Designing Websites on the iPad?

The best description I’ve heard about the iPad so far is that it is made more for content consumption than content creation.

As a web designer who creates websites, the iPad doesn’t hold as much sway for me as a MacBook.  At this stage of iPad development, in my dream world with an unlimited budget, I would choose a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro over the iPad.

My prediction is that the next generation iPad will contain more utilities for designers, as designers are a core Apple consumer.  And maybe these features will exist in 3rd Party Applications making website design possible, natural, and a joy to complete on a tablet device.  But for now, one program that I often use during the website design process is Adobe Fireworks.  Many others use Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver.  These are not available on the iPad.

Thoughts on Designing Websites on the iPad
One way around this would be to design the Website in WordPress.  The admin area of WordPress could be accessible through the Safari browser on the iPad.  One could then download the App “FTP on the Go” which is available for both the iPhone and the iPad in order to control files for the site.  Files can be directly altered within the program.  But with the iPad only allowing one program to be open at a time, one would need a pretty good understanding of html, css, & php to make changes to a website page without being able to view the changes immediately.

As far as image editing goes, there should be a wave of new apps arriving soon that allow for these types of capabilities.  Perhaps even some from Adobe.

At this point, I think website design is much easier on a MacBook, but I hold out hope for future generations of the iPad to contain more abilities for me to design on a tablet, either through native Apple components or 3rd party applications.

If anyone has further information on website design on the iPad, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Author: Erik Rostad
Erik Rostad is the owner of EPR Creations, a website development company based out of Atlanta, GA. Erik's background is in International Business and he has traveled the world for music, business and for fun.

38 Responses to 'Designing Websites on the iPad?'

April 7, 2010, 11:14 am

Even if the iPad could multitask and run full applications like Adobe Creative Suite, I don’t think it would ever be ideal for designers or content creators. A Macbook sits on a desk better with the keyboard interface separate from getting in the way from the screen. Can you imaging trying to balance an iPad on your lap or having it laying flat on a desk while you try to design on it.. very awkward.

I feel the iPad is not a laptop killer, it is purely a consumer device.. though I would love to see a dual screen Macbook like a Nintento DS, where the top screen is the display and the bottom screen can be used as a multitouch interface that can change to your needs, from being a touch keyboard to a wacom cintiq style tablet. Wow!

May 3, 2010, 3:26 am

I have to admit, I could not concur with you in 100%, however it is simply my own opinion, that certainly could be incorrect.

May 6, 2010, 8:05 am

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May 6, 2010, 10:52 am

Interesting post :) I like to know more from your blog, especially about content consumption.

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May 15, 2010, 6:54 pm

Very informative website. I was thinking about getting an iPad and now i definitely will!

May 17, 2010, 1:12 pm

Really refreshing article. Thank you for passing some time for me with an excellent read.

May 17, 2010, 4:19 pm

Thanks for the iPad help! I will try to get as many as I can!

May 20, 2010, 11:39 pm

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May 22, 2010, 6:32 pm

I’m definitely hooked to my iPad1

June 3, 2010, 2:12 pm

Here’s another FTP client for the iPhone that allows for ftp access and editing:

June 15, 2010, 4:24 pm

cheers for the entry. This was extremely interesting.

June 20, 2010, 3:07 am

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

I do agree that actually coding sites and editing images is best left to your computer for now, but I do think the iPad is a great tool for planning websites – especially wireframing and flow charts.

Check out my article to see how I use the iPad for web design:

July 27, 2010, 3:42 am

One can reasonably expect it to have as big of an impact on the way websites are designed as the iPod had on the way music is purchased. Working closely with a qualified designer will ensure that the latest industry technologies are used to create a “mirror site” that will appear flawless when viewed by an iPad user.

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August 1, 2010, 1:39 pm

Apple do great things with the iPad, so that other companies try to make the same product. What is clear, I really like my iPad.

August 13, 2010, 7:22 am

html could be the base of net design and style, i suggust you stuy it to begin with

September 2, 2010, 6:10 pm

Is there an Ipad App where by you can copy you computer screen to you ipad? I need an app where i can show and control a presentation from my laptop and have someone watch it on an ipad, but not be able to control it from the ipad just watch it. Does that App exist?

September 5, 2010, 7:45 am

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October 7, 2010, 3:27 pm

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December 26, 2010, 8:15 pm

Thank you for this article. Waiting for next one.

December 27, 2010, 11:27 am

Fiddle…press the home button and power button briefly.
Then, using a program like photo pad you can rotate, crop etc. Hth!
Also, any updates since you can now multi task? I am wanting to
build a simple website and manage it all from my iPad. Any
suggestions now? Thanks!

December 27, 2010, 3:08 pm

Amanda – thanks for your comment. One thing that has happened since I first wrote this blog is that WordPress has upgraded their iPhone/iPad app to make it easier to update and create content. You can write a new blog post or create a new page and add media. It’s not as robust as WordPress on your computer, but combined with an FTP client, text editor, and as you mention, a photo editor, you can do most of the basic tasks of website design on your iPad.

January 6, 2011, 8:56 am

Is anyone using the Apple wireless keyboard with their
iPad? If so, have you come across any issues?

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April 15, 2011, 10:44 am

hey, does designing the website on the ipad is comfortable ??

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