Picking a Website Theme or Template

CSS TemplateAs a client, there are a few ways you can help me figure out what you are looking for when it comes to the layout and design of your website. A common way would be to look around the internet and tell me about websites that you like. I’ll need to know about your preferred color scheme, what type of menu you like, and if you have any special features that will need to be considered. With your suggestions, and considering the type and quantity of content you will be displaying, I’ll provide you with a website template or theme that works for you.

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2012 Mobile Internet Traffic Statistics

If you are a website owner and have not been convinced of your need to satisfy people looking at your website with mobile devices, maybe I can point you to some statistics that will. Technology is moving very fast, and perhaps you have been trying to resist it, but just as it had become essential to have a website for your business, it’s now essential to make sure mobile devices are displaying your website correctly.

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Early last month Cisco, one of the world’s largest designers and manufacturers of networking equipment, released their Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update. If you’ll take a few minutes to browse through the statistics, you’ll see statistics on internet traffic that offer solid evidence of your need for a mobile friendly website. Cisco has also provided the update as a PDF, in case you want to download or print the report.

3 Highlights From The Statistics

  • Global mobile data traffic grew 70 percent in 2012.
  • Mobile video traffic exceeded 50 percent for the first time in 2012.
  • Average smartphone usage grew 81 percent in 2012.

Some website owners I have spoken with say that around 50% of their website’s traffic is coming from mobile devices. Regardless of the amount of mobile traffic you are currently experiencing, I think it’s safe to say it is going to keep increasing. Now is the time to take action if you don’t have a mobile friendly website. Contact me today for a free consultation.

Where is the Responsive Lightbox?

Light Bulb IllustrationAs I’ve been working on the re-design of my website, I had to decide what to do about displaying large images that I previously displayed using Lightview. In my opinion Lightview is pretty nice when viewing my larger images on a full size screen, and even on my iPad, but it totally fails on my mobile phone, a Droid Razr Maxx. There is a newer version of Lightview that works better, but I’m really not happy with how small the navigation and close buttons are. I’ve got big fingers, and selecting something that is very small is hard for me. I have perfect vision, but what about people that do not?

Searching the for something better yielded no wonderful solution. I searched Google for “Responsive Lightbox” and browsed through a few forum threads and blog posts, where people were suggesting different lightbox scripts. Colorbox, which I
‘ve used before, was suggested as a good solution, but didn’t turn out to work well on my mobile phone.

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