Think mobile and build for the small screen

Mobile friendly webdesign

Responsive web design is now a basic standard expectation of a new website.

According to smartinsights.com, the USA has internet users spend 71% of their time on their mobile. This is matched by China. In the UK 61% is the amount of all users accessing from a mobile.

Google traffic on mobile has long since overtaken desktop and major brands expect to compete to deliver exceptional beautiful user experiences. Recognizable navigation, large shopping cart icons, Clear calls to action and clear email and call links all feature in the mind of the user, even if subconsciously, as hallmarks of a great mobile experience.

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Get familiar with browser developer tools for speedy debugging

Browser development tools have been around for a long time and have and for web designers, these form defined place in the workflow. I use development tools in my own projects very frequently to the point that I probably take them for granted. But every so often I do hear a new announcement or discover a trick that makes me remember how useful they are and how I really could not live without them.

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Give your WordPress clients a site they will struggle to break

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When I launch a WordPress website I like to do so with a theme that handles as many design decisions as possible so my client does not need to give thought to styling content during future updates.

When a client is updating their website they will want to stick to the styling that they paid a lot of money to achieve at the launch of the project and do this as quickly as possible. When the client has fewer decisions to make they are presented with very narrow and very specific content blanks that guide them through the process.

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Think like a user to boost your websites performance

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When a web developer sits down to start working on the task of optimising the performance of their website they are likely not thinking of the outcome in the same way as the user.

Typically a developer has a tool set to measure their performance and can tell you to the nearest millisecond how fast their CSS file loaded and how fast the frame rate is in their animation.

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An introduction to the power of Web Components

Recently Web Components have been gaining and increasing amount of momentum for web app development. It is easy to see why as the inclusion of web components in a project allow the building of faster, smaller and smarter HTML. If this is the kind of code you would like to build into your project then Web components will help you achieve this.

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Can web designers survive in the web industry without coding skills?

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Web building and drag and drop tools are getting better and are have become a viable option for professional website designers. Even web agencies have started to adopt tools like Squarespace and McCaw into their workflows. This is all reigniting the debate – do designers need to learn to code?

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Know how to back up your website and troubleshoot issues when switching your host

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When maintaining a website it is virtually inevitable that at some point you may need to change your hosting provider.

There are lots of reasons why this may be the case – cost, space, server performance and support for example. I recently went through this experience myself as I missed the ability to make remote connections to my database. A feature I had gotten familiar with on a previous package.

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Explore the new and accessible features of CSS4 and HTML5.1

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The state of client-side web technology continues to evolve. CSS4 and HTML 5.1 has arrived bringing plenty of new features to explore.

Veteran web designers have seen a steady stream of upgrades to the core toolbox languages over the years. Much of this has brought stability and ease of use to their day. But not all has been easily accessible.

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