Responsive website design (RWD) is an interactive design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors).
A web development project or website designed with RWD adapts the layout to the viewing environment by using fluid, proportion-based grids, flexible images and CSS3 media queries. - Wikipedia
How Can You Tell if Your Site is Responsive?
Use Matt Kersley’s responsive web design testing tool to see if your company’s website is responsive.
Common Responsive Design Misconceptions
- Responsive sites are slower and have a heavier page load: If this is an issue, it is due to developers not following best practices and building for mobile considerations first. “Progressive Enhancement” first ensures that users have a great experience on a mobile platform and then further enhances the experience as more capable platforms become available.
- Responsive design means hiding content: In fact, it does the opposite and helps make content accessible to everyone, across all screens sizes, resolutions and devices.
- Responsive design is the worst of all worlds: While responsive design does require more thinking and upfront work for designers, developers and content creators, and requires more collaboration than creating separate sites for mobile and desktop, the resulting website has a better thought-out user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) than when designed separately. (http://www.neboagency.com/blog/misconceptions-of-responsive-design/)
- Responsive design makes apps obsolete: Apps still have a valuable place in the mobile world. Responsive design can’t compete with the richer, more immersive experience an app can provide, but you do have to download an app and some people are just not willing to do that unless it’s something they know they will use on a regular basis.
- Responsive design harms typography: It doesn’t inherently harm typography as long as the designer accounts for this issue and uses relative units of measurement for font-size, padding, margins and layout.
Benefits of Responsive
- Enriched user experience. Your site visitors will not have to worry about zooming in and out or becoming confused as to how to navigate the site to find the information they need.
- Google recommends responsive design and provides higher search rankings for websites utilizing responsive design, as it allows Google to crawl and index content with ease.
- The content lives on one website, making it much easier for users to share, interact and link to, compared to having a separate mobile version of the site.
- It’s easier to manage!
What Can Making Your Website Responsive Do for Your Business?
- Users can visit your site, regardless of where they are or what device they are on, increasing overall site visits and potential conversions for increased sales and contacts.
- Allows you to consolidate your analytics and reporting on one single site. You do not have to track multiple website versions, allowing you to better interpret the data to determine where the user is going and how to improve the site to accomplish your business’s goals.
- It will increase your visibility in search engines.
- Save time and cost on site management.
Are you ready to consider a responsive web development for your business? Get a free consultation on making your website responsive by contacting the United Creations team.