Web Development Blog

Redesigning Your Website? Follow Our 17 Point Checklist for the Perfect Launch

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At Siam Communications we often have to redesign clients websites due to the fact that they have either used a poor designer in the past, or because times have changed and their existing design is dated.

If you are in the process of redesigning your website, there are a number of things that you need to ensure are checked before you launch. If you are using a company to redesign your site then hopefully they will be doing all of the checking and testing for you, but if you are attempting it by yourself then the list below will help you out.

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Top 10 Front-end Resources For Web Developers

Front-end development tools When talking about resources for web developers in the past, we have mainly looked at WordPress plugins that can help power up your websites. Today we are going to look at a collection of resources that revolve around frontend development such as CSS and Java Script libraries, as well as guidelines which will help to improve your front-end craftsmanship and workflow. (more…)


Cool WordPress Hacks You Can Do Without Plugins

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The thing we like the most about WordPress here at Siamcomm is how easy it is to empower the platform with endless new features, all thanks to the plugins that are available. There are around 38,000+ free plugins available and thousands more premium ones available. There is practically a plugin available for everyone’s needs as well as budget. If you decide to take a look online for tricks, tips or hacks relating to WordPress, you will no doubt end up on an article which covers a list showing popular plugins which will give you exactly what you are looking for.

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The Pros and Cons of Managed WordPress Hosting

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Are you new to WordPress and want to know if managed WordPress hosting is beneficial for you? The answer to this is Yes and No as there are both advantages and disadvantages.

One of the main disadvantages is the price. Shared hosting can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per month, but with managed WordPress hosting, the price is usually much higher!

So, why is the pricing so different? Is managed hosting really that much better? And do you need managed hosting for your website?

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WooCommerce: User Registration Spam

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Here is a quick tip for WordPress web site owners that use WooCommerce. Have you ever noticed that you are receiving dozens of user registrations on your WooCommerce web site?

In the early times, I would dedicate one day a week to cleaning up and deleting the user registration spam accounts. They are easy to spot in a WooCommerce website because the user registration spam accounts are marked as “Subscribers”. Whereas, valid user accounts are marked as “Customers”. Needless to say, I got tired of deleting these user registration spam accounts weekly and decided instead to install a CAPTCHA on the login page.

I have recently upgraded to Sweet Captcha as it is a free plug-in. But I have noticed that iThemes Security is also including a Google Captcha plug-in for users of their Pro version.

Using Sweet Captcha, I have noticed a dramatic decrease in user registration spam. But, either solution mentioned should work great for reducing user registration spam, even if you are just using WordPress and not WooCommerce.


Benefits and Risks: Outsourcing Web Development to Foreign Countries

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Outsourcing is a common buzzword in the business world today allowing many companies to become more competitive and efficient in doing their businesses. One of the most common strategies being adopted by companies is outsourcing web development. In this article, we will be discussing the benefits of outsourcing your web development project. We will examine the risks and pitfalls you need to be aware of when selecting an outsourcing partner.

First of all, you need to understand what outsourcing is before rushing out and hiring an outsourcing company. Outsourcing is hiring other companies to handle tasks normally completed by someone in your organization in order to save costs. This allows the business owner, or manager, to concentrate resources on more important or relevant matters.

This is why outsourcing is so popular in the business world today. With outsourcing, you can save your company from spending a lot of money and at the same time, allow your business to focus on matters that are more relevant and important towards making a profit.

But, why specifically are more companies adopting the strategy of outsourcing web development?

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Echelon Thailand: Timely Foundation for Thailand’s Tech Startup Industry

Last week, I took 2 days off of work to attend Echelon Thailand organized by E27 and Hubba Thailand. This is only the third such event like this, but the first time such an event was organized at this scale.

After 2 full days of listening to various speakers from investments firms, founders of tech startup companies, and various other professionals in the South East Asia Tech Industry, I feel both exhausted and exhilarated at the same time.

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5 Incredible Tools to Create your own WordPress Themes Online

I know what you’re thinking, “What are WordPress Theme Generators and why should I care”. Well, consider you are thinking of starting your own website. You have two choices; 1) Hire a WordPress Theme developer or, 2) Do it yourself. So let me ask you, do you really want to spend all of that time learning how to write PHP code and develop your own WordPress Theme. Probably not. Do you have the funds to hire a WordPress Theme developer. If not, a WordPress Theme Generator is your answer. This may seem like a strange comment coming from someone that makes their living developing WordPress themes. But I have to be honest. A website is about making money for your business. If you don’t have the budget, you need options. Here are 5 WordPress Theme Generators that may help you move to your next step in becoming a successful business person. (more…)

Mobile Gaming: A Growing Industry

NOTE: This weeks guest post is brought to you by the Qualcomm Developer Network.

Did you know that in 2011 the game Angry Birds became the most downloaded mobile application for smartphones? Mobile gaming is here to stay folks and thus we should get used to the definition of “gamer”.

Once reserved for hobbyists, playing text-based adventure games on their computers, there are now millions of smartphones owners considering themselves “gamers”. Video games, specifically for smartphones, have become a staple of our society. No one should be ashamed of calling themselves a gamer. The ability to stop what you’re doing to quickly and easily fire up a game like Angry Birds directly from your phone has made it so much easier to play games on a daily basis, that you definitely do not need to be a hobbyist slaving away for hours on a text-based game.

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E-Commerce by Tablet Users on the Rise

It should come as no surprise that tablet PCs have taken the world by storm recently. With some tablet PCs ranging from extremely compact micro computers to others that serve as fully functioning wide screen handeld devices for gaming and high end usage, tablet PCs are in use by many generations from old to young throughout the world. Since these newer version tablets offer both wireless capabilities for Internet browsing and a variety of storage capacities including cloud data storage, tablet PC users can use Wi-Fi (wireless) networks to explore websites and social networks much like they would on a laptop or a smartphone. However, with most tablet PCs, the user gets a slimmed down version of a laptop and beefed up version of a handheld device beyond a smartphone. (more…)