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Bootstrap 4 Features


Download - Bootstrap 4.0.0-alpha 3 here


1. Sass Instead of LESS


Until now Bootstrap has used LESS as its main CSS prepocessor, but for the new major release, the style rules will be refactored to Sass, which is much more popular among frontend developers, has a huge contributor base, generally easier to use and offers more possibilities. Thanks to the powerful Libsass Sass Complier written in C/C++ Bootstrap 4 will compile much faster than before.


2. New Grid Tier for Smaller Screens


Bootstrap has a sophisticated responsive grid system that allows developers to target devices with different viewports. Bootstrap 3 currently has 4 grid classes for columns, .col-xs-XX for mobile phones, .col-sm-XX for tablets, .col-md-XX for desktops, and .col-lg-XX for larger desktops. Bootstrap 4 will enhance the grid system with a fifth one that will facilitate developers to target smaller devices under 480px viewport width.

The new grid class has taken the name of the previous smallest one, and pushed the current names of the grid tiers upwards by one notch. In Bootstrap 4 the large desktops will use the .col-xl-XX class selector. It’s important to know that despite the new name they didn’t add a new class for extra large screens but for extra small ones.

3. Introduces Relative CSS Units


Bootstrap 4 finally drops the support for Internet Explorer 8. That’s really a smart step as it allows them to get rid of pesky polyfills, and convert to relative CSS units. Instead of pixels, the new major release will use REMs and EMs that make it possible to implement responsive typography on Bootstrap sites. This will also increase readability, and make sites more accessible for disabled users.

If you want to try out how relative units work with the new Bootstrap 4, check out this demo on Codepen.


4. Brand New Bootstrap Cards


The development team decided to unify some previous elements of Bootstrap’s user interface, so they decided to introduce a new UI component called Cards. Cards will replace the former wells, thumbnails and panels, and will provide users with a more streamlined workflow. Don’t worry, cards will keep familiar elements, such as titles, headers and footers of wells, thumbnails and panels.

As cards will be more flexible than the current UI components, they will allow a bigger space for creative implementations. There are some pioneers out there who have already conducted experiments on Codepen with Bootstrap Cards. You can check them out, or create your own cards.


5. New Reboot Module


The new Reboot module replaces the previous normalize.css reset file. It doesn’t ditch it; on the contrary, it builds more rules upon it. The goal of the move was to include all generic CSS selectors and reset styles in a single, easy-to-use SCSS file. You can take a look at the source code here if you want to better understand how the new module works.

It’s good to know that the new reset styles smartly set the box-sizing CSS property to border-box on the <html> element, which is therefore inherited by each child element on the page. The new style rule makes responsive layouts more manageable. If you want to experience the difference between the content-box and border-box layout types, take a look at this handy demo provided by CSS-Tricks.com (it wasn’t created for Bootstrap 4, it just shows how box-sizing generally works).


6. Opt-in Flexbox Support


Bootstrap 4 makes it possible to take leverage of CSS3’s Flexbox Layout, however – as Internet Explorer 9 doesn’t support the flexbox module – the default version of Bootstrap 4 rather makes use of the float and display CSS properties to implement a fluid layout.

Flexbox has an easy-to-use layout that can be excellently utilized in responsive design, as it provides a flexible container that either expands or shrinks itself to fill the available space the best way. Only use the opt-in flexbox feature if you don’t need to provide support for IE9.


7. Streamlined Variable Customization


All Sass variables used in the new Bootstrap release are included in a single file called _variables.scss, that will significantly streamline the development process. You don’t have to do anything else apart from copying the settings from this file into another one called _custom.scss to change the default values.

You can customize many things such as colours, spacing, link styles, typography, tables, grid breakpoints and containers, column number and gutter width, and many others.


8. New Utility Classes for Spacing


Bootstrap 3 already has many practical utility classes such as the ones that change floating or the clearfix, but Bootstrap 4 adds even more. The new spacing classes allow developers to quickly change paddings and margins on their sites.

The syntax for the new classes is quite straightforward, for example adding the .m-a-0 class links a style rule that sets margins to 0 on all sides of the given element (margin-all-0). While margins use the m- prefix, paddings are styled with the p- prefix. In the development docs you can take a look at all the new spacing utility classes.


9. Tooltips and Popovers Powered By Tether


In Bootstrap 4 tooltips and popovers makes use of the super cool Tether library, a positioning engine that makes it possible to keep an absolutely positioned element right next to another element on the same page. This means tooltips and popovers will be automatically placed properly on Bootstrap 4 websites.

Don’t forget that as Tether is a third party JavaScript library, you need to separately include it in the HTML before your bootstrap.js file.


10. Refactored JavaScript Plugins


The development team refactored each JavaScript plugin for the new release using EcmaScript 6. With the smart utilization of the latest specifications and the newest enhancements, they intend to improve the frontend experience.

The new Bootstrap 4 has also undergone through other JavaScript improvements, such as option type checking, generic teardown methods, and UMD support, that will all work together to make the most popular frontend framework run more smoothly than ever before.

This article was taken from HONGKIAT. The whole purpose of sharing this article is to convey the news for my readers.

nodejs developer mistakes

For the past few years, Node.js, accounting for its growth and popularity, has been a talking point for some time now. Well-establish companies like Walmart and PayPal have adapted it, making it one of the most recognized languages at present. However, as many other platforms, Node.js faces a lot of development problems that includes crucial mistakes committed by the developers themselves. This article details out the top 5 common mistakes that the developers are guilty of committing often.

Blocking The Event Loop


Being a single-threaded environment, Node.js makes sure that, no part of run in a parallel. To achieve the concurrency I/O bound operations are handled asynchronously. But this leads to the blocking of the event loop as thousands of clients are connected to it. There is no a clear-cut solution to this problem, other than to address each case individually. 

Initiating Multiple Callbacks


Relying on callbacks is what JavaScript has done forever. In Node.js, callbacks are the only way to make asynchronous elements of the code to communicate with each other. This will be the norm, at least till further enhancements are done. The package developers are also more inclined to design their APIs around the callbacks. With such great importance, the vital error that happens is using a callback more than once. Just being a bit more careful, developers can avoid this critical error.

Deeper Nesting Of Callbacks


Nesting callback so deep is not exactly a Node.js issue, but may cause problems, making the code spin out of control in a short span of time. It gets worse with the complexity of the task. Nesting callbacks in this way will end up with a hard-to-read, hard-to-maintain and error-filled code. One feasible solution is to declare these tasks as small functions and then later link them all up.

Assuming The Callbacks Will Run Synchronously


The USP of JavaScript and Node.Js, that lead to their success and popularity is the process of asynchronous programming with callbacks. With regards to other programming languages, it's easy to predict that two statements will execute one after another automatically unless some special instruction is provided to jump between statement. However is Node.js, that uses callbacks, a single task may not perform well until the previous task is finished. Node.js developers have to make sure, the next task that has to happen after the call, has to be invoked from within it.


Not Testing The Application Enough


Assuming that the application is “done” before running multiple tests on them is considered as a cardinal sin. With the availability of multiple testing tools at the disposal of the developers, there is really no excuse for not testing.

Final Words


By now, it's clear that these mistakes may cause devastating effects on the program. Node.js had made it extremely easy for beginners to learn and get started, but there are areas, where things can be easily messed up. Avoiding these crucial mistakes will let the developers to extract all the advantages, Node.js has to offer.

mobile-ui-ux-design-mistakes

In the digital era, where mobile apps are officially declared as “the next big thing”, it's a cardinal sin to even commit the slightest of mistake when it comes to the development of the mobile apps. Measuring a desirable mobile experience is a complex process and designers are trying hard to create the perfect mobile app with what less information they are presented with. An average mobile app doesn't stand a chance in this fiercely competitive marketplace. The pressure to create a top-notch app is huge and the designers and the developers are the first line of attack, those are destined to face it. Listed below are few crucial mistakes that custom mobile app development services should avoid at any cost while designing.

Note : I have written this article originally for Agriya blog

1. Poor Design


This is by far, the biggest and the most fundamental mistake committed during the app creation stage. UI designers are in-charge of the placement of elements, while the UX designers try to enhance the user experience. Both these designers have to give a thought in the user's point-of-view, try to visualize, how they are able to interact with the app that is being created. A simple and interactive design that works well on multiple levels will be for sure more engaging for the users. The designers should also be equipped with the latest happenings and the trends in the designing arena, so that they can come with innovative designs that will excite the end users. 

2. Unnecessary Features


An app should be designed with only the required amount of features, even if it has to be just a handful. Too much of the features will only make the mobile app slow and affect the overall performance. It's important for designers to identify the primary features that will help in the main functionality of the app and if required can add additional features as updates for enhancement in a later stage.

3. Neglecting the Primary Goals & Objectives


This may happen when the designers commit to a lot of things at the same time. Negligence of the primary goals and objectives will lead straight to the path of failure. It also means that the designers loose track of the expectations of the app's target audience. All the hard work put in will be of no use, if they lose sight of their targeted, end users.


4. Tiring & Exhaustive Tutorials


Tutorials, without a doubt, are very much important to any app development as it acts as a guide that helps the end users. Unfortunately, most of the tutorials are overloaded with excessive information and ends up trying to explain the same point in multiple versions. If the app created, demands an exhaustive  tutorial, make sure it's described in simple terms that the user can understand.

5. Taking Up A Complex Process


A pre-defined process that includes the necessary steps and goals for various time frames is what is required for an app development. Complicating things will only lead to a lot of confusion and will result in a creation of app with very low standards. Sometimes, designers get overambitious and apply multiple design elements, with the thought process that it will make the app unique. Even though this process may work for some apps, users tend to get irritated with over-styled visuals.


You may also like : UX Designer vs UI Designer - Similarities and Differences

6. Trying To Replicate Other Apps


A thumb rule for success in designing is, every product is unique its goals, value, functionality and the end users. An alarming trend that is followed nowadays is to replicate the design and functionality of a successful app blindly. There is no guarantee that, the same will work for the app, that's been created.


7. Ignoring Feedback While Redesigning


Redesigns are part and parcel of the designing process and with the competition this fierce, it's very much important to go through the timely redesign process to keep the mobile application up-to-date. Valuable inputs from the users will be of much value as, those users care more about the operations than the aesthetics. Redesigning the app, ignoring those feedbacks may lead to the discontent of the end user, in-turn, lead to the decline of that mobile app. 

8. Keeping the Users in the Dark


This is, again, another major mistake designers commits during the updating or redesigning process. By not letting the users know about the process can backfire pretty bad. A simple message with not much technicality, explaining the process will do wonders in also enhancing the overall relationship between the app business and the end users.


Read Also : 8 Best UI/UX Tools for Responsive Web Designing

9. Keeping Unrealistic Financial Goals


A financial plan is always considered the backbone of any business and a lot of thought process and work is put into, to create the perfect plan that will suit a particular business. But even after such strains and hard work, many businesses fall flat because they were unable to create a logical and realistic financial plan. The same goes for the creation of mobile applications too. The designers should never ever get into an impression that the app they have created, will bring in high returns on investments. With an ocean of free apps available for the users, projecting the returns with a paid app can be tricky. It's always important to include all possible ways of revenue generation strategies should be included in the financial plan. Few examples are in-app purchases, in-app advertising, etc. The UI/UX designers must walk the thin line with regard to the number of in-app ads or in-app purchases, as too much of these will hamper the user experience and may even reduce the financial impact of the app that was forecasted earlier. 

Final Words


As a mobile application development company, one should always be aware that mistakes, no matter small or big, will always come back to hurt the progress of the company. Improving on the design is a long-going, on-the-work process and proper awareness of the consequences will help reduce such mistakes in the future.

HTML5 - Canvas vs SVG

SVG has gained a lot of popularity in the recent years, but that doesn’t suggest that Canvas has been discarded. Both these tools are common standard HTML-based technologies that  can be used to create amazing aesthetic experiences and graphics. Let us analyze them in detail to find out the right tool that will suit your HTML5 web design company.

Canvas vs SVG – An Introduction


Canvas by HTML5 helps in rendering graphs, game graphics, art, or any other visual images and also allow you to create and manipulate  images, pixel by pixel using a JavaScript programmable interface. 

SVG or Scalable Vector Graphics is a language to describe two-dimensional graphics. The drawings created by SVG are interactive and dynamic. On the contrary to the images created by HTML5 Canvas, SVG allows you to increase and decrease the image, without affecting its crispness and quality. 

Advantages & Disadvantages of Using Canvas


Advantages


1. Good Rendering Support


Canvas offers you an excellent rendering support that makes it ideal for developing fast action games. The support extends to the hundreds of elements on the screen and for the high-performance 2D surface.


2. Better Interactions


The HTML5 Canvas ensures better interactions, enabling the user to operate with ease with the content. It offers more interactive and animated possibilities than previous internet  application platforms like the Flash. This is one main reason for many html5 web design companies to churn out successful web applications all the time.  

3. User-Friendly Game Development Process


If you're familiar with developing Flash games, using HTML5 Canvas will be a dream. It allows you to build multiple fun and interactive games.

Disadvantages


1. Scalability Issues


Creating high fidelity complex graphics like building and engineering diagrams, organizational charts, biological diagrams, etc., is not possible using the Canvas as it loses its quality when it's scaled.  

3. No  Accessibility


Since what you actually draw on the Canvas surface is just a group of pixels, it cannot be read or interpreted by assisting technologies or search engine bots.


4. Extremely Dependable on JavaScript


This is a major setback while using the Canvas as the only way the <canvas> element can work is with the JavaScript. 

See Also : HTML5 vs HTML6 - Advanced Features in HTML6 

Advantages & Disadvantages of Using SVG


Advantages 


1. Excellent Scalability


This is a huge benefit of using SVG, especially in the digital era, where high-resolution tablets, phones, and monitors are used by almost everyone. The scalable features come as a bonus for responsive designs too, that comes in handy during multiple web application developments.


2. Defined by XML Format


Unlike the bitmap image formats, SVG does not consist of a fixed set of dots, but of shapes and their attributes. This makes sure the image can be saved as the smallest size possible. No matter how large the graphic gets, the XML that describes the graphic is the only thing transmitted to the client.


3. Easy to Create and Edit


Multiple user-friendly tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, Corel Draw, etc., are available to create SVG graphics. Free tools such as Inkscape, OpenOffice, LibreOffice Draw and SVG-edit (online tool) can also be used. They are easy to edit, giving SVG graphics, a huge advantage over rasterized graphics. A text editor or any vector graphic editing tool is enough to edit the SVG graphics. 

4. Intricate Detailing


Detailed graphics are possible in SVG as it uses lines. The illustrations look sharper, clearer and a lot easier to understand. Vector graphics look sharper and better in printouts too. 


Disadvantages


1. Complexity in Development


One of the major disadvantages of using SVG is the complexity that is involved in the development process. The code, which is structured in XML can be quite lengthy and complex. This makes it difficult to troubleshoot for errors.


2. Less Information


The complexity surrounding the development of SVG directly impacts on the amount of reliable information available on the subject. Unlike HTML or XML, which has a lot of educational information, SVG has very little information.

3. Limitations in Authoring Tools


Although a text editor is enough to create an SVG file, it's not a viable option for many developers and designers. Authoring tools available for SVG are comparatively less to the tools available to develop alternative image formats. These tools also provide diverse options for developers to experiment with.


Final Words


Canvas can be used for game development, ray tracing, drawing a distinct number of objects on a small surface, replacement of pixels in the video, etc. While the SVG can be used to create graphs, road maps, complex UI elements, Logos, responsive ads, etc. 

By now it's clear that a direct answer to the question, “what is the right tool?” can't be answered. It all comes down to the developers skill set and predispositions. Try and understand all your options before committing to any one technology. Choose the one that not only fits perfectly for the task at hand but your own level of comfort as well.

Bootstrap for material design

The possibilities offered by Google’s material design is endless. Material design is an end result of Google’s effort to improve user experience and overall dynamics of web layouts. Material design is a mixture of dynamics promoted by flat designs and the major interface elements backed by the quantum paper. 

It includes a lot of designing aspects ranging from shadows, layout fixing, texture, as well as physics. To extend the reach of material design to more developers, Google has launched a good number of resources including color pallets, designing indications, multiple instances, and illustrator files. All these factors contributed to the growth of material designs in general. 

In a video released by Google, the material design has been highlighted as a platform for creating “ designing interfaces ”. Material designs will serve developers as a language for developing excellent web layouts. It serves as a platform for creating applications. 

Along with the popularity of material designs, a good number of companies and developers started providing related CSS frameworks to back Google’s material design. Material design for Bootstrap, and Materialize. CSS are good cases in point. However, these CSS frameworks came with plenty of setbacks. Here many of the Bootstrap designers started asking the question, what is stopping Google from releasing a Bootstrap for the material design? 

Bootstrap is one of the most sought after projects in Github. It is meant for the making of clean websites that are basically responsive. The beauty of Bootstrap framework is that developers keep on updating the codes, and being an open source any professional developer can make easy contributions. The community is fully grown, and it is still emerging. Thus, it is beneficial for Google to launch a Bootstrap or a well-assisted CSS framework for the material design. 

Benefits Google gain by launching a CSS Framework for Material Design? 


By launching a CSS framework for the material design, Google can exhibit a mobile-first attitude. The responsive websites will be built with their own codes. The open source nature will also help web development companies or professionals to contribute to it. It will help Google to create more publicly consumed websites.   

If Google proceeds with the initiative of creating a CSS framework for material design, it will prohibit many amateur companies or developers from creating ‘stuffs’ that lacks bandwidth, and quality. Google’s infrastructure is so large to wipe off the minor setbacks that may come in the way of developing a Bootstrap for the material design.


Conclusion 


In the month-end of June 2016, Google will most probably come up with a Bootstrap for the material design. There are reliable speculations that indicate Google developers are working hard on this aspect. Companies and freelancers working on Bootstrap web development are anxiously waiting for the launch of Google’s own CSS framework for the Material design.

Freelance Platform Scripts

It's a pleasure to inform that Agriya has come up with the much-needed updates to its most prominent Getlancer scripts. Keeping multiple, valuable feedbacks from clients, Agriya's team of experts has developed a new version, for all the Getlancer, Freelance Platform scripts - Freelance bidding, Quote, Jobs and Portfolio.

Listed below are the major changes and updates


• Optimization of data queries in the "User Dashboard" page and all the sub-tabs

• Proper displaying of "Total Payment", when choosing "Featured"/"Mark as Urgent" in Post a Projects and Post a Jobs pages.

• Caching error fixed that prevented send and withdraw request.

• Addition of auto-complete loader for address fields in  Post a Job, Post a Project, Request a Quote, Registration and Profile edit pages.
   
• Displaying of maps in the refined map search for the  freelancer, project and jobs listing pages.

• Corrections with regard to the Portfolio List API calls.

The major error fixes are


• Portfolio listing JSON error when Portfolio Favorite plugin is disabled.

• Job listing API error when Job Favorite plugin is disabled.

• Search Page not opening (If Project plugin is not available).

• Clicking the header search icon from dashboard page.

• Disputed project not moving automatically to the "Waiting For Administrator Decision"

• "Post a Project" page not opening through pjax click.

Find out the demo of their Getlancer product here,

freelance platform demo
                                     Demo of Agriya's Getlancer - Freelance Platform Script
Apart from these fine updates, all major functionalities have been enhanced for optimal performance. Keeping up with all the technological advancements, these upgraded scripts work well in propelling your freelance website to have a substantial growth and be on top, in the fierce online freelance platform.

Nodejs Version 6

Node.js is up with its latest version just 6 months after the release of version 5. The new version is adorned with a handful of performance improvements adding to its security and stability . The version 6 of Node.js will make every Node.js developer happy for it brings in long-term support. It is expected to offer web developers more reliability and stability. 

What are the vital improvements in Node.js version 6?


One of the essential additions in Node.js is the increase in the speed of module loading. The older LTS version, especially 4 has less speed, hence developers used to spend more time for application development cycles. Now the latest version attempts to increase the speed by four times more. The version is an updated one with JavaScript V8 engine. The older version has compatibility with JavaScript engine 5.0 only. This new update is 93% complete in terms of ES6 features. 

Node.js v6 includes a host of features namely super keywords, default as well as rest parameters, and diverse classes. Node.js 6 comes with an added buffer API which is built-in to lessen the number of programming bugs, and other issues. In addition to it, other notable enchantments encompass a Zero-fill buffer, an improved constructor method, and an advanced Math.random(). Node.js developers can also utilize an increased number of documentations and testing, as well.

The new version enables extremely simple JavaScript operations by means of an enriched proxy, reflect, and symbols. Version 5 will receive a proper maintenance for few more moths. This LTS version will be shifted to maintenance mode, and it will receive updates, and bug fixing in future. Whereas, the new version of node.js 6 will get lifetime support, added ES6 features, and a JavaScript V8 engine. 

When can Developers Shift to Node.js v6?


However, developers will have to wait till October 2016 for shifting to Node.js 6. It will be an LTS version by that time, and there onward developers can make the alterations accordingly. 

Note : Now Node.js v6.2.1 is available - check here for more details.

nodejs-pros-cons

In the present scenario, JavaScript is one of the most popular client-side programming languages. With a model of concurrency and no concept of a thread, JavaScript was able to differentiate itself from other dynamic languages. Node.js can be credited for this well-documented popularity. 

Node.js helped JavaScript in server-side implementations, which reduced a lot of complexity of using two different languages at both ends. Node.js also helps in building innovative server and web/mobile applications. This article discusses the pros and cons of this excellent run time environment, so that the next time you approach any Node.js development services to build your web or mobile apps, you're completely aware of what you can expect.

Advantages of Choosing Node.js


  • The main advantage is that it uses JavaScript, which is easy to learn. A basic Java programmer will find it easy to upgrade to Node.js.
  • Node.js is an open source runtime environment that supports caching of individual modules. 
  • Concurrent request handling is assisted by the asynchronous event-driven IO.
  • Both the server and the client-side uses the same piece of coding and as a result, it makes things easier for businesses to deploy the various web applications more effective.
  • Node.js has an active and vibrant community with codes shared regularly via Github, etc.
  • Being a single-threaded program, Node.js has multiple options for having a good control over run-time executions like event-loops and call-back methods.

Disadvantages of Choosing Node.js


  • The main drawback is the consistency factor. Many Node.js development companies feel that the API keeps changing at frequent intervals.
  • Node.js don't work well with relational databases.
  • Node.js requires an asynchronous programming approach for it to enhance its scalability. This has a split opinion among developers as many feel that this particular approach is more complicated than the linear blocking I/O programming. This also makes the code look messy.
  • Node.js is not suitable for large and complex web applications as it, at present doesn't support both multi-threaded programmings. 
  • Programmers find it hard to use Node.js for high intensive computational tasks. 

Final Words


In spite of the shortcomings, Node.js have abundant features that will help in creating a wide range of networking and server-side applications in JavaScript. To conclude, as a web developer, it's very essential to study both the pros and cons of Node.js to put it to use at the best of its ability.

shopify vs magento

A new online store pops up every second day in this era of total technological dominance. But not all reach the desired success levels. Many factors play a key role in the success of  an online business, but choosing the right content management system platform for your online store is as important as the type of business you have chosen to take up itself. Shopify and Magento are two such CMS platforms that are widely used for e-commerce store creation and let's dissect them further to compare and find out what are the main differences.

Shopify Vs Magento – An Introduction


To start, Shopify is a commercial product and is a hosted solution, i.e., your online store will be hosted by them. Magento is a community-backed, free, open-source software that requires you to do the hosting, installation, configuration and setup. Hence, you need a resourceful open source development company to help you create the store.

Shopify Vs Magento – Features


The features of Shopify and Magento can be further classified for simple understanding.

The functionality of the Online Store

Both Shopify and Magento score points here as they both offer powerful and easy-to-maintain online store functionalities.

Managing the Inventory

Magento offers an unlimited amount of items while Shopify's starter plan offers you a maximum of 25 stores items and the other plans offers unlimited items, that can be added and sold through your store. One has to be mindful of the server speed when using the Magento as it may cause many complexities if you add too many products.


Multiple Payment Gateway Options

Shopify supports up to 70 various payment gateways and that is significantly more than what Magento can support. However, more payment gateway options can be added to Magento through third-party add-ons


Web Templates and Themes 

Both Shopify and Magento offer a large collection of themes and template that can help you enhance the look and feel of your online store. They offer both free and paid template and Magento holds the advantage in both the versions. Shopify's paid theme starts at $80 compared to $1 for the paid theme by Magento. 

Apps and Add-ons

Being a community-driven online platform, what Magento brings to the table is a whooping 5000+ app and add-ons.


Capabilities – SEO, Customization, Multi-Lingual

Both Magento and Shopify offer exhaustive SEO capabilities for you to draw a more potential traffic to your online store.

When it comes to customization, again, both the platforms scores well as they both offer the best customization. Shopify has a slight advantage, as it offers a menu-driven method to create the desired changes, while Magento's total freedom to customize can be put to full use only by those with deep knowledge of working with it. 

Shopify doesn’t offer full, multi-lingual capabilities. One has to use third party apps for achieving it. Magento, on the other hand, offers more built-in multi-lingual support.

Shopify Vs Magento –  User Experience


It's very clear that both the platforms, Shopify, and Magento offer a user interface that is well-designed and easy to use. Shopify's advantage here is the wizard mode, that allows even novice users to setup their store easily. Using Magento, which doesn’t offer a hosting solution, it's quite hard for the end users to set up the store on their own.

Shopify Vs Magento –  Cost


The only noticeable cost, using the Magento will be for the hosting and the other services accompanying it. The cost for using Shopify is spread across the setup fees, monthly fees, bandwidth charges, and transaction fees.


Final Words


It's fairly clear by now, both Magento and Shopify are two powerful e-commerce platforms. While Shopify is easy to use and offer full hosting and managing services, Magento offers multiple free services. It's up to you to decide which content management service will best-suit your online store and plan accordingly.

UX Designer vs UI Designer

The role of designers is dominant everywhere, from industrial designs to fashion; print and digital media to technology, etc. In the current age of web development processes, both UX designers and UI designers play a very vital role. It's hard to explain in a clear and immediate manner what exactly these two do on a day to day  basis. One need to have a brief knowledge of what a UX and UI design in the first place to differentiate with precision, the designers associated with them.

What is A UX Design? What are The Roles of A UX Designer?


Known as the User Experience design, a UX design works on enhancing the whole customer experience while using the product or service. Speaking in terms of a web design, it essentially means the UX design includes important aspects such as the web content, structure and design and the system that supports it. The UX design works on the participle that a good user experience will directly impact the increase in customer satisfaction and loyalty.

The major priority of a UX designer is to make the product or the service, “feels good”. UX designers explore many different approaches, combines their design and research skills, study human psychology and behavior to understand the user's expectations and come up with products, services, solutions or designs to match the required parameters. In a web design and development company, the UX designers work on wireframing, prototyping, testing and development planning.

What is A UI Design? What are The Roles of A UI Designer?


UI design stands for the User Interface design. The term, User interface can be defined as space where the human and machine interaction occurs. This interface includes both hardware and software components. A UI design focuses on how the various functions have been displayed and the intricate details on how users are able to interact with the interface.

The UI designers are not always concerned about the overall feel of the product and work towards,”how the product or the service has been laid out to the user”. The roles are primarily related to  graphics and visual front-end design. This involves a lot of page designing that will be used by the end user for a product or service interactions. As a UI designer you are also responsible for created UI is visually communicating the path that has been laid out to guide the users. The other major responsibilities are UI prototyping, conducting various design researches, branding, and graphic developments, working alongside developers with regards to the implementation and creation of user guides.

UI vs UX Designers – The Similarities


The boundary between UI and UX designers is fairly blurred and they share few very important similarities like
  • The primary objective is to offer frictionless customer satisfaction.
  • Focus is on the users and their interaction with the machine, product or a service.
  • The designs created can be applied to any product or service.

UI vs UX Designers – The Differences


Both UI and UX designers, even while having similar objectives,  have factors that differentiate their designs from each other.
  • UI designers create tangible designs that can be tested and shipped while the UX designs are intangible and sometimes are difficult to quantify. 
  • UI designers set the actual limits of what the user can do with the website, service or product, making UI designs a major factor that determines the UX designs.
  • The UX designers forecast the modification required for the future versions of the product or the service.

Final Words


By now its very much clear that both UI and UX designers are crucial to the success of a product or a service and they work in tandem to achieve the desired level of success. 

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