Web Design Albury

Red Dirt Studio, Albury, specialises in affordable web solutions including e-commerce solutions, to clients across eastern Australia including the Riverina and Outback NSW.

With over 10 years' experience developing, designing CMS websites for a diverse range of clients, our development principles are based not only on the look and feel of your website, but also the back-end technologies that are crucial for SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).

Red Dirt Studio Web Design

 

We will guide you through the maze of CMS types, applications, and components that are available and work with you to determine what best suits your needs to ensure your website is easy to run with the minimum of fuss.

Applications like newsletters, EDM's, online shop etc, should all complement each other and be implemented with design and functionality in mind; it is always about continuity.

Most importantly, we are Responsive web design specialist.

What is Responsive Web Design?

Since 2014, more visitors to your website will be on a smart device than a traditional computer and the trend is growing daily. In western countries, and depending on your website target, that figure can be as high as 70%, so it is essential nowadays that your website is suitable for tablets, phones and the like.

Responsive Web Design (RWD) is the design process that enables a website to be viewed on a tradition monitor as well as a smart device (mobile phone and tablet) which have a myriad of diffent screen sizes and resolutions.

RWD ensure that the user experience is easily transposed to the user regardless of screen type. Certain traditional website design features don't always transpose readily to the smaller monitor sizes of smartphones and tablets.

Testing Website Responsiveness

Testing your websites responsiveness is easy! The two main ways to test the responsiveness of your website, online and in-browser.

There are several online tools that provide a quick overview of how your website reacts to various monitor sizes; the following are a few of the most popular:

  1. Responsinator
  2. Responsive Website Test
  3. Responsive Test

These are very handy but don't provide all the monitor sizes, so for a more precise and size-customisable way to examine the responsiveness of your website, a browser-developer tool is the next step up.

All browsers can be loaded with an app that allows closer inspection of your webpage under different monitor sizes and probably the most popular is Firefox's 'Responsive Design View'. With that installed and open on your webpage, it is easy to define specific monitor sizes to test responsiveness, and see what is not rendering properly and what elements need adjusting.

How to make your website Responsive

There are 3 main ways to make your website responsive:

1) Mobile Site

Many larger Corporate/Government sites create mobile subdomains that provides an entirely unique website (eg, mobi.); a very costly exercise not only to develop but also maintain. For some it works well but research shows many people prefer the 'original' website and more often than not, simply revert to that site if the experience is not as good. So it is not always best practice.

2) Component or Plugin

(If your site is a CMS like Joomla or Wordpress)

Content Management Systems, like Joomla and Wordpress, have easy to install components/plugins that allow a site to become responsive and while some can do a fairly good job on basic websites many sites can become 'glitchy'  as conflicts with scripts, modules and plugins occur.

3) Media Queries & CSS Customisation

The best way to make a website responsive is through 'media queries' whereby the display parameters of the viewing device is detected, then based on that determinant specific styling attributes are passed to the browser to customise the viewing parameters so the website displays as intended. This customisation is primarily achieved through a CSS (Cascading Styling Sheet) file.

With that said, it should be noted that a CMS like Joomla, is based on 'Bootstrap' which is a collection HTML, CSS, and Javascript code that the site framework runs off; basically meaning that much is the website framework runs off a common collection of resources that are, primarily, responsive and much less customisation is required to achieve proper responsiveness.

Responsive Website Design by Red Dirt Studio

With extensive web design & development experience gained across a wide variety of website types, Red Dirt Studio is well positioned to not only build a fully responsive website for you, but we can also make your current website responsive even if we did not build it. (Not all website configurations can be made responsive though).

Red Dirt Studio provides affordable web design and devlopment services to clients across eastern Australia covering small businesses, e-commerce onlone shops, and large regional tourism organisations.

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