Technologies

Apart from using Open Source technologies to drive all of our products and most services, we decided to share them with you so that you can also enjoy good quality applications, all FREE (no license required)! 

Heckert is the GNU mascot and he reckons that you should consider using free open source software as well!

What is Open Source?

"The term "open source" refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible. The term originated in the context of software development to designate a specific approach to creating computer programs."

Websites displayed professionally and neatly on Mobile devices ranging from Smartphones to Tablets.

This description fits into our business philosophy perfectly. We believe that computer programs should be available to anyone who would like to use it and actively maintained by actual professionals & anyone wanting to contribute, in a community.

The Open Source technologies we use:

  • Drupal CMS
  • Brackets IDE
  • Kdenlive Video Editor
  • Audacity
  • KDE Linux
  • Bootstrap
  • GIMP Image Manipulation
  • Inkscape
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KDE Linux

"The KDE® Community is a free software community dedicated to creating an open and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon. "

Wevolution uses KDE Linux as an operating system, on which we run our open source software. Using the Linux platform also holds a few extra benefits (out of a developer perspective) such as:
Rapid deployment of websites
The advantage of not having to pay annual license fees for the Operating system and software used, so it's totally FREE!
Fewer viruses and loss of client data.
Using a trending operating system which more people are adapting every day.

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Inkscape Vector program

"Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings."

Wevolution uses Inkscape for all vector image editing and creation. Supporting multiple formats, this gives us complete control over most formats that are widely used in the industry.

Inkscape is a very handy tool for vector graphics, this is great for smaller businesses that do not wish to pay license fees. Vector graphics has never been this simple to create and to use as a aspect of your business.

The artwork below was made using Inkscape software, it works in Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari (Unfortunately not Internet Explorer)

Inkscape Vector Project - Koi Carp by Unknown author
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Audacity Audio Editing

"Audacity is a free open source digital audio editor and recording computer software application, available for Windows, macOS/OS X, Linux and other operating systems."

Wevolution website design uses Audacity to edit and cut audio tracks for Facebook and other sources that make use of audio files.

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Kdelive Video Editor

"Kdenlive is a free and open-source video editing software based on the MLT Framework, KDE and Qt. The project was started by Jason Wood in 2002, and is now maintained by a small team of developers."

We use Kdenlive for post-production on videos for our clients.

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Brackets IDE

"Brackets is an open-source editor written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with a primary focus on web development. It was created by Adobe Systems, licensed under the MIT License, and is currently maintained on GitHub."

We use Brackets IDE at Wevolution for HTML5 & CSS3 changes.

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Drupal CMS

"Drupal is a free and open source content-management framework written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License."

Wevolution prefers using Drupal for all CMS tasks and has been using Drupal since version 6.

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Bootstrap

"Bootstrap is a free and open-source front-end library for designing websites and web applications. It contains HTML- and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation.."

Wevolution uses Bootstrap for fast-loading smaller sites that are pleasing to the eye.

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GIMP: GNU Image Manipulation Program

"GIMP is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, and more specialised tasks."
At Wevolution we use GIMP GNU image manipulation software to apply slight changes to original images, giving it a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Mobile responsive website design Gauteng

Web Optimisation

To ensure that your mobile responsive website adheres to the highest standards, we test all public facing pages through the following tools for optimisation:

  • W3C HTML Validator
  • GTmetrix
  • Grammarly
  • TinyPNG
  • & more...

The standard of your website should be high and always have correct spelling or Google will surely penalise your website in ranking slightly. Spelling is also important because it proves competency and professionalism. Due to this, we use Grammarly to ensure that spelling and grammar errors do not creep into your content. Knowing what slows your site down has many advantages and that's why wevolution uses GTMetrix for performance cleanups. It's free to use if you want to check it out. W3C compliance is often underrated, it's very important to stay compliant so that your website will run smoothly on different devices. The W3C Nu HTML checker also checks for errors in the HTML code. Fewer errors, more happy times.

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W3C: Nu Html Checker

This tool has been around for a long time and is known to point out commonly missed issues per page. Ensure that your website's pages display no errors on this tool, or your website would lose out on speed and cross-browser compatibility.

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GTmetrix: Website Performance Optimisation

Focussing on website speed and performance issues, this free tool enables you to see what is causing your website to be slow.

his tool also enables you to gain insight into how well your website loads and provides actionable recommendations to optimise. Aiming for an A or a B score is ideal.

Grammarly: Free Writing Assistant
Grammarly: Free Writing Assistant

This free online tool aims at assisting your writing quality, the free version aims to improve grammar & spelling errors. But just when you think that's all, they also offer a browser plugin that allows you to check all of your online form submissions for the same errors. This tool is worth using, for everyone & it's free!

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TinyPNG

Compressing PNG image formats are a necessity for performance, we use TinyPNG to achieve this, making our websites faster than the average ones.

"Make your website faster and save bandwidth. TinyPNG optimizes your PNG images by 50-80% while preserving full transparency!"

These are only some of the online tools we use to improve our client's mobile responsive websites, but you can also use them on your website to ensure that your online presence is the best it can be.