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Responsive Web Design with CMS for Small Business

17-Sep-2014

In 2013, Forbes ran a piece addressing the need for web developers to make responsive web design a top priority. Forbes contributor Susan Gunelius referenced a number of important resources, including Google, to prove that simply having a mobile version of a website is no longer good enough. It turns out that not much has changed since then. Responsive web design is now a necessary part of small business thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices.

Numbers from Ofcom show that mobile phone usage for Internet access rose from 39% to 51% between 2011 and 2013. Tablet use grew even more. In 2011, just 11% of those accessing the Internet used a tablet computer; by 2013, the number was up to 44%. It is clear that any company intending to compete needs to include responsive web design as part of its overall online marketing strategy.

How Responsive Web Design Works

Responsive web design is a collection of tools and development strategies used to build websites that are equally functional and aesthetically pleasing across all platforms. The original idea behind responsive web design was to work out a solution to the problem of different screen sizes.

Desktop and laptop computers have screen sizes that are fairly compatible, but the same cannot be said for mobile phones and tablets. Screen sizes in the mobile world differ drastically between models. Even worse, mobile screens are so much smaller than desktops and laptops that it becomes impossible to properly display a standard website on a mobile device. Responsive web design solves that problem by creating a website that self-adjusts to the device it is being viewed on.

Responsive Web Design and You

As a small business owner or manager, you need a system that enables you to design and maintain your website with responsiveness built in. That is exactly what Siteglide offers you. Siteglide is a modern CMS (content management system) offering pre-made layouts already built with responsive technologies. There is no need for you to sit at your computer for hours trying to figure out how to make responsive web design work – we have done that work for you. All you need to do is update and manage your content; we have already implemented the customisations that properly reflect your brand and company image.

Your small business needs responsive web design if your customer base includes mobile internet users. As a small business owner, you need a CMS that will let you add and edit content (text, images, videos, document uploads etc.) to your responsive web design layout as easily and efficiently as possible. Siteglide makes website management a breeze.

View Our Showcase

We invite you to check out our showcase before you do anything else. Each of the sites found in our showcase are current Siteglide customers where we have used one of our layouts to create a dynamic and responsive website for them that works just as well for mobile users as it does for stationary users. There are many excellent sites to see.

Next, take a look at our individual layouts. At the bottom of each layout page, you will be able to click individual devices to get an idea of how a site built with that layout would appear on a laptop, mobile phone, or tablet. This gives you a clearer picture of what responsive web design really does for small business. Remember, responsive design is about more than just aesthetics. It is about providing your mobile users with an Internet experience that they find enjoyable and productive. When users enjoy visiting your site, they are more likely to make positive decisions about your company and the products and services you offer.

Siteglide is proud to offer our customers a CMS for small business that includes fully responsive layouts for any need. Our CMS is both simple and intuitive and comes in 3 flavours: edit your website as if you were a visitor, a traditional, MS Word-style  WYSIWYG editor, and a full code view editor for the more technically-minded. Siteglide has been built for business owners and allows you to easily maintain a professional and dynamic website that will impress your customers. Moreover, to make Siteglide even more attractive, we are currently running a promotion on our BusinessLite package, offering you 10% off the list price.

Try Siteglide today and we are confident you will find it to be the best CMS you have ever used.

Siteglide Limited are a Berkshire-based web development and design company specialising in responsive design and CMS for small business. Other features of Siteglide include a powerful Customer Relationship Manager (web-based CRM), email marketing, WebApps databases, secured content areas, ecommerce and payment gateways, analytics and reporting suite - all incorporated into an SEO-friendly hosted web management system.


Sources:
1. Forbes – http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2013/03/26/why-you-need-to-prioritize-responsive-design-right-now/
2. e-consultancy – https://econsultancy.com/blog/65296-how-do-we-use-the-internet-and-mobile-devices-in-2014#i.c5fvdm18zld2vu

Luke Wakefield

Luke Wakefield

Luke has a passion for technology that makes website management easier for small businesses and offers a rich experience for website visitors. With his Automotive Engineering background he has created a slick process for customising a website to a clients requirements and giving them the support to help their business grow online.

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