While many people use the two words interchangeably, it’s important to know the difference between web design and web development, especially when you are planning to hire someone to build your website.
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Seeing how mobile and tablet traffic is reaching 60% of overall traffic on our client sites , such as shown above, I thought it would be a good time to write another blog post that explains responsive web technology.
A responsive website is one that adapts itself to the screen size of the device it is being viewed on. Unlike mobile sites, a responsive website doesn’t care if you are on a desktop or a phone or what operating system you have. All it cares about is what's the width of your screen. The advantage of this approach is that you need only one website which is not the case with mobile sites that also require desktop versions. The disadvantage of a responsive site is that it can be slower than a mobile site due to its requirement to handle multiple screen sizes.
Recently, I realized that one of the more annoying things on the web is actually incredibly beneficial to the future of humanity. I am talking about reCAPTCHA, the annoying form field you need to fill out every time you are creating an account on a website or making an online purchase. I can’t tell you how many times I didn’t get the word right and then had to re enter it repeatedly until I switched to the sound option, only to realize that I couldn’t quite hear it properly either. It turns out that I am not the only one who has had trouble with it, as some Aussies have gone so far as to launch a petition to kill CAPTCHA.
Imagine not having to carry your wallet. I'm not talking about not carrying the cash. I'm talking about not carrying the wallet at all.
Everything we have in our wallet can be replaced with a cellphone except for one little detail - banks. The credit card companies don’t want us to replace the plastic. The reason for this is if we were allowed to pay with our cellphones then the transfer fees could also go to the telecom companies instead of to just the credit card company.
But let’s not raise that now and allow ourselves to imagine a wallet free world.
In my last blog post I explored the idea of what mobile companies will do to keep current and competitive. As the low cost smart phones are getting increasingly close in features to those produced by the leading brands, Apple, Samsung, Nokia and others will have to keep innovating. In this issue we will discuss how cellphones can replace keys. A feature especially attractive to the skinny pants wearing crowd!
Look Matters is looking for an Interactive guru. He or she is a “builder” and “supporter” who strives to achieve a high level of customer satisfaction by building quality websites. We primarily use Joomla, Magento, WordPress but experience in other CMS platforms is an asset. Our goal is to provide top-notch service and support for our clients.
One of our partners is fond of Albert Einstein’s expression: "Any technology that is distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."
We recently completed a major website project for a great client, the RCMP Heritage Centre (rcmpheritagecentre.com), that to many people will seem to have its own magic.
This new site is much more interactive, user friendly, and heck, just plain better looking than the previous one. The magic part of the site however, may be what you don't see - it was built as a 'responsive' website.
The explosion of smartphone and tablet use has created the need to build websites that can be responsive to a wide variety of screen sizes. The days of building a website and a mobile site are long gone.
The Heritage Centre's site was built to allow it to seamlessly move between several different layout sizes based on the device you are viewing it on. You can demonstrate this by opening the site up in full size on a desktop then adjusting the size of the browswer window. Watch how it adjusts the menu and layouts to fit the screen size.
To make it easier for our team members to contribute to the blog and our community to interact and share with us we are implementing EasyBlog tool this week.
Some of the features will be
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Have you ever run across one of those nasty, ugly, error pages? They usually spew useless information at you, and leave the user more confused than informed. The goal of these error pages should be to simply explain what happened, and give the user a few options on how to get back on track. One of the most common errors people come across is the HTTP 404 error page. This page appears when a page the user requested can’t be found on the server. Since these pages are usually boring, ugly text, at Look Matters we decided to create a custom, more friendly 404 error page.