Above is a responsive E-commerce site we have made that shows what’s possible. and what’s not.
Many web designs are being made that ‘respond’ to the size of the window they are in. Simply speaking, this is what responsive design is – a site that fits whatever device that you are viewing it in.
It used to be that a new design had to be made for each device that could be viewing the site, but now the styling can be set to match the window size, so one site fits all …however, be warned – its not that simple.
Usually what happens is that the various elements in the larger site fold under each other, so you get a longer thinner site as you narrow down the width.
But there are some things that just wont squash up and still look OK – for example banners that go along the top of a site simply get too small to read, some logos also won’t squish down, forms also can get way too long if there are many fields to fill in, shopping carts sometimes won’t work well, and so on.
A way around the unreadable text issue is to turn the item off once its gets down to a certain size. As time goes on more solutions are being found to render a site more effectively.
Here is a nice article about it all in webdesignerdepot.com. Look halfway down to see why things are not that simple.
This year’s Business Startup show , also advertised as ‘UK’s biggest exhibition for anyone starting or expanding a business’ will feature exhibitions and speakers covering whatever you can imagine a business might be interested in.
What’s best, this is all for free.
We at Ripplenet will also be exhibiting at the show, so feel free to come to meet us at stand 160. This is a great chance for you to talk to us face to face to get advice, or just come and let us know how your website is working for you.
I guess we could feel hopelessly outnumbered… this was the result of a Google search for “web design in london”…yes thats us next to the little box bottom centre… but, hey – we were in ninth position for “web design london” (subtle difference – no “in”, so the map doesn’t show us to depress you) – as of today that is…
…is my business colleagues competition (same scale map) – maybe I should move?
A good source of Social Media News is SocialMedia Examiner.
This week Cindy King writes:-
New Google Accounts Generate Both Gmail and Google+ Accounts: “Signing up for a Gmail account now automatically creates a Google+ account. This could impact how users use and network on other Google platforms such as YouTube and Google Docs.”
She also states that Google+ will provide “support for alternate names—be they nicknames, birth names, or names in another script—alongside your common name. This name will show up on your Google+ profile and in the hovercards which appear over your name.”
To add an alternate name, go to your Google+ profile, click Edit Profile, select your name and click on “More options.”