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5 Development Tips that will make your website more dynamic

As HTML 5 and CSS further push the boundaries of website development, software development gurus often forget about the basic things that make a website look and most importantly, feel great when visited.

It’s not rare that you see a website development guru fall in love with his code and this usually leads to him getting lost in the complexities of the two markup languages mentioned above. Sure, HTML and CSS offer great flexibility and a complete toolset for creating luxurious and exuberant websites but most of the time it’s more important to not overlook the essentials of website development and build primarily upon them.

Below we have put together a list of website development tips and practices that we employ in order to build dynamic websites so pour yourself a cup of coder beverage (coffee of course) and enjoy.


1. Simple Software Development

Simplicity is first on the list for a very good reason, and I can not stress this enough: a simple, responsive website is much better and certainly much more dynamic than a website overloaded with content, menus and gadgets.

Proof of this is basically everywhere on the internet. Think about the last time you have stumbled upon a crowded, overburdened website. Were you thinking “Man, the developers that made this must be really good because they managed to box up so much in such a small space. “ Probably not. It’s more likely that you were trying to get away from it as fast as possible.


2. Use a Flexible Layout

Building an interesting and successful website implies that you should also prepare for heavy traffic. Besides server issues, which I’m not going to get into here, you will also be faced with another problem: visitors will view your website from a wide range of devices and you should prepare your layout accordingly.

Smartphones, laptops, desktops, tablets, all kinds of shapes and sizes will be used to access your site making a flexible layout an important asset. Using a great and flexible grid system and long decimals to avoid runtime errors will ensure a relative width that will adapt to viewport size and will also handle screen orientation changes when using tablets and Smartphones.


3. Fluid Images

Fluid images are a main ingredient of a simple and effective style. Being able to stretch and reduce images at will is essential for giving your website a dynamic feel. Also, if bandwidth is not an issue, breakpoints may be implemented for alternate pictures.

Adaptive sizing can be achieved by simply using percentages instead of numbers. For example “img {width: 100%;}”. Also, don’t forget to limit widths to file size by adding “img{max-width: 100%}”.


4. Use a vertical layout for mobile

When browsing a website from a low-end mobile device content will be displayed squeezed and in low resolution making it undistinguishable. The best way to work around this is by using a vertical layout.

Everything should be displayed in a single column even if this means more scrolling. At least content will be readable and the layout consistent. This can be easily achieved by overriding the width of every column in the mobile stylesheet.


5. Get Rid of redundant content for mobile

This is simple and straightforward: remove sections such as Ads, Related, Tips, Help or Archive from your mobile website. These will almost never we used in a mobile context and will only clog your site.

To do this apply a “.not_mobile” class to all content that you want hidden from your mobile website.

 
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