Web Development – What in the World is a Mashup?

I’ve wanted to write something about mashups because I’ve been having trouble understanding just what they are, and writing often clears the way to understanding with me. I hope this article works for you. On the other hand you may be perfectly clear on the subject already. In which case don’t read this article as it may just confuse things for you and I couldn’t live with the guilt. I’m joking!

Anyway, I read a book recently where mashups were touted as one of the additions to web applications that make for the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. Antediluvian Web 1.0, of course, was that unenlightened time near the turn of the century when our relationship with the web was limited to feeding it information and reading what it had to say. Web 2.0, or today’s web, not only takes what we feed it but interacts with our input; and what we read is then altered and illuminated in the process. Or something like that. Put a lot of the emphasis on the word “interacts” in my definition of Web 2.0.

Further research found that in order to make a mashup you first had to know something about XML because that is the language used to structure the data–whatever that means. I found a number of fine books on the subject I’ll never get around to reading. Then you have to know a lot about JavaScript because that will be the functionality that brings life to your web page. After that you are ready to form your mashup. All you need is php and mySQL to retrieve the data from the API or API’s (Google maps is a good example of an API often used in mashups). At this point I became fairly certain I wouldn’t be developing any mashups of my own any time soon as I am even less clear on the definition of API’s than I am of mashups.

Ok, so what is a mashup? A mashup, according to the Wikipedia is a “web page or application that combines data or functionality from two or more external sources to create a new service.” Apparently you couldn’t combine things under Web 1.0? Anyway, I don’t think I can improve much on that definition. In fact I feel like the judge who once defined pornography by saying he couldn’t define it but he knew it when he saw it!

The mashups I am most familiar with appear when I want to travel and need a place to stay. It seems every hotel and motel on the continent has a webpage with a map on it produced by Google Maps. Usually the information on the hotel jumps out at you when you run your cursor over an oversized pin in the map. You can usually zoom in on the motel to find the easiest way to get there. This is an example of two databases, Google maps and a hotel database acting in concert with JavaScript allowing you to interact with the webpage. Walla! You’ve got a mashup.

Understanding the Nature and Processes of Web Design Companies

Among business and marketing tools, the internet could be ranked on top for the immediacy with which it generates leads. Some countries have enjoyed the growth of the software industry and used the same effectively for economic development. The major cities of these countries turned into software hubs. With billions of websites on the internet, website design and development forms a significant part of the software industry with new disciplines as Search Engine Optimization.

Most of the prominent web design and development companies offer both the services combined with Search Engine Optimization. This combination is not only profitable to the service provider but is also highly beneficial to the client. Most of those freelancers, who offer only one service i.e. development alone, charge a very nominal price. Professional companies accuse freelancers of bringing down the price quite drastically. Sometimes, clients who approach companies also ask for very cheap work to be done. Hence, most professional service providers have upped the ante by adopting new methods.

It is nevertheless beneficial to entrust the job to professionals. Another problem in regard to finding web development companies is the problem of having too many to select from. A lot of them have mushroomed in this city in the past few years. There are literally thousands of them vying for your project. As always, it is only a few that stand out due to their ability to deliver on time and at the right cost. You must definitely work out the cost and find which one offers the best service and delivers on time at what cost.

Unless you are looking for low cost service, the first thing to do is to check out if the service provider has a website for himself or his company. Since you are going to have your website developed by them, it would be important to see how they have made their own. It is also equally benefiting to check out their service portfolio. Whether or not you like it will give you an idea of if their services will suit you.

Even if you like their work, do not decide merely by what you have seen. It is important to have your project coordinator or any other representative talk to the developers over phone or online messenger services. By doing this, you can convey what you want quite accurately. Choosing one out of a few that would be suitable for your business would also benefit.

They are always on the lookout for new projects. Hence, they are sure to contact you as soon as possible, if you leave an enquiry on their webpage. Striking a good rapport and communicating your needs perfectly will lead to quality output. Understanding the nature, ways and methods of working of web design and development companies will guarantee a great output that fulfills and satisfies all that you need.

An Easy Cool Way to Find Web Hosting

If people have been telling you that it’s too hard to have a web page and operate your business online, don’t believe them. People who have their own businesses usually set up a blog or website for themselves. You will find a huge array of choices in web hosting and domain name providers. You will have no problem setting up the site you need at a price you can afford.

Utilizing the internet has developed into a cornerstone for lots of businesses. Lots of people blog – both for fun and for business. These people also represent a variety of businesses, such as MLM promoting and affiliate marketing, among others. For this reason, you will find lots of website and web hosting companies today. They can offer you a wide variety of services to meet every need of your business and provide you with a unique website and domain name.

So, for example, if your business is in North America, but you want to do business worldwide, you might want to choose a domain name that has several different extensions. If you do this, then people who are looking for your.COM address by typing in a.EU address will be automatically redirected to the.COM address. You will have to make a request for the.EU extension to be forwarded to the.COM destination. It is inexpensive and easy to set up a basic website and establish your domain name.

One good thing is that, if your domain title is exclusive, other people can’t cash in on your marketing by opening a site with a similar name. Therefore, if someone searches your address using a .COM extension, but you really have a .EU extension or some other, a person using your same name with a .COM extension would get your business. Keep this idea in mind when you set up your name. If there are similar domain names available, you should buy them, too.

Remember that you need to safeguard both your website and your company to the best of your ability. The web hosting/domain provider you choose should be trustworthy, supportive, and offer great security. You will probably all enjoy a happy and successful partnership, so it is a win-win situation, all around.