Sunni Razvi Web Design
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When permission was granted by Hazrat Maulana Ibrahim Khushtar (may Allah be pleased with him) to proceed with the design of a web site, e-mail was sent on Thursday, 09 March 2000, from the Project Manager in Las Vegas to the Webmaster of naqshbandi.org in Michigan [USA] stating their intention and requesting for technical information.
The Webmaster responded positively with a proposal that he would be honored to work on designing the 'master' layout. Almighty Allah [Exalted is He] in His Divine Presence and the Masters of Bliss, always arranges everything and the proposal 'Economic Guidelines For Muslims' written by Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (may Allah be pleased with him) in 1912 AD, who stressed the importance to create business amongst fellow Muslims, was been realized by this Qadiri Tariqat web project. [Alahazrat as an Economist]
The homepage was designed and published on 03 June 2000, for the grand occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Allah bless him and give him peace) celebrated in Mauritius on 15th June 2000. On 05 June 2001, the blessed day of Eid-Milad-un Nabi (Allah bless him and give him peace), the Khanqah Qadiriya Razviya made it's final appearance on the web. We beg for peace and blessings upon our Master the beloved Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) and his progeny, companions and followers. All grace and thanks belong to Almighty Allah, we leave all in His hands. Most of the data and testing was done in Las Vegas, London Amsterdam and South Africa.
The Master Web Design [graphic navigation and interactivity links, master page grid templates, menus and sub-menus, table of contents, site indexes, design grids for web pages, cascading style sheets (typography), image editing and web graphics, etc] and web hosting was outsourced originally, but is presently maintained locally in South Africa. The web site was designed using Microsoft FrontPage.
The site design and project management - information architecture, graphics, layout, logos, content components, organization and assembly [text (edited and proofread, header and footer graphics, illustrations, photography, etc], research, collection of information - was voluntary done and funded by a sincere disciple (undisclosed source) of Hazrat Maulana Ibrahim Khushtar as-Sidiqui al-Qadiri Razvi (may Allah be pleased with him).
Although networked interactive hypermedia documents pose novel challenges to information designers, most of the guidelines needed to design, create, edit, assemble, and organize multiple forms of media does not differ radically from current practice in print media. For maximum functionality and legibility, the pages and site design were designed trying to use a consistent pattern of modular units that all share the same basic layout grids, graphic themes, editorial conventions, and hierarchies of organization - simplicity and consistency.
The web pages uses frames so that the user's browser window displays both static [keeps the map of the site] and dynamic [shows different part of the site on command] elements. The user doesn't have to scroll up or down, for example to find the hyperlink that returns the user to the homepage or to another major section of the site. The links are always there, right in front of the user. Most web browsers today support frames.
We beta tested in Port Louis [Mauritius], the response time was reported as good, loading time was excellent and the caching of web pages enhanced reading and downloading time. From USA, data hops through 14 Nodes [IP Addresses] through cities like Michigan, San Jose, New York, Paris and finally Port Louis in Mauritius [NeoTrace v3.0]. To download photographs from the web took about 4kbps - 5.5kbps, we will try to enhance our graphics in the future.
Our site was also tested for performance and visual clarity in Los Angeles, London, Turkey and Cape Town and improvements made where necessary.
A number of issues affect the speed of access to the Internet, and web design of course:
Modem - a 56K(V90) modem allows for maximum data transfer speeds
The memory on your PC - browsers use up a lot of memory storing details of the sites you visit
The pages you are loading may contain many graphics
Your ISP and ISP's server
The site (s) you wish to visit may just be very, very busy
The time of day you use the net - America goes online when around 3pm in Europe
Your phone line - a digital connection (ISDN) is faster