What is Responsive Web Design?

Mobile Internet usage is increasing steadily, so it’s extremely important that your website is mobile friendly. Some businesses have websites designed for desktop users and another site specifically developed for mobile users. But, is it possible to have one site that is equally favorable for both desktop and mobile users? Yes, there is a web design style that can handle both types of users. It’s called responsive web design.

What is Responsive Web Design?

A responsive web design is simply means that a website is reconstructed so all the contents, images and structure of the site remain viewable on any device, regardless of whether it’s a desktop, smartphone or tablet. For example, when users visit your website they don’t need to adjust or zoom in or out to view your content and images. Instead, everything immediately adjusts itself to suit the size of the screen your website is being viewed on. Responsive web design gives users ease in viewing and navigating as your site retracts to fit on the smaller screen devices.

Why should you make your website with a Responsive Web Design?

We all know that nowadays a lot of people are using smartphones to surf the internet. Thus, responsive web designs are very handy because your website can now load faster and the interface will be pleasing making the design more user friendly across different screen sizes.

There are many businesses out there who feel that responsive web design typically isn’t a major concern but being a smartphone user yourself, you may also understand why it’s important to create your site with a responsive web design. You may even be viewing this article on your phone or tablet right now. There is no denying the fact that responsive web design is a necessity and it will continue to be, just evolving the method to design sites to better suit viewing platforms.

How to make a Responsive Web Design

Websites with responsive web design adapt to the layout of viewing environments by fluid, proportion grids, flexible images and CSS3 media queries. This provides a high quality user experience on various viewing platforms.

In making a responsive web design you can use free CSS frameworks. CSS frameworks are pre-prepared software frameworks that are meant to allow for easier and more standards-compliant web design using the cascading style sheets language and is using JavaScript based functions.

You can also use CSS frameworks to make it easier to create a responsive web design. Here are some CSS frameworks that you can install or download for more information:

Creating responsive web designs required a lot of quality assurance checks to be sure that your code works across various screen sizes. You may find that a design which works great for a tablet’s screen may actually be overlapping on that of a mobile phone. You can use various screen resolution simulators to check your code and revise it until the site resizes without any problems. Once you get the hang of things, you’ll find it easier to design and code your sites to me responsive.

Geremy Gonzales

Geremy is a Web Developer at Project Assistant who specializes on front-end development. Most of the time he works on mobile responsive coding, making sure our websites are fluid and stay ship-shape in this vast modern mobile world. He’s also our go-to guy for email templates in MailChimp and Act-on.

He is a real funny guy with a great talent for making people laugh in the office. No one can hold back laughter when Geremy throws one of his jokes! He also loves to read Manga novels and watch anime episodes.