Responsive web design is everywhere these days. It makes websites that function in it compatible with the size of any screen, be it a phone, tablet or computer. I remember when I got my first cellphone that I could use to access the internet. I had an LG Fusic that had to display pages in parts and often couldn’t do anything beyond navigating the page, if that. I couldn’t shop, images would either refuse to load or would load up really tiny and be impossible to decipher. It was sad looking back, but it was very encouraging at the time since it was a glimpse into the future.
It wasn’t the phone’s fault, the web design protocols weren’t in place to accommodate for mobile platforms. It just wasn’t a priority.
The amazing Fusic. So named because it played music and video on that tiny, tiny screen.
It made sense that back then that you couldn’t do anything on phones as shopping was exclusively a desktop thing. As the years went by, the phones got better and better. When I got my first iPhone, mobile internet navigation had improved greatly since my old Fusic, in part because web sites had been working to make their sites more accessible to mobiles. Gone are the days of having to view web pages a part at a time having to go through 6 pages just to get past the logo.
We moved from the traditional static web pages to adaptive web pages and to the latest development, responsive webpages. Businesses realized that all the effort that they took in building their brand on their website could all be for naught if the majority of internet users find it difficult to navigate your page.
Since 2011, responsive web design has been taking over as the way to go for web design. Web designers have been making it easier to view their sites with any browser of any size. To see it in action, open any of the sites found in this article on the best responsive websites on a desktop browser and slowly make the browser thinner and wider. You should see the layout adjust itself to more comfortably fit the new width of the browser, even if you make the page as skinny as the resolution of a mobile phone.
These days people accessing the internet through mobile phones and tablets has actually exceeded the number of people that access it to using desktops. This shift has seen search engines boosting sites with responsive web design in their rankings. Mobilegeddon it was called, and it actually was warned about back in 2009 when adaptive web design became popular when the new measures were announced. Soon, not being mobile friendly became one of those many design mistakes that hurt a business’ brand.
Here’s an infographic going more in-depth about responsive web design.
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