Tips for Getting the Most Out of PSD to HTML Services

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PSD to HTML services are increasingly in demand and have proven to be of great benefit to web designers who want to reduce turnaround time, deliver professional code, and produce high quality websites.

After investigating the available PSD to HTML providers on the market and selecting one, the next step for a web designer should be to focus on how to achieve the optimum level of service, quality and efficiency out of the collaboration.

At CodeMyIMAGE, we manage numerous clients and development projects every day, and our focus is to consistently do our part to deliver the most services in support of the collaboration with designers. Having dealt with very different technical requests, we found it necessary to define some best practices guidelines.

We hope that you will find these to be useful tips for you as you move forward with your PSD to HTML outsourcing opportunity:

Communicate clearly your expectations in terms of creative and technical design. As a web designer, you will want your design to keep its essence, so make sure you understand any potential technical limitations and you convey, as accurately as possible, your desired results.

  1. If you are pressed by your own deadlines, then make sure the turnaround time committed to by your PSD to HTML provider meets your requirements. Two-way communication during every step of the development process with your provider is a necessity, in order to make improvements and stay efficient.
  2. Provide feedback to your markup provider – check the final XHTML/CSS markup and how it matches your design concept.  Be sure and check for any conversion peculiarities and deliver feedback quickly to insure that any edits or fixes can be completed while still maintaining your schedule.
  3. Check if your PSD to HTML provider offers further services that might suit your needs! Decide if it makes sense for the website to be integrated onto a CMS platform or if you want to make it compatible with mobile as well.  See if your provider can provide and integrate these services. It will save you time and you will build an even stronger collaboration.

Outsourcing PSD to HTML services is definitely a smart move with many advantages for web designers. And it should be developed using a process built on a solid foundation of communication and technical expectations of the design.

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4 Tips to Help You Choose Between Dreamweaver and Hand Coded Markup

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When you decide to build a website, you must consider the time, budget, and skill investment to factor into the equation. There are many applications and tools available for web development and we want to help you make the best choice. Many designers and developers consider that most of the software tools available are limited in terms of customization and maintenance.

There appears to be an ongoing debate among designers and developers as to whether authoring programs like Dreamweaver are any better than hand coded HTML and CSS for converting designs and building an effective website.

Web development applications like Dreamweaver do offer some powerful features for quickly building, editing, and refining of HTML code. Also, Dreamweaver is customizable and has hundreds of extensions that can be used with it. In spite of being a powerful web development tool, we think a professional web developer will always choose to hand code – and here are a few arguments that support our viewpoint:

  1. Dreamweaver does not offer cross browser compatibility. If you want to make sure that your website will look great on any browser or Internet access device, we advise you to choose a provider of W3C compliant hand coded markup.
  2. Although it usually generates efficient HTML code, Dreamweaver may also include code cluttered with inadequate tags resulting in code that will need to be reworked.
  3. Dreamweaver has a rather steep learning curve and it will take time to master. You need to ask yourself if you are being more efficient with your time trying to learn it, or to start productively hand coding your web pages or hiring a professional PSD to HTML provider.
  4. Dreamweaver is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) web design tool that provides visual methods for coding pages where – you will not be exercising  much of your coding skills, and you will probably have a hard time maintaining the  code.

Hand coding gives you the freedom to develop your web pages with optimum flexibility, ensuring important features such as cross browser compatibility and long term maintenance. At CodeMyIMAGE, we are focused on providing hand coded markup because we understand the nuances and specifications of every design and website.

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The Importance of W3C Compliance

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Have you ever wondered where is the World Wide Web heading to? Many technologists talk about the semantic Web and taking web development to the next level. In the same context, you may hear about developing high quality markup and W3C compliance. However, most users do not understand the importance of W3C compliance, since it is not mandatory, nor is the value it can add to their websites.

As providers of W3C compliant markup, we will share with you our understanding of these standards and the benefits they provide to your website. The World Wide Web Consortium or abbreviated W3C, is the main international community that develops standards and guidelines to ensure the long term quality growth of the Web. These guidelines and standards are based on best practices and they are also intended for Internet browser developers, in order to achieve a consistent web development process.

When your web developer or coding services provider informs you about W3C valid markup, this means that your website will meet the World Wide Web Consortium requirements for XHTML/CSS coding. At the same time, it is a certification of the quality of the delivered markup and a confirmation of improved cross-browser functionality of your website pages.

To sum it up, these are the benefits of W3C compliancy:

  1. Accessibility and improved user experience – with W3C compliant code your website will look and function consistently on any Internet device or browser used by your visitors.
  2. W3C compliant web design is, by nature, SEO friendly.
  3. It is a future-proof quality check – validation with W3C standards is one of the most effective ways to make sure that what works today will work tomorrow.
  4. Ease of maintenance due to compliance with standards that are globally recognized – creating Web pages according to a standardized coding style makes it easier to maintain your website.

Some will argue that web design and development can be done without complying with the demands of W3C guidelines. But we believe that this view would not embrace the ideas of the web community in taking the Web to the next level.

At CodeMyIMAGE we recommend that, when you decide to use the services of any PSD to HTML conversion services provider, it is a must to make sure that your coded pages are delivered W3C valid.

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What to look for in a PSD to HTML provider

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PSD to HTML conversion has become a service in high demand these days, mainly because web designers are now becoming increasingly more interested in creating an innovative web experience. So they focus on their creative design work and outsource the technical coding to professionals.

Moreover, PSD to HTML conversion has become a very competitive service as well, enabling web designers to choose the best fit to meet their needs. CodeMyIMAGE has earned a place in this market as a fresh PSD to HTML provider that delivers high quality valid XHTML and CSS markup in a fast and cost effective way.

Since being in business, we understand our clients’ expectations regarding this type of service and we want to share with you what we think should be the value delivered by a good PSD to HTML provider.

  1. W3C valid markup is a must for a high quality website. Having W3C valid coded pages means that your website will meet the World Wide Web Consortium requirements for XHTML/CSS coding. This is a certification of the quality of the markup delivered to your design and the cross-browser functionality of your pages!
  2. The web world is very dynamic and users have plenty of choices when it comes to Internet access devices and browsers. Make sure that your future provider ensures cross-browser compatibility so that your website will look its best no matter where and how it is viewed. This way, your web communication and relationship with target users is focused and consistent.
  3. Hand coded semantic HTML/XHTML/CSS markup is in many ways superior to automatically generated markup, which usually requires fixing and proves to be more time consuming for every web designer. A professional PSD to HTML developer can handle more complex and technical development challenges which will add value to your website, not only in performance but in search engine optimization as well.
  4. Make sure that your future PSD to HTML provider will add value to your operation by saving turnaround time and costs. Reduced project turnaround time is vital during busy periods and will enable you to focus more on capturing new web design projects.

At CodeMyIMAGE, we are delivering on these values everyday and we believe that this focus will make the difference in this market when a web design or advertising agency chooses to outsource their coding services in order to cut costs and grow their business.

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Five Reasons Why You Should Use Manual Coding Instead of Software Tools

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Currently, there are many options available for converting design to code. Although many companies offer hand coded PSD to HTML conversion services, there are many people who prefer automated tools to convert their designs.

Using software tools for converting PSD to HTML can be a positive experience, especially for not very complex designs. And one does not have to worry about the coding or communicating with a company to make sure the design is implemented correctly.

However, many designers find out that such tools appear to be somewhat limited, especially when it comes to more complex layouts and navigation capabilities:

  1. Most software tools seem to fall short, especially if users want to format visited links, add heading tags, or create sub-directories and anchors.
  2. More complex projects typically require W3C valid code, which software tools currently do not create.
  3. A clean and beautiful format is more difficult to obtain.
  4. The capability to edit pages in the future, after going live, is not available.
  5. Having pages converted to HTML is just a first step in creating a live website. In order to create a website, basic knowledge of CSS and JavaScript, some custom programming, plug-ins implementations and if needed, the configuration of a CMS, etc, are required.

Keep in mind your goals and your vision! Because you care about the quality and look of your designs, you need to make sure of the quality of your code. So, when you are seeking perfect pixel HTML markup, find someone who specializes in it and have them do it for you.  It will bring out the best in your design.

There is no software capable of delivering higher quality than a good web developer who knows the web standards and who is able to code beautiful designs with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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