I have never been satisfied with the design of the websites. I have accepted a long, long, long time ago that I did not have much in the way of artistic ability.
However since getting a real smartphone for myself – a Google Nexus 5 which at only CDN$350 unlocked, having a “pure” Android interface, not having to wait on a carrier to provide the OS updates and not having carrier bloatware is a great deal – I quickly realized that I needed to redesign the site. It was simply not readable on a smartphone without zooming in and of course that would make navigation and viewing a chore.
So, it was time to brush of my HTML and PHP skills. And to force myself to learn CSS. I am (unfortunately) old enough to remember when CSS first came about. I was a web developer at that time (it was a long time ago before artistic skills were needed 🙂 ) and, frankly, CSS was somewhat a solution looking for a problem and it was not much of a solution at that. We were all pumping out text and tabular data with a few, now quaint, icons.
On of the very smart folks at work (Dan Shea from Dockridge Solutions) suggested using Bootstrap as the framework. It took a little while to figure it out (likely because I am not as sharp as I used to be) but the first conversion is now up. I used the Weather Page (wx.pelleys.com – Paradise Weather) as the starting point since that is the page I check most frequently on a mobile device.
Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think. And no, Bootstrap does not help the artistically challenged. Dunh!