Essential Things To Remember While Doing Responsive Web Design
Revolution is itself revolutionizing when it comes to technology. From big boxed computers, laptops, touchscreen laptops, notebooks, tablets, iPads, iPods, notepads, smartphones to the “not so smart” phones that have numeric keypads, a small screen but has the browsers to surf the net, new improved gadgets in all different sizes are becoming a trend.
Today you even have watches that allow you web browsing. These gadgets are the reason websites now adhere to Responsive Web Designing.
What is Responsive Web Designing?
Responsive Web Designing is a smart, efficient and intelligent method of designing a website that it fits perfectly on all gadget frames making sure that they work smoothly and flawlessly without quality disruption.
The following are essential areas of a Responsive Web Design.
1. Good browsing experience to mobile users.
Zoe Fox’s Mobile Web Traffic on Mashable reports that 17.6% of the global traffic comes from mobile users, a 6% increase since 2012.
More and more users are accessing the internet from their mobiles phones and handy gadgets for everyday surfing, blogging, socializing and sharing which means that today, every website that comes to existence must be designed in such a way that the mobile users can experience the same quality as that on desktop systems.
Every website should be designed responsively to be able to fit all screen size, all operating systems and every browser that mobile users use.
2. Web content should not lose its function.
Most of the times when a website is designed for different gadgets, they display differently and function differently; sometimes they even lose its function.
A good responsive web design must provide the same experience on every screen resolution and every gadget. Of course, the experience is always better on larger screens but we certainly cannot deny that these days, more and more internet users come from tablets, iPhones, ePads and mobile phones.
Thus it becomes vital that a desktop website provides the same function on a mobile website as well. In reducing website size, removing extra functions etc, the website should not lose its original function for which it was made.
3. Images should be flexible.
When I was doing a course in Web Designing, I remember an example that my teacher gave us to explain what exactly a responsive web design is.
He placed a big jug, a flask, and a glass on the table. Then he poured water into each one of them and asked us a question, “What is the shape of the water?”
He then continued explaining responsive web design by saying that a good responsive design of a website is the one that easily, smoothly and flawlessly takes the shape where it is being used just like water takes the shape of its container.
Images on the website form an integral part of every website. These images should be flexible. They should be able to resize themselves and fit to the screen without the user having to resize it. Bigger images should not fall out of the area.
4. There is no place for non-essential content.
When you have a big room, there is always space to put fancy items and decorative pieces to make your spacious room look full and beautiful but when you have a small room, what do you do? You get rid of all the fancy and decorative items and only have the essential furniture that will be utilized every day.
Simple, ain’t it?
On a desktop site, you have many options of graphics, illustrations, pop-ups, hover boxes etc, but on mobile sites, these functions become annoying as they take the entire screen space.
Remove non-essential content from mobile sites so that the users can browse through a hassle-free site that gives them their required content.
A very good suggestion comes from Stephan Jukic, “Use a program such as GZIP to compress your page resources for easier transmission across networks. You’ll have lowered the number of bytes sent per page or element and made your content easier to browse and access from devices with varying or low bandwidth.”
You also need to get rid of larger advertisements that block your users from having a good browsing experience.
5. Customize navigation, columns and menus.
One key element of a responsive web design is how you customize your website for different gadgets. Your navigation for desktop and your navigation on mobile must be such that it neither becomes a hindrance nor hides from the users.
Another good example of a responsive web design is The Boston Globe. Their site is designed in such a way that it also scales perfectly fine when a user alters the size of their browser too. Their columns easily respond to the device they are opened in which makes the site flawless on every gadget.