Defining What Makes a Website Responsive or Not
As you’ve most likely have noticed by now, not all websites are created equal in the seemingly endless void of the internet. Nowadays when a website is made, they’re built with the knowledge that not everyone is going to be viewing them on the same screen. In fact a lot of us would rather visit a website on our small but travel friendly smart phones or laptop than turn on a large desktop computer. Plus, to top it all off, everyone may have a smart phone or laptop but even those come in all shapes and sizes!
In order to accommodate for the large variety of screen sizes out in the world today, websites are created with responsive design in mind. What does that mean exactly though? We’re glad you asked! Responsive design means that when you resize a browser of a website, the design and layout of that site will react to this change and rearrange itself so that all of its content will continue to fit within the viewer’s browser as intended.
The goal and purpose of responsive design is that when a site is pulled up on your device, it will automatically detect the size of your screen and adjust itself accordingly while maintaining its appearance and overall design. Many web designers and developers will work together to produce websites with layouts that will easily move or resize themselves in order to give the appearance of a seamless transition whenever the browser of the site is resized. Pretty neat, huh? An easy way to remember what Responsive Design means and what it does it by asking, “Does this site respond to change?” If you can resize the browser and the overall design stays in tact without pieces overlapping each other or become cut off on the screen than it’s responsive! Something important to keep in mind though, is that even if a website is “mobile friendly,” and looks great on your smart phone, doesn’t always mean it’s going to be a responsive website when you view it on your laptop or desktop. Some websites will have a desktop and mobile version, but fail to make sure that their site is still easily viewable across all screen sizes in general.
Having a successful website created in your perfect vision can be tough, but the most important thing that should always be at the top of your priority list when making your site is to make sure it’s responsive!