Monday, March 16, 2015

Tips for Creating a Responsive WordPress Site

In this blog we are going to see eight different ways of building a responsive WordPress site. For some of you, nothing is more appealing than to build a site from scratch, but that’s not necessary unless you’re a hard-core programmer. Instead, we’ll look at tools and methods to make the process easier.  

1. Brainstorming: A great way to begin is to make use of a mind map and write out the    various components you want to put into your site. This process only takes a few minutes. You can switch to using a storyboard or a flow chart and plan out the look and feel of your site. Once that’s done, you can start building your site.  

2. Mobile First: One option is to consider building the mobile interface first, partly because it will have many layout restrictions. By building the mobile interface first, you’ll get a sense of what will work for all devices.  

3.  Photoshop: Use Photoshop or other image design programs (such as Illustrator or CorelDRAW) to mock up the layout so you can see the finished result for desktop, tablet and mobile. With the new functionality in both Photoshop CC and Reflow CC, you can quickly export the Photoshop design to be used in Reflow, where it can then be cleaned up and refined. After that, you can transfer the CSS to another program, such as Dreamweaver, to complete the design.  

4. Ready-Made Design and Themes: A simple way of meeting your needs is to take advantage of themes that are already built for you. If one closely matches your design concept, it could be a simple matter to modify the design, which will save you a lot of time. As mentioned earlier, you can also use Adobe Dreamweaver, which has some useful site layout tools.  

5. Plugins: Plugins can add quite a bit to your design and some of these will allow you to build layouts for your site. Two examples are the OptimizePress plugin and WordPress Landing Pages.

6. Navigation is Key: A crucial part of your design is considering the navigation; it’s placement on your pages and whether you have a simple navigation bar or drop down menus. The navigation is important to the look and feel of your site and it’s especially important with mobile, because of the size and making it easy to select items with your fingertip. Too large and the design will seem clunky; too small and it will be difficult to make selections.   

7.  Building a Mobile Site: One solution to building a mobile site is to make use of either a plugin or a standalone product that will produce a mobile site. For a plugin, have a look at WPTouch. For a mobile CMS (content management system), I recommend goMobi, which you can purchase from resellers such as OpenSRS or HostPapa. I like thegoMobi interface because it’s simple to use and you can build a mobile site within a few hours or less, depending on the amount of content you want to use.   

8.  SEO Friendly Design: When you have a SEO friendly structure, you are increasing your chances of ranking higher in search engines such as Google and others. Which by default are the largest source of new visitors to any website. In our experience with SEO, we have seen that Google gives extra weight to the URL structure. I recommended to all Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin it is more user-friendly comparing to others.  

Conclusion As you can see, there are many different ways of building a responsive WordPress site. It’s also important to note that there’s no such thing as a design standard for these themes and programs. Each is different and you might have to experiment with one or more to find what works for you. At Ascenteq Inc we are familiar in creating customized wordpress development with lowest price comparing to all. 

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