[Pro] Switching to Responsive in 7 Pro

I’m leaning to upgrading to Fwy 7 Pro and going responsive. My question: my website (in footer) has ~320 pages.

If I open it in 7 Pro: (1) Can I just redo the Master page to go responsive, then all the ~320 pages will then just need some minor tweaking to get them upload-ready; or (2) since each page has different sized items, will I need to go into each page and redesign each one to be responsive?

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Can I just redo the Master page to go responsive, then all the ~320 pages will then just need some minor tweaking

Unfortunately the page construction is totally different when you go responsive so you need to get the Master correct first then create a new child page for the responsive content based on the new master and then copy content over from the existing child pages to the now responsive child.

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OK, thanks, David. And do I correctly understand that, after creating the new Master, I’ll have to copy-and-paste from the existing 6 Pro child pages to each of the ~320 new 7 Pro responsive child pages one at a time?


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I’ll have to copy-and-paste from the existing 6 Pro child pages to each of the ~320 new 7 Pro responsive child pages one at a time?

Pretty much if those 320 pages have unique content.

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Thanks, David. Much appreciated. Google Analytics shows only 24% of my traffic coming from smartphones, so I may take a pass on the extensive responsive rewrite of my website. It appears that Google’s upcoming April 21 algorithm will affect only smartphones and that tablets (although “mobile” by nature) will still be evaluated the same as desktops in the SERPs.

However, would there be any advantages of upgrading from 6 Pro to 7 Pro, even if I’m not going to switch to responsive? Are there other new features that would make the minor upgrade cost of 7 Pro worthwhile even without using its responsive design capabilities?


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Hi Jim,

it’s always an excellent idea, keeping applications up-to-date. But basically there aren’t ground braking features to be expected - so indeed the responsive feature would be the worth to upgrade.

####Your pain

Basically, your page looks pretty well on a mobile (and on desktop). This is just because your general page-width is pretty small (750px) and is displayed without side scrolling. So far so good.

Google moans that it is not mobile-user-friendly. So what? Naturally nobody knows which criteria google use to underpin this statement. I wonder if it is just some @media query (who knows?)

####The entry into responsive

The magic of adaptive content is mainly based on relative units - so switching from a static page-width of 750px to a page-width called max-width 750px. Furthermore, you wouldn’t define your item-widths as 651px but as well here as something like max-width or even 90%. And finally, positioning can be declared in relative units as well (however this is not mandatory).

But it is essential, that all your items placed on your workspace requires the CSS-Button switched ON (or in inspector marked as layers) in order to prevent you from braking your layout down to a table-structure (which is currently the case). Even this might be a google-issue.

####ALL THIS IS

already available in Freeway6 - so no need for upgrading right now. Try it out on a virgin master and a test-childpage to prevent you from screwing up your current work.

To get in, I did two lil screencasts which could be of help:

http://www.kimmich-digitalmedia.com/videos/017_grid-express-part-1 (and the following).

Once you got rid of your table-structure (!important) - and you entirely understood the very basics, we can even talk about re-arranging items (if required).

Cheers

Thomas


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Thanks, Thomas. Great insights. By the way, I had just earlier this week looked at the two videos you mentioned. Very helpful.

I think I’ll experiment a bit in my current 6 Pro with what you suggested. Thanks again.


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