You want your website to adapt to all kinds of different screens because your visitors may be using iPhone, Smartphone, iPad, Tablet, Laptop, and Desktop Computer. A responsive website design can respond to fit for better viewing on their screens. The wave of the future has just begun…and you don’t want your business to be left behind.
The sales of PC have been decline in the market in the year 2012. And that’s because people are buying Tablets or iPads. For one thing, they are cheaper than the laptops and/or desktop computers. Tablet sales are expected to exceed 100 million this year. iPads or mini iPads are cheaper. In fact, last December 2012 we upgraded our iPhone 4G to iPhone 5 for the 3 of us (me, my husband, and my daughter). And because it was Christmas and perhaps stores wanted to take a break on their income tax return, of course they were giving away these Pantech AT&T tablets for sale. The original price was $399. But because we bought iPhone 5 from them, we only got it for $50 each. How can you beat that price?
Although I have been using the computer since the first time Apple Computer came out, and I’m very adaptable using my MacBook laptop, and I love texting on my iPhone…I have to say the Tablet is not my best friend. I can’t type well on this Tablet and it’s like pulling an arm and a leg just to text on this thing. But I can type 70-wpm on my laptop. I can text pretty fast on my iPhone. But the Tablet is kind of between. It’s small enough like a book but not small enough to fit in between my hands. But you bet…a lot of people are using it specially students!
I remember when I started freelancing, I had this huge macintosh monitor and the tall hard drive. Wow, I thought I was the luckiest person in the world. Then the LCD and Plasma came out, our computers became thinner. The first time I bought my LCD macintosh computer, it was real awesome! I love, love, love my desktop computer. Then the MacBook laptops became more sophisticated and the storage became MORE than the desktop and I can mobilize myself wherever I am. I can take a vacation and still get on my laptop without a problem. And so I have never gone back using desktop. All of my designs are done on the laptop.
Then iPad came out…Kindle…then Tablet…and of course the Smartphone and/or iPhone. Now I can’t live without my iPhone. I don’t have a Kindle but my iPhone is like a Kindle to me. I read my Bible, Facebook, Google+, Twitter on my iPhone when I’m not on my laptop.
Now when I travel, I don’t really have to take my laptop but I can always take my Tablet to keep up with social media. And I even bought the “Poster” on my iPhone which allows me to update my blog. How cool is cool is that. I actually use this to post from my iPhone to my blog. But um, I’ve never tried it but I have that capability of doing it without touching my laptop. And so can you see the tranformation from here to there? I’m sure I’m not the only one. I’m pretty sure by next year, more and more people are going to be on Smartphones and how do they search for information? Using their Smartphones or Tablets or other mobile devices.
I have to admit that I will still be using the laptop because I can’t design a thing on my Tablet or iPhone, but for those of you designers, writers, bloggers…you’re going to need a website or a blog that is responsive. Perhaps you might want to read here: Why 2013 is the Year of Responsive Design. And if you are looking for great examples you can come here: 11 Great Examples of Responsive Design. This is just to inspire you and to give you choices on some of the designs.
As you can see, I’ve just updated my website from Freelance “non-responsive” to Executive “responsive” child theme. I’m not quite done with this one yet, there are still a lot to be done and added. But I tell ya, WordPress is not hard to do and yet it’s not that easy either. They have gotten more sophisticated and it took me 3-days to design and develop this. The first time I blogged, I’ve learned the paid WordPress theme. Then after I graduated from that I started using the advance WordPress frame which is the Genesis. I’ve only learned Genesis like 2 months ago. So you can see I still have a lot to learn. But I encourage you to adapt your website design into something more responsive. The wave of the future is on mobile design and so you don’t want to be left behind.
Courtesy of image from StudioPress.com
P.S. Again, I pushed the wrong button and accidentally publish this today Sunday instead of Thursday (May 2nd). Oh well. That means, I’ll have more time to write the next post, right? LOL