I am an optimist and am assuming there will be a 2013 wherein Calgary web design is still needed! A dominate trend for 2013 web design will be making sites adaptive and responsive. And what does that mean? In short, that a website can adapt to the various screen sizes / screen resolutions that it will be viewed on. The obvious three are full blown computer screens (laptops and desktops), tablets (ipads) and mobile smart phones.
In the past different versions of the website were developed and loaded to the server. I have yet to make these changes to my own site, www.emethod.ca and currently have a mobile version of my site. Depending on what device you are using you will get either my full website or the mobile version. When I redesign my Calgary web design site I will develop using more fluid uses of css code which will allow for only one version of the site to accommodate for different screen resolutions.
Responsive design makes your site able to stretch itself or rearrange itself as needed to fit the the width of the browser it is being view from.
“Responsive Web design is the approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. The practice consists of a mix of flexible grids and layouts, images and an intelligent use of CSS media queries. As the user switches from their laptop to iPad, the website should automatically switch to accommodate for resolution, image size and scripting abilities. In other words, the website should have the technology to automatically respond to the user’s preferences. This would eliminate the need for a different design and development phase for each new gadget on the market.”
This is a great article that goes much deeper into the details of adaptive or responsive design for those wanting more detail.
Otherwise be sure to ask your Calgary web design company if they are going to employ responsive web design techniques to make your site render properly on all devices. This is a technique we will be using on all our website in 2013. Click here for more information on our process and guarantees and free onsite SEO.
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