Build a Responsive Website with Bootstrap

Build a Responsive Website with Bootstrap

Tablets and mobile devices have reinvented the World Wide Web, as we know it. We can now browse sites anywhere in the world faster, more efficiently and from a plethora of devices from a sleek and stylish desktop to a mobile phone smaller than a deck of cards. With the web interface dramatically changing and the end user rapidly transitioning from browsing on the Internet from their stationary and immobile desktop computer to spending more time eyeballing the web through their mobile device designers and developers are finding it challenging to build sites for all end users. The big question we need to be asking ourselves: How do I build a universal website that looks good and is functional across all devices and browsers? This is a big question and all businesses and individuals with a website need to start focusing on how they can adapt to the movement from desktop browsing to mobile browsing. However before you panic a wonderful solution was developed from some very smart developers at Twitter with an amazing framework called Bootstrap that can help you rebuild your website so it looks good and is functional across the majority of browsers and devices. For those of us designers and developers Bootstrap is actually very simple to use. I personally think it makes building great websites easier while developing a responsive based website. What is Bootstrap? Bootstrap is an open source front-end framework to building websites in a responsive way that allows you  to save time and money building consistent, easy to manage and extremely functional websites that work across the majority of web platforms....
The Hashtags Redefined Powerful Role

The Hashtags Redefined Powerful Role

Hashtags are a common social media character that has been invigirated causing  some to love it, hate it and other fear it. With the dawn of the new social media age the four crisscrossing lines no longer represent just a phone number. The hashtag has mutated into something much more powerful. Its more powerful than all other special characters causing jelousy from other including the email driven @ symbol. With the newly defined power of the hashtag Search Engine Watch shares a great article about the new role the special character plays in the new social media world. The Role of #Hashtags in Social Media and Search – Search Engine … Hashtags can be extremely powerful. When you optimize conversations, content, and updates with hashtags, they become more visible to others on social media platforms and search engines. Here’s how you can...
Detecting Mobile Traffic from your Site

Detecting Mobile Traffic from your Site

Mobile devices have evolved the way we live our lives. We can stay connected 24 hours a day to our friends, families, breaking news, entertainment and find out pretty much anything that is going on right now. We can search the web, find that perfect recipe for dinner and write articles or blog posts from our mobile device. Its safe to say that the mobile world has changed the way we perceive the world and turned everything that was waiting for us to do tomorrow into something we can do right now. This isn’t always a good thing but I am not going to rant about that right now. With that said it is important for online marketers, businesses, web developers/designers and pretty much anyone involved in building a website to realize that websites need to offer a mobile friendly interface. According to Blue Train Mobile as of Q4 2012 18% of all online traffic was from mobile devices and that is a 139% overall increase from the year before. So basically if you don’t have a mobile friendly website then you need one. However creating a mobile friendly website can be tough while trying to keep a site that still looks good for Desktops and notebooks. A lot of times they don’t look very good becasue you are trying to create a site that looks good on completely different platforms (PCs/Notebooks, Tablets and Phones). A pretty simple solution I found to help achieve a more professional looking site is a php Class written by Serban Ghita called Mobile-Detect. Basically the Class can detect what type of device the traffic your website is...
Apple Products vs Microsoft Surface

Apple Products vs Microsoft Surface

Yesterday I decided to run out and check out the new Microsoft Surface and Apple iPad mini. The first thing I noticed and I am always amazed by is not the products themselves but the popularity of the Apple store. It’s crazy that on a Monday afternoon the Apple store is jammed packed full of people playing with and buying Apple products. In comparison I was actually surprised how there wasn’t a lot of interest in the Surface which was being displayed in a Kiosk 50 feet away. The Apple store was full of energy and excitement while the Kiosk hosting the surface was kind of boring and plain. I was fully aware I wasn’t comparing apples to apples (no pun intended). The Apple store had a wide range of products and was a store front while the Microsoft Kiosk only sold the Surface. However I could definitely tell a difference in the level of excitement between the two stores. After spending some quality time playing around with the Surface for the first time I still craved for the iPad which I currently already have. The surface is basically a laptop disguised as a tablet. However it is harder to use then a typical laptop. For my purposes I use a tablet for email, Internet, reading books and games. I really don’t use it for much more then that. It is so much easier for me to write articles, build websites and do the day to day work on a laptop or desktop. I don’t even mess with a tablet when I need to do my big boy work....
Innovation vs Copying

Innovation vs Copying

To manage a successful business it is important to know your competition. However where is the line between innovation and copying? Zynga one of the worlds largest creators of online and mobile games has made it clear they are willing to copy and steal ideas from other companies and individuals as they have done with Tiny Towers and a number of other popular game titles. However does this translate to bad business, turning huge profits from copying the ideas of others? The real question that I would love to ask is would you rather be innovative and build a unique brand or would you rather copy ideas and make bigger profits? I don’t think their is anything wrong with using successful models and ideas to help your business grow but I am not in favor blatantly copying ideas unless you add your own innovative ideas to make them unique to your brand. Here is a letter the creators of Tiny Towers wrote to Zynga on copying their...