I first delved into the world of web design when I was around 20. I downloaded and printed the entire HTML 4 specs which was the equivalent of both printing and reading the bible! The printer never worked the same again after that! Fast forward a few years with the addition of children I decided to give it another bash. At first I designed static websites locally on my computer ranging from a comedy store, as I like a laugh, to a designer sunglasses website, which was heavily influenced by selling cheap sunglasses on Ebay. I designed these websites with a demo version of Dreamweaver as I quite liked the idea of WYSIWYG. These ideas were never completed nor made public thankfully although thanks to Microsoft my dreamweaver demo never expired as I was forever restoring XP with the common Blue Screen Of Death error.
Primarily the focus on this tutorial is to display your cached tweets for 2 users using PHP and OAuth on your website. We will be accessing the secure Twitter 1.1 API with PHP by parsing both json files and merging them into a single file to cache and store on your server. This is a follow up from Display Your Cached Tweets Using PHP and OAuth which is recommended for a single twitter user.
Web development defines an activity to the development of website for internet or an intranet. Web development is a very big term and it includes different departments like web designing, web development, web programming, client /server side scripting and web server configuration.
Website development can range from developing the static website to complex base websites like dynamic websites, online websites, search engine websites and social network websites. Web development refers to non-design aspect of building web sites: writing markup and coding.
Primarily the focus on this tutorial is to display your cached tweets using PHP and OAuth on your website. We will be accessing the secure Twitter 1.1 API with PHP by parsing and caching the Json file to store on your server. It may seem a lot of code just to display your latest tweets on your website but the benefits are that you can style it to your own taste with a little CSS and caching the Json file will not add extra load on the Twitter API. For WordPress users you should use WordPress – Display your Cached Tweets using PHP and OAuth or my new plugin.
As you may, or may not know, Twitter are going to depreciate version 1 of their API next March. What does this mean to you? If you currently parse the Json file to display your tweets you will no longer be able to have access unless you use the authentication features. Why authentication? Various reasons I assume to limit users from making unnecessary calls to the API, Security reasons. How do I go about it? Well now you will have to create a Twitter App then use a form of authentication to make the API call.
So you have got your web hosting and want to pursue a career in web design or maybe you want to design your own website for your own personal project. Unfortunately a web designer’s job isn’t finished once the site goes live there are other steps that need to be taken too, unless you have a massive budget and you pay for these services. Here is a guide of the steps to consider before becoming a web designer.
If you are new to web design you will be glad to know that it can be very gratifying and a worthwhile learning experience. With a little effort and commitment you can grasp the basics and go on to create your own inspiration. But before you start there are several questions that you may need to ask yourself. Here is a little guide to help you decide which way forward in the web design world you want to go. This is a follow up post from New to Web Design? Newbies guide to Web Hosting
So you want to start a career in web design but don’t know what to do. Over the coming weeks I will give you some excellent valuable tips, tutorials and resources to get you started from the very beginning. I will first start with a newbies guide to web hosting and the various types of hosting on offer.