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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....

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Zend Framework for Enterprise Application Development

Zend occupies a major chunk in PHP development. Being a favorite MVC framework for web developers, the framework has only become better with its latest stable version of Zend 2. The framework is widely preferred and trusted by various corporations, such as Cisco WebEx and BNP Paribas. The scope of Zend is not only limited to gearing up websites for small- and mid-sized businesses, but this powerful PHP framework is also capable of boosting enterprise applications. Featuring a modular approach, event manager, service manager and PHP composer, the Zend framework can easily boost your enterprise by powering robust applications for you. But, if you are still not confident in Zend to boost your enterprise web application, then read on.   Here we’ve listed a few of its functionalities that would make you go for it!   Easily Extends the Classes Being a fully object-oriented MVC framework, the Zend framework makes use of inheritances and interfaces like a boss! If not all, then a large portion of Zend’s frameworks is extendable, owing to this very property of Zend. Zend Developers get the freedom to implement their own customizations of individual components into the code without having to disturb Zend’s inbuilt code base. This then helps you develop customized and tailor-made solutions for your enterprise as per your needs. Makes Use of Its Decoupled Property to Your Advantage The Zend framework is decoupled to a large extent. That means that you can choose to work with the components you want to work with and chuck the rest! Zend is basically a perfect collection of classes. You may normally load the entire...

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...

6 Reasons Why You Should Explore Drupal 8

Have you been waiting for the release of Drupal 8 since Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert, announced its scheduled launch in December 2013?                                                                 Image credit: Flickr Of course, you are still waiting for the release of the Drupal 8 final version, even though the Drupal 8.0.0 Beta 1 version was released in October 2014. The anxious wait for Drupal 8 is justifiable since it is after all Drupal, which is easily one of the most popular CMS technologies in the world. You will be delighted to know that the latest version of this open source web Content Management System (CMS) is even more flexible than before with more than 200 new features and improvements in comparison to Drupal 7. It is bound to improve the efficiency of the CMS platform being implemented by all types and sizes of organizations whether it is a small non-governmental organization or a Fortune 500 company or a high-profile organization like Whitehouse.gov. In this article, you will be provided with an honest review of Drupal 8 and its features. Having used Drupal for developing many custom websites, we will share useful experiences about this open source CMS platform. 1. Mobile-First Approach To cater to the growing demand for a mobile-friendly experience, Drupal 8 adopts the mobile-first approach by ensuring that all its built-in themes, admin pages, and new admin toolbar are mobile responsive. You need not worry or search for ways to ensure...

A Definitive Guide to WordPress Website Development

Building a new Website. Have you ever feared the time-consuming task and complex coding involved with the design and web development? Yes, almost all of us have experienced this fear! This is because we have seen the former days when the task of developing a website involved plenty of HTML code, Flash or CSS that were not easily understood by non-technical persons. But with the changing face of website development globally, we have now reached a stage where it doesn’t take much time to develop websites because this task doesn’t require one to know complex coding or possess design skills. The advent of Content Management Systems (CMS), such as WordPress, provides a very efficient and user-friendly platform to create websites and manage the corresponding content online. WordPress is everywhere these days! The kind of website builder tools, themes, and plugins that are offered by WordPress have made it an extremely reliable and highly-popular website creation CMS platform. And statistics do not lie! If you go by the latest CMS usage statistics shared by Built With, approximately 48% of the websites built with CMS technology use WordPress as the CMS platform. The second best CMS usage is for Drupal at around 14%. Now that’s a massive difference which clearly indicates how popular and reliable WordPress is.   Having worked on numerous web development and web framework design projects ourselves, we can completely relate to these statistics in favor of WordPress. Let’s explore the process to create your own websites using WordPress as well as WordPress’ advantages and disadvantages. How to Develop Websites Using WordPress Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to get your...