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Transfer to a Mobile Friendly Responsive Site
Mobile Responsive Sites

Mobile friendly responsive sites are ones that resize and show their content differently or conditionally when viewed from smaller (mobile) screens

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What is a Mobile Responsive Site?

Some attributes of responsive sites:

  • Resizing pictures, including slideshows, as needed
  • Rearranging columns as needed. (Multiple columns will not fit on a narrow screen)
  • Causing the menu to change to when the screen is small, such as replacing an across the top menu with a "..." expansion button
  • Having links be big and separated -- so they are easy to click by fumbly fingers on a small screen.
  • Wrapping text as needed
  • Not showing some "extra" content because it becomes distracting clutter on a small screen.

What Must Change in HotDoodle to Make a Site Responsive?

New HotDoodle sites are automatically mobile responsive, but classic HotDoodle sites need to be upgraded to use the responsive features.

Examples of the changes needed:

  • Different themes must be used, ones that include responsive CSS
    Custom themes must be redone
  • Pictures and slideshows need conversions to upgraded blocks and views
  • Sidebars must generally go bye-bye
  • Containers (columns) must be upgraded to responsive views
  • Menus must be upgraded to responsive views
  • Some text and layout must be reconsidered to be sure it will always flow
  • Custom graphics must be carefully reconsidered as it will often look bad when resized or repositioned
  • Some content might be best skipped

As you can see, this is a pretty through redo of the site. A fundamental change has occurred, moving from knowing how the site will be viewed to that of having to handle anything, and a redo is appropriate.

Converting to Responsive

HotDoodle will convert a classic HotDoodle site to a responsive site for 30% less than we would charge if we were developing the responsive site from scratch.

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