- Created: Monday, 03 June 2013 22:28
- Written by Erik Kritter
An ever increasing number of people are using smartphones and tablets to browse the internet now. & if your site does not look good on every device or is hard to use .... they will not buy from you.
Not to long ago web designers had to do a separate design for each device that would be used to visit each website because they didn't display properly and didn't work across all devices. This is expensive and most small business websites didn't do it. In fact about the only businesses that did were the giant companies. They were the only ones who could afford to do it. But thankfully responsive design has changed all of that.
A responsive website adapts to the size of the viewing device, such as a desktop, smartphone or tablet, versus showing a separate design. So now only one design per website is needed.
If you want to test your website to see if it is responsive you can pull it up on your smartphone and ask yourself. Does it look ok? Do you have to scroll around? (left and right in addition to up and down) Can you click on things without enlarging your view? If you have to scroll left and right or need to enlarge things to click on them .... it probably is not a responsive design.
Another way to test from a desktop or laptop is this:
- Take your browser off of full screen mode. (Don't minimize)
- Grab one of the sides and drag the browser window so that the window becomes narrower and narrower.
- If you browser puts up a left to right slide control as your window gets narrower, you do not have a responsive design.
Do that with your website and do it with this website open in your browser window. Do you see the difference?
Now, almost all of the websites I do are responsive.
The one exception being the Seedling 1 Web Design Package & that will probably be going away soon. I still have a few customers who want it but most would rather have a website with a responsive design.