Click to call Raul Gonzalez, a Mobile First Website Designer and PHP Developer in Dallas, TX Explains the different website design types and has an informative Mobile First website example and tutorial.

A Mobile First Website Designer and PHP Developer in Dallas, TX

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As I go about on my daily routine, I am in the habit of obtaining business cards from any business that I visit and later on, analyze the design of their website. It is fascinating to see the different website design types and creativity that I come across. These website designs fall into one of these three categories!

1. DESKTOP WEBSITES

I remember when the internet first started getting popular. All websites developed around this era where developed with a Desktop Website Design and were viewed ONLY on desktop computers and monitors.

How can you tell if your website is using Desktop Website Design? Try to view your website using a standard size Smartphone. Can you read and navigate your website without pinching and zooming in and out? If your website is not Mobile Friendly, your website needs a COMPLETE REDESIGN!

2. WEBSITES THAT USE A RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN

The introduction of the 1st Smartphone forced the website designers to change their design strategy!

After Apple, Android, and Windows released their 1st Smartphone devices, there were a few problems: A new website design strategy was developed to address the new Smartphone devices. It is called Responsive Web Design (RWD). One Tell-Tale sign is that there are two different webpage layouts. One for a Desktop and another for a Smartphone device. This allowed companies to keep the original investment of their Desktop Websites and still address the new Smartphone phenomenon.

Some of these website designs are not very efficient so you should use the Google mobile test to see if improvements can be made to your website. How did your website perform in this test?

This is not the most current website design strategy and you need to be carefull that the mobile layout contains the same content as the desktop layout! Also make sure is using Mobile Features such as: 3. RESPONSIVE WEBSITES USING CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (CMS)

Anyone can build a website in a matter of hours using specialized software where the user drags and drop pictures and adds text into a document that represent a web page. These websites are powered by what is called a Content Management System (CMS). The most popular software products are WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Magento. According to the latest analysis into how websites get hacked, and the malware used, 78 percent of Wordpress websites were compromised because of improper deployment, configuration, and overall maintenance by the webmasters!

The most efficient method for detecting a website that uses a Content Management System is to use a FREE website called www.builtwith.com. Just type your website name and the results will show all of the technologies used by that website.

A NEW WEBSITE DESIGN STRATEGY AS A RESULT OF MOBILE GROWTH

As I have explained, the website design principles and strategies have changed several times as a result of technological changes. In the last 10 years, there has been a revolution in mobile technology. The trends and statistics related to Smartphone growth, mobile internet traffic and cell phone carrier network speed improvements are UNDENIABLE!

As a result of these mobile trends, a new website design strategy has been developed and it is called Mobile First. A Mobile First design strategy does not just concentrate on developing for the small screen of a Smartphone. It is also used to deliver better usability of websites, develop better use of screen real estate and, reduce the amount unnecessary elements from pages.

I encourage you to explore my Mobile First tutorial so that you can understand the detail analysis that is needed to implement this type of website design. THE RESULTS ARE AMAZING!

WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK A WEBSITE DESIGNER?

When it comes to building websites, you have three choices: rented, template, or custom! I encourage you to read a great article written by Jon-Mikel Bailey that clearly explains the issues related with rented and template options. When you meet with a prospective website designer ask these questions:
  1. What name will appear on the Website Registration and who will responsible for domain renewals?
  2. Who will be responsible for the website hosting costs?
  3. Who will have access to the ADMIN ID and password of the website?
  4. What kind of website will be developed? Mobile First or Responsive Web Design. Will it use a Content Management System? Which software will it use? Will it use a "Rented" or "Template" model?
  5. If your website has a SECURED area, will it have a HTTP Error 401 Page?
  6. Will someone be able to block IP addresses from accessing your website?
  7. Will the website have Mobile Features? Which ones?
  8. Will you get notifications when web page changes are made?
  9. Get a detail breakdown of the charges. Will there be any re-occurring charges?
Getting answers to these questions will give you a better idea of what to expect.

WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE ME?
  1. I have had a personal website since 1998 that has been redesigned twice.
  2. I only design and develop websites with a Mobile First design strategy!
  3. If you are in the market for a complete redesign or a new project, and already have a quote from another web design agency, I promise you that I can BEAT THEIR PRICES!
  4. Most web design agencies bundle services. Instead, I offer an hourly rate. That means that you pay ONLY one time for the cost of designing and implementing your new website. After the work is completed, you can contact me anytime and I will only charge you an hourly rate if I need to logon to your server to fix a problem or solve an issue.
  5. I provide proprietary website server automation features that the competition does not provide.
  6. I only use CSS3, HTML5 and PHP which is the standard software used by professionals in building and deploying mobile websites. The smaller number of software products used keeps the design simple and faster to execute.
  7. I implement all the Mobile Design Features such as:
    • Back to Top
    • Click-to-Call
    • Home Screen
    • Voice activated driving directions to your business address.
    • Email Forms that verify a valid visitor's email address domain name to cut down on SPAM emails.
    • REAL TIME EMAIL AND SMS SERVER ALERTS when suspicious activity and or malicious intent is detected from a website visitor!
  8. Having 30 years of IT executive and technical experience, I know how to provide EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Encourage you to follow me on Twitter and call me at 972-372-4237, or send me an email with your existing or new website design project! My initial consultation is FREE and I can share some ideas with you to address your concerns, issues, and questions!

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