Understand and Using the DOM like a Pro

Using the DOM like a Pro

Fast-forward to 2019 and the world is ruled by frameworks. If you started as a web developer in the last decade, chances are that you are hardly exposed to the “raw” DOM, if ever. You might not even need to.

Even though frameworks like Angular and React caused a strong decline in the popularity of jQuery, it is still used by a staggering 66 million websites which is estimated at about 74% of all websites in the world

The legacy of jQuery is quite impressive and a great example of how it influenced the standards are the querySelector and querySelectorAll methods which mimic jQuery’s $ function.

Ironically, these two methods were probably the biggest cause of jQuery’s declined popularity since they replaced jQuery’s most used functionality: easy selection of DOM elements.

But the native DOM API is verbose.

I mean, it’s $ vs. document.querySelectorAll.

And that’s what puts off developers from using the native DOM API. But there’s really no need for that.

The native DOM API is great and incredibly useful. Yes, it’s verbose but that is because these are low-level building blocks, meant to build abstractions upon. And if you’re really worried about the extra key strokes: all modern day editors and IDEs provide excellent code completion. You can also alias your most frequently used functionality as I will show here.

Let’s jump in!

Selecting elements

Single element

To select a single element using any valid CSS selector use:

document.querySelector(/* your selector */)

You can use any selector here:

document.querySelector('.foo')            // class selector
document.querySelector('#foo')            // id selector
document.querySelector('div')             // tag selector
document.querySelector('[name="foo"]')    // attribute selector
document.querySelector('div + p > span')  // you go girl!

When there are no elements matched it will return null.

Multiple elements

To select multiple elements use:

document.querySelectorAll('p')  // selects all <p> elements

You can use document.querySelectorAll in the same way as document.querySelector. Any valid CSS selector will do and the only difference is querySelector will return a single element whereas querySelectorAll will return a static NodeList containing the found elements. If there are no elements found it will return an empty NodeList.

A NodeList is an iterable object which is like an array but it’s not really an array, so it doesn’t have the same methods. You can run forEach on it but not for example map, reduce or find.

If you do need to run array methods on it then you can simply turn it into an array using destructuring or Array.from:

const arr = [...document.querySelectorAll('p')];


const arr = Array.from(document.querySelectorAll('p'));

arr.find(element => {...});  // .find() now works

The querySelectorAll method differs from methods like getElementsByTagName and getElementsByClassName in that these methods return an HTMLCollection which is a live collection, whereas querySelectorAll returns a NodeList which is static.

So if you would do getElementsByTagName('p') and one `` would be removed from the document, it would be removed from the returned HTMLCollection as well.

But if you would do querySelectorAll('p') and one `` would be removed from the document, it would still be present in the returned NodeList.

Another important difference is that an HTMLCollection can only contain HTMLElements and a NodeList can contain any type of Node.

Relative searches

You don’t necessarily need to run querySelector(All) on document. You can run it on any HTMLElement to run a relative search:

const div = document.querySelector('#container');
div.querySelectorAll('p')  // finds all <p> tags in #container only

But it’s still verbose!

If you are still worried about extra keystrokes you can alias both methods:

const $ = document.querySelector.bind(document);

const $$ = document.querySelectorAll.bind(document);

There you go.

Going up the DOM tree

Using CSS selectors for selecting DOM elements means we can only travel down the DOM tree. There are no CSS selectors to travel up the tree to select parents.

But we can travel up the DOM tree with the closest() method which also takes any valid CSS selector:


This will find the nearest parent `` element of the paragraph selected by document.querySelector('p'). You can chain these calls to go further up the tree:


Adding elements

Code to add one or more elements to the DOM tree is notorious for getting verbose quickly. Let’s say you want to add the following link to your page:

<a href="/home" class="active">Home</a>

You would need to do:

const link = document.createElement('a');
link.setAttribute('href', '/home');
link.className = 'active';
link.textContent = 'Home';


Now imagine having to do this for 10 elements…

At least jQuery allows you to do:

$('body').append('<a href="/home" class="active">Home</a>');

Well guess what? There is a native equivalent:

'<a href="/home" class="active">Home</a>');

The insertAdjacentHTML method allows you to insert an arbitrary valid HTML string into the DOM at four positions, indicated by the first parameter:

  • 'beforebegin': before the element
  • 'afterbegin': inside the element before its first child
  • 'beforeend': inside the element after its last child
  • 'afterend': after the element
<!-- beforebegin -->
  <!-- afterbegin -->
  <!-- beforeend -->
<!-- afterend -->

This also makes specifying the exact point where a new element should be inserted much easier. Say you want to insert an right before this. Without insertAdjacentHTML you would have to do this:

const link = document.createElement('a');
const p = document.querySelector('p');

p.parentNode.insertBefore(link, p);

Now you can just do:

const p = document.querySelector('p');

p.insertAdjacentHTML('beforebegin', '<a></a>');

There is also an equivalent method to insert DOM elements:

const link = document.createElement('a');
const p = document.querySelector('p');

p.insertAdjacentElement('beforebegin', link);

and text:

p.insertAdjacentText('afterbegin', 'foo');

Moving elements

The insertAdjacentElement method can also be used to move around existing elements in the same document. When an element that is inserted with insertAdjacentElement is already part of the document it will simply be moved.

If you have this HTML:

<div class="first">

<div class="second">

and the is inserted after the:

const h1 = document.querySelector('h1');
const h2 = document.querySelector('h2');

h1.insertAdjacentElement('afterend', h2);

it will be simply be moved, not copied:

<div class="first">

<div class="second">

Replacing elements

A DOM element can be replaced by any other DOM element using its replaceWith method:


The element it is replaced with can be a new element created with document.createElement or an element that is already part of the same document (in which case it will again be moved, not copied):

<div class="first">

<div class="second">

const h1 = document.querySelector('h1');
const h2 = document.querySelector('h2');


// result:

<div class="first">

<div class="second">

Removing elements

Just call its remove method:

const container = document.querySelector('#container');
container.remove();  // hasta la vista, baby

Much better than the old way:

const container = document.querySelector('#container');

Create an element from raw HTML

The insertAdjacentHTML method allows us to insert raw HTML into a document, but what if we want to create and element from raw HTML and use it later?

We can use the DomParser object and its method parseFromString for this. DomParser provides the ability to parse HTML or XML source code into a DOM document. We use the parseFromString method to create a document with only one element and return only that one element:

const createElement = domString => new DOMParser().parseFromString(domString, 'text/html').body.firstChild;

const a = createElement('<a href="/home" class="active">Home</a>');

Inspecting the DOM

The standard DOM API also provides some handy methods to inspect the DOM. For example, matches determines if an element will match a certain selector:

<p class="foo">Hello world</p>

const p = document.querySelector('p');

p.matches('p');     // true
p.matches('.foo');  // true
p.matches('.bar');  // false, does not have class "bar"

You can also check if an element is a child of another element with the contains method:

<div class="container">
  <h1 class="title">Foo</h1>

<h2 class="subtitle">Bar</h2>

const container = document.querySelector('.container');
const h1 = document.querySelector('h1');
const h2 = document.querySelector('h2');

container.contains(h1);  // true
container.contains(h2);  // false

You can get even more detailed information on elements with the compareDocumentPosition method. This method allows you to determine if one element precedes or follows another element or if one of these elements contains the other. It returns an integer which represents the relation between the compared elements.

Here’s an example with the same elements from the previous example:

<div class="container">
  <h1 class="title">Foo</h1>

<h2 class="subtitle">Bar</h2>

const container = document.querySelector('.container');
const h1 = document.querySelector('h1');
const h2 = document.querySelector('h2');

//  20: h1 is contained by container and follows container

// 10: container contains h1 and precedes it

// 4: h2 follows h1

// 2: h1 precedes h2

The value returned from compareDocumentPosition is an integer whose bits represent the relationship between the nodes, relative to the argument given to this method.

So considering the syntax node.compareDocumentPostion(otherNode) the meaning of the returned value is:

  • 1: the nodes are not part of the same document
  • 2: otherNode precedes node
  • 4: otherNode follows node
  • 8: otherNode contains node
  • 16: otherNode is contained by node

More than one of the bits may be set so that is why in the example above container.compareDocumenPosition(h1) returns 20 where you might expect 16 since h1 is contained by container. But h1 also follows container (4) so the resulting value is 16 + 4 = 20.

More details please!

You can observe changes to any DOM node through the MutationObserver interface. This includes text changes, nodes being added to or removed from the observed node or changes to the node’s attributes.

The MutationObserver is an incredibly powerful API to observe virtually any change that occurs on a DOM element and its child nodes.

A new MutationObserver is created by calling its constructor with a callback function. This callback will be called whenever a change occurs on the observed node:

const observer = new MutationObserver(callback);

To observe an element we need to call the observe method of the observer with the node to be observed as the first parameter and an object with options as the second parameter.

const target = document.querySelector('#container');
const observer = new MutationObserver(callback);

observer.observe(target, options);

The observing of the target does not start until observe is called.

This options object takes the following keys:

  • attributes: when set to true, changes to attributes of the node will be watched
  • attributeFilter: an array of attribute names to watch, when attributes is true and this is not set, changes to all attributes of the node will be watched
  • attributeOldValue: when set to true the previous value of the attribute will be recorded whenever a change occurs
  • characterData: when set to true this will record changes to the text of a text node, so this only works on Textnodes, not HTMLElements. For this to work, the node being observed needs to be a Text node or, if the observer monitors an HTMLElement, the option subtree needs to be set to true to also monitor changes to child nodes.
  • characterDataOldValue: when set to true the previous value of the characted data will be recorded whenever a change occurs
  • subtree: set to true to also observe changes to child nodes of the element being observed.
  • childList: set to true to monitor the element for addition and removal of child nodes. When subtree is set to true child elements will also be watched for addition and removal of child nodes.

When the observing of an element has started by calling observe, the callback that was passed to the MutationObserver constructor is called with an array of MutationRecord objects describing the changes that occurred and the observer that was invoked as the second parameter.

A MutationRecord contains the following properties:

  • type: the type of change, either attributes, characterData or childList.
  • target: the element that changed, either its attributes, character data or child elements
  • addedNodes: a list of added nodes or an empty NodeList if none were added
  • removedNodes: a list of removed nodes or an empty NodeList if none were removed
  • attributeName: the name of the changed attribute or null if no attribute was changes
  • previousSibling: the previous sibling of the added or removed nodes or null
  • nextSibling: the next sibling of the added or removed nodes or null

So let’s say we want to observe changes to attributes and child nodes:

const target = document.querySelector('#container');
const callback = (mutations, observer) => {
  mutations.forEach(mutation => {
    switch (mutation.type) {
      case 'attributes':
        // the name of the changed attribute is in
        // mutation.attributeName
        // and its old value is in mutation.oldValue
        // the current value can be retrieved with 
        // target.getAttribute(mutation.attributeName)
      case 'childList':
        // any added nodes are in mutation.addedNodes
        // any removed nodes are in mutation.removedNodes

const observer = new MutationObserver(callback);

observer.observe(target, {
  attributes: true,
  attributeFilter: ['foo'], // only observe attribute 'foo'
  attributeOldValue: true,
  childList: true

When you are done observing the target you can disconnect the observer and if needed, call its takeRecords method to fetch any pending mutations that have not been delivered to the callback yet:

const mutations = observer.takeRecords();

Do not fear the DOM

The DOM API is a incredibly powerful and versatile, albeit verbose API. Keep in mind that it is meant to provide low-level building blocks for developers to build abstractions upon, so in that sense it needs to be verbose to provide an unambiguous and clear API.

The extra keystrokes should not scare you away from using it to its full potential.

The DOM is essential knowledge for every JavaScript developer since you probably use it every day. Don’t fear it and use it to its full potential.

You’ll be a better developer for it. If you like this tutorial please share it with others. Thank you !

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Best Electric Bikes and Scooters for Rental Business or Campus Facility

The electric scooter revolution has caught on super-fast taking many cities across the globe by storm. eScooters, a renovated version of old-school scooters now turned into electric vehicles are an environmentally friendly solution to current on-demand commute problems. They work on engines, like cars, enabling short traveling distances without hassle. The result is that these groundbreaking electric machines can now provide faster transport for less — cheaper than Uber and faster than Metro.

Since they are durable, fast, easy to operate and maintain, and are more convenient to park compared to four-wheelers, the eScooters trend has and continues to spike interest as a promising growth area. Several companies and universities are increasingly setting up shop to provide eScooter services realizing a would-be profitable business model and a ready customer base that is university students or residents in need of faster and cheap travel going about their business in school, town, and other surrounding areas.

Electric Scooters Trends and Statistics

In many countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, China, Japan, India, Brazil and Mexico and more, a growing number of eScooter users both locals and tourists can now be seen effortlessly passing lines of drivers stuck in the endless and unmoving traffic.

A recent report by McKinsey revealed that the E-Scooter industry will be worth― $200 billion to $300 billion in the United States, $100 billion to $150 billion in Europe, and $30 billion to $50 billion in China in 2030. The e-Scooter revenue model will also spike and is projected to rise by more than 20% amounting to approximately $5 billion.

And, with a necessity to move people away from high carbon prints, traffic and congestion issues brought about by car-centric transport systems in cities, more and more city planners are developing more bike/scooter lanes and adopting zero-emission plans. This is the force behind the booming electric scooter market and the numbers will only go higher and higher.

Companies that have taken advantage of the growing eScooter trend develop an appthat allows them to provide efficient eScooter services. Such an app enables them to be able to locate bike pick-up and drop points through fully integrated google maps.

List of Best Electric Bikes for Rental Business or Campus Facility 2020:

It’s clear that e scooters will increasingly become more common and the e-scooter business model will continue to grab the attention of manufacturers, investors, entrepreneurs. All this should go ahead with a quest to know what are some of the best electric bikes in the market especially for anyone who would want to get started in the electric bikes/scooters rental business.

We have done a comprehensive list of the best electric bikes! Each bike has been reviewed in depth and includes a full list of specs and a photo.

Billy eBike

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To start us off is the Billy eBike, a powerful go-anywhere urban electric bike that’s specially designed to offer an exciting ride like no other whether you want to ride to the grocery store, cafe, work or school. The Billy eBike comes in 4 color options – Billy Blue, Polished aluminium, Artic white, and Stealth black.

Price: $2490

Available countries

Available in the USA, Europe, Asia, South Africa and Australia.This item ships from the USA. Buyers are therefore responsible for any taxes and/or customs duties incurred once it arrives in your country.


  • Control – Ride with confidence with our ultra-wide BMX bars and a hyper-responsive twist throttle.
  • Stealth- Ride like a ninja with our Gates carbon drive that’s as smooth as butter and maintenance-free.
  • Drive – Ride further with our high torque fat bike motor, giving a better climbing performance.
  • Accelerate – Ride quicker with our 20-inch lightweight cutout rims for improved acceleration.
  • Customize – Ride your own way with 5 levels of power control. Each level determines power and speed.
  • Flickable – Ride harder with our BMX /MotoX inspired geometry and lightweight aluminum package


  • Maximum speed: 20 mph (32 km/h)
  • Range per charge: 41 miles (66 km)
  • Maximum Power: 500W
  • Motor type: Fat Bike Motor: Bafang RM G060.500.DC
  • Load capacity: 300lbs (136kg)
  • Battery type: 13.6Ah Samsung lithium-ion,
  • Battery capacity: On/off-bike charging available
  • Weight: w/o batt. 48.5lbs (22kg), w/ batt. 54lbs (24.5kg)
  • Front Suspension: Fully adjustable air shock, preload/compression damping /lockout
  • Rear Suspension: spring, preload adjustment
  • Built-in GPS

Why Should You Buy This?

  • Riding fun and excitement
  • Better climbing ability and faster acceleration.
  • Ride with confidence
  • Billy folds for convenient storage and transportation.
  • Shorty levers connect to disc brakes ensuring you stop on a dime
  • belt drives are maintenance-free and clean (no oil or lubrication needed)

**Who Should Ride Billy? **

Both new and experienced riders

**Where to Buy? **Local distributors or ships from the USA.

Genze 200 series e-Bike

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Featuring a sleek and lightweight aluminum frame design, the 200-Series ebike takes your riding experience to greater heights. Available in both black and white this ebike comes with a connected app, which allows you to plan activities, map distances and routes while also allowing connections with fellow riders.

Price: $2099.00

Available countries

The Genze 200 series e-Bike is available at GenZe retail locations across the U.S or online via GenZe.com website. Customers from outside the US can ship the product while incurring the relevant charges.


  • 2 Frame Options
  • 2 Sizes
  • Integrated/Removable Battery
  • Throttle and Pedal Assist Ride Modes
  • Integrated LCD Display
  • Connected App
  • 24 month warranty
  • GPS navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity


  • Maximum speed: 20 mph with throttle
  • Range per charge: 15-18 miles w/ throttle and 30-50 miles w/ pedal assist
  • Charging time: 3.5 hours
  • Motor type: Brushless Rear Hub Motor
  • Gears: Microshift Thumb Shifter
  • Battery type: Removable Samsung 36V, 9.6AH Li-Ion battery pack
  • Battery capacity: 36V and 350 Wh
  • Weight: 46 pounds
  • Derailleur: 8-speed Shimano
  • Brakes: Dual classic
  • Wheels: 26 x 20 inches
  • Frame: 16, and 18 inches
  • Operating Mode: Analog mode 5 levels of Pedal Assist Thrott­le Mode

Norco from eBikestore

norco-best-electric-bikes-scooters https://ebikestore.com/shop/norco-vlt-s2/

The Norco VLT S2 is a front suspension e-Bike with solid components alongside the reliable Bosch Performance Line Power systems that offer precise pedal assistance during any riding situation.

Price: $2,699.00

Available countries

This item is available via the various Norco bikes international distributors.


  • VLT aluminum frame- for stiffness and wheel security.
  • Bosch e-bike system – for their reliability and performance.
  • E-bike components – for added durability.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes – offer riders more stopping power for safety and control at higher speeds.
  • Practical design features – to add convenience and versatility.


  • Maximum speed: KMC X9 9spd
  • Motor type: Bosch Active Line
  • Gears: Shimano Altus RD-M2000, SGS, 9 Speed
  • Battery type: Power Pack 400
  • Battery capacity: 396Wh
  • Suspension: SR Suntour suspension fork
  • Frame: Norco VLT, Aluminum, 12x142mm TA Dropouts

Bodo EV


Manufactured by Bodo Vehicle Group Limited, the Bodo EV is specially designed for strong power and extraordinary long service to facilitate super amazing rides. The Bodo Vehicle Company is a striking top in electric vehicles brand field in China and across the globe. Their Bodo EV will no doubt provide your riders with high-level riding satisfaction owing to its high-quality design, strength, breaking stability and speed.

Price: $799

Available countries

This item ships from China with buyers bearing the shipping costs and other variables prior to delivery.


  • Reliable
  • Environment friendly
  • Comfortable riding
  • Fashionable
  • Economical
  • Durable – long service life
  • Braking stability
  • LED lighting technology


  • Maximum speed: 45km/h
  • Range per charge: 50km per person
  • Charging time: 8 hours
  • Maximum Power: 3000W
  • Motor type: Brushless DC Motor
  • Load capacity: 100kg
  • Battery type: Lead-acid battery
  • Battery capacity: 60V 20AH
  • Weight: w/o battery 47kg

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How to start an electric scooter facility/fleet in a university campus/IT park

Are you leading an organization that has a large campus, e.g., a large university? You are probably thinking of introducing an electric scooter/bicycle fleet on the campus, and why wouldn’t you?

Introducing micro-mobility in your campus with the help of such a fleet would help the people on the campus significantly. People would save money since they don’t need to use a car for a short distance. Your campus will see a drastic reduction in congestion, moreover, its carbon footprint will reduce.

Micro-mobility is relatively new though and you would need help. You would need to select an appropriate fleet of vehicles. The people on your campus would need to find electric scooters or electric bikes for commuting, and you need to provide a solution for this.

To be more specific, you need a short-term electric bike rental app. With such an app, you will be able to easily offer micro-mobility to the people on the campus. We at Devathon have built Autorent exactly for this.

What does Autorent do and how can it help you? How does it enable you to introduce micro-mobility on your campus? We explain these in this article, however, we will touch upon a few basics first.

Micro-mobility: What it is


You are probably thinking about micro-mobility relatively recently, aren’t you? A few relevant insights about it could help you to better appreciate its importance.

Micro-mobility is a new trend in transportation, and it uses vehicles that are considerably smaller than cars. Electric scooters (e-scooters) and electric bikes (e-bikes) are the most popular forms of micro-mobility, however, there are also e-unicycles and e-skateboards.

You might have already seen e-scooters, which are kick scooters that come with a motor. Thanks to its motor, an e-scooter can achieve a speed of up to 20 km/h. On the other hand, e-bikes are popular in China and Japan, and they come with a motor, and you can reach a speed of 40 km/h.

You obviously can’t use these vehicles for very long commutes, however, what if you need to travel a short distance? Even if you have a reasonable public transport facility in the city, it might not cover the route you need to take. Take the example of a large university campus. Such a campus is often at a considerable distance from the central business district of the city where it’s located. While public transport facilities may serve the central business district, they wouldn’t serve this large campus. Currently, many people drive their cars even for short distances.

As you know, that brings its own set of challenges. Vehicular traffic adds significantly to pollution, moreover, finding a parking spot can be hard in crowded urban districts.

Well, you can reduce your carbon footprint if you use an electric car. However, electric cars are still new, and many countries are still building the necessary infrastructure for them. Your large campus might not have the necessary infrastructure for them either. Presently, electric cars don’t represent a viable option in most geographies.

As a result, you need to buy and maintain a car even if your commute is short. In addition to dealing with parking problems, you need to spend significantly on your car.

All of these factors have combined to make people sit up and think seriously about cars. Many people are now seriously considering whether a car is really the best option even if they have to commute only a short distance.

This is where micro-mobility enters the picture. When you commute a short distance regularly, e-scooters or e-bikes are viable options. You limit your carbon footprints and you cut costs!

Businesses have seen this shift in thinking, and e-scooter companies like Lime and Bird have entered this field in a big way. They let you rent e-scooters by the minute. On the other hand, start-ups like Jump and Lyft have entered the e-bike market.

Think of your campus now! The people there might need to travel short distances within the campus, and e-scooters can really help them.

How micro-mobility can benefit you


What advantages can you get from micro-mobility? Let’s take a deeper look into this question.

Micro-mobility can offer several advantages to the people on your campus, e.g.:

  • Affordability: Shared e-scooters are cheaper than other mass transportation options. Remember that the people on your campus will use them on a shared basis, and they will pay for their short commutes only. Well, depending on your operating model, you might even let them use shared e-scooters or e-bikes for free!
  • Convenience: Users don’t need to worry about finding parking spots for shared e-scooters since these are small. They can easily travel from point A to point B on your campus with the help of these e-scooters.
  • Environmentally sustainable: Shared e-scooters reduce the carbon footprint, moreover, they decongest the roads. Statistics from the pilot programs in cities like Portland and Denver showimpressive gains around this key aspect.
  • Safety: This one’s obvious, isn’t it? When people on your campus use small e-scooters or e-bikes instead of cars, the problem of overspeeding will disappear. you will see fewer accidents.

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Why Use WordPress? What Can You Do With WordPress?

Can you use WordPress for anything other than blogging? To your surprise, yes. WordPress is more than just a blogging tool, and it has helped thousands of websites and web applications to thrive. The use of WordPress powers around 40% of online projects, and today in our blog, we would visit some amazing uses of WordPress other than blogging.
What Is The Use Of WordPress?

WordPress is the most popular website platform in the world. It is the first choice of businesses that want to set a feature-rich and dynamic Content Management System. So, if you ask what WordPress is used for, the answer is – everything. It is a super-flexible, feature-rich and secure platform that offers everything to build unique websites and applications. Let’s start knowing them:

1. Multiple Websites Under A Single Installation
WordPress Multisite allows you to develop multiple sites from a single WordPress installation. You can download WordPress and start building websites you want to launch under a single server. Literally speaking, you can handle hundreds of sites from one single dashboard, which now needs applause.
It is a highly efficient platform that allows you to easily run several websites under the same login credentials. One of the best things about WordPress is the themes it has to offer. You can simply download them and plugin for various sites and save space on sites without losing their speed.

2. WordPress Social Network
WordPress can be used for high-end projects such as Social Media Network. If you don’t have the money and patience to hire a coder and invest months in building a feature-rich social media site, go for WordPress. It is one of the most amazing uses of WordPress. Its stunning CMS is unbeatable. And you can build sites as good as Facebook or Reddit etc. It can just make the process a lot easier.
To set up a social media network, you would have to download a WordPress Plugin called BuddyPress. It would allow you to connect a community page with ease and would provide all the necessary features of a community or social media. It has direct messaging, activity stream, user groups, extended profiles, and so much more. You just have to download and configure it.
If BuddyPress doesn’t meet all your needs, don’t give up on your dreams. You can try out WP Symposium or PeepSo. There are also several themes you can use to build a social network.

3. Create A Forum For Your Brand’s Community
Communities are very important for your business. They help you stay in constant connection with your users and consumers. And allow you to turn them into a loyal customer base. Meanwhile, there are many good technologies that can be used for building a community page – the good old WordPress is still the best.
It is the best community development technology. If you want to build your online community, you need to consider all the amazing features you get with WordPress. Plugins such as BB Press is an open-source, template-driven PHP/ MySQL forum software. It is very simple and doesn’t hamper the experience of the website.
Other tools such as wpFoRo and Asgaros Forum are equally good for creating a community blog. They are lightweight tools that are easy to manage and integrate with your WordPress site easily. However, there is only one tiny problem; you need to have some technical knowledge to build a WordPress Community blog page.

4. Shortcodes
Since we gave you a problem in the previous section, we would also give you a perfect solution for it. You might not know to code, but you have shortcodes. Shortcodes help you execute functions without having to code. It is an easy way to build an amazing website, add new features, customize plugins easily. They are short lines of code, and rather than memorizing multiple lines; you can have zero technical knowledge and start building a feature-rich website or application.
There are also plugins like Shortcoder, Shortcodes Ultimate, and the Basics available on WordPress that can be used, and you would not even have to remember the shortcodes.

5. Build Online Stores
If you still think about why to use WordPress, use it to build an online store. You can start selling your goods online and start selling. It is an affordable technology that helps you build a feature-rich eCommerce store with WordPress.
WooCommerce is an extension of WordPress and is one of the most used eCommerce solutions. WooCommerce holds a 28% share of the global market and is one of the best ways to set up an online store. It allows you to build user-friendly and professional online stores and has thousands of free and paid extensions. Moreover as an open-source platform, and you don’t have to pay for the license.
Apart from WooCommerce, there are Easy Digital Downloads, iThemes Exchange, Shopify eCommerce plugin, and so much more available.

6. Security Features
WordPress takes security very seriously. It offers tons of external solutions that help you in safeguarding your WordPress site. While there is no way to ensure 100% security, it provides regular updates with security patches and provides several plugins to help with backups, two-factor authorization, and more.
By choosing hosting providers like WP Engine, you can improve the security of the website. It helps in threat detection, manage patching and updates, and internal security audits for the customers, and so much more.

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How much does it cost to develop an app like Skype?

Skype is a telecommunications mobile app that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, and smartwatches over the Internet. Skype allows the users to chat, make video calls, send instant messages, exchange files and images, send video messages & create conference calls.

Benefits of making a mobile app like Skype:

  • Audio and HD video calling
  • Smart messaging
  • Screen sharing
  • Call recording and Live subtitles
  • Call phones
  • Private conversations

Cost to Make an App like Skype

The cost of developing an app like Skype will depend on the different features of Skype that you can find and use. For instance, if you have already set the features, functionality and the different ways of communication using Skype, the cost you’ll pay in getting a Skype phone number is low.

Skype is indeed a very famous App and to develop an App like Skype is surely a wise move for your App business. The Cost of an App like Skype lies between $7,000 to $25,000 depending upon the features and functionality of your App.

Basic Features of App like Skype:

Admin Panel

  • Dashboard
  • Push Notifications
  • Ads and Promotions
  • Feature Management
  • User Queries

User Panel

  • Skype Profile
  • Audio and Video Calls
  • Send Messages
  • Fun Emojis
  • Private Conversations

Best Company to make an app like Skype:

AppClues Infotech is the best mobile app development company in the USA that builds high quality, secure and excellent performance mobile app at an affordable cost. We have the best mobile technology knowledge on multiple platforms like Android, iOS, Cross-Platform, M-Commerce, Etc.

We have a highly skilled and well experienced mobile app designer and developers team that have a deep knowledge of programming languages which help to make an exceptional mobile app. We take pride in having delivered more than 450+ successful mobile app development projects worldwide while assisting clients through the journey of ideation to deployment.

If you have planning to make a custom mobile app for your business or personal requirement then contact AppClues Infotech to get the right solutions. Get in touch with us to get a free consultation & quote for your project.

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How Much Does it Cost to Make an App like Netflix?

Knowing the influence of the internet in our lives today, it will be difficult to imagine our lives without it. There are a plethora of internet-based services that have revolutionized the world such as emails, blogs, social media and so many of them. The day we are today, would have not been the same, if these services were not available.

It reminds us of one such portal that has been entertaining us for many years. Netflix, which every individual loves to watch and enjoy. Not a lot of you know about it, Netflix came up in the world even before Google.

Factors Deciding the Cost of Netflix like Application

Having known such incredible thoughts about the application, learn about the factors that decide the cost of app like Netflix or YouTube.

App Features
The more the features, the more would have cost. It is better to keep only core features in version 1 of the app to reduce the cost. More features can be added in the next version once the app is geared up.

App Design
People do not like using complex applications. So it is important to keep design simple and standard. A simple design allows users to get the content they are looking for and helps them stay hooked to the application.

App Platform
There would be a considerable difference in the cost of application depending on the app platform such as Android and iOS. The applications developed on Android would be costlier than applications developed on iOS, as it needs to be considered for different devices and screen sizes.

App Developers
It is better to prefer India for development rather than in the US. Especially entertainment application companies like WebClues Infotech and AppClues Infotech are the most preferred companies to develop such kinds of applications.

Mobile Wallets
Prefer integrating mobile wallets into your app. It takes less time to make payments for users while eliminating a lot of payment hassles.

The world denotes Netflix as a commercial-free movie or TV show platform, which provides all the episodes of a series in a row, taking the viewing experience just to another level. Giving users the world of entertainment, it is accessible for multiple Android and iOS devices.

The rough estimate or approximate cost of developing an app like Netflix is $10,000 to $30,000 every platform. At AppClues Infotech, we are capable of developing the best app like Netflix or YouTube that can earn you more number of users.

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