Four Frequently Asked Questions about Responsive Web Design

| September 15, 2012 | Reply

Responsive web design is a semi-new concept that is making all web designers scramble to integrate into their websites for their clients. Here are four frequently asked questions about responsive web design and the best answers to those questions.

Question 1: What is responsive web design?

Well, responsive web design became a design option in 2009, so it isn’t that new of a concept. However, when Google released its Panda update, the search engine is going to favor these websites in its listings because a responsive site is the best way to view a website on any device.

A website designed responsively uses fluid grids instead of fixed templates in the code. This way, the website’s images, format and layout responds to whatever size of the browser the site is being viewed in, so images are large with big headlines and a horizontally-based layout on a desktop-sized browser. If the site is being viewed on a Smartphone, the images are smaller, links turn into simple buttons with a symbol and articles are listed vertically.

Question 2: Is responsive web design only about reshaping screen solutions?

The responsive web design approach basically involves adjusting screen resolutions across a variety of devices. However, crowding every bit of content found on a larger screen into a smaller one could create a negative user experience. That’s why you should include only the most important content of a website in its mobile version. This way, responsive web design emphasizes on screen adjustment across various devices. It’s not completely about reshaping and re-sizing because when you’re designing responsive, you also have to generate more focused content and make use of lists and rows instead of columns. 

Question 3:  As a website owner, what do I need to know about responsive web design?

What makes responsive web design the go-to choice for website owners, is that a responsively designed website looks beautiful on every device, and you’ll only have ONE website you need to manage and update, instead of three separate websites for a desktop computer, tablet and Smartphone. With a responsively designed website, you’ll be saving a drastic amount of time and money.

Question 4: How do I check if my website is responsive?

Your website is responsive if while browsing it in desktop computers, tables, Smartphones and other mobile devices will serve the same content across all screens. The only thing that changes is the format and structure of the content–this automatic adjustment of your website to the different browsers means the website is responsive. 

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