Almost every client of Libero Net wants a mobile version of their website. Who can blame them, studies show that over 40% of people browse websites on their mobile devices and without the technology to cater for this group; their business will dramatically lose customers. This means that responsive design is essential to any business!
Responsive design essential means creating a website that works across all browsers and devices. Whether the user is using an iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Kindle or Android (to name a few) a responsive website allows that customer to browse your website easily and efficiently. In layman’s terms: responsive website = one design for all.
What Does Responsive Design Involve?
For website developers responsive design can be quite a big job and in some cases creating a mobile-friendly website can take just as long as creating a desktop website! In the digital world there is always a new product in the process of being launched or an update to an existing server which can bring a lot of hassle with it. This is because some devices may not be able to handle variations in size, functionality and colour. With more devices come varying screen resolutions, definitions and orientations.
Complicated right? Well just remember that a responsive web design uses “media queries” to figure out what resolution the user’s device is. This allows for the device to fit the images and fluid grids accordingly in the correct format. For example, if you’re viewing this article on a desktop browser and you shrunk the page, you will see that the content of this article has been modified to fit the contained browser space.
The standard responsive design should cover the following:
- Major Browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer
- Handheld Devices: iOS (iPhone), Android, Kindle, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, iPad
The Technical Bit..
There are many ways to design a responsive website but one of the things our team of web scientists use is a responsive grid system such as Bootstrap and Foundation. These frameworks allow for the scientist to design your website beautifully while making your website flexible to fit across different screen sizes.
Once a responsive framework has been used your website may need CSS Media Queries implemented in order to add the finishing touches to the mobile-version of your website. For more information on CSS Media Queries, please refer back to previous article Media Queries: A Comprehensive Collection.