Using VPS Hosting for Designing Websites

Sep 25, 2015 by

Have you ever wondered where you can develop in a live environment to see if everything works 100% correctly? If you’ve been developing locally, then you know that there are times when you thought that everything is working perfectly fine, but then when the time comes to deploy your months of hard work into a live server, tons of bugs appear? If you’ve encountered that event at least twice, I’m pretty sure that you’re really frustrated right now. But there is a good news for you! You can easily develop and design web apps using a live hosting option. How? Learn more.

Choosing the Best Hosting Option

You’ve probably heard the three most common hosting options, which are shared, VPS and dedicated. Shared hosting isn’t the feasible option if you are going to develop tons of web applications. Dedicated hosting on the other hand can be very pricey if you’re just building a medium scale website. Therefore, the perfect balance between price and performance is VPS web hosting option.


Setting Up Your VPS

If you are a web designer, you need to make sure that you’ve properly setup your VPS server. There are several things that you need to do before your VPS server gets into shape. One of the very first thing that you can get when you start a VPS hosting is the Virtuozzo power panel.

This is like the control panel/WHM software that you’re probably very used to, if you’ve used shared hosting services before. However, unlike the latter, Virtuozzo power panel comes with an advanced feature-set. This is the control panel that you will use in managing your container (or space, your own VPS). You can do things such as reboot, start, stop, and reload using the power panel. In addition to that, this power panel allows you to view statistics, resource usage and install new software to complete your developing environment.

However, keep in mind that this power panel is only used to maintain your container, you still need to install WHM and/or cPanel for your day to day hosting needs. Now, you know that the power panel can install additional software, you can now choose what software you need. But typically, PHP, Ruby, and other popular server side prerequisites are already installed by the hosting company for you.

Installing Software

If you haven’t used Linux before, then you might be wondering how to install software on your VPS. If you’ve learned Linux before, you won’t have a hard time installing any new software because you already knew the commands.

All you need to do is to use the command “sudo apt-get install software_name_here” for Ubuntu, RPM or YUM for CentOS. For more information about them, you can read this.

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The use of Photoshop in web design is very popular among designers in many countries across the world. This is because many designers find Photoshop easy and convenient to use. Graphics can easily be extracted from PSD files. Additionally, there are a wide range of third party plug-ins and tools available for use ,which make the work of designers (who use Photoshop) easier than when using other alternatives.

The use of Photoshop in web design: step-by-step procedure

0159-05_vibrant_portfolio_webdesign_photoshopThe following is a detailed procedure that is followed during the use of Photoshop in web design:

Step 1: Download Photoshop from the internet, and then install it.

Step 2: Open it on the PC and then create a new document with the desired width and height (recommended-width; 800-900px, height-1200-1500px).

Step 3: Create a suitable header for the site, with the desired website logo inserted in it.

Step 4: Create menu buttons for the site (i.e. color and shape, with a space in between, as the bottom or upper menu. It’s possible to combine up to three sets of menus.

Step 5: Create adequate spaces to insert the following; content, footer (s), banners and photo gallery, among others.

Step 6: Slice and export the finished site. All the slices should be named appropriately before exportation.

Step 7: The content area should be left empty. This is to allow the addition of content for every page separately.

Step 8: Export the product to a fresh file on the desktop. This will result in the automatic creation of an HTML internet page, an image file (complete with different images and slices) and a C SS file.

Step 9: Use Notepad or OneNote to open HTML file, and then effect the changes in HTML (by centering the whole page, setting the background color, inserting the content into a table and creating the Meta Data, etc).

Step 10: Copy and then paste the HTML page several times (depending on the number of pages), and thereafter rename them as; Home, Contact us, About Us, Services/Products).

20-High-Quality-Photoshop-Web-Design-TutorialsStep 11: Generate internal links for all the pages in HTML files, and then give them their respective addresses.

Step 12: Upload the final product to the web host.

Important Tips

The following are important tips that must be considered during the use of Photoshop in web design:

Sketch first: It’s important to first buy a sketch book that contains sketches. The sketches should then be translated in Photoshop.

Use of a grid system: to ensure that the final product has perfect alignment, a grid system (that contains PSD guides and templates for gutters and columns) should be set up during the initial stages.

  •  Turn on Snapping’: this can be achieved by clicking View-Snap-View-Snap-guides. This will reduce squinting of the eyes.
  •  Organize the PSD: all the layers should be named appropriately, and put into folders.
  •  Master the shortcuts: to ensure optimum use of time, master the shortcuts that will be used most of the time, such as; Cmd+Opt+Shift+S, Cmd+U, Cmd+Opt+I, Cmd+L, Cmd+Opt+C, among others.
  •  Carefully add ‘drop’ and ‘noise’ shadows, and other important filters.
  • 08 Make use of ‘Smart Objects’ and ‘Layer Comps’ to compile several files into a central file.
  •  Use the globalizing masks intelligently (to enhance efficiency).
  •  Carefully refine the masks.
  •  Incorporate the drop shadows (by decreasing the opacity or using any other dark colors apart from black).
  •  Learn to use the pen tool (used in drawing illustrations).
  •  Enhance the appearance of photos by using the ‘high pace’ to vary the opacity.
  •  When exporting images, make use of consistent colors.
  •  Avoid using the default settings.
  •  Ensure the layout is perfect.
  •  Personalize the work space.
  •  Neatly organize the files.
  •  Be original: avoid copying other designers’ ideas.
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