Front End Developer Road Map

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This article came across my news feed today.  It struck a chord as Web Services has been working with clients who are developing their own Web Developer talents.  It’s an interesting new consulting track we are getting into as we learn different clients developer’s have various levels of skill – but all consider themselves web developers.  Its a world…

Web Development is a complex thing and so many parts to it.  Not everyone can know them all and there is always constant learning.  Choosing the right skill set for your developer is important – see this article on CUSO Magazine.  You need someone who knows the right parts to make you project successful, but also one that is not going to cost an arm and a leg.  This is one of the reasons having a team, like CU*Answers Web Services, where individuals support each other’s knowledge and skill deficits works well.

Anyway, back to the article.  This article is a visual roadmap of all the things you might need to learn as a front end developer for a website.  Not all websites require all these tools and concepts, but your web developer should probably be aware of most of them.  This roadmap is also changing as new tools and security concepts emerge.

Take a look at the article.  I hope you appreciate all that’s involved in web development.  Its not all just pretty pictures and HTML Code.

4 Essential Features for Your Credit Union Website

Your website is the digital front line that introduces your brand and your business to the world. Current members visit your site to get the latest information and current promotions as well as online banking. Non-members use your website as a platform to window shop while they are on the search for their financial home. What you display or don’t display on your website, can leave a lasting impression.

Listed below are some essential features that every credit union website should have:

Responsive Web Design with Intuitive Navigation

In 2016, a website that is not responsive (i.e. is able to be viewed and used with ease on any device) will suffer in search results and page ranking with Google and other search engines. With a fixed and unresponsive site, you are losing users as they will be more likely to leave your site in frustration.

A responsive website means that you are able to extend your reach to all users, regardless of the device they choose to view your website with.

In addition to a responsive site, your site’s navigation should be straight-forward and clean. You want to be sure that your website’s navigation is focused so that people can find what they are looking for fast and easy.

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Contact Information

Despite that we are in a digital age, people still want to deal with people directly.

Make sure that your contact information: physical address (and mailing address if applicable), phone number and email addresses are easy to find. Generally speaking, people will use your website to get some basic information and then will contact you when they are ready for more. Making these essential contact avenues readily available will give your users the impression that you are accessible and that you want their business.

Promotional Space & Focused Marketing

While it might seem like a good idea to put banners and other ad graphics in every pixel of whitespace on your website, this method also leads to user confusion.

Your visitors aren’t sure where to focus their attention, so they are focused on everything, which means they aren’t taking in the important calls to action and time-sensitive promotions.

By giving your website specific promotional spaces while using focused marketing with your content and graphics, you can lead your visitors exactly where you want them to go!

Got a great spring promotion that you think is too good to pass up? Make that a featured promotion on your website’s dedicated promotional spaces.

The Membership Application Process

The Membership Application Process (MAP) should be a fairly streamlined and easy process to walk through on your website. Ease of use and focused steps for your users to take to sign up means a higher conversion rate and more members!

Did you know that CU*Answers offers a great MOP / MAP program? We have created attractive, modern and user-friendly experiences for credit unions to use for new membership sign-up.

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Have you incorporated some of these features on your website? What do you find to be the most important feature on your current site?