The rate at which mobile web is growing, your website needs to be ready to accept visitors coming in from a plethora of devices and screen sizes. This is where a responsive web design walks in. However, there are a lot many sites that we come across daily that are responsive, but far from even being satisfactory.
Here are some tips that you could probably consider to make that website of yours actually ‘flexible’:
Quality Browsing Experience!
The first and foremost thing to keep in mind while creating a responsive web design is to make sure your website offers the same browsing experience to all users across the board. This means your site has to be ready in terms of appearance and visual structure at all times. The functionalities must not fall apart when the screen size it is being viewed on, varies.
Tip: Ensure that each element of your site is flexible – all your images, content and grids are to be fully fluid and should be able to re-configure according to the screen size it is viewed on.
Responsive On Your Mind.
When you’re working on your site layout, do a research on those layouts that are ideal for responsive design and those which aren’t. Design a site with a simple layout and HTML code. Use simple mechanisms for core elements like navigation and menu options, using HTML5 guidelines and doctype.
Pay Attention To The Breakpoints.
There are far too many resolutions that your site needs to cater to, but the sizes you need to focus on more are:
- 320 px (for low resolution phones)
- 480 px (for smaller smartphone screen sizes)
- 768 px (for larger smartphone screen sizes and small tablet screens)
- 920 px (for large screen laptops and desktops)
- 1024 px or more (for widescreen desktops)
Tip: Do a little research on the number of people accessing sites from mobile devices, rather than the usual desktop.
If your site has a simple design, make your images flexible to a certain degree. The easiest way to accomplish this is by using adaptive sizing. This can be achieved in a lot many ways, but the simplest and the easiest way is to use this handy tool called Adaptive Images.
Tip: Make sure all your images have a decent load speed, or you’ll be losing out on a lot of mobile users.
Compression Of Elements And Content.
Use a program that lets you compress your page resources for easy transmission across all available networks. This way you lower the number of bytes sent per page or element and make your content easier to browse as well as access from devices with varying bandwidth.
Tip: You can speed up your site even more by removing unnecessary white spaces and line breaks, reducing the overall file sizes.
Get Rid Of The Non – Essentials!
To keep your visitor’s focus primarily on admiring your ‘responsive’ web design (and your products), make sure your site is neat and clean. Get rid of all the clutter in terms of content that you have uploaded and stick to giving out only the vital details.
Tip: Remove the excessive elements from your original site layout for mobile settings by adding a .not_mobile to the elements that you’d not like to see in a mobile context.
Hosting To Keep It Alive.
To keep your visitors hooked onto your site, your site needs to be running efficiently at all times. This means that all your content and site elements need to optimized. And with all the hard work you have been putting in content framing and site creation, there is no time to learn all the technicalities involved.
Tip: Look for affordable web hosting providers to render you technicality-free!
Even though the above are some of the most important practices, the bottom line for a successful responsive web design is to keep it well organized, conforming to its core functionalities with maximum focus.
With a technical prowess, David White has enabled exhaustive understanding of the hosting industry over an expansive period of 15 years. Currently he works with Hosting Reviewed, providing critical analysis of various hosting companies listed.