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Posted on 2012-03-16
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Hello Experts,

I wanted to see how I should go about creating a website for Desktops but also use the same design for Mobile users for the iPhone, iPad, Droid phones and tablets and etc...

I have never looked at Mobile design before so I'm new to it. I would appreciate it if I good get some good advice as to where I should start and what tools or methods I should consider when designing websites for Computers and Mobile Devices.

P.S.
I'm not looking into creating App's just websites that I would like to be viewable in Mobile devices without creating multiple layouts for such.

Thanks in advance!
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You don't nee to create multiple layouts. You would simply use CSS3 media queries to specify different widths, padding, margins, font-sizes, etc.

It's called responsive design and it's the best way to build websites period. When your building websites now, you may want to start thinking "mobile first".  

You could use frameworks(http://www.jqtouch.com/, http://www.sencha.com/products/touch/) but your best bet is to develop using responsive design.

Resources:
http://mobilewebbestpractices.com/resources/
http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/inspiration/responsive-webdesign-tools-inspiration/


Testing your mobile layout: http://www.responsinator.com/
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Hi LZ1,

Do you have any sites that mention the differeent CSS3 media queries to use for all the mobile devices out there?

Also, can you be more specific on what you mean by responsive design? Are you saying that responsive design is the design of a website that will work with Computers and Mobile Devices?

When you mention the differeent frameworks to use, I'm not sure what you mean by "your best bet is to develop using responsive design". What is the differenece between using a framework that you mentioned compared to "responsive design"?

Thanks in advance!
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Here is a site that's pretty straight forward and will allow you to see what your trying to achieve: http://www.colly.com/
Resize your browser and you'll be able to see what's going on and what is meant by "responsive design".

You can take a look at the CSS media queries for that site here: http://colly.com/css/screen.css
Look around line 250 to see the media queries and how they're structured.

Responsive – “Acting in response to its surroundings in a sympathetic or ready manner.”

Adaptive – “Serving or Able to adapt, like the coloring of a chameleon.”
http://www.gavinelliott.co.uk/2011/08/responsive-and-adaptive-design-defined/

As far as frameworks go it's really just up to you on what you want.  I find that frameworks can help and work in certain situations, but not all.  If it's a basic website you can probably get away with doing the media queries yourself without using a framework.  The frameworks do use responsive design and adjust to ALL browsers, however they tend to lend themselves more towards mobile devices.
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