If you want to build your own web presence, then it is becoming easier and easier. If you know where to look, you can download your own web templates, add a background image to it, your text and images, and Bob’s your Uncle, you are online and famous — if you have a web host that is.
But believe it or not, here are 5 that we missed.
OK, so we start with the web template. This one is an HTML5 and CSS3 boilerplate. A boilerplate is pretty much a template which you don’t have to change too much. Except for your own content of course. But the formatting can stay the same.
It makes a website for all browsers, and for looking good on a mobile device. It also covers a lot of typography, and forms of media. Check out the demo.
Then it’s time to add a background. Patternizer is a nice option where you can play around with the various sliders until you get the image you need. When you have an appropriately hideous design, click on the “code” tab, and you will find the CSS code, needed for your site.
If you want to save your masterpieces, you can sign up for a free account.
Apple is responsible for much of the “retina images” craze, with their new and improved iDevices. Therefore, if you want your website to look a million bucks (hell, let’s make it a billion bucks!), then you need to get the images fixed.
This one requires a bit of code tweaking, so if you are unsure about how to do it, just ask the 10-year old kid next door.
With more people viewing the web on their mobile devices than ever before, it is essential that you have what is called a “responsive” site. This is when the different elements of your site automatically re-adjust to fit the contours of the screen.
This testing tool shows you what your site would look like on various screen sizes. If you click on “Device Sizes”, it will also show you the types of devices each size would correspond to. So the 320×480 is the iPhone, the 480×640 is a small tablet, and so on.
Finally, we come to the scrappy upstart in the browser world, the maverick up against the likes of Firefox and Chome. Yes, it’s Opera. And they have a mobile emulator you might want to try out.
It markets itself as “mobile debugging on your desktop”. Just choose which device you are debugging for, and then do your stuff. The program is cross-platform. There’s even one for Linux.
So now it’s time for you to verbally abuse me in the comments and tell me the ones I SHOULD have included in this post. So let the heckling commence.
Image Credit: Responsive Design (Shutterstock)