Responsive web design – A website ‘NEED to have’

Responsive web design – A website ‘NEED to have’

Responsive web design – A website ‘NEED to have’

“Good web design is about the character of the content, not the character of the designer”. (Jeffrey Zeldman)

Many of us might have squandered our lot of time in the development of innovative responsive web design. First of all, what is a responsive web design? A responsive web design is a systematic approach of the web designers to create such web pages that contribute to easy reading, impactful user interface, effective scrolling and easy navigation. RWD is somewhat a guide for users. With the aid of RWD, readers and users are prevented from sinking in the complexity of websites.


What are the strategies that should be kept in mind while designing a website?

The strategies that should be kept in mind before the creation of innovative websites are listed below:

1.       Progressive enhancement

Progressive enhancement comprises the use of all those strategies that makes a website visible and accessible to all. Progressive enhancement also include the visibility of the website on all the web browsers either they are highly advanced or poorly advanced. Progressive enhancement makes sure that the content should be precisely present in semantic markup.


2.       Mobile first

‘Mobile first’ strategy should NOT be avoided. As, smartphones are typical much these days hence their use and importance should not be overlooked. And websites should be developed in ways that they appear pretty optimally on variable mobile screens.


3.       Unobtrusive JavaScript

The optimal use and techniques of incorporation of Javascript in web pages is collectively termed as ‘Unobtrusive JavaScript’.


History of Responsive web design

Ethan Marcotte was the first one to make use of the word ‘Responsive Web design’ in 2010. Responsive web design, a theory based book produced by Ethan Marcotte, completely explains the practice of Responsive Web design.

Mashup and Forbes declared that for a website it is not only crucial to create a mobile friendly website but also to emphasize over responsiveness of web design.


Core concepts of responsive web design

There are three extremely significant and crucial concepts of responsive web design

1.       Flexible images and media through CSS operations

2.       Flexible grid based layout

3.       Media queries and media query listeners

For an effective web design, the use of all 3 should be made mandatory.


Responsive web design as mentioned above is extremely pivotal for the startups, continuity and enhancement of businesses. Responsive web design proclaims a website a formative layout that displays the website in a specific manner. This manner is both reasonable and long effective for both long and short term businesses platforms.

“It doesn’t matter how many times I have to click, as long as each click is a mindless, unambiguous choice.” (Steve Krug)

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