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everyday life of a web developer - My online blog "ThinkDigital"

Glad you ended up on my blog site.

My name is Niels Langlotz, I am a web developer and I am passionate about trends in web development, photography, IT management and UX design.

My focus is on functional solutions for medium-sized companies. As a web developer, especially in the TYPO3 segment, I was able to gain a lot of experience and some insights into large IT projects. I would like to share my experiences and impressions with you in the form of blog articles.


I would be happy to advise you in detail and without obligation also on your media project. You can find further information about my services at www.typoniels.com.

With this in mind, I now wish you much pleasure in reading
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Fixed thoughts and solutions from the everyday life of a webworker / TYPO3 nerd. Compressed as a snapshot. Simple and honest.

„Using Photoshop doesn't make you a professional designer and an IDE doesn't make you a good programmer.“
Tools are interchangeable ― Skills & competences not

Newsletters are a strong instrument in marketing, especially interesting is the newsletter with the integration of their content directly from the content management system. This way, the latest news can be sent quickly and optimized for different target groups. In this article we take a look at the…

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No jQuery! Just write it Vanilla Style.
Back to the roots

For every freelancer, every agency and every company, customers are existential. But as a specialized service provider in this segment, how do you find the desired customer? In this article you will learn how to efficiently find and acquire suitable customers and project partners.

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Printed advertising is on the descending branch. The future of advertising lies in online marketing. With the help of OM, reach, sales or leads can be increased in a scalable way and success can be measured and monitored using key figures.

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Poor working conditions and exploitation of employees are common in almost every industry today. Also in IT, an unhealthy employee management and corporate culture is constantly developing in some companies, which inevitably influences the health of the employees. As an employee you should already…

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As a developer you don't want to start from scratch with new projects and therefore you build your own templates or use established boilerplates. Through my work with TYPO3 projects I have created a whole range of project templates and combined them into my own Yeoman generator, with which a basic…

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„Yes, IE 11 is really my favourite browser.“
- No webdeveloper ever

Even faster, even better, even more automated. That's about how you could put the new workflow with Gitlab CE as the central tool for managing, deploying, and testing my code in a few words. In this article you will learn about the potential VC offers in web projects and how to exploit this…

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„The Internet is just hype.“
- Bill Gates, Gründer Microsoft

Code for Equity refers to web development in exchange for company shares and is an interesting financing alternative especially for start-ups. In this article, I highlight the advantages and disadvantages and give tips for founders on how to apply for a job at IT service providers.

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The online presence of your company needs to be renewed and you as project manager are responsible for this. But before you can really get started with the implementation of the new TYPO3 presence, you should first break down the project into individual components and milestones and create a…

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For companies today, online business is a market whose potential should by no means be underestimated. Therefore, many medium and large companies invest a lot of time and financial resources in expanding their online activities and services. But what actually makes a good company exit and which…

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Your new web application is finished and ready to be released to the public? Now the crucial question is the right hosting infrastructure and platform. There are also some providers in the German-speaking countries, so this article will give you a small comparison of the different models and a clear…

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„Those who do not advertise to save money could also stop their watch to save time.“
- Henry Ford, Gründer Ford

With an independent company blog below their company website, they not only position themselves as experts in their industry, optimize their visibility in search engines and attract interested parties to their company, but with the right strategy they can also acquire many new customers and…

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When designing modern websites and apps, it is important not only to construct rigid web layouts in Photoshop - which only work under ideal conditions - but to work close to the real end product as early as possible and find solutions according to the paradigm "design follows function". In this blog…

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Addressing customers specifically through different channels, i.e. with an omnichannel infrastructure, is today not only reserved for large companies, but can also be an interesting business model for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and open up a very lucrative market. The systems…

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Admittedly, it will also become increasingly difficult for local specialist retailers to compete against the big players in the fallow sector in the future. The USP for the customers currently still lies in the exclusivity in the cities, the personal relationship to the trusted dealer and the…

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Software development with agile methods
Agility is the opposite of plan fulfilment, but has nothing to do with lack of plan.

Your website is getting on in years, very slowly or needs an update? No problem, you don't always need a completely new website, sometimes a lot can be achieved with a few optimizations and detail work. In this article you will learn which measures you can take now and where potential still lies…

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Web design at a rock-bottom price is now available at almost every advertising agency, but if you want really good quality, uniqueness and good support, you should still have a budget ready and go to a professional web designer. In this blog post they learn how to sell web design services in the…

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Companies invest a lot of time and resources in developing and improving their software solutions, but why should these companies now make their software available under a free license and make it available to the public free of charge? Quite simply, you can benefit from a broad public interest, a…

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The corporate website of a company is often the end product of the successful cooperation between different departments and groups of people within the company. Involved are often employees and decision makers from marketing, administration, design, sales, IT, legal and management. With the right…

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You have forgotten to install an important security update or have used an improperly programmed module? A security hole is quickly created and attackers have the chance to manipulate or even take over your system. But what to do if irregularities are noticed or your system is affected? In this…

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Arouse the interest of your website visitors with an eye-catcher. Professional visual elements such as images, graphics and videos can be created by yourself or you can use the large pool of high quality stock material e.g. from Shutterstock, Adobe Stock and Envato. In this article you will learn…

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Do you know how your website ranks in comparison to your competitors and where their visitor streams come from? With a good toolset, you always have the most important key figures of your application in view and can carry out effective optimizations based on this data. In this article you will get a…

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Website visitors want to get to the desired information quickly and easily, and today they expect tailored content and a well thought-out structure and navigation option. In this blog post you will learn how to build a good flexible navigation structure with different entry levels and visitor types.

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Visitors evaluate web pages in a few seconds, there is no more time for your website to convince a new visitor of itself. Therefore good texts are very important to keep the visitor on your website as long as possible and to motivate him to act. In this article you will learn what is really…

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2019 was already a very exciting year for all web designers, websites were generally designed much more dynamically, using stronger colors and color gradients, micro-animations, abstract shapes, asymmetric layouts and a lot of white space as design tools. 3D rendering and VR also found their way…

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A powerful search function is not only a cool feature for large websites and portals, but can also be used for medium-sized websites and blogs for an improved user experience. In this way, the usability of their website can be increased and the accessibility of content with low visibility can be…

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My projects are not only becoming more and more extensive and complex, but are also increasingly dependent on other projects. In order to have an overview of the current status for the client at any time, it was time for me to deal with the topic of digital project management and to integrate a…

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As a young entrepreneur, you are in the situation with a small budget and limited time resources to get to the first paying customers and to make your company known online and offline. A professional website is standard today, but how much money should one take in hand as a founder of a new…

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You would like to present complex datasets from Excel visually prepared on your website? In this blog post you will learn how easy it is to do this with the Dygraphs library.

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One of the greatest strengths of the Enterprise Content Management System TYPO3 lies in the comfortable and flexible creation of multilingual websites. New language versions can be defined in the system with a few simple steps and maintained in parallel. In this article you will learn how to build a…

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With large websites, finding the desired information can sometimes be a difficult task for the visitor. A solution here can be a very efficient search function. The internal search function of TYPO3 "Indexed Search" quickly reaches its limits, especially with complex page structures. In this article…

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The project manager plans, coordinates and controls the implementation of web projects and is responsible to the management and the customer. The project manager is in constant contact with the project manager at the customer's site and meets internally with project participants such as graphic…

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The backend developer is responsible for designing and developing the functional logic of innovative websites and software applications. He is the one who is responsible for providing backend services and APIs to the frontend developer and takes care of the maintenance of databases and the smooth…

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The task of the front-end developer is to implement all visible components of a web presence or web application. In doing so, the developer takes the web designer's design drafts and transforms them into valid code. In addition, the developer is responsible for the connection to all backend services…

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The task of the web designer is the creation and maintenance of websites. The web designer is responsible for the design, structure and user guidance, i.e. the interface design and the implementation of the corporate design. As a creative project member, the web designer forms an interface between…

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Many company websites are still not particularly modern and user-friendly in 2020 and should be urgently revised. In this article you will find out why your company can also benefit from investments in the expansion of online activities and what synergy effects will result.

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You are a photographer and would like to present yourself online and use the possibilities of the online world for yourself? Then let your pictures speak for themselves with a professional website and learn with this guide what you have to pay attention to when creating a photographer's homepage and…

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An association website is a very good possibility to report about the activities and current information from the association life, as well as to inspire new members for the association. In the past, the maintenance of this website was often done by one person alone, as this required special…

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Your company's website is getting on in years and needs a visual and technical update? You have now decided to use TYPO3 CMS as a solid basis and are now facing the challenge of implementing the website with TYPO3. In this blog article you will learn how to start with the project and which pitfalls…

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It doesn't always have to be stock photos, professional photo and video recordings of your company can now be made with relatively little effort and leave a much more authentic and personal impression on the visitor. In this article you will get valuable tips for planning and creating visual…

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Acquiring interested parties and new customers via your own website is no magic trick. With the right technology and a small marketing budget, you can quickly generate qualified inquiries for your company. In this blog article I will show you a strategy to get 20 and more inquiries per month at a…

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[Translate to English:] 15-Punkte Guide: Ihr Weg zur Corporate Website

A website is one of the most important sales channels for many companies today and as a marketing tool it is impossible to imagine business without it. With this guide, I would like to give small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), start-ups and organizations a simple guide to help them build and…

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Symfony, Laravel, Spring, TYPO3 Flow or a proprietary development based on PHP or Python? At the beginning of every web project the question of the right technical basis arises.

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500€, 5000€ or just 150€? Offers for web design are a dime a dozen. How much does a website cost that meets the requirements of its target group and makes your company stand out in the market through uniqueness and quality? In this article you will get an overview of pricing for professional web…

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Your website is getting on in years? The technology is outdated, the design no longer corresponds to the latest trends and the contents would also have to be cleaned up? So it is time for a relaunch, isn't it? Wrong: It is time for a rethink. Time for a continuous relaunch - Read in this article…

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Do you have a media project in the pipeline at the company in the near future? The question quickly arises as to how a media project can be run efficiently and structured in detail and which pitfalls should be taken into account. In this article we look at the process from the perspective of a…

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In order to be successful in the market in the long term, it is no longer enough to offer a simple website with contact details. Visitors expect expert knowledge in consumer-friendly morsels.

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The shortage of skilled workers and the progressively increasing expansion of the university already pose great challenges and problems for many companies, especially in medium-sized businesses, in finding suitable employees and junior staff. Read in this article how to present your company online…

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When providing information systems in a company, the question of the right infrastructure and whether this should be operated in-house or whether a cloud hosting provider should be entrusted with this task already arises at the beginning. In this article, we highlight all the pitfalls and give IT…

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Especially large web projects can quickly get into trouble and break budgets or schedules. The reasons for this are manifold. Problems were often ignored or not noticed in the early phase. With an effective strategy for quality assurance and the right reaction to problems the risk can be…

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Software solutions are often individually developed from scratch for a specific purpose. Individual software is not always the best choice here. In this article you will learn the background and why it makes sense to rely on standardized concepts.

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IT projects today are becoming increasingly complex and need to be delivered in even shorter time and faster iterations. With the help of automation, quality can be improved and a lot of money can be saved. In the blog article you can read how automation can be used in your projects today and which…

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As a website operator you do not always have the necessary time and expertise to take care of the technical maintenance of your own website. As a web developer, I will gladly take over the continuous development and maintenance of your website for you.

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When calculating an IT project, the estimation of complexity, dependencies and indirect requirements is a very important component that should not be neglected under any circumstances. In this article you will find important information for the evaluation of web projects from the perspective of a…

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For web projects I almost always recommend customers to use a content management system for easy and cost efficient maintenance of the site. In order to find the right system for your project, this article provides information about different criteria that should be considered when choosing a…

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Successful online sales are essential for companies today. With the right strategy, their corporate presence on the net is not only found, but becomes a successful sales channel.

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Every developer has his own stack of tools and programming languages that he likes to work with and simplify his daily life. In this article you get an exclusive insight into my web developer toolbox.

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