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Responsive Design Explained

Reponsive design is in fashion. With the plethora of different devices available for viewing websites, it is important that websites are constructed so that they offer an optimal viewing experience regardless of the width of the screen. Clients now have to be aware that the vision they have for their new website must accommodate this new complexity.

The Four Layout Types

There are four basic methods of laying out a website:

Implementing a Site for Both Mobile and Desktop Devices

Mobile Website

Over the last 20 years, desktop computer screens have become gradually larger and higher-definition. Website designs have appropriately followed the hardware advances, often becoming wide and dense; it is normal for such a design to be at least 960px wide, often significantly wider. With the advent of smartphones and tablet devices a retrogressive shock occurred: screens suddenly became low-resolution again, sometimes less than 300px wide, and so small that anyone with hypermetropia was in trouble.

That Vexed Issue of Fonts

Vera TTF Demonstration

Clients are often very specific about the fonts they want to see on their website. Unfortunately, there are technical and financial issues that need to be taken into consideration.

Drupal 7 Released

Get Started with Drupal

Drupal version 7 was released on January 5th, 2011. As someone who considers Drupal to be one of the best Open Source content management systems available, this was an exciting development for me. I have already started using it when and where possible, including rebuilding this website. Here are my initial impressions.

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Why You Should Use a Professional Website Designer

There are many ways to create your own website with little technical knowledge and many of these are good. A large proportion of web host providers now offer a simple content management system and a set of website templates for no extra cost once you have purchased their hosting. There are a number of services which will allow you to create a simple website (usually a blog) for free. With options such as these, why would you pay for the services of a professional website designer?