There’s no doubt that with the proliferation of mobile devices in recent years web site design has gotten a lot more complex. It is now more than ever important that you offer the best experience to your site visitors no matter what device they may be accessing your content through. Offering a mobile optimised experience is a time consuming exercise for a developer, and maintaining two codes bases for your sites can be problematic.
In recent years there has been a large movement towards offering the best of both worlds in a responsive site. A site which isn’t constrained by the fixed dimensions, that works equally well on a large display or a small screen mobile device.
I haven’t touch the design of my site for a couple of years now. I went down a “design” by iteration route until I got to the point where I was happy enough with the design that I stopped. Since then I have wanted to update the site on a few occasions and even got to the point where I have been tinkering with the layout, fonts and overall design. What became clear as I was doing this was that making the site that I already had responsive was not going to be a quick and easy task.
Today I have decided to drop my theme and instead of wasting my time on creating a theme use the latest in-built theme from WordPress. I have installed and activated <a href="http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/twentytwelve" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://wordpress why not try these out.org/extend/themes/twentytwelve’, ‘Twenty Twelve’]);” target=”_blank”>Twenty Twelve, the new responsive theme from wordpress.
It takes all of the heavy lifting out of the design and what I end up with is an extremely flexible design which not only functions extremely well in the responsive world but also in my opinion looks great as well.
I’m sure over the coming months I will add my own little touches here and there. I also still haven’t given up on the idea of creating my own responsive design, however I think I will use my commercial site to work this out on, so stay posted for news in this area.