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Websites and So-called Mobile Strategy

Internet Explorer 1

Internet Explorer 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How geeky can things related to metal music get? Well, thinking about something called “mobile strategy for the website” is probably the geekiest thing a metal band can do. The stereotypical metal musicians should drink beer and play their instruments instead of spending hours finishing their websites.

Well, times have changed. In the late 90s, a web designer only had to take care that the website looks ok in Netscape and Internet Explorer. But now, the world is full of different browsers and devices: computers, phones and tablet computers, different versions of different operating systems and so on. And this makes the situation a bit more difficult than before.

Internet Explorer Mobile 6 in Windows Mobile 6.5

Internet Explorer Mobile 6 in Windows Mobile 6.5 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, one big question pops up. How to make a website look nice and work perfectly on all the possible platforms?

In the end, there are two priorities.1. To make the website easy to use no matter which device and browser you are using. And 2. To make the content of the website easy for us to update. The former one is naturally the primary priority whereas the latter one is just a nice bonus.

Perhaps the easiest way would be just choosing the right JavaScript and CSS files according to the device the end user is using. That’s just an idea and I don’t know if it works. I’ll probably have to make the website to recognize the browser and to load the right files according to the information received. And it may become a total nightmare to make it work perfectly.

By the way, if you are wondering the same things as I am, I recommend Opera Mobile Emulator. It provides a nice way to see how different sites look with different devices. http://www.opera.com/developer/tools/mobile/ 

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The Zen of Designing a Website…

EToS Website in 1999

I’ve working on the new Eternal Tears of Sorrow website for a week now. Actually, I’ve always made and taken care of our website, since early 1996. There are two exceptions. The current design (@ eternaltears.fi) was designed by Maurizio Marchetti. And the design slightly before the release of “Before the Bleeding Sun” was done by Jussi Järvenpää.

So yeah, we’ve had a website for almost seventeen years and the forthcoming layout will be ninth or tenth version of our site. This time, we want something much more simple than usually. Nowadays, the bands’ websites aren’t as important as they used to be in say, ten years ago. There are so many services you can get band info at.

So, the layout of the page will be nice and simple. And modern. But the techniques behind the site aren’t that simple. It’s mostly based on jQuery and different free/open-source jQuery plug-ins. It was weird to make the very first demo version of the new website. It looked somewhat rudimentary but still, it had a damn modern feel and I liked it, so I went on with the experiment. Perhaps I’ll use some PHP, too, who knows.

But the point of the website won’t be using as many HTML techniques as I can. It’s not about making it look extreme cool either. I just want to make it simple but nice. Usability is more important looking cool. The quality of information is more important the quantity of information. Less is less. And still, less is more.

Our music has changed in ten, twelve years. That’s why our website must change, too. Just check out how minimal our website was in 2005, after our three-year break: http://web.archive.org/web/20050204025255/http://www.eternaltears.info/ That’s so 2005, or more like so 2000! 😀

But well, anyway… The new EToS website will be released, hmm, when I finish it, when I & we feel like it’s ready. It could be before Christmas or in February.

 

 
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Posted by on 29.11.2012 in In English, Technology

 

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