So I’ve just finished the new Hunting for George website, and it’s a responsive design. Have you tried resizing your browser window while viewing the site? See how it things shrink, move and shift when view on different sized screens. This also works for tablets and mobiles. It’s a much easier more effective way of building a mobile site these days, you also only have to maintain the one version of the site.
Arhhh, 2002… The year started on a Tuesday, the all girl surf movie Blue Crush was released, Andy Irons (RIP) was world champion (and the two following years, cheeky little three in a row)… But in the world of online, things were just booting up. Slowly.
Internet users were just starting to use high-speed broadband access, instead of that slow dial-up. Gone were the days of waiting. We could download a whole song in 10 minutes!
Fast forward to 2012: Computers are even more polished, and the Internet is faster. Ten years ago, Internet usage was more of a leisure — today, it’s practically as important as water or oxygen.
90% of websites are not mobile optimised… Think about how many times you use your mobile on the run, if you are using a mobile device on the move it’s safe to assume you want whatever you are looking for quick. If that page you land on isn’t mobile optomised then im pretty sure you are going to move on just as quick.
How many people have had to work with a website that was so limited in what you could update and change easily? I had a website once for a big brand that everytime we added new products or a sub category it we would get a quote for over $2k just to make the change… Stitched up, no where to go because we had to get these products online. Thats the problem with fully custom built or using a web design’s own CMS system that they claim has taken years to develop. If you ask for something outside the box they can do it, it’s just going to cost a packet.
I just found this great article on build Vs buy websites.
A common web development scam
There is also a trick that some developers use to ensure you go on to generate considerable future business with them.
What they do is essentially take advantage of your lack of knowledge of web development by building a solution exactly to your specification.
Whilst that might sound like a perfectly normal thing to do, it is really a meal ticket to future business because of the upgrades and improvements that will be required to keep it current.
In other words, they will build you a solution that has poor ‘scalability’.
Because they have worked with clients like you in the past (or at least should have), they will have a pretty good idea of the improvements you are going to want in the near future.
I’ve put together quite a few websites now and stick with open source solutions, I can fully customise and make them do almost anything but updates and changes if not free will be very cheap and easy. There are so many good solutions out there these days.
If you need any advice on any of these topics, get in touch with me over here… That’s kind of what I do…
Consumers trust recommendations from peers over all other forms of Advertising. This is not something we didn’t already know, but something we often forget with all the celebrity endorsements, bloggers, brand advocates and everyone else being placed in front of us.
It’s been a busy few months, the Hunting for George new online store launched! Check out all the details here… Plus The Dental Company got a brand new site built from scratch, its pretty neat and clean for a Dental clinic. Have a look over here…
I also spent a month over in Indonesia, working remotely and clocking up some time in a warmer climate (just in time to get back for a very cold start to the Melbourne Winter!). I’ve put a couple of photos I took during my trip below, just to remind you its always summer somewhere…