How to Create a Mobile Version of Your WordPress Site
Jun23

How to Create a Mobile Version of Your WordPress Site

23SHARESFacebookTwitter Contrary to popular belief, there is no point in producing a separate version of your website – from scratch – just for mobile, because you can simply incorporate a responsive design instead. What is a responsive design exactly? It’s a web design technique that scales the site, layout and content appropriately to match the screen resolution of the device users are browsing on. This means that it doesn’t matter whether visitors are looking at your site with a desktop, mobile or tablet – the site will automatically scale to fit. For example, you can see that this blog has responsive design enabled because, if you adjust your browser window to a smaller size, everything in the blog resizes to fit the new window. Note the lack of a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the window – that means that everything on the blog has been reformatted to fit the window perfectly. So, how can you create a responsive, mobile WordPress site? For the most part, any web designer can implement a responsive design but it does take a bit of extra time and effort. That’s one reason why WordPress is so fantastic. All of that extra work can be eliminated – and additional functionality can be unlocked – by installing a responsive theme or plugin. If you’re looking to improve your WordPress-powered mobile website then plugins offer the easiest way to do that. Sorting through the massive catalog of plugins for WordPress can be daunting, to say the least. Not to mention the fact that there are usually several variants of the same plugin type, just adding to the general confusion. To make things easier, I’ve compiled a list of plugins that will help you achieve that excellent mobile site you’ve been wanting. 1. Duda Mobile Website Builder With Duda Mobile Website Builder, you can have a mobile version of your site up and running in no time. It works like a visual editor, allowing you to edit the layout of your mobile site with drag-and-drop mechanics. It’s easy to use, and it does a pretty good job of converting your regular site into a mobile one for you automatically. That being said, you can further customize aspects of the site so that they are to your liking. Of course, the plugin also makes the following features available for your mobile site: Click-to-Call Mobile Maps Business Hours Yelp Reviews Image Slider Photo Gallery Embed Videos Facebook Like Button Social Icons It’s worth noting that you don’t have to incorporate or use all of the features listed, but they are available if you decide you need them....

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What new features does WordPress 3.8 give us?
Dec19

What new features does WordPress 3.8 give us?

13SHARESFacebookTwitter Crowned as the “most beautiful WordPress yet”, what exactly does this new version give us aside from a new fancy user interface? From first glance, and from not even reading the full list of feature updates, I can already see that they’ve made this version of WordPress very tablet friendly. You only to have to login to WordPress via tablet or minimise your browser to see that it will respond (responsive design) to whatever resolution you’re working in. See this as an example: As you can see, the text is replaced by those larger icons – so that it fits quite comfortably when you’re browsing the WordPress 3.8 admin control centre. You’ll also notice that from a design perspective, things have become much darker on the menu side of things. The default colours have changed from white to black. I personally love this change, as it gives the WordPress 3.8 admin area that sleek feel and the white text behind a black ground makes it easy on the eyes. On that note, you can change the colour schemes in the admin control centre with a colour picker that WordPress have incorporated into the latest build: You’ll notice that most of this review has been focused on the design aspects of WordPress 3.8. This is because the 3.8 is all about updating the user interface to give it that sleek and sexy look. To addon to this sentiment, WordPress have also released a new theme called “Twenty Fourteen”. It’s a magazine based theme and it looks quite sleek, although I’ve found that it would require a lot of tweaking to make it look like the image WordPress has given us:   There’s not too much that I can delve into when it comes to features, as this 3.8 update seems to have been all about design. As always, the WordPress team have delivered a fantastic result and I feel they’ve added enough features, that another feature update would be somewhat...

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6 Tips for Effective Tech Blogging
Nov12

6 Tips for Effective Tech Blogging

20SHARESFacebookTwitter This is a guest post by Selena Mitchell who works as a smartphone developer. In this article she gives her views on what tech blogs can do to improve their online content and reach. Working for an app development company, tech blogging was a first time experience for me. Surrounded by tech snots, developers and designers I felt like a pre-schooler seated in an IT lecture. Many a times, I’d find them talking like the star cast of Matrix, speaking a language where I’d often reply back with “Take me to your leader”- and after a few blank looks, they’d point me towards our boss’s door. So yeah, the field was new and looked encrypted but thanks to a few helpful pointers from a colleague here’s what can make your tech blogging effective and make it blog stand out in no time. 1. Google up techno babble Yes, all these buzzwords and techno speaking may sound intimidating but Google really does help simplify your job instantly. Even when you feel unable to catch up with the techno jargon, the only best thing you can do is to make best friends with Google and ask the engine at least 6 queries before lunch. 2. Read… a lot When you kick start your career as a tech blogger, the only best advice which can miraculously improve your writing is by reading. Just when you think you have read enough for the day, read some more. What’s most important is to stay focused and make your techno cramming on the regular. Stay updated with trends, new gadgets, latest operating versions and with that entire daily dose of tech- knowledge you`d be itching to show off. Here are some of the publications you should be reading daily: TechCruch, Mashables, the Next Web, the Guardian Technology etc. 3. Look up other tech bloggers and reference them: When you read up on other bloggers, not only do you understand what they’re doing right but you can always link them up as well and their related topics in your own posts.  When you reference back to them, chances could be they may just link you back and your blog can surface with ease by simply building your virtual connections online, that being essential for any successful blogger. 4. Have a Voice Since blog writing is slightly informal, you can throw in your insight, opinions and garnish it with your wit and charm. Don’t be afraid to let your personality show through your blogs. Your quirky style or dark humor can only entertain your reader so don’t make your blogs a drag, lifeless or robotic. Slight...

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HTC One vs Galaxy S4
May13

HTC One vs Galaxy S4

9SHARESFacebookTwitter HTC One vs Galaxy S4  I thought it’d be interesting to see the HTC One and Galaxy S4 side-by-side, so I created this graphic below doing just that! 🙂 I feel when it comes to the design the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a little outdated and a little too much like Apple’s iPhone 3G. Where with the HTC One, I feel completely different about its design. It looks unique, stylish and up-to-date. Although it sports a 4.7 inch screen, I feel that is more than enough space to do what ever you want on the phone. While the S4 has a bigger 5.0 inch screen, the design does it in for me. It doesn’t have that same look of uniqueness and ultimately HTC’s design department has done a decent job. I also think that the Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core 1.7 Ghz is more than adequate for any smartphone. The Galaxy S4 also does not fair too badly and for 70% of the S4s produced will all likely get the same processor as HTC’s One. Galaxy S4 Specifications. 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor /1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU 2.5G, 3G and 4G network support 5 inch HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi Operating System: Android 4.2.2, Jelly bean. 16 / 32 / 64GB internal memory and an additional microSD slot can be added, which supports 64GB of external memory. 2GB of RAM 13 megapixel camera with auto focus, flash, zero shutter lag and BIS. (Main camera, rear) 2 megapixel camera with HD recording @ 30fps and zero shutter lag and BIS. (Sub camera, front) Battery: 2600 mAh battery HTC One Specifications. Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz 2.5G, 3G and 4G network support 4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI Operating System: Android 4.2.2, Jelly bean. 16 / 32 / 64GB internal memory and an additional microSD slot can be added, which supports 64GB of external memory. 2GB of DDR2 RAM 2,688 x 1,520 pixels; 16:9 aspect ratio, rear camera 2 megapixel camera, front camera Battery: 2300 mAh...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 review
May13

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

7SHARESFacebookTwitter Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 on March 14th, 2013 and released the smartphone in 155 countries in late April 2013. The phone is a successor to the Galaxy S III, and its highlighted features are higher battery life time, incorporates a thinner design and has a slightly larger display. The new smartphone contains some of the Samsung Galaxy S3’s design, but with a wider and longer display. The S4 is also in competition with the HTC One, so I threw together a little side-by-side comparison. However, this is quite obviously not fit to real-life scale. We’re just comparing the designs of each phone. Hardware While I feel the design of the S4 is pretty nice, I would however say that the HTC One has the S4 beat on design. The old rounded feel brings me back to the days of the iPhone 3 or even the Samsung Galaxy S1. At least with the S2 they went for the more cornered look and I think the S2 looks much more appealing in terms of design. When it comes to specification, the S4 of course fairs as one of the best smartphones based on its hardware and based on region the phone has a Quad Core processor that runs up to 1.9 Ghz. Other differences such as the screen size has been done by narrowing the smartphone’s shell to give it an extra 2 inches on the Samsung Galaxy S3. The battery life has also seen a significant increase and the Galaxy S4 holds a 2600 mAh battery where by comparison the S3 holds a 2,100 mAh battery. You can read more on the specs below: (with a side-by-side comparison) Galaxy S4 Specifications. 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor /1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU 2.5G, 3G and 4G network support 5 inch HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi Operating System: Android 4.2.2, Jelly bean. 16 / 32 / 64GB internal memory and an additional microSD slot can be added, which supports 64GB of external memory. 2GB of RAM 13 megapixel camera with auto focus, flash, zero shutter lag and BIS. (Main camera, rear) 2 megapixel camera with HD recording @ 30fps and zero shutter lag and BIS. (Sub camera, front) Battery: 2600mAh battery Galaxy S3 Specifications.  1.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Krait Proccessor 2.5G, 3G and 4G network support 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly bean. 16 / 32 / 64GB internal memory and an additional microSD slot can be added, which supports 64GB of external memory. 1-2GB of RAM 12 megapixel camera with auto focus, flash, zero shutter lag...

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