Frontend web development, as the name suggests, is the ‘front’; the exterior of your website. It’s the parts your visitors will see – the logos, the colors, the fonts, the page layout… it’s everything that makes it ‘pretty and functional’. In order for all that beauty to come forward, it requires programming / coding of the page, which takes place on the back-end. There are different ways to create a website and some ways are better than others. That’s why it’s important to have frontend web developers who are experts in making sites that are visually appealing while also being functional to your specifications and visitor demands.

Frontend web development firms use many different languages and scripts when creating a custom web design and many of those are outlined below. If you’d like to find out more about frontend web development for your web site, Accunity is happy to help you. Get started by contacting us today for more information.

HTML5

Short for Hypertext Markup Language (version 5), html 5 web design is the latest version of HTML available today. It’s a computer language that humans can read, yet it’s also understood by computers and devices. An html 5 website designer uses specific codes that instruct a page how to look and act. Since html5 is designed for more interoperable operations, it makes a great choice since web development today needs to run cross-platform mobile applications (like iPhones, Android device and tablets).

CSS3

CSS3 web development involves using cascading style sheets (CSS), which tell a page how to display certain elements on a webpage, like the layout, colors and fonts. It also allows the webpage to display differently depending on the screen size or device it’s being used. Perhaps the biggest advantage a CSS3 web developer finds by using these sheets is the editing functionality — with just a few lines of editing in a single file, visual changes to a page (or hundreds of pages) can take effect, making your pages easier to manage.

Jquery

Unlike Flash, Jquery web development has taken center stage for creating new websites since it’s so smart phone friendly. Jquery can be viewed on numerous mobile devices automatically because doesn’t require adding software to a device to view it. Constructing functional, dynamic web pages requires less coding, but it takes a Jquery web developer to really bring a website to life. Plus, since it is java-based, a multitude of java plug-ins (like software components) can be added into a website that’s jQuery friendly.

Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a framework that allows a developer to include the web elements of HTML, CSS and JavaScript (as mentioned above) to build responsive web sites (i.e. site easily seen on mobile devices). Like jQuery, bootstrap web development includes optional JavaScript plugins and it’s compatible with all modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera). That means the ‘image’ of the site jumps easily from phones to tablets to desktops.

Foundation

Foundation offers not only quicker programming time for the web developer, pages also load much quicker for your visitors. Many users like the smoother animations and transitions that Foundation offers, as well as independent scrolling sections, which make a site easy to view from a mobile device. There are also a number of apps too like email, chat, etc. that make Foundation a great choice for a new site.

AngularJS

Maintained by Google, AngularJS is a Java script, open-source web application framework designed for web development. It works by reading the HTML and tag attributes of a webpage, and then doing the function it’s programed to do (like showing fonts in a certain color). Plus, like the other frameworks, the page content can be seen on different kinds of devices (cross-platform). Web developers will turn to AngularJS too because its structure is ideal for Single Page Applications (such as websites that fit on a single page.).

Node.JS

Written in JavaScript, Node.js web development is popular with people seeking real-time web applications, like a chat window or an online visitor poll. It’s event-driven, which means your visitor have to take some action for the next action to transpire. It works on a host of operating systems – OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and IBM i and it uses the Google V8 JavaScript engine to execute the code.

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