WP Engine vs Crazy Domains Speed Test

Florence Road used to host all client websites with Crazy Domains, but in the recent months it’s been shockingly slow and regularly down.  We also found that many sites were getting hacked, and we were spending unpaid weekends fixing our clients websites.  So we decided to move everything to WP Engine. Read more

Global Social Media Check-Up 2012

I recently stumbled on this presentation, and as someone who has worked corporately for one of the ‘most mentioned brands in social media in 2012’ I think back to when social media was ‘something we should think about’ vs now it’s ‘something that must be done’. Read more

Google + Local Replaces Google Places

Google Places is extinct and is now replaced by Google + Local.  So what’s changed?   Why do businesses have two pages? Why should you even care? Read more

Google Places – Why it matters

It’s 7:48am in Melbourne, and it’s freezing cold.  I have a 9:00am meeting, and figured the best thing to do was to beat traffic, get in early, and find a local cafe.   I’m meeting Google for my 12.30pm meeting today, but my day has already been heavily influenced by Google already.  
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Cloudflare Security and Analytics

I recently moved our hosting, and a number of clients hosting over to WP Engine, but what I didn’t expect was a fairly significant drop in visits to our site to the tune of 25%. What I didn’t realise was that this was in fact a blessing in disguise! Read more

Chrome is the new browser king

Ask any web developer and they’ll tell you how much they despise Internet Explorer 5, 6, 7, 8, so today’s news that Chrome has overtaken IE as the most popular browser is very welcome! Read more

Risc – Responsive Design

One size doesn’t fit all anymore. Mobile phones, tablets, and even TVs now access the web, so its vital that your website has the ability to serve the variety of devices.

Objective

All businesses need a mobile friendly or tablet friendly site. Especially a premium consultancy like RISC, who have highly influential, time poor customers.

Challenge

Having already built the website for Risc, and selecting a theme that didn’t have responsive style sheets built in, we’d have to consider either

a) creating a redirect site for mobile/tablet use; or

b) changing the style sheets using media queries (i.e if site is between 200px and 500px make the menu look like this…)

We chose the latter because we felt maintaining two sites would be overkill, and we also wanted the ability for the site to resize according to the screen size.  In some instances going with a redirect might be advisable if you wanted to reduce load times by uploading smaller images.

Solution

There were 3 main considerations in developing new style sheets:

1) All widths had to be fluid, so that as the screen got smaller or bigger, the dimensions of the site would change, becoming either bigger or smaller.

2) The homepage had to be completely redone , as a two column approach wouldn’t work on a mobile.  We in effect hide those elements on a mobile.

3) The menu system would ultimately take up the majority of the viewing space so we utilised what is called a toggle menu, that appears and disappears on click.

We created rules for style sheets such as, if device is x size, then make the site look like x. The most important piece was the menu, which we decided on a toggle menu, click and it drops down, click and it dissapears.

Lastly we did some testing and of course found that internet explorer 7 (and below) didn’t like the media queries.  IE7 doesn’t play nice with most things, so we found some neat little javascript code that taught IE7 to behave like the other kids.  If you are reading this and you are on IE7 or below, please do us web designers a favour and upgrade, or switch to Chrome / Firefox.

Try it

Open www.riscpl.com on your mobile or simply resize your browser to see it in action.

Kiss my ass iTunes

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