As we have mentioned innumerable times, by 2014, Smartphone’s and tablets will overtake PC and laptop as the leading web browsing devices. There is also this information, that after ten years of upwards trends, PC and Laptop market will see a decline in sales for the first time in 2014. What are these news telling you? That it is high time to make your site ready for tablets and Smartphone’s.
People are using smart devices increasingly. A whopping 45% adult from USA own a Smartphone. 31% of USA adults use tablets and iPads. In fact even normal phones are losing out to Smartphone’s nowadays. Tablet market is growing equally fast.
The problem is many if you stick to traditional webdesign process. How can you manage so many different devices? How can align the site for so many different viewing spaces? All these devices come with different screen sizes. These sites also must be ready for innumerable web browsers those are coming with these devices. These sites must be ready to perform well for all the different operating systems for these devices. And yes, like you are guessing by now, it is impossible, at least till you stick to traditional web design plans.
Responsive web design uses a very clever trick called CSS media queries so that it can adjust the page depending on the screen dimensions, orientation, colors, so on and so forth. In short, the web page realigns its elements according to the device which is fetching it for display.
How to know if a site is responsive or not? It is simple, simply open the page and resize your web browser randomly. If the elements change its positions and realign themselves then the site is responsive. If they stay same and instead sliders appear near the border of the web browser then the site is static and not responsive.
Advantages of Responsive Web Design
· There is no redesigning of the site needed. View it from the 27 inch Mac monitor and view it using the 4 inch screens of your Android phone; it appears to be the same.
· As all HTML elements including fonts are optimized for each device, this is really the best screen real estate utilization.
· As one site can act for all the devices, there is really no need to redirect mobile users to another version of the site. Earlier we used to send mobile users to the mobile version of the site, like m.example.com for example.com