Future Vision 2019 – Microsoft

Microsoft’s Business Division president Stephen Elop at the Wharton Business Technology Conference presented a video which shows what Microsoft thinks the world may look like a decade from now, in 2019.

Just see and enjoy.

Clients you may wish to loose!

Most of the clients are good, some are great but few can be your headache. Look at some of these web project clients with whom jobs might not work well.

  1. When the client takes 6 months to respond to the proposal, but doesn’t extend his project delivery date.
  2. When you have traveled for the meeting with client at your own expense and he tells you that he does not have a budget for this project but is open to future projects.
  3. When the client can’t clear a single desired user goal, he is also not clear about a business strategy, an online strategy, a reason for the website’s existence, or a goal or metric for improving the website but he has designed detailed drawings of his own idea.
  4. Client desires the best website and when you tell him what the best costs, he asks if you can scale back. You prepare a scaled back proposal, but, without revealing his own budget, the client asks if you can scale it down more. After putting hours into the negotiation, client asks for just the home page design in Photoshop.
  5. While back-end coding is finishing, client rethinks the website architecture.
  6. As the first meeting is about to wrap, the person at the end of the table, who has been silent since the beginning of meeting, suddenly opens his mouth.
  7. When the client cleverly tells you he knows his existing website ‘sucks’ and accepts quite freely that he doesn’t know what to do about it. He asks how you would resolve such a problem and when you begin to speak, he starts reading messages on his mobile phone.
  8. At beginning of the first meeting, client informs you that someone has just bought his company.
  9. Client begins first meeting by making a big show of telling you that you are the expert. He says that you are in charge and he will depend upon you because you understand the web and he does not.
  10. Client introduces you to all his employees, shows you the factory area and behind closed doors, tells you that if you do a bad job with this website, he will be going to have to let these people go.
  11. When the client sends a 50 page detailed request for proposal, including management approved flow diagrams created in MS-PowerPoint Slides.
  12. When the client announces that he is a ‘vision guy’ and will not be involved in small matters in designing the website. He also tells you that the contact person, his colleagues and employees will be fully empowered to approve each deliverable.
  13. After the beta release, the previously uninvolved ‘vision guy’ sends PowerPoint slides of his idea of how the website layout should look like. These diagrams have nothing to do with the requirement analysis and usability study you conducted, nor with the approved wire-frames, nor with the approved final design layouts, nor with the approved HTML pages that you are now incorporating into the CMS.
  14. When the client tells you he has done a usability study with his wife for the website.
  15. Your preferred client, for whom you have done some good work in the past, gets a new Boss.
  16. When the client demands Web 2.0 feature but can not express his business strategy or target users.
  17. Just before the website delivery, the company fires your client and his envious junior gets the delivery. The website never launches. Six months later, a new person in your old client’s job emails you to invite you to redesign the website.

Important reasons for using web standards

For web programmers who are already using web standards, this list may come in helpful when you want good arguments and feel free to add any extra benefits you can think of. If you’re new to the idea of web standards and are unsure on whether you should spend the time to study all about them or not, here are some of the most important reasons for doing so.

Get better search engine rankings
Well-written content delivered through clean, well-structured, and semantic markup is delicious food for search engine spiders and will help our rankings. This will lead to increased traffic, which is what most website owners want.

Maximize website visitors
You don’t know which browser visitors will use to access your site. The only thing you can be logically sure of is that they are using something that can parse HTML. By using web standards properly you make sure that you have completed your job in making your website work with the largest possible number of browsing devices.

Faster page loading
Clean and well-structured HTML that separates structure and content from presentation will be smaller and faster for visitors to download.

Accessibility
Web standards do not guarantee that all features of our website will be accessible to people with disabilities, but it is a very good start. Make sure your html documents are valid, well-structured, and semantic, and you’re well on the way towards having an accessible website.

Make our HTML easier to maintain
When we need to update our website then we will like to browse through a clean and well-structured document. Using CSS to organize layout also makes it much easier to make overall website design changes.

Look professional
Our colleagues, competitors, friends and potential employers will be able to look at our work and know that the person likes to keep up with changes in technology and make sure that his knowledge and skills are always current. It will make us look like a real web professional.

Making our clients feel good
Use web standards combined with best practices for accessibility and give your clients a chance to talk about how they cater to all people, and how they find it important that everybody can use their services or find information about their products. You will also avoid the bad publicity that can be caused by shutting out visitors like disabled people, Mac users, and mobile phone users.

Future-proof content
If we separate content from presentation and use current web standards, we have done the best we can to ensure that our website content can still be read even after fifty years or hundred years.

Good business sense
Any business owner will like to have more visitors, a faster website, improved search engine rankings, potential good publicity and it does make sense to do so.

Accurate way to do things
Web standards provide the way to build the web from the beginning and now that we can surely do something the right way and have a really important reason to feel good about ourselves.

3 Must Do Things When Revamping or Shifting Website

If we are moving/revamping our website for any reason like new look & feel, changing hosts, technology updation, seeking branding benefits, to make our URL more memorable etc. then there are some things that we should definitely do to make our change go more smoothly for our self and for our regular readers.

The top 3 things are:

Implement Universal 301 Redirects
It’s a way to configure your website or web server, in order to indicate that some of your pages have been moved, permanently, to another location. We should not just redirect all of our old pages to our new index/home page at the time of creating 301 redirects. That will turn our readers off and we’ll lose some business as our visitors won’t go searching for the corresponding page they found in the search engine. Rather, we should do a 301 redirect on each page to the corresponding page on the new domain. If we have created new pages in our website, those don’t need redirects. If we are deleting old pages and not using them on your new domain then we should redirect those pages to a page on our new domain that has similar information.

Create Custom 404 Page
When someone enters a URL or follows a link to a page that does not exist they will get a custom 404 error page. So, if we are deleting pages from the old domain or website and not using them on the new website then we should make sure to create a custom 404 page for those pages. On 404 pages, we should place a link to our home page and offer some suggestions on pages that our visitors might want to look at which have similar information to the one they were looking for. Make it easy for the site visitors to find the information they want. We might even put a site search feature on our 404 page if we have a large enough site that visitors can get lost easily.

Contact Your Top Referrers
We should also send an e-mail to our top referrers to let them know that we have changed domain names or file names in website. We should do this because those referrers can change their links to our new link addresses.