SpinneyWeb designs now creates all new sites with a responsive design.
What is responsive Design?
In the past websites only had to cater for big screens on computers, but since 2012 more and more users have been accessing the Internet from devices such as tablet computers and mobile phones. Both these type of devices have smaller screens.
Web sites written for computers will (in most cases) display on these screens, but the text will be very small and links difficult to press.
It is not feasible to create websites that display correctly on phone screens, as they will look terrible on copmputer screens.
The solution that the web design industry has come up with is something called responsive design.
A web site built with a responsive design looks at the device the client is using, and send down a page that display correctly on that device.
Rather than build several versions of the website, we use three different templates to display the same data in a way that looks correct on the users device.
The information shown on a phone will often be less "rich" than that on a tablet or computer, as images have to be in low resolution and the amount of data sent to the device limited in order to keep the reaction time of the site fast enough for the end user. We also want to keep the amount of data sent to a minimum so that we do not upset users by causing them to exceed their contracted data limits.
An example of the differences can be seen by viewing the front page of this site on a computer and a mobile phone. The mobile version excludes the slideshow and the facebook likes section in order to make it faster loading and less data hungry. It also takes the three boxes containing photos and displays them one above the other, rather than beside each other as they are on the computer version.