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Why You Need A Mobile Website

Why Do You Need A Mobile Website - Responsive Design

Why do you need a mobile website?

Today, with the advancements in mobile technology and the increased availability of Wifi/3G/4G networks, surfing the web using mobile devices has become an normal sight the world over. Whether in North America, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa or South America, you can easily spot locals catching the latest news, watching cat videos or social networking using smartphones or tablets

For many around the globe, who mostly just want to go online, it’s more economical and practical to buy a smartphone or tablet than to buy a desktop machine. The equation is simple: Mobile devices cost substantially less, and Wifi or 3G/4G networks are readily available for reasonable rates.

Along with this shift in device distribution, the nature of online activity has also evolved. Due to devices’ miniscule screen sizes (between 4 to 5 inches on smartphones) and limited hardware resources (weaker processor chip and graphics card), mobile device owners are more selective with the sites they choose to frequent. Sites that perform nicely on devices and give mobile users the most comfortable experience, benefit from the most traffic. The sites that aren’t are abandoned very quickly by users.

Basically, in order for a site owner to keep their visitors satisfied and coming back for more, their site must perform smoothly on devices and be displayed in an easy-to-view manner.

Here are some findings which might give you something to think about:

According to Compuware (July 2011), 71% of global mobile web users expect websites to load as quickly, almost as quickly, or faster, on their mobile phone compared to the computer they use at home.

Cisco (2012) forecasts that by the end of 2013, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2017 there will be nearly 1.4 mobile devices per capita.

The ITU (February 2010) expects mobile Web access – via laptops and smart mobile devices – to overtake desktop Web within the next five years.

Strategy Analytics (March 2010) estimates that at the end of 2009 almost 530 million users browsed the mobile Web on their handset. This is forecast to rise to over 1 billion by 2015.*

Four out of five US smartphone owners, use phone to help with shopping, according to Google/Ipsos (April 2011). A survey of 5013 US smartphone owners. *

For every shopping activity, including researching products and prices, reviews, promotions and purchasing products, most respondents (61-81%) [US consumers] preferred browser to native app.

Source: Keynote/Adobe (October 2010) *

In order to stand out and be competitive in this newly emerging reality you’d need to be able to reach out to the millions of mobile users out there, many of whom are not in the possession of a PC and can only access the web from their mobile devices. You can do so, by creating an optimized-for-mobile site for your business or organization.

 

Additional Resources  – Responsive Web Design aka Adaptive Web design

Responsive Web Design aka Adaptive Web Design #ResponsiveDesign #WebDesign

Responsive Web Design

 

Essentially the term was used in Responsive Web Design, an article by Ethan Marcotte on A List Apart. In general, the article proposed addressing the ever-changing landscape of devices, browsers, screen sizes and orientations by creating flexible, fluid and adaptive Web sites. Instead of responding to today’s needs for a desktop Web version adapted to the most common screen resolution, along with a particular mobile version (often specific to a single mobile device), the idea is to approach the issue the other way around: use flexible and fluid layouts that adapt to almost any screen.

Responsive websites are those crafted to use W3C CSS3 media queries with fluid grids and commonly also fluid images, to adapt the layout to the viewing environment. The idea of responsive web design is to make websites that fit multiple screen sizes. For the designer and developer that means they only have to work on one version of the website instead of designing one for desktop computers and another for mobile devices. Fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries are the three technical ingredients for responsive web design, but it also requires a different way of thinking.

Core Concepts
Three key technical features are the heart of responsive Web design:

  1. Media queries and media query listeners.
  2. A flexible grid-based layout that uses relative sizing.
  3. Flexible images and media, through dynamic resizing or CSS

Truly responsive Web design requires all three features to be implemented.

The key point is adapting to the user’s needs and device capabilities. Suppose a mobile user will be viewing your site on a small screen. Taking the user’s needs into account doesn’t just mean adapting your content to the screen size. It also means thinking about what that mobile user will require first when visiting your site and then laying out the content accordingly. Maybe you’ll present the information in a different order. Don’t assume the user won’t need access to all the site information because she’s on a mobile device. You might need to change the fonts or interaction areas to respond better to a touch environment. All these factors influence responsive Web design.

While mobile devices are changing the display landscape, with the appearance of more and more small screens, don’t forget what’s happening at the other end of the spectrum. Displays are also getting larger and with higher resolution. Having to serve both segments shouldn’t stop designers from being innovative on either.

Responsive Web Design or Adaptive Design has evolved from being a strong trend to become a reality of the web today. In a world that has been conquered by mobile devices over the past two decades, no one now understands a website that cannot be viewed on different screen resolutions, or at the very least the minimum provided on smartphones and tablets. The latest surveys on internet use in many countries no longer make a point of discussing the use of these portable devices because they are a reality: connections to the internet from these devices has grown exponentially over recent years.

If you have not updated we recommend you do. If you do not know this web design technique already we recommend you study, research and learn about it. Make sure your website displays correctly with mobile devices. Use a responsive website design that adapts to any device, create a separate mobile site, or use mobile web development tools to optimize your current site. Contact Us Today For FREE Consultation 888-404-8282 or email contact@lordgriffin.net

 

Responsive Web Design

 

Learn More About Responsive Web Design / Adaptive Web Design

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10 Great Examples of Adaptive Websites

Awwwards – BEST WEBSITES EXAMPLES OF DESIGNS WITH RESPONSIVE DESIGN

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Website Migration: Lord & Griffin Web Solutions #WebsiteMigration #WebHosting

Website Migration

Each time you swap hosting providers, you’re met with plenty of obstacles. At Lord & Griffin Web Solutions, we’re here for you, ready to make this procedure much easier – we will do all the work for you and will migrate all your files, MySQL databases and e–mails.

At Lord & Griffin Web Solutions, we understand that this can be hard & time–consuming. That’s the reason why we will perform all that for you at no cost! Our experienced technical team reps will migrate your web site content from your current provider to us. Our technicians have got a lot of experience migrating web sites and can take care of everything – from a normal WordPress blog or Joomla web site, to a very elaborate, custom–built web app.*

Q: Why do I have to move my web site? What does web site migration include?

Q: Why do I have to move my web site? What does web site migration include?

A: When your present web hosting provider can no longer fulfill the requirements of your website, or if you face frequent network downtime, or if you are made to wait for hours for the customer service staff to reply back to you, it may be smart to switch your provider, i.e. to transfer all the files for your websites together with your databases from your current provider to your new provider.

Q: Web site migration seems like a lot of work. How much time will it take?

Q: Web site migration seems like a lot of work. How much time will it take?

A: There are plenty of variables to bear in mind – the overall number of files, the size of the database, the complexity of the site itself and the current workload of our web site migration experts, etc. Having said that, we do our very best to accomplish all website migrations in a 48–hour period. Smaller web sites are migrated faster – typically within 24 hours.

Q: My personal privacy is essential for me. What data do you require?

Q: My personal privacy is essential for me. What data do you require?

A: We will require the name of the website that you would like us to move. We’ll also require a means to access your present hosting account so that we can get the content pertaining to your site.

Q: My current web hosting account has sensitive info inside. How can I trust you?

Q: My current web hosting account has sensitive info inside. How can I trust you?

A: In order for us to start the transfer of your web hosting account, you must first open an account with us. Opening an account with us will require that you  disclose essentially the same details you have provided to your current web hosting provider. We’ve also got an extremely strict Privacy Policy, which specifies how sensitive info is dealt with.

Q: How about downtime? Will my site be offline?

Q: How about downtime? Will my site be offline?

A: Your site will continue to work just like it did before with your previous web hosting provider. As soon as we are done with the transfer, your web site will be configured to work on our platform and we will ask you to preview it. If it is working correctly, all you will have to do is edit the NS resource records for your domain. Your web site will be migrated to us without any downtime.

Q: Will my present hosting provider need to provide any information/help?

Q: Will my present hosting provider need to provide any information/help?

A: While we transfer your content, your web hosting provider won’t be aware of the migration at all. We will not get in touch with them in any way.

 

Professional Customized Web Design and Hosting Solutions – #WebDesign #WebHosting

Lord & Griffin IT Solutions is a company providing professional-level customized Web Design and Hosting solutions, Web applications development, Desktop APPs , full-featured online shopping stores, Software development, Client server technology. We design, manage, build and maintain high quality solutions for a wide range of businesses and individuals. We have built our business by working with clients to ensure the solutions we develop are profitable for them.

Services
OpenSource CMS : Joomla, Mambo, PHPNuke, Drupal, Dolphi, Concrete5, Insite creations
Ecommerce: OsCommerce, ZenCart, X-cart, Magento, Open Cart,CreLoaded OScommerce
Blogs : WordPress, Express engine
Design : XHTML , CSS, W3c Compatible, SEO Friendly Design, Mobile Web And App
Site Promotion: SEO, SMO, Link Building, PPC, Email Marketing

We specialize in developing small sites of 4-15 pages in quick time to client satisfaction.
Our hourly charge is very competitive considering the quality of work we deliver.
We accept payments through PayPal , which ensures a simple and secure payment service.

Why Us?

At Lord & Griffin IT Solutions (Web Division) , our aim is to offer innovative web hosting solutions. Our website hosting services come with abundant hard drive space and data traffic allotments, domain registration & transfer options, advanced Domain and Email Managers, multi-website hosting possibilities, as well as free-of-charge extras, such as a single-click PHP scripts installer and a site builder. All accounts can be easily administered through our multi-language Control Panel. A 24/7/365 customer support service is available too.

 

Hepsia – A point ‘n’ click hosting Control Panel

With your web hosting package, you will get our cutting edge,  in-house created web hosting Hepsia CP, which will make administering your web presence a breeze. With one click of the mouse, you will be able to upload a file, to register a domain or to set up a new email account. It’s just that easy! You will also have access to comprehensive real-time traffic statistics.

Manage multiple websites

With us, you will be able to administer multiple sites and mailbox accounts from one single place – our in-house built hosting Hepsia CP. You will be able to register, transfer and renew multiple domains at the same time, and to manage their settings through an easy-to-handle tool.

An all-in-one mail management solution

Our all-encompassing Email Manager allows you to create multiple e-mail accounts and to exert total authority over their settings. You can redirect electronic mails, set up autoresponders and mailing lists and much more. Your e-mailbox accounts will be protected against spam messages and viruses. You can administer your e-mailboxes through webmail as well.

A cloud web hosting platform

We have concocted a well-balanced web hosting platform whereby the load is being distributed across multiple servers. Thus, you never face the risk of going offline because of server overload issues and your web sites will be running with 99.9 percent network uptime guarantee. even if there is a problem with any of the hosting servers.

A charge-free PHP scripts installation tool

We have included a PHP scripts installer offering a one-click installation of over fifty PHP apps. Using it, you can create online journals, photo albums, Content Management System-powered sites, community portals, shopping portals, etc. Just choose the web application that you want, specify your domain and press the ‘Install’ button. Your new web site will be online within a couple of seconds. Also, we offer an array of free-of-cost website templates.

A 24x7x365 tech support service

We are here 24×7 to answer your questions and to offer timely support whenever you need it. You can reach us via telephone or via live chat for any pre-sale or general inquiries, or via e-mail or through the Control Panel-incorporated trouble ticket system for any technical issues. Never hesitate to touch base with us at any time.

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Integrating Newsletter Functionality Into WordPress

Integrating Newsletter Functionality Into Your WordPress Website

Integrating WordPress with MailChimpDespite the exploding popularity of social media as a trust-building marketing channel, email campaigns do remain a key method for turning one-time visitors into returning customers and for prompting conversions.

If you are using WordPress as a technological basis for your web hosting store, you could take advantage of one of the many newsletter plugins available.

To help you with your choice, we recommend that you go with the MailChimp email campaign application in particular.

Why choose the MailChimp email campaign application?

MailChimp offers a simple interface for designing and sharing email campaigns, for managing subscriber lists and for tracking results, even if you’ve never done this before.

They have a free plan, which allows you to send 12,000 emails per month to a list of up to 2,000 subscribers. This is a great way to jump into email marketing at no cost, while offering your customers an up-to-all-standards, responsive and eye-pleasing email experience.

Here are some of the features included in the MailChimp free plan:

  • A/B testing
  • reports
  • email beamer
  • email designer
  • email templates
  • multi-user accounts
  • geolocation
  • RSS to email
  • custom forms
  • segmentation and groups
  • social sharing

If you want to make use of some extra email campaign features (like auto-responders and anti-spam diagnostics) and remove the MailChimp badge from your campaign footer, you can always upgrade to one of their paid plans starting from 10 USD/month.

How to get started with MailChimp?

First, you will need to set up an account with MailChimp. After you go through the signup process, you will be asked to fill in some extra details for compliance with international spam policies. When done, you’ll be directed to your account dashboard from where you can quickly start configuring your MailChimp.

From here, you will have to create your first mailing list (from the Lists menu on the left and then click on the Create List button on the top right), selecting a name of the list, a “from” email address, and a Sender’s name, so that they will know that the email is from you. You may also explain why your subscribers are receiving the email in the description box, to avoid any potential opt-outs from suspicious users.

Next, you will have to create your API key that will help you integrate MailChimp into your WordPress store later on.

From the Account Settings menu, select Extras and click on API keys in the drop-down menu. Then scroll down and click on the Create A Key button – your API key will be generated for you automatically.

How to setup MailChimp on your WordPress store?

With the help of the MailChimp plugin for WordPress, you can integrate your mailing list setup into your store very quickly.

Now simply add the MailChimp plugin for WordPress to your store and activate it.

MailChimp for WordPress plugin

In the MailChimp for WP area in your WordPress menu, enter the API Key that you have created in your MailChimp account and click the Save button:

MailChimp - API key generation

Finally, go to the Forms submenu of the MailChimp for WP area and copy the Shortcode for the newsletter subscription form.

MailChimp - signup form code

Here is an example of how a newsletter subscription popup for a hosting store looks like:

Newsletter subscription form

How to create and manage your email campaigns?

MailChimp have a great set of video tutorials on how to create and manage your email campaigns using the application. Through the Campaign Builder, you can select a campaign type, add recipients, choose a template design, and add your custom content, with a click of the mouse.

On the site you can find a great step-by-step video tutorial on how to create your first email campaign, using a custom theme of your choice:

How to create an email campaign with MailChimp

If you haven’t yet set up your WordPress-based hosting store, take a look at the fully-customizable free reseller hosting themes that we have designed for you:

Free reseller hosting WordPress themes by ResellersPanel

Lord & Griffin IT Solutions’ Free Web Hosting Reseller Program, offered by ResellersPanel can be managed via our easy-to-use Reseller Control Panel, which will allow you to quickly customize your reseller store template, modify the product pricing, review statistics, boost your reseller anonymity, etc.

Are you ready for a loyal and easy-going business relationship with Lord & Griffin IT Solutions’ Free Web Hosting Reseller Program, offered by ResellersPanel?  Join forces with Lord & Griffin IT Solutions’ Free Web Hosting Reseller Program, right away – you can gain money from home and be your own boss! All for FREE, with Lord & Griffin IT Solutions’ Free Web Hosting Reseller Program, offered by ResellersPanel!

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