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UI/UX Design: Upcoming Trends for Startups

People are continuously looking for ways to simplify their life. We create robots and automatic cars to avoid doing routine tasks on our own. The same trend can be applied to our everyday life as we use various programs and apps. This ubiquitous trend toward simplicity calls for updates to older programs and serves as a focus for startups when developing new solutions.

There are lots of methods that can be used to achieve better performance and improve user experience. Appropriate UI/UX design is among the most efficient ones. It covers a huge range of product development techniques implemented by a UI/UX design agency for startups. Let’s look at them closely.

Why UI/UX design is vital

UX is a short form of user experience. It can be explained both as theory and as practice. User experience covers customer needs and habits, their fears, and behavioral patterns. It focuses on human behavior and helps implement this knowledge in a new product.

UI stands for user interface and pretty much explains itself. It centers around a user-friendly interface design that doesn’t make consumers search for a needed button for hours. It provides for the simple use of a product.

UX and UI often go together and are implemented at different stages of the product/service development. At first, the expert collects all the data needed to create an intuitive interface and then, implements this knowledge in design.

UI/UX design trends for startups

This area is constantly developing and expanding. The business pushes it to improve, so new trends are constantly arising.


Micro-interactions cover small design details that help a user to seamlessly interact with the product’s interface. Roughly, every minor element that isn’t a main or a general feature can be called a micro-interaction. The simplest example that comes to mind is the reactions you can give a Facebook post. You can choose the feeling that arises when you see particular information and let people know about it. This may not be the reason why you installed the FB app in the first place but it certainly adds a personal touch. So attention to details in your product can be a real game-changer.

AR and VR

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) still seem a bit futuristic. But they are developing and soon, we will use them on a daily basis. The lockdown may have just accelerated growth in technology.

AR is a ‘mixed’ reality, which is designed using computer technologies and “augmented” elements of perceived reality. Since it’s mixed, the real objects are also in the field of perception. It has a lot to do with 3D elements. Unlike AR, VR is created using only technological means and uses human senses like vision, hearing, touch, and others in order to take them to a different reality. The actions are performed in a real-time mode so it creates a fascinating experience.

Password extinction

Studies showed that four years ago, around 40% of users used to lose their passwords at least once a week. Now, we’re already halfway into a password-less era. Although there are Touch ID and Face ID options, many apps still ask to enter a password. Of course, biometric identification is applicable to mobile devices mostly, but there are ways to decrease the use of passwords in desktop versions, too. There are one-time passwords, as well as short-term ones.

Digital ecosystems

A digital ecosystem is basically a set of products and services that cover several categories of customer needs at once. It is developed by one or several companies in partnership. There are not many digital ecosystems nowadays since this trend has emerged only recently. The most popular one is probably Amazon. It offers a huge variety of services and products that cover almost every consumer’s need in daily life, from groceries to web security to AR/VR solutions. You can compare other similar cloud services here. It can easily be our future, so it would be wise for a startup to think about it in advance and collaborate with other businesses to create such an ecosystem.

UX writing and microcopy

Describing a product/service is not enough anymore. Nowadays, users tend to read less. They prefer short and concise texts, which are always to the point. Forget about using hyperbolized descriptions and vague words — there’s a huge chance that people will not believe you. This is especially true for new products and startups which haven’t earned the customers’ loyalty yet. Don’t overpraise your product. Instead, talk about the exact benefits that your product provides and how it can make the life of customers easier.

Moreover, use tiny bits of content to complement the product’s interface. This will help you guide customers, lead them to the desired action, or simply instruct them throughout their journey. Microcopy has a great impact on user experience and helps drive conversions.


Analyzing trends is important in every business area. Startups need to predict the trends in order to create relevant solutions. Summarizing all the above said, the modern startup is expected to deliver digital products that are concise and simple. They should not complicate user experience with unnecessary elements like passwords and long-reads. They HAVE to give customers real value. It’s true for every business, let alone startups and new services.

November 2020 Web Server Survey

In the November 2020 survey we received responses from 1,229,948,224 sites across 263,787,870 unique domains and 10,564,577 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of 24.2 million sites and 115,000 computers, but a loss of 310,000 domains.

Apache now powers 28.9% of the world’s top million websites, where its presence has grown by 6,431 sites since last month. This has increased its lead over its closest competitor, nginx, which lost 2,563 sites from the top million and is now 3.72 percentage points behind Apache’s leading share.

nginx continues to dominate in terms of web-facing computers, where its total rose by 88,700 to 3.67 million (+2.48%) computers and its share has grown by 0.47 percentage points to 34.7%. Although Apache gained 24,400 computers this month, its own share has now fallen to less than a third.

nginx also maintains its lead in two other metrics, with a total of 414 million sites (33.7% share) and 79.8 million domains (30.3%), while Apache still has the largest share of active sites (25.9%).

The number of domains powered by Microsoft web server suffered another noticeable fall this month, dropping by 473,000 to 19.1 million (-2.41%), reducing its share to 7.25%. Some of this decline is still being driven by GoDaddy’s parked domains being moved to OpenResty web servers.

More than 36 million unique domains are served by OpenResty, making it the third most commonly used server by that metric, and putting it over 15 million domains ahead of Cloudflare. OpenResty is a scalable web platform based on NGINX and LuaJIT, which is a just-in-time compiler for the Lua language.

Some of the most commonly visited websites powered by OpenResty include Tumblr, Firefox Monitor, Basecamp and a few adult video sites. The 36.6 million domains powered by OpenResty are served from just 81,900 computers.

Other vendor and hosting news

  • nginx 1.19.5 mainline was released on 24 November.
  • NGINX Unit 1.21.0 was released on 19 November.
  • Apache Tomcat 7.0.107, 8.5.60, 9.0.40 and 10.0.0.M10 were released on 17 November.
  • OpenLiteSpeed 1.7.6 was released on 9 November, followed by OpenLiteSpeed 1.6.18 Stable on 24 November.
  • Microsoft claims it will become the first major cloud provider to track hourly energy consumption and renewable energy matching in a commercial product using the Vattenfall 24/7 Matching solution for its new datacenter regions in Sweden, which will be available next year.
  • DigitalOcean has introduced storage-optimized Droplets with NVMe SSDs, and reduced the price of its memory-optimized Droplets.
  • Dozens of apps, websites and other online services including Coinbase, Flickr, Roku and The Washington Post were affected by an outage at Amazon’s us-east-1 geographic region on 25 November.
Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
nginx 412,851,940 34.24% 414,338,895 33.69% -0.55
Apache 326,050,973 27.04% 329,384,399 26.78% -0.26
Microsoft 92,405,675 7.66% 97,283,716 7.91% 0.25
Google 46,583,411 3.86% 45,597,737 3.71% -0.16
Web server market share for active sites

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
Apache 50,837,005 25.66% 50,128,182 25.86% 0.19
nginx 38,606,507 19.49% 38,361,336 19.79% 0.30
Google 19,978,491 10.08% 18,643,717 9.62% -0.47
Microsoft 7,716,026 3.89% 7,611,479 3.93% 0.03

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Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
Apache 282,798 28.28% 289,229 28.92% 0.64
nginx 254,530 25.45% 251,967 25.20% -0.26
Microsoft 71,983 7.20% 72,656 7.27% 0.07
LiteSpeed 22,199 2.22% 23,217 2.32% 0.10
Web server market share for computers

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
nginx 3,577,128 34.23% 3,665,862 34.70% 0.47
Apache 3,490,546 33.40% 3,514,947 33.27% -0.13
Microsoft 1,543,860 14.77% 1,506,313 14.26% -0.52
Web server market share for domains

Developer October 2020 Percent November 2020 Percent Change
nginx 79,895,960 30.25% 79,843,914 30.27% 0.02
Apache 69,649,769 26.37% 69,758,527 26.44% 0.07
Microsoft 19,604,847 7.42% 19,131,672 7.25% -0.17
Google 2,436,537 0.92% 2,293,934 0.87% -0.05

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Cheap CDN for live video streaming?

I need to setup a private live stream for about 2500 people. I can’t use existing services like Youtube or Twitch.

My estimate is that streaming at 4Mbps to 2500 people, 2 hours a week, would be about 35TB a month. The bandwidth costs alone on AWS Cloudfront would be $3000 a month. Google Cloud and Azure are similar.

However I found and they can do it for like $170 a month. That’s stunning. So good that I’m skeptical…. I can’t find much info about them.

My plan is to stream from OBS over RTMP to a server running nginx with ffmpeg which transcodes it and converts it to HLS. The CDN pulls the HLS stream off the nginx server. On a different nginx server, I have a simple website with the HTML5 <video> player connected to .m3u8 file on the CDN.

I think Beluga is a pull CDN but they do say they can handle HLS streaming. Seems like a pull CDN would have to do a lot of pulling for a livestream, but what do I know.

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The Advantages of Laser Engraving – ShoeMoney

laser engraving

If you own a business that provides customized tools, materials, or products for your customers, you’ve likely looked into different methods of engraving. While there are several options available to you, none can compete with laser engraving. 

You may be hesitant to choose this option due to the costs of buying laser engraving equipment. However, we think you’ll regret choosing any other options. But don’t just take our word for it.

Keep reading for the top benefits of laser engraving.

Laser Engraving Provide a Clean Result 

One of the most important advantages of using laser engraving over any other method is that it provides a cleaner, high-quality result. Laser engraving is a non-contact process, which means a total absence of tool marks, scuff marks, scrapes, or any other unintentional damages. 

Laser engravings are clear, legible, and permanent. They are precise enough to use for machine-read items. You can also use them to create intricate patterns and designs for personal or professional purposes. 

Laser Engraving is Safe

Other types of engraving use tools, chemicals, and close-contact high heat. This can present a dangerous work environment for employees. 

Laser marking and engraving, on the other hand, is computer-operated. This means employees can remain at a safe distance while the laser engraving system does the work, and safety pays off for everyone.

Laser Engraving is Environmentally-Friendly

You may not know it, but using laser engraving is easier on the environment than other engraving methods. As noted above, some methods require the use of harmful chemicals. Replacing your engraving methods with laser technology can reduce the number of chemicals being used in your operation. 

The process of laser engraving also produces much less waste. This includes both chemical waste and material waste.

Laser Engraving Can Be Used on a Variety of Materials

One of the most important benefits of laser engraving is that it can be used on a wide assortment of products and materials. Most companies provide different types of products for their customers. Using an engraving tool that is appropriate for different types of materials can cut down on costs and improve efficiency.

Lasers are ideal for engraved metals, ceramics, glass, plastic, and more. 

Fiber laser marking and engraving is especially versatile. They can be used on high-shine metals that tend to reflect the laser beam. This reaction has the potential to damage other types of laser engraving equipment.

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Laser Engraving is Efficient

Finally, consider laser engraving for your business because it’s highly efficient. These machines undergo less wear and tear than traditional engraving tools and equipment. Furthermore, because you can set different depths and levels of engraving, you can quickly switch between various materials.

Some machines can even alternate between laser engraving and laser marking. Depending on your business, this may be incredibly useful to avoid buying different equipment for these two types of jobs. 

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And if you want more valuable tips or advice for your business, take a look through the rest of our blog before you go. We have tons of articles designed to help entrepreneurs just like you.

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Looking for advice on starting an affiliate program. : Affiliatemarketing

I run that sells original aviation and travel-themed artwork. I would like to grow our footprint and affiliate marketing seems like a great fit. There seems to be quite the up front cost working with shareasale or something similar. Is it worth the cost or is it better to try to find affiliates on our own?

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