In a time of economic crisis, web developers and freelancers everywhere have started nail biting. However, no matter how much the economy worsens, there will always be work in certain fields of web development are booming.
As moderator of the forum Freelance Switch work, there are certain types of jobs that are constantly in demand. Here are the 10 skills that are or will be most in demand for developers. If you are competent in these skills, you’re in a great position to find work and withstand any economic downturn.
1. Knowledge of a Framework
It appears that the frameworks will become the next fashionable thing. With the meteoric rise to fame on Rails, Django, and other MVC frameworks, developers have learned that they can build websites much faster with the help of these tools. The frameworks will help to shorten most of the repetitive tasks that normally require custom programming. Having the knowledge of the best frameworks (Rails, Django, CakePHP, Symfony, and several others) can give you a whole new dimension to your skill set.
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2. Widget Development
Widgets have changed the way web development is done in recent years. With the advent of widgets, data have become more portable, interactive and, more importantly, viral. In almost all plans for web home pages is the widgets include one or two at some point, mainly because it helps increase their audience and has more eyes to its content.
Designers and developers can always find work by creating or customizing a CMS theme. As the popularity of CMS such as WordPress or Drupal has grown over recent years, so too has the demand for the creation of themes for these softwares.
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Many people use CMS to enhance their personal websites or business, so this work will always exist. A decent web site needs a unique and usable design that reflects well the brand behind it.
4. CMS customization and plugin development
CMS are great because they give the site owners with little technical expertise the ability to change aspects of your site on the fly with the help of modules. While most CMS platforms have a long list of modules that provide many personal and business sites need more, and custom modules or plugins are the right solution.
Developers can be successful businesses with only the CMS development and customization. Here are some (and are by no means all) of the best platforms to reach CMS could require the development of plug-in and other customizations:
5. PSD to XHTML Services
Another of the most popular skills needed is to convert Photoshop files (PSD) to XHTML files for use in templates. Because designers do not always know how to convert a Photoshop layout template files, a CSS and XHTML ninja can always find work. Due to the variety of browsers in common use now and cumbersome differences in how sites renderer, you want to be a web developer who can build sites that look the same on any browser. This kind of service “design code” is the most wanted of all.
7. Applications for Facebook / MySpace
Facebook and MySpace have opened their platforms to give developers API access, and demand for social networking applications has been enormous since then. A whole new industry for web development flourished from the overnight, and hundreds of applications now being added every day. It was discovered that the application platform of social media is very viral and potentially very lucrative.
Some of these applications are built to earn money or to advertise brands, but finally the very successful applications can be viral and if done properly. A strong developer can get a decent income by creating applications for Facebook and MySpace.
Social networks like Facebook require you to learn their own language syntax, such as FBML (Facebook Markup Language) and that this ability has a small learning curve.
August. IPhone Applications
As another group of skills specific to a platform, build applications for iPhone can be very profitable, and very similar to what happens with social media applications, is a great skill for any developer to learn. Make an iPhone application to be accepted into the Apple platform is an excellent opportunity to generate much money or get lots of downloads.
This is something great for developers, because companies are beginning to see the value of developing technologies for iPhone and other mobiles, and consequently will be expecting more and more applications developed in future.
9. Integration with e-commerce
Business web sites will always need integration with electronic commerce. Essentially, if you take a language or framework (PHP or Rails) and merge it with a payment gateway (such as PayPal or Authorize.net), you’ll be fine. I’m predicting that we will see more pay services to free services supported by ads being developed in the near future, as less money is being delivered to the home page.
As the economy turns sour advertising industry begins to tighten a bit, websites that use a revenue model based on subscriptions will start to become more common. Having the knowledge to achieve integration with online banking services like PayPal and Google Checkout will be a great skill to have.
10. Knowledge of Flash and ActionScript
The flash animation can do a lot for a website. Flash can be used to create videos, browsing interesting, entertaining animated sequences, widgets, and many other useful things on the Internet. Flash technology can add a very professional dimension to any website, and websites big corporations always pay for their sites from being professional, responsible and often animated Flash interfaces to display their products. With the searchers working in ways that allow Flash to communicate better with them, this is a skill that is sure to flourish as technology advances browsers.