Responsive designs are the current standard for professional websites. They help companies to connect with more users than stand-alone desktop pages could, and with a mobile market that’s predicted to overshadow desktop traffic within the next two years, that’s definitely something that you should consider when you’re building a site.
If you’re entirely new to Responsive Design, here are a few things that may help you out:
- Responsive layouts are based on percentages, not on pixel count. Container widths will need to be based on a browser’s actual view-port.
- Images need to be adjustable as well. Start with the maximum size and then work down from there
- Multiple elements may need to be changed. It’s fairly well known that Apple devices, like the iPhone, can’t load Adobe Flash presentation or elements. You may need to create a version of your site that uses HTML5 instead, among other alternatives. Always keep in mind that with mobile devices, not all formats of media are accepted.
A Few Tips to Get Started
Go mobile first. Mobile designs are friendly toward mobile devices, obviously, but if you’ve ever seen them on desktop computers, they tend to look pretty good there as well. The considerations of graphic size, loading speed, margins, and more can all be taken into account when you actually optimize your site for responsive, but we recommend that you adapt it from a mobile site to a desktop site, instead of the other way around. You may find the process to be far easier.