Mobile friendly design


(Simon Crosbie) #1

Google rates my RM6 site as not mobile friendly. I need to find a developer to fix or help me fix the problems.
The site is
bmpshutters .com.au
I am using the RM theme "Bravo"
I will still want the ability to add or change photos, edit text etc in the future.
I hope this is the right place to seek this sort of help.


#2

Hi Simon,

I stand corrected but I don’t think that Bravo was a responsive theme, so you would probably need a complete redesign of the site with a responsive theme and stacks. Are you looking for advice on doing the design yourself or a developer to do it for you?

Cheers,
Beem


(Robert Ziebol 🖖🏼) #3

No Bravo is one of the original RapidWeave themes and is not responsive. Depending on the version of RapidWeaver you have, as RapidWeaver 6 and 7 come with responsive themes, 5 does not. There are a ton of them out there. If you want your site to look the same, you can use Foundation by Joe Workman, it will let you create the site you want to, so you could very easily get that same look and feel with that, but it also works a little different then most RapidWeaver themes.

Good luck.


(Simon Crosbie) #4

Thanks for the info. I am using RW6 and when I click on themes it lists 52 themes including “Bravo”. It seems to only shows 4 themes that are mobile friendly (in the width). I will have a look at these first & see how I go…
I guess there must be hundreds out there.
Can I import my site into Foundation and not have to rebuild everything?
cheers
Simon


#5

I don’t think there is any way to import your site into Foundation but you can open it in RW and change it to Foundation. You will then need to add site styles and make various adjustments. I did this a couple months ago on an existing site but I found it better to go through the site and replace existing stacks with Foundation equivalents while retaining the original content.

Depending on the size of the site this might take a few hours or a few days. There is a learning curve with Foundation just to get started and it takes a mobile first approach, but I think it’s a far better option that sticking with traditional themes.


(kevin olive) #6

Indeed it is a learning curve. Foundation is not a typical theme. While Foundation is incredibly flexible, there are no page templates where content is just dropped in. Everything about the look of the site is created by you with lots of stacks. With clever use of Stacks partials, a consistent look from page to page can be created that is similar to a more typical theme. There are also a couple of Foundation starter projects that are available from various vendors.

The one big thing that I ran into when converting a site to Foundation is that it is missing blog page support. There are multiple blog stacks that can be purchased–I chose Armadillo and am happy with it.

If you’re not sure where to get started with Foundation, I created a starter project that looks similar to your site. (I was gong to use side nav but the stack wouldn’t render for some reason so the navigation is on the top.) I tried to keep things to just Foundation stacks although I typically use stacks from Big White Duck due to added responsiveness for font size. You can find it here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/21549545/BMPS.zip


(Simon Crosbie) #7

I have just finished migrating my site to the RW theme Affero. Google now rates it as mobile friendly. All good. Thanks guys.