Graphical user interface: what makes a good user interface?

User interface is one of the most important keywords in modern web design and software development. Graphical user interfaces are currently relevant for both disciplines. Besides these, there are also numerous other interfaces — ranging from voice user interfaces to brain-computer interfaces. These interfaces enable interactions to take place between man and machine. Here, we provide an overview of the types of user interfaces that exist and show examples of how good graphical user interfaces can look. [...]  

Mobile web: the common errors

The mobile web can conjure up a whole host of challenges for web designers but at the same time also offers many opportunities for creating a positive user experience. If a mobile site isn’t configured correctly, then this can quickly lead to a bad user experience. To ensure your mobile-optimized website keeps up with the requirements of an ever-increasing mobile web, you should make yourself familiar with the potential sources of error and avoid common mistakes. We explain the typical mistakes you should pay particular attention to. [...]  

Invoice templates: How Excel, Word, and Co. help with the transmission of payment information

Using a template to write invoices saves you a fair bit of time. While you still have to enter all of the payment information for each order on your own, sample invoices provide a ready-made design that you just have to fill in using the relevant company and customer data. But how does the perfect invoice template really look? And what should an invoice template consist of? [...]  

Lead management: Lead routing – part five

All steps in the lead management process are aimed at building sustainable customer relationships and bringing products and services to customers in a profitable way. After all measures have been taken in the lead nurturing process to successfully connect the contact and provide them with suitable information tailored to them, the sales department comes into play. When it comes to lead routing, the qualified lead is passed on to the sales department. [...]  

VLC alternatives: which media player is right for you?

VLC is the most popular program when it comes to playing music and videos. The tool opens almost every file and is installed on most computers. But what are the alternatives to VLC, and are they worth it? Our guide will help you find the right program for your needs if you’re looking for more than a simple media player. [...]  

Double-entry accounting simply explained

Double-entry accounting or double-entry bookkeeping is an essential part of the accounting system. Lots of entrepreneurs have a hard time with bookkeeping, when in fact it should be an aid to you and provide a detailed overview of your finances. Double-entry accounting isn’t an impossible undertaking. This guide explains the step by step fundamentals of double-entry accounting, and will turn you into a computing expert. [...]  

Lead management: Lead scoring – part four

All leads aren’t the same, which each marketer will realize sooner or later. It’s not the mass of contacts that make a successful lead management campaign, but also how they’re categorized. Lead scoring models are used to find out which contacts are the most promising i.e. which are more likely to make a purchase. They help to categorize and prioritize all leads so that you can invest your time and energy in the right contacts. [...]  

Dialogue marketing – finding success through interactive customer relationships

Dialogue marketing is about opening a conversation with consumers. Unlike mass marketing techniques, dialogue campaigns are adapted to cater to the interests and needs of individual customers. In order to build and retain positive customer relationships, companies are now using a range of communications channels to generate consumer reactions. These include traditional direct marketing techniques, such as pre-addressed advertising letters and telemarketing. However, e-commerce has generated more opportunities to engage with customers through highly interactive online channels. [...]  

The new HTML5.1 updates

In the autumn of 2014, the long-awaited HTML5 arrived after 15 years of development. Now, the first update to the new web standard is also available: HTML5.1. Programmers will find a number of changes with this updated version. There is a strong focus on adaptations for responsive web design. In addition to the vast array of new HTML5.1 features, many elements and attributes have been given the push. [...]  

Country domains: a comprehensive ccTLD list

With the rapid global expansion of the internet, an incredible 200 different country domains are now in existence. These are known as country code top-level domains (or ccTLDs for short), and the 200 figure surpasses even the number of countries officially recognised by the United Nations. However, among the existing domain extensions, there are some that are no longer in use. In this top-level domain list, you can find an exhaustive list of ccTLDs and detailed information about special cases. [...]