Responsive or Mobile Web Design?

Are you a business owner willing to create website to improve your online presence?  Your web designer will first ask you to choose between mobile web design and responsive design. The total number of traffic and the client conversion rates that your site achieves is dependent on your selection of the right web design. Compare and contrast the essential aspects of these two types of design and then select one that caters to your requirement perfectly. Total cost Those who are willing to start the businesses, the initial start-up price become the integral part of marketing strategy. Considering the reduced time as well as simplicity, the price of creating mobile website is much less than creating responsive variant. The small owners of business who wish to create a mobile website often pay negligible amount.  Responsive design, on other hand, requires substantial amount of optimization, testing and coding. In addition, the coding price per hour is significantly higher than the responsive web design. Overall, the initial price for responsive design is high. The mobile web design is the best option for small businesses who wish to focus only on cost. Redesigning as well as maintenance Maintenance cost is the major decisive factor in your choice between mobile web and responsive web design. As the term suggests, the mobile web requires good maintenance. It happens due the changing trends of Smartphones. If trends and technology change frequently, redesigning the mobile website is a bit expensive. Compared to mobile web, maintenance cost for responsive web is less costly. The blend of media queries and fluid grids helps you to maintain design easily. In addition, this smart blending also helps the overall redesigning process of responsive web is fast and simple. Impact The owners of business ensure that they create the biggest impact with only a handful of resources. Efficiency is a prime factor in this matter. Both responsive web design and mobile design offer different impact. For example, the mobile web offers easy and simple navigation and...

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Best Audio Website

Winner: SoundCloud.com Self-identifying as the “largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio,” SoundCloud was originally designed to be the Vimeo or Flickr for musicians.  A Swedish sound designer and artist collaborated to start this project with the original idea of allowing artists to simply share music with each other and get feedback from the community.  When the Berlin-based company was founded in 2007, it aimed solely to provide this artist-focused musical file sharing, but since then has expanded its offerings.  These days, the site is angled more towards the listener, making it the most popular way to upload and publicize any sort of audio or music.  Displaying the sound clip in an orange and grey waveform, SoundCloud allows music to be shared within their music community, as well as embedded into other websites. The site, like any respectable website these days, is also connected to social media and allows users to set up an account through Facebook or Google+.   Once these social mediums are connected, SoundCloud allows for easy posting, facilitating more sharing with various people.  This publicity-geared platform has made it a favorite with DJs, composers and songwriters, along with people looking to increase their music knowledge.  With its vast array of genres, SoundCloud has also joined the ranks of music discovery tools, allowing listeners to expand their range of tastes when it comes to music. Runner Up: NPR First Listen For anyone who has eagerly awaited the release of their favorite artist’s new album, NPR First Listen may be the greatest thing you’ve probably never heard of.  First Listen allows you to pre-hear everything from indie artist’s new tracks to upcoming movie soundtracks, usually for the entire week preceding the audio’s actual launch date.  One of the most important features for those of us who like to put a new favorite song on repeat until we’re sick of it, is the ability to listen to any track as many times as you want in that week.  However,...

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The Tech News Awards

First Place: Wired.com When it comes to news about the technology world, Wired.com is the go-to website for in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology.  Not only do they offer real-time news about events in the tech world, but also their impact on business, entertainment, communications and other areas of the world outside of tech.  The site also features a host of blogs on a variety of topics as well as publishing their own awards, called the Vaporware Awards. With sections including gear, science, entertainment, business, security, design, opinion and video, Wired.com covers every aspect of technology that a reader could ever want.  The site itself was originally the online counterpart to Wired magazine, which is a full-color monthly magazine.  However the site split off when the magazine was bought by Condé Nast Publishing in the 1990’s and became its own entity, publishing daily online content.  However, when the website was bought by the magazine’s owners in 2006, the two were reunited at long last and the site once again features content from the magazine. Second Place: TechCrunch.com TechCrunch is a site focused on information technology, and more specifically the companies within that sector.  It features technology news and analysis, but also large quantities of information on the companies operating within the information technology sphere.  The site includes sections on startups, mobile, and gadgets, but also includes quick links to tags for popular companies such as Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and NSA. TechCrunch also sponsors Crunchbase, which is a free database of the companies, people and investors that make up the technology industry.  The database can be edited by anyone and therefore is constantly being updated.  It features over 150,000 companies and 172,000 people, making it one of the most comprehensive databases of its kind. Third Place: Gizmodo.com Although not as far-reaching as the other two, Gizmodo.com is known as the absolute authority when it comes to gadget news and digital culture.  It follows more of a blog format than...

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