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Custom BuddyPress Developer and Designer

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BuddyPress adds social networking functionality to your WordPress site. By extending the WordPress core functionality, BuddyPress creates a robust and powerful social platform through features like profiles, groups, activity streams, friendships, private messaging and more. The possibilities BuddyPress affords include creating a niche social network, a campus network, a private/internal social network for your company, or a social network for your product or fans.

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Adaptive vs. Responsive Web Design

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You’ve most likely heard  the term “Responsive” when discussing the build or redesign of your website. Since the term was coined, the concept has been accepted as a best practice and the process has matured, so much so it’s all but expected for any new website project. For those that haven’t, Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design whose purpose is to provide an optimal viewing experience — easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling, and it does so across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). However, as hugely successful and user oriented as RWD has proven to be, it is not without its shortcomings, and those shortcomings are unfortunately a general misunderstanding it seems, as to what Responsive is and is not – and that misunderstanding can negatively impact your expectations as a client if you use the term inappropriately with your new design/programming team.

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Designing Mobile-Specific Sites

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Sites have been being designed for mobile scenarios since the inception of mobile devices… but recently we’ve noticed a huge push towards entire sub-sites that are designed specifically to be viewed on small, handheld screens. Surprising? No, not with the current climate of smartphones outselling PCs and tablet sales surpassing even the most conservative of estimates. The majority of your visitors will likely be browsing your website on mobile devices by 2013 – and unfortunately most companies are not prepared for this dramatic shift in web communications.

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The Death of the Fold

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The traditional “fold” (the imaginary line on a screen that designates what content is visible before a viewer needs to scroll) became vague, unimportant, and nearly irrelevant in 2010.

Why? Because the traditional “screen” that people view the web through has undergone an explosion of variety… no longer can we expect web-surfers to be on something close to a 19″ monitor with a resolution somewhere between 1024×768 and 1280×700. Screens nowadays come in all shapes and sizes, from iPhones to 60″ HDTV’s. It’s not just resolution that can vary wildly though; the very aspect ratio of a screen (even on the same device like the iPhone) can change with the flick of the wrist. Sure, web designers will always be advised to keep the most important messages of a site near the top, but with so many new ways for web-surfers to view the web, there’s no longer a defined height for where content must be above.

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