The Perfect Tool Set for Web Development: From Mockup to App in 7 Easy Steps

You’re an avid web designer or developer. It’s your thing; you love it, you breath it, you live it. If someone asked you what your passion was, you’d answer cool apps in a heartbeat.

But, how do you design and develop them quickly? How do you make sure you get that sweet idea that’s been bouncing around in your head out to the waiting public, without wasting time?

What toolchain do you have in place to let you (and your team) go from concept through to finished product — quickly?

If we’re anything alike, there’s so many tools available for every single aspect of the process. And whilst fantastic, it can be very distracting, even confusing.

So today I’ll show you 7 tools you can use to build an effective (and low cost) toolchain straight-away. Alternatively, if you already have a toolchain in place, one of these may help you improve it. Here’s the perfect tool set for web development. But let’s start with design.
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The best GitHub tutorial: 10+ GitHub hacks to immediately boost your productivity

Have you ever been asked what GitHub really is? I’d say it is like Wikipedia and Facebook for programmers. Combined. You can access, view and even edit files. Companies mainly use it to build software and web applications, whereas individuals use it to browse, find and share projects.

Many developers breathe GitHub. And that’s great. It’s the software that helps us (developers) to build great software.

Today I’m presenting you our GitHub tutorial. Here are 10 helpful GitHub hacks you probably don’t know.

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How to improve loading times of your website

Developing a great website requires a lot of work. Besides the development process itself, there are a lot of things to consider. Think about SEO, content, optimizing every single page with a clear call-to-action, and so on.

We’ve built dozens of websites ourselves. Usersnap actually evolved from our work in building websites & web applications for clients.

The website performance, or more specifically the loading times of your website or web app are essential in order to provide a great user experience. Let’s take a look at some things you can do to make your website faster.

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The most annoying issues that will kill your website performance

The performance of websites has always been critical. A well-performing website improves the user experience a lot. This translates into your audience coming back, staying longer and converting a whole lot better. A better performing site usually also appears higher in the search results because the indexer is having less problems with it. Also, mobile and smart devices have become so significant today that a website cannot afford to work at snail’s pace and without the proper optimizations.

We – as a bug tracking tool – have seen many issues on websites which not only killed the website performance, but also lead to unhappy users and customers.

Here are the most annoying issues which kill website performance and make users unhappy.

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How to live up to the “Release early, release often” paradigm

You probably know the common phrase “release early, release often”. When it comes to developing software, people won’t stop recalling that sentence. Since we think that the phrase is quite generic, I’d like to show you how we interpret that programming paradigm and why handling features requests from customers plays an important role.
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Launching bugtrackers.io – Here’s what we’ve learned.

Maybe you’ve heard the news. We at Usersnap launched a little side project, called bugtrackers.io. Displaying stories of digital crafters and showing real people behind pixels, bytes and bug reports. That’s the vision for bugtrackers.io.

Starting with three interviews bugtrackers.io went live on April 16th. Following some great feedback on our social media channels as well as through direct feedback, bugtrackers.io experienced a great start. Within the first 4 hours after putting the platform live, more than 1.000 unique visitors stopped by and spent more than 5 minutes on the site (average session duration: 5:02 min.).

Although the launch just happened a couple of days ago, there are some fresh lessons learned we want to share, since they might help you for your next project. Here are 6 things we learned when launching bugtrackers.io.

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8 reasons why you need SEO skills in your SaaS business

As a founder of a SaaS startup, you probably think a lot about how to spread the word via SEO about your newly founded company and how to generate first leads and sales. In this article, I’m presenting you 8 reasons why you’ll definitely need someone in your team who’s bringing your SaaS SEO efforts to the next level.

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The 4 Ws of bug reporting – Or how to solve bugs like criminal cases!

I recently talked with someone comparing bug tracking to solving criminal cases. And I think there’s a lot of truth in it. Like police inspectors, we as developers rely on evidences which we gather through asking the right questions. A well-executed bug reporting strategy will bring answer to these questions.

In this post I’m going to show you four essential questions I wish every bug report answers.
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How to set up a bug-free development environment

(or: How we work at Usersnap)

We – as a company providing a visual bug tracking tool which makes life for developers and everyone involved in web projects a lot easier – put a lot of thoughts into the field of bug-free development environments.

In this post I’m going to show you how we have set up our own development environment.

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