Web Design

How to Properly Test your Website for Mobile and Tablet Users

Originally written for Cardinal Web Solutions

In the past month, approximately 22.72% of visitors to Cardinal Web Solutions were browsing the site on a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. That’s nearly one fourth of all traffic to our site. So, unless you want approximately one out of every four visitors to your site to be frustrated by poor user experience, you need to be sure that your site is ready for mobile users.

We achieve this for our clients through responsive web design, in which elements of the website adjust fluidly based on screen width to ensure an easy-to-use layout for any device. After the initial development is complete, the next step is to test the site to be sure that it is displaying and functioning properly for all screen sizes and devices.

responsive web design
In responsive web design, content elements realign as screen width changes to ensure a positive viewing experience across devices.

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Gluten Free, Muffins, Recipes

gluten free apple muffins

As I may have mentioned before, I cohost a brunch devotional every other week with some friends. Among other things, it provides a great opportunity for trying new recipes.

I almost always try to bake something gluten free for these gatherings, since so many of my friends have gluten sensitivities, and this week, with some local apples on hand, I knew I wanted to make apple muffins.

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I’m sorry; that title’s a terrible pun. And not even that appropriate, since these occurrences took place not yesterday but, rather, a week ago.

I had never tried my hand and bread making before. The idea of working with yeast, waiting for the bread to rise, etc., always seemed too complicated. I avoided it for years.

But my interest (bordering on obsession) with making things myself prompted a steadily growing curiosity in bread, and when I finally did decide to give it a whirl, I jumped in headfirst, with three projects in two days: pizza dough, pita bread, and bagels.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Donuts, Muffins

a donuffin day

Things don’t always go the way you expect.

Flour Explosion
Does this count as a floured surface?

For example, I expected that my next blog post would be about the cream cheese apricot scones I made last Sunday (which you may have seen if you’re following me on Twitter). But after the scones were baked and eaten, I found I had nothing to say about them. They were ok. Pretty good, but not amazing. A little dry — I haven’t figured out why yet, so there’s no lesson to glean. And aside from the flour explosion (above), no funny anecdotes to share.

So, moving on to Thursday, which I had off from work due to it being the 4th of July.

I’d originally planned on getting lunch with my boyfriend, but when an unexpected ant infestation in his apartment delayed him, I was still hungry. No problem, I had some local veggies sitting in my pantry waiting to be made into curry.

Except curry seemed like so much work. Wouldn’t donuts be easier?

Mmm… donuts.

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Chocolate Macarons

my first attempt at macarons (and a pretty good one at that)

Within the past few months, my coworker has started display something like an obsession with macarons. She finally ordered some online, but didn’t particularly like the citrusy flavors.

So, when her birthday came around last week, it was pretty clear what special treat I needed to make for the occasion. There was just one problem. I’d never made macarons before.

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