Q + A about theme design for Wordpress
September 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm #1262
Anybody working with Responsive Themes? Seems to be a good solution for WP sites rendered on desktop/laptop/tablet/smartphone.
A primer: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/22/responsive-web-design-techniques-tools-and-design-strategies/
Got an opinion, pro or con? Got a theme you like? I starting TwentyEleven.September 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm #2141Margarete KoenenParticipant
I love the way Twenty Eleven responds to various screen sizes. However, building a child theme to it is a bit trickier than it was for TwentyTen.You have to do define sizes in percentages and make sure things don’t start to collide, overlap or simply look weird as you resize the browser window.September 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm #2142
Thanks Margarete. Have you used TwentyEleven on any sites? Have any thoughts on other solutions for sites to be viewed w laptop, ipad and smartphone? Responsive themes appeal to me because most of my client’s sites/budgets are smallish. Many are authors. They do not know they will want this. But they will.September 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm #2143Margarete KoenenParticipant
I completely agree with you. Given the wide variety of device sizes that we have to consider, responsive themes are the best solution. Just a bit of a learning curve, and certain limitations to keep in mind.
I am using TwentyEleven on http://126.96.36.199/ , http://188.8.131.52/ and http://theintuitivecompass.com/book/ , three closely related websites. My websites tend to have highly customized looks. As you resize the sites above, you will see that elements start overlapping and that the navigation on the left becomes a problem. Figuring all of that out will go into the next phase of development.
I also did some experimenting on http://drron.me. You will see that resizing works well here even though it is also highly customized.
Have you used TwentyEleven for any of your sites? Were you able to customize it the way you wanted?September 15, 2011 at 3:51 am #2144
I like your site design and look forward to seeing the next phase.
My freelancer started talking about RD last week. He wants to use it on our next project that is still in the concept phase. It all sounds so positive and I am ready to dive in but thought WPNYC would be the perfect place to ask around. I hadn’t heard anybody talking about RD though I missed the last meeting. Glad I did here and very glad you spoke up. I have another site that I am starting on that also seems right. I will be in touch when I have something to show you.
I see you also posted in a topic “How to make WordPress iPad friendly.” Time to do my homework.September 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm #2145SteveKeymaster
Not sure if we’ll get to RD this year… we already have speakers booked to the end of 2011. But this meetup sounds promising: http://www.meetup.com/ResponsiveWebDesign/September 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm #2146
You rock, Steve. Thanks for the info. I see this MeetUp group started only five days ago. I will be checking them out. I have begun my homework, and while RD is well documented on-line, this site got my attention: http://trentwalton.com/2011/05/10/fit-to-scale/ . Because of the design, it has my immediate respect. I first found it here: http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/30-creative-examples-of-responsive-web-designJanuary 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm #2147
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