What Is Responsive Design?Learn about what makes a website 'responsive' and how a truly responsive website contains a single source of code that adapts to different screen sizes.
In the past, having a single website work on many devices (desktops, laptops, smart phones, etc.) was a bit of a challenge. As programmers, we had to tell the web server to serve up variations of the site–one for mobile, one for desktop, and so on.
Nowadays, for web developers, we have a new strategy for rendering one website on multiple devices. This is what we refer to as responsive web design. A responsive website adapts the layout to the viewing environment by using fluid, percentage grids, flexible images, and CSS3 media queries. At Pixel Brew use frameworks like Twitter's Responsive CSS framework, Bootstrap, to help us build these responsive websites.
Small Screen Sizes
On devices like iPhones, Smart Phones, and Smart Watches, the website columns take up the full screen width to proivde the best user experience.
Medium Screen Sizes
On medium devices like tablets and small laptops, the website columns begin to shrink and take up less space to take advantage of a wider screen.
Large Screen Sizes
On large screens like 15" and 17" laptops, the website columns are split into two, three, and four columns to take advantage of the horizontal space.
XL Screen Sizes
On screens like desktops and tvs, the website columns can be split between four and twelve separate columns to use all the horizontal space available.
Why We Design Websites "Mobile-First"?Discover the benefits of responsive design and how websites designed "mobile-first" are better optimized for search engines.
Mobile internet usage has increasingly risen over the past five years, and in 2015, mobile internet usage surpassed that of traditional internet usage on laptops or desktop computers. Due to this fact, we design all of our websites with a "mobile-first" approach, taking into consideration that your website is more likely to be seen on smart phones than on any other device.
We are not the only ones that have adjusted to the changing internet landscape. As of this year, Google released announced that it would be implementing what is known as "Mobile-First" Indexing. This simply means that sites that follow Google's "mobile-friendly" protocol will have an advantage in ranking higher on search engine results pages than sites that are not responsively designed.