Top 10 Basic Essential Skills Every Web Developer Should Have

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Web development is the fastest-growing industry not only in Bangladesh but also around the world. To grab the dream job in this sector, do you have the skills to stand out from the crowd? On this blog, you can find top 10 basic skills for a web developer. So, Let’s go!

1. Constantly Learning and Keeping up to date with the industry

To become a great web developer, you should stay ahead of the curve. You have to learn new technologies and programming languages and focus on the customer’s needs and wants to keep them satisfied. You also have to keep yourself up to date with the industry; thus a better idea is to follow blogs like Sitepoint, Smashing Magazine, Hacker News etc. and of course our blog. To visit at least one conference in the related field each year should be included in your goal. 

2. Time Management     

In web development projects, the deadlines are always just around the corner. So, to stay efficient, it’s vital to manage your time as best as possible. Good developers struggle with it, but some can not maintain their time management skills. I’m sharing some quick, actionable tips so that you can manage your time correctly- 

  • Make a to-do list

As a web developer, you have to maintain a regular to-do list, and it will help you to do your every task, resulting you can’t skip a job.  

  • Set reminders 

Reminder helps you to do a particular task at the right time.  

  • Use the 80/20 rule 

You can follow the 80/20 rule and try to find your daily tasks that eat away too much time without producing enough results. You may be surprised at how much time you’re spending every day doing things that take way too long for what you get out in return.     

  • Communicate  

When you get stuck on a task, don’t waste your time, communicate with your boss or senior to get a better solution. 

3. HTML/CSS 

We know that HTML, CSS and JavaScript are the three fundamental pillars of Web development. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a language that communicates with the web browser, and it dictates the structure of each page on the WWW (World Wide Web). It tells the browser how to interpret the data to form elements on a website. We use it to add style on our site, including the layout and design. We also use CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) to properly display in our website on different devices and screen sizes. HTML5 and CSS3 are the latest standards that work in the most common browsers out there. 

4. JavaScript 

When you are master in HTML and CSS, in the long run, you’ll want to learn JavaScript. JavaScript is one of the higher-level programming languages, and it prepares websites more interactive and functional. JavaScript will deliver you to create better experiences for users. You can write special features directly onto your sites with JavaScripts.   

5. PHP 

PHP (earlier called, Personal Home Page) is a server scripting language, and it is a powerful and useful tool for making dynamic and interactive web pages. PHP is a widely-used, free, and efficient alternative to competitors such as Microsoft’s ASP.  

6. Responsive Design 

Nowadays, many modern consumers use their mobile devices to conduct online searches. Around 60% of online searches occur on mobile devices. So, websites need to adapt to this trend. When websites aren’t consistent with mobile devices, web users don’t display well; users go to a competitive site. That is why a web developer needs to have responsive design knowledge.  

7. GIT (Code Versioning) 

Code versioning or version control helps you to track and control, but also revise any changes to your programming. Just imagine that you make a few smaller changes to your code and the whole web site stops working. The changes you made indeed had errors, the quickest and better solution is to track back to the last time of your code that worked.      

8. Debugging 

You can fix any errors or abnormalities in your code by the Debugging process. On average, a developer spends no less than 33 % of his time debugging.   

9. Analytical Skills

Consumers behaviour is always switching. So, your design, coding as well as development skills will ever express for satisfying the ultimate customers. Therefore, every web developer needs a strong understanding of consumers, especially web consumers, and their need and want. If you can understand them on the whole, it will support you to create the best websites that sell.   

10. SEO 

In modern-day marketing, Search engine optimization (SEO) is working as the driving force. To get more traffic as well as increase ranking on Google, SEO is the most effective way. Websites that don’t implement SEO won’t show up high enough on search engine result pages. Page upload speed, keyword content, and domain credibility are just some of the SEO skills that web developers should learn.  

Are you ready to discover the possibilities in a web development career? Adapt these 10 basic skills and to learn more about web developer skills and how to stand out from the competition, regularly visit our careers blog !

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Today’s world is changing day by day. Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality (AR), Big Data, IOT and a lot of things exist in front of us. That is why a web developer must be proactive in learning new programming languages as well as new techniques. Today I am going to discuss several web development and management tools and resources for 2020 that will help web developers managing a company/firm or individual client.

Behind all the web development tools is language. A programming language is a formal constructed language which is designed to communicate with the computer and create programs in which we can control the behavior. There are so many programming languages such as- PHP, NodeJS, JavaScript, HTML5, Python, Ruby, Scala, CSS3, SQL, Golang, Rust, Elixir, TypeScript etc. I think as a web developer; you have already known details about these languages. You have to choose one or more than one particular language where you are good at.

Now, I’m sharing a list of database which refers to a collection of information that is stored to be retrieved, managed and updated.

  1. MySQL  
  2. MangoDB (Next-generation database)
  3. PostgreSQL 
  4. MariaDB 

Let’s talk about some special management tools that make you smart. 

Collaboration Tools 

For effective communication and collaboration, a web development team needs some useful tools. These following tools can help employees streamline their development workflow.  

i) Slack is a great messaging app by which your working life becomes productive and straightforward. Our Augnitive team uses Slack for communication purpose. 

ii) Trello helps your team stay organized, which is a flexible and visual way. It’s our favourite tool. 

iii) Glip helps to chat, share files, and for task management and video conferencing to unlock your team’s full potential.

iv) Skype is a wonderful tool for chatting, file sending, video conferencing smoothly with your clients or employees.

Without the above tools, you can use Asana, Jira, etc. as collaboration tools. 

Website Speed Test Tools 

Website speed is an essential factor for success because when your site will be loading faster, have higher conversion rates and lower bounce rate; it will be beneficial for higher SEO ranking. So, you can follow some free available tools: 

i) GTmetrix provides you insight about your site loads and suggestions on how to optimize it. 

ii) Google PageSpeed Insights can analyze the content of a web page and then it generates suggestions for making the page faster. 

iii) Dotcom-Tools Speed Test is important for analyzing your website’s speed regularly from 25 locations worldwide.  

iv) WebPageTest helps to run a free website speed test at real consumer connection speeds.  

v) Website Speed Test is a page speed test that includes a waterfall breakdown and the website preview. 

Web Development Newsletters 

A web development newsletter can carry a substantial amount of information, making it easier to create awareness around your products and services. It is a great marketing tool. By using it, you can connect with new prospects.

Fresh Brewed

i) Fresh Brewed is a weekly reading digest for UX designers as well as front-end developers. 

ii) WDRL refers a handcrafted which carefully selected list of web development related resources. 

iii) StatusCode Weekly is a weekly newsletter covering software development, Web operations, infrastructure, platforms, and performance, from the browser down to the metal. 

v) Friday front-end is related front-end development links tweeted daily, emailed weekly.

Project proposal Tools

Sometimes, web developers have to send project offer or proposal to clients. You can use the following tools which create your proposal automatically. 

Bonsai

i) Bonsai products have deep integration and smart automation to save you time. 

ii) Venngage is an online proposal maker. It offers a library of fully customization templates.

Meeting Tool 

Web developers need to set a meeting with domestic or foreign clients. So, you can use the following tool for your meeting purpose smoothly. 

Hugo

i) Hugo focuses on centralized, searchable meeting setting and note-taking. You can also connect it with Slack.  

Finally, I hope these web development tools and resources will be more beneficial for making your task smartly in 2020. I can’t list every tool and resource, but I mention the core part. So, what kind of tools can I include in my next blog, comment Us. Keep connecting with us- Augnitive|Blog for getting update.


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