I need YOUR help!
For a while now I’ve been thinking about updating the design of my blog, specifically – making it responsive.
If you don’t know what responsive design actually is, it basically means that the design of the blog automatically fits whatever device it’s being used on. So If you’re viewing it on your desktop, it will fit perfectly, but if you then go and view it on your mobile device, it will still fit perfectly (even though you’ve gone from a roughly 20’ screen to a 4-5’ one).
Spicy Auction Templates 3.0, which was just launched last week, utilises a responsive design, so please take a look at that if you want a better idea of what responsive design is and how it works.
Of course the whole idea behind responsive design it to make it easier to browse sites on a mobile device – a market which has grown hugely over the last few years.
And when I look at it in that way, it seems like an obvious choice to switch to a responsive design for my blog…
BUT there’s just something that keeps me from doing this – a nagging feeling that I shouldn’t go responsive. I think that my main worry is that the actual usability and functionality of the blog will be negatively affected.
Also, another very important consideration, many websites look dreadful when viewed on a mobile device – it’s zoomed in on a tiny part of the page, menus are impossible to use, etc. etc. – basically the whole layout is messed up.
But in the case of my blog, which has a fairly simple design in terms of layout, with just one main block and the navigation bar on the right, I think it still looks very good on a mobile device.
I personally use an iPhone, and on that at least the blog looks fine, never mind on an iPad or other tablet – as in my opinion desktop sites nearly always look fine on those as well.
But at the same time I know there are some people using smaller devices who may be experiencing problems with the current un-responsive design.
And that’s the crux of the problem really. There are pros and cons to both and I just cannot decide which option is best.
If I do transfer the blog to a responsive theme, that means the navigation bar which is currently on the right hand side of the page will move to the bottom and the top menu will become one of those drop-down menus (which I personally hate!).
The desktop version will remain generally the same, functionality and layout wise, though of course the design will be altered slightly as I would have to change that to accommodate the responsive theme.
So really it all comes down to you, my blog readers – after all it’s only for your ease of use that I’m thinking about this change in the first place.
Do you use/read my blog on a mobile device?
If so, what are your thoughts? Is it fine for reading, but difficult to comment? Is it hard to utilise the menu and navigation bar in their current state? Are there any other problems that you’ve experienced?
I would greatly appreciate ANY comments from you all on this topic, as they will really help me make a final decision.
All the best,