Website design in a mobile world

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Web design has come a long way since it’s beginnings way back in the late 1990’s, we’ve gone through a variety of design styles, with the lates one being flat UI design. Though with most of the world’s web traffic going through mobiles, we’re at the cusp of another massive change. Where as before you designed websites for desktop pc’s, then the smartphones came along and we started created separate mobiles sites for those phones, and then the tablets came into play…. and suddenly those mobile sites that looked good on a phone, were completely useless on a tablet.

The answer… responsive web design. One design that automatically re-arranges its elements depending on the device it’s viewed on. It’s about creating and designing really flexible frameworks that not only lookg good on desktops, but also on laptops, tablets, and phones. Now before you go out and start learning how to create a responsive website… don’t try and create your own framework, there are plenty around that other have made for you to use, with one of the best ones being the twitter bootstrap framework.

Using their frame work to design websites allows you to focus purely on the design instead of the coding part. It uses a fluid grid system that scales based on percentages instead of absolute units like pixels. If you’re in Brisbane and are looking for a decent web designer, ther are a few that automatically incorporate responsive design in their quotes, just have a google for website design brisbane and you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for!

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Personally I think every site should be responsive, if you’re not, you’re bound to fall behind your competitors. People that look at your site on a mobile won’t stay long if they have to start pinching and zooming just to get to your nevigaiton menu.

Think about it!