By Chris Converse | Thursday, August 14, 2014
When considering user experience for mobile, speed of download is a huge factor. People are typically using a cellular data plan when browsing on phones, and website performance is rarely optimal under these circumstances.
Here are some techniques for reducing the number of times your web page needs to go back to the server to “ask for more” files.
By Chris Converse | Saturday, July 26, 2014
When creating graphics for the web, we walk a delicate line between file size and image quality. We want smaller files for faster performing sites, especially on mobile, but we also want beautiful imagery on today/s high-quality screens.
With nearly 20% of all web traffic coming from mobile devices, it’s important to consider the file size of your graphics. The irony of this trend is that mobile devices have higher quality displays and, typically, a slower internet connection. This challenges web designers to create high-quality graphics with smaller file sizes.
This is a pretty tough order, but I have some techniques that can help reduce sizes and optimize graphics for web delivery.
By Chris Converse | Thursday, June 12, 2014
The general goal of a web-based slideshow is to give your site visitors an optimized, easy-to-navigate image viewing experience. Since navigation can take up valuable screen real estate, many slideshows opt to use an overlay, or lightbox effect, to give users the option of viewing a larger version of an image.
By Chris Converse | Friday, May 09, 2014
As mobile and tablet Internet usage continues to grow, responsive web design becomes more and more important. Some reports suggest that mobile Internet usage may actually surpass desktop usage this year. For any website not taking advantage of responsive design, this means a loss of traffic and fewer conversions.
When creating a responsive website, it’s especially important to know the best practices for images and media. In this article, we’ll talk about bitmap-based web graphics, including JPG, GIF, and PNG, as well as video.
By Chris Converse | Wednesday, May 07, 2014
As mobile web usage continues to rise, it’s increasingly important that your website functions across all types of devices and screen sizes. The smartest way to provide the best user experience (UX) for today’s technology is to create a website with a responsive design.
By Chris Converse | Friday, May 02, 2014
If you want to capture your audience’s attention, you have to provide a great user experience. An interactive website is one of the best ways to keep your users engaged and returning to your site. While interactive websites may look impressive, they don’t have to be difficult to create. With jQuery, you can achieve an interactive web experience rather easily.
By Chris Converse | Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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With so many people now reading email on mobile devices that support the HTML5 standard, it’s becoming easier and easier to incorporate video into emails. Even better: Mobile and desktop email clients that don’t support HTML5 video will fall back to a user-friendly, clickable link, so no one is left out.
By Chris Converse | Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Responsive web design techniques aren’t just for changing the layout and composition of your web designs; they can also optimize your project’s imagery for high-resolution screens. CSS3 media queries include properties for detecting the pixel ratio of a device’s screen—and when the pixel density value is two or greater, we know the device has a high-density display, and can use high-definition graphics.
Standard definition graphics can appear soft or blurry when viewed on a high-density display.
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