Responsive Design: What is it and how can it benefit you?

Have you heard of Responsive Design? Are you wondering what it is and how it can benefit your business?

Responsive Website Design involves crafting a website so it can be viewed on multiple devices — whether readers are viewing your website using a computer, mobile phone, or mobile device. The name comes from the fact that the website will respond to the screen size of the device you are on, whether it is a desktop monitor, a tablet, or a mobile phone, and it adjusts accordingly.

A properly crafted Responsive Design starts with good planning. You must think about what the user will see depending on how large the device screen will be. You then design for that size, making sure to lay out all the needed elements properly and keep the important elements towards the top. As the screen size gets narrower, the elements begin to stack vertically so that you don’t have to make the elements too small to see. (This avoids the annoyance of zooming in and out to see everything.) The development of the website must be done correctly so that all the different devices will see the elements properly and to prevent elements from overlapping. The design uses media calls to a style sheet that adjusts “on the fly” to the size of the screen. You can actually resize the width of a normal monitor to see how this all works.

We like Responsive Design, especially for new websites joining us, because it’s state-of-the-art and it gives you an edge over your competitors in our ever-changing world of multiple platforms being used to view your websites. We think it makes a lot of sense and in fact, enhances most websites and their design. Here are links to a couple of our customers who’ve opted for Responsive Design: Carapace Homes; Miro Jewelers.

We encourage you to look at their sites on your computers and mobile devices and tablets, and see what you think. As always, we, at Trulium, are here for you and available to answer your questions or concerns.

— Curtis and the Trulium team