Design or Development?
The Difference Matters
Website design is about the looks and workings of a website.
It's the art of styling the public viewing page of a website. It involves the site's appearance and function. A good web designer takes into account the principles of visual design, the user experience and the client's needs. Website design is about the styling and function of a website and not so much about the coding and programming that makes it work.
Website development is the "how" and "why" that brings a website to life.
A developer's focus is on how a site works, how actions are performed and how things function behind the scenes. A good developer makes the function of website design happen effectively and without any bugs.
Designers and developers work together to build the internet. Dina's Desktop provides beautiful and functional website design with connections to several talented developers. Working together, Dina and the developer will empower your virtual space across the World Wide Web.
Types of Website Design
You may have heard terms like responsive, liquid or fixed website design. What does it all mean and what is it going to cost? Website development is increasingly complicated, but the innovations provide a more simplistic viewing for users. Dina's Desktop sheds light on these terms to help determine which design type is the best for your website.
Fixed web pages have a set width that won't alter when the browser is resized, no matter what device the website is being viewed on. The content is harder to view on smaller devices such as smart phones or tablets. Users will have to scroll horizontally to view the rest of the page, or pinch and expand to zoom in and out. This causes the structure to fall apart with images and text jumping around the page. It can be suited for audiences that are unlikely to use small screens.
Adaptive design allows content to expand and contract in a predictable manner depending on the browser size. The columns are built on percentages instead of on an absolute layout allowing columns to increase and decrease relative to each other. This layout is suited for varying laptops and monitor sizes.
This design approach provides easier viewing for different devices. Users won't have to resize or scroll the pages to see the content. The layout is structured by predetermined screen sizes. A different content layout will display based on the percentage of screen size available. A three column layout will be exchanged for a two column when screen size is reduced to an assigned percentage. The size and quality of images are also downloaded differently depending on the speed of the internet service. Slower connections will be loaded with smaller images of lower resolution. This layout is well suited for smart phones and tablets and for varying monitor sizes.
Which type of website design is right for your company?
Dina's Desktop will help you to analyze which devices your target audience uses to view your website in order to determine the best design structure for your business. The younger adults of today tend to use multiple devices. They will browse from their smart phones while on the go and then might follow up from a tablet or laptop. But, if your target audience is old school, they will likely be using desktops and laptops. Though times, they are a changing. Fluid design suits every device and will provide the most functionality for the majority of users.