More Tips For an Eco-friendly Web Design

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In our latest article, we shared our vision for eco friendly web design and development. Now, we would like to bring you some more resources from industry specialists discussing this matter:

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How Does Green Web Design Affect The Real World?

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The Internet has become part of our everyday life, from just browsing to complex work activities or managing online based businesses. Yet, are we aware of the impact that web surfing has on the environment? Do we understand that websites leave carbon footprints in the real world? Green web design is a concept that acknowledges the negative effects of the web processes over the natural environment, and   encourages eco-friendly design and development through optimized pages and code.

Green web design has gained in popularity due to the fact that web designers and developers realize the importance and responsibility that comes with this initiative. Many feel empowered to promote this concept and to implement it, as they are the power behind the Web. It started with the acknowledge of how files on servers, data centers, personal computers, and connected networks make up a complex internet infrastructure and whose maintenance consumes a great amount electricity. And we all understand how electric power generation is affecting our environment.

Over the last few years, internet technologies have improved immensely, empowering designers and developers to build more complex and larger websites that deliver a higher level of service and, implicitly, higher expectations from the users. If a web page does not open in a matter of seconds, one can easily become anxious, and start browsing web pages in parallel. Most of the time, we fail to understand that a more complex website, built with rich animations, images, audio files, or fast loading videos , is responsible for higher energy consumption and higher emissions of CO2 in our physical environment.

With the growing power and enabling of Web technologies, how do designers and web developers adopt a green attitude for the Internet? First, by implementing important green measures in their design and code such as reducing HTTP requests by the use of CSS or JavaScript files, reducing the number of external objects like images, or audio and video, or convert graphics with improved CSS capabilities. Furthermore, if you work with various clients for website design and development, it is important that you raise awareness about the concept of green web design and green online initiatives that could make their online presence more environmentally friendly.

As the Web continues to evolve, it provides us with more resources and tools to optimize online performance and experience for websites, that one should make use of wisely. To start a green web design initiative, we recommend resources such as SiteCleaner, Green Web Hosting, CO2 Neutral, or CO2 Stats.

Green web design is actually a mindset that we can all adopt, no matter if we are users, designers, developers, or web hosting providers. We can start by understanding that the online environment functionalities have effects on the real world and they require responsibility and action. When it comes to green web design, we can once again say that less is more!

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CSS Inspiration Roundup

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As a follow-up to our latest article, we would like to share with you some recent articles showcasing some of CSS’ functionalities. Enjoy!

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How Important Is CSS in Web Design?

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Cascading Style Sheets, commonly known as CSS, is a widespread language for adding style to web pages written in different markup languages like HTML or XHTML. Using CSS for styling is a solid performing web design method used to achieve content accessibility, style flexibility, and a useful tool to reduce the complexity of the design structure.

Web designers and developers acknowledge the efficiency of using CSS3, the latest style sheet format that is being continuously developed at the same pace with the likes of HTML5. Our development team at CodeMyIMAGE is already using CSS3 styles and HTML5 coding techniques, partnered with JavaScript, and think these new technologies have the potential to make the web experience truly innovative and exciting.

How about you – are you ready to venture into the new technologies of web development? We have noticed there has been some reluctance in adhering to CSS3 styles, mainly because of issues with cross browser compatibility, and because it is still an ever expanding technique. However, CSS style sheet technique has numerous advantages.  And we believe it is the most efficient tool in web design for the following reasons:

  1. CSS method helps both designers and developers to separate presentations from structures and publish content in multiple presentation formats, based on preferences, browsers, or Internet devices.
  2. CSS style sheet is flexible and consistent – you can make a change to a global CSS style sheet and automatically change style elements in other web pages. CSS enables designers and developers to maintain their web pages easily and efficiently while having a website that looks consistent.
  3. CSS is search engine friendly and is also considered a clean coding technique – with CSS you will have more content than code, which is great for improved ranking by search engines.

We think the web needs to stay innovative and challenging – and technologies like CSS3 and HTML5, although new and continually expanding, should be proactively implemented. Soon, all other web technologies will follow.

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The Best of the Week in Web Design

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This has been an interesting week in the world of web design and development.

First of all, we got reviewed on Killer Startups.  Check out our review here: http://www.killerstartups.com/Web20/codemyimage-com-psd-to-html-conversion-services :)

Some of the interesting and inspirational resources shared this week are:

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