Introduction – What is responsive web design?
Responsive design became a buzz word a couple years ago in web design circles. In short I would define it as one website for all devices. The website automatically scales to suit the screen-size that the visitor is using. This scaling is both in terms of layout and in controls such as the nav menu. Usually this is accomplished by utilising CSS @media queries and using % and em instead of fixed widths and px in the code.
The opposite of “responsive design” is “device experiences” that designs for touch screens or tablets specifically. Boards.ie is a great example of device experience as they have both a mobile site (m.boards.ie) a touch-friendly site (touch.boards.ie) to complement their main site. There are also a number of unofficial Android and iOS apps which provide a more tailored … Read More »
The important thing is to pick a theme that suits your project both immediately and for the future. Picking a theme shouldn’t be something you rush into.
One of the best features of WordPress is the variety of themes or templates that are easily available. No other CMS (content management system like Joomla! or Drupal) even comes close to offering the variety and complexity of themes that WP has. I previously covered how to choose between a free or premium template but in this post, I don’t want to discuss money. A template is a template and irrespective of whether you paid $40/€30 for it or just downloaded it for free, the decision to pick a particular theme should be well informed.
1) Know your own skill level -. Be honest with yourself. How able do you think you are to modify … Read More »
Premium templates save the designer time and therefore the client money.
This post is in reference to WordPress but applies equally well to other content management systems.
A client recently asked me why I used a premium template for their website rather than building one from scratch or using a free one. It was a good question coming from a client who knew little about web design and the process. I babbled some answer, but as I hadn’t thought about it fully I probably wasn’t very clear. In turn, this may have appeared like I was just increasing my expenses in order to charge more. I’ll show why this is not the case.
Premium templates save money. Yes, a premium template from Themeforest may cost $35-40 (€25-30) but in the end they can save the designer a lot of time, and therefore … Read More »
Responsive themes will definitely become a mainstay of the internet in 2012 after becoming a buzzword in design circles during 2011. They certainly are at least considered for any projects that I undertake. Although it is not without its critics, the ease of creating one website that serves all devices is a strong lure for any web designer who may want to avoid creating multiple designs for different devices and screen widths.
This is especially important with the plethora of devices that are available these days such as tablets, smart phones, laptops, large monitors, e-readers of all shapes and sizes as well as devices not even thought of yet.
A lot of the themes and links I have provided below come from Themeforest. I have purchased a number of themes and other things from here before and it has always been a great … Read More »