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Top 3 Non-Technical Questions Interviewers Will Ask When Interviewing a Web Developer

August 18th, 2018

1) What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?

Everyone loves this question. NOT. Naturally everyone would love to answer the first part of the question but not the second. What the interviewer is actually trying to do here is assess how rounded you are as a character and how well you are thinking about improving on your flaws. To address the first part I recommend actually thinking about what makes you different. For example some of us are more technical. Others are better communicators. Or perhaps you have a very even spread amongst the two. There is no wrong answer with this question but what you need to do is find the right answer which is totally unique to you. This is essentially a time to advertise your USP.

For the second part I would say find something that is negative but that can be cast in a positive light, then cast in that positive light by explaining how you overcome it. You are trying to get the interviewer to understand know your weakness (we all have them) but that you are also actively engaged in rectifying it.

Here are some typical examples…

“Well I am impatient so sometimes I can be a bit abrupt with people because I want stuff done yesterday!, but I am aware of it and if it does come across I try and immediately apologise, but it happens less and less these days”

“I am a too thorough sometimes and want to know everything and so can get distracted. However what I try and do is write a list of tasks down to keep me on track hour to hour”

2) Do you prefer to work alone or on a team?

Careful with this one, again like with the point I made above what the interviewer is looking for someone who is well rounded. The chances are if you are interviewing for a role as an enterprise software developer then you will be working in a team. However there may be times when you will have to take the initiative and work off your own steam. So really you need to cover both of these points. Explain firstly that you are a team player. Not all of us are team players by nature, I’m actually not because I was raised as an only child. But it’s a skill I have learned as I have had to. Although I’m sure no one likes me;-/. Anyway being part of a team is great once you learn how, so just explain how you enjoy it. But then follow it up by explaining that you do relish the challenge to take the initiative sometimes and work off your own back. Basically you are not answering the question but you are phrasing it in such a way that you don’t need to.

3) What’s the last project you worked on and what was your responsibility?

Okay here is my advice; talk about the most interesting last project if you can. I don’t mean lie I just mean stretch the truth and deliver the interviewer what they want, what everyone wants when it comes down to it ‘a good story’. Try and focus on the positives initially and how you contributed to a fully functional development team. Being specific here is a good idea as it will come across like you actually knew what was going on (because some developers I have met actually don’t). I would also talk about some of the challenges that were on the project and what you did to help overcome them.

Web Development Tips

August 17th, 2018

Once you have decided to start creating a website whether it is for yourself or for a client, it is vital that you keep the following things in your mind such as:

1. Keep your site user friendly
2. Content is king and should be unique, informative and helpful
3. Beauty in simplicity – keep your design simple but impressive
4. Navigational ease – let your readers/customers find what they are looking for
5. Loading time should be as short as possible
6. Your site should offer short and precise information on what it is about

Firstly always bear in mind that design of your site should be simple and professional. Design should be such that it impresses the visitors on their first visit. Images on your site should be crystal and clear but still small enough to allow for fast loading.

The next most important thing is the content. People generally visit your site for the information. So it is necessary that you should provide something to visitor which is unique. If you selling a product or providing services to your customer then it is necessary that you should provide proper and complete information to the customer. You should also include customer reviews and testimonials to win the visitor’s trust.

Third important thing is that the navigation of your site should be simple and clear. Visitor should navigate from one page to another easily and if possible then your all internal pages should be well connected to your home page.

You can also use flashy graphics to enhance your product but don’t use them in excess as it increases your loading time.

Do not use unique fonts and bright colors. If you are selling a product and providing services then you must create a separate product or service page in your site. This is the key to your business success.

Joomla Web Development – Why It’s the Top CMS Choice

August 16th, 2018

Content management systems can help you build a website and then continue to manage the content on the site once it is built. WordPress has been a popular choice due to its’ ease of use. It is open source software (free to download and install on your server) for developing web sites just as Joomla, but lacks Joomla’s complex features. The complex features enable one to create more complex websites for any type of industry. WordPress is more suited for blogs and websites that simply publish readable information. Since Joomla doesn’t require programming knowledge to use, many beginners utilize it to develop websites. Most hosting companies offer a free installation of Joomla utilizing a script inside your hosting account. Joomla installs quickly and is fast and secure. Since Joomla has an abundance of complex features it is considered an advanced content management system and does have more of a learning curve than WordPress.

Joomla is utilized by novices as well as professional designers. It has been used to create and manage websites for social networking, major ivy league universities, financial institutions, eco-resources, magazines, cultural institutions and furniture design companies just to name a few. Many professional designers like its’ enormous range and ease of use. They especially find it resourceful when a web site is finished and it’s time to turn the reigns over for the firm to manage on their own. The CMS is user friendly for the client, making the web designers’ job of training the client much smoother.

The major advantage of Joomla is the software’s abundance of features. The features are called “extensions” and they are the vital building blocks which make Joomla user friendly software that is great for creating simple or complex websites. There are thousands of extensions covering almost any type of function your web site may readily need. Most of the extensions are free. However, if your company has a rare need that isn’t available in an extension, the Joomla framework allows a developer to build applications on the open platform.

Joomla can be downloaded in almost any language. It also has several translator extensions so anyone can view your web site in their own language. Your web site can have multi-lingual content. There are many language dictionaries that allow you to choose a default language, translate languages or learn languages.

There are template extensions that enable ease of design. The templates allow one to render a site quickly by following a pre-design. However the templates are flexible and therefore can be customized to create the design you desire.

If you’re not a developer and feel that the task of learning how to maneuver around Joomla in order to create your own website is a bit too daunting, then consider outsourcing. An expert Joomla developer can help whether you need a new website or simply want to improve the existing site. The technical aspects will be quickly grasped by the expert Joomla developer. Your site will be up and running faster and more apt to suit your business requirements because of their deeper understanding of the thousands of extensions available.