Over recent years the number of people accessing the website via tablets and smart phones has increased. Responsive Web Design has developed as a method of creating websites which look equally good regardless of whether they are accessed from a smart phone with a small screen, a pc with a wide screen or something in between.
The key to responsive web design is adapting to the needs of the user and the capabilities of the device being used to access the website. A responsive website should be equally accessible via a pc with a wise screen using a mouse or a smart phone with a small touch screen.
Traditional Website have solved the problem of different screen sizes by selecting a fixed width screen size and centring the website within that screen and applying a background to the website to fill out the additional space on larger screams. The fixed width website will work for most pc screens, laptops and tablets. For smart phones traditionally developers have produced a separate mobile site. The responsive website does away with the need for a mobile website.
Responsive Websites in contrast to traditionally designed websites are created using what is know as a “fluid grid”so that content floats on the page and elements such images are resized automatically as a percentage of the number of pixels on the screen.
Whilst Responsive Websites are the trend, we would acknowledge that they are not necessarily the best solution for everyone.
If you would like to know more about Responsive Web Design, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss with you the pro and cons of a responsive website with particular reference to your requirements.