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Blog date 08-05-2020
Category : Web Application

Progressive Web Apps- Features, Benefits and Limitations

Progressive Web app is not a complete mobile app but still encapsulates some important features of mobile apps. It can be said as an app that runs within the browser as a website. Just like a website, PWA is distributed through URLs. It is installed on the server and not stored in any individual mobile device.

When you visit the PWA the first time on your web browser, it will show a popup asking ‘Add to your Home Screen?’ If you click on the yes option, it simply bookmarks the website URL on your device (adds a shortcut) and shows the icon on your home screen. The progressive web app does not get installed on the device. If you want to revisit this app, you need to just click on the icon on the home screen.   

Features of PWA-

--> The PWA works within the user’s web browser

--> It is cheaper to develop a PWA when compared to a native app

--> Users need not install it from the App Store/ Google Play

--> PWA does not need a separate codebase.

--> It provides the same level of user experience as a native mobile app

--> Service workers in the background load cached content to the browser even when offline or network is poor 

--> It provides for a smooth navigation

--> PWAs can be easily added to the home screen

--> Push notifications can be sent even when the browser is closed

--> An HTTPS connection makes your PWA secure and protected.

--> A PWA is responsive and fits in any mobile device screen size.

Some fine examples of PWAs-

Since installing a mobile app requires space on the mobile, many users do not prefer to install it. How many new apps have you installed this month? The answer may be one or nothing at all. The number of mobile app downloads is increasing day-by-day. But the app download is mostly restricted to gaming apps and social media apps. Responsive websites have limited functionality. PWAs are better since they provide the feel of a mobile app but without occupying space in the device.

1. Twitter- This social media platform has around 400 million monthly active users. To make this platform accessible to users even in a slow network, Twitter designed the Twitter Lite PWA that instantly increased the user sessions. There was a 75% increase in the tweets sent and the bounce rates decreased by 20%.

2. AliExpress- This Chinese e-commerce giant wanted to do something to the non-app users. The decision was not tough. They went in for a PWA. This increased the total conversions by a whopping 104%. The time spent per session increased by 74%.

3. Housing- Housing.com is an online real estate platform that suffered due to slow loading pages mainly because their target audience had 2G network connections. With the introduction of their PWA their bounce rates reduced by over 40%. The average time-per-session increased by 10% across all browsers.

4. MakeMyTrip- This leading travel portal gets about 8 million monthly visitors to its site. To give a better user-experience it switched to a PWA. This increased its user session by 160% and reduced the page-load time by 38%.

5. OLX- This largest online classified ads directory in India connects local buyers and sellers. They wanted to work on the slow loading ads and pages. Their resultant PWA increased the re-engagement by 250%. The CTR on Ads increased by 140%.

Advantages of Progressive Web Apps

1. With a PWA, it need not be searched in an App Store. It can be searched by the search engines like the usual pages.

2. It does not require installation prior to usage like a mobile app.

3. It provides app cross-functionality. Switching between apps and information sharing becomes fast and intuitive.

4. PWA is faster to build and cheaper too than native apps

5. With a PWA, any updates are instantly loaded to the user browser when it is refreshed, unlike the mobile app.

6. Each customer has access to the same version of your PWA. 

Limitations of PWAs

1. Integration with the mobile device’s hardware capabilities like sensor package, audio recording and Bluetooth is not fully possible with PWAs.

2. A PWA is dependent on the user’s web browser. Also, the functionalities differ from one browser to another giving the PWA users a varied experience.

Languages used for PWA-

Knowledge of basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is required. Front end framework is React, Angular, Ionic, Vue.js

When to go in for a PWA?

A native app requires a huge amount of money. If you are a startup or your brand is not yet popular, it does not make sense to invest in a mobile app. You can get a progressive web app designed from a good web development company and save on resources and cost. Many of the popular brands have shifted from a mobile-app-only experience to a PWA and have seen an increase in user engagement. What do you think about it?

 

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Blog date 13-05-2020
Category : Web Application

4 Important Stages in the Design of a Product

You might have heard of the terms sketch, prototype, wireframe, mockup when designing a product/website. All are not the same. These are the 4 different stages of the product design flow in the order-

Sketch -> Wireframe -> Mockup -> Prototype

4 Important Stages In The Product/Website Design:

Let us see the individual processes in the design/development of a product/website.

1. Sketch

The first step in the product design is the sketch. It is nothing but a freehand drawing where the ideas in the mind get accumulated on paper or a visual board. It is basically the skeleton or a rough start to the product design. It is just enough to get a basic idea or knowledge about your product and the way the designing process has to continue.

Tools Used- Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw

2. Wireframe

A wireframe is something higher than the sketch. It is a low-fidelity way that deals with structures and layouts. Here the design is conceptualized and all the ideas are incorporated into it. This forms the foundation for the product/website.

Tools Used- Adobe Photoshop, Adobe XD, Wireframe.cc, Invision Studio, Figma, Avocode,

3. Mockup

This high-fidelity mockup design looks almost like a finished product/website. But it is just the static representation and does not allow for any interactions or clicks. The mockup helps the graphic designer to show their clients the product in a realistic environment.   

Tools Used- Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe XD, Invision Studio, Figma, Avocode

4. Prototype

This is akin to the finished product or can be alternately called the beta version of the product/website. Here processes are simulated and interactions are possible. But dummy content is placed and tested to get feedback. This high-fidelity prototype helps to minimize errors so that the product can go into development and get completed without any glitches in the design architecture.

Tools Used- Adobe XD, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Figma, Avocode, Invision Studio

Conclusion

These were the 4 important stages in the design of a product. Each step takes you a step closer to the final product/website design. There is no rigid rule to follow in web designing. It depends on the customer’s requirements and time. But if you want your final product to be successful, it is best that you get it done from graphic design & web design experts

What do you think about these design steps? Type your valuable comments below. 

 

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Blog date 12-05-2020
Category : Products

10 Top Foods To Eat In Surat

Surat is synonymous with good food. Imagine having to pick the top 10 foods to eat in Surat. It seems nearly impossible for us. Trust us when we say that we had a tough time listing it. 

Here are the 10 top foods to eat in Surat in random order-

1. Undhiyu 

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The best food, your stay at Surat is incomplete if you have not tasted Undhiyu. This lip-smacking dish is now available throughout the year, but nothing can beat the freshness of this delicacy in winter.  

2. Ponk 

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Do not be surprised to know that an entire street in winter gets dedicated to selling ponk varieties in Surat. From Ponk vada to bhel, have it with limbu-mari ni sev or lasan sev. This tender Jowar seeds will leave you craving for some more. 

3. Locho

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Said to be invented by mistake, the Locho dish has made its place permanently in the heart of Surtis.  Have it with sev, raw onion and chutney and you will have a tasteful explosion in your mouth.

4. Surati Thali

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A local saying goes “Surat nu jaman, Kashi nu maran” meaning you will attain salvation if you eat food in Surat and die in Kashi (Varanasi). So, the best start to taste Surat food is by gorging on the rich Surat thali. Need we say that it will be an awesome experience in itself?   

5. Sev Khamani

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People outside Gujarat may have heard of Dhokla, but many have not heard of Khamni. The Khamani batter is cooked in a kadai and not steamed and this is what differentiates it from the Khaman. A generous amount of sev sprinkled on top and Khamni is ready to be relished and cherished.

6. Umbadiyu

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In winter, as you start nearing Surat from the Mumbai highway, get ready to notice roadside stalls selling a tasty dish by the name Umbadiyu. This beautiful dish is a combination of simple spices, fresh winter vegetables, and a wild herb baked in an earthen pot. Have it once and the taste will linger on in your mouth for a lifetime.

7. Ghari

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Navratri or the Chandni Padwa in Gujarat is incomplete without eating Ghari. This sweet delicacy is made of khova, dry fruits, nuts, and loads of ghee. This, undoubtedly, gets a ten on ten in taste.  

8. Nankhatai

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The Parsi population has had a big influence on the food culture of Surat and the Irani bakeries are standing proof to it. Surat has some old bakeries managed by Parsis and the nankhatai is something that you cannot miss here.

9. Aloo Puri

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Originated in Surat, Aloo Puri can be had as a tea-time snack. Tiny puris topped with gravy of peas, onions, spices, and chutneys make this snack a most-sought-after food in Surat. You can have it every day and still be wanting some more.

10. Khawsa (Khao Suey)

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This popular street food is a beautiful combination of Indian and Burmese flavors. The main ingredient is noodles and coconut soup. Have it hot and you will remember this dish every time you think of Surat.

Some more that we would like to include in the top foods to eat in Surat are:

Fafda-Jalebi-

Come to Surat on Dussehra to get a gist of what value Fafda and Jalebi combination holds to the local residents here. People stand in queues to have breakfast of fafda-jalebi on this day and this tradition still continues religiously.

Parsi food-

Writing about Surat food is incomplete without mentioning Dhansak dal, Patra ni Machhi, and so on. These delicacies are best had in Parsi hotels in the city. Parsi food is a delight for non-vegetarians since the options are many. 

Conclusion

Well, there ain’t any better business like food business in Surat. If you are into it, contact us to build your website for it. We design and develop responsive ecommerce websites including mobile apps for hotels, restaurants, fast-food, caterers and on-demand food services. We also offer digital marketing services inclusive of social media marketing to increase your reach. 

Surat is known for fine dining and good eating. Come, be a part of it.

(Note: Photos for images sourced/credited from the internet)

 

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Blog date 12-05-2020
Category : Web Application

10 Low-Budget Ecommerce Marketing Strategies for Startups and Businesses

 

Bootstrapped? Well, isn’t it the story of many startups and e-commerce businesses?

Still, you can have the best marketing strategy and no, it does not require a lot of money.  

We will tell you some good effective low-budget ecommerce marketing strategies for startups and businesses that will bring visibility and traffic to your site.  

1. Referrals & Reviews-

Word-of-mouth referral is an effective time-tested marketing strategy. Reward such customers with offers and discounts and it will not take time for the good word to spread. Testimonials and reviews on Google and social media accounts are by far the most trusted zero-budget marketing tools.

2. SEO-

Optimize your content, website, social media profiles so that you can attract heavy traffic to your website. Work on your backlinks and keep posting fresh quality content on your website. It helps when you are consistent in your efforts. SEO rewards are long-term given you do not stop working on it.

3. Social Media Marketing-

Make use of the various available tutorials and informative videos to keep your social media profiles rich in content. Optimize your profiles and make use of the freely available features on the accounts to establish your brand presence. It is easy when you continuously work on it.

4. Email Marketing-

Though some might consider emails as ineffective, the statistics show otherwise. Prepare a curated list of potential customers, prepare effective email content, and shoot it off to see the results. Your emails should persuade the receiver to go through it but it should not be invasive.  

5. Content Marketing-

Content creation includes blog writing, infographics, podcasts, and videos. Creativity is the key when you upload content on your social media profiles. Keep posting regularly, entertain the audience, increase inbound traffic and thus improve your brand reputation.  

6. Paid Campaigns-

Google PPC Ads are not necessarily costly provided you select the keyword with high-medium traffic volume but low competition. The social media ads are also effective and help you in targeting the right audience based on age, location, interests, and other factors.   

7. Groups and Events-

Participate actively in online public forums, groups, and communities that are of your expertise. Not only can you share information but also start to market your products and services gradually. Another way is to sponsor local events keeping your budget in mind so that your brand gets recognized and you achieve a local audience.   

8. Guest Blogs-

If you have maintained your website efficiently and your product is beginning to create some waves in the market, do not hesitate to get in touch with guest bloggers. They promote your products on their websites through blogs or links that will attract increased traffic to your website.

9. Influencer Marketing-

With so many influencers out in the market in every niche, hunt for the one who offers a good bargain. If you have the best bargaining skills, it is not tough to get the best influencer to showcase your products and services.

10. Online Directory Submissions-

Online directory submission not only helps customers to find your business but also earns you valuable backlinks. Pay for premium services of only the top directory submission sites if you find them valuable for your local business. You can register for free for the rest.  

Conclusion

Ecommerce marketing strategies need not necessarily mean high costs. You just have to build solid marketing strategies in your budget. If you do not have one, we will build it for you

What is your take on these 10 low-budget ecommerce marketing strategies for startups and businesses? Do provide us with your valuable feedback.   

 

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Blog date 12-05-2020
Category : Human Resource

13 Must-Have Modules In HRMS Software

A comprehensive HRMS software must have important modules incorporated in it so that human resource management becomes an easy and hassle-free process. Let us go in detail about the various modules and their features.

13 must-have HRMS software modules are- 

1. Recruitment Module

The recruitment module unburdens the task of HR by automating and managing the recruitment and staffing operations of the enterprise. Tasks like interviewing, scheduling, and tracking can be done easily in a hassle-free way. This includes the following features-

  1. Create and post hiring advertisements on different job boards

  2. Manage and sort resumes

  3. Application tracking system

  4. Easy data entry management

Managing candidate information helps the enterprise to create a talent database and use it when a future vacancy arises.

2. Onboarding Module

Employee induction showcases your enterprise culture and you need it to be perfect so that the new employees feel at ease during the initial days at the organization.

The joining module includes the onboarding process so that both the new employee and the staff are familiarized with each other. This feature includes-

  1. Preparation for the candidate inclusion  

  2. Employee login and access to the HRMS software

  3. Important details are delivered to the new employee

  4. Digital cross-department introduction  

  5. Maintain complete lifecycle of the employee

3. Leave Management

The leave management module helps to manage leaves of employees so that any confusion is erased and transparency is maintained.  

This includes a leave request application and its approval, including the status of leave application. This module is customized as per the company leave policy. The request and approval systems are streamlined. Only the outcome is incorporated in the team calendar of the dashboard. Some of the features are-

  1. Allocation, booking, approval, tracking, and monitoring the absence of employees.

  2. Information on leave balance and time-off

  3. Sorting of leave types as predefined by the company leave policy

  4. Online leave and time-off application and grant status

  5. Automatic calculation of leave balance

  6. Tracking leave history

4. Attendance Management

Attendance Module facilitates the accurate calculation of working hours thus enabling better timekeeping. With this, timesheet errors are negated and payroll computation becomes easy. 

  1. Instant integration of digital attendance readers

  2. Time clock management

  3. Overtime management

  4. Late coming fines, early go policy, extra time bonus. 

  5. Information links to payroll and accounting software

  6. Define and manage break rules 

  7. Accessible through cellphone   

  8. Geo-tracking attendance

5. Performance Appraisal

This performance appraisal module contains tools to manage peer, subordinate, customer, manager appraisals and self-appraisals. The manager can amend open appraisals and add new ones. He can view an employee’s appraisal history. He can track and analyze the performance of the team. This module automates the appraisal process and tracks the target completion. The features of this module are-

  1. Performance feedback from all stakeholders

  2. Scheduling of appraisal meetings

  3. Review and feedback management

  4. Individual employee review system

  5. Insight and analysis of employee competence

  6. Setting and managing goals

6. Task Management

This module facilitates prioritizing tasks for effective work management of projects. Task sheets can be created, tracked and analyzed. Managers allot day-to-day or timeline tasks to employees. The module will show the status of the task.

  1. Project or board creation as per the task

  2. Configure tasks at different stages

  3. Include employees and timesheet

  4. Manage task allocation

  5. Record task details with time

  6. Analyze the task sheet

7. Ticket Management

Ticket management involves solving customer grievances using advanced reporting functionalities and cross-functional collaboration to create personalized user-experiences. This module follows a step-by-step procedure to resolve the customer query.

  1. Complete ticket tracking management

  2. View request details and history

  3. Advanced search features

  4. Identify and delete unused & outdated queries in bulk.

8. Exit Management

Employee resignation and termination module makes the employee exit process easy and simple. The notice period details will also be included. The off-boarding process of an employee is made systematic through this module. The concerned higher authorities have the right to approve or reject the submitted resignation request.

  1. Resignation submission and approval  

  2. Automatic calculation of employee notice periods

  3. No-dues certificate approval from the required departments

  4. Salary settlements

9. Payroll Management

The payroll management solution provides for quick and accurate processing of employee salary registers. It is about processing all the financial records of salaries for an employee. Apart from salary details, the payroll management module will include features to manage-

  1. Claim & reimbursement

  2. Loan & advanced salary

  3. Income tax deduction & compliance

  4. Find information regarding statutory reports like PF, professional tax, Form 16B, ESIC, and more.

10. Organization Hierarchy

This includes details about the hierarchy structure of the company including the reporting lines. This module helps you to set up a primary reporting hierarchy in your enterprise that reflects the reporting lines.

  1. Maintain and manage the team hierarchy and reporting lines

  2. Find employees who report to a particular manager

11. Database Management

Database management is all about organizing and managing employee information. The database contains employee details, documents, and reports. This management control is given to a selected few.

  1. Maintain and track employee details in a central database

  2. Saves storage space by minimizing duplicate entries and redundancies.   

12. Rotational Management

For organizations that work on the shift system, the employee rotation management feature helps in assigning and managing employee rosters for shifts. This module is for better utilization of the workforce and thus to manage manpower and costs efficiently.

  1. Detailed roster plan with employee list

  2. Manage work time, area of work, pay as per shifts, time of shift.

  3. Forecasting of employee requirements 

  4. Assigning shifts and allocating employees to each shift

13. Training and Development Module

A learning management module improves productivity by identifying and providing relevant training. This module produces training plans for the employees including the managers. The individual training plans whether in-office or with third parties is managed through this module. 

  1. Setting up training schedules like participants, trainers, training plans, timesheets, and calendars. 

  2. Integration with performance management module

  3. Manage courses and topics for training

Conclusion

HRMS software is meant to fully automate HR tasks. So do not settle for less when you plan to purchase it. Get a comprehensive HRMS software designed from a good software company so that the returns are worth the money invested in it.

 

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Blog date 11-05-2020
Category : Web Application

Confused Between A Website And A Web App?

The website that you see on your browser may actually be a web app. Do not be surprised. It is a fact!

Many non-technical people still do not know the difference between a website and a web application. For them, anything which shows on their browser is a website.

But do you know that an ecommerce website that does business is actually a web app? Facebook is also a web app when viewed on your browser. So what categorizes as a website and as a web app? If you are interested to know what is the difference between a website and a webapp, here we have it for you. 

What is a website?

A website is a collection of web pages that contain text, images, and multimedia files. The website development is in HTML, CSS and some amount of JavaScript.

Static Website-

When the concept of the website was first introduced, it was just a static website- meaning, the user would be able to read the informative content without any interaction.

Dynamic Website-

Then came the dynamic websites, where information from the database was fetched, on request, to show to the user on the website.

Like, when your website has a blog section, it becomes a dynamic website because the blog is fetched from the database and displayed on the browser when the user asks for it. 

Even for an ecommerce site, when the user clicks on a product, its specifications and price is fetched from the database and displayed on the website.    

What is a web app?

The natural progression of the dynamic website was the web app. Dynamic websites are informative but provided for limited interaction.

The solution came in the form of web apps. A web app is different from a website in the sense that it provides interactivity. The user can read the content and manipulate it. The interaction is that the user clicks on something and gets a response. The response may be downloading an audio file, payment, online chat, resizing an image, and so on.

The web app is a client-server application that is stored in a remote server and runs on a web browser. Clients access this app from their browser without having to install it on their device.

Web apps are developed using web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They are more evolved than a website and almost reach the level of mobile apps in terms of functionality and user experience.  

Let us go back to the example of blogs on a dynamic website. The user can click on any blog link and that particular blog is fetched and displayed. The user can just read the blog but any changes are not allowed. So, it is minimal interaction.

Now, take this dynamic website a step further and include a chatbot. Is it not a full-fledged two-way interaction? The user can type in his queries through the chatbot. The chatbot will reply as needed. This chatbot is a web app component.

Let us recall the e-commerce website example. As long as it fetched product information from the database and displayed it on user request, it was a dynamic website.

But you need to sell it online to your users, right? So now, include a payment gateway so that users can purchase any product. Here, the transaction involves multiple to and fro interactions with the user, database, payment gateway server, and so on. So, the payment gateway can be defined as a web app component in the dynamic e-commerce website.

When such web app components are included and your website becomes more of an interaction site, it can be termed as a web app instead of a website.

Online banking, Facebook and Gmail are good examples of web apps. Here, these are interactive web apps. It exists because the interaction is what defines it.  

A static website is a thing of the past. Websites today have at least some web app components in them.

While websites have more information content and less interaction, web apps are designed solely for interaction purposes.   

A web app requires three things-

1. A web server to manage requests from the client.

2. An application server to perform the requested tasks

3. A database to store information (may not be required for simple tasks).

How does a web app work?

  1. The user triggers a request (dynamic page) to the web server through his browser (HTTP)

  2. The web server finds the page and forwards this request to the application server (app server)

  3. The app server performs the requested task by scanning page for instructions

  4. The app server may query the database or process the data.

  5. The database driver executes the query.

  6. The recordset is passed to the app server by the driver.

  7. The app server sends back the generated result to the web server by inserting data in the page.

  8. The web server displays the result of the requested information on the user’s browser.

Some popular examples of web apps:

Online form submission, shopping carts, video and photo editing, file scanning, email programs, file conversions, online calculators are all web apps.

Some popular examples of web apps are Facebook, Google Docs, Gmail.

What are the advantages of web apps?

1. Web apps run on compatible browsers on all the devices and operating systems

2. They need not be installed on the device thus saving space

3. Low maintenance cost when compared to mobile apps

4. Updates are quickly visible with just a refresh.

5. Users get the latest data access wherever they are located.

6. The data is more secure than mobile apps.

7. A web app is easily customizable and scalable.

8. It allows for easier sharing of data between different platforms and computer systems.

9. The in-built user-tracking system makes it easy to get an insight into viewer preferences.

10. Web apps can be cached so that even when the user is offline, some amount of static data is visible.

11. Since web apps need not be installed like mobile apps, users need to just log in and use it. Web apps have higher usage rates than mobile apps.

12. It helps users to access their professional work stored in the cloud from any location.   

Thus, a website and a web app differ in the 3 main areas-

1. Interaction- A website offers more information. A web app offers interaction.

2. Authentication- A website requires no authentication. A web app requires user login and password so that unauthorized access and leakage of sensitive data is prevented.

3. Integration- A web app is more suited to integration with other software.

Conclusion

Now that you know the difference between a website and a web app, make a website if you need it just to provide business information. For online businesses where payment gateway integration is required, web apps provide useful customer interaction. Get in touch with an expert website development company to know which is best suited to your business- a website or a web app.      

 

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