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Responsive Web Design


First, I began with a list apart’s article on responsive web design web design. This article was very informative and even featured quires and pieces of code with the article’s text that could be used to create responsive web pages. The article discovered the development of web surfing to the mobile environment and the slow move away from desktop web surfing that began many of the previous generation’s fixation with internet and the information age. These mobile sites are completely separate from their larger desktop siblings and have reduced functionality and content. This toned down version means users are only able to load and use the very basic of site content and functionality, and ultimately miss out on the information they may be expecting to find. Separate mobile sites come with logistical problems though, two sites equals two things to design, build and manage a definite con. That means ongoing cost and time implications and all for a less enjoyable experience for the user, which is not always the best solution.

Second, I delved into the html goodies article which detailed the actual query behind responsive web pages.It also explained that all browsers do not respond to all media queries. I learned that there are different styles for different screen types. These styles are all determined by the width, height float and margins determined in the CSS of the site. Pros of these mobile sites are that they allow customers to see sites in a smaller form.

Third, I a dug into designmodo’s article which explained the business side of responsive design along with pros and cons. The article explained that, in 2013, “17.4 percent of all global web traffic came through mobile devices and this number will continue to grow in 2014. So if you don’t want to lose your piece of the pie, it’s time to step into mobile world.” When one looks around at the amount of mobile sites and apps on the market these days it’s not surprising that current research shows mobile internet usage is set to grow massively this year just as it was in 2014. What is perhaps more interesting is that this means the number of mobile internet users will overtake that of desktop users during this time. The article further explores how many businesses realized the need to cater for mobile users, and until fairly recently many opted for a separate “mobile” version of their website like an “m.something” instead of “www”.

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