Open source web technologies
Vontainment focuses primarily on opensource web technologies for development. The combination of low-cost ad high security is a value we strive to pass to our clients. Open source development offers the potential for a more flexible technology and quicker innovation. It is said to be more reliable since it typically has thousands of independent programmers testing and fixing bugs of the software. Open source is not dependent on the company or author that originally created it. Even if the company fails, the code continues to exist and be developed by its users. Also, it uses open standards accessible to everyone; thus, it does not have the problem of incompatible formats that may exist in proprietary software.
It is flexible because modular systems allow programmers to build custom interfaces, or add new abilities to it and it is innovative since open source programs are the product of collaboration among a large number of different programmers. The mix of divergent perspectives, corporate objectives, and personal goals speeds up innovation. Moreover, free software can be developed in accordance with purely technical requirements. It does not require thinking about commercial pressure that often degrades the quality of the software. Commercial pressures make traditional software developers pay more attention to customers’ requirements than to security requirements since such features are somewhat invisible to the customer.
Software as a service web technologies
SaaS applications are also known as Web-based software, on-demand software and hosted software. The term “software as a service” (SaaS) is considered to be part of the nomenclature of cloud computing, along with infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), desktop as a service (DaaS), managed software as a service (MSaaS), mobile backend as a service (MBaaS), data center as a service (DCaaS), and information technology management as a service (ITMaaS).
SaaS apps are typically accessed by users using a thin client, e.g. via a web browser. SaaS has become a common delivery model for many business applications, including office software, messaging software, payroll processing software, DBMS software, management software, CAD software, development software, gamification, virtualization, accounting, collaboration, customer relationship management (CRM), management information systems (MIS), enterprise resource planning (ERP), invoicing, human resource management (HRM), talent acquisition, learning management systems, content management (CM), geographic information systems (GIS), and service desk management. SaaS has been incorporated into the strategy of nearly all leading enterprise software companies.
Platform as a service web technologies
PaaS can be delivered in three ways:
- As a public cloud service from a provider, where the consumer controls software deployment with minimal configuration options, and the provider provides the networks, servers, storage, operating system (OS), middleware (e.g. Java runtime, .NET runtime, integration, etc.), database and other services to host the consumer’s application.
- As a private service (software or appliance) behind a firewall.
- As software deployed on a public infrastructure as a service.
Websites, apps, SEO, and mobile-first internet
Mobile-first indexing means Google predominantly uses the mobile version of the content for indexing and ranking. Historically, the index primarily used the desktop version of a page’s content when evaluating the relevance of a page to a user’s query. Since the majority of users now access Google Search with a mobile device, Googlebot primarily crawls and indexes pages with the smartphone agent going forward.
Starting July 1, 2019, mobile-first indexing is enabled by default for all new websites (new to the web or previously unknown to Google Search). For older or existing websites, we continue to monitor and evaluate pages based on the best practices detailed in this guide. We inform site owners in Search Console of the date when their site was switched to mobile-first indexing.
Vontainment has been focusing on mobile-first design in everything we do. Educated, prepared, trained and ready years in advance. We can deliver experiences other designers in the area can’t. As the first web developer in Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, North Port, Sarasota, and surrounding areas to develop Progressive Web Apps; we are above the curve.
Mobile apps vs PWAs
Mobile apps are expensive to build, maintain, and deploy. Currently, you have a minimum of 2 platforms (Android and IOS) to develop for and maintain separately, as well as pay developer fees to even submit the app to the stores. The cost of listing the apps can be over a grand each platform. With such a cost web developers worked hard to create a new web technology called Progressive Web Apps. It combines the best of a website with the best of a native app. All the features of upsides of both, with no additional cost!!
Progressive web apps use modern web APIs along with traditional progressive enhancement strategy to create cross-platform web applications. These apps work everywhere and provide several features that give them the same user experience advantages as native apps.
PWAs should be discoverable, installable, linkable, network independent, progressive, re-engageable, responsive, and safe.
A progressive web application takes advantage of the latest technologies to combine the best of web and mobile apps. Think of it as a website built using web technologies but that acts and feels like an app. Recent advancements in the browser and in the availability of service workers and in the Cache and Push APIs have enabled web developers to allow users to install web apps to their home screen, receive push notifications and even work offline.
Cloud and self-hosted web technologies
For $35 this small credit-card-sized Raspberry PI can be made into a powerful cloud service run in your office. It could handle the filesharing and collaboration of 30 employees. That is the truth of affordability in the cloud. Pay $10 a month for Dropbox per person or buy a $35 PI once? A Virtual Privet Server for $200 a year could run your own personal Gsuite, dropbox, video chat, and cloud office suite for your business of 30.