The Latest Web Design Trends
With the ever increasing numbers of smartphone and tablet users, compatibility issues for website developers have taken a whole new direction. Not so long ago there were complaints like, “ the slideshow does not work in my Google Chrome”, or “my website does not look good in Safari”, but now there are completely new screen resolutions for all those mobile devices.
Cross browser compatibility was relatively easy to fix as they were all desktop and laptop based browsers. That is no longer the case, as websites must be both cross browser and cross device accessible.
There are two main website design methods to tackle these issues – responsive designs and device specific design.
Responsive design is coded to display correctly on all browsers and devices. This design is a single template that is tested for all users and devices.
Device specific design is more like an application installed for mobile devices. Users may have the option to switch to the full screen or desktop version or may be asked to choose. Device specific designs are created in addition to the traditional desktop version of the website.
Most high traffic websites, like banking and news sites, prefer device specific websites, but for most businesses, responsive website design is a valid and cost effective alternative.
When designing for today’s users, there are a few things that need to be considered:
- The iPad and other touch screen devices must incorporate larger navigational elements and buttons as the users use their finger to click and browse.
- The mouse hover effect should not be used – for example, no drop down menus
- You must ensure that videos are in the MPEG 4/H.264 format.
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Our Device Responsive Design (DRD) approach would respond to user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. In other words, the website will have the technology to automatically adjust to user’s preferences. As the user switches from their laptop to iPad, the website would automatically switch to accommodate for resolution, image size and scripting abilities.