Most new clients approaching us these days adds up a mobile version of their website to the requirement list. This is essential because we cannot be sure from which platform user will be opening a website. Well it is 2013 mate!, There are several platforms to browse internet ranging from PC, notebook, tablet, an iPhone, iPad to simple Java enabled mobile phones. So, the best thing; design and developers can do is to create a website which can adapt any environment.
Responsive Website Design
It is a design and development approach to ensure that a website respond to the user’s actions and the environment. The environment here represents screen size, platform and orientation. This method consists of a combination of layouts, grids, images and perfect usage of CSS queries.
For example, when the user changes his platform from PC to tablet, the website should automatically adapt the screen resolution, adjust the image size and text contents. In another word, responsive web design can be called as a technology that can respond to user’s needs. This reduces the risk of re-design and re-development for different platforms.
Lets discuss about the features of the common responsive website design.
Adjusting Screen Resolution
Each day, new gadgets with new screen sizes are being manufactured. Most come with landscape and portrait designs. Modern devices such as iPad, iPhone, Android Phones, Windows phones, Smartphones have the capability to switch from portrait to landscape automatically according to user’s preference. But someone ever thought what’s happening behind the scene while switching a design from portrait to landscape? Also, lots of new devices are coming out daily. It’s a fact that we can’t keep creating custom resolutions for each one. So, how do developers deal with this situation?
It is not just the layout and text that has to be the flexible, the entire website content should be flexible. Now we have enough technology and tools to make it happen to the responsive website design. Fluid grids, layouts, fluid images are the techniques that can be followed to make a website flexible on all platforms.
This is the process of shrinking the images in smaller devices proportionally. This method ensures that large images do not waste space unnecessarily on small screens. But, there are some exceptions too. There are conditions when a design can’t adapt to a particular platform.
Custom Layout Structure:
For number of changes in the size of web page, we should change the layout completely. This can be made effective by using a CSS media query. In this case, most of the styles will remain the same and other style sheets will inherit these previous parent styles to take the effect of the responsive website design.
Showing or Hiding Content:
Sometimes shrinking can be made to be extreme to make everything look cool. This has to be done perfectly without losing the important contents. Follow the best practices for mobile platform; such as simpler navigation, short but focused content, listing in rows etc.
These are some of the best practice that you can follow to develop a responsive website, Contact our responsive web designing team to get started.