If you own a website, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of responsive website design. In its simplest form, responsive website design (RWD) is an approach to web design that makes your website easy to read and navigate on all devices – from desktop computers to mobile phones.
More than 50% of global internet traffic now comes from mobile devices, so it’s more important than ever to have a responsive website. In this blog post, we’re going to take a closer look at responsive website design: what it is, why you need it, and how to create it.
What is Responsive Website Design?
Responsive website design is an approach to web design that makes your website easy to read and navigate on all devices – from desktop computers to mobile phones. A responsive website automatically adjusts to the size of the screen it’s being viewed on, whether that’s a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone.
It aims to provide the best possible user experience, regardless of the device someone uses to access your site. This is accomplished by using a mix of flexible grids and layouts, images, and CSS media queries.
Why You Need A Responsive Website
There are several reasons why you should make sure your website is responsive:
1. Mobile traffic accounts for more than 50% of global internet traffic.
2. Google favors mobile-friendly websites in its search results.
3. People are more likely to buy from a mobile-friendly website.
4. A responsive website provides a better user experience (UX).
5. A responsive website is easier and cheaper to maintain in the long run.
6. A responsive website can help you reach new customers and markets.
How to Create a Responsive Website
If you want to create a responsive website, there are several things you need to do:
1. Use fluid grids and layouts
Fluid grids use percentage-based widths instead of fixed widths, so they’re able to automatically adjust based on the size of the screen they’re being viewed on. This is one of the most important aspects of responsive web design.
2. Use CSS media queries
Media queries allow you to create different style rules for different screen sizes. This gives you more control over how your content is displayed on different devices.
3. Use responsive images
Images that are sized using percentage-based widths will automatically adjust based on the size of the screen they’re being viewed on. You can also use the Srcset Attribute to define multiple image sizes for different screen sizes.
4. Optimize your content for mobile
In addition to using fluid grids and layouts, you also need to mobile-optimize your content. This means making sure your text is easy for mobile devices.
5. Test your site on multiple devices
Once you’ve created your responsive site, it’s important to have multiple devices before launch. This will ensure that your site looks and functions as it should on all devices.
6. Launch your site
Once you’ve tested your site on multiple devices and made sure everything looks and works as it should, you’re ready for multiple devices!
7. Monitor your analytics
After launching your site, be sure to multiple devices so you can see how people are interacting with your site and make changes as needed.
8. Update regularly
As new devices are released, be sure to your site so it continues to work properly on all devices.
9. Use Google Search Console
Google Search Console is a free tool that allows you to troubleshoot any issues with how Google crawls and indexes your site.
10. Ask for help
If you need help creating or optimizing your site for mobile, don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email. We’d be happy to help!
Responsive websites are essential in today’s mobile-first world. If you want people to find and engage with your website, it needs to be easy to read and navigate on all devices – from desktop computers to mobile phones. Creating a responsive website can seem daunting, but following these 10 steps will help ensure that your site looks great and functions properly on all devices. And if you need any help along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email. We’d be happy to help!