and sit relaxed, since your CMS will now ensure that fresh articles are posted on your website on daily basis.

  • Boosts your SEO Efforts: We all know that a website begins generating business only after it is visible to users. And one of the many benefits of CMS is that it supports your SEO efforts by allowing you to make changes in real time to include high-ranking keywords. Improved search-engine results for your website translates into high traffic on your site and better conversion rates.

  • Allows to change design elements with ease: A CMS eliminates the need of going through complex HTML code just to change different parts of your website. Via CMS, you can use templates to make changes in the header, footer, sidebar and add widgets. Moreover, online marketers can use plugins to edit the site design elements for making their respective websites even more attractive to visitors.

  • Improves customer service: With a CMS, you can give your users the freedom of contacting you through your website, rather than taking the pain of sending e-mails. Through a customer service system in your CMS, you can swiftly handle your customer complaints and improve your brand value. FAQs, help sections and support forms go a long way in keeping your customers gratified with your website.

    The Takeaway: Offering a nice way to customers to directly get in touch with you raises the bars of their satisfaction and significantly improves the rate of customer retention. Thus, choose a CMS that involves a public component to allow your customers to directly contact you whenever needed.

  • Gives rise to better communication with your customers: Since many emails systems recognize marketing mails as junk, a CMS sets a great platform for your customers to get useful information directly from your website.

  • Security: Content management systems offer high security since they store your information in a database system that is highly protected by access control mechanisms. Therefore, you stay rest-assured that your vital information is accessible only to authorized users. Website attacks have become common nowadays, which is why more and more businesses want to secure their website content by opting for a CMS-based website.

  • Saves cost: Since you can easily edit and manage your website content yourself, you save the cost of paying to an outside consultant or services for performing the same tasks. You don’t even need to hire a highly skilled developer to update or publish new content on your website. In a nutshell, a CMS saves significant operational cost of your website.

CMSes have made content publishing and web designing a cakewalk. You can monetize your site by installing plugins that allow visitors to communicate, connect with social networks, and much more. These are the major reasons why CMS is becoming the first choice of online marketers and is called the future of web development.

If you have any experience in CMS web development, please help us all improve our knowledge on the topic with your vital views in the comment box below.

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Mobile App Testing Trends

Mobile app testing is a great determining factor for the commercial success of a mobile app. Being unique is not enough for your mobile app to stand out in the app market since users often do away with apps that have functionality problems, bad network performance, crashes, complex user interface and cross-platform compatibility issues. So, a right mobile app testing strategy is the best way out to give your app all it needs to deliver a top-notch user experience and become a big hit. However, you must pay heed to emerging app testing trends to create a robust strategy.


Top seven mobile app testing trends to look out for in 2016

  • High Security

Since many mobile users store their sensitive and personal information on their mobile devices, there is always a high risk for identity theft and financial frauds. Mobile users are also prompted by some apps to share their sensitive data. Knowing the data theft threat, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals would like to take a holistic approach in 2016 while conducting security and penetration testing of their mobile apps, thereby ensuring the safety of the user’s sensitive data.


  • Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) has significantly grown in popularity over the past few years. Development of not only mobile applications, but modern web applications too is highly likely to be greatly impacted by IoT, since it could help a great deal in improving daily productivity levels for various organizations. Testers will have to make sure that performance and functionality of their apps is top notch when communicating with other connected devices.


  • Mobile Payments
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More and more online shoppers are now turning to mobile apps to make their purchases. Since mobile commerce is on the rise, QA professionals would need to ensure that the users are able to buy online using their debit card, credit card, Google Wallet or Apple Pay in the most secured way. Performance, security and usability will be the highest priority of mobile commerce testers in 2016.


  • Cloud Platform for Mobile
Since cloud computing enables businesses to save huge costs, testers would also like to use cloud platform for testing mobile apps. Mobile cloud platform would eliminate the need of buying expensive devices to test mobile apps. With mobile cloud computing, it would become a doddle for QA professionals to work with several real testing devices connected to the network. Since cloud computing platform paves the way for creating a customized testing environment, many organizations would not shy away from making investments in mobile cloud platforms in 2016.


  • Voice Commands
Owing to the ease of operating mobile phones, voice commands have become very popular among mobile users. They can easily open mobile apps by giving voice commands rather than opening them manually. Google Now and Siri are good examples of how voice command features are revolutionizing the mobile technology. Therefore, testers’ focus would certainly be on ensuring that the performance of their apps is not hampered while responding to voice commands.


  • Better Access to Big Data
Big data has created a lot of hype already, with many chief managers using it for effective lead generation and taking informed business decisions. Big data has a plethora of advantages to offer to every business, regardless of their sizes, like improved business intelligence, deep insight into customer behavior etc. In 2016, QA professionals will look forward to devise new ways to test enterprise mobile apps, so that users can easily access and process more big data than ever.
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  • Automation Testing
Automated mobile app testing will become more common in 2016 as many organizations look forward to speed up their mobile app testing, in addition to saving time and money. However, In order to let it happen, companies would be required to invest in several mobile testing tools and frameworks. For easy application installation and GUI interaction, testers can put into use automated test scripts. An organization can also outsource app testing task to a company holding good experience in app testing.
Mobile app testing has a big role to play in deciding the fate of your mobile app. So, make sure you take cognizance of the emerging mobile app testing trends in 2016 in order to bring your mobile app in line with the most sought-after ones.
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6 Keys to Building a Successful Mobile App
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Mobile apps are everywhere, be it movie tickets, ordering pizza to kill that untimely hunger, playing your favorite game, or even traveling to a distant corner of the world. The omnipresence of mobile apps is attributable to unprecedented growth many companies have witnessed year by year in the recent past.

There is no denying the fact that mobile apps have brought customers what they exactly wanted - The ease of placing orders without even visiting a store themselves and being heard in a quick span. Such a liberty has encouraged consumers world over to buy products and avail services from businesses that actually offer them via mobile apps. This notion is perhaps leading every business now to joining the bandwagon of mobile apps.

However, is it really so easy to develop a mobile app that uplifts your business and make it do wonders? Unfortunately, NO! According to a report by a reputed survey firm, 25% apps were downloaded only once after their installation from 2011 to 2015.

 

 

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Although mobile apps are easier to create due to less coding, involve simpler graphics, a limited range of features and require less memory space, they do not guarantee you the success and high ROI. It’s very easy to go astray and end up being a failure, if you don’t pay heed to six key points to build a successful mobile app.

 

  1.  Your app shouldn’t be a raw fruit stemming from a mere thought

 

Don’t look at your mobile app as just another screen. You might think the idea of your mobile app is unique and will be highly embraced by people, but it’s more important to ask a few questions to yourself before entering into the development phase.

  • How your app is going to benefit your target audience
  • How your app will engage users
  • What’s the roadmap for making your app a success? 

Happy and satisfied customers translate one’s business struggle into success. And this exactly what your app should aim at. Before going ahead with app development, you must assess your business and its customers. If an app could really help your customers get what they need, then your decision to develop a mobile app actually have great substance to produce fruitful results for your business. In even simpler words, one needs not to develop an app just because others are doing it. The decision should be based on the results of the comprehensive analysis of your business needs and customer requirements.

 

  1. Multiple mobile platforms

 

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Since people use mobile phones that are powered by different operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows etc), it becomes paramount to develop a mobile app for cross mobile platforms. You need to have different development teams for different platforms, as UI and UX conventions of iOS are very different from Android or Windows.

According to a report, Android recorded the highest app downloads in 2014, though iOS apps stayed at the top for revenue generation. The implication is crystal clear - Don’t put all eggs in one basket, and design your app for multiple mobile platforms to ensure maximum user acquisition.

 

  1. Build a unique-yet-simple mobile app

 

The much-desired success of your mobile app has a heavy reliance on what positive difference it makes to people since there could be many mobile apps serving the same purpose. Therefore, you should incorporate some viral mechanism into your app, so that anyone using it spreads a word of mouth and gets more users to your app.

Another important key to success of your mobile app is keeping things as simple as possible. You must refrain from adding unnecessary features in you app. Make it a point that your app’s user interface (UI) is easy to understand and navigate. There is no hyperbole in saying that user experience (UX) decides the fate of every mobile app, thus strive hard to deliver top-notch UX to your app users.

 

  1. App marketing

 

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You might have developed the best app in the world, but chances are always high for it to stumble if you do not promote it. App marketing is as important as app development. Adoption of right marketing strategies help create brand awareness and take your apps to masses. Press releases, social media campaigns, pay-per-click marketing and email marketing are some of the effective ways to let your target audience know about your new app and the benefits they can avail through it. Effective marketing entails right planning and knowledge of powerful marketing mediums and techniques.

 

  1. User engagement

 

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The more you engage your app users, the more you lure them into coming back to your app. You need to make a list of ideas that could go a long way in engaging your app users. Some of the examples are:

  • The look and the feel of your app should be awe inspiring.
  • You can make a list of loyal users and offer them exciting rewards, which would further encourage them to keep using your app.
  • Nice features and simple UI lead to great user experience, thus enhanced user engagement.
  • You can incorporate a message feature in your app to regularly communicate with your app users. This allows you to swiftly tell your app users every time a new upgrade is available which they can download from their respective app stores.
  • Enable social sharing to integrate community
  • Listen to what your users are saying
  • Marketers should also apply Gamification techniques to enhance user engagement

 

  1. Use metrics to gauge the contribution of your mobile app in your business growth

 

You have launched your mobile app on multiple mobile platforms, but how you will determine its performance and its direct impact on your business growth. The answer is simple - put into use right metrics to measure how your app is performing and its efficacy to engage users. Such an effort allows you to figure out strengths and weaknesses of your app. User feedback in early stages opens gates to optimize and iterate your app to make it enticing for users.

 There is no fixed formula to make an app a big hit, however, there certainly are some practices app developers can follow to get an edge over their competitors and increase their business sales. I have shared some of such tips through this blog. If you have any experience in building a successful app and want to add your views, please share them in the comment box below.

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Agile Project Management Methodology has emerged as a great alternative to traditional project management methodology, like Waterfall. Agile is predominant in IT and software projects since it allows to adapt to rapidly changing business environments. Unlike traditional project management, Agile calls for producing and delivering work in short bursts, also called sprints.

Gathering all the requirements before the development team even starts writing the code puts your software at a great risk of being not in line with current market demands and become a failure. When you decide what your product should be in the very beginning, you tend to ignore important iterations that must be made during the development lifecycle, thereby preventing your final product from being the right fit for the market.

A plethora of project management methodologies are available in tech market, however, for the success and timely completion of a project, it’s imperative to choose the one that fits your business requirements and empowers the product development to keep the pace with changing client demands.

Key characteristics of Agile Project Management

  • Empowers developers to self-organize the task

  • Enhances learning, knowledge sharing and communications among team members

  • Emergent behavior to deal with uncertainty

  • No detailed documentation and calls for just enough planning

  • Continuous product refinement via regular iterations

  • Constant feedback, research and creativity

  • Faster completion of projects without compromising on the quality of desired product

  • Maximum ROI

Agile project management is a boon especially to IT field because time determines the fate of your product. Since IT has become a fast-paced world, months have been reduced to weeks, and weeks have been reduced to days. If you take too long to develop a software, chances are high that the requirements for it change drastically by the time it is finally available for use, which makes Agility a matter of paramount importance. Agile enables the development team to work faster by dividing tasks into different sprints and incorporate innovation and uniqueness in the development process.

Limited documentation in Agile project management also improves the pace of a product’s development lifecycle. Instead of long documentation that nobody has time to read, Agile calls for increased interaction among team members, customer feedback, imagination, coding, testing and new ideas. These factors result in appropriate response to a change rather than following a plan that has prerequisite measures and no room for dealing with a change. Unlike traditional project management, Agile paves the way to adapt to even last-minute changes.

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The biggest reason for the immense popularity of Agile is its basis - It’s not possible to determine all the tasks going to be required for completion of a software project up-front, design an architecture upfront and get all the requirements upfront. Agile is built upon the belief that constant feedback cycles, research, undisrupted interaction and creativity allows the plan, the requirements and the architecture of a project to gradually emerge. As a result, the end-product meets not only the client’s need, but latest market demands too.

Although Agile project management has proved to be a great help for IT managers, nearly 48% of US project managers use it for non-IT projects as well.


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Since Agile project management is the best fit for businesses that have continuously changing environments and highly complex situations, it is often deployed in ever-evolving software and IT industry. However, non-IT managers have also begun to use Agile for project management as even they find it difficult to articulate requirements without seeing a tangible product first. Agile ensures production of a quality product that flawlessly meets client’s requirements.

If you have ever used Agile and have additional inputs to add, please share them in the comment box below.

 

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Having a website is a top priority for nearly all businesses in modern times. A website not only helps generates more business, but also improves customer service and brand value. Now that 3.17 billion people have access to the internet, online presence is paramount for every business - irrespective of their sizes - to increase sales and establish a good foothold in the market. However, there is often confusion to choose between in-house web development project and web development project outsourcing.

 

In this blog, I am shedding light on three top reasons as to how outsourcing your web development project is always better than in-house web development: Cost, Time and Quality

 

  1. Cost:

By outsourcing a web development project, you shell out much lesser money than what you are required for in-house web development.

  • You are not required to manage human resources, hire a qualified staff, pay them salaries and several employee benefits.
  • Web development outsourcing also eliminates the need of buying expensive hardware and software.
  • You get SEO/marketing specialists at a very economical price to draw high traffic to your website and earn high ROI. 

 

Cost is important to every business, no matter how big or successful it is. By outsourcing your web development project, you save a lot of money and take the burden off your shoulders to get the end result.

  1. Time:

Web development outsourcing saves you a lot of time, allowing you to focus on important business related tasks.

  • You need not to waste your precious time hunting for developers.
  • No need to hire trainers and allocate a period of time to get the developers trained to get acquainted with latest tools.
  • Since you outsource your web development project to a company that has experienced developers with a good track record, you get your website developed in quick time.
  • You save a lot of time that is often wasted on addressing employee concerns.

 

If your website witnesses sudden surge in traffic, you need not to worry as all will be taken care by the outsource company. It saves you a lot of money that you otherwise spend on web scalability.

  1. Quality: 

The main purpose behind developing a website is to increase user engagement, sales and numbers of visitors. All these goals can be achieved if your website is developed using latest tools, has a nice UI and is highly interactive. Outsourcing your web development project ensures top-notch quality of your website since expert developers take on your project and incorporate all the important features into your website to make it a big success.

  • Outsource web development company deploys experienced team of designers, developers, and marketing specialists to yield good results for your web development project.
  • Outsource company keeps abreast of latest trends and best cases to help your website reach specific goals.
  • Helps improve corporate identity and search visibility of your brand.
  • Experience in web projects helps you get more customers through marketing campaign and implementation of conversion optimization strategy.

 

You can also find online project management tools, like FindNerd and Jira, in tech market to hire a team of developers and effectively manage your web development project without facing hassles that one usually faces with in-house web development team. Offshore web development project management is hard to manage, but online project management tools come with intriguing features like session tracker, flawless invoice generation, sprint and many more to ensure trouble free project management. Moreover, project managers can easily check the status of their projects from any corner of the world 24x7 and stay relaxed as far as web development management and timely completion is concerned.

 

After considering all these benefits of outsourcing your web development project, it makes enough sense to go for it without a second thought. In addition to saving you both money and time, web development outsourcing gets your business more customers and bolster your coffer.

 

Please share your vital inputs about web development outsourcing in the comment box below.

 

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                               Lost time is never found again - Benjamin Franklin

 

Time Tracking plays a pivotal role in Project Management and is directly connected with the success or failure of a project. When we talk about time tracking it not only means time management but also refers to effective resource management within the stipulated time frame. Here time tracking is crucial as it can help us to track vital stats like Real-Time Progress of project and how productive the employee is. Prioritizing tasks is the need of the hour. But along with all these, there is one more ingredient without which Project Management is just like "sheep without a shepherd”. The missing ingredient which I am pointing about is Invoicing.

 

And yes there exists innumerable tools for attaining all this information in one place. Here we are talking about one such tool, FindNerd.

 

FindNerd is a complete Project Management and Task Management Tool with core features for Time Tracking and Invoicing.

 

Suppose you want to track the progress of a project. What if you can view the number of hours an employee has worked on a particular task as well as desktop screen-shots of employee with a nice graph showing active as well as ineffective time period. Such a sigh of relief it would be for the client as he/she can accordingly pay for the amount of time spent on a task or maybe a company can charge its client more as the estimated time was not enough for completion of task. This coupled with invoicing makes FindNerd a complete tool for tracking project costs.

 

A system where the client is equally involved and engaged with the team in order to fetch maximum benefit in a short span of time. Proper management is also the key to success and that can only happen when you know what and how you want it. What if the user can view proper reports spanning a wide array of fields like daily, weekly, total monthly hours etc worked. 

 

One of the great features I like about FindNerd is it's Reporting feature. It allows you to generate instant and clear view of hours spent by the whole team or individual team members on a project. You can check hours spent in a day, week or month, you can validate the work done by seeing the screenshots of members' screens taken on a preset frequency. All that gives you a good view of productivity levels, time and resource management and eventually let's you know exactly what are you paying for.

 

This combined with an intuitive interface gives a better insight of the project. Raising invoices and the ability to pay directly from the application provides an easy way for the clients to pay for the work as well as for the vendor to track payments. FindNerd incorporates all these features and brings to you a complete package without any hassle. It respects your privacy time and money Importance, So all you need to do is just fire the browser and open FindNerd.

 

The product is phenomenal considering the fact that project management to many people seems complicated and time taking. Fret not because FindNerd makes sure your precious time is never lost. Emphasis has been given on the design to make sure it is soothing for your eyes as well as loads in a jiffy.

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