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The way we interact with our phones and computers changes rapidly. Today, it's almost as common to use the internet from your phone as it is to use it behind a computer. Republic builds specific mobile sites or ensures that your regular site works well on smartphones and touchscreens through responsive design. We also made a few Apps for iPhone and iPad.

A web­site that adapts depend­ing on what the vis­i­tor uses for the device.

One way is to cus­tomize the design depend­ing on the device the vis­i­tor has. This has recent­ly come to be called respon­sive design, which sim­ply means that the design adapts as a response to the con­di­tions that the vis­i­tor’s unit allows. The sim­plest exam­ple of dif­fer­ent con­di­tions is the size of the screen.

Respon­sive design offers many ben­e­fits. For exam­ple, only one ver­sion of the web­site needs to be updat­ed and it is very con­ve­nient to have a solu­tion that adapts to the sit­u­a­tion and presents the con­tent in the best pos­si­ble way based on the vis­i­tor’s cir­cum­stances at that par­tic­u­lar moment.

To see an exam­ple of how respon­sive design works, you can just check out this page, repub​lic​.se, on a phone, a tablet, and a tra­di­tion­al com­put­er. Then you see the same con­tent but that the design and pre­sen­ta­tion of the con­tent are adapt­ed for each device’s advan­tages and limitations.

Pro­gres­sive Web Apps (PWA) — a web app that works even when you’re offline

Today it is also pos­si­ble to build an app with web tech­nol­o­gy that can be installed on both com­put­ers and phones. It gives you an icon on the home screen, it works offline, and more or less works like a reg­u­lar app.

For­tu­nate­ly, you don’t have to go through the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to install a PWA, but it also does­n’t allow you to sell it in the same way as an app devel­oped for iOS or Android only. The big advan­tage is that you do not need to devel­op sev­er­al dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the app and that every­one can use the same app, regard­less of phone mod­el and oper­at­ing system.

A tra­di­tion­al app for iPhone/​iPad and Android

In some cas­es, a real app is sim­ply the best choice. If sim­plic­i­ty, agili­ty, and impact are the most impor­tant thing, an app can be just the right way to go. It is also a good way if there is inter­est in sell­ing the result, as both Apple and Google have their respec­tive mar­ket­places for apps where, as a man­u­fac­tur­er, you also get help man­ag­ing the actu­al pur­chas­es and the finan­cial part of the project.

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