Natosoft Dashboard version 2.0.4 is now live with some new exciting changes! check them out here: https://natosoft.co/

  • Added a new free plan system which is ad and sponsor supported enabling more users to have access to Natosoft.
  • Fixed some minor bugs and released some standard patches.

We hope you like this new release. Let us know how we’re doing or give us some suggestions in our feedback section on Natosoft Dashboard!

Web design and development is a hugely evolving industry, as is any which is heavily based on user interaction its pretty much inevitable that we will see some big changes in 2017.Web design and development is a hugely evolving industry, as is any which is heavily based on user interaction its pretty much inevitable that we will see some big changes in 2017.
In this post we will look at some of the trends and predictions that will shape the world of web design in 2017. From elements to the latest technologies, expect to see these trends and more in the 2017 Web design world!
**1. Micro Interactions** <br>You may have seen this one coming. Since late 2015 designers and developers have been using micro interactions the first time most may have seen this would probably have been in Android lollipop, when google made their app draw open up with mini animation of a simple circle it changed from that point how android would be used. It made the android user interface more appealing and approachable to new users and as this concept becomes more and more accessible to web designers and developers through various frameworks such as css3 and some new js frameworks we should expect to see some really cool and outside the box designs with micro interactions in this new year.

**2. Mobile First Approach?!**<br>I know this isn’t anything new the whole of last year was spent with companies making the change to mobile first but that’s not what this is about. With mobile design there are more restrictions than say designing for a 15 inch laptop, we strongly believe that this time next year that will no longer be the case as we’ve seen in just the last year more and more developers are putting new technologies together to allow designers to put the same amount of information on a mobile device. We’ve seen a huge shift of clients who want their site on mobile first with the same features as the desktop alternative. With this demand in the industry expect to see mobile functionality overtake your PC on the web maybe just a little bit.
**3. Interactive Storytelling**<br>Storytelling is a huge part of any website and when done right can attract a huge amount of visitors to your website. here are some of the storytelling tools we think are going to change in the next year; <br>a. Video <br>Using video to communicate a brand message is nothing new we see it every day on tv. However, this will change on the web. Expect to see more brand-related videos on websites in 2017, We believe video will take up 72% of web traffic. <br>b. Bots  <br>With a huge effort being put into making the web more user-friendly and interactive developers will add bots to their sites to help users do various activities throughout their websites and applications. This will make the web more personal and interactive.
**4. Haptic Feedback**<br>This isn’t exactly a new concept. In fact, you may already have a haptic feedback-enabled device such as a phone or tablet. With the mobile-first initiative developers will be soon able to take full advantage of the haptic/ tactile feedback engines in your device. This is currently in testing so do expect to see this roll out in the next 12 months.
**5. Performance & Analytics Insights**<br>Your websites design aspects hang greatly on its functionality. In 2017 we believe brands will pay more attention to performance metrics and user behaviour on their website. These metrics will go way beyond unique visitors and latest page views. With analytics that can tell you which part of your site to improve and which parts to discard or redesign this will allow brands to further increase their engagement and get more conversions and their users to the end goal faster.
These are just five out of thousands of new trends to come to the world of the internet. Developers and designers take note when your making a website or application in january take these technologies into account.

So your website is a few years old, your still paying top money to keep it online, some inside your business think its fine and others think its a wreck. Well here’s a few reasons you may need to consider upgrading!So your website is a few years old, your still paying top money to keep it online, some inside your business think its fine and others think its a wreck. Well here’s a few reasons you may need to consider upgrading!
<h2>Your business has a stale online image</h2>
Does your site look like it’s stuck in the 18 hundreds? Guess what: everyone will assume your company is, too. Show off your new products, services and projects. You want people to know you’re doing well, staying current, and growing. Have you created a new logo, had a refresh of your business, or just realised you’re sick and tired of looking at your site? Get up to date and celebrate your newness, your achievments and your fresh outlook with a sharp, current website.
<h2>Your competition’s looking new, and you’re not</h2>
You want to keep up with others in your field. Better stay ahead of them. A new, cleaner look shows you can keep up with the latest in your industry the way you say you can. You want to be the business everyone sees as the leader. You’ll inspire confidence, always a great place to start.

<h2>Your website and online representation may no longer be aiming at your target market!</h2>
Your target may be changing, and you have to change ahead of them or you risk getting left behind. A new look and content make sure you’re speaking to the people you want to attract now.
<h2>Your site isn’t mobile-friendly</h2>
Over 65% of the web is now delivered through mobile traffic. If you don’t have a mobile-friendly site, you risk alienating a whole generation of smartphone users. This is crucial.
<h2>Your site isn’t interactive</h2>
Today’s marketing has changed. It’s not about telling people what you have (or guessing what you think they want). It’s about engaging them. Do you have ways for users to comment on your content? Give you direct feedback? If your site is all one way (you giving them information), you’re losing half the conversation(users with the potential to buy). Start by giving them more ways to comment, express, talk, respond and question.
<h2>Lets wrap it up</h2><h3>Think it’s too expensive to update your site?</h3>
Not anymore. A new site can give you an easy way to make updates as often as you need to, right from your office. These days, content is king, so you need to continually update the information on your website every week, every month, all year round. People (and search engines) respond best to new and changing content.
<h3>Time to take action!</h3>
You need to take action now to make this transition from the stone age of the web to the modern age with mobile friendly sites that have dynamic changing content, and have the ability to allow you to connect with your clients on a new level and gain insite into what they want and need. If your asociate your site with any of the above issues then you should seriously start looking into a new website and/or web developer.

Welcome to the Natosoft Blog. This is a new addition to the Natosoft website, we added this blog to our network to allow everyone to get the latest from the computing industry and also for some weekly tips and tricks to the online world. For our first post we thought we’d start off simple with the question of “what is cloud computing”, so let’s get cracking.Welcome to the Natosoft Blog. This is a new addition to the Natosoft website, we added this blog to our network to allow everyone to get the latest from the computing industry and also for some weekly tips and tricks to the online world. For our first post we thought we’d start off simple with the question of “what is cloud computing”, so let’s get cracking.

I would define cloud computing as “Advanced Computing as a service over the internet” meaning delivering huge computing power over the internet to an end user. The cloud is really on-demand computing resources, anything from applications to massive data centers fit into the “cloud” technological bracket usually these are delivered on a pay-for-use basis. Users that use the cloud can now use any device theoretically to connect to the cloud and use high end software that would normally require expensive and costly IT systems. This is ideal considering that software is advancing way’s faster than the standard for hardware these days. This kind of software delivery is known as “Software as a Service” or SaaS for short.
SaaS or Cloud-based applications run on computers elsewhere or “in the cloud” that are owned and maintained by cloud providers. These cloud-based applications connect to users computers through the internet and normally through a web browser. An example of this would be Natosoft Invoicing.
The Benefits of using Cloud-Based Applications:
Applications you sign up to are accessible from virtually any internet enabled device.You’re protected from data loss if your computer breaks as the data is cloud stored.You can sign up easily and instantly start using state of the art SaaS applications.The cloud can be dynamically scaled to suit how you use it.
For the developers and slightly more geeky side of everyone there’s “Platform as a Service” or PaaS for short. This provides a dynamic cloud-based environment with all the tools necessary to build and deploy a cloud-based application, Also it means developers can save a fortune on the cost of buying and managing the underlying hardware, software and hosting required for cloud-based applications.
The Benefits of using PaaS:
It’s a faster way to go from development to testing to deployment.Deployment only takes a few minutes and requires little or no configuration.Reduced complexity with the use of middleware as a service.
Those of us business savvy people would need PaaS and SaaS in as part of an entire Infrastructure. Luckily there’s such a thing, its yes you guessed it IaaS or “Infrastructure as a Service” This is a more complex system for companies namely large or franchise businesses would use this kind of system. It provides a vast array of resources including Servers, Networking, Storage and maybe even data center space depending on your package and provider, this is normally also on a pay per use basis.
The benefits of using IaaS:
Infrastructure can scale on demand to support your dynamic workloads.Flexible services are available on demand on a pay per use basis.Investing in your own hardware is a thing of the past with IaaS
This is just around half of what the cloud has to offer. In the next blog post we will go through the different types of “clouds” there is.
If you liked this post please share with your friends and colleagues, also feel free to leave a comment and let us know your opinion what’s the coolest use of the cloud you’ve seen.