Click to call Raul Gonzalez, a Mobile First Website Designer and PHP Developer in Dallas, TX Explains the different website design types and has an informative Mobile First website example and tutorial.

A Mobile First Website Designer and PHP Developer in Dallas, TX

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As I go about on my daily routine, I am in the habit of obtaining business cards from any business that I visit and later on, analyze the design of their website. It is fascinating to see the different website design types and creativity that I come across. These website designs fall into one of these three categories!

1. DESKTOP WEBSITES

I remember when the internet first started getting popular. All websites developed around this era where developed with a Desktop Website Design and were viewed ONLY on desktop computers and monitors.

How can you tell if your website is using Desktop Website Design? Try to view your website using a standard size Smartphone. Can you read and navigate your website without pinching and zooming in and out? If your website is not Mobile Friendly, your website needs a COMPLETE REDESIGN!

2. WEBSITES THAT USE A RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN

The introduction of the 1st Smartphone forced the website designers to change their design strategy!

After Apple, Android, and Windows released their 1st Smartphone devices, there were a few problems: A new website design strategy was developed to address the new Smartphone devices. It is called Responsive Web Design (RWD). One Tell-Tale sign is that there are two different webpage layouts. One for a Desktop and another for a Smartphone device. This allowed companies to keep the original investment of their Desktop Websites and still address the new Smartphone phenomenon.

Some of these website designs are not very efficient so you should use the Google mobile test to see if improvements can be made to your website. How did your website perform in this test?

This is not the most current website design strategy and you need to be careful that the mobile layout contains the same content as the desktop layout! Also make sure is using Mobile Features such as: 3. RESPONSIVE WEBSITES USING CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (CMS)

Anyone can build a website in a matter of hours using specialized software where the user drags and drop pictures and adds text into a document that represent a web page. These websites are powered by what is called a Content Management System (CMS). The most popular software products are WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Magento.

Most business owners usually do not really care about this categorization or terminology. All that they care is that the website looks good to the eye. Let me explain to you why you should care! If your website uses WordPress or, you are considering building or upgrading a website that will use WordPress, be advised of the following issues: Yes, I am not a fan of using WordPress and there are many other persons that share my opinion! You can search Google for the words "hate+WordPress" and you will see many articles related to this topic. Scott Anderson recently wrote what I consider to be a great article that I would encourage you to read.

There is one question that you should ask yourself. Do you accept the risks associated with having a WordPress website? The most efficient method for detecting a website that uses a Content Management System is to use a FREE website called www.builtwith.com. Just type your website name and the results will show all of the technologies used by that website.

A NEW WEBSITE DESIGN STRATEGY AS A RESULT OF MOBILE GROWTH

As I have explained, the website design principles and strategies have changed several times as a result of technological changes. In the last 10 years, there has been a revolution in mobile technology. The trends and statistics related to Smartphone growth, mobile internet traffic and cell phone carrier network speed improvements are UNDENIABLE!

As a result of these mobile trends, a new website design strategy has been developed and it is called Mobile First. A Mobile First design strategy does not just concentrate on developing for the small screen of a Smartphone. It is also used to deliver better usability of websites, develop better use of screen real estate and, reduce the amount unnecessary elements from pages.

I encourage you to explore my Mobile First Tutorial so that you can understand the detail analysis that is needed to implement this type of website design. THE RESULTS ARE AMAZING!

ASK THE WEBSITE DESIGNER THESE QUESTIONS

When it comes to building websites, you have three choices: rented, template, or custom! I encourage you to read a great article written by Jon-Mikel Bailey that clearly explains the issues related with rented and template options. When you meet with a prospective website designer ask these questions: WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE ME?
Let me do a complete audit of your website FREE OF CHARGE! What do you have to lose?

Call me at 972-372-4237 or, send me an email with your existing or new website design project! My initial consultation is FREE and I can address any concerns, issues, and questions that you may have. Feel free to also follow me on Twitter.

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