Why you need a responsive website
More and more people are using their tablet computer or mobile phone to locate services and buy products online. It’s now imperative that websites display well on all types of devices. Before you buy a website, make sure that you ask ‘is it responsive?’
What is responsive website design?
Websites that have been constructed using responsive principles are viewable across a wide variety of browsers and devices. The core idea behind responsive web design is ensuring that a webpage that looks great on a home computer with a large screen also looks great on a mobile phone or tablet computer. In the past it was necessary to design completely separate versions of a website, one for each type of device. This approach is time-consuming, expensive and had very mixed results.
Instead of focusing on creating different versions of a webpage for different devices, developers who adhere to the principles of responsive design focus on making flexible webpages that can easily adapt to whatever computer, mobile device or browser a consumer uses to access a webpage.
A webpage designed with responsive principles in mind can tell whether a user is on a mobile phone, PC or tablet computer. Assessing the type of device an individual surfer is using is essential to applying the right rules to that user’s browsing experience.
HTML5 is used to build the overall structure of a website and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to control the overall look and feel. Media Queries group sections of the CSS code by device type so that the correct layout is displayed for the appropriate device, whether desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
Our developers use Adobe Dreamweaver CC Fluid Layouts to combine base HTML5 code with the power of Cascading Style Sheets and a variety of Media Queries in order to create web designs that are adaptable, responsive and look great on various platforms.