Bootstrap Guide

Bootstrap Guide

Bootstrap

Having switched from Serif WebPlus software to Bootstrap web design several months ago, I can honestly say it outputs responsive websites which seems to be compatible with all browsers and the web pages apparently load faster which has definitely exceeded my expectations.

You can also incorporate lightboxes, picture carousels, modals, forms, animations, menu dropdowns. etc. by downloading free available plugins for Bootstrap. There are many free templates available on the internet which you can modify to suit your needs or if you are familiar with HTML 5, you can design your project from scratch.

As of April 21, 2015 Google requires all websites to be mobile responsive or get penalized on mobile searches although you will still retain your ranking on laptop and desktops searches. Google’s reason for doing this is because around 50% of all internet traffic is now on mobile devices and increasing annually.

The Boostrap layout consist of a grid system using rows with 12 columns per row which are very flexible because you can have several rows within a column or you can have 2 columns per row if each are 6 or one column 7 and the other 5. Any combination of columns per row can be used as long as they don’t exceed a maximum of 12.

The reason for this is because on a large screen obviously 12 columns per row will display across the screen, however, on tablets only 6 to 8 columns display per row and on smart cell phones 1 or 2 columns are displayed per row. The rest of the columns are stacked vertically on the screen so you don’t have to zoom in and scroll left to right like you would have to do on a non-responsive website.

There are some online Bootstrap drag and drop GUI’s but most of them are limited to some degree.  If you wish to learn this new way of responsive web design, I would suggest downloading some free templates and use an HTML5 editor to view the code and what it does.

Mobile Responsive Web Design

Mobile Responsive Web Design

mobile web design

Web design has come a long way over the last 10 years.  I can remember using Microsoft Expression Web or Adobe Dreamweaver to design websites and was very difficult considering every picture or text had to be put in it’s own cell and if you added anything extra in that cell, it would automatically re-size all the other cells throwing off your web design.

Then along came drag and drop web design like Serif Web Plus which didn’t require you to know much about HTML but wasn’t mobile responsive.  Bootstrap responsive design, which is open source CSS and Javascript framework, was introduced in 2011 and was developed by Twitter.

  • Flexibility of use — Since Bootstrap is easy to use, anybody with basic working knowledge of CSS and HTLM5 can development a responsive website with Bootstrap although it comes with predefined CSS and Javascript styles for those who don’t have knowledge of this.
  • Consistent design — All Bootstrap components share the same CSS, Javascript and styles through a standard library making the designs and layouts of your web pages consistent throughout your responsive design.
  • Compatibility with all browsers — Bootstrap is compatible with all modern browsers such as Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Opera.
  • Save time — One can save plenty of time and efforts using Bootstrap design templates along with many free plugins that can be found on the internet.
  • Responsive features — Bootstrap responsive features allow your web pages to automatically adjust across all types of screens including cell phones, tablets, laptops and desktops.
  • Open Source — Last but not least, it’s free open source available for download from the internet.

Mobile Web Design//

The latest version of Bootstrap is version 3 and I’ve been using it for over 5 months and has exceeded my expectations for responsive design. Some of the nice features are lightboxes, image carousels, modals, forms, animations, hover menu dropdowns. etc. which can be implemented by free available plugins. There are many free Bootstrap templates available on the internet which you can modify to suit your needs or design from scratch if your familiar with HTML5.

One important thing to mention is Google now requires all websites to be mobile responsive as of April 21, 2015 or get penalized on mobile searches. I think this is because approximately 50% of all world wide internet traffic is now done on mobile devices.

Boost SERP With Responsive Web Design

Boost SERP

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In the early 1990’s when cell phones first appeared on the market, they were big, bulky, short battery life and did nothing more than making a phone call, however, today 22 years later cell phones have evolved from analog to digital and merged with the internet to provide people instant information anywhere. Google states as of April 2015, approximately 50% of world wide internet traffic is now on mobile devices and growing yearly. As a result, Google is now requiring websites to be mobile friendly or risk being penalized on mobile searches.

Bootstrap is the future of web design and fairly new so there isn’t a lot of installable GUI programs on the market to purchase. In fact, there is not a lot of tutorials on the internet to help one learn how to write the code. GitHub https://github.com/ is an online resource for lots of plugins and is definitely worth checking out.

I would definitely recommend learning CSS and Javascript so you have an advantage of learning this new way of responsive web design. Here at risnerwebdesign.com we are now offering this new technology in addition to the state of the art ecommerce solutions helping you sell your products online.

We now offer a combination of video and social media marketing to help increase the sales of your products or services so call us today and our team of experts can help you get started on your marketing campaign.

Responsive Web Design

Responsive Web Design

Responsive Web Design

As of April 21, 2015 Google is now requiring websites to be mobile responsive or be penalized on mobile searches only. You will still retain your present ranking on laptop and desktop searches but consider approximately 50% of world wide internet traffic is now done on mobile devices and increasing yearly. Subsequently, most webmasters are scrambling to make their customers website mobile responsive which can be a monumental task especially if the webmaster doesn’t have any exposure to this new type of web design.

Bootstrap is a free open-source collection of tools for creating responsive websites and consist of HTML5, CSS and Javascript which was developed by Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton at Twitter realeased in 2011. A responsive website will adjust the layout of web pages dynamically across any device including desktops, laptops, tablets and cell phones on most popular browsers. There are many Boostrap plugins available on the internet which can enhance your responsive web design.

The boostrap layout consist of a grid system incorporating rows with 12 columns per row which are very flexible considering you can have several rows within a column or you can have 2 columns per row if each are 6 or one column 7 and the other 5. Any combination of columns per row can be used as long as they don’t exceed a max of 12. The reason for this is because on a large screen obviously 12 columns per row will display across the screen, however, on a tablet only 6 to 8 columns display per row and on a cell phone 1 or 2 columns are displayed per row. The rest of the columns are stacked vertically on the screen.

The CSS is a set of stylesheets which you can customize and provides basic style definitions for key HTML components and the Javascript provides user interface elements such as forms, dialog boxes and carousels which are within a container containing DIV separators. There are few Bootstrap GUI programs on the market and most of the ones I’ve experienced are online editors.