New Milford Web Design specializes in creating simple, informative html websites.
My approach to website design has remained pretty much the same since
I began doing this type of work back in 1997.
Keep it simple, practical, useful and affordable.
Rather than offer a multitude of options with varying degrees of success,
I prefer to accomplish a few things exceptionally well.
I build websites in a very frugal manner. A good portion of the work I do comes from individuals and businesses that have previously tried building and maintaining websites on their own. Somewhere along the line they realize that there is more to it than they originally envisioned. The abyss between what you want from your website and what you really need to know to accomplish it can be a tricky conversation. That abyss can be a lonely, frustrating and expensive place when going it alone. My belief is that it is more prudent to grow into the website that you are looking for rather than try to accomplish it all at once.
New Milford Web Design does not use CMS options such as WordPress, Joomla, or ModX. And, the webstudio does not use website templates when building sites.
Instead, we talk about and explore what you are expecting to get from your new website. We come up with a few good ideas about how to accomplish those goals. And, then, we simply start building a website from scratch.
It actually takes less time to build a website from scratch than trying to customize a purchased template. Plus, when we build it ourselves, we know what makes it work – which is a tremendous advantage should we ever need to do updates or add features in the future.
Summer 2016. As a result of the growing interest in Responsive Website Design, the webstudio will be unrolling a series of options for clients to have their existing websites converted to a responsive format. I have to admit that I never recommended redesign for "small screen" in the past. My logic was that people simply wouldn't want to read larger articles from their smartphones. Instead I recommended running "mobile specific sites" which contained (primarily) key information instead. As I get older (and my reading glasses get thicker) the prospect of reading War and Peace from my cell phone simply has/had no appeal. But, as is often the case, my sense of practicality may not necessarily reflect trends as they emerge. We all learn to adapt.
In large part, the growth in the physical size of smartphones has been a contributing factor to the entire discussion. Whereas it was once thought that smaller phones were more convenient than larger ones, current studies show that as personal smartphones are being used for more than making phone calls and retrieving emails, people adapted to (and welcomed) larger phone design as a natural progression of the technology. Some larger smartphones are already almost (but not quite) the size of a small tablet.
Most legacy webstudio websites do render fairly well on typical tablets. And, most actually do "look okay" on mobile devices, but to be truly readable, these sites require a little effort on the part of the user at the mobile level. That is precisely where the discussion begins.
If you would like more information on converting your website to a responsive format, simply contact the webstudio. I will be writing more about this transition-option in the coming months.
I do recommend that we carefully review your analytics before making any decisions regarding responsive design. In many cases your actual stats can often run contrary to popular web-lore. If your website is primarily viewed by desktop and tablet users, and the bounce rate of mobile users is not exceptional... I would recommend simply keeping things as they are.