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Common Mistakes Web Developers Make
Coding and script language is a very complex task and no matter how much experience you have in web development, there are some mistakes that most web developers will be guilty of now and again. Here, we are taking a look at common mistakes many web developers will make at least once in their career!
Not Backing Up Your Work
One of the most common mistakes that web developers tend to make is forgetting to back up their work which can lead to extremely time-consuming results. Most experts in this field will, unfortunately, have learnt this the hard way when they have forgotten to back up the hours of work that they have already put in to a website’s development. It is important that you do not just ‘forget’ to back up your hours of hard work and we would suggest using an automatic backup tool if you have to, ensuring that your work is continuously being saved. As a web developer, it is important that you remember that your client only cares about the end results and not the excuses that you offer them about why work has not been completed on time. If you are backing your work often, you can be safe in the knowledge that your work is safe even if the worst were to happen such as your computer shutting down or catching fire. We would recommend using Dropbox to back up the newest versions of your code.
Incorrect Code Formatting
Not Testing on Major Browsers
A common mistake made by web developers that we tend to find recurring time and time again is that they do not test their website out across all the major browser and only test it out on one or two of their favourites. When you are developing a website, you should be testing it out across all of the major browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and IE7, all though we know that many web developers are no the biggest fan of IE7. Testing the website out across browsers is an absolute requirement and a client will not be happy if their new website does not work across all platforms. You are bound to find bugs in almost all browsers and it is vital that you do not leave this to the last minute and try to do a quick fix on it with browser sniffing or hacks.
Not Considering Web Standards
The role of web standards is to unify code and help you to create device independent apps. It is normal for web developers to sometimes make mistakes by not considering web standards and using the wrong DOCTYPES, using out of date HTML, not validating code or not being privy to the results. Make sure you are always keeping on top of web standards and try to work around them as this will help you to avoid mistakes, resulting in error-free code.
Having Slow Loading Times
Not Implementing Technical SEO
While SEO is something that is generally thought of down the line after a website has been built, this is actually a mistake and it should be considered from the very outset of your website development project! SEO also has a technical side that the developer can implement such as having coding W3V verified, using sitemap.xml and ensuring all meta tags are added.
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