Google’s Mobile Usability Review

There has been a fair bit of talk in the press recently about a new approach that the search giant Google is taking to website ranking.  The bottom line is that they are starting to take into account ‘mobile usability’ when deciding what ranking to assign to website pages.

This can be quite a scary thing to contemplate, especially if you’ve worked hard to achieve good page rankings in search engines.  But actually it is simply a (rather heavy-handed) prod to website owners to ensure that their websites work well on mobile devices.

For a while now, Google has championed the concept of responsive website design.  This basically means a website design that adjusts itself so that it appears in a friendly way on whatever width screen it is viewed on (smartphone, tablet, PC, etc).

Studio Devon has been designing their websites to these principles for 3 years and therefore is in an ideal position to meet this latest Google challenge head-on, either for new website builds or amending existing website designs.

New Look for Kiltearn Partners

Studio Devon has built up a strong relationship with a powerful group of investment management firms. The latest company to contact us is Kiltearn Partners. They were aware that their existing website was very basic and unappealling, and wanted to add pictures and colour.

We were very happy to help them source a raft of landscape pictures that represented their company ethos and build them into a new website along with their agreed textual content. As an added bonus, we were able to make the new site responsive so that it always looks good regardless of the device being used to view it.

Kiltearn were pleasantly surprised at the ease with which this could be achieved, and even more pleased at the low cost that we charged for doing the job.

To take a look at the new-look Kiltearn website, go to www.kiltearnpartners.com.

Make it work on a Mobile

… was the overriding instruction given to us when we took on the project of revising the Babbacombe Inn’s website.

To be fair, the existing website ‘worked’ on a mobile [smartphone], just not very well. So we set about creating a responsive design that adapted itself to the browsing device. Away went the Flash graphics (not supported) and the fixed-width images, and in came fluid widths and elements that repositioned depending upon the screen width.

Take a look at the following images which show the same web page when viewed on two different width screens:

Babbacombe Inn wide screenshotBabbacombe Inn narrow screenshot

These pages are the same piece of HTML code, just styled differently by some ‘clever’ CSS. We’re proud of the result, which we think gives a striking and compelling website however you look at it.

To see for yourself, go to www.babbacombeinn.co.uk.

Refresh for Village Show site

The Bishopsteignton Village Show has been running for 17 years and for the past 5 years, Studio Devon has maintained its website. We try to keep it up to date and changing so that visitors to the site will continue to be entertained.

With only a few weeks to go till the next show (1st & 2nd September) it was time for a refresh. The major change we made this time was to make the screen width flexible to adapt to the many different display devices that people use to access the web these days. We also spruced up the picture galleries that form a major part of the archive pages.

We are happy to support this community event which does so much to bind the people of the village together, and of course we will be on hand at the beginning of September to load up the show results onto the site, as per usual.

To visit the Bishopsteignton Village Show site, go to www.bishopsvillageshow.co.uk.