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Web Design Quirks: Are we headed towards a ‘Responsive’ world?

Web Design Quirks: Are we headed towards a ‘Responsive’ world?

Mobile-revolution has taken the world by storm. Everything that was once only desktop-friendly, can now be easily accessed on smartphones – all thanks to the existence of the responsive coding. If your favorite website runs just as smooth on your mobile phone or tablet than it does on your laptop, then it is designed to be immaculately responsive. A responsive website, as the theory states, ‘responds’ to the environment it is set in, eliminating any apparent malfunctioning that comes with the change in the handling device. It ensures an ultimate user-experience regardless of the interface- device, browser, screen size, resolution or orientation -they are using. But there’s a lot more to the responsive design that screen-size adjustments and resolutions. We’ll get to that, first let’s look through the idea behind this awesome design!   The ‘Tale’ behind Responsive Web Design (RWD)   ‘Responsive web design’ is a brainchild of Ethan Marcotte, a famous web designer. He was credited with the term following his publication ‘A List Apart’ in the year 2010. The article actively discussed how building separate sites for every device, browser, screen size and resolution was not a sustainable option. The same year, Ethan came up with a more fluid and adaptable option- a responsive option- that would fit every screen possible. Before the responsive evolution (even before the birth of iPhone), there were different development methodologies and concepts for every device. While it saved a lot of development costs, developers and users alike were faced with a number of limitations including hiked maintenance costs, decrease in SEO ranking owing to different devices, the list goes on....
Looking to invest on professional web development? Consider these factors.

Looking to invest on professional web development? Consider these factors.

A lot goes into creating a perfect website. Starting from the basic inputs like colors and layout, to more complex parts like functionality and behind the scenes inputs (read: coding)- there is a lot of hard work and brainwork that goes in building even a simple static website. Not to forget the initial budget and strategy mapping on the client’s end. In the last few years, there has been a huge shift towards professional web development. More and more companies are opting for website development experts who would assist them in creating something attractive that works out of the box. Reasons vary – from previous time engagements to lack of backend development abilities; not a lot of us are coding geniuses. In short, we all want a beautiful and functional website; after all, it’s going to represent our brand; our hard work. You need to work closely with the web developers to ensure credibility, functionality and later on, conversions. But, that’s all for later. Seeing how you are going through this article, it’s safe to say that you have decided to jump the professional assistance ship. (Good choice!! Investing on a good website is always the best bet). But, before you go ahead and actually invest, we would like you to ponder over these points (after all, website development is doesn’t come cheap!):   1. Have you prepared a personal investment roadmap?   Actually, this should be the first step before you make any investment decision – share market, education, web development or anywhere else. Do a market research. Sit down and sort out your priorities. Be honest with...

What Is Best for You: Mobile Website or Responsive Design?

With hundreds of smartphone and smart devices around us, it is no surprise when statistics show that about 50% of web traffic is driven by mobile devices. Search engines are also favoring sites that are tailored for mobile devices. If you are already convinced that you must have a mobile-optimized site, then you are presented with another dilemma of whether you need a responsive design or a mobile website. Here is an overview of both these techniques to help you choose. Mobile Sites In this type of approach, a separate site is created that is suitable for the small screens and hardware of mobile devices. When a user tries to access the site from a mobile device, the server identifies the device and redirects them to the mobile site. This was the first solution introduced for mobile optimization and has its own advantages and disadvantages. Advantages You can differentiate the content on the mobile and desktop sites. So you can optimize the content for mobile sites and make them more mobile-friendly. It provides a better user experience by providing mobile-specific controls. Disadvantages The bi-directional annotation (redirecting to mobile sites based on a device) may cause complications for SEOs. The changes in the desktop site must also be reflected in the mobile site. You have to maintain two domains for the same site. Responsive Design Responsive web designs use code elements to alter the design of your website depending upon the device you use to access it. Essentially, a single website is made to adapt itself to the environment in which it is used. Responsive sites adjust themselves to the...

A Definitive Guide to Cloud Hosting

Has your organization already started hosting services on the cloud platform? If no, then you probably need to know about the fast pace at which cloud computing is being adopted by firms across the globe. A big shift towards cloud computing has been further evident as per the cloud spending estimates made by the analyst house IDC for 2015. The cloud-based expenditure by enterprises was estimated at around $26.4 billion for 2014 and, according to the IDC, the total cloud infrastructure related expenses will rise to about $32 billion in 2015. That is a significant 28% increment in cloud spending. In fact, as per the ComputerWorld forecast study conducted in 2015, it is expected that around 42% of the IT decision makers are planning to increase the spending related to cloud platforms, which is the second highest spending category for IT enterprises after security technologies. Source: Forbes So let’s try and understand the concept of cloud hosting and its advantages as well as compare cloud hosting services with traditional web hosting services. What is Cloud Hosting? It involves hosting services for websites by configuring servers in a flexible way to provide an extremely reliable, scalable and affordable web infrastructure.                                                                                      Image credit: Flickr It is a service rather than a product which hosts websites on virtual servers that eventually utilize the computing resources from the underlying networks of physical web...