The Strategic Advantages of Headless Web Design

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Kentico’s most recent State of the Headless CMS report claims that the concept of the headless content management system is “becoming the industry standard for future-proofing and streamlining content creation.” In fact, the report estimates that by this summer, headless CMS use will have doubled.

But what does that even mean?

If you’re currently using a traditional CMS such as WordPress, Drupal or Joomla for your web development needs, chances are you may have never heard of a headless CMS. But what you might know is that you want to build a one-of-a-kind website for your growing agency that can scale with ease, and that marketing your brand across multiple channels is a must if you want to beat the competition.

In this article, we’re going to share with you what the headless CMS trend is all about and how using this API-powered approach to design and deploy your c..

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SitePoint Premium New Releases: React + React Native

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Get Started with React Native
For developers with a web background, frameworks such React Native allow you to create mobile apps with languages you’re already familiar with: HTML, XML, CSS, and JavaScript. This guide will help get you up and running with React Native.

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Build Your Own React Universal Blog App
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A Beginner’s Guide to Feathers.js

In this article, you’ll learn how to build a RESTful API Server in Node.js using Feathers.

An API server, also known as an Application Server, is a program that provides data to front-end applications. It also handles business logic in the back end and provides restricted access to an organization's database. It doesn't just prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the data; it can also restrict logged-in users from accessing or altering data if they don't have permission to do so.

Every application you build will need to provide a service to its end users. For that, your application will need data to process. You can use remote APIs to create a new service. For most applications, though, you’ll need to manage your own data store. A popular option is to use online data storage services such as Firebase. This way, you don't have to deal with the nitty gritty details of running a distributed database server. However, your project needs may require the use of a fu..

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The Best Web Hosting Providers For Your Needs

In this article, we're going to dive into the offerings of the most prominent players in the hosting industry, and wade through their plans, infrastructure, and reputation among users, to give you recommendations for the best hosting provider for your needs.

We divided hosting vendors into three categories:

general-purpose shared hosting providers
WordPress — specialized premium providers, and
unmanaged, dedicated server solutions
General-purpose Shared Hosting Providers
This category covers the widest part of the hosting market — from the entry-level shared plans to prosumer and premium offerings with dedicated resources and different levels of support.

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting was founded in 2003 in Michigan, USA. They offer entry-level shared hosting packages, managed VPS and dedicated servers and seller hosting.

Their shared packages are standard cPanel packages, with SSD-based storage and a promise of reserved CPU and RAM resources — even with the smallest of plans.

Their ..

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10+ Top Vue.js Tools & Libraries

Vue continues to grow in popularity and is rapidly being adopted by many developers, and Vue.js tools are popping up everywhere. This is not without reason: Vue's shallow learning curve, clear functionality-driven structure, and excellent documentation make it easy for novices to pick it up, and for more experienced developers to make a switch from other frameworks like React or Angular.

If you are serious about Vue development, sooner or later you'll meet some fundamental tools and libraries which stand out from the crowd. Using them will level up your career as a Vue developer, and make you feel like a professional.

I've compiled a list of the most notable tools and libraries you should know and eventually use in your Vue.js projects. Unlike many other articles out there, which list only UI component libraries, this compilation explores a much broader mixture of tools, libraries, and plugins in the Vue ecosystem.

I've selected these based on their usefulness, ..

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How to Create Websites for Business Startups

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Calling all web designers: We've got some good news for you.

New startups are appearing around the globe thanks to opportunities created through the new global economy. The good news is this:

New startups lead to a growing need for more business websites. In turn, this means more work for web designers.

These aren't isolated neighborhood businesses either. Their outreach is global and digital. They need websites that are optimized for conversions and flexible. So, here's your chance. You can serve these new entrepreneurs by creating great websites for them.

How do you go about it?

Below are 5 simple steps to create eye-catching, high-converting websites, with helpful examples.

5 Steps to Building Astonishing Business Startup Websites
Step 1: Choose a mesmerizing color palette
There are 3 simple rules to follow when choosing a col..

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How to Build a Vue Front End for a Headless CMS

In this guide, we’ll learn how to build a modern blog website using Vue.js and GraphCMS, a headless CMS platform.

If you’re looking to start a quick blog today, my recommendation is to go straight to WordPress.

But what if you’re a media powerhouse and you want to deliver your content as fast as possible to multiple devices? You’ll probably also need to integrate your content with ads and other third-party services. Well, you could do that with WordPress, but you’ll come across a few problems with that platform.

You’ll need to install a plugin to implement additional features. The more plugins you install, the slower your website becomes.
PHP is quite slow compared to most JavaScript web frameworks. From a developer’s perspective, it’s much easier and faster to implement custom features on a JavaScript-powered front end.
JavaScript offers superior performance to PHP in browser loading tests. In addition, modern JavaScript and its ecosystem provides a far more pleasant development ex..

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JavaScript Remains the Queen of Programming Languages

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Take the Developer Economics survey and have your say on what the next programming language Queen should be. You could win amazing prizes and gear. Discover more.

Welcome to another update on programming language communities. The choice of programming language matters deeply to developers because they want to keep their skills up to date and marketable. Languages are a beloved subject of debate and the kernels of some of the strongest developer communities. They matter to toolmakers too, as they want to make sure they provide the most useful SDΚs.

It can be hard to assess how widely used a programming language is. The indices available from players like Tiobe, Redmonk, Stack Overflow’s yearly survey, or Github’s Octoverse are great, but mostly offer only relative comparisons between languages, providing no sense of the absolute size of each community. They..

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4 Signs It’s a Bad Idea to Quit Your Job

And what to do when you have to stay.

Edwarden, a developer and StackExchange user, wanted advice.

His boss yelled at him for requesting a promotion in the future. Or more specifically, asking for advice on the best process for receiving a promotion. Edwarden exceeded his manager's expectations. Other managers were also very happy with his performance as well.

His manager also knew what Edwarden wanted to discuss ahead of time.

It didn't matter.

His manager exploded. He began yelling, shouting and stomping his feet. “You've only been here… how many months?! Seven?! And now you're asking for a promotion!” His manager threw a tantrum and continued to interrupt him until he agreed that he had no “additional concerns.”

Here's the Advice He Received from Other Users
You should quit your job.

You should look for a new job, I don't think your boss is going to promote you
How many red flags do you need to see before you look for a new job?
Do yourself a f..

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5 Top WordPress Tools and Services for You to Use in 2019

This sponsored article was created by our content partner, BAW Media. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. If you’re looking for the best WordPress tools and services to take your business to the next level this year, you have plenty to choose from – 54,991 WordPress plugins and services, to be […]

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