Bootstrap 3: Most Popular Framework for Responsive Websites


Mobile-friendly, responsive websites are no longer good-to-haves—they’re must-haves. With more people than ever before opening email, browsing the web, and shopping on their mobile devices, it’s imperative to have a mobile-first mindset. If your site isn’t responsive and optimized for mobile browsing, your bounce rates will rise and your site ranking will drop. Case in point: Google’s recent algorithmic shift to favor mobile-friendly sites.

The most popular way to build responsive sites right now is with the Bootstrap framework. It’s lightweight, fast, and easy to use, but beyond that what is Bootstrap, and why should you choose it as your front-end framework? In this article, we’ll look at responsive design and some of Bootstrap’s key features.

What is Responsive Design?

Responsive design creates websites that automatically adjust to look good and function well on any size screen. From navigation and the way content is organized, to buttons and image scalability, responsive sites are not only designed to optimize the way people see a site, but also to prioritize what information mobile users are there to get. For example, for a large retailer, prioritizing information about finding nearby stores makes sense for mobile users vs. desktop users. Learn more in our article What Is Responsive Design & Why Do You Need It?

Why Should I Choose The Bootstrap Framework For My Website?

So, you know you need a responsive mobile site. If your site wasn’t designed to be responsive, you’ll need to redesign or retrofit it. But if you’re planning to build a responsive mobile website or application from scratch, the Bootstrap framework is an excellent choice for a few reasons.

Just enough customization. Not all Bootstrap sites look like Bootstrap sites meaning, how customized your site gets is up to you. On the spectrum of front-end design, with completely coded-from-scratch sites on one end and CMS-powered sites with dropped-in templates on the other end, Bootstrap falls right in the middle. It’s the best of both worlds: A lot of the work is already done in advance, with the grid system and lots of helpful components. And with JavaScript effects and customizable Bootstrap CSS, it’s as unique as you want it to be.

A mobile-first, ground-up grid approach. Bootstrap gets designers to start small. If a site looks good on a small screen, it’s easy to scale it up from there, without things getting cluttered. A top-down approach in mobile design is counterintuitive; Bootstrap reinforces that, so sites stay clean and logical on the smallest screens. Bootstrap forces designers to build sites with small screens in mind, then go from there. Bootstrap’s grid-based layout approach is the key: you can use up to 12 columns in a layout, combining them for wider columns, which are organized in layout classes extra small, small, medium, and large for phone, tablet, and desktop-sized screens.

It’s fast and easy to use. Bootstrap lets developers (even back-end developers) build front ends without a ton of HTML or CSS knowledge. Whether you’re applying Bootstrap to a static HTML site, a custom PHP-coded site, or a content management system (CMS), it’s flexible. Plus, it’s downloadable right from GitHub and lets developers get a lot of work done quickly.

If UX Is Not UI Then What Is IA? Confusing Digital Design Terms Defined


The digital world is becoming increasingly more complicated…and more confusing. Here are seven terms you’re likely to come across and what they mean.

1. UX (User Experience Design)

This buzzword is everywhere, but what is it? User experience is how people use your website or app and if it enables them to do what they need to do without confusion. By doing user research, creating wireframes and prototypes, and conducting usability tests, UX design focuses on making the product easy to use and providing users with the best experience possible. If your website or app is difficult to use, users will probably be frustrated and move on to something else. If they have a great experience, they’re more likely to come back and tell their friends how great your app is.

2. UI (User Interface Design)

Another big buzzword these days, user interface focuses on the tools people use to interact with your website or mobile app. UI designers stylize and visually enhance wireframes that UX designers have created. Buttons, menus, and slider bars are just a few of the key components that enable you to accomplish tasks on a website or app. For example, the interface of an iPhone enables you to send a text by tapping the green “Send” button or open a new Safari window by tapping the “+” symbol. While the interface of an iPhone is different from an Android’s, both interfaces aim to enable you to interact with them easily, accomplish tasks seamlessly, and have a positive user experience.

3. IA (Information Architecture)

Information architecture involves the way a website is structured and how the content is organized. Like building architects, information architects for the digital space create a blueprint for a website or app by categorizing everything that needs to go into it. They use flowcharts and diagrams to structure content in a way that will make it accessible to users and easy to navigate.

4. IxD (Interaction Design)

Interaction design focuses on the interaction between the user and the product. It looks at navigation components from a stylistic and functionality standpoint and builds a bridge between UI and UX. Designers consider how a product behaves when a person interacts with it. For example, when you hover over a button, it changes color. Because interaction design involves how things animate, designers may have front-end development skills such as JavaScript or jQuery. The types of interactions that are possible will continue to evolve as technology continues to evolve.

5. Visual Design

Another murky term in the design world, visual design typically involves bringing products and digital assets to life, from concept to execution. Visual designers translate a company’s visual language to create functional, consistent, and beautiful products for mobile devices and the web, as well as marketing materials. Their focus is on the digital space—not print. They often collaborate with copywriters to ensure the copy and design work together to form a great finished product that’s on brand and engaging to users.

6. Product Design

In the digital world, product design involves the design of an app or a feature, such as the ability to search within an app. It can also refer to the design of a physical product like a piece of furniture in the industrial design field.

7. UCD (User-Centered Design)

The philosophy of user-centered design came out of the University of California San Diego research lab in the 1980s. It’s the guiding principle in the tech world today and puts people at the center of the design process. Understanding the users’ needs and getting their feedback is essential to designing products real people can use and enjoy with relative ease (and without having to read a manual).

Sensor Tower — A Powerful ASO Tool Helps Your Apps Get Ranked


I heard a lot about Sensor Tower I am a little bit choosy in using online resources or desktop applications. Yesterday I decided to explore Sensor Tower. So signed up for a free test account.

I am quite pleased to find a variety of features, in the side bar. Sensor Tower has a drastic system of charting the analysis. It makes you clear about the number of apps, your app is competing with. Further more overall it provides suggested keyword, app and keyword which is more of a nice to know. Sensor Tower shows iPhone and iPad rank of all the keywords you desire to use, and estimation of traffic, keyword difficulty, which is competition.

Sensor Tower

Best helping hand is their service to link certain blog articles they write. It gives a lot more to learn and to explore.

“Keyword Research“ feature provides the top apps that come up for these keywords on the App Store, including their main characteristics, like ratings and reviews, release date, last update, category and overall ranking.

Sensor Tower

If you really want to dig deep into your competition Sensor Tower provides much more detailed view in “Track Competitors” feature, describing what competitors apps are about: their reviews, description, rankings, estimated app worth, review analysis and internationalization analysis. This is literally everything you can wish for.

Even more interesting than all this info is the keyword spy. Biggest need for app optimization is based on the keywords, so here is where the magic is. The keyword spy does not only give me keywords for other apps, it also compares them to given keywords and tells me which ones are shared between both apps.
It also generates the additional keyword ideas, by a really useful tool named as keyword suggestion. You can also track competitors and have a deeper look to any app’s downloads and reviews

Sensor Tower

Keyword translation is a favorite feature to me: by entering my own keywords, I can automatically translate them into all languages relevant for iOS It was a difficult thing for me to translate each keyword by searching on Google. Great stuff!

Sensor Tower

At the end of the day I found, Sensor Tower is a mighty tool for ASO that comes at a significant price. I will definitely suggest every developer to give a try and see what it’s worth in terms of improving your ASO. You can always test it for 14 days and quit afterwards, so you can at least do updates for your app and see the results based on Sensor Tower optimization.

Common Mistakes and Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding


Use a Reset File or CSS Tool-kits

The goal of a reset stylesheet is to reduce browser inconsistencies in things like default line heights, margins and font sizes of headings, and so on. Here are CSS Resets and Toolkit lists.

CSS Resets
CSS Tool-kits

Over Qualifying Selectors

Being overly specific when selecting elements to style is not good practice. The following selector is a perfect example of what I’m talking about:

ul#navigation li a { ... }

Be simple like this!

#navigation a { ... }

Not Using Short-hand Properties

Take a look at the following property list This is common mistake when we are defining values.

  margin-top: 50px;
  margin-right: 0;
  margin-bottom: 50px;
  margin-left 0;

Fortunately, there is a solution, and it’s using CSS shorthand properties. The following has the same effect as the above style declaration, but we’ve reduced our code by three lines. Continue reading

The Best Ways to Find Web Designer


Choose the Right Web Designer

Choosing a web designer can be a minefield, especially when there are so many unprincipled designers around. Some of our clients have been affected in one way or another by their previous experience with unprofessional web designers, and with this in mind, we have provided some information on what can go wrong and how to avoid it.

Are They Experienced Or Start-Ups?

Experience doesn’t mean a design company should have been working for years in the field, instead, many start-ups provide excellent work at competitive rates. The purpose of looking at experience of the company before hiring is to know whether they have worked over some relevant projects or not. If they have worked over similar projects efficiently, more are the chances they will deliver something excellent. Experienced companies will charge you more whereas start-ups will charge you less. Make a choice, but remember not to compromise over the quality aspects.

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Powerful jQuery Cycle Pager Techniques


So many people raised a question that “How to create dotted pager navigation using jQuery Cycle plugin?” Its simple, isn’t it? lets play with CSS no jQuery no Cycle Plugin…

When using the pager option, the generated navigation elements are simply anchors. So if you set the pager option like so: pager:' #slideDots ' you can style the anchors with CSS code see the example: #slideDots a { background-color: #fc0 }

In addition, the navigation element for the active slide is given the class activeSlide so that it can be styled uniquely.

The pager in the example above is styled like this:

#slideDots {
#slideDots a {

#slideDots a.activeSlide{