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Decide what screen sizes to design for WordPress: Responsive Themes

Deciding what screen sizes to design for provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Morte… Show More

WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Video: Decide what screen sizes to design for WordPress: Responsive Themes

Deciding what screen sizes to design for provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen as part of the WordPress: Building Responsive Themes
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  1. 4m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 27s
    3. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 34s
  2. 8m 36s
    1. What is responsive design?
      4m 16s
    2. The different faces of WordPress on mobile
      1m 55s
    3. Exploring the finished Anaximander theme
      2m 25s
  3. 9m 38s
    1. Getting and installing the Anaximander theme
      1m 53s
    2. Configuring basic theme options
      7m 45s
  4. 23m 51s
    1. Deciding what screen sizes to design for
      4m 11s
    2. Thinking responsively: Designing for many different screen sizes
      6m 23s
    3. Visualizing content realignment for better markup
      4m 35s
    4. Designing menus
      4m 52s
    5. Adding responsive images and videos
      3m 50s
  5. 26m 8s
    1. What are media queries and how do they work?
      4m 18s
    2. Exploring CSS3, progressive enhancement, and graceful degradation
      3m 27s
    3. Understanding best practices for media queries
      3m 57s
    4. Creating a responsive frame
      5m 12s
    5. Customizing media queries with the Chrome Developer Tools
      5m 28s
    6. Taking device width into account
      3m 46s
  6. 11m 1s
    1. Resizing the site title and the description
      8m 22s
    2. Adding media queries to the header
      2m 39s
  7. 11m 22s
    1. Making the menu responsive
      3m 35s
    2. Creating a different menu design for small screens
      7m 47s
  8. 19m 22s
    1. Making a responsive single-post layout
      6m 11s
    2. Making images responsive
      4m 37s
    3. Making videos responsive by including FitVids
      8m 34s
  9. 7m 45s
    1. Making the sidebar responsive
      5m 10s
    2. Hiding sidebars on mobile
      2m 35s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Dealing with footer widgets
      5m 11s
    2. Adding navigation links that return to the top of the page
      2m 17s
  11. 12m 54s
    1. Using FlexSlider to create a responsive slider
      6m 2s
    2. Creating a loop to show sticky posts in a featured slider
      6m 52s
  12. 24m 37s
    1. What is jQuery Masonry?
      3m 41s
    2. Installing jQuery Masonry
      4m 45s
    3. Configuring the index page with Masonry
      7m 0s
    4. Using CSS to finalize the Masonry layout
      6m 17s
    5. Adding media queries to the Masonry index
      2m 54s
  13. 9m 11s
    1. Exploring hidden features of the Anaximander theme
      5m 51s
    2. Where to go from here
      3m 20s

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Deciding what screen sizes to design for
Video Duration: 4m 11s 2h 55m Intermediate


Deciding what screen sizes to design for provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen as part of the WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

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The many ways visitors access web sites, via mobile devices, tablets, and desktops, now requires sites to incorporate responsive design elements that adapt to different screen sizes and browsers. In this course, Morten Rand-Hendriksen demonstrates design strategies, best practices, and actual code examples for creating a responsive web site. The course covers layout, navigation, responsive video embedding, and content sliders. The final chapter shows how to create an index page with jQuery Masonry, a jQuery plugin that helps you create dynamic grid layouts.

Topics include:
  • What is responsive design?
  • Installing the Anaximander example theme
  • Deciding what screen sizes to target
  • Designing menus
  • Adding responsive images and video
  • Using CSS media queries to apply different styles
  • Handling sidebars on mobile displays
  • Dealing with footer widgets
  • Installing jQuery Masonry

Deciding what screen sizes to design for

If you start looking at articles written about responsive design and development, you will notice that there are certain predefined screen sizes and scenarios everyone is targeting with their designs. As you start designing your own responsive themes, you have to ask yourself these questions: What screen sizes am I targeting, and what should the site look like on those screens? The answers to both these questions are, all screen sizes should be targeted and the site should look good on all of them. If you look at the standard screen sizes that we have to deal with right now, you have the classic PC monitor, which is roughly a 4 x 3 shape.

It's usually around 1024 pixels tall and 1280 pixels wide. And then you have modern monitors like the HD monitors, which are 1080 pixels tall and 1920 pixels wide. That's really large. And then you have typical laptop monitors, which are quite short. I've seen them around 768 pixels tall and 1360 pixels wide. So this isn't a 16 x 9. This is an even weirder kind of size, and both laptop monitors and a lot of notebooks have these very short and wide type of screens.

And then of course you have the mobile devices. A typical smartphone is 480 pixels on the long side and 320 pixels on the short side. Now, you may want to ask specifically about the iPhone with a Retina display. Well, the Retina iPhone will pretend to be 320 wide and 480 tall and then just provide you much better resolution, so you can still think of it as the same thing as a regular phone. When it comes to tablets, we have a lot more versions to deal with. We have the iPad 1 and iPad 2, which both were 1024x768, and now you also have the new iPad with a Retina display which is 2048 x 1536, and this operates the same way as the iPhone with a Retina display does.

It pretends to have the same resolution as the original iPad, but the resolution is actually much greater. So you can think of it as the same as the old one, but you have to have better graphics to support it. But the iPad isn't the only type of tablet out there. You also have standard android tablets, and on average, they are around 1280 x 800, which is almost 16 x 9. But you now also have new HD Android tablets coming out in the market and you will often find that they are around 1920 x 1200. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Consider this: let's say I am working on something like my blog and then I realize that I need to check some information on the web site. I might do this and then put the two next to one another. This isn't a specific standard size, but it's a fairly common scenario, and I see it a lot where people will put a web site on one side and then a Word document on the other and move information back and forth. Or they may scale it down like this so they have one small web site on one side and a large web site on the other. And when Windows 8 comes out, Windows 8 has a feature that automatically makes a layout that looks very much like this, where you have a very narrow bar on one side and then a large bar on the other side.

What I am trying to get at here is that you don't know the size of the viewport, but the person accessing your web site has. That means that you need to design your site in such a way that no matter what size this viewport or window has, your site will fit properly within it. That way, you create a properly responsive site that responds to the scenario the user is in, not the scenario that you're guessing the user will be in. When I design responsive web sites, I only focus on two sizes: the smallest size, which is the 320 pixel wide, and the largest size which would be a gigantic 1080p desktop monitor.

Then I figure out how these two can be reconfigured so that no matter what screen size or window the site is displayed in, the content is right up front and easy to digest, and the font size and word count per line is within standard parameters. It's more work, but it pays off in space.

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