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
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.
- 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.