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Mobile site, fluid grid layout or design an app



2:18 pm on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Could anyone tell me what are difference between Apps, mobile site, Jquery mobile, and fluid grid layout.
If I want to update my web design skills, which one should I learn? I am wondering if fluid grid design can solved design for multi device problem, do we still need to learn query mobile or mobile site design. I am very interested in learning app design, but not sure about what are the advantage for an online shop app over a mobile site? for example, Argos has an app published, what is better than viewing their website on mobile if the site is fluid grid layout design.
And another question is hoe app store its data?
I am intent to improve the company site I have designed a few years ago, to suit multi devices, it is a online shop, could anyone tell me which direction should I go for?

Many thanks!


9:09 pm on Jun 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Apps are native applications developed on some programming language, specific to the device (Ios, Android, etc). Some apps are not fully "apps" and will just load a url.

Mobile site refers to sites optimized for speed / screen size and the limitations of the device (not every mobile device is fully CSS3 capable, or fully javascript enabled).

Jquery is the mobile version of Jquery, optimized for mobile and being lightweight.

Fluid layouts adapt to the screen size depending on the screen resolution, via CSS and sometimes using JS.

This might be of your interest: [webmasterworld.com...]

As for the online shop well I'm on the same crossroad. I made my websites mobile enabled but still wondering on the shopping cart thing.

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