Responsive Design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of re-sizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).
WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPLv2 (or later). It is the official successor of b2/cafelog. WordPress is fresh software, but its roots and development go back to 2001. It is a mature and stable product. We hope by focusing on user experience and web standards we can create a tool different from anything else out there. WordPress is the same platform used by CNN, the Rolling Stone and just about every major site on the internet.
WordPress Fanatics. While there are other CMS Systems, we fully embrace WordPress as the way to design responsive websites today. JTM MultiMedia, Inc.’s web staff are WordPress fanatics.
In the past, websites were designed sort of like a magazine page. They were static. This means they looked good on the right size screen, but were a bit difficult to read on a tiny screen like a smart phone. In a static design, text and images can be precisely placed right where you wanted it to be displayed. This however causes problems in today’s structure as people use a wide range of devices and screen sizes to access the Web.
A Responsive design is one that formats the layout of a web page specifically for the size of screen it is being displayed on.
GOOGLE – In April 2015, Google started to lower the rankings of websites that are not responsive. Not to get into the politics of this, but if you want to rank high on Google, your site HAS to be responsive.
JTM MultiMedia, Inc. used to use a website design suite called Dream Weaver to build websites. Dream Weaver was capable of beautiful layouts, but they were not responsive. Dream Weaver was very complicated to learn and use.
In comes WordPress. WordPress was originally a blogging software and as such we did not give it much time. However, WordPress has evolved into a full fledged CMS (Content Management System), capable of creating fully responsive layouts.
With Google’s new requirements, we took a look at WordPress and dove in. We are now totally committed to WordPress development. We still support DreamWeaver, but strongly suggest switching sites to a responsive layout with WordPress driving it.
WordPress is dynamic, using PHP & MySQL as a data base to store small segments of the web page. Then, when a browser requests a page from the site, WordPress re-arranges these segments depending on the size of the browser window. WordPress will change the size of text and photos to fit. WordPress will re-arrange the menus so they are always at the top of the screen, sometimes collapsed to an icon, so people viewing on small screens can find it.
This being said, if you view a WordPress layout on a big desktop screen, there will most likely be more white space than you are use to. Also, the font may seem bigger than needed. However, if you squish down your browser window, or view the site on a small screen, the photos will be large enough to see and the text will be large enough to read.
Try it here. Go ahead and squish down this page in your browser window, squish it way done. See the text realign? If you squish it enough, you will see the menu change from a menu bar to an menu icon. View it on a smart phone, you’ll see the menu icon at the top of the page, the page will be reformatted for the small screen.
This is what responsive design is all about, and WordPress makes it happen. Be aware, not all WordPress sites are responsive. It takes special care to make sure that the design is done correctly.
WordPress Speed – Another thing to be aware of is a dynamic system like WordPress takes a bit longer to load pages as the data base is dynamically building the layout in real time. Static pages loaded fast, even on old slow servers, dynamic pages take a bit longer.
Knowing this, we host all WordPress sites on the latest, fastest servers with gobs of memory and SSD (Solid State Drive) hard drives and multiple high speed Internet connections thru our CloudFlare Content Distribution Network.
Our WordPress sites are designed with response time in mind, using techniques to only load graphics as the page is scrolled, so we don’t send big photos to the browser until needed. We also run a caching systems that speed execution times at the server and on the network. We host on fast servers with full solid state hard drives for the fastest response.
Our WordPress sites are designed with security in mind. Hosted in a secure data center with high physical security as well as high data security. While we don’t talk about the actual setup for security reasons, or the software we use to secure sites, you can be assured we do everything possible to secure your WordPress site’s data.
We have spent a lot of time studying WordPress security, as well as web server and network security as it relates to WordPress sites. Our WordPress sites are designed to interact with our CloudFlare CDN for security at the network’s edge (way before the web server). Then our web servers have all the security bells and whistles from Intrusion Detection to firewalls.
We design our WordPress sites to have there own security features built right into the site itself, just in case all the exterior security fails. This gives our WordPress sites 3 layers of enterprise level security against hacks, injections, DOS attacks, etc.