Startup questions - Post ID 277477


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42 posts

Hi,
I purchased the RSD suite and read through a lot of the tutorials and documents. I also played around with different themes and templates in RSD in order to get a feel for the software. I am getting into webdesign after a 6 years break and have to say, this software is very impressive!

Now there are a few questions I would like to be more clear about before getting into designing my new website.
  • I can see the point why mobile first would be the logical approach in terms of making content available on small screens and then expand the design from there, but don't you start off with a concept of how it will look on a big screen first in order to decide about backgrounds, main design elements etc.?
    All tutorials I have seen so far use the desktop first approach. Are there tutorials for RSD available that use mobile first?
  • Which grid should I go with? Obviously that is much a matter of personal taste, but in terms of ease of use, future development etc. which grid is currently the top seller?
  • Is there a reference document about the foundation classes that are incorporated in RSD?
  • Is it a good idea to start a design with one of the themes and change elements to a personal liking but maybe lateron get into trouble due to incongruencies of class names etc., or is it a better idea to start from scratch?

Thanks and regards
Berthold
Berthold, Spain
Astronomy site: http://www.astronomy.artinso.com
Musical events: http://www.orphelion-ensemble.com
RSD 2, RED


Senior Advisor
10,993 posts

Hi Berthold,
To your point 1:
I advise you to start, as suggested by the programme, with mobile first. It is much easier to expand from a small screen view to a wider one than cramming a wide view into a small one. What you could do is, make a sketch (by pen and paper) of what you want your finished product to look like, both narrow, middle and wide view. Then plan on how to get there. Most likely you will want to stack most things below each other on the phone size screen, then put some elements beside each other for tablets, and for wide screens, you could widen it further, and also make e.g. images larger. It is also possible to change the sequence of elements to suit the different viewports, so that you get the most important content first, without scrolling.

Ponit 2:
The decision is yours, but if you reckon that you will need some help from the forum users, you could go for Foundation, as more people are using it.

Someone else will have to deal with your other points. I'm short of time right now.
Ha en riktig god dag!
Inger, Norway
My new honey site, built with RFF: http://www.horgenhonning.net/
Component sharing for RSD, RFF and RBB: http://www.horgenhonning.net/sharing/



Registered User
42 posts

Thanks Inger!
Pen and paper layout sounds like a good idea to get startet!
Thank you for your help!
Regards
Berthold
Berthold, Spain
Astronomy site: http://www.astronomy.artinso.com
Musical events: http://www.orphelion-ensemble.com
RSD 2, RED

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