Could your next website redesign be your last? While “last” may be a little idealistic (and unrealistic), you might be able to avoid the cost and disruption that occurs with having to stop and restart if you start to think in a more agile way about your online presence.
Building a website isn’t a simple process, and there are various factors that go into the design/development of one. Think about making the perfect cheeseburger. There’s the obvious ingredient, the burger itself. But it wouldn’t be the same without the cheese, bun, and, depending on your preferences, ketchup, pickles and other add-ons. Now think about removing all that stuff that makes the cheeseburger taste good. Not so tasty anymore, right? Consider a website with just the bare minimum—like that plain burger, it’s dry—bo-ring.
Here are a few things to consider when building a site that may spice up your web presence and make it less run of the mill.
Think about mobile-first/responsive. Responsive sites are easily viewable on any device, whether it’s a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. Is this important to you? Take into account the rise of mobile use, especially smartphones. Consider that your audience may not always be sitting at a desk, and that many people are often on-the-go and access the Internet from a variety of devices.
Consider building your site on a Content Management System (CMS). Using a CMS enables you to easily go in and make small changes to your site (i.e., a typo) without worrying... Read more
Responsive web design does a great job of opening access to a quality web experience regardless of the device used. But there are certain aspects of a website that can be impacted by the move, which makes the case for proper due diligence beyond finalizing a design.
Tech trends come and go with the click of a mouse. One day, Flash is revolutionizing the Web, and the next, it’s being vilified by HTML5 evangelists. Dealing with the constantly revolving door of the latest technology can be a tricky ordeal — especially when it comes to wide-scale enterprise adoption.
Today, the latest tech buzzword making its paces is Responsive Web Design. Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a software development practice that builds websites in a manner that allows them to aesthetically scale to whichever device a visitor is viewing it on, and it has grown extremely popular with the proliferation of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
In the news industry, there are quite a few notable publishing organizations that have made the shift. One of the largest early adopters was The Boston Globetwo years ago. The change has been almost universally lauded by critics as a thoughtful redesign; and later in the fall of 2013, The New York Times will move to RWD as well.
The stats back up the move towards mobile optimization: 25% of all Web browsing is done via smartphones and tablets, and it’s a number that’s only growing. It’s evident that in a multidevice world, traditional news... Read more