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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...
Adobe XD Preview – UI and UX Simplified!

Adobe XD Preview – UI and UX Simplified!

Project Comet is no more! Well, it has now been materialized into Adobe Experience Design CC (or Adobe XD), a highly effective prototyping and design tool from Adobe. All this while, it was being developed under the name ‘Project Comet’, and now Adobe has finally released its preview version on March 14, 2016, for Mac OS. The Adobe XD preview version is an all-in-one tool for UX (user experience) designers that help them to create, design and wire together interfaces for websites, desktops as well as mobile platforms. Adobe has taken several inputs from the designer community before the public release of Adobe XD preview version. Now, they intend to take more valuable feedback from all, so that they can work further on this tool and fine-tune it. Adobe has already identified a few areas to work upon on their blog, based on the feedback received post release of the Adobe User Experience preview version. An important aspect to note is that Adobe has not released this UX tool as a replacement for any other tool. They have offered it as a comprehensive, lightweight and easy-to-use solution that supports creation of wire frames, visual designs and interaction designs, the ability to preview modifications in real-time, prototype sharing for instant feedback, and so on. How to Download and Start Using Adobe XD? If you are already itching to try out this new Adobe product, you can do so immediately. All you need is an Adobe id, and then, you can simply download this UX tool from Adobe.com. Alternatively, you may even be able to get hold of this preview tool from the...

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...

Magento – The Ruling King of eCommerce in 2015 Remains the Same

Every so often, we are asked as to what the best eCommerce platform is. And every time, the answer is the same – Magento. e-Commerce is one of those phenomena that is getting even bigger every year. With easy access to the Internet and short-attention spans of this generation that draws them to online shopping, e-commerce has expanded very quickly. Did you know that out of all the people who use the Internet, 80% of them have made an online purchase? Out of these, 50% has shopped online more than once. With the varied number of e-commerce stores hitting the online market, goliaths like Amazon and eBay are not the only options for the consumers. Consumers don’t mind using other platforms as long as the platform offers them a good deal. They like researching and browsing and satisfying themselves before they buy. Today online shopping is seen as an alternative to brick and mortar shops primarily because 71% of online shoppers believe that they will get a better deal online. But to be able to draw the attention of the consumers away from tried and tested e-commerce outlets, you have to make it seem worth their while. While your delivery may be free or your products may be excellent, nothing can replace the first impression, and the experience a consumer has while shopping on your site. To make sure that your e-commerce store is of good quality, there is a need to use a robust e-commerce platform like Magento. Magento is the world’s largest e-commerce platform. Magento has been through numerous changes – from its first Community edition that...