Responsive Web Design
The new buzz in the web world is Responsive Design. The popularity and increasing power of mobile devices results in more people using them to access web pages.
Google is encouraging web masters to make their sites easy to view on smaller platforms. Also many visitors from around the world use their mobile devices to view my sites, so it was an obvious thing to do. I am one of the people who use their smart phones to read web pages. So embracing Responsive Web Design is a natural progression. This also reflects my own frustrations with sites that do not fit a mobile screen, and consequently require sideways scrolling and zooming to read the articles.
Even on larger tablets with touch screens navigation is a problem, unless the design allows extra space around the menu elements. I now apply this to article lists as well as the main menu items.
Another of my pet hates is too much advertising in with the content. Particularly on designs intended for mobile devices, the ads just get in the way. On larger desktop views you can tuck the ads off to the side so they are visible, but not intrusive. This means the advertising on my sites is less obvious on mobile devices than some other sites.
The photographs caused considerable angst, particularly for the WordPress based designs. WordPress exerts some control of the final image sizes. In a Responsive Web Design for a web site based on straight HTML the image size is linked via the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) to the size of the display. When WordPress is managing the content extra steps are needed to make the images, and their attached captions, resize properly to suit the viewing device. This took time away from providing new articles. Now with that major hurdle overcome we can get back to writing.