What Are The Top HTML 5 Frameworks for Mobile App Development?

by Saul Edmonds

A Guide To The Top HTML 5 Frameworks

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"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation." ―Charles Kettering

The Ongoing Popularity of the HTML 5 Framework

With all the latest advancements in mobile app development over the last few years, the task of creating compelling mobile applications is easier than ever. 

These creative frameworks have identified the issues of the past and now make it easy for the developer to focus on building robust and user friendly applications that function with less glitches. 

The popularity of the HTML 5 framework can not be understated, it has grown to the point that developers expect only great things when they make use of the platform.
 

A Smoother Process + Better Result

The HTML 5 framework is designed to add enhancements to an existing interface while helping to further boost the usability of the apps. 

In short, the right HTML 5 framework will help to ensure a smoother app development process for all involved.


As the push continues each year to stay ahead of the curve, a number of HTML 5 frameworks for mobile app development have risen to the top in this industry. The UI framework is nothing more than a set of concepts and codes that help to simplify common issues. 

In laymen terms, the UI framework are a set of unique libraries that will allow the mobile app developers to build more efficient applications for their customers. These libraries are comprised of JavaScript and CSS files, used in collaboration with the HTML files. As far as the mobile app development, this framework is described to be a package of standardized codes that include CSS, JavaScript, and HTML.

So without further ado, these are the top HTML 5 frameworks that are efficient for mobile app development.

1. The Ionic Framework

The Ionic framework is considered to be a hybrid mobile app development tool that has a large dependency on the HTML 5 technology. 

This is an open source, complete with a front end SDK that can be extremely powerful and will enable the developers to design unique applications that do not comprise any of the quality of the app. 

The Ionic library is literally packed with web components, gestures, and tons of resourceful tools that will help to make the design process easier. The Ionic framework is also efficient at producing both intriguing and interactive apps. In addition to this being a very popular framework for mobile app development, it can be especially helpful for the developers who want to make use of the app testing process.

2. The Sencha Touch Framework

The Sencha Touch framework is a very popular HTML 5 mobile app development system because it utilizes the MVC (Model View Controller) to help the developer to be able to create unique hybrid applications. 

The framework takes all the guesswork out of this complicated process, allowing the team to function on functionality. When developers make use of the Sencha Touch framework, there will be an ease in coding on various mobile OS systems without having to alter the feel or the look of the app. 

This framework can easily build any replica of an existing app when it is collaborated with phone gap. This is a commercial venture that comes with dense technical support, tools, and documentation

3. The Adobe Top Coat Framework

The Adobe Top Coat framework stands on reputation alone as one of the top mobile app developer tools. 

When you hear the name Adobe, you know that extensive work behind the scenes has gone into the development. The Adobe Top Coat framework is an incredible HTML UI platform that has many enriching features that allow the developer to create mobile apps for free. 

This framework does rely on the CSS more so than the JavaScript, allowing it to provide more control for the developers. 

The Adobe Top Coat framework does have a substantial edge over many of the other frameworks as far as appearance and speed for desktop browsers that make use of style sheets or touch target controls. Mobile app developers are able to create creative applications that have a certain flair unlike any others.  

4. The Kendo UI Framework

Another very popular framework that utilizes the HTML 5 is Kendo UI. This is the perfect mobile app developers tool for creating some really stunning out-of-the-box designs that have their own unique functionality. 

Basically you can get working quickly and have a stunning design in half the time with this framwork. The Kendo UI is dependent on the jQuery powered UI widgets, but that makes the end result so compelling. 

This particular framework has a large number of built-in themes that the developer can make use of when creating applications. 

The Kendo UI has a theme builder that allows the developer to alter the look of any mobile app on the go. This framework does integrate well with AngularJs and Bootstrap Loader.

5. jQuery Mobile

When it comes to jQuery Mobile, it is by far the most commonly used of all the HTML 5 frameworks. 

The reason for the popularity with developers is because the jQuery Mobile is considered to be a minimalist framework. One of the reasons for the attraction to this framework is because it does provide the developer a variety of mobile user interfaces. 

These interfaces are key in helping to replicate the usability and the appeal of a true desktop site. The jQuery Mobile framework is programmed with the HTML 5 elements like CSS and JavaScript.
 
Part of the overall appeal of the jQuery Mobile is that this framework helps to build touch-optimized apps that are responsive and run smoothly across a number of platforms on a variety of devices.

The Next Step

Now you should have a better idea of the top HTML 5 frameworks and how they are helping mobile app developers to create stunning applications that end-users are loving.
 
All of these frameworks have their own unique benefits, so you need to carefully choose one that better suits your developing needs the most. By looking at the benefits of each there should be no trouble finding one that perfectly aligns with your needs when it comes to developing mobile apps.

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Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

He is an international expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

 

Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

      • strategic brand design
      • web design & development
      • app design and development 
      • digital marketing 
      • creative engagement 

        Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

        Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

        Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

        Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

        Phone : +617 1300 727 749
        email : us@roundhouse.cc

        • Learn about our web design here.
        • Learn about our app development here.
        • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

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        Is Squarespace A Good Alternative to WordPress?

        by Saul Edmonds

        Squarespace Vs WordPress - Which is the best choice for your business?
         

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        The choices that we make in our life, indeed determine the kind of results that we experience and the quality of the life that we live.
        — Sumeet Jain
        "The choices that we make in our life, indeed determine the kind of results that we experience and the quality of the life that we live." ―Sumeet Jain

        To better understand if Squarespace is a better alternative that WordPress, you really have to know what these two are all about. 

        While on the surface they may appear to be similar platforms, they actually have different features that make them quite unique to one another. 

        WordPress is more of a content management system, whereas Squarespace is a website builder. Once you tear into both, the dashboards might feel similar because they both use the WSIWYG editors, and they both require you log into the online dashboard via your browser. 

        So the short answer to whether Squarespace is a good alternative to WordPress is it really depends on your needs.

        The purpose of your website will determine which is a better fit for your business, because some WordPress options may be better in the short-term than Squarespace and vice versa. 

        The following questions should help you to decide the best fit for your company and how each excels in their own way.

        • What Type of Functionality Will Be Required?

        So in order to determine whether Squarespace is a better alternative that WordPress, we need to start with the basics. 

        Start by writing down what type of website you are going to be building. Next, decide what your website is going to do. Finally, it is important to know today what you expect from the website in the future. 

        When you come up with the answers and find that you are going to need more than just a static website, WordPress might be the right fit. However, if you are looking to create a stunning website that is all about drag-and-drop, Squarespace is the answer.

        There are a number of HTML-based sites that are using Squarespace templates that really are stunning, to say the least. These websites are perfect for displaying the menu of your website, your portfolio, or your clothing store inventory. 

        WordPress on the other hand gives you a little more flexibility to add a number of features by simply installing a plugin. When you find the needs in advance, you can choose the right platform that will give you the perfect website for your needs, not based on social popularity. That being said, it is also easier to determins you future needs now, because if you have to switch platforms later it could create a real mess.

        • How Much Flexibility are You Going to Need?

        Again, on the subject of whether Squarespace is a better alternative that WordPress, it all comes down to the needs of your business. 

        When you own a local pizza restaurant and only want to show your customers the latest menu, the Squarespace website is more than enough. 

        However, if you have a website that teaches others how to rank their websites on Google, WordPress allows you to incorporate a number of plugins to build the exact website you need. Because Squarespace is a privately owned company, you must use their providers. This means that their platform is isolated so only their own in-house development team will produce tools for users.

        By comparison, WordPress is more of an open book, which means if you have a need or function you want to incorporate, chances are good that there is a free plugin for that. If you need a simple website without a million features, Squarespace providers could setup your website in a way that rivals some of the best online.
         

        • Will You Need to Scale Up Your Website Over Time?

        The majority of websites are not typically static, they are maintained and updated frequently, especially if you are always looking for ways to drive new traffic to your site. 

        It is best to know today what your future plans are for your website because you don't want to get locked into one type of platform and find you are unable to scale things up in the future. 

        Many people simply assume they need to jump into WordPress because it gives them the flexibility to grow easily over time, basically click a button and you have new theme instantly. It is important to note that Squarespace has features that make it more favorable in unique situations. Perhaps you do live shows on YouTube and at any point could have over 10,000 live viewers, who in turn rush to the website for more information.

        Squarespace can handle the load with zero issues, whereas the WordPress site might crash from the huge rush of traffic all at once. In this example, Squarespace makes use of huge load balancing servers which can keep that website stored at several locations and point that rush of traffic to the closest server. 

        WordPress sites would freeze up because they need to talk to the database. While this is just one example, both platforms have their good features, again, depending on how you plan to scale things up down the road. 

        So if you intend on only getting traffic when you do a huge live online event, then Squarespace might be a better option. If you are constantly expanding your reach and incorporating new features for your visitors to utilize, Wordpress allows you to keep adding those features with the click of a mouse.

        • Choose Your Platform To Suit Your Needs

        So now you should have a better idea about whether Squarespace is a better alternative that WordPress. 

        By now you know who the website is being built for, if they are tech savvy, and whether it is a global corporation that needs a landing page or a small home-based business that needs more of a fully functional website. When you visit the Squarespace website, you will instantly be able to tell that they cater to a completely different audience that would be making use of the WordPress platform.

        That all being said, it doesn't matter how many global companies that you recognize are using Squarespace, they may be only using the platform as a secondary site for specific needs. The same can be said for WordPress, it all comes down to your specific needs, your plans for the future, and what type of user experience you want to give

        Contact Roundhouse Now! 
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        Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

        As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

        He is an international expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

         

        Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

            • strategic brand design
            • web design & development
            • app design and development 
            • digital marketing 
            • creative engagement 

              Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

              Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

              Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

              Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

              Phone : +617 1300 727 749
              email : us@roundhouse.cc

              • Learn about our web design here.
              • Learn about our app development here.
              • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

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              Web Apps VS Native Apps - Which is Better For Startups?

              by Saul Edmonds
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              When it comes to the debate over web apps vs native apps, one thing is for certain, the gap between these two will continue to shrink over the years. 

              As it pertains to the startups, there are a bunch of things to consider because not everyone shares the same level of expertise or has the same deep pockets. 

              The best way to decide the winner in the web apps vs native apps debate is to simply look at the factors that separate the two.

              Although we are still a few years out before the gap closes, today is a different world we live in. There are a number of reasons why one startup would consider the native apps, while another can not live without the web apps. Although everyone has their preference, it helps to see why one is preferred over the other in unique situations because you may not have considered all your options when you started this journey.

              The following information should cast a light on both web apps vs native apps, allowing you to determine where you put the most important and how that will affect you and your business in the long-term. 

              There is no right or wrong answer here, just information.

              Start with Performance

              The first thing to consider is performance. 

              Take a look at the Google App Store and you will quickly discover that gaming is extremely popular. Kids are always looking for the latest fun releases, and adults are looking for games that remind them of their youth. As far as the debate between web apps vs native apps, highly interactive applications that are needed to run these games fall into the native apps category. 

              The truth of the matter is that web apps will have a real struggle in this space because the performance simply will not be the same as the native apps. 

              For that reason, the native apps win this argument. 

              A Case For The Collaborative

              Perhaps the mobile app that you will be developing is more of a collaborative or solo effort. When there are many pieces to the puzzle and you need many people to help with the effort, the clear winner here is the web apps. 

              This is the best option for being able to output an application that meets or exceeds your needs.

              Consider Location Services

              One of the things that you have to consider with the development of the mobile app is where the user is going to get the most use of this application. 

              Consider if the user is going to be on the go, where a GPS or navigational app works best. If the user is going to be more localized, locked onto a computer all day at work, then a dedicated OS app isn't the ideal solution for this instance. If the primary focus of the app is to help a user while they are on the go, then you have to choose between the web apps vs native apps accordingly.

              Teams & Resources

              When you have a lot of people working on the development of the app, web based is the way to go for a number of reasons. 

              One being that you can easily manage the code for a variety of operating systems more easily. having a dedicated specialist for each device just is not practical for a startup. It doesn't matter how deep the pockets, it just is not practical in the early stages of the game to dedicate all those resources when web based will do the job.

              Know Your Level Of Expertise

              One of the things to consider in the web apps vs native apps debate is your level of expertise. 

              If you have some background in web apps, it does not make any sense as a startup to try and learn a new skill. If you are already familiar with one over the other, then take the road with least resistance. The last thing that you need now is to go through all the trial and errors of learning something new when you are trying to develop an application quickly.

              Review The Work Load

              One of the ways that you can decide easily which is right for you is to consider that when we are talking about iOS, you have to be willing to deal with all the policies of the App Store. 

              That means you have to take the good with the bad, and despite there being a number of benefits, you have to take the bad too. Even though the App Store is going to shoulder the load as far as managing money for you, you are going to have to give up a certain level of control that you had. On the other hand, with the web based apps, you have all the control but you also have to do all the work, and there will be tons of work. 

              Luckily for startups, you can rely on programs like Chargify, Recurly, and Spreedly to handle some of that work load.

              Find The Best Long Term Solution

              Looking at the long-term development of your app, you have to carefully consider if you are going to be making use of cloud components down the road. 

              Looking at this from the perspective of the user, they might be able to get the most out of the app if their device is packed with features clogging up space. The cloud allows users to be able to free up valuable space on the device and enhance the overall user experience. in the end, this is what the who purpose is for, making certain the user has the ultimate experience. 

              You should consider starting with the web application now and then eventually adding some mobile OS apps that will compliment the app down the road.

              This information should have at the least showed you both sides of the web apps vs native apps debate. There are definitely more things to consider, but this should be a great jumping off point for the startup. Don't look at the solution to a short-term problem, it is important that you are looking well into the future to the needs of the user.
               

              Do You Need A Web App or Tailored Native App?

              Contact Roundhouse Now! 
              Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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              Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

              As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

              He is an international expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

               

              Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

              • strategic brand design
              • web design & development
              • app design and development 
              • digital marketing 
              • creative engagement 

                Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

                Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

                Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

                Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

                Phone : +617 1300 727 749
                email : us@roundhouse.cc

                • Learn about our web design here.
                • Learn about our app development here.
                • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

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                      Roundhouse - The Creative Agency

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                Is Your Website Ready for Mobilegeddon?

                by Saul Edmonds

                Well maybe not Mobilegeddon, but for many websites around the globe it may as well be with Google's major algorithm change that started 21st of April.

                This new algorithm will be gradually rolled out worldwide, affecting mobile searches in all languages in all corners of the globe. 

                This April 21 Google update looks to be the biggest mobile-related algorithm change we’ve ever seen, but I'll bet that it won't be the last. If you don’t have a mobile or responsive version of your site in place by April 21 (today), your search visibility could be seriously hindered.

                How to prepare
                If your site is already mobile-friendly or responsive, you won’t have much to worry about. However, if you have not yet implemented a mobile strategy for your online presence, now is the critical time to get it done. Follow these steps:

                • Ensure the mobile version of your site is active and functional. Responsive designs are the most popular, but you can also have a separate hosted mobile version of your site. Google doesn’t have a preference, as long as mobile users’ experience isn’t interrupted.
                   
                • Ensure Google’s mobile bots can crawl your site. If Google can’t see it, it may as well not even be there.
                   
                • Check each individual page of your site on a mobile device to ensure navigability. Just because your home page is mobile friendly doesn’t mean the rest of your site is.

                  Google additionally offers two tools you can use to check whether your site is mobile-friendly. First, you can use the appropriately named Mobile-Friendly Test to see whether your site meets initial qualifications. Google Webmaster Tools also contains a convenient Mobile Usability Report you can run to examine your website as Google sees it.

                If you are looking to move to a New Responsive Website or Mobile Version of your existing site we have a great offer for the next month with 20% off all New Responsive Websites - See below and Contact us Today


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                Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

                As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

                He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

                Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

                • strategic brand design
                • web design & development
                • app design and development 
                • digital marketing 
                • creative engagement 

                  Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

                  Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

                  Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

                  Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

                  Phone : +617 1300 727 749
                  email : us@roundhouse.cc

                  • Learn about our web design here.
                  • Learn about our app development here.
                  • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

                  Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
                  Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

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