Wondering if it's time to update your website for mobile devices? You're not the only one - making your site compatible with the mobile web is on a lot of people's minds these days.
The problem is, where do you start? In this month's blog post, we provide the best resources to help you convert your existing Classic ASP website or any web-based content for the mobile web using Bootstrap's responsive design framework. You can even use these Bootstrap related resources to create amazing mobile applications using your DMXReady plugin as your starting point.
Whether you're a website owner, do-it-yourselfer, or a web professional, you're bound to find an article from the list below that will get you moving in the right direction.
Top 10 Bootstrap Resources - Links to sites that provide the best Bootstrap tips, tutorials, templates, jQuery snippets etc. to get you started.
Ready Made DMXReady Bootstrap apps - Start with a bootstrap CMS web application template that you customize and extend yourself. See firsthand how you can create modern web applications with DMXReady & Bootstrap.
The Team @ DMXReady
Any quick web search for "ASP vs. PHP" will reveal something interesting: those who use PHP are quite vocal about Classic ASP being dead or obsolete. It's true, Microsoft hasn't upgraded it in a number of years. But Classic ASP is far from dead.
Most interesting is that during this whole debate, there are many Classic ASP programmers quietly plugging away at their own code, making amazing websites and apps despite the naysayers.
Here at DMXReady, we are of course biased - we've been supporting Classic ASP applications since 2003. But there is a reason for our bias. We believe that the strengths of Classic ASP outweigh any perceived weaknesses.
But when it comes down to it, why do programmers have to choose one language over another anyway? Classic ASP is a great language for beginners and do-it-yourselfers thanks to its ease of use and great resources online to help them through. There are many professional programmers today who say that Classic ASP is their favorite programming language and still use it. In many cases PHP isn't even an option for those running their websites on Microsoft (Windows) servers.
In short, you don't have to choose. If you're already a PHP programmer, picking up Classic ASP will be relatively breezy. To make it even easier, there are many resources available on the web, including this compendium of the most common functions in both asp/php languages. The page also includes a link to an ASP Translator that will do most of the work for you.
It's all about the joy of coding, and what that code can do for you, right? With Classic ASP, you can do a lot.
See Classic ASP in all its glory! Demo the DMXReady CMS v3 Suite, built entirely using Classic ASP. Robust, easy-to-use, and a built-in database make it easy for programmers and do-it-yourselfers alike to get their mobile ready CMS website up in no time.
Happy website building!
The Team @ DMXReady
One way to avoid this is to create a "single" website that looks and works beautifully on all devices & browsers using DMXReady CMS v3 Suite featuring Bootstrap.
Visit wrapbootstrap.com and choose from hundreds of free and premium Bootstrap templates that are web-ready and mobile ready at the same time.
Top 5 Bootstrap Resources To Get Your Website Mobile-Ready
- Twitter Bootstrap: Download the bootstrap framework which includes everything you need to make your existing website (or v1 DMXReady apps), mobile & tablet device friendly.
- Bootstrap CMS Suite Website Template: DMXReady's "Turn Key" CMS website template built with bootstrap.
- wrapbootstrap: Choose from hundreds of free and premium Bootstrap templates that are web-ready and mobile ready at the same time.
- bootsnipp.com: Design elements and code snippets for Bootstrap HTML/CSS/JS framework.
- bootstraphero.com - List of 267 Useful Twitter Bootstrap Resources.
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Previously (http://blog.dmxready.com/index.asp?ItemID=126) we predicted that minimalism would continue to sweep the web design world in 2011. Here are some other fearless predictions for the New Year.
More and Better Use of Typography
Finally, we are getting our hands on some new web-friendly fonts (weren’t they predicting this for 1996…?) so that we can incorporate text and typography into our web designs. Using more diverse fonts will likely explode next year, though expect growth for the next several years.
One little addition: most of the typography use we’ve seen has been in headlines, not surprisingly. Expect to see new typography in body text as well in 2011 (maybe too much…)
Most people see the web as a depository for “free” content – because you don’t have to pay for printing costs, storage, postage, etc., the idea is that you can write as much as you want.
But what most web designers don’t realize is that all content comes with a cost: time. And the more time a visitor has to spend on your website to find what they are looking for, the more likely they’ll click that “Back” button.
There are some good cases for putting up lengthy content pages – instruction guides, blog posts, “For More Information” pages and the like. But you’ll see these more on the secondary levels. The primary levels will be tight and concise to attract the most people.
Designers Can (or Will) Stop Caring About IE6
Admit it: you’ve been cursing IE6 for the last several years. If there just wasn’t so many people still using it…! 2011 will be the year you can stop writing those CSS exceptions and special codes.
Mobile Websites Will Finally Get the Attention They Deserve
Take a look at your website on your BlackBerry. Can you read it? Is it easy to get the information?
Even though designing for the mobile web has been around for several years, many websites have yet to create mobile versions of their websites. Are they as pretty? No (which may be why designers are resistant to creating them). Does someone lost in Manhattan trying to find a particular store on their BlackBerry care about pretty? No. They just want legible information that a mobile website can give. More companies will realize this, and oblige.
“Cloud Computing” Will Slowly Replace “Social Media” as the “Place to Be”
There was a gold rush of companies over the last year or two trying to get their businesses front and center on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. That will continue, but in 2011, the concern will shift towards what cloud computing means for their businesses.
“Friendly” is In
There are many design trends that affect everything from sidebar use and positioning, colors, nav bar use, Flash use, and more.
One of those trends seems to be the see-saw in themes. About four or five years ago, “corporate” was in – nice clean lines and colors. That led to things like Magazine-style.
In 2011, “friendly” will be in. This will include lots of references to “green” websites and companies. It will also mean cartoony (but slick and professional) icons, bright colors, and interesting text usages (see Typography above), all framed in a minimalistic way. The style will say hip, fresh, yet professional.
There you have it: some bold predictions for 2011. From everyone here at DMXReady, we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
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