Category Archive for: responsive design

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


(An Interview About) imgix Page Weight

Imgix has been a long-time display ad sponsor here on CSS-Tricks. This post is not technically sponsored, I just noticed that they released a tool for analyzing image performance at any given URL that is pretty interesting. We know web performance is a big deal. We know that images are perhaps the largest offender in ballooning page weights across the web. We know we have tools for looking at page performance as a whole. It seems fairly new to me to have tools for specifically analyzing and demonstrating how we could have done better with images specifically. That’s what this Page Weight tool is. Clearly this is a marketing tool for them. You put in a URL, and it tells you how you could have done better, and specifically how imgix can help do that. I’m generally a fan of that. Tools with businesses behind them have the resources and…

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Template Doesn’t Mean Cookie Cutter

The Challenge The mere mention of website templates makes some clients bristle. Nobody likes being told they have to conform to a set of rules they feel weren’t written with them in mind. They also believe that their site will look like everyone else’s and not meet their unique needs. Developers and designers also get concerned with templates, unsure if content editors will put the correct types of content in pre-built components. Sites that the development and design team spent a lot of time building can end up looking unprofessional if the templates aren’t used properly. No one wins in this scenario. The Solution Let’s first dispel the myth that using templates means your site will look like everyone else’s. When we talk about templates, we aren’t talking about simple differences in colors and fonts. Our Lectronimo website solution takes advantage of Drupal’s modularity and Panelizer to deliver different frameworks…

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How to be evil (but please don’t!) – the modals & overlays edition

We’ve all been there. Landed on a website only to be slapped with a modal that looked something like the one below: Hello darkness, my old friend. For me that triggers a knee-jerk reaction: curse for giving them a pageview, close the tab, and never return. But there’s also that off case when we might actually try to get to the info behind that modal. So the next step in this situation is to bring up DevTools in order to delete the modal and overlay, and maybe some other useless things that clutter up the page while we’re at it. This is where that page starts to dabble in evil. We may not be able to get to the DevTools via “Inspect Element” because the context menu might be disabled. That one is easy, it only takes them one line of code: addEventListener(‘contextmenu’, e => e.preventDefault(), false); But hey, no…

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Full Page Screenshots in Browsers

It can be quite useful to get a “full page” screenshot in a browser. That is, not just the visible area. The visible area is pretty easy to get just by screenshotting the screen. A full page screenshot captures the entire web site even if it needs to be scrolled around to see all of it. You could take individual screenshots of the visible area and use a photo editing program to stitch them together, but that’s a pain in the but. Nevermind the fact that it’s extra tricky with things like fixed position elements. Fortunately browsers can help us out a bit here. Chrome As of Chrome 59, it’s built into DevTools. Here’s a video. You use “Responsive Design Mode”, then the menu option to get the full page screenshot is in the menu in the upper right. If you need a “mobile” full length screenshot, just adjust the…

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(J.O#:140617EIT) Drupal developer – ExcelITcorp – Atlanta, GA

Proficient in the maintenance and administration of Drupal modules and sites. Experience in developing responsive design websites without css frameworks and…From Indeed – Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:50:56 GMT – View all Atlanta, GA jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

PHP Drupal Developer – BlueFusion INC – New York, NY

PHP Drupal Developer Hiring Qualifications*. Experience in developing responsive design websites without css frameworks and building custom Drupal modules….From Indeed – Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:18:51 GMT – View all New York, NY jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Sr. PHP Developer – I2U Systems – Atlanta, GA

Drupal Developer Hiring Qualifications*. Experience in developing responsive design websites without css frameworks and building custom Drupal modules….From Indeed – Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:43:35 GMT – View all Atlanta, GA jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Container Query Discussion

Right now, we have the power to write CSS that only applies when the browser window itself is at certain widths or heights. Breakpoints, as it were. Super useful. What we don’t have (natively) is the ability to write conditional CSS based on any particular elements (or “containers”) properties. It’s going on 2 years since the RICG decided to tackle this. I’m not exactly sure what the status is there. It seems a bit on pause, but that doesn’t mean the entire discussion is on pause. From what I hear, and echo, the refrain amongst front-end devs is: if I had container queries available, 90% of the media queries I write would be container queries. The thought being, you’re usually trying to adjust some particular element’s properties that are tied to something a bit more scoped than the entire browser window. Ethan Marcotte recently wrote: I don’t want to suggest…

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Responsive Images in WordPress with Cloudinary, Part 1

If you’re reading this, you’re probably already familiar with responsive images. Even so, it may be helpful to have a little background. (Then we’ll get to the WordPress part, and how to make them even better with Cloudinary.) For most of the Web’s existence, any time you wanted to include an image on a web page, you would create markup that looked like this: <img src=”/path/to/my/image.jpg” alt=”a very nice image”> In this example, the <img> element references a single image file named `image.jpg` located on a server at `/path/to/my`. This markup is straightforward in that it tells the browser to download and render a specific image file, referenced by the src element, onto the web page. This arrangement was fine until 2010, when Ethan Marcotte published his seminal article, Responsive Web Design, which popularized the technique of using Cascading Style Sheet media queries to modify the layout of web pages…

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Where Are All the Creative Web Designers At?

There’s a common notion in the industry these days that web designers are stuck in a pit of uncreativity. The open canvas we once had as web professionals feels considerably more constrained these days by the growing collection of best practices, new technology trends and the use of automated tools. So what happened to the rare breed of creative web designers – did they really all disappear without a trace or is the more to the story behind a web that feels eerily familiar wherever you go?   The same old templates argument This is where the notion of web design becoming uncreative all stems from. Once platforms like WordPress and Shopify started publishing themes and templates the web gradually started to look more formulaic. Not only were designers creating these templates within the confines of their chosen platform but people were buying these templates in mass numbers.   Shopify’s themes…

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7 New Adobe Typekit UI Upgrades To Make Typography Easier

Adobe has been a leader in design and technology for years, and the company has developed powerful products that satisfy graphic designers of varying skill levels. While Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are killing it in terms of popularity, one application that serious graphic design experts are using these days is Adobe Typekit. What is Adobe Typekit? Adobe Typekit is a design service initially released by Small Batch, Inc. in September 2009 and acquired by Google in October 2011. Its core business is offering premium quality fonts made available through annual subscription plans. The fonts stored in Adobe Typekit can be used on websites or synced via Adobe Creative Cloud to various applications installed on the user’s computer. As of this writing, Adobe Typekit consists of more than a thousand font families from various foundries. These are offered as a standalone service and as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Meanwhile, hundreds…

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Powerful SEO Trends for 2017 To Boost Your Search Ranking

If you think fashion and technology change too frequently for people to keep up, the same is true with search engine optimization (SEO). Standards in the field of SEO get updated practically every year, and this year is no different. In this article, we will discuss SEO trends for 2017 that will set the tone for search, and bring websites and companies to a whole new SEO ballgame. Why Should You Update Your SEO Strategies Regularly? This question is really a no-brainer, but unfortunately a lot of companies fall prey to one fallacy: that their website will run along with the times even without updating it so much. This mindset couldn’t be farther from the truth! Here are some reasons why you should keep up with updates on SEO strategies: Google is a fickle-minded but extremely powerful online giant. If you haven’t recognized the power of Google, then you’re probably…

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Benefits of Sending Emails That Follow Responsive Design

Newsletters provide businesses with a great way to reach out to their customers. There is a huge chance that most of your customers have a smartphone or tablet, and many of them are subscribers to your newsletter. Likewise, some of your subscribers will probably read your email newsletters on their devices. For this reason, it is important that your email newsletter should follow responsive design. Statistics on Mobile Email Use According to the latest figures for December 2016, about 55 percent of email opens will come from mobile devices, clearly surpassing webmail and desktop email opens. Mobile mail will account for 15 to 70 percent of email opens, depending on the target audience, product, and email type. Given these statistics, it is important to ensure that your email messages are optimized for mobile devices. How to Prepare for Responsive Design in Email Marketing Responsive emails utilize fluid tables and images…

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Benefits and Disadvantages of Using The Hamburger Menu In Responsive Websites

Let’s get one thing straight: this article has nothing to do with different varieties of hamburgers, but rather a new trend in the web development industry. The hamburger menu is a technique in responsive design aimed at improving the functionality of a website. The name refers to its shape literally looking like two buns and a slab of meat. You might not be aware of it but you might have seen the design before. What is the Hamburger Menu? The hamburger menu consists of three stacked, horizontal lines usually found at the top left or right corner of a webpage, allowing users to click through and have a glimpse of a hidden menu of the different pages of the website. The hamburger menu was originally created by former Xerox product designer Norm Cox back in 1981. It was originally intended to simply indicate a list within the company’s Star system.…

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Drupal Architect – Claridyne Inc., – Columbus, OH

Drupal 7 and Drupal 8:. Experience in Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 platforms is must. Drupal UX Changes and Responsive design….From Indeed – Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:58:31 GMT – View all Columbus jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Drupal Architect – vTech Solution – Columbus, IN

Understanding of Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 features is must. Drupal UX Changes and Responsive design. Oversee new initiatives for Drupal within GWC….From vTech Solution – Wed, 28 Dec 2016 04:08:00 GMT – View all Columbus jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Scaling Responsive Animations

Scaling our websites and applications so that they look great on every screen can be difficult. A big portion of that difficulty can be trying to get specific components, particularly ones that have pieces that have to stay a certain size (like animations), to look good regardless of the screen size. In this post, we’ll cover how to help keep our responsive animations sized the way we want them. Before we get into specific techniques, there are a couple basic guidelines we want to keep in mind: Guidelines for scaling responsive animations 1. Size the animations based on a container Whether we’re using responsive or adaptive scaling (see below), we should try to size animations based on the container’s sizing. In responsive scaling this is simple enough, but in adaptive scaling we have to look to element (container) queries. The only exception is if we know that in every circumstance…

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Google Analytics Can Show You Screen Resolution ≠ Browser Window

It was five years ago when I wrote Screen Resolution ≠ Browser Window. The idea was that, at the time, there was a lot of talk about monitor size in relation to how we design websites. JavaScript is happy to tell the dimensions of a monitor: screen.width. But how useful is that? Isn’t it more useful to know how big the actual browser window is? Of course, it is. We don’t write media queries based on screen.width, we write them based on the browser window width, e.g. @media (min-width: 400px) {}. (And perchance, someday, element/container queries.) The fact that we can and do practice responsive design means that we have all but stopped worrying about what an “average” size browser is that is visiting our site is. Still, it’s interesting data to have. Back in 2011, to gather that original data, I wrote some JavaScript to measure both the screen…

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Is Divi 3.0 Is Faster, More Powerful and Finally Visual

Back in September, Elegant Themes released the latest version of its flagship WordPress theme – Divi 3.0. So, after testing the builder out for a couple of months, now seems like the right time to see how good this thing actually is. Let’s start by saying this is no small update. Elegant Themes has reinvented this theme from the ground up, redesigning the whole platforms and building it in a completely new set of language frameworks. If you’ve used previous versions of the Divi builder, you’ll see it’s now faster and more powerful from the moment you start using it. Plus there’s the fact Divi is now a fully-visual editor with drag-and-drop functions, meaning you can see your edits on the fly as you make them. So there’s no doubt Divi 3.0 is a different kind of website builder now. It’s one that brings some major new features and improved…

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