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Responsive Design

  1. Greetings

    after reading 'responsive webdesign' by ethan Marcotte and surfed around the inet searching on RD, I really want to give it a go

    I have hand coded a few HTML5 page with RD in mind and I have been hooked

    now I would like to go the next step and try to use a boilerplate solution to speed up my developpement, and learn new things

    I came accross 320andup http://stuffandnonsense.co.uk/projects/320andup/ that looks very nice and a very good addition to HTML5 Boilerplate, which look like one reference

    then I came accross the theme bones http://themble.com/bones/ which look like it is based on 320andup

    I was wondering if anyone here had experience with RD in general and using 320andup in particular? if any of you tried Bones. since my idea is to use it with WP, I would love NOT to reinvent the wheel by making a 320andup based theme, if Bones is exactly that. then I could use Bones as a base

    or maybe it is not the best way to go and someone has better advises for me

    I know that Justine develops theme and that Bones is another designer's theme, but it is my understanding that Justin have not yet done any responsive design theme, I don't want to be rude posting here. that is just the community is had always helped me with my question and I had the feeling I could raise the question here too

    Thank you in advance for all your point of view

  2. I have been researching for a while for a responsive theme design. I found Origin: Responsive parent theme with Hybrid core with minimal styling. It is developed by Galin.

    http://themehybrid.com/community/topic/origin-responsive-parent-theme

    I have been setting up a site as we speak.

  3. I posted this in the WordPress.org Forums. One of the responses that I got was that my dreams are not WordPress core issues, but Framework or Theme Developer issues. So here goes for anybody that will listen:

    I don't know if anybody else has as much interest in this as I do, But:

    I switched back to Twenty Eleven from an open-source Framework because I couldn't figure out how to get things done the way that I wanted them. This is not a complaint but strictly a desire. It may be that I don't have the programming skills of quite a few others here, so I'm just winging it.

    I've been trying to learn how Mobile Responsive Design has evolved, and have installed most of the following WordPress Plugins into my site:

    1.) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/enhancejs/
    2.) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fitvids-for-wordpress/
    3.) http://www.ramoonus.nl/wordpress/fittext/
    4.) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/respondjs/
    5.) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-fluid-images/
    6.) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-resolutions/

    Can the core Developers of WordPress embed these capabilities, scripts, whatever you want to call them, into the next or following version of WordPress? The most difficult of them seems to be the last one http://adaptive-images.com/. I had to reduce my former 3-column layout to Twenty-Eleven's 2-column in order to get my site to be presentable on Smart Phones and some Feature phones. I disabled the WPtouch plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/ since it's theme didn't present my site the way that I wanted it to be seen (this is not a complaint against their developers either).

    I would like to have a great 3-column layout (with multiple Header Images) for Desktop viewing, and then some Responsive capabilities to step it down to 2-column for Tablets, and then 1-column for Smart Phones. Better yet, how about a WordPress core built from the ground Up (1-column Mobile, 2-column Tablet, 3+ column Desktop)?

    The idea is to alter the WordPress Core so that as few plugins as possible are necessary to achieve Responsive Design Layouts. I wonder if it would be easier to build from the Top Down (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/features/), or would it be easier for WordPress core Developers to restructure from the ground Up (Mobile First) http://stuffandnonsense.co.uk/projects/320andup/ ?

  4. I am really interested in the idea of responsive Wordpress theme design because the amount of mobile device and tablet web traffic is quickly escalating. If our websites are not responsive we are missing a growing opportunity. I was asking about this the other day when @Galin released his responsive theme built on the Hybrid Core here in the forums. You can see Justin's thoughts on responsive themes as well - again, here is the link that @gloriaantonelli already posted: http://themehybrid.com/community/topic/origin-responsive-parent-theme

    Personally, I want to stay using Justin's solid coding but I also want responsive design functionality so I appreciate what @Galin is up to, like I said, using Justin's Hybrid Core to build responsive themes: http://alienwp.com/ (there's two themes so far and a third coming)

  5. Thank you @gloriaantonelli and @wiselywoven :) . My theme was never meant to be a replacement for any of the existing ThemeHybrid themes. It's just another example what can be done with Hybrid Core - for those members of the community who want to implement RWD into their own themes.

    I'm not even 100% sure I should call it "my theme". It's a Hybrid Core theme.

    The fact that it's responsive isn't a valid reason to use it as a base. You can just inspect the code (the CSS specifically) and use only the parts you are interested in.

    Valid reasons to use Origin instead of let's say Prototype are:

    • You like the styling and use it more or less as it is.
    • Decide that it would save you time and efforts for a specific project.

    Aside from those I think you should stick to the ThemeHybrid themes here. RWD is not rocket science. I don't mind sharing what I've learned so far and I'm not the only member with experience in the field.

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