Responsive Web Design

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  1. RDB

    RDB New Member

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    So what is everyone's thoughts on Responsive Web Design?
     
  2. AppleDesignAsia

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    I think its essential nowdays, because the users now browse the web using all kinds of devices, and most likely to be "Tablets".

    So, I think the next trends would be "Responsive as Compulsory".
     
  3. Mshockey

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    It is definitely essential. In my opinion, most of the time when people search for a business (or website in general) it is on their smart phone. But a huge part of the market is still on a desktop computer. When you want information fast, you go to your phone, not your computer.

    I hate the fact that people use Wordpress templates and others that are similar. The only "website builder" I have found useful is Business Catalyst. You are still able to see the code clearly and make the changes necessary. Yes, there are templates and they are not bad to use. But they are TEMPLATES. You're supposed to design the site around the template, not to fit the template.

    and it's not like making the website responsive is difficult. I'm sorry, it probably is in Wordpress. It's nearly as simple as adding another div tag and some span tags.
     
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  4. RDB

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    I would say it is an essential too. I do like especially frameworks they seem very popular and I can sort of see why. But everyone is different. It amazes me how some agencies still have not approached the idea though and then there are one who are just in it for the price. All said and done I like it and hope it only gets better.
     
  5. Hazey Coder

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    I utilize responsive design as a full time job, but I think anyone who says it's essential is mistaken.

    Consider this. Even though you have certain elements set to display: none; at certain @media query instances, that content still loads on mobile devices. Also it tends to make your site a bit bloated with code. So consider the bad web performance and slow loading time.

    Think about why facebook and linkedin don't use responsive design. Websites should be ported, not adaptive.

    -Louis
     
  6. RDB

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    There are some frameworks that allow visible classes which seems to work well. I think frameworks do save a lot of time with regards to the layout etc. But they do tend to as you say bloat the overall website.

    Overall it is still a new concept of building a website but I think its a step in the right direction for sure.
     
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  7. ronaldroe

    ronaldroe Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Easily fixed with less than 10 lines of JS. Responsive doesn't have to be bloated if you plan ahead.
     
  8. Edge

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    Then I'd end up with a zillion apps on my smartphone - so that's not really an option is it?. Also ported to what? Tablet (which one?), Ultrabook, desktop? If more than 50% of web traffic is going to be mobile/tablet based by next year then why start with desktop and then 'port'?

    BTW, if you are repeatedly using
    HTML:
    display: none
    to overrule a bunch of desktop styles, you're doing it wrong.
     
  9. Hazey Coder

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    A zillion? Over-estimate much? More like 2. How is that not an option? Ported = to whatever device the users may be using the most.

    Here's my opinion -> for standard, static sites, the ones with images and text that we can construct in a day, responsive is fine. If you think you're going to to eComm with it, you're trying to jump too far ahead.

    Not repeating things. Learn to code, then critique afterward.
     
  10. Edge

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    I'm afraid this just doesn't make sense. Every time I go on an ecommerce site I should download and install an app for it?? Like that's going to happen.....and if I did, well my maths may not be that bad but pretty soon I'm going to have more than 2 apps aren't I?

    ....and are you even going to explain about the 'learn to code' comment otherwise it's just an insult minus any argument.
     
  11. Janitor_Willie

    Janitor_Willie New Member

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    You have a link for this JS code?
     
  12. Hazey Coder

    Hazey Coder New Member

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    Where did I say that? I'm merely talking about TWO... at a a max TWO, versions that pull from the same DB.

    Here's a comment. It's rather obvious from your question that you are very amateur in respect to this game. Had you known more, you wouldn't have asked the question.
     
  13. Edge

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    If you use mobile first design then you wouldn't have to do that would you?

    What exactly are you recommending? That every site serves up two layouts? Or a site plus an app? If it's the latter every time a new visitor on a smartphone goes on the site they have to download an app for it?
    More insults, still no argument.
     
  14. ronaldroe

    ronaldroe Super Moderator Staff Member

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    A link? No. It's not a copy/paste solution. You do what the situation calls for. Leave out what you don't need on mobile, AJAX the rest in for desktop.
     
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